• DDG 1000 testing awaits validation test on SDTS

    The US Navy (USN) will conduct a critical engineering validation test on its Self Defense Test Ship (SDTS) next month which, if successful, will pave the way for the resumption of live fire testing in support of the DDG 1000 Zumwalt-class destroyer programme. This follows investigations determining

  • DARPA touts ‘Gunslinger’ missile/gun combo

    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is proposing development of an air-launched missile coupled with a gun to address counter insurgency (COIN) operations, close air support (CAS) and air-to-air engagement mission sets. Disclosed in the US Department of Defense FY 2021 Budget

  • HII readies for ship deliveries as it plans for unmanned platforms

    As Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) prepares to deliver several different traditional US naval ships in the coming months, the company is also looking to invest heavily into unmanned vessel development for the US Navy (USN), HII CEO Michael Petters noted on 13 February during a quarterly earnings

  • New Delhi approves USD2.6 billion import of 24 MH-60R helicopters for Indian Navy

    India’s Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) has approved the USD2.6 billion import of 24 Lockheed Martin/Sikorsky MH-60R multirole naval helicopters – along with related equipment, spares and services – for the Indian Navy (IN). Official sources told Jane's that the CCS, which is

  • OMFV cancellation not impacting new manned, unmanned networking technology development

    The US Army’s cancellation of a prototyping competition for its Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle (OMFV) has not impacted a related Persistent Systems-led networking and communications programme to link manned vehicles and unmanned combat platforms, the company said. Persistent Systems said

  • Pentagon's special ops directorate selects EnforceAir C-UAS platforms

    The US Department of Defense’s (DoD's) special operations and low intensity conflict (SO/LIC) directorate has selected Israel-based D-Fend Solutions as the sole provider for radio frequency capabilities for counter-drone operations. D-Fend Solutions’ EnforceAir was selected in January

  • US Army increasing troop presence in Indo-Pacific region

    The US Army is exploring ways to gain a better foothold in the Indo-Pacific region and looking at new and longer soldier deployments there as one avenue for achieving this goal. On 19 February, Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy and Chief of Staff General James McConville hosted a media roundtable to

  • US Navy realigns budget to find funding for readiness, lethality

    The US Navy's (USN's) proposed Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 budget request shifts away funding from less capable platforms in order to free up additional money for use on readiness capabilities and more lethal programmes. The shift is part of a continued effort to reform USN spending as the service tries

  • US Army still weighing Iron Dome’s role in ‘enduring’ IFPC plans

    The US Army is still plotting the course ahead for a permanent Indirect Fire Protection Capability (IFPC) and is seeking additional information from Rafael about its Iron Dome system. Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy and Chief of Staff General James McConville briefed reporters on 19 February about the

  • South Korea to donate a Pohang Class Corvette to the Colombian Navy

    South Korea plans to donate a corvette to the Colombian Navy by the end of 2020 to help bolster the naval relations between the two navies. The agreement was closed last year during a bilateral meeting in Bogota between Colombian President Iván Duque and South Korea Prime Minister, Lee

  • Brazil signs with Ghenova to complete Macaé-class ships

    The Spanish engineering company and consultancy Ghenova has been awarded a BRL6.4 million (USD1.5 million) contract by the Brazilian state-owned shipyard Arsenal de Marinha do Rio de Janeiro (AMRJ) to support several projects for the Brazilian Navy. Already established in Brazil, Ghenova had

  • USAF issues pilots with new carbine rifle

    The US Air Force (USAF) has completed the rollout of a new 5.56 mm rifle to most of its pilots flying in ejection-seat aircraft, the service announced in mid-February. Based on the Colt M4 Carbine, the GAU-5A Aircrew Self Defense Weapon (ASDW) is being issued to provide downed aircrew with

  • Update: US Air Force, stakeholders complete U-2 EO/IR sensor upgrades

    The US Air Force (USAF), along with contractors Collins Aerospace Systems and Lockheed Martin Skunk Works, recently completed flight testing and development of the Senior Year Electro-Optical Reconnaissance System sensor (SYERS-2C) on the Lockheed U-2 Dragon Lady high-altitude reconnaissance aircraft.

  • To cut JLTV cost, US Army prepares for follow-on competition

    US Army leaders are preparing for a Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) competition to drive down the vehicle price, while at the same time they are cutting their yearly buy of the Oshkosh Defense-built vehicle. When the service unveiled its fiscal year 2021 (FY 2021) budget request in

  • US Navy budget proposal cuts ship-spending plans through to 2025

    The proposed US Navy (USN) Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 budget includes reductions in shipbuilding plans through to the middle of the decade despite congressional mandates and Trump administration promises of a long-term 355-ship fleet. In the FY 2021 proposal, by the end of the Future Years Defence Plan

  • US Air Force, stakeholders complete U-2 EO/IR sensor upgrades

    Key Points The US Air Force, Collins Aerospace Systems, and Lockheed Martin Skunk Works recently equipped the service’s entire U-2 fleet with the new SYERS-2C EO/IR sensor This will provide better performance and highly-accurate long-range tracking The US Air Force (USAF), along with

  • North Korea ‘may be prepared’ to test-fire more advanced ICBM, says USNORTHCOM commander

    Recent engine tests conducted by North Korea suggest that it “may be prepared” to test launch an “even more capable” intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that could enhance Pyongyang’s ability to “threaten” the United States during a crisis or conflict,

  • Singapore Airshow 2020: Airbus mulls upgrade options for existing C295 operators

    Existing operators of the Airbus C295 multirole aircraft will soon be presented with options into how existing airframes can be upgraded to the latest standards. The company is currently studying various upgrade and retrofit possibilities, given how several operators have already indicated interest

  • DARPA seeks ‘infrastructure-less’ UAS launch and recovery under ANCILLIARY

    The US Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is seeking innovative launch and recovery concepts for small tactical unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) under the banner of AdvaNced airCraft Infrastructure-Less Launch And RecoverY (ANCILLARY). In a Request for Information (RFI) released on

  • Pentagon to shift USD3.8 billion from weapons accounts to border wall funding

    The Trump administration is poised to siphon USD3.8 billion away from the military services’ weapons accounts to pay for wall construction along the nation’s southern border despite the Pentagon’s assertion that it needs to focus on a high-end military competition with China and