• Royal Canadian Air Force could increase live multi-engine flight training hours

    Key Points The RCAF could increase pilot training flying hours in its C90B King Air aircraft at the expense of simulation hours This could lead to additional costs but the contractor, KF Aerospace, would find ways to accommodate more hours without buying aircraft The Royal Canadian Air Force

  • Indian Air Force pilots begin Chinook training

    Four Indian Air Force (IAF) pilots and an equal number of flight engineers have begun receiving instruction in the United States to operate and maintain Boeing CH-47F Chinook heavy-lift helicopters, 15 of which are set to enter service with the IAF from mid-2019. Officials told Jane's that the

  • Kandahar police chief reportedly killed in attack

    The head of police in the southern Afghan province of Kandahar has reportedly been killed in a shooting on 18 October following a meeting held at the residence of the provincial governor that was also attended by US Army General Austin Miller, the commander of the NATO-led ‘Resolute

  • US lawmakers throw Saudi arms sales on the chopping block

    Congressional momentum is building within the United States for blocking defence exports to Saudi Arabia after the disappearance of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi, although questions linger over what equipment to ban Riyadh from buying. Speaking to reporters at a 17 October breakfast in Washington,

  • Brazil soon to receive Italian protected 4×4s

    Rio de Janeiro’s Federal Intervention Cabinet (GIFRJ) is to receive 16 VTLM Lince K2 4×4 protected vehicles (the Italian designation for modernised Iveco Light Multirole Vehicles, or LMVs) that are surplus to Italian Army requirements. The first tranche of four vehicles is scheduled to

  • Brazilian Army eyes acquisition of 155 mm towed howitzers

    The Brazilian Army is considering the purchase of 155 mm towed howitzers to progressively replace its 42 M114 and 33 M114A1 155 mm guns. To move forward with this effort it has recently approved operational, technical, logistics, and industrial requirements to procure a howitzer and associated

  • Brazilian Navy chief says new nuclear submarine will be delayed until late 2020s

    Brazil’s new modern nuclear submarine, which was initially expected to enter service as early as 2021, will now likely be delayed until the end of that decade, according to Admiral Eduardo Bacellar Leal Ferreira, commander of the Brazilian Navy. The submarine should be ready “by the

  • Northrop Grumman readies Hatchet for all-up testing

    Northrop Grumman is set to conduct the first live end-to-end test of an all-up Hatchet miniature precision strike munition by the end of this year. Developed with internal research and development (IRAD) funding, Hatchet was originally unveiled in April 2012 as a low-cost gravity-dropped weapon

  • Unmanned Aviation Warfare Center equipment installed on carrier Eisenhower

    The US Navy (USN) reached a technical milestone towards the operation of aircraft carrier-borne unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) with the recent installation of Unmanned Aviation Warfare Center (UAWC) equipment aboard USS Dwight D Eisenhower (CVN 69). USN officials announced on 16 October the

  • US Army sets stage for Infantry Squad Vehicle competition

    The US Army is progressing with plans to compete a new contract to meet a Ground Mobility Vehicles (GMV) requirement while General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems (GD-OTS) continues production on the interim solution. In September the service met its First Unit Equipped timeline when it

  • Brazil renews efforts to acquire B767-300ER aircraft

    Brazil will field a Boeing B767-300ER passenger aircraft to replace one currently in service, Jane’s learnt on 16 October. The Brazilian Aeronautical Commission in Washington (CABW) on behalf of Brazilian Air Force’s Logistics Support Group (GAL) has issued an international tender to

  • USCG assesses potential hurricane damage on OPC programme

    The US Coast Guard (USCG) is assessing the damage caused by Hurricane Michael on Eastern Shipbuilding Group’s shipyards in Florida and any potential impact on the programme schedule for the service’s Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC), which is being built by the company. “We’re

  • Navistar Defense reveals third-generation Special Operations Tactical Vehicle

    Navistar Defense has revealed details of its third-generation Special Operations Tactical Vehicle (SOTV) to Jane’s at the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) conference in October. The SOTV began as the Non Standard Tactical Truck (NSTT) concept in 2008. In early-2015 Navistar

  • President Xi calls on China to deepen civilian-military integration

    China’s President Xi Jinping has urged for deeper civilian-military integration (CMI) to spur further technical advancement within the country. The call came a week after the United States government identified the CMI strategy as one that is supporting China’s rapidly expanding defence

  • Lockheed Martin to deliver LRDR software following successful tracking event

    Lockheed Martin’s Long Range Discrimination Radar (LRDR) searched, acquired, and tracked satellites during a closed loop satellite track demonstration at the company’s Moorestown, New Jersey facility. Completion of this event on 27 August was an indication of how mature LRDR is, Chandra

  • Mack Defense details new US Army M917A3 Heavy Dump Truck

    Mack Defense has confirmed additional M917A3 Heavy Dump Truck (HDT) technical details to Jane’s after showing the type publicly for the first time at the Association of the United States Army’s annual conference in October. Following a solicitation released on 26 May 2017 and a

  • AUSA 2018: Instant Eye Robotics displays UAV

    Instant Eye Robotics, based in Massachusetts, presented its Mk-3 GEN4-D1/D2 small unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) at the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) exhibition held from 8 to 10 October in Washington, DC. A company press release issued on 2 June mentioned that the US Navy and Marine

  • New Patriot radar display improves situational awareness for operators

    Raytheon has upgraded the screen display for Patriot weapon system operators, adding three-dimensional (3D) color visuals and improving operators’ situational awareness. The Warfighter Machine Interface (WMI) takes the legacy Patriot display and moves it into the twenty-first century, Bob

  • Systel unveils latest ruggedised computers for the military market

    Systel has developed a fully rugged fully sealed high-performance embedded tactical computing system for combat vehicles. Raven Strike is optimised for size, weight, and power (SWaP), providing the capability traditionally found in several rack servers, Aneesh Kothari, vice-president of marketing

  • Brazilian frigate Defensora receives new surveillance system

    Ares Aeroespacial e Defesa, a Brazilian privately owned operation of Elbit Systems, is in the process of installing the Atena electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) surveillance system to Niterói-class frigate Defensora (F41) of the Brazilian Navy, replacing the EOS 400/10B sight. The system will be