HEADLINES

  • Brazilian Navy signs offset deal with Elbit Systems

    Brazil’s Navy Aeronautical Directorate (DAerM) signed an offset agreement on behalf of the Brazilian Navy with M7 Aerospace and Elbit Systems on 12 September. The offset work packages, valued at approximately USD110 million, are to be executed by AEL Sistemas, a Brazilian operation of Elbit

  • USN starts programme for mine warfare instructors

    Acknowledging the growing importance of mine countermeasures (MCM) operations with the increasing focus on littoral missions, the Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC) has started a new Mine Warfare (MIW) Warfare Tactics Instructor (WTI) programme. The new MIW WTI programme

  • A-Darter completes flight tests

    South Africa’s Denel Dynamics has completed qualification testing of its fifth-generation A-Darter short-range air-to-air missile, Denel announced on 17 September. Four guided launches were carried out at the Overberg Test Range, all of them against Skua targets. The first was carried out on

  • AFA 2018: US Air Force views Advanced Battle Management as a system of systems

    Key Points The US Air Force will pursue ABMS as a system of systems, rather than a traditional monolithic acquisition programme This will be tricky as a top acquisition official admitted this has been difficult in the past The US Air Force (USAF) wants its next-generation Advanced Battle

  • DIA wants MARS IOC within three years

    The head of the US Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) wants to build its proposed Machine-Assisted Analysis Rapid-Repository System (MARS) during his tenure at the agency. Lieutenant General Robert Ashley, DIA director, said he wants to reach initial operational capability (IOC) within three years

  • US security assistance has had little impact in Africa, says RAND

    US Security Sector Assistance (SSA) appears to have had little or no net impact on political violence in Africa since the end of the Cold War, according to two studies carried by the RAND Corporation on behalf of the US Office of the Secretary of Defense and the US military’s Africa Command

  • USAF B-52 conducts Arctic flight

    A US Air Force (USAF) B-52H nuclear-capable bomber has flown a long-range mission along Russia’s Arctic region as both countries continue to make shows of strength around each other’s coasts. The 1950s vintage bomber, using the call sign Chaos 43, took off for its mission from Royal Air

  • AFA 2018: Northrop Grumman rolls out new open, modular ISR system

    Northrop Grumman’s newest air-to-ground surveillance radar, known as Vanguard, is designed around a single small panel that makes the system modular, scalable, and repairable on the flight line. The approach has enabled Northrop Grumman to have wide-band capability on a tile, Curtis Pearson,

  • AFA 2018: Mercury Systems offers a new processing blade for on-platform processing

    Mercury Systems has introduced a new processing blade for advanced on-platform processing, machine learning, and artificial intelligence (AI) applications. Each EnsembleSeries LDS3517 blade combines an Intel Xeon D server-class processor, a Xilinx UltraScale field-programmable gate array (FPGA),

  • AFA 2018: Sikorsky enters final stages of Combat Rescue Helicopter development

    Sikorsky is entering the final stages of HH-60W Combat Rescue Helicopter (CRH) development and expects the first two engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) aircraft to soon start flight testing. Tim Healy, company director of air force programmes, told Jane’s on 19 September at the

  • AFA 2018: Top US Air Force acquisition official hopes for new ejection seat in FY 2020 budget

    Key Points A top USAF acquisition official hopes to have money in the FY 2020 budget for the Next-Generation Ejection Seat programme It will formally get the programme moving towards procurement A top US Air Force (USAF) acquisition official hopes the service will allocate money in the fiscal

  • Qatari industrial capabilities grow as procurements increase

    As the deal between Qatar and the United Kingdom for Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft has come into force, the development of Qatar’s defence industrial capabilities is continuing apace. Following on from the raft of defence collaboration agreements signed at the DIMDEX trade show in Doha in

  • Rare earths escape US tariffs on China

    The Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) released its finalised list of Chinese imports that are to be subject to tariffs from 24 September, however rare earths have escaped the imposition of duties. The list released by the USTR contains 5,745 full or partial lines of proposed goods of the

  • L3 replaces president of communications business

    US defence electronics specialist L3 Technologies has appointed a new president of its newly rebranded communications systems business, the company announced on 17 September. Effective immediately, Sean J Stackley has been named senior vice president and president of what is now Communications and

  • New NATO software interface to enable direct inter-ally tactical communications

    NATO is urging its members to ratify as quickly as possible a new software standard for secure encrypted communications between their armed forces. Once implemented, it would enable direct and interoperable tactical communications between allied forces in the field. The new software, called Secure

  • UK’s BBA Aviation acquires US aerospace component manufacturer

    British business and general aviation supplier BBA Aviation announced on 18 September that it is to acquire US aircraft component manufacturer Firstmark Corp. The acquisition, valued at USD97 million, remains dependent on governmental and regulatory approvals, but is expected to be completed before

  • AFA 2018: Insitu unveils Integrator Extended Range ISR UAV

    Key Points Insitu unveiled its Integrator Extended Range small UAV The SATCOM-enabled aircraft will have 10 hours time on station at 200 n miles Insitu on 17 September unveiled its Integrator Extended Range (IER) 66 kg beyond line-of-sight (BLOS) intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance

  • AFA 2018: Logos Technologies’ WAMI sensor now available for Integrator UAS

    Logos Technologies announced that its Redkite-I, a wide-area motion imagery (WAMI) system, completed its final Integrator unmanned aerial system (UAS) flight test and will now be added to Insitu’s catalogue of sensors available for the tactical UAS. John Marion, the president of Logos

  • AFA 2018: Wilson expects 24% growth in squadrons by 2025-30

    Key Points The USAF plans to add 74 new squadrons by 2025-30 An expert believes this would grow the budget by USD13 billion yearly in 2018 dollars The US Air Force (USAF) will add 74 new squadrons by 2025-30 to its current amount of 312 as part of its squadron revitalisation effort, USAF

  • DX Korea 2018: Hanwha unveils electromagnetic launch system development

    South Korea defence prime Hanwha Corporation has unveiled plans to develop an electromagnetic launch system (EMLS) for surface-to-air missiles (SAM) at the 2018 edition of the DX Korea land forces exhibition in Goyang City. According to company officials, the EMLS programme is an internally funded

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