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  • Taiwan’s Cloud Leopard II M2 prototype breaks cover

    Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) showcased a prototype of the next-generation 8×8 Cloud Leopard II armoured vehicle development in public for the first time at the 2019 Taipei Aerospace & Defense Technology Exhibition (TADTE) exhibition held from 15 to 17 August. The M2

  • State credit supports Austal export of patrol boats

    Australian shipbuilder Austal has confirmed a deal to supply two 58 m Cape-class patrol boats to the government of Trinidad and Tobago. The contract – valued at AUD126 million (USD85 million) – is supported through state credit provided by the government of Australia. Austal said the

  • US progresses F-16 sale to Taiwan

    The US government is progressing plans to sell F-16V fighter aircraft to Taiwan to strengthen the island country’s capabilities and deter aggression from China. The deal, which is worth USD8 billion, has been confirmed by US President Donald Trump. A procurement package – framed by the

  • NATO’s enhanced Forward Presence battlegroup uparmours in Latvia

    NATO’s Canadian-led enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) battlegroup in Latvia has received armour reinforcements from Italy and the United States in the last month, doubling the number of main battle tanks (MBTs) it possesses, albeit temporarily. The Latvian National Armed Forces announced on

  • US Air Force performs first flight of ROBOpilot unmanned air platform

    The US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and DZYNE Technologies on 9 August performed a two-hour initial flight of the Robotic Pilot Unmanned Conversion Program (ROBOpilot), according to a 15 August AFRL statement. Dr Alok Das, AFRL Center for Rapid Innovation senior scientist, said in the AFRL

  • US delivers two additional Metal Shark Defiant 32s to Uruguay

    The US officially delivered a second batch of two Metal Shark 32-ft (9.8m) fast patrol boats on August 14 to the Uruguayan Navy Comando de Infanteria de Marina (Marines). With the addition of the two new boats, Uruguay has four Defiant 32s in service with the Infanteria de Marina. The donation was

  • US tests ground-launched missile concept previously banned under INF

    No longer bound by the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, Washington announced that it is officially flight-testing ground-based cruise missiles that can fly between 500 km and 5,500 km. On San Nicolas Island, California, on 18 August, the Department of Defense (DoD) conducted a

  • USN calls EASR development “critical” for FFG(X)

    The successful development and integration of the Enterprise Air Surveillance Radar (EASR) will be vital for future operations of the US Navy (USN) proposed guided-missile frigate (FFG[X]), the Government Accountability Office (GAO) noted in a recent report. “Navy officials stated that

  • US Army seeks industry input on robotics and sensors

    The US Army Futures Command is issuing a solicitation request to industry to collect information on emerging robotics and sensor technologies for small tactical units under the incipient Smart Targeting Environment for Lower Level Assets (STELLA) programme. STELLA technologies will enable soldiers

  • Boeing completes RNZAF P-3K2 Orion UWISR upgrade

    Boeing has completed the underwater intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (UWISR) upgrade of the Royal New Zealand Air Force’s (RNZAF’s) six-strong P-3K2 Orion maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) fleet. Awarded by the New Zealand Ministry of Defence (MoD) in late 2016, the NZD36

  • Taiwan's F-16 deal highlights new US military sales strategy, says business advocate

    The proposed US sale of Lockheed Martin F-16 fighter aircraft to Taiwan upholds Washington’s independence in decisions regarding military sales to Taipei, a leading advocate of business between the two countries has told Jane’s . Rupert Hammond-Chambers, the president of the US-Taiwan

  • US Air Force seeks information on sUAS supply chain investment roadmap

    Key Points The US Air Force seeks information on creating financial incentives to shore up the US small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) supply chain The US sUAS industrial base has not been able to successfully compete with dominant foreign competition The US Air Force (USAF) seeks information

  • MDA issues RfI for THAAD ‘Advanced Capability Development’

    The US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) has issued a request for information (RfI) for continued development of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) globally transportable, rapidly deployable ballistic missile defence weapon system. According to a Sources Sought notification released on 11

  • Six percent of US Air Force C-130 fleet remains out of service due to rainbow-fitting inspections

    Approximately 6% of the US Air Force’s (USAF’s) Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules medium transport/multirole aircraft fleet remains out of service as the air force continues its rainbow-fitting inspections.The USAF announced on 7 August that 123 of 450 aircraft were temporarily removed from service after atypical cracks were found on the lower centre wing joint, or rainbow fitting, during programmed depot maintenance.

  • Turkey, US making progress on Syrian ‘safe zone’

    Turkey and the United States are in the process of implementing their agreement to establish a Joint Operations Centre (JOC) in Sanliurfa to co-ordinate a ‘safe zone’ along the border in northeast Syria, the Turkish Ministry of Defence (MSB) said on 16 August. The announcement

  • Lockheed Martin wins US Navy Ship Self Defense System contract

    The US Navy (USN) has awarded Lockheed Martin a USD56 million cost-plus-incentive fee, cost-only, firm-fixed-price contract on 15 August for combat system engineering support on the Ship Self-Defense System (SSDS). Under the contract, the SSDS combat system engineering agent and software design

  • US THAAD task force returns home from Romania

    The US 32nd Army Air and Missile Defense Command’s 69th Air Defense Artillery Brigade Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) task force began withdrawing from Romania on 9 August, following its deployment there in April 2019, the US European Command (EUCOM) announced in a press release on

  • USN reaches milestones with Ford propulsion plant, AAG

    Work on the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) propulsion plant has been completed as the US Navy (USN) confirmed the Ford-class Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG) system received the green light to recover all “props and jets” aircraft, according to the Aircraft Recovery Bulletin

  • USN sets out headmarks for T-AGOS(X)

    The US Navy (USN) is moving forward with plans to recapitalise its fleet of ocean surveillance ships (T-AGOS) with a new class of large Small Waterplane Area Twin Hull (SWATH) vessels. Designed to gather underwater acoustical data over a wide area using Surveillance Towed-Array Sensor System

  • Embraer reports 10% revenue rise in second quarter

    Brazilian aerospace and defence manufacturer Embraer published results from the second quarter of its 2019 financial year on 14 August. The company generated revenue of USD1,389 million in the period, an increase of 10% year on year, in part due to a large rise in sales in its Defence & Security

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