• US expects China’s marine corps to grow to more than 30,000 personnel

    The US Department of Defense (DoD) expects the size of China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy Marine Corps (PLANMC) to grow to more than 30,000 personnel by 2020, the DoD said in its 2018 China Military Power Report to the US Congress. Released on 16 August, the 130 page-long report

  • Australia receives P-8A Poseidon simulator and training systems

    Flight simulator and training systems have been officially handed over to Australia and will form part of a facility to train the pilots of the Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF’s) fleet of Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime multimission aircraft. “This AUD470 million [USD341 million]

  • Boeing to acquire small satellite manufacturer

    US defence and aerospace manufacturer Boeing announced on 16 August that it is to acquire Millennium Space Systems, a supplier of small satellite technologies based in California. The company, which employs 260 people, provides both components and spacecraft of more than 6,000 kg for national

  • Argentine Army receives first modernised FAL rifles

    The Argentine Army has received the first batch of 292 7.62 mm FAL rifles modernised by Fábrica Militar Fray Luis Beltrán. The factory is part of the Dirección General de Fabricaciones Militares: the organisation under the Argentine Defence Ministry that produces weapons and

  • China’s overwater bomber capabilities aimed at US, says DoD

    Over the past three years China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has rapidly expanded its overwater bomber operating areas, gaining experience in critical maritime regions and likely training for strikes against US and allied targets, the US Department of Defense (DoD) said in its 2018

  • Dynetics, Raytheon chase HEL TVD prize

    The US Army Space and Missile Defense Command (SMDC) has selected two competitor solutions to proceed to the Preliminary Design Phase of the High Energy Laser Tactical Vehicle Demonstrator (HEL TVD) programme with the award of separate USD10 million development contracts to Raytheon and an industry

  • Grant of M41C tanks to Uruguay advances

    The donation by the Brazilian Army of 25 M41C (Caxias) battle tanks to Uruguay is awaiting clearance through the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies, before going to the Federal Senate for final approval. Started in 2011 and repeatedly stalled through Brazilian approval processes, the deal will see 15 of

  • Brazil to receive remaining M109A5 in December

    The arrival of the remaining 56 of 60 M109A5 155 mm self-propelled artillery systems granted by the US Government to the Brazilian Army as excess defense articles (EDA) in a letter of offer and acceptance (LOA) in January 2018 is expected to take place in December, the service told Jane’s .

  • Lockheed Martin secures second hypersonic air-to-surface weapon contract

    Lockheed Martin has secured a USD480 million, sole source undefinitised contract from the US Air Force Life Cycle Management Center for the rapid prototyping of the Air-launched Rapid Response Weapon (ARRW). Officially published by the US Department of Defense (DoD) on 13 August, the ARRW contract

  • Chilean Navy buys Chinese UAV to secure facilities

    The Chilean Navy’s Marine Corps has ordered a Mavic Pro four-engine, rotary-wing unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) from Chinese manufacturer DJI to address a security requirement following an open tender. The UAV, which has no infrared capacity but features good low-light performance, will be

  • China prepares for blockchain boom

    Key Points China announces establishment of ‘key laboratory’ dedicated to developing blockchain technologies Move part of China’s increasing efforts to create a blockchain ecosystem to support sectors including defence China’s Ministry of Industry and Information

  • USN awards cruiser USS Cowpens modernisation contract

    The US Naval Sea Systems Command awarded General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding Company a USD147.7 million firm-fixed-price contract to overhaul and upgrade the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Cowpens (CG 63) on 14 August. This long-term availability will include a

  • Mattis sees future US space opportunities with Brazil

    Key Points Mattis said he sees future opportunities with Brazil for advanced research, particularly in space Brazil has a healthy appetite for enhanced space partnerships, but regulatory problems loom US Secretary of Defense James Mattis sees future opportunities for advanced research with

  • China criticises US NDAA for FY 2019

    Beijing has heavily criticised the US National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2019 (FY 2019) for containing what it referred to as “negative content related to China” along with plans to strengthen Taiwan’s force readiness and military capabilities. Referring to

  • Damen to supply parts for Chile’s new Antarctic vessel

    Damen Marine Components, part of Damen Shipyard, recently signed a contract to supply propulsion parts, systems, and equipment to Chile for the country’s new Antarctic research vessel, the company said. Damen will provide twin Commander Ram-Type electro-hydraulic steering gear units, twin

  • Ocean Infinity selected to assist in ARA San Juan search

    Argentina has selected US-based seabed survey company Ocean Infinity to bolster the search for the nation’s submarine ARA San Juan (S-42). The Argentine Ministry of Modernisation (Ministerio de la Modernización) accepted Ocean Infinity’s USD7.5 million bid on 6 August to assist the

  • Turkey ‘would exercise legal rights’ if US does not deliver F-35s

    Turkish presidential spokesperson Ibrahim Kalin said on 15 August that Turkey would exercise its legal rights if the United States does not deliver Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighters to Ankara. He made the remarks in reaction to US President Donald Trump’s signing on 13 August of

  • Boeing appoints new lead for AvionX

    Brendan Curran has been appointed as president of AvionX, a new avionics and electronics company within Boeing. Reporting to Stan Deal, president and CEO of Boeing Global Services, Curran moves to the company from Crane Co where he served as president of the aerospace and electronics group. In his

  • CAE revenues spike following strong simulator shipments

    CAE remains on track to reach its full-year targets despite a long-running industrial dispute at its Montreal facility, Marc Parent, the company’s CEO, announced during a call with analysts on 14 August. The integrated training services provider reported strong revenue and profit increases

  • Update: US legislation temporarily banning F-35 deliveries to Turkey becomes law

    Key Points US legislation temporarily bans delivering F-35s to Turkey The ban is in effect until the Pentagon issues a report assessing many topics, including how S-400 acquisition may affect other joint programmes US legislation temporarily banning deliveries of the Lockheed Martin F-35