• US Air Force develops ‘EAGLE’ ESPA satellite ring with propulsion capability

    The US Air Force (USAF) has developed an ‘ESPA’ ring that is traditionally used to attach secondary payloads to upper stages on space launches and turned it into a completely independent and functional satellite. The Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) Secondary Payload Adapter

  • US militia leader arrest underscores ongoing risks of isolated arson attacks and confrontations with security forces

    The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) arrested the leader of the right-wing militia the United Constitutional Patriots (UCP), Larry Hopkins, in New Mexico on 20 April on firearms charges. The UCP has recently been conducting high-profile border surveillance operations on the US-Mexico border,

  • Brazil negotiates main corvette contract

    With the signing of the declaration of best offer between the Brazilian Navy and consortium Águas Azuis on 2 April – formally confirming the selection of the contracting group to build four advanced multi-purpose combat corvettes – negotiations for the main contract have begun. The

  • The Bahamas commissions new radar to improve maritime security

    The Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) commissioned a new radar on 17 April as part of its new maritime security strategy, which focuses on decentralising the RBDF and acquiring new technologies to improve monitoring and surveillance operations. The newly commissioned long-range coastal radar was

  • Argentine Army signs AB 206 contract

    The Argentine government has signed a ARS103.8 million (USD2.5 million) contract with state-owned company FAdeA to put into service 10 of 20 Agusta (Bell) AB 206 helicopters purchased from the Italian government and received in January 2018. Five of the helicopters will be for the Argentine Army

  • Boeing reliance on defence and services increases

    Boeing’s defence and services units helped stem the financial impact of plunging first quarter civilian aircraft deliveries, and revenues and profits in the wake of the ongoing 737 MAX debacle. “Nothing is more important to us than the passengers who fly on our airplanes,” CEO

  • General Dynamics hopeful for Saudi LAV-6 resolution this year

    General Dynamics has revealed that the delayed payments for Saudi Arabia’s Light Armoured Vehicle (LAV) acquisition amount to about USD1 billion but expects that the diplomatic dispute that led to the contract’s suspension will be resolved at a state level this year. A dispute between

  • Raytheon completes static test of DeepStrike rocket motor

    Raytheon disclosed on 23 April that it has successfully completed the first static test of the new solid rocket motor for its DeepStrike hypersonic surface-to-surface missile. The test, conducted at Allegany Ballistics Laboratory in West Virginia on 26 March, paves the way for “continued

  • South Korea advances industrial ties with India and US

    South Korea has held separate talks with India and the US to strengthen its defence industrial and technological alliances with the two countries. The Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) in Seoul said the talks were held on 24 April in New Delhi and on South Korea’s southern

  • US Army exploring network needs for future combat vehicles and helos

    At a time when the US Army is moving out with plans to field the next-generation of ground combat vehicles and helicopters, it is also examining what will be required of the network to support these weapons systems. During a 10 April interview with Jane’s , the programme executive officer for

  • USCG says new Polar Security Cutter marks US Arctic shipbuilding re-emergence

    The new US Coast Guard (USCG) construction contract for a Polar Security Cutter (PSC) represents the resurrection of the US desire to be an Arctic shipbuilding force, according to Admiral Karl Schultz, the USCG commandant. “We’re about to get into the business of building some

  • Classified bookings help drive record backlog at Lockheed Martin

    Lockheed Martin recorded another strong quarter of F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter deliveries, coupled with increased classified order activity, helping to bring the company’s backlog to a record USD133.5 billion at the end of the first quarter. “We are performing extremely

  • DoD contracts Iridium for enhanced mobile satellite service gateway

    The US Defence Information Systems Agency (DISA) has awarded Iridium Communications a contract to continue supporting the Department of Defense (DoD) enhanced mobile satellite service (EMSS) gateway for four and a half years, the company announced on 22 April. The contract for gateway maintenance

  • Lockheed Martin transfers F-16 production to South Carolina

    Lockheed Martin has opened its new production facility for the F-16 Fighting Falcon in Greenville, South Carolina, with production of the Block 70 variant expected to begin at the site by the end of 2019. Tooling and other equipment that was previously housed in the company’s Fort Worth,

  • More civilian deaths now being caused by pro-government forces in Afghanistan than by militants, says UN

    Pro-government and international military forces in Afghanistan were responsible for more civilian deaths in the first three months of 2019 than the Taliban and Islamic State-Khorasan militant groups, according to a 24 April report issued by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan

  • NAVAIR eyes magnetic anomaly detector fit for MH-60R

    Plans are being developed to introduce magnetic anomaly detection equipment onto US Navy (USN) and Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Lockheed Martin/Sikorsky MH-60R helicopters, the US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) has revealed. In a sources sought notice issued on 17 April, NAVAIR advised that it

  • US Army issues contracts for FARA-CP aircraft

    Key Points The US Army awarded contracts to five companies for its FARA-CP effort Contractor teams must be ready to fly by November 2022 The US Army on 23 April awarded contracts to five contractor teams for the Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft-Competitive Prototype (FARA-CP) programme,

  • US Navy to roll out further E-2D upgrades

    The US Navy (USN) is looking to equip the Northrop Grumman E-2D Advanced Hawkeye airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft with beyond line-of-sight (BLOS) networking and GPS-protection capabilities for operating in an electronic attack (EA) environment. The Naval Air Systems Command

  • US Army moving out on plans to field eight brigades’ worth of upgunned Strykers

    The US Army is moving out with a new requirement to add a 30 mm cannon to its double V hulled, Stryker Infantry Carrier Vehicles (ICVs), and seeking industry’s help to field eight brigades with the upgunned capability. In a recent notice posted on the Federal Business Opportunities website,

  • Boeing again resumes KC-46A deliveries

    Boeing recently resumed deliveries of its KC-46A Pegasus aerial refuelling tanker to the US Air Force (USAF) after a second pause for foreign object debris (FOD) concerns. Boeing spokesperson Chick Ramey said the company delivered the eighth aircraft on 20 April, which was also the fifth tanker to