• Saab begins T-X assembly

    Saab has started assembly of the first aft-fuselage section of the T-7A Red Hawk for the engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) phase of the US Air Force’s (USAF’s) T-X trainer aircraft replacement programme. The Swedish manufacturer said on 21 January that it had begun

  • Apache down-selected for Bangladesh attack helicopter requirement

    Boeing has confirmed that its AH-64E Apache attack helicopter has been down-selected for a potential programme in Bangladesh. Company officials confirmed the development – which points to growing defence ties between the South Asian country and the United States – in a media briefing on

  • Bell-Boeing flies first Osprey for US Navy

    The first Bell-Boeing CMV-22B Osprey carrier on-board delivery (COD) tiltrotor aircraft for the US Navy (USN) made its maiden flight on 21 January. The aircraft, serial number 9435, flew out of Bell’s Amarillo Assembly Center in Texas ahead of delivery to the USN’s Air Test and

  • DARPA, Dynetics move Gremlins focus to aerial recovery

    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and Dynetics are shifting their focus in the Gremlins programme to aerial recovery of the X-61A demonstrator after completing the device’s first flight test in November 2019. The goal of this third phase of Gremlins will be the

  • Gen McConville: US Army ready to ‘negotiate’ OMFV requirements, schedule with industry

    The US Army may be taking a ‘tactical pause’ to reassess plans to acquire a replacement for its M2 Bradley Fighting Vehicle fleet, but the service’s revamped approach will look markedly different and include more industry input, according to US Army Chief of Staff General James

  • Pentagon announces replacement for F-35’s ALIS

    Key Points The US Department of Defense (DoD) will replace the F-35’s Autonomic Logistics Information System with a new effort A Pentagon watchdog believes the DoD is paying Lockheed Martin to fix something it should have properly provided earlier in the programme The Pentagon is replacing

  • Brazil inaugurates new Antarctic research station

    The Brazilian Navy inaugurated its new Antarctic station Estação Antártica Comandante Ferraz (EACF) on 15 January. The facility at King George Island, in the Keller Peninsula, was built by China National Electronic Imports and Exports Corporation (CEIEC) to replace the original EACF.

  • Surface Navy 2020: MIDS on Ship programme poised for full-rate production

    MIDS on Ship (MOS) programme, a BAE System platform designed to enable US Navy warships to employ Link 16 tactical datalink communications across domains through Data Link Solutions’ Multifunctional Information Distribution System Joint Tactical Radio Systems (MIDS JTRS), is poised to begin

  • US Marine Corps set sights on info ops with new command-level units

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) hopes to enhance its new cadre of command-level information operations (IO) units among component commands throughout the US armed forces’ regional combatant commands, as part of a wider Pentagon effort to gain the upper hand in increasingly competitive information

  • Pentagon dismisses Iranian claims of cyber attack in shootdown of Ukranian airliner

    The US Department of Defense is dismissing claims that a US cyber attack against Iranian air-defence radars led to the mistaken shootdown of a Ukrainian commercial airliner, killing all 176 passengers aboard. Despite Tehran’s recent public claims of responsibility that Ukraine International

  • US Navy kicks off with mine modernisation effort

    The US Navy (USN) is embarking on a major recapitalisation of its offensive mining portfolio to deny freedom of movement to adversary forces in a future high-end conflict. Speaking at the Surface Navy Association annual symposium on 16 January, Captain Danielle George, Mine Warfare Program Manager

  • BAE Systems invests more than USD2 billion in Raytheon and UTC businesses

    BAE Systems announced on 20 January that it has reached agreements to acquire the military GPS unit of Collins Aerospace and the Airborne Tactical Radios unit of Raytheon for a combined total of USD2.2 billion. The UK-headquartered group said that it will pay USD1.95 billion cash for the GPS

  • US efforts in Afghanistan undermined by ‘disincentive to tell the truth’, says SIGAR

    US efforts to reconstruct Afghanistan and bolster the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) have been undermined by a “disincentive to tell the truth” about the progress being made in the Central Asian country, John Sopko, the US Special Inspector General for Afghan

  • Gremlins demonstrator makes maiden flight

    Dynetics, Inc flew its X-61A Gremlins demonstrator for the first time in late 2019, it was announced on 17 January. A video of the maiden flight released by the company showed the Gremlins Air Vehicle (GAV) separate from a Lockheed Martin C-130A Hercules ‘mother-ship’ over Dugway

  • New helo sees Honduras become first Central American nation to field naval aviation

    Honduras has become the first Central American nation to field naval aviation, with the arrival of a surplus Eurocopter BO 105 helicopter. The helicopter, received on 15 January, will operate from the recently acquired General Cabañas off-shore patrol vessel (OPV). The first landing of the

  • Surface Navy 2020: US Navy plans for carrier Truman refuelling ahead of budget

    While some military analysts in Washington have been saying the refuelling of US Navy (USN) aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) could be on the chopping block again in order to free funds for unmanned systems, the USN is still planning for the midlife carrier work with the likely proposed

  • Brazilian Army releases its new strategic plan

    The Brazilian Army has recently released its strategic plan paper covering the period from 2020 to 2023. The document directs the force’s investment effort over the next four years, continuing the army’s transformation process. The document covers 15 main actions and a total of 34

  • US State Department approves potential USD1.5 billion FMS to support RAN’s Hobart-class destroyers and Hunter-class frigates

    The US Department of State has approved a potential USD1.5 billion Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to Australia of long-lead items, engineering development activities and other defence services to support the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN’s) Surface Combatant Program, the US Defense Security

  • Pentagon seeks proposals for future Pilot Training Next prototypes

    Key Points The Pentagon has issued a solicitation to further its Pilot Training Next work Desired technologies include network and data architecture and simulation environment The Pentagon’s Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx) is soliciting proposals from industry to build upon the

  • Boeing flies Advanced Chinook Rotor Blade for first time

    Boeing has flown a Block 2-standard CH-47F Chinook heavy-lift helicopter for the first time with the Advanced Chinook Rotor Blade (ACRB), the company announced on 16 January. The flight came some 10 months after the first Block 2 helicopter made its maiden flight with standard rotor blades. No