• PTDI receives two Bell 412EPI helicopters for Indonesian Army

    Two of the nine Bell 412EPI helicopters ordered in January 2019 by the Indonesian Army (Tentara Nasional Indonesia-Angkatan Darat or TNI-AD) have been handed over to PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) for customisation work. Bell, a subsidiary of Textron, announced in a 4 December statement that the

  • No hand at the helm: US Navy pushes ahead with unmanned surface vessel development

    The USN is accelerating its bid to field a new fleet of unmanned surface vessels that could interact with the rest of the force in tactical situations. Christopher P Cavas reports A corvette-like vessel manoeuvres on a distant sea, periodically changing course and speeds to get into a firing

  • RAAF receives 12th Boeing P-8A Poseidon aircraft

    The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) has received its 12th Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime multimission aircraft, according to a 13 December statement by the Department of Defence (DoD) in Canberra. The aircraft arrived the previous day at RAAF Base Edinburgh, completing the fleet for No 11

  • Chilean Air Force finds human remains near where missing C-130 last made contact

    Key Points Chile found human remains near where its missing C-130 last made contact on its way toward Antarctica, according to the BBC The aircraft had 38 people on board The Chilean Air Force (Fuerza Aérea de Chile: FACh) found human remains floating in the sea around where a missing

  • Congress moves to ban Pentagon from acquiring, developing INF-banned weapons

    US lawmakers want additional oversight into Pentagon plans to develop and field intermediate-range, ground-launched missiles, and they are prepared to bar the department from procuring and even developing these weapons. The move comes as the department ramps up testing and developing such weapons

  • Meggitt Training Systems rolls out new immersive marksmanship training system

    Meggitt Training Systems showcased its latest military immersive virtual weapons and tactical training system at the 2019 Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) in Orlando in December. The FATS 180MIL is an immersive, three-screen simulator from which the US

  • New Israeli-made OPV voyages to Honduras

    The Honduran navy’s new offshore patrol vessel (OPV), General José Trinidad Cabañas (FNH-2021), is scheduled to arrive in the Central American nation by the end of the month or early January 2020. The vessel departed an Israeli port on 5 December and is currently undertaking a

  • Pentagon acquisition chief makes counter-UAS top priority

    The US Department of Defense plans to redouble efforts in countering threats posed by unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), with the Pentagon’s top acquisition official putting the mission near the top of US national security priorities for 2020. “One of the threats seen in every [area of

  • Pentagon restricts Saudi Arabian students training in the US to classrooms

    Key Points The US Department of Defense is restricting Saudi military students in the US to classrooms following a fatal shooting by a Saudi student on 6 December Saudi Arabia has approximately 852 students in the continental US The Pentagon is restricting training of Saudi Arabian military

  • Pentagon to roll out new cyber-security certifications for industry next month

    A slew of new cyber-security standards and protocols, being drafted by the Pentagon for the defence industry, is on track for release next month, with industry compliance to those standards becoming mandatory for all future US armed forces contracts beginning in the spring of 2020, the US Department

  • RUAG completes development of new Gladiator VLS

    RUAG Simulation & Training (S&T) has completed development of its new Gladiator vehicle live simulation (VLS) equipment and showcased it at the 2019 Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) in Orlando in December. First revealed in prototype form at

  • Rheinmetall advances Next Generation 130 mm tank gun

    Rheinmetall Weapons and Ammunition “has completed developmental efforts” of an initial new Next Generation (NG) 130 mm smooth bore tank gun, but some further design changes are expected, company officials told Jane’s. The first NG 130 mm smooth bore gun, unveiled at Eurosatory

  • Argentina develops rotary-wing UAS for naval operations

    Argentine company INVAP is working with the national helicopter manufacturer Cicaré on the development of the Rotary-winged Unmanned Aerial System (RUAS), Jane’s learned from an industry source on 9 December. The RUAS, which is to be geared towards maritime operations, will be an

  • DARPA reveals plans for NOMARS unmanned ship

    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has laid out plans for another innovative unmanned autonomous ship programme a decade after launching its ground-breaking anti-submarine warfare (ASW) Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV) programme. In an information notice issued on 3

  • Update: Legislation likely to establish US Space Force no later than 2021

    Key Points The defence policy bill would establish the US Space Force as a part of the US Air Force likely no later than 2021 This could benefit space contractors while hindering the independent services’ space efforts The United States would establish the US Space Force (USSF) in the model

  • Colombian Army desires pair of new helicopter training facilities

    Key Points The Colombian Army seeks to develop an advanced helicopter training centre and a high-altitude landing and operations centre The army wants to have an international and regional aviation training centre by 2025 The Colombian National Army (Ejército Nacional de Colombia: EJC) wants

  • Congress wants answers on US Army’s OMFV plans, long-range artillery efforts

    US lawmakers are seeking additional oversight of the army’s plan to acquire an M2 Bradley Fighting Vehicle replacement fleet, as well as associated technology hurdles, after the prototyping competition left one vendor standing. House and Senate conferees have discussed a compromise plan for

  • US 1st Cavalry Division to provide forward headquarters in Poland after exercise ‘Defender-Europe 20’

    US Army Europe (USAREUR) has revealed that the 1st Cavalry Division will be the formation that will provide a headquarters (forward) in Poland under the Joint Declaration on Advancing Defense Cooperation signed by President Donald Trump and his Polish counterpart, Andrzej Duda, on the fringes of the

  • Bell-Boeing delivers first Common Configuration V-22

    Bell-Boeing has delivered back to the US Marine Corps (USMC) the first MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft to go through the US Department of Defense’s (DoD’s) Common Configuration Readiness And Modernization (CC-RAM) programme. Boeing announced on 10 December that the first of 129 Block B

  • Lockheed Martin conducts initial Precision Strike Missile flight test

    Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control conducted the first flight test of its candidate hypersonic surface-to-surface missile solution for the US Army’s Precision Strike Missile (PrSM) programme at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, on 10 December. During the flight test, the prototype