• ReconRobotics enhances Throwbot 2 with stun grenade

    ReconRobotics has partnered with Liberty Dynamic to introduce a flash-bang capability to the former’s Throwbot 2 unmanned ground vehicle (UGV). The Throwbot 2 is a throwable microbot system that provides operators with real-time video and audio reconnaissance of indoor and outdoor

  • Taiwan anticipates new F-16 Block 70 boost to RoCAF operations

    Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) announced in a 21 August statement that it is “grateful” for the US government’s decision to approve the sale of new-build Lockheed Martin F-16C/D Block 70 multirole combat aircraft, noting that the new jets will enhance the

  • US Air Force develops plan for restoring F-22 low observability maintenance capacity

    Key Points The US Air Force is determining how to improve the low observability maintenance capacity for its F-22 fleet The capacity was damaged when the former F-22 home, Tyndall Air Force Base, was severely damaged by a hurricane in October 2018 The US Air Force (USAF) is developing a plan to

  • Admiral Gilday takes over as USN CNO

    Admiral Mike Gilday relieved Admiral John Richardson as the 32nd Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), the most senior officer in the US Navy (USN) on 22 August. A seasoned surface warfare officer (SWO), Adm Gilday most recently served as the director of the Joint Staff. The Lowell, Massachusetts,

  • Pentagon terminates RKV homeland missile defence upgrade due to ‘technical problems’

    The US Department of Defense (DoD) is terminating its programme to develop a more reliable interceptor for the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system, which was designed to defend the United States against limited long-range nuclear attacks. The department “will terminate the current

  • US Army awards Boeing USD155 million AH-64E Apache contract

    The US Army on 20 August awarded Boeing a contract worth approximately USD155 million to procure nine new-build AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters. Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of 31 December 2022, according to a Pentagon statement. Boeing

  • Ecuador seeks to remove 95% of mines from border with Peru by 2021

    The Ecuadorian Ministry of Defence wants to remove up to 95% of land mines along its border with Peru by 2021, according to the Ministry of National Defence’s newly released strategy plan that spans 2017–21 (Plan Sectorial de Defensa 2017–2021). During the short-lived 1995 Cenepa

  • Brazilian DESAER unveils plans for militarised version of ATL-100 aircraft

    Brazil?s DESAER (Desenvolvimento Aeronáutico) plans to develop a multipurpose military configuration of its forthcoming ATL-100 (Aeronave de Transporte Leve) light transport aircraft for local and foreign customers. Beginning in 2022, the company plans to develop the military version for

  • Update: 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 US Department of Defense (DoD) conducted

  • US Army warns that FARA, FLRAA at risk if service cannot end Chinook Block 2 programme

    Key Points A US Army official warns that the acquisition of next-generation rotorcraft is at risk if the service is not allowed to cancel the Chinook Block 2 programme Cancelling the Chinook Block 2 effort is a small move compared with the larger budget reprioritisation that will take place in

  • China reiterates US sanctions threat

    China reiterated a threat on 21 August to sanction US companies involved in supplying military equipment to Taiwan. The warning came in response to a US government announcement one day earlier, approving the sale of 66 Lockheed Martin F-16C/D Block 70 aircraft to the island country that Beijing

  • US officials confirm Reaper downed in Yemen

    A US military MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) was lost over Yemen’s Dhamar governorate late on 20 August, two US officials told Reuters on the following day. One official said it appeared that the UAV was hit by a surface-to-air missile (SAM) launched by the Iranian-backed Yemeni

  • Pentagon kick-starts weapons’ portfolio review

    Legacy weapon systems are on the chopping block as newly minted US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper moves out with his promise to task the services with examining their weapons’ portfolios to decide which ones need to be culled to pay for modernisation programmes. Esper, the former US Army

  • Portuguese Army seeks small UASs

    The Portuguese Army is looking to acquire additional NATO Class 1 (under 150 kg) hand-launched unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) to enhance tactical situational awareness of its troops. The Force Planning Division at the Army High-Staff has initiated a study with the aim to acquire mini fixed-wing

  • Canadian Army set to acquire 360 combat support LAVs

    The Canadian military and General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada (GDLS-C) are finalising a deal valued at up to CAD3 billion (USD2 billion) for the purchase of 360 combat support Light Armoured Vehicles (LAVs). Harjit Sajjan, the Minister of National Defence, recently announced the pending LAV deal

  • US formally approves F-16 sale to Taiwan

    Key Points The DSCA confirms that a USD8 billion deal has been forwarded to Congress for approval The deal represents a shift in Washington’s approach to military sales to Taipei The US government has officially approved the sale of Lockheed Martin F-16 fighter aircraft to Taiwan, the US

  • Acquisition will extend ISR reach, says MAG Aerospace

    MAG Aerospace has acquired commercial charter and on-demand aircraft maintenance service provider Time Saver Aviation LLC for an undisclosed sum. Announcing the completion of the deal on 19 August, MAG Aerospace CEO Joe Fluet said the deal broadens the US-based company’s reach into the

  • Capital One acquires defence investment bank

    Capital One is to buy investment bank KippsDeSanto, which specialises in mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in the defence and aerospace markets. The two parties did not divulge the price of the deal in a 19 August announcement, but they expect it to close in the third quarter of 2019.

  • Malaysia enhances naval, coastguard interoperability with US

    Key Points Malaysia and the US have concluded a maritime exercise that saw inaugural participation of vessels from the respective countries’ coastguard services The activity is in line with the US Coast Guard’s intention to expand its engagement with partner countries across the

  • Industry competitors submit bids for next iteration of DCGS-A

    Companies vying to develop the next iteration of the US Army’s Distributed Common Ground System-Army (DCGS-A) submitted bids to service officials on 19 August, kicking off what will likely be a closely watched competition. Industry competitors sent in proposals for DCGS-A Capability Drop 2