• 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

  • 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 .

  • 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

  • US looks to Brazil for space co-operation

    US Defense Secretary James Mattis met with Brazilian Minister of Defence, Joaqium Silva e Luna, on 13 August, as part of a tour of the region. During the meeting, the two discussed the current political situation in Venezuela, and also signed agreements to strengthen co-operation between the two

  • Violent risks intelligence bulletin – 15 August 2018

    Americas Argentina - 14 August 2018: In Rosario, Santa Fe, unidentified attackers allegedly connected to the drug gang Los Monos, attacked the offices of the Prosecutor’s Office using small-arms. Colombia - 14 August 2018: Colombian Minister of Foreign Affairs Carlos Holmes Trujillo rejected

  • Roboteam expands UGV portfolio

    Roboteam took the opportunity at the Global EOD Symposium & Exhibition in Maryland to showcase its latest unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) range, which includes the new Light Interoperable Ground Robot (LIGR) and improved Reconnaissance and Surveillance Teamed Robot (RSTR). The LIGR builds on the

  • Chilean Navy contracts overhaul of PC-7 powerplants

    The Chilean Navy has signed a support agreement with US firm Prime Turbines to have the PT6A-25 turboprops of its fleet of Pilatus PC-7 Turbo Trainer aircraft fully overhauled and refurbished, according to sources in Santiago. The first two engines are in the process of being sent to the United

  • US tightens investment regulations

    US President Donald Trump has signed the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act (FIRRMA) into law, which introduces reforms that will allow the government to apply national security reviews to foreign investment. Part of the FY2019 National Defense Authorization Act that has just come

  • ELN peace negotiations face high risk of failure as new Colombian government likely to introduce unacceptable demands

    Key Points President Iván Duque has been highly critical of peace negotiations between the former Santos administration and the Ejército de Liberación Nacional (ELN). The Duque administration has given itself 30 days to evaluate the state of peace talks with the ELN. The new

  • Unidentified assailants spray anti-Semitic graffiti on synagogue's property in the US' Indiana

    UNIDENTIFIED assailants spray-painted anti-Semitic graffiti and Nazi symbols on the brick wall of a synagogue's property in Carmel in the state of Indiana in the United States between 28 and 29 July, Fox News reported. The damages cost approximately USD 3,000. No group immediately claimed