• US airstrikes in May against suspected Taliban drug facilities killed at least 30 civilians, says UNAMA

    At least 30 civilians were killed as a result of airstrikes carried out by US Forces-Afghanistan (USFOR-A) on 5 May against suspected Taliban drug-processing facilities in western Afghanistan, according to a joint report published on 9 October by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan

  • Brazil’s new Antarctic expedition commences

    Polar vessel Almirante Maximiano (H-41) departed Rio de Janeiro on 8 October to start Brazil’s 38th Antarctic expedition, “Operação Antártica: OPERANTAR XXXVIII”. The country’s other oceanographic support vessel, Ary Rongel (H-44), will join the expedition

  • Chile, Ecuador, and Peru continue demining operations

    The armed forces of Chile, Ecuador, and Peru are continuing to remove mines and other unexploded ordnance from their borders. A total of 1,092 mines have been destroyed from an area encompassing 26,740 m 2 along Peru’s border with Ecuador, the Peruvian army reported in a 2 October press

  • Growing backlash in US to Trump’s Syrian pullback

    US President Donald Trump’s decision not to defend the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) from Turkish military attacks has united Republican and Democratic lawmakers against him. Trump decided to withdraw about 50 US troops from northeast Syria in anticipation of Ankara launching a

  • ONR awards contracts for long-endurance soft-kill decoy payloads

    The US Office of Naval Research (ONR) has awarded small-scale 12-month concept-design contracts for radio frequency (RF) and electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) payloads intended to equip a next-generation expendable offboard decoy system able to stay airborne on station for at least one hour. Known

  • Peruvian President Vizcarra plans to authorise new ships for navy

    President Martín Vizcarra plans to authorise, soon, the construction of four new auxiliary transport vessels for the Peruvian Navy (Marina de Guerra del Perú: MGP). In a speech on 8 October detailing those plans, Vizcarra did not specify the class of vessels that will be manufactured, but

  • US Air Force XQ-58A Valkyrie suffers damage following third flight

    Key Points The XQ-58A Valkyrie suffered damage after landing in high surface winds The prototype cushion system, which is not intended for operational use, had an anomaly in final descent The US Air Force’s (USAF’s) Kratos XQ-58A Valkyrie long-range, high subsonic, unmanned aerial

  • US Army fielding new position, navigation, timing programme for Stryker

    The US Army is fielding its new position, navigation, and timing (PNT) system for tactical and armoured vehicles, with the latest tranche being deployed to army Stryker units at US European Command (EUCOM). The first iteration of the Mounted Assured PNT System (MAPS) to Stryker units was initially

  • US Air Force plans sole source contract to Collins Aerospace for new ejection seat

    Key Points The US Air Force plans to award a contract without competition to Collins Aerospace to acquire its ACES V ejection seat The service claims competition would cause delays that would risk pilot safety The US Air Force (USAF) plans to sole-source a contract to Collins Aerospace to acquire

  • JSTARS modifications under new contract include new liquid oxygen valve

    Key Points The US Air Force will perform a variety of upgrades to its E-8C JSTARS fleet under a September contract award Modifications will range from a new liquid oxygen valve to the bandwidth-efficient common data link The US Air Force (USAF) plans to make a variety of modifications, including

  • RAN to equip ships with Hawklink digital datalink system

    The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) is to implement the Hawklink Ku-band digital datalink system on major surface fleet units, informed sources told Jane's on 10 October. When operational, the 10 MB per second uni-directional Hawklink system will enable the real-time transmission to the ships of

  • Deleted image shows Singapore air force Heron 1 UAV with new belly payload pod

    The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) has inadvertently revealed the existence of an enhanced version of its Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) Heron 1 medium altitude long endurance unmanned aerial vehicle (MALE UAV) during the biennial ‘Forging Sabre’ exercise being staged from

  • Update: Exercise ‘Defender-Europe 20’ will see largest US deployment to Europe in 25 years

    The US European Command and Department of the Army on 7 October announced that exercise ‘Defender-Europe 20’ will see the largest US troop deployment from the United States to Europe in 25 years. The 19-nation exercise is scheduled to take place in Central and Eastern Europe and Georgia

  • US Army deploys jam-resistant GPS to Europe

    The US Army has installed 62 Mounted Assured Precision Navigation & Timing System (MAPS) anti-jam GPS devices in Stryker Light Armored Vehicles in Germany, the US Army News Service reported on 7 October. More than 300 Strykers from the 2nd Cavalry Regiment will be fitted this year with MAPS,

  • Air Force research labs, BAE Systems team up on new semiconductor programme

    US Air Force systems engineers, in conjunction with BAE Systems, are teaming to develop next-generation, short-gate gallium nitride (GaN) semiconductor technology that could prove critical to the service’s growing arsenal of radar, communications, and electronic warfare applications.

  • Argentina re-roles Pucara from light strike to surveillance

    Argentina has retired its Fabrica Argentina de Aviones (FAdeA) IA-58 Pucara from the counterinsurgency light strike role, employing it instead solely as a border surveillance and patrol aircraft. The change in role was formalised during a ceremony held by the Argentine Air Force (Fuerza Aérea

  • US records highest airstrike rate in Afghanistan for nearly a decade

    The US military dropped more munitions on Afghanistan in September than any single month since 2010, figures released by Air Force Central Command (AFCENT) show. According to the Combined Forces Air Component Commander (CFACC) 2013–2019 Airpower Statistics released on 8 October, about 948

  • USN completes first GQM-163A Coyote east coast target launch

    The US Navy (USN) has undertaken first launches of the GQM-163A Coyote Supersonic Sea Skimming Target (SSST) from an east coast range facility. Performed on 12 September from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility (WFF) in Virginia, the launch of two GQM-163A targets supported a fleet missile

  • USSOUTHCOM eyes additional resources, dollars for multinational maritime task force

    Establishing a multinational maritime task force with Central and South American partner nations remains a priority for US Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM) Commander Admiral Craig Faller, although a time frame for doing so is dependent on available dollars and demands on the US force. Adm Faller

  • Airbus rolls out fully liveried C295W FWSAR for Canada

    Airbus Defence and Space (DS) rolled out the first of 16 C295W aircraft that Canada is acquiring to fulfil its Fixed-Wing Search and Rescue (FWSAR) requirement on 8 October. The twin-turboprop, to be designated CC-295 in Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) service, was presented for the first time in