• USFK returns four military sites to South Korea

    United States Forces Korea (USFK) announced on 11 December the return of four US military sites to the South Korean government along with plans to initiate the return of 13 additional ones. In a statement the force said that USFK Deputy Commander Lieutenant General Kenneth S Wilsbach and Director

  • Collins Aerospace showcases expanded ERV system

    Collins Aerospace showcased its recently expanded Enhanced Reality Vision (ERV) system at the 2019 Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) in Orlando in December. Eileen Leonhardy, associate director, mission systems, optronics for Collins, told Jane’s

  • Quantadyn reveals training solutions for UK’s JFST

    Quantadyn showcased some of the solutions it has developed for the UK’s Joint Fires Synthetic Trainer (JFST), the five-year, GPB41.1 million contract awarded to Elbit Systems UK, at the 2019 Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) in Orlando in December.

  • Saab reveals non line-of-sight laser to simulate indirect fires

    Saab has showcased new capabilities to blend live and virtual environments to enhance live training, as well as announced new live training contracts, at the 2019 Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) in Orlando, Florida, in December. Björn Linderö,

  • Contract signed for Colombia´s new Oceanographic Research Vessel

    Damen Shipyards Group has signed a contract with Colombia’s state-run company Corporación de Ciencia y Tecnología para el Desarrollo de la Industria Naval (COTECMAR) for the design and the materials package of an OSRV 8316 Oceanographic Research Vessel. The contract calls for ship

  • North Korea tested rocket engine at Tongchang-ri, says South Korean defence minister

    South Korean Defence Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo said on 10 December that the test conducted by North Korea three days earlier at its Sohae Satellite Launch Station (also known as the Tongchang-ri or Dongchang-ri Missile and Space Launch Facility) was of a rocket engine: the first official

  • GAO attributes US Navy readiness problems to continued maintenance delays

    The US Navy (USN) continues to face “persistent and substantial maintenance delays” that affect most of its maintenance efforts and hinder service attempts to restore readiness, the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) reported earlier this month. “From fiscal year (FY) 2014

  • Bohemia Interactive Simulations unveil latest version of virtual training tool

    Bohemia Interactive Simulations (BISim) unveiled the first customers for the latest version of its virtual training environment, Virtual Battlespace 4 (VBS4), at the 2019 Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation, and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) in Orlando in December. The Swedish Armed Forces

  • Newport News Shipbuilding shifts focus to Kennedy elevators

    Work to alleviate the Advanced Weapons Elevators (AWEs) problems that have plagued lead ship aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) should proceed more easily on the second ship of the class, John F. Kennedy (CVN 79), said Mike Butler, CVN 79 programme director for Newport News Shipbuilding,

  • US Army preparing for ERCA Inc 2 prototype competition

    The US Army is set to begin ‘shakedown’ testing for its Extended Range Cannon Artillery Increment 1 (ERCA Inc 1) prototype but is also plotting the course to receive ERCA Inc 2 prototypes in 2022, and these may not be an upgrade to the Paladin M109A7 self-propelled howitzer. Under the

  • USAF prepares to stand-up MH-139A testing unit

    The US Air Force (USAF) is to stand-up its first testing unit for the Boeing MH-139A helicopter, ahead of the type’s arrival later in December. Detachment 7 will be formally created at Duke Field, Florida, later in the month, before relocating to Malmstrom Air Force Base, Montana, to perform

  • AFRICOM says Russian air defences shot down UAV

    A Russian air defence system was responsible for shooting down a US unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) over Libya on 21 November, US Africa Command (AFRICOM) told Reuters on 7 December. AFRICOM spokesman Colonel Christopher Karns told the news agency that a US assessment had concluded that either

  • North Korea says it conducted ‘very important test’ at missile engine test facility after announcing that denuclearisation is ‘off the table’

    North Korea announced on 8 December that it has conducted a “very important test” at the Sohae Satellite Launch Station, which serves both as the country’s main satellite launch facility, as well as a missile engine test site. In a short statement carried by the state-run Korean

  • Sikorsky Colombia grows amount of native-born Black Hawk MRO personnel

    Key Points Sikorsky has increased the number of native-born employees at its Colombia Black Hawk maintenance facility Successfully developing high-skilled jobs outside the US will attract the attention of other nations looking to develop offset programmes The number of Sikorsky Colombia

  • Sikorsky in Colombia finishes Black Hawk production with unfinished airframe outside US for first time

    Key Points Sikorsky, for the first time, rebuilt a Black Hawk outside the US with an imported airframe This offers an economic option for customers as opposed to losing an aircraft or buying a new platform Sikorsky has, for the first time, taken an unfinished Black Hawk utility helicopter

  • US, Singapore sign MOU on RSAF fighter training detachment on Guam

    The United States and Singapore signed on 7 December a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the establishment of a Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) fighter training detachment at Andersen Air Force Base (AAFB) on the US island territory of Guam in the western Pacific Ocean. The agreement,

  • Hanwha Systems to acquire stake in US firm OverAir

    South Korea’s Hanwha Systems has announced a bid to acquire a stake in US firm OverAir, a specialist in unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Hanwha Systems said in a stock exchange filing on 6 December that it will purchase a 30% share in the company for KRW30 billion (USD25 million). It said

  • First ERCA prototype nearly complete, US Army prepares for ‘shakedown’ testing

    The US Army is set to ‘accept delivery’ of its first Extended Range Cannon Artillery (ERCA) prototype and move into the next testing phase. Brigadier General John Rafferty, the service’s head of the Long Range Precision Fires Cross-Functional Team, spoke with Jane’s on 4

  • US Army places R&D contract for Rheinmetall StrikeShield APS

    The US Army is to begin testing of Rheinmetall’s StrikeShield active protection system (APS) in October 2020 under a USD11 million contract, the company announced in a 3 December press release. StrikeShield is the new name for the ADS system, previously developed and marketed by Rheinmetall

  • First modernised P-3 delivered to Chile

    The first of two Chilean Navy Lockheed P-3 Orion maritime patrol aircraft (MPAs) undergoing modernisation and mid-life upgrade work in Canada was delivered back to Chile in the first week of December. Work on the aircraft started in April 2017 under a USD36 million contract awarded to IMP from