• South Korea deploys PAC-3 missile battery to Cheongju Air Base

    The Republic of Korea Air Force (RoKAF) has deployed a battery of Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) interceptor missiles to Cheongju Air Base, which hosts the service’s fifth-generation F-35 Joint Strike Fighters and is believed to be within range of North Korea’s newly developed

  • Covid-19: US Navy relieves carrier Theodore Roosevelt commanding officer

    The US Navy (USN) abruptly relieved Captain Brett Crozier, the commanding officer of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), on 2 April for failing to properly follow the chain of command in voicing his concerns about the US Navy’s speed in addressing the Covid-19 infection

  • Raytheon secures multiyear deal for SM-3 Block 1B interceptor production

    Raytheon Missile Systems was awarded a USD2.14 billion contract by the US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) on 26 March to manufacture and deliver Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block 1B ballistic missile interceptors under a multiyear buy contracting arrangement. The SM-3 interceptor is associated with the

  • Covid-19: As US Navy battles virus impacts, service sets stage for recovery

    As Covid-19 cases mount on a deployed aircraft carrier and the US Navy (USN) cites signs of production slowdowns and disruptions, the service is laying the groundwork for future recovery by building up spares stockpiles, awarding contracts months ahead of schedule, and getting larger main

  • SCEPS power plant in the frame for next Mk 54 torpedo upgrade

    The US Navy (USN) is returning to a stored chemical energy propulsion system (SCEPS) to power an improved variant of the Mk 54 lightweight torpedo. The Mk 54 Mod 2 – also known as the Advanced Lightweight Torpedo (ALWT) – will additionally feature upgrades to guidance and control, and

  • Fassmer MPV70 MK II selected for Ecuador

    German shipbuilder and design house Fassmer has confirmed the selection of its MPV70 MKII design to meet the needs of the Ecuadorian Navy's (Armada del Ecuador) new Multipurpose Combat Vessel programme. Local shipyard Astilleros Navales Ecuatorianos (ASTINAVE EP) will build the vessel at its

  • GeoSpectrum launches scaled down TRAPS sonar for USVs

    Canadian marine acoustics house GeoSpectrum Technologies has launched a compact version of its Towed Reelable Active Passive Sonar (TRAPS) designed specifically for unmanned surface vessels (USVs) and other small craft. The scaled down system, known as TRAPS-USV, retains the low frequency active

  • Update – Covid-19: Top US Air Force officer sees more service collaboration on weapon systems

    Key Points Reduced future defence budgets due to Covid-19 could have the US military services better collaborate on weapon systems The US armed services are already working together on a munition, helicopter programme, and ground vehicle The US Air Force’s (USAF’s) chief of staff sees

  • DoD contracts 790 JASSM-ER missiles for US and FMS customers

    Lockheed Martin has been contracted to deliver 790 AGM-158 Joint Air-to-Surface Stand-off Missile (JASSM) systems to US Department of Defense (DoD) and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers. The award, announced on 1 April, is valued at USD818.2 million and covers Lots 17 and 18 of production. As

  • MDA awards Raytheon multi-year production deal for SM-3 Block IA interceptor

    The US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) has awarded Raytheon a multi-year production contract for the SM-3 Block IB ballistic missile interceptor, marking the first time that agency officials have inked a multi-year acquisition deal for the weapon. The USD2.1 billion contract will cover construction

  • Update: Japan rejects foreign plans for next-generation fighter

    The Japanese Ministry of Defense’s (MoD’s) Acquisition, Technology, & Logistics Agency (ATLA) has confirmed to Jane’s that it plans to pursue a Japan-led development project of a next-generation fighter aircraft, rejecting proposals by foreign manufacturers, including the one

  • US trials maritime strike role for Apache helo in Persian Gulf

    The US military has trialled the use of the Boeing AH-64 Apache attack helicopter in the maritime anti-surface warfare (ASuW) role in the Middle East. The US Naval Forces Central Command (USNAVCENT) announced on 2 April that it has conducted joint naval and air integration operations with US Army

  • Covid-19: US Army extends delivery deadline for up-gunned Stryker bid samples

    US Army acquisition officials are still assessing how to deal with the novel coronavirus’ impact on its modernisation efforts but have decided to give vendors vying for the embattled Stryker up-gunning competition an additional 30 days to deliver bid samples. Companies left competing for the

  • Thousands of South Korean USFK employees furloughed amid stalled US-South Korean talks on defence cost-sharing

    About half of the 9,000 South Korean nationals working for US Forces Korea (USFK) have been furloughed amid a deadlock in negotiations between Seoul and Washington about a new Special Measures Agreement (SMA) delineating how much each country will contribute to the upkeep of about 28,500 US troops

  • Venezuelan Coast Guard patrol ship sinks following collision

    The Venezuelan Coast Guard’s third coastal patrol ship (Buque de Vigilancia de Litoral - BVL) Naiguata (GC 23) has sunk following a collision with a passenger ship northwest of La Tortuga Island, near Caracas, on 30 March. The collision resulted in serious damage to the

  • General Atomics begins flight trials of first production-standard SkyGuardian UAS

    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) has begun flight trials of the first production-standard MQ-9B SkyGuardian unmanned aircraft system (UAS), the company announced on 31 March. The first flight of aircraft BC03 took place out of GA-ASI’s Flight Operations Facility in El Mirage,

  • Covid-19: Chile reports first military personnel infected with coronavirus

    Chile reported the first cases of military servicemen infected with the coronavirus on 31 March. The infected servicemen are six Chilean Navy personnel who arrived in Sydney, New South Wales, in early January. After being locally tested and proving positive for Covid-19, they are set to remain in

  • Covid-19: US Army signals willingness to modify weapons contracts but is silent on details

    US Army acquisition officials have yet to detail pending contract challenges and delays due to the spread of the novel coronavirus, but have signalled that they are willing to modify programme deadlines. In a 31 March statement, the service said it is working with contractors to “identify and

  • Covid-19: US Navy strives to balance operational requirements with virus challenges aboard carrier Roosevelt

    Reacting to a grim letter by the ship’s commanding officer about the challenges caused by Covid-19 aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), the US Navy (USN) is struggling to keep the ship operational while it is moored at port in Guam as the service tries to identify and

  • KC-46A Pegasus fuel system leaks excessively

    Key Points The KC-46A’s fuel system leaks unreasonably in 16 platforms This could put pressure on the US Air Force’s desire to divest legacy tankers The US Air Force (USAF) has upgraded an existing deficiency of the Boeing KC-46A Pegasus aerial refueling tanker to the most serious