• Brazil to open its new Antarctic research station in January 2020

    The Brazilian Navy will inaugurate its new 4,500 m² Comandante Ferraz Antarctic Station (EACF) in January 2020, the head of the Navy Programs Management Directorate (DGePM), Vice Admiral Petronio Augusto Siqueira de Aguiar, said earlier this month. Vice Adm Petronio released the details about

  • Northrop readies Hatchet glide munition for platform integration

    Northrop Grumman has achieved a technical readiness level (TRL) 7 milestone with its Hatchet unpowered precision strike munition, following the completion of a campaign of live end-to-end guide-to-hit trials in August. The next milestone will be full platform integration. The campaign, which was

  • USN starts cruiser USS Hué City modernisation

    The US Navy (USN) recently started the modernisation of guided-missile cruiser USS Hué City (CG 66) to put the ship through extensive structural, mechanical, and combat systems upgrades, particularly for air defence command. With the upgrades, the cruiser – which has been in service for

  • US military steps up combat operations in Afghanistan

    The United States military has intensified combat operations against militant groups in Afghanistan following the collapse of peace negotiations between Washington and the Taliban on 7 September. “We did step up our attacks on the Taliban since the talks broke down. You know, the [US]

  • Update: US announces Turkish military operations into northern Syria

    US military troops will no longer operate in northern Syria, a move that could decimate the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). The Pentagon, however, said it does not “endorse” such Turkish operations. Following a 6 October telephone call between US President Donald Trump and

  • US ARSOAC/USSOCOM trials GBU-69/B with Gray Eagle UAS

    The United States Army Special Operations Aviation Command (ARSOAC), in association with the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), has performed a series of complex launch trials with the Dynetics baseline and Block I variant GBU-69/B Small Glide Munitions (SGMs) from an ARSOAC MQ-1C

  • A-Darter AAM formally qualified

    Denel Dynamics completed the formal qualification review of the A-Darter imaging infrared (IIR) short-range air-to-air missile (SRAAM) in August, followed by certification in September by the South African Air Force’s (SAAF’s) Directorate Systems Integrity and the Brazilian Institute for

  • US Navy retires ‘classic’ Hornets from frontline service

    The US Navy (USN) has retired from active service its fleet of Boeing F/A-18A-D Hornet combat aircraft, announcing on 2 October that the final flight took place out of Naval Air Station (NAS) Oceana, Virginia. The retirement of the ‘classic’ Hornets brings to an end 35 years of

  • US Navy revives Submarine Group 2

    The US Navy recently re-established Commander, Submarine Group (SUBGRU) 2 in Norfolk, Virginia. Disestablished in August 2014, SUBGRU 2 was re-established on 30 September as part of the nation’s “response to the reemergence of great power competition”, USN officials said.

  • USN pushes carriers through maintenance availabilities

    Having completed its Tailored Ship’s Training Availability/Final Evaluation Problem (TSTA/FEP) in the latter half of September, aircraft carrier USS Dwight D Eisenhower (CVN 69) is gearing up for its Integrated Phase of the Optimized Fleet Response Plan as the ship transitions back to the

  • US Department of State approves potential sale of follow-on support for JMSDF’s Aegis-equipped destroyers

    The US Department of State has approved a potential USD140 million Foreign Military Sale (FMS) of follow-on technical support (FOTS) sustainment and services for the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force’s (JMSDF’s) eight Aegis-equipped destroyers, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency

  • North Korea says it test-fired a new type of submarine-launched ballistic missile

    North Korea announced on 3 October that the missile it had test-launched the previous day from waters off its eastern coast was a new type of submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) called the Pukguksong-3 (also spelled Pukkuksong-3). Pyongyang’s state-run Korean Central News Agency

  • Pentagon considering ‘No Trust’ architecture in future cyber security efforts

    The US Department of Defence must resolve itself to the notion that all its classified and unclassified networks have been compromised in some form or fashion if the US armed forces are to develop any viable cyber security strategy in the foreseeable future, according to a top Pentagon official.

  • US Army selects Lockheed Martin for new Sentinel radar

    The US Army has selected Lockheed Martin to build the next generation of AN/MPQ-64 Sentinel air-defence radar systems over incumbent Raytheon. Under the terms of the deal, valued at USD281 million, Lockheed Martin will spearhead work on the A4 variant of the stand-alone 3D Sentinel radar system,

  • Persistent Systems LLC to supply MANET radios to GDLS robotics

    General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS) has chosen Persistent Systems LLC’s mobile ad-hoc network (MANET) technology as its commercial radio supplier for its Multi-Utility Tactical Transport (MUTT) UGVs. The MPU5 radios will provide high-speed data and video communications as well as command and

  • US Army seeks new SIGINT solutions for high-altitude, low Earth orbit operations

    The US Army’s Intelligence and Information Warfare Directorate (I2WD) is seeking next-generation high-altitude, low Earth orbiting sensor platforms for offensive and defensive operations. Specifically, army engineers want “advanced concepts and capabilities” for signals

  • AFCENT command moves from Qatar to US to increase resilience

    In a proof-of-concept exercise carried out on 28 September, personnel at Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina temporarily took over from the Combined Air Operations Center (CAOC) at Qatar’s Al-Udeid Air Base, US Air Forces Central Command (AFCENT) announced three days later. “Command

  • Bell emphasises affordability, speed with new 360 Invictus aircraft for FARA-CP

    Key Points Bell hopes the affordability and simplicity of its new 360 Invictus aircraft will give it an edge for the US Army’s FARA-CP procurement The platform will leverage many technologies from Bell’s commercial 525 aircraft Bell is prioritising affordability, low risk, and high

  • Brazil and South Africa conclude development of A-Darter AAM

    The Brazilian Air Force has accepted the data package and type certificate of Denel Dynamics’ A-Darter air-to-air missile (AAM), signaling the closure of the project’s development cycle. The data package that contained the material that included all the knowledge that was produced was

  • South Korean F-35 aircraft make public debut

    South Korea displayed some of its recently acquired Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters for the first time during an event to mark the 71th anniversary of the country's Armed Forces Day on 1 October. A total of four Republic of Korea Air Force (RoKAF) F-35s were displayed at the