• Update: F-35 test fleet struggles with low readiness rates as key deadline approaches

    Key Points The F-35 programme’s test fleet has a fully mission-capable rating that is roughly 10% of its goal This could make it difficult for the Pentagon to make an educated decision on whether to enter full-rate production The Pentagon’s Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint

  • North Korea tests new tactical missile system

    North Korea test-fired what it described as a “new” weapon system into the East Sea (Sea of Japan) on 10 August: the Northeast Asian country’s fifth weapon test since 25 July. Pyongyang’s state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported the following day that the

  • Platinum Equity to blend Wesco with Pattonair

    Aerospace supply chain management service provider Wesco Aircraft Holdings is being acquired by a unit of private equity firm Platinum Equity. Both parties expect the USD1.9 billion deal to close later this year, with Wesco being delisted from the New York Stock Exchange. Platinum Equity is

  • Singapore showcases latest defence capabilities during 54th National Day celebration

    The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) have taken the opportunity to display a range of new equipment and platforms at the country’s national day parade on 9 August. SAF equipment formed a significant part of a 1.3 km-long convoy, which featured 171 assets drawn from the SAF, Singapore Police Force

  • USMC to demo G/ATOR with Iron Dome

    US Marine Corps (USMC) leaders are in a race to field a capability to intercept mid-range rockets and artillery, and they are set to host a demonstration integrating Northrop Grumman’s AN/TPS-80 Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar (G/ATOR) with components of Rafael’s Iron Dome system. In a

  • Navy leverages gaming tech in new augmented reality training prototype

    Programme officials at the US Navy’s Office of Naval Research (ONR) and Naval Surface Warfare Command (NSWC) are pulling a page from the video game industry, leveraging the advances made in that field in augmented reality (AR) technology and integrating them into near-term solutions for US

  • Collins Aerospace rolls out new airborne networking radio

    American military communications firm Collins Aerospace is looking to leverage the US armed forces’ growing appetite for multi-channel, software-driven combat communications with its latest airborne networking radio offering. The TruNet AR-2000 is the two-channel version of the single-channel

  • Esper uses Indo-Pacific trip to shore up military alliances

    Escalating tensions between Washington and Beijing over potential missile deployments and a trade war greeted newly minted US Defense Department Secretary Mark Esper on his visit to the Indo-Pacific region. Esper marked his first international trip as the 27th US Secretary of Defense by visiting a

  • Turkey-US agree to establish Syrian ‘peace corridor’

    Turkish and US military delegations agreed on 7 August to establish a joint operations centre to oversee the creation of a ‘peace corridor’ along the Turkish border in northeast Syria. The announcement came after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reiterated on 4 August his

  • US DoD SARs detail cross-service missile cost changes

    The US Department of Defense (DoD) on 1 August released details on major defence acquisition programme cost, schedule, and performance changes since the December 2018 reporting period. Included in the information – which is based on the comprehensive annual Selected Acquisition Reports (SARs)

  • UK drops European-led initiative to join US ship-protection mission in Gulf

    In an apparent reversal in policy, the UK announced on 5 August that it was joined Operation ‘Sentinel’, the US-led coalition to protect shipping against Iranian attacks. “Following constructive discussions at an international conference in Bahrain last week (31 July), the UK has

  • Update: US Air Force seeks information on T-38A virtual reality flight simulator

    Key Points The US Air Force is asking industry about a possible virtual reality flight simulator with full cockpit integration for the T-38A This is likely a lower cost bridge solution as the T-38A debuted in the 1960s The US Air Force (USAF) seeks information from industry on the possibility of

  • US Air Force expects increased modelling, simulation with NGAD

    Key Points A US Air Force official expects more modelling and simulation work with its Next Generation Air Dominance effort. This would enable the service to rapidly experiment with new concepts or technologies and to spend less time and money building and testing physical models. An increased

  • US Army set to fire Spike NLOS missiles from AH-64E Apache

    In its quest to arm future aircraft, the US Army is hosting a demonstration to determine if it can fire Rafael Spike Non-Line-of-Sight (NLOS) missiles from US helicopters. The service is slated to conduct experiments at Yuma Proving Ground, Arizona, later this month as a response to army validated

  • Second batch of IAF Apache helicopters arrives in India

    A second batch of four Boeing ‘AH-64E(I)’ Apache Guardian helicopters for the Indian Air Force (IAF) arrived at the Hindon Air Force Station (AFS) on the outskirts of New Delhi on 30 July. A Boeing spokesperson told Jane’s on 7 August that the four twin-engined rotorcraft, which

  • ONR outlines vision for autonomous, distributed airborne EW

    The US Office of Naval Research (ONR) is planning to develop advanced algorithms and software to enable autonomous, distributed airborne electronic warfare (EW) operations. ONR’s Electromagnetic Maneuver Warfare Resource Allocation Management (EMW RAM), under the Future Naval Capabilities

  • US Air Force expects second high-energy laser system contract

    Key Points The US Air Force expects to award another contract for a high-energy laser system Additional companies are being considered as the effort moves closer to a programme of record The US Air Force (USAF) expects to award another High Energy Laser Weapon System (HELWS) contract, having made

  • US Army looking to equip Assault Breacher Vehicles with UAS capability

    The US Army is looking to shore up the situational awareness for troops inside Assault Breacher Vehicles (ABVs) by embedding unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) into the platforms. In a 6 August market survey posted on the Federal Business Opportunities (FBO) website, the service announced it is

  • Avon broadens protective-equipment capabilities with US acquisition

    Diversified US technology company 3M is to sell its military personal protective-equipment business (including rights to the Ceradyne brand) to UK-headquartered Avon Rubber for at least USD91 million, subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals. The deal is expected to close in

  • China warns it ‘will not stand idly by’ if US deploys IRBMs to Asia

    China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) has warned that Beijing “will not just stand idly by” if the United States deploys ground-based intermediate-range ballistic missiles (IRBMs) to the Asia-Pacific region. The MoFA’s statement, which was made on 5 August, came in