• Brazilian frigate Defensora receives new surveillance system

    Ares Aeroespacial e Defesa, a Brazilian privately owned operation of Elbit Systems, is in the process of installing the Atena electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) surveillance system to Niterói-class frigate Defensora (F41) of the Brazilian Navy, replacing the EOS 400/10B sight. The system will be

  • Canadian frigate delayed again

    A long-awaited decision on the Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) frigate replacement programme has been delayed once more, although it is unclear for how long. In the official Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) update document released on 27 September, PSPC indicated no CSC design would

  • German SMArt 155 munition programme to start again

    Due to an additional demand for Sensor-fuzed Munition for Artillery 155 mm (Suchzunder Munition fur die Artillerie im Kaliber 155 mm: SMArt 155) artillery projectiles, the German Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded Gesellschaft für Intelligente Wirksysteme mbH (GIWS) an initial Step 1

  • L3-Harris merger attempts to create ‘6th Prime’

    Two of the Unites States’ largest defence electronics and communications companies announced on 14 October that they had agreed to pursue a merger. L3 Technologies and Harris Corporation revealed details of an all-stock transaction, which would create a company with a market capitalisation of

  • South Korea’s K9 self-propelled artillery production to roll into 2021

    Production of the South Korean Hanwha Land Systems K9 Thunder 155 mm/52 calibre self-propelled artillery system and its associated K10 Ammunition Resupply Vehicle (ARV) has now passed 2,000 units for the home and export markets, and production is expected to continue to at least 2021. The K9

  • US NAVSEA assumes maintenance functions for Western Pacific ship maintenance and repairs

    US Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) has formally assumed responsibility for ship maintenance availabilities at the US Naval Ship Repair Facility and Japan Regional Maintenance Center (SRF-JRMC) from Commander, US Pacific Fleet (USPACFLT). NAVSEA’s responsibilities include the oversight of

  • Civilian casualties from airstrikes in Afghanistan up 39%, says UN

    The number of civilian casualties in Afghanistan caused by airstrikes rose by 39% in the first nine months of the year compared to the same period in 2017, according to a 10 October report issued by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA). The mission documented 649 civilian

  • First F-35B SRVL recovery completed on HMS Queen Elizabeth

    Key Points An F-35B made the first SRVL recovery on to HMS Queen Elizabeth on 13 October SRVLs allow F-35Bs to make carrier landings with heavier loads, avoiding the need to jettison fuel and/or weapons An F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter has executed a first shipborne rolling vertical

  • USAF aircraft damaged as hurricane hits Tyndall AFB

    The US Air Force (USAF) suffered damage to a number of its aircraft as Hurricane Michael struck Tyndall Air Force Base (AFB) in Florida on 10 October. Up to 17 Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor fighters and an undisclosed number of Boeing QF-16 target drones are reported to have sustained unspecified

  • Boeing invests in satellite propulsion company

    Boeing startup capital business HorizonX Ventures has announced that it has made an investment in US ion thruster specialist Accion Systems, in a move aimed at accelerating the company’s development of innovative satellite propulsion systems. The company, which was founded in 2014, is

  • Japan to buy nine more E-2D aircraft from the United States

    Japan has decided to buy nine more Northrop Grumman E-2D Advanced Hawkeye airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft from the United States, Defence Minister Takeshi Iwaya announced on 12 October. “The E-2C [Hawkeye airborne early warning] aircraft are expected to retire …

  • US Air Force anticipates awarding most total next-generation launch vehicle funding to prime contractors

    Key Points A pair of prime contractors are expected to receive most of the US Air Force’s total contribution toward next-generation launch vehicles Non-competitors are in the market developing rockets largely on their own funding A pair of established prime contractors could receive most of

  • US to evaluate Saab GaN-based active aperture radar under FCT

    Saab is to supply a prototype gallium nitride (GaN)-based X-band Active Aperture radar unit to the US Office of Naval Research (ONR) for evaluation under the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) Foreign Comparative Test (FCT) programme. US Naval Air Systems Command’s Naval Air Warfare

  • AFRL assigns X-60A designation to GOLauncher1 hypersonic test vehicle

    The US Air Force (USAF) has assigned the experimental ‘X’ series designation X-60A to the GOLauncher1 (GO1) hypersonic flight research vehicle being developed by Generation Orbit Launch Services under contract to the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Aerospace Systems Directorate,

  • USMC touts F-35B readiness as flights are suspended

    A day after the US Marine Corps (USMC) commandant said the service’s first operational Lockheed Martin short-takeoff, vertical-landing F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters (JSFs) were exceeding readiness expectations, the JSF programme office has suspended all F-35 flights due to fuel-tube

  • US, international partners temporarily suspend some F-35 flight operations

    Key Points The US and its international F-35 partners temporarily suspended some flight operations on 11 October Inspectors searched for faulty fuel tubes The United States and its international Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) partners on 11 October temporarily

  • AUSA 2018: General Dynamics' Lightweight Medium Machine Gun undergoes substantial modifications

    General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems’ (OTS’s) Lightweight Medium Machine Gun (LWMMG) has undergone a substantial number of modifications to its internal and external components. The weapon is intended to fill the capability gap between the 7.62×51 chambered light and

  • AUSA 2018: New small-sized processor from Logos can handle big tasks

    Logos Technologies, best known for developing sensors for aerostats and unmanned aerial vehicles, has developed an image processor small enough to fit into a Group II unmanned aircraft system, yet capable of processing about a billion pixels per second. The company has combined graphics processing

  • AUSA 2018: Raytheon adds GaN to GEM-T to improve reliability

    Raytheon announced it will begin using gallium nitride (GaN) computer chips in new production Guidance Enhanced Missile-TBM (GEM-T) interceptors to replace travelling waveform tubes (TWT) currently used in the missile’s transmitter. By upgrading GEM-T’s transmitter with GaN chips,

  • AUSA 2018: Raytheon advances its DeepStrike missile development

    Raytheon has integrated its latest DeepStrike missile container with the US Army’s M270A1 Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) and M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS). The long-range DeepStrike missile was designed and developed to meet the US Army’s Precision Strike