• Rare earths escape US tariffs on China

    The Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) released its finalised list of Chinese imports that are to be subject to tariffs from 24 September, however rare earths have escaped the imposition of duties. The list released by the USTR contains 5,745 full or partial lines of proposed goods of the

  • L3 replaces president of communications business

    US defence electronics specialist L3 Technologies has appointed a new president of its newly rebranded communications systems business, the company announced on 17 September. Effective immediately, Sean J Stackley has been named senior vice president and president of what is now Communications and

  • New NATO software interface to enable direct inter-ally tactical communications

    NATO is urging its members to ratify as quickly as possible a new software standard for secure encrypted communications between their armed forces. Once implemented, it would enable direct and interoperable tactical communications between allied forces in the field. The new software, called Secure

  • UK’s BBA Aviation acquires US aerospace component manufacturer

    British business and general aviation supplier BBA Aviation announced on 18 September that it is to acquire US aircraft component manufacturer Firstmark Corp. The acquisition, valued at USD97 million, remains dependent on governmental and regulatory approvals, but is expected to be completed before

  • AFA 2018: Insitu unveils Integrator Extended Range ISR UAV

    Key Points Insitu unveiled its Integrator Extended Range small UAV The SATCOM-enabled aircraft will have 10 hours time on station at 200 n miles Insitu on 17 September unveiled its Integrator Extended Range (IER) 66 kg beyond line-of-sight (BLOS) intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance

  • AFA 2018: Logos Technologies’ WAMI sensor now available for Integrator UAS

    Logos Technologies announced that its Redkite-I, a wide-area motion imagery (WAMI) system, completed its final Integrator unmanned aerial system (UAS) flight test and will now be added to Insitu’s catalogue of sensors available for the tactical UAS. John Marion, the president of Logos

  • AFA 2018: Wilson expects 24% growth in squadrons by 2025-30

    Key Points The USAF plans to add 74 new squadrons by 2025-30 An expert believes this would grow the budget by USD13 billion yearly in 2018 dollars The US Air Force (USAF) will add 74 new squadrons by 2025-30 to its current amount of 312 as part of its squadron revitalisation effort, USAF

  • DX Korea 2018: Hanwha unveils electromagnetic launch system development

    South Korea defence prime Hanwha Corporation has unveiled plans to develop an electromagnetic launch system (EMLS) for surface-to-air missiles (SAM) at the 2018 edition of the DX Korea land forces exhibition in Goyang City. According to company officials, the EMLS programme is an internally funded

  • DX Korea 2018: Hanwha to unveil Biho 2 self-propelled air defence system

    South Korea’s Hanwha Corporation is planning to unveil a new and improved version of its Hybrid Biho (Flying Tiger) self-propelled gun and missile defence system at the upcoming Association of the United States Army (AUSA) conference in Washington DC in October, company officials revealed to

  • Peru’s president calls for cabinet confidence vote, highlighting deteriorating relations with Congress over reform referendum

    Event President Martín Vizcarra has asked Congress to call for an extraordinary session for a vote of confidence in his cabinet. This step was taken over his government-sponsored proposal to conduct a referendum supporting reform of the political and justice system. Amid widespread

  • AFA 2018: B-52 re-engining could feature rapid prototyping

    Key Points An industry executive believes rapid prototyping could play a part in the US Air Force’s B-52 re-engining effort Despite the engines being commercial, he believes there are many issues involved in integrating modern engines on legacy aircraft An executive from potential B-52

  • AFA 2018: Boeing believes US Air Force, not company, will select new engines for B-52

    Key Points Boeing thinks the US Air Force will select the new engine for the B-52 It is unclear whether the USAF, or integrator Boeing, will choose the new engine because a formal acquisition strategy has not been released A Boeing executive believes it is likely the US Air Force (USAF), not the

  • AFA 2018: CAE sees growth in classroom-based training solutions

    Key Points CAE sees future growth in the classroom portion of military training programmes Militaries want to free people up for more important tasks, while the company is attracted to these more lucrative efforts Canadian training provider CAE sees future growth in the classroom portion of

  • AFA 2018: Lockheed Martin targets C-130J-30 wing fuel increase

    Key Points Lockheed Martin wants to increase the C-130J-30 aircraft’s wing fuel capacity This would add increased range and flight time, benefiting missions such as search and rescue Lockheed Martin wants to increase the C-130J-30 Super Hercules transport aircraft’s range by boosting

  • Lockheed Martin contracted by USAF to develop extreme range JASSM variant

    Lockheed Martin has been funded by the US Air Force (USAF) to take the next steps in the development of an ultra long-range version of the AGM-158 Joint Air-to-Surface Stand-off Missile (JASSM) air-launched precision strike missile. Known as the JASSM-Extreme Range (JASSM-XR), the new variant will

  • US State Department approves sale of PAC-3 MSE missiles to South Korea

    The US Department of State has approved a possible USD501 million Foreign Military Sale to South Korea of 64 Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) interceptor missiles, the US Defense Security Co-operation Agency (DSCA) announced in a 13 September statement. Also

  • Ammo resupply vehicles join SPHs gifted from US on way to Brazil

    The 40 M992A2 ammunition resupply vehicles granted by the United States to Brazil as ‘excess defense articles’ (EDAs) will arrive between 15 October and 15 November, the Brazilian Army has told Jane’s . The former US Army vehicles, which were previously stored at Sierra Army

  • Next government to further enhance political control in Mexico through passage of legislation enabling recall referendums

    Event Senator Salomón Jara Cruz, of President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s National Regeneration Movement (Movimiento de Regeneración Nacional: MORENA), presented on 13 September 2018 a constitutional reform draft that seeks to facilitate the staging of recall

  • Update: Pentagon delays F-35 IOT&E owing to software issues

    Key Points The Pentagon is delaying F-35 IOT&E owing to software issues This will further delay full-rate production The Pentagon is delaying initial operational test and evaluation (IOT&E) of the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) because of several software

  • Hurricane Florence strikes US Navy, USMC installations

    US Navy (USN) and Marine Corps (USMC) installations along the US mid-Atlantic East Coast battened down to face the high winds and driving rain generated by Hurricane Florence as the storm made landfall in North Carolina on 14 September, striking the coast as a Category 1 storm with a 10-ft (3 m)