• USN reaches milestones with Ford propulsion plant, AAG

    Work on the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) propulsion plant has been completed as the US Navy (USN) confirmed the Ford-class Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG) system received the green light to recover all “props and jets” aircraft, according to the Aircraft Recovery Bulletin

  • USN sets out headmarks for T-AGOS(X)

    The US Navy (USN) is moving forward with plans to recapitalise its fleet of ocean surveillance ships (T-AGOS) with a new class of large Small Waterplane Area Twin Hull (SWATH) vessels. Designed to gather underwater acoustical data over a wide area using Surveillance Towed-Array Sensor System

  • Embraer reports 10% revenue rise in second quarter

    Brazilian aerospace and defence manufacturer Embraer published results from the second quarter of its 2019 financial year on 14 August. The company generated revenue of USD1,389 million in the period, an increase of 10% year on year, in part due to a large rise in sales in its Defence & Security

  • Atlas secures military customers for AtlasPRO MESH multi-UAV system

    Atlas has secured military customers in Europe and Israel for its autonomous AtlasPRO MESH multi-unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) system, according to a company executive.

  • Contracts and strategic acquisition reflect Parsons focus on defence IT

    Defence cyber security and IT contracts helped Parsons Corporation to post a 10% year-on-year sales increase in the second quarter (Q2) of 2019, the US-based company announced on 13 August. Parsons expects further defence-related growth after completing the acquisition of QRC Technologies on 31

  • NAVAIR contracts BAE Systems to integrate CV-22 HMD with Forward Defensive Weapon System

    BAE Systems Controls has been contracted by Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) for the software development associated with the integration of Defensive Weapon System (DWS) enhancements with the CV-22 tiltrotor helmet-mounted display (HMD). The DWS, which is also known as AN/AWG-35(V), is a

  • USAF F-35As deploy to austere Middle East airbase

    A detachment of US Air Force F-35A Lightnings has carried out the first deployment of the stealth aircraft to a temporary operating site in the Middle East, US Air Forces Central Command (AFCENT) announced on 12 August. It said the F-35As from the 4th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron (EFS) and

  • USAFE prepares for F-35

    US Air Forces in Europe (USAFE) has been preparing to base F-35 Joint Strike Fighters in the UK through a series of activities with NATO countries, its commander has said. General Jeffrey Harrigian, commander of USAFE, Air Forces Africa, and NATO’s Allied Air Command (AIRCOM), told

  • USN scans for replacement AN/SPS-49 radar antenna

    The US Navy (USN) is examining the possibility of acquiring a replacement rotating antenna system for the Raytheon AN/SPS-49(V) L-band 2D air search radar. In a sources sort notice published on 9 August, the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Crane Division said it was “conducting market

  • New defence group to start operations in late 2019, says AirBoss

    Canada-based AirBoss expects to complete the formation of AirBoss Defense Group (ADG) in the fourth quarter of 2019 by merging its defence activities with privately run US company Critical Solutions International (CSI). AirBoss announced the deal in May, but it remains subject to approval by the

  • Australia vows to step up production of rare-earth materials

    Key Points Australia says it wants to guarantee the supply of rare-earth materials for itself and allies, including the UK and the US The move comes as US-China trade war intensifies and China threatens rare-earth export restrictions Australia will look to position itself as a supplier of

  • Colombian Navy test-fires Hae Seong anti-ship missile and DM2A3 torpedo on live targets

    The Colombian Navy test-fired the South Korean-made SSM-700K Hae Seong anti-ship missile and the German-made Seehecht DM2A3 torpedo against live targets for the first time in Colombian waters during the sinking exercises (SINKEX) as part of the ‘Neptune III’ naval exercises. A

  • Pratt & Miller Defense joins Raytheon and Rheinmetall Defence for US Army OMFV bid

    Raytheon and Rheinmetall Defence are teaming up with Pratt & Miller Defense in their bid for the US Army’s M2 Bradley Fighting Vehicle replacement effort. On 13 August, the companies announced their plans to join forces to compete for the service’s Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle

  • US GAO says USN should provide FFG(X) independent cost estimate

    The US Navy (USN) should provide Congress with an independent cost estimate for the service’s proposed new guided-missile frigate (FFG[X]) before awarding the detail design-and-construction contract for the ship and also seek ship warranty-cost information from industry as part of the request

  • USMC deems JLTV ready to deploy

    US Marines in the I and III Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF) will begin receiving Oshkosh Defense’s Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTVs) by the end of September after the service announced that the vehicle is ready to deploy and support operations abroad. On 2 August, the US Marine Corps

  • 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