• Quickstep, Radius collaborate on F-35 composites

    Australia firm Quickstep Holdings Limited has entered an agreement with US-based Radius Engineering to collaborate on setting up a facility in Australia to support the production of composite housings for Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter countermeasure flares. The arrangement

  • UK Royal Navy begins mini-UAV training

    UK Royal Navy (RN) personnel have begun flying mini-unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) from an airfield in Cornwall as part of the service’s experimentation drive. The AeroVironment RQ-20 Puma and Wasp III UAV systems were purchased off the shelf earlier this year for use by the RN’s UAV

  • Maritime security coalition stands up HQ in Bahrain

    Coalition Task Force (CTF) Sentinel, the multinational maritime security mission for the waters around the Arabian Peninsula, announced on 7 November that it has opened its headquarters (HQ) in Bahrain. The HQ has been stood up at the United States’ Naval Support Activity base under the

  • HII CEO cites continued maintenance capacity issue for USN ships

    The US Navy (USN) continues to face capacity issues in trying to keep its ships maintained, Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) CEO Michael Petters said. “The overall outlook for ship maintenance is that there’s more maintenance to be done than there is really capacity right now in the

  • Keel authenticated for first Flight III Arleigh Burke-class destroyer

    The keel for the first planned US Navy (USN) Flight III Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer Jack H Lucas (DDG 125) was ceremoniously laid and authenticated on 7 November at Huntington Ingalls Shipyard in Pascagoula, Mississippi. The yard officially started construction on the ship in May

  • North Macedonia’s EU accession remains elusive

    Key Points Regardless of which major party wins the April 2020 election, North Macedonia is unlikely to abrogate internally controversial agreements reached with Bulgaria and Greece since 2017. France’s October 2019 veto of EU accession talks for North Macedonia is likely to slow the

  • Update: US Air Force plans big investments towards digital architecture, space capabilities

    Key Points The US Air Force plans to invest heavily over the next five years on digital architecture and both offensive and defensive space capabilities The service wants to move to a model where decisions are made at machine speed and connectivity is emphasised over platforms The US Air Force

  • US Air Force plans aircraft communications survivability test in December

    Key Points The USAF is planning a communications test between a F-22 and F-35, both of which use different languages and frequencies to exchange data The test is part of a USAF effort to develop capability in four-month increments The US Air Force (USAF) is planning for a communications test

  • US Army modifying M1070A1 HET tractors to transport tanks along EU highways

    The US Army is looking to transport its M1 Abrams main battle tanks across European highways, with an eye toward military conflict with Russia. The service is ‘rebaselining’ its M1070A1 Heavy Equipment Transporter (HET) tractors to boost its payload capability and get it into compliance

  • Esper calls on US private sector, academia to help in the AI race against China

    US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper has called on private companies and academia to help the US military in the race against China for dominance in the field of artificial intelligence (AI). “We need the full force of American intellect and ingenuity working in harmony across the public and

  • US Army seeking right mix of systems, capabilities in key tactical network drill

    Hitting the right mix of network and communication platforms, systems, and capabilities for US Army ground units will be one of several key objectives for a major upcoming demonstration of the newest iteration of the service’s Integrated Tactical Network (ITN), although army officials

  • Pentagon intensifies warning over pending programme delays

    With the US House of Representatives set to begin public impeachment hearings for President Donald Trump, the military services are ramping up their warnings of programme delays if lawmakers fail to pass a fiscal year 2020 (FY 2020) defence spending bill. Nearly a month-and-a-half into FY 2020, the

  • Japan to launch Future Fighter Development Office

    Japan’s Acquisition, Technology & Logistics Agency (ATLA) has confirmed plans to establish in the next few months a dedication division to support the development of a next-generation fighter aircraft. A spokesperson from ATLA – an agency under the Ministry of Defense (MoD) –

  • Update: UAVOS flight tests 14 m wingspan ApusDuo HAPS aircraft

    UAVOS in October flight tested in Belarus a modified version of its ApusDuo high-altitude platform system (HAPS) aircraft that features a 14 m wingspan. UAVOS spokesperson Taisia Vasiukovich said on 5 November that the goal of the flight test was to verify the aircraft’s power consumption,

  • Airbus details enhanced C295 configuration

    Airbus Defence and Space (DS) has disclosed details of a new variant of the C295 transport and special mission aircraft, with Canada as the launch customer. Speaking at the Airbus Trade Media Briefing (TMB) in Manching, Germany, Ioannis Papachristofilou, head of marketing, said that the New C295

  • Martin-Baker declines to protest US Air Force ejection seat contract to Collins Aerospace

    Key Points Martin-Baker will not protest an upcoming US Air Force contract for its Next Generation Ejection Seat programme The contract could be worth as much as USD450 million Martin-Baker will not protest to the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) the US Air Force’s (USAF’s)

  • USN begins AN/SPN-50 radar testing

    The US Navy (USN) has begun land-based testing of its new AN/SPN-50(V)1 Shipboard Air Traffic Radar (SATR) at the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division Webster Outlying Field (NAWCAD WOLF) facility in St Inigoes, Maryland, the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) has disclosed. Managed by

  • Indonesia signals F-16V intention

    The Indonesian Air Force (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Udara: TNI-AU) is planning to procure two squadrons of Lockheed Martin's F-16V (Viper) Block 70/72 Fighting Falcon multirole combat aircraft, TNI-AU’s Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Yuyu Sutisna, has said. The

  • South Korea, US to hold another small-scale aerial drill to replace ‘Vigilant Ace’

    For the second consecutive year, South Korea and the United States plan to reduce the scale of their joint aerial drills to ease tensions with North Korea as part of a broader effort to persuade the country to give up its longer-range missile and nuclear programmes. Known as the “Combined

  • UAV Turbines developing microturbine engine for UAVs

    UAV Turbines is developing a microturbine engine specifically for Group 3 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and the company believes the engines will be more reliable than the reciprocating engines commonly used in this class of aircraft. UAV Turbines believes its Monarch 5 class of engines could