• Peru starts submarine Antofagasta modernisation

    The Peruvian state-run shipyard Servicios Industriales de la Marina (SIMA) commenced the modernisation process of BAP Antofagasta (SS-32), one of the Peruvian Navy’s Type 209/1200 diesel-electric submarines, the service announced in late December. The Peruvian Navy is carrying out a programme

  • Singapore cleared to acquire up to 12 F-35B STOVL JSFs

    The US State Department has approved a potential USD2.75 billion Foreign Military Sale (FMS) of Lockheed Martin F-35B short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL) Joint Strike Fighters (JSFs) as well as associated spare parts, logistics, and training support to Singapore. The US Defense Security

  • Chile shies away from buying new surveillance satellite

    Chile looks set to contract the supply of satellite imagery to a third-party, rather than procure a new satellite as previously planned. Jane’s was told by senior military and government officials in Santiago in early January that Chile is now backing away from its earlier stated plan to

  • Brazil to operate UAS from ships

    The Brazilian Navy will field its INSITU ScanEagle long-endurance fixed-wing unmanned aircraft system (UAS) from the Niterói-class frigates and Amazonas-class offshore patrol vessels (OPVs), the service told Jane’s . The UAS will be initially used in the consolidation of an operation

  • US braces for possible follow-on cyber attacks from Iran

    US cyber officials remain on alert for additional retaliatory strikes against key government or civilian networks, as tensions between Washington and Iran simmer over the killing of Major General Qasem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s Quds Force, by a US air strike in Iraq. Chris Krebs, head of

  • USAF issues RFI for F-35A SiAW missile

    The US Air Force (USAF) has issued a request for information (RFI) to develop the Stand In Attack Weapon (SiAW) to equip the Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF). The sources sought solicitation issued on 8 January calls for potential vendors ahead of the engineering and

  • Northrop Grumman completes initial trials of AQS-24B aboard MCM USV

    Northrop Grumman has completed initial at-sea testing of its AQS-24B minehunting sonar using a new deploy and retrieval (D&R) payload, the company announced on 6 January. The sonar and the associated D&R system were installed on a prototype Mine Countermeasures Unmanned Surface Vessel (MCM

  • US official outlines Indian CAATSA risks

    The United States retains concerns that India’s procurement of the Almaz-Antei S-400 Triumf self-propelled surface-to-air missile (SAM) system from Russia could jeopardise US military technologies and potentially India’s access to US sustainment capability. Speaking in a background

  • Trump appears to offer de-escalation in military clash with Iran

    US President Donald Trump said the United States will impose additional sanctions on Iran instead of retaliatory military strikes, at least for now, after Tehran launched short-range ballistic missiles at two Iraqi bases housing US and coalition forces. A day after Iran struck the bases, which was

  • Iran ‘slaps’ US with ballistic missile attack on Iraqi bases

    Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has described the ballistic missile attacks on two Iraqi bases hosting US forces early on 7 January as a “slap” in retaliation for the US airstrike that killed Major General Qasem Soleimani. “For now, a slap was delivered on their face

  • Bolivian Armed Forces delay troop discharge, face post-crisis challenges

    On 6 January Bolivian Defence Minister Fernando Lopez announced that, due to the post-electoral crisis that Bolivia experienced last year, the discharge, or licenciamiento, of troops from the first echelon of the 2019 class will be postponed for up to two months and will conclude gradually between

  • Iran launches short-range ballistic missiles at US bases in Iraq

    Iran retaliated for the assassination of a top general by launching more than a dozen short-range ballistic missiles at two Iraqi bases housing US and coalition forces, the Pentagon announced on 7 January. “It is clear that these missiles were launched from Iran and targeted at least two

  • Textron Aviation acquires Australian MRO specialist

    Textron Aviation has acquired Australian maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) specialist Premiair Aviation Maintenance, it was announced on 6 January. Textron Aviation did not disclose the terms of the acquisition but said Premiair Aviation Maintenance will now join its global network of MRO

  • CBO expects fighter/attack, rotorcraft platforms to make up bulk of future US Navy aircraft procurement

    The US Congressional Budget Office (CBO) expects fighter/attack aircraft and combat rotorcraft such as helicopters and tiltrotors to make up more than 80% of the US Navy’s (USN’s) procurement costs from 2020 to 2050, according to a new report. The report, The Cost of Replacing

  • Pentagon grapples with backlash from airstrike, subsequent missteps

    Fallout from the Trump administration’s decision to kill Major General Qasem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s elite Quds Force, is plaguing Washington both inside the capital and abroad. Five days out since the strike, the US military has mistakenly told Baghdad it will withdraw its troops

  • Update: Pentagon, Lockheed Martin sign new F-35 sustainment contract

    Key Points The Department of Defense and Lockheed Martin agreed to a new F-35 sustainment deal The F-35 programme is struggling to get control of rising sustainment costs The Pentagon has awarded Lockheed Martin a USD1.9 billion contract to support operations and sustainment (O&S) of the

  • US to reportedly deploy bombers to Indian Ocean amid heightened tensions with Iran

    The United States is sending six Boeing B-52H Stratofortress strategic bomber aircraft to Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean for possible strikes against Iran. The deployment, which was reported by CNN citing an anonymous Pentagon source on 6 January, will see the aircraft sent to the UK-controlled

  • LM exceeds F-35 delivery goal for 2019

    Lockheed Martin delivered 134 F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters (JSFs) in 2019, exceeding the joint government and industry goal for the year by three aircraft. In 2019 deliveries came from low-rate initial production (LRIP) lot 11, and included 81 F-35s for the United States, 30 for

  • US Navy prepares to receive first Super Hornet Block 3 test aircraft

    The US Navy (USN) is soon to receive the first Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet Block 3 testbed aircraft. A representative from Boeing told Jane’s on 7 January that the first aircraft will be delivered “on schedule” later in the first quarter of 2020. In 2019 at Boeing’s St

  • DroneShield’s C-UAS AI in US Army focus

    DroneShield has been shortlisted through the US Army’s Expeditionary Technology Search (xTechSearch) programme to collaborate on artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) algorithms. The xTechSearch programme provides funding to small companies to demonstrate technologies