HEADLINES

  • US State Department approves possible F-35 sale to Poland

    The US State Department on 11 September approved a possible Foreign Military Sale (FMS) of 32 Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) conventional variants to Poland for approximately USD6.5 billion. The approval is a key step toward formally providing Poland with F-35s. In

  • DSEI 2019: Rheinmetall further increases lethality of Mission Master UGV

    Rheinmetall presented a 70 mm unguided and guided missile rocket launcher module for its Mission Master unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) at the 2019 Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) exhibition, being held in London from 10–13 September. This follows the presentation of the

  • Pentagon planning initial legacy weapons cuts in FY 2021 budget request

    When Congress receives the Pentagon’s fiscal year 2021 (FY 2021) budget request, it will include initial plans to kill and curtail legacy weapons systems to pay for newer ones to better position the department to fight in a large-scale conflict, according to a top department spokesperson.

  • US Army to combat ‘deep fakes’ with new biometrics, voice recognition programmes

    Programme engineers at the US Army’s Combat Capabilities Development Command (CCDC) C5ISR Center are looking to expose so-called deep fakes – video and audio applications designed to mask or manipulate real world imagery – through a pair of new biometric and voice recognition

  • Brazilian Navy to establish special operations command

    The Brazilian Navy has recently taken measures to create its own special operations command, designated as the Comando Naval de Operações Especiais (CoNavOpEsp). This new organization to be subordinated to the Naval Operations Command (ComOpNav) will be based in Rio de Janeiro

  • Canada orders ship-to-shore connectors

    Montreal-based shipyard Navamar Inc has been awarded a CAN12 million (USD9 million) contract to build five ship-to-shore connector systems for the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN). Awarded after a competitive process as part of the overall Joint Support Ship project budget, the modular and configurable

  • China, Uruguay agree to greater defence co-operation

    China and Uruguay are strengthening their defence relationships under an agreement signed in Montevideo by the defence ministers of the two countries. The agreement, signed on 2 September, calls for the establishment of a framework for future co-operation and a specific Chinese commitment to donate

  • Taliban warns of more US losses in Afghanistan after Trump calls off peace talks

    The Taliban militant group in Afghanistan has warned that US President Donald Trump’s decision to call off peace talks with the group will lead to more US losses in the Central Asian country. “As [the] president of the United States has announced [the] suspension of negotiations …

  • US Army seeking multi-int sensors for urban combat

    The US Army’s Intelligence and Information Warfare Directorate (I2WD) is looking for solutions to increase mobility and survivability of its multi-intelligence (multi-int) sensor packages, for both manned and unmanned platforms, for urban combat operations. The multi-int capabilities being

  • Pentagon suggests NATO allies pick up tab for shelved MILCON projects

    In the Trump administration’s ongoing quest to push NATO members into boosting defence spending, the Pentagon is asking allies and partners to consider picking up the tab for US military construction (MILCON) projects inside their respective countries. US Defense Secretary Mark Esper has

  • AAR to provide two USMC Clipper liaison aircraft

    AAR Government Services Inc has been awarded USD118.6 million to deliver two Boeing 737 passenger/cargo aircraft to the US Marine Corps (USMC), the company announced on 6 September. The award will see the Chicago-based company provide a pair of 737-700 Increased Gross Weight (IGW) series commercial

  • Brazil to complete construction of two Macaé-class patrol ships

    The Brazilian state-controlled shipyard Arsenal de Marinha do Rio de Janeiro (AMRJ) will complete the construction of Macaé-class patrol ships NPa Maracanã and NPa Mangaratiba . The two vessels are part of five-ship acquisition Brazil started a decade ago. It is unknown what the

  • Lockheed Martin deploys new Cyber Resiliency programme

    Programme developers at Lockheed Martin have released a new cyber resiliency framework that company officials say will enable the US armed forces and militaries across the globe to measure a weapon systems’ viability to counter cyber threats. The Cyber Resiliency Level (CRL) model and

  • MITRE study recommends US Air Force procure armed F/T-X aircraft

    Key Points A study commissioned by Congress recommends the US Air Force acquire an armed variant of the T-X trainer aircraft This would better utilise fourth- and fifth-generation aircraft for missions in the Pacific where airspace is more threatening The US Air Force (USAF) should procure an

  • Raytheon, UTC set stockholder votes on merger

    Raytheon and United Technologies Corp. (UTC) have notified the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that they will convene special stockholder meetings next month to hold votes on their proposed merger. According to a 4 September filing with the SEC, Raytheon and UTC have

  • MSPO 2019: Poland requests Javelin missiles and C-130H aircraft

    Polish Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak signed two letters of request (LoR) with the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency on the first day of the International Defence Industry Exhibition MSPO held in Kielce, Poland, on 3–6 September for the government-to-government purchase of

  • US Marines load testing JLTVs on ships

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) has begun load testing Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTVs) on different vessels in preparation for deploying the Humvee replacement around the globe. The service recently announced that marines from the 3rd Battalion, 8th Marines, based out of Camp Lejeune, North

  • US Pentagon shifts military construction funds to border wall

    A missile defence site in the US and a US Air Force F-22 Raptor maintenance facility in Europe are among the USD3.6 billion in military construction projects that the administration of US President Donald Trump plans to defer to pay for a wall on the US southern border. The diverted

  • Pentagon strips USD3.6 billion from MILCON projects to pay for border wall

    The Trump administration has unveiled plans to pull USD3.6 billion from military construction (MILCON) projects, including some inside key partner nations, to funnel dollars towards building a wall along the nation’s southern border. In early September, US Defense Secretary Mark Esper issued

  • Embraer delivers first KC-390 to the FAB

    Embraer has delivered the first KC-390 transport aircraft to the Brazilian Air Force (Força Aérea Brasileira: FAB), with an acceptance ceremony at the type’s future operating base on 4 September. Handover of the aircraft at Anápolis Air Base in the state of Goiás paves the

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