• Budget expert predicts small US Air Force ABMS funding boost for FY 2021

    Key Points The US Air Force is unlikely to request enough funding in FY 2021 to formally begin its ABMS effort A budget expert said the programme is still determining its vision for the architecture it wants A Pentagon budget expert has predicted that the US Air Forces’ (USAFs’)

  • US Army restarts Bradley replacement competition sans timetable or requirements

    Once again, the US Army is taking a crack at developing a replacement for its M2 Bradley Fighting Vehicle fleet, but this time, service leaders said they will not be fixated on set requirements or a firm fielding date. Bruce Jette, the army’s assistant secretary for acquisition, logistics,

  • Brazil seeks helicopter interoperability

    Brazil is looking to improve the interoperability of its helicopter capabilities across the armed forces, with a working group currently planning shipborne trials for a number of army and air force rotorcraft types. The working group, staffed by personnel of the Brazilian Armed Forces with

  • US Navy receives first SLM-upgraded Super Hornet

    The US Navy (USN) has received back into service the first of its Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet combat aircraft to go through the Service-Life Modification (SLM) process, the company announced on 6 February. The twin-seat F/A-18F from Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 106 ‘Gladiators’ that

  • Lockheed Martin could be financially liable to DoD for unmet F-35 SDD requirements

    Key Points The Pentagon could require Lockheed Martin to provide financial compensation for unmet F-35 SDD requirements This is subject to negotiation as the two parties could, instead, agree to overperformance on a requirement in exchange Lockheed Martin, the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike

  • DARPA selects BAE Systems to lead development of dual RF processing microchips

    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has selected BAE Systems to lead development on an advanced communication project integrating analogue and digital radio frequency (RF) capabilities into a single wafer. The USD8 million DARPA contract to BAE Systems’ FAST Labs will

  • Brazil to expand its border monitoring system

    The Brazilian Army is to expand its ambitious and complex Integrated Border Control System (SISFRON) starting in 2021, the service told Jane’s on 3 February. The measure, which is the second phase of the so-called ‘Army Strategic Program SISFRON’ (Prg EE SISFRON), will see

  • Logistics hampered US Bradley deployment in Syria

    Logistical challenges probably led the United States to withdraw its M2A2 Bradley infantry fighting vehicles soon after they were deployed to eastern Syria, a report by the US Department of Defense’s (DoD’s) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has indicated. In an apparent reversal of

  • Airbus Helicopters protests US Navy helicopter trainer award to Leonardo

    Key Points Airbus Helicopters is protesting the US Navy’s helicopter trainer award to Leonardo The service wants to acquire as many as 130 aircraft Airbus Helicopters on 3 February filed a bid protest with the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) over the US Navy’s (USN’s)

  • Carrier Ford completes aircraft compatibility testing

    Aircraft carrier USS Gerald R Ford (CVN 78) finished Aircraft Compatibility Testing (ACT), the US Navy (USN) confirmed on 5 February. Ford completed ACT on 31 January after launching and recovering 211 aircraft at sea, testing five different airframes of the Ford airwing with the Electromagnetic

  • Uruguay receives two helicopters for its armed forces

    The Urugayan military received two surplus-US helicopters in late January as it looks to boost its rotary-winged capabilities. On 29 January a second-hand Bell OH-58A1 Kiowa arrived in Uruguay to serve with the Aviacion Naval (Navy Aviation). The aircraft, serial number 71-20493 and originally

  • LRASM integration planned for P-8A Poseidon

    The US Navy (USN) is moving forward with the integration of the Lockheed Martin AGM-158C Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) on the Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft, and has also revealed plans to integrate a range of additional weapon systems in due course. In a pre-solicitation

  • Northrop Grumman offers BMC2 prototype to US Air Force for use in ABMS

    Key Points Northrop Grumman is in discussions with the US Air Force to provide its DA/RC BMC2 concept for use in the service’s ABMS experiment The company has run up to 50 different systems on the programme and up to 100 in simulation, officials said Northrop Grumman has offered a battle

  • Pentagon considers replacing Guam’s THAAD battery with Aegis Ashore

    A US Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) battery on Guam will remain, for now, but Pentagon leaders are mulling over a US Indo-Pacific Command (USINDOPACOM) proposal to position the high-value asset elsewhere and replace it with an Aegis Ashore ballistic missile defence system. The

  • Pentagon unveils cybersecurity standards for defence acquisition

    The US Department of Defense (DoD) officially unveiled its new standards and processes, which acquisition officials will use to determine a defence company’s cybersecurity capabilities. This will affect whether those companies will be awarded future Pentagon procurement programmes. The new

  • Raytheon tests laser-guided Excalibur S round for US Navy

    Raytheon Missile Systems has conducted live firing tests of its Excalibur S semi-active laser (SAL) guided artillery projectile against a moving target. Conducted at the Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona in April 2019, but not disclosed until 5 February this year, two Excalibur S rounds were fired

  • RoKAF indicates space force ambitions

    The Republic of Korea Air Force (RoKAF) has outlined plans to lean on local technologies in developing a future “space force”. General Won In-Choul, RoKAF Chief of Staff, said at a recent conference in Seoul that the space force target will be achieved through several phases of

  • SCD develops ‘Smart Imagery’ prototype linking AI and infrared sensor technology

    Programme engineers at infrared (IR) sensor and detector manufacturer SCD are in the midst of prototype technology work designed to infuse artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) capabilities into advanced versions of their short-wave IR (SWIR) and medium-wave IR (MWIR) sensors,

  • US Navy, Boeing link manned and unmanned EA-18G Growlers

    The US Navy (USN) and Boeing in late 2019 flew two autonomously controlled EA-18G Growler electronic attack aircraft as unmanned air systems (UAS) while using a third Growler as a mission controller for the other two, according to a company statement. Boeing spokesman Justin Gibson said on 4

  • US seeks spares to support El Salvadorian MD 500E mission in Mali

    The United States is seeking spare parts to support El Salvadorian MD Helicopters Inc (MDHI) MD 500E ‘Little Bird’ armed overwatch and observation rotorcraft flying in support of the UN mission to Mali. A request for information (RFI) issued by the US Army on 4 January called for