• US remains committed to India

    The US government has stressed its commitment to aiding India in bolstering its military capabilities at a time when the Asian nation is assessing its partnerships with a number of different allied partners. The US government claims that while the export of US equipment to India was very limited 10

  • US Army issues specifications for small VTOL UAV

    The US Army has released required performance specifications for a small vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that it wishes to procure under the Short-Range Reconnaissance (SRR) programme. The specifications, released to industry on 10 September, are based on evolving

  • ST Engineering appoints new CEO for US business

    Singapore Technologies Engineering (ST Engineering) has appointed new leadership for its US business, VT Systems. The group said on 10 September that Tom Vecchiolla, formerly president of Raytheon International, will replace John Coburn as president and CEO of VT Systems in December 2018. Coburn,

  • Lockheed Martin’s eCASS will support F-35C in 2020

    Key Points Lockheed Martin’s eCASS automated test equipment will support the F-35C in 2020 eCASS is designed to enable aircraft to return to operational status quickly and efficiently Lockheed Martin’s electronic Consolidated Automated Support System (eCASS) will support the F-35C

  • DARPA launches multiyear AI technology investment plan

    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) launched a new USD2 billion multiyear investment on 7 September into what it claims will be the third generation of artificial intelligence (AI) technology. The AI Next programme will fund the development of new and existing technologies,

  • Growing sophistication of gangs’ modus operandi in Uruguay likely to include increase in cash-in-transit and ATM theft

    Event In early evening of 3 September 2018, at least 10 masked individuals intercepted an armoured cash-in-transit vehicle belonging to security firm Prosegur, outside the Itaú Bank, in front of the Congress building in Avenida del Libertador and Yaguarón, in Montevideo. The individuals,

  • HorizonX invests in BridgeSat

    Boeing’s HorizonX venture capital arm announced on 10 September that its newest investment is in optical communications company BridgeSat. Formed in 2015, BridgeSat is developing a global network of optical ground stations (OGS) that facilitate the rapid transmission of large amounts of data

  • SAIC buys up rival Engility

    Science Applications International Corp (SAIC) announced on 10 September that it will acquire Engility Holdings under a USD2.5 billion all-stock acquisition. Under the definitive agreement the two companies, which generated USD6.5 billion pro forma revenue over the past 12 months, say they will

  • NAVAIR receives modified G550 ahead of range support telemetry installation

    The US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) has taken delivery of a modified Gulfstream G550 business jet that will now be further customised by Raytheon to serve as a telemetry range support aircraft (TRSA) on the Point Mugu Sea Range off California. Accepted on 30 July by NAVAIR’s Tactical

  • KC-46 achieves US FAA certification

    Key Points Boeing achieved US FAA certification for its KC-46 aerial refuelling tanker The certification is a key milestone as the company works towards first delivery in October Boeing on 4 September achieved a key milestone in the KC-46 Pegasus aerial refuelling tanker programme when the US

  • Philippines, Israel sign defence industry deals

    Companies from the Philippines and Israel have signed agreements to facilitate the marketing and production of Israeli military equipment in the Southeast Asian country. The accords were signed during Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s state visit to Israel, which concluded 6 September.

  • Ecuador assessing Orion aircraft for territorial surveillance

    Ecuador is evaluating a Lockheed Martin P-3 Orion maritime patrol and surveillance aircraft that the United States has temporarily deployed to the country. From 6 to 11 September the aircraft will be assessed for monitoring Ecuador’s maritime and land territories to help combat crimes such as

  • Land Forces 2018: Contenders vie for Australia’s IFV requirement

    At the close of the Land Forces 2018 exhibition in Adelaide on 6 September, contenders to supply the Australian Army with up to 450 modern infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) as part of Project Land 400 Phase 3 had been whittled down to three definites, one possible, one barely possible, and one

  • Pentagon mulls options for space-based missile defence sensors

    The Pentagon is considering adding a significant array of space-based tracking assets to improve missile defence capabilities following a recent wave of congressional support. The Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) interceptor system is effective defending against a limited-sized raid of

  • Argentine economic crisis to hit armed forces even harder

    The Argentine armed forces look set to be further degraded by the country’s economic woes. While new funding cuts to be applied on already-restricted military budgets are looming on the horizon, there is now also talk of merging the Argentine government’s defence and security ministries

  • Boeing to integrate Legion Pod onto F-15C Eagle

    Boeing has been awarded USD208.3 million to equip the F-15C Eagle fighter with the modular infrared search-and-track (IRST) Legion Pod. The contract, announced by the Department of Defense (DoD) on 5 September, provides for engineering, manufacturing, and development (EMD), production, integration,

  • Land Forces 2018: Australia’s DST expands defence research partnerships

    The Defence Science and Technology (DST) Group – the research and development (R&D) arm of the Australian Department of Defence (DoD) – has signed collaborative agreements with US corporation L3 Technologies and Australian firm Daronmont Technologies. DST said on 5 September that

  • Land Forces 2018: Australia’s DST expands defence research partnerships

    The Defence Science and Technology (DST) Group – the research and development (R&D) arm of the Australian Department of Defence (DoD) – has signed collaborative agreements with US corporation L3 Technologies and Australian firm Daronmont Technologies. DST said on 5 September that

  • USAF cancels ‘bunker-buster’ contract with foreign-owned recipient

    The US Air Force (USAF) has cancelled one of two contracts recently awarded to manufacture BLU-137/B penetrator warheads because the recipient is foreign-owned and so ineligible, Jane’s has learnt. Documents seen by Jane’s on 6 September show that the USAF has rescinded a USD419.6

  • US Air Force expects new S&T strategy in fourth quarter 2018

    Key Points Wilson expects the service’s new science and technology strategy to be released in the fourth quarter of 2018 The air force wants to better engage universities as part of this effort to redefine the critical technologies in the next 12 years and beyond US Air Force (USAF)