• ANDSF failing to extend control over Afghan districts, says SIGAR

    The Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) have failed to extend their control over Afghanistan's districts, population, and territory over the past three months, according to a report issued on 30 July by the US Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction (SIGAR). Citing

  • ARL seeks manufacturers for its galvanic aluminium powder

    Key Points Last year’s discovery will make it easier to store and transport hydrogen ARL could begin receiving industry licensing applications by September The US Army believes the discovery last year by a team of its scientists for a new approach to creating hydrogen fuel from a

  • Argentine president’s re-election chances diminishing as recession nears, but return to economic interventionism unlikely in 2019

    Key Points IHS Markit expects Argentina’s economy to enter formal recession as soon as the third quarter of 2018, forecasting GDP growth of just 0.3–0.5% for 2018. The government is unlikely to sell its already unpopular deal with the International Monetary Fund politically, if it

  • KC-390 problems hit Embraer Defense & Security revenues

    Embraer has reported a significant drop in year-on-year revenues in its Defence and Security business line in the second quarter of 2018 (Q2 2018) due to problems experienced in testing the Embraer KC-390. The company has reported an 88.8% drop in revenues in Q2 of this year, with the Defence and

  • Persistent Systems’ MPU5 gets FIPS 140-2 Level 2 validation

    Persistent Systems’ MPU5 radio has been certified by the US government to meet basic security for a cryptographic module as well as the requirements for enhanced physical security. The company received the Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 Level 2 in July 2018 for its MPU5

  • US eases India export licence requirements

    The United States government has said it will allow India to receive more US high technologies and military items without a requirement for individual export licences. US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said in a statement on 30 July that the provision is in line with the United States'

  • US Naval Special Warfare targets precision engagement capability

    The US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) is looking to equip Naval Special Warfare (NSW) combatant craft with a Maritime Precision Engagement (MPE) capability to defeat asymmetric threats on land and at sea. Giving a briefing on 23 May at the Special Operations Forces Industry Conference (SOFIC)

  • Lockheed Martin to provide radar for Japan’s Aegis Ashore BMD systems

    The Japanese Ministry of Defense (MoD) said on 30 July that it has selected the Lockheed Martin Solid State Radar (SSR) for the two land-based Aegis Ashore ballistic missile defence (BMD) systems, which the country plans to install. The two radars will cost a total of about JPY248 billion (USD2.3

  • Indian MoD approves import of NASAMS air-defence system

    India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has approved the USD1 billion acquisition of an upgraded version of the Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace/Raytheon National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System (NASAMS) – commonly referred to as NASAMS II – for the Indian Air Force (IAF) to

  • Rockwell Collins reports increased Q3 sales

    Rockwell Collins has reported a 5% increase in sales year on year for the third quarter of fiscal year 2018 (FY 2018), with an increase of 13% recorded for sales in its government division. Avionics sales for government customers increased by USD53 million, due in part to deliveries for fighter

  • Austal closes in on Cape-class export deal

    Australian shipbuilder Austal is close to signing a contract with Trinidad and Tobago to build and supply two 58 m Cape-class patrol boats, the company announced on 30 July. The patrol boats will be operated by the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard, which in 2008 also ordered six 30 m fast patrol

  • DARPA pursues next-generation SoC design

    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) will fund the work of teams from academia and industry seeking to create ‘leap-ahead’ technologies to ensure the country maintains dominance in the electronics field. The agency launched the five-year USD1.5 billion Electronics

  • FAdeA, Paramount sign collaboration agreement

    Argentina’s Fábrica Argentina de Aviones SA (FAdeA) and South African aerospace and defence firm Paramount Group have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to increase defence industrial collaboration. The agreement was signed on the sidelines of the BRICS summit held in

  • Koni expands combat vehicle shock absorber portfolio

    Dutch company Koni is targeting the wheeled and tracked armoured fighting vehicle (AFV) market with its expanded range of shock absorbers. Koni supplies shock absorbers to vehicle original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), as well as vehicle suspension system developers such as Axle Tech, Texelis,

  • Leadership of Colombia’s largest cartel likely to accept Surrender Law terms, reducing disruption through ‘armed strike’ stoppages

    Event On 27 July, the Gulf Clan (also known as the Autodefensas Gaitanistas de Colombia: AGC) released a statement saying that the group was consulting with its members on the possibility of “collective surrender” following the passage of the ‘Surrender Law’ – aimed at

  • Taiwan proposes 5.6% defence budget increase

    The government of Taiwan has proposed a 2019 defence budget of TWD346 billion (USD11.3 billion), the Premier William Lai stated on 27 July. In comments reported by the state-run Central News Agency, Lai confirmed that 2019 military expenditure would increase by TWD18.3 billion – or 5.6%

  • L3 posts increased sales and earnings results

    Military communications specialist L3 Technologies generated sales of USD4.954 billion in the first half of 2018, up 5% year on year, according to financial results released on 26 July. The company’s operating income also increased by 8% to reach USD572 million for the period. All of

  • DARPA seeks to halt threats to US microelectronics

    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has selected teams from academia and commercial industry to explore flexible computer architectures that can exploit specialised hardware to quickly and efficiently solve a range of computing problems. These selected teams have also been

  • Colombian Navy commissions new amphibious ship

    The Colombian Navy (Armada de la República de Colombia: ARC) commissioned the amphibious landing vessel ARC Bahía Colombia (244) during a ceremony in Cartagena on 23 July. The ship is a rapid-reaction unit variant and features a Sormec crane, two 90 kW emergency power generators, and a

  • Raytheon reports rising profits

    US missile and defence electronics supplier Raytheon published its second-quarter results on 26 July, reporting strong growth in sales and earnings. The company’s revenues were up 5.5% compared with the same period in 2017, reaching USD6.62 billion. Year-on-year income growth was far stronger,