• Bradley integration of Iron Fist APS back on track, deliveries expected by end of 2020

    Integration work to fold in Elbit Systems’ Iron Fist Light Decoupled (IFLD) system into the US Army’s Bradley Fighting Vehicle is back on track, with deliveries of production-rate variants of the active protection system (APS) to the service beginning in 2020. Programme officials with

  • US Army again seeking ‘suicide drone’ proposals

    The US Army is once again looking to equip small tactical units with a shoulder-launched loitering munition, also dubbed a ‘suicide drone’, to kill human targets and light-duty vehicles. In late August, the service posted a request for information on the Federal Business Opportunities

  • US and Taliban reach ‘agreement in principle’, says US special envoy

    US and Taliban representatives have reached an ‘agreement in principle’ regarding the conditions for a drawdown of US troops in Afghanistan, US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad said on 2 September, emphasising that final approval of the deal rests

  • Indian Air Force commissions eight Apache attack helicopters

    The Indian Air Force (IAF) commissioned its first batch of eight Boeing ‘AH-64E(I)’ Apache Guardian helicopters in a ceremony held on 3 September at the Pathankot Air Force Station (AFS) in northwestern India near the border with Pakistan. “The Apaches will upgrade the IAF’s

  • Taliban attack two northern Afghan cities as latest round of peace talks with US concludes

    The Taliban militant group launched attacks on Puli Khumri, the capital of Afghanistan’s Baghlan Province, on 1 September just a day after it overran several parts of Kunduz City, the capital of Kunduz Province, as the militants ramp up combat operations across the Central Asian country in an

  • Question mark hovers over US military aid for Ukraine

    US President Donald Trump is reportedly assessing if the government will send a previously announced USD250 million in security assistance aid to Ukraine. Trump is transitioning to a policy whereby overseas aid must be justified, so while Ukraine is not alone in coming under this scrutiny, it will

  • US Second Fleet on course for FOC in 2019

    Key Points The newly established US Second Fleet remains set to achieve full operational capability (FOC) by the end of 2019 This will include being certified to operate as a forward-deployed expeditionary command headquarters The US Second Fleet remains set to achieve full operational capability

  • USN, regional navies begin first-ever ASEAN-US Maritime Exercise

    Key Points The US Navy is conducting its first-ever naval exercise with ASEAN Drills come in the wake of a similar maritime activity that took place between China and the 10-country bloc in 2018 Amid a continued battle for influence with Beijing in Southeast Asia, the US Navy (USN) has begun its

  • Three companies selected to design US Army NGSW prototypes

    The US Army has selected three companies to design Next Generation Squad Weapon (NGSW) prototype variants. On 29 August, the service announced that it has awarded Textron Systems, General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems, and SIG Sauer with NGSW prototype contracts that call for the companies

  • Update: Royal Thai Army receives first batch of Stryker ICVs from US

    The United States has delivered a first batch of General Dynamics Land Systems Stryker 8×8 infantry combat vehicles (ICVs) to the Royal Thai Army (RTA), the Joint US Military Advisory Group Thailand (JUSMAGTHAI) announced on 29 August on its Facebook page. The advisory group also released

  • Airbus, UK withdraw from Canada fighter competition

    Key Points Airbus and the UK will not submit a bid to build Canada’s next fighter aircraft Airbus cited shifting requirements as one reason Airbus announced on 30 August that it and the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) are withdrawing from Canada’s effort to acquire a

  • China reiterates opposition to trilateral arms control negotiations

    China has reiterated its opposition to Washington’s proposal that the United States, China, and Russia hold arms control negotiations following the collapse of the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. “China will not participate in the trilateral arms control negotiation

  • Dynetics and Lockheed Martin awarded prized US Army hypersonic weapon contracts

    The US Army is racing to field a hypersonic missile battery by 2023 and has tapped Dynetics Technical Solutions and Lockheed Martin to help build and integrate a Long Range Hypersonic Weapon (LRHW) prototype. Pentagon leaders have deemed hypersonic weapon development as imperative to preparing for

  • GA-ASI contracted to deliver special mission upgrades for Reaper and Gray Eagle UAVs

    The US Department of Defense (DoD) has contracted General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. (GA-ASI) to deliver upgrades to the special mission MQ-9 Reaper and MQ-1C Gray Eagle medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The USD78 million award (potentially rising to

  • Navy cloud initiative seen as integration ‘pathfinder’ for intel, personnel systems

    The US Navy’s (USN’s) transition of its service-wide financial and supply-chain management systems into a cloud-computing architecture could set the template for how service leaders integrate intelligence programmes, personnel records, and other data-centric applications into ‘the

  • Trump plans to withdraw more than 5,000 US troops from Afghanistan

    US President Donald Trump has announced plans to reduce the number of US troops in Afghanistan by more than 5,000, but stressed that Washington will maintain a troop presence in the Central Asian country even if a peace deal with the Taliban militant group is reached to end the almost 18-year-old

  • Austal hits record revenues and profits for 2019

    Australian shipbuilder Austal posted record-high revenues and profits for fiscal year (FY) 2019, the company announced on 30 August. It said revenues for the year were AUD1.85 billion (USD1.24 billion), an increase of 33% compared to FY 2018, while net profits after tax were AUD61.4 million, up

  • Pentagon establishes US Space Command

    The Pentagon on 29 August created US Space Command (SPACECOM) as the 11th and newest unified combatant command in the US armed services. SPACECOM will focus on conducting all joint space warfighting operations and ensuring the combat readiness of global forces. SPACECOM will accelerate US space

  • B-2 lands in Iceland for first time

    A US Air Force B-2 stealth bomber landed in Iceland for the first time on 28 August, 'hot-pit' refuelling with its engines still running, US Air Forces in Europe (USAFE) announced in a press release the next day. The aircraft, from the 509th Bomb Wing based at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, flew

  • Collins Aerospace deepens engagement with C-130H programme

    L3Harris Technologies has selected Collins Aerospace as a subcontractor for a programme to deliver an integrated avionic system for the modernisation of the US Air Force C-130H Hercules transports. The Flight2 integrated avionics systems will be delivered for the Avionics Modernization Program