• Brazil mulls upgrades for VBTP-MSR Guarani 6×6 vehicles

    The Brazilian Army is finalising a series of studies aimed at improving the VBTP-MSR Guarani 6×6 armoured vehicle. The studies are being done by personnel from the army’s technical, administrative, operational, and finance sectors, and are to consider updates and potentially adding new

  • Israel-based SCD tailors shortwave infrared options for US armed forces

    Israel-based infrared sensing and imaging company SCD has been working to tailor its shortwave infrared (SWIR) sensor and imagery offerings to meet standing and future US military requirements, particularly in the areas of persistent surveillance and unmanned applications. “We see more and

  • NZ confirms redelivery schedule for updated ANZAC frigates

    The first Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) ANZAC frigate to be modernised in Canada under the Frigate System Upgrade (FSU) programme is now planned to complete its upgrade at the end of 2020, the New Zealand Ministry of Defence (MoD) has told Jane’s . HMNZS Te Kaha is currently completing

  • Pentagon confirms deployment of W76-2 low-yield submarine-launched ballistic missile

    The US Navy (USN) has fielded the W76-2 low-yield submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) warhead, John Rood, US Under Secretary of Defense for Policy said on 4 February in a statement. “In the 2018 Nuclear Posture Review, the department identified the requirement to ‘modify a small

  • US Air Force’s X-60A performs integrated vehicle propulsion system verification test

    The US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and Generation Orbit recently performed X-60A hypersonic flight research vehicle integrated vehicle propulsion system verification ground testing. The ground test campaign included both cold flow and hot fire testing with the Hadley liquid rocket engine

  • DOT&E cites need for further Knifefish development

    Based on recent tests, the US Navy’s (USN’s) Surface Mine Countermeasure (SMCM) Unmanned Undersea Vehicle (UUV), or Knifefish, needs more development work, the Pentagon Director of Operational Test and Evaluation (DOT&E) said in its annual report, released on 30 January. The USN recently

  • USAF seeks to modify tanker-transport fleet into command and control nodes

    The US Air Force (USAF) plans to equip its fleet of tanker-transport aircraft with beyond-line-of-sight (BLOS) communications pods so as to serve as command and control (C2) nodes in the future battlespace. A request for information (RFI) issued by the service on 3 January calls for industry to

  • USS Fitzgerald begins sea testing

    The guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) departed Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Ingalls Shipbuilding shipyard in Pascagoula, Mississippi, on 3 February to conduct comprehensive at-sea testing of the ship’s systems. The systems were restored or updated in the wake of the

  • Newer F-35As cracking due to gun use

    Key Points Lot 9 and newer F-35As have developed cracks after gun use The aircraft variant’s gun inaccuracy has stumped the programme for years The Pentagon has restricted gun use on Lot 9 and newer Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) conventional variants to

  • Northrop Grumman readies µSAS for Iver4 UUV integration

    Northrop Grumman’s µSAS (micro-synthetic aperture sonar) will be integrated onto an unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) for a 12-month trial with the US Department of Defense (DoD)’s Next Generation Small-Class Maritime Expeditionary Mine Countermeasures Unmanned Undersea Vehicle

  • UK MoD acquires MANTAS T12 USV for further study

    The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded Maritime Tactical Systems (MARTAC), a Florida-based developer of modular unmanned surface vessels (USVs), a GBP1.8 million (USD2.4 million) contract to deliver five Man-Portable Tactical Autonomous Systems (MANTAS) T12 USVs to the Royal Navy and Joint

  • Bahamas Defence Force acquires UAVs

    The Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) has established the Bahamas Unmanned Aerial System (BUAS) programme, after signing a contract with Swift Tactical Systems for the delivery of 55 unmanned aerial vehicles. The contract, which was signed with the subsidiary of Swift Engineering in December 2019

  • DARPA pushes ahead with Assured Autonomy programme

    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)’s Assured Autonomy programme has concluded its first phase, with progress made on air, land, and underwater demonstration platforms, the agency announced on 29 January. The Assured Autonomy effort aims to develop formal safety

  • MDA issues DRPP for new hypersonic defence programme

    The US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) on 28 January released a pre-solicitation notice – in the form of a draft request for prototype proposal (DRPP) and system requirements document (SRD) – for a Hypersonic Defense Regional Glide Phase Weapon System (RGPWS) prototype development

  • US Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center looks to expand live-fire training

    The US Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC) wants to expand its live-fire training events to better mimic real-life scenarios, Rear Admiral Scott Robertson, the SMWDC’s commander told Jane’s . “We’re looking to add additional realism into those

  • US Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Command to integrate unmanned platform for SWATT

    The US Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC) will soon integrate unmanned platforms for the first time during Surface Warfare Advanced Tactical Training (SWATT), Rear Admiral Scott Robertson, the SMWDC commander told Jane’s . “We are getting CRUDES (cruisers and

  • USAF to acquire additional C-37B VIP/SAM aircraft

    The US Air Force (USAF) is to acquire up to eight further Gulfstream G550 aircraft to be used for VIP/Special Airlift Mission (SAM) requirements, it was disclosed on 31 January. A sole-source notification posted by the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center said that Gulfstream is to be contracted

  • USN acting secretary details hypersonic development goals

    A hypersonic weapon Flight Experiment 2 is scheduled for the second quarter of fiscal year (FY) 2020 to demonstrate the Hypersonic Glide Body designed by the US Navy (USN), Thomas Modly, acting USN secretary said. Hypersonic launcher testing will continue through FY 2020, Modly said on 31 January

  • Australia’s Austal in line for USN support deals

    Australian naval shipbuilder Austal has signed an agreement with the US Navy to bid for and support the service’s naval vessels operating in Australia and Southeast Asia. Austal, which in recent years has expanded its profile at regional facilities, said on 3 February that the Agreement of

  • USAF set to field StormBreaker on F-15E

    The US Air Force (USAF) is expected to declare an initial operating capability (IOC) with the Raytheon Missile Systems GBU-53/B StormBreaker glide munition on the Boeing F-15E Strike Eagle multirole combat aircraft in the first half of this year, following compliance with a Required Assets Available