• Team Reaper Australia adds new Australian partner

    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) has added Sentient Vision Systems to Team Reaper Australia, the teaming it has formed to pitch for Australia’s Project Air 7003 medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle requirement. Melbourne-based Sentient develops

  • Thales Australia, GD-OTS to co-produce munitions for the ADF

    Thales Australia and US-based company General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems (GD-OTS) have expanded their partnership to co-produce a range of ‘critical munitions’ for the Australian Defence Force (ADF). The two companies signed an agreement on 5 September that “will make

  • OTT Technologies expands M36 MRAP vehicle family

    South African company OTT Technologies has expanded its range of mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) 4×4 vehicles by introducing a latest-generation Puma M36 Mk 6C-2 with independent suspension, and a Puma M36 Mk 6C with a German Mercedes-Benz Zetros drive line. These MRAPs are to be shown

  • Chilean Air Force receives MH-60M Black Hawks

    The first three of six Sikorsky/PZL Mielec MH-60M (S-70i) Black Hawk helicopters on order for the Chilean Air Force were rolled out on 30 August at a ceremony at the 2nd Air Brigade facilities in Santiago. The helicopters arrived on 22 July and performed several certification and training flights

  • PGZ to acquire P&W Polish operation

    Poland’s state-owned PGZ holding group has signed a letter of intent to reacquire the Rzeszów-based Wytwórnia Sprzetu Komunikacyjnego (WSK PZL) aviation company from Pratt & Whitney (P&W). According to PGZ, the deal has been signed to incorporate the aircraft component

  • Arquus trials unmanned 4×4 Dagger

    French company Arquus has developed an unmanned version of its 4×4 Dagger light protected vehicle (LPV) using internal research and development funding. The vehicle was demonstrated at the Mouvement des Entreprises de France (MEDEF) Summer Seminar, which took place at the HEC Business School

  • Ecuadorian Navy rejoins ‘Unitas LIX’ exercise

    Ecuador has deployed the Esmeraldas-class corvette BAE Los Ríos (CM 13) to Colombia to participate in the multinational ‘Unitas LIX 2018’ exercise: the first time that Quito has participated in these manoeuvres in 11 years, according to the Ecuadorian Navy. The vessel was recently

  • New Costa Rican government's anti-trafficking security operations likely to reduce operational constraints including cargo robberies and homicides

    Event On 28 August 2018, US authorities in Delaware and the National Police of Spain in Madrid reported the confiscation and destruction of pineapple shipments containing over 112 kilogramme of cocaine from Costa Rica. The shipments had originated in Costa Rica’s San Carlos region where

  • UAVOS showcases latest UAVs

    UAVOS Inc, a US-based company specialising in the design, development and manufacturing of unmanned vehicles and associated control systems, is partnering with India’s Bharat Drone Systems to develop a range of air vehicles and technologies to meet emerging Indian armed forces requirements.

  • Update: Raytheon developing expeditionary land-based JPALS system

    Key Points Raytheon is developing a man-portable land-based JPALS system The system would enable the USAF to land aircraft where it does not have bases Raytheon is developing a smaller, expeditionary, land-based version of its Joint Precision Approach and Landing System (JPALS) for a

  • US DoD awaits congressional approval for reprogrammed funds initially meant for Pakistan

    The US Congress is expected to decide by the end of September whether to approve the reprogramming of USD300 million in Department of Defense (DoD) Coalition Support Funds (CSFs) originally meant for Pakistan but held back due to what Washington has described as a lack of decisive Pakistani actions

  • Land Forces 2018: Export sales sought for Australian battle management system

    Export opportunities in the United Kingdom and the United States are being actively pursued by Boeing Defence Australia (BDA) following the successful introduction of its Currawong battlespace communications system to the Australian Defence Force (ADF). The AUD950 million (USD682 million) Currawong

  • DARPA seeks transparency in cyber battle

    Key Points DARPA's Transparent Computing programme aims to detect cyber threats through linking together a system's activities It is particularly difficult to spot 'Advanced Persistent Threats', where adversaries can appear to be legitimate users The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

  • FLIR Systems invests in AI

    FLIR Systems has completed a “strategic investment” in artificial intelligence (AI) firm CVEDIA. Details of the deal, announced on 27 August, were not revealed. The investment will focus on developing thermal spectrum-based deep learning tools for use by FLIR and other companies to

  • Japan’s Improved Atago-class to field SM-6 air-defence missiles

    The Ministry of Defense (MoD) in Tokyo has decided to equip the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force’s (JMSDF’s) two Improved Atago-class destroyers with Standard Missile 6 (SM-6) air-defence missiles, an MoD spokesperson told Jane’s on 3 September. The revelation comes just four

  • UK trials T7 UGVs ahead of delivery

    The British Army has received several test examples of its new Harris T7 unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs), which are undergoing acceptance trials at Kineton in Warwickshire ahead of first deliveries of production models by the end of November, Jane’s has learnt. The United Kingdom is the

  • US law firm fined over ITAR-related employment policies

    Key Points Law firm Clifford Chance has been fined over its policy of recruiting only US citizens on the government’s ITAR project The settlement comes as firms across the industry battle with issues of ITAR and dual nationality, while the US government tightens aspects of export control

  • Boeing, PTDI look to expand collaboration

    Boeing and Indonesia’s aerospace group PT Dirgantara (PTDI) have signed an agreement to expand industrial collaboration, it has been announced. According to a memorandum of understanding (MOU), which was signed in the United States in late August and confirmed to Jane’s on 3 September,

  • L3 closes deals for tech companies

    L3 Technologies announced on 31 August that it had completed the acquisition of IT companies Azimuth Security and Linchpin Labs. Terms of the deals were not disclosed. The companies will operate under L3’s ISR Systems business segment as L3 Trenchant. Azimuth Security is an Australian-based

  • Australia to build F-35 engine maintenance facility in Queensland

    Australian company TAE Aerospace will develop a turbine engine maintenance facility in Bundamba, southeast Queensland, to support in-country sustainment of the Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF’s) Lockheed Martin F-35 Lighting II Joint Strike Fighter aircraft. The new facility