• Private equity firm buys government communications business from Black Box

    US private equity company Arlington Capital Partners announced on 27 August that it had finalised its acquisition of public sector communications supplier Black Box Corporation’s Government Services business. The business, which provides secure communication, networking, and IT systems to

  • USN sees integrated combat systems as key for future surface force

    A key element for a successful future surface fleet will be commonality, Rear Admiral Ronald Boxall, US Navy (USN) Surface Warfare director told Jane’s . In particular, the USN will rely on a common integrated combat system for the various ship types to stitch together its surface fleet,

  • USN plans externally mounted gun system fit for MH-60S

    The US Navy is looking to fast-track the integration of an externally mounted gun on MH-60S combat support helicopters, with in-flight live trials planned for later this year. MH-60S helicopters are currently configured for either search-and-rescue (SAR) or surface warfare (SUW) defensive air

  • Commando Merlin HC4s prepare for carrier deployments and supporting future Littoral Strike Group

    Three of the newly upgraded Commando Merlin HC4 helicopters belonging to 845 Naval Air Squadron embarked on the Royal Navy’s (RN’s) aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth on 20 August to participate in the aircraft carrier’s four-month ‘Westlant 18’ deployment. Based at

  • India’s MoD approves purchases worth USD6.58 billion

    India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) approved the procurement of two helicopter types, short-range missiles, and locally developed howitzers for INR460 billion (USD6.58 billion) on 25 August. The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), which is headed by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman,

  • Update: US Navy awards Bell USD510 million contract for AH-1Z newbuild helicopters

    The US Navy (USN) on 23 August awarded Bell a USD510 million contract modification for 29 Lot 15 production newbuild AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters, according to a Pentagon statement. The modification also provides for long lead parts and components for an additional seven Lot 16 aircraft. This

  • AeroVironment, West Point collaborating on UAV technology

    AeroVironment announced on 27 August that it is collaborating with West Point Military Academy to provide unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and analytics software to be used by cadets within the school’s geography and environmental engineering department. The company’s MacCready Works

  • IS-K leader in Afghanistan killed in airstrike, say Afghan officials

    A high-profile leader of the Islamic State militant group in Afghanistan has been killed in an airstrike, according to an announcement made on Twitter by a spokesperson of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. Known as the ‘Emir of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant – Khorasan

  • JHU/APL completes first year of BOLT hypersonic boundary layer research

    A research team led by the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL) has completed the first year of a three-year project intended to explore boundary layer transition mechanisms for hypersonic flight vehicles. Funded by a research grant from the Air Force Office of Scientific

  • BAE Systems offers simplified software licensing for the cloud

    BAE Systems has teamed with Flexera to offer government agencies a better way to handle software licenses in the cloud. Felxera’s asset and license management tools will be integrated into BAE Systems’ and Dell EMC’s federated secure cloud to help the government understand the

  • DARPA effort seeks alternative to GPS

    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is seeking to develop high-performance position, navigation, and timing (PNT) devices while reducing the size and complexity of those systems. The Atomic-Photonic Integration (A-PhI) programme will develop portable Photonic Integrated

  • DARPA seeks new use for SHIELD

    The Supply Chain Hardware Integrity for Electronics Defense (SHIELD) programme, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA’s) effort to stop the introduction of counterfeit parts into electronic systems, is partnering with IBM to create a way to verify and validate contracts.

  • US legislative attempt to move funding from light attack aircraft procurement to CH-53K fails

    Key Points An amendment to appropriate money for CH-53K at the expense of light attack aircraft failed The USAF expects to award a contract or contracts for light attack aircraft in September 2019 US legislation that would have diverted funding from the procurement of light attack aircraft in

  • Additional US legislation banning further F-35 deliveries to Turkey advances

    Key Points Another US bill banning further F-35 deliveries to Turkey advanced There are a handful of bills banning deliveries over concerns Turkey may buy the Russian S-400 Additional US legislation banning further Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) deliveries to Turkey

  • Brazil’s new helicopter carrier set to arrive

    The Brazilian Navy’s newest ship, the multipurpose helicopter carrier PHM Atlantico (A140), is slated to arrive in Rio de Janeiro on 25 August. Brazil bought the former UK Royal Navy 21,578-tonne, 203 m-long HMS Ocean (L12) for GBP84.6 million (USD108.7 million) on 19 February as part of its

  • AFRL finds brain stimulation technology boosts multi-tasking performance

    The US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has disclosed study results on the effects of transcranial direct current stimulation (TDCS) on special forces operators and machine-facing personnel, finding the technologies can indeed increase performance for certain tasks. The evaluation, which

  • BAE wins contract to repair and modernise US cruiser USS Gettysburg

    US Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) awarded BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair of Norfolk, Virginia, a USD146.3 million firm-fixed-price contract on 20 August to complete the fiscal year 2018 modernisation period availability for the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64).

  • MALD-X stand-in jammer completes free flight testing

    An advanced capability evolution of the Raytheon ADM-160C Miniature Air-Launched Decoy – Jammer (MALD-J) has successfully flown a series of free flight demonstrations on the US Navy’s (USN’s) Point Mugu Sea Range off California. Known as MALD-X, the initiative is intended to

  • Homicides increase substantially in Mexico’s Tijuana, Baja California, but non-turf-war-related crime diminishes

    Event On 22 August, the director of Tijuana’s municipal police, Mario Martinez, provided crime statistics for the first seven months of the year. In the year to July 2018, violent theft against individuals and businesses decrease by 37%; violent and non-violent vehicle theft decreased by 11%

  • Northrop Grumman explores airburst munitions for C-UAS applications

    Northrop Grumman Armament Systems Division (NG-ASD) has outlined ongoing efforts to advance kinetic kill counter-unmanned aerial system (C-UAS) capabilities and develop a family of networked systems to address unmanned air, land, and maritime threats. Jay Annis, portfolio director at NG-ASD told