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Britain launches $2.3B logistics ship competition

Britain launches $2.3B logistics ship competition

Britain has relaunched a £1.6 billion (U.S. $2.3 billion) competition to build three logistic ships to support the deployments of Royal Navy aircraft carriers and other surface ships. The issued a contract notice inviting companies to register an interest in bidding for the work to replace aging Fort-class logistics vessels.…
US Army Releases Footage of ‘Sniper Tanks’

US Army Releases Footage of ‘Sniper Tanks’

The US Army uploaded a 30-second video showing some uncommon strategies when using the M1 Abrams Main Battle Tank and Bradley fighting vehicle. The Twitter video features soldiers maneuvering the combat vehicles towards tall trees and dense surfaces to hide while attacking enemies. Their ability to camouflage makes them look…
Pakistan delivers JF-17 fighters to Nigerian Air Force

Pakistan delivers JF-17 fighters to Nigerian Air Force

Nigeria’s Air Force officially took delivery of three JF-17 fighter aircraft Friday during a ceremony at a base in Makudri amid celebrations marking the 57th anniversary of the service. The fighters were handed over by Pakistan Aeronautical Complex, which constructed the aircraft and was responsible for their delivery. This marks the latest…
Norwegian KONGSBERG Taps BAE Systems Australia

Norwegian KONGSBERG Taps BAE Systems Australia

Norwegian aerospace company KONGSBERG has ordered additional Passive Radio Frequency Sensors (PRS) for its Joint Strike Missile (JSM) project, BAE Systems Australia announced on Friday. KONGSBERG tapped BAE Systems to acquire 180 additional PRS for its Joint Strike Missile (JSM) project. The order completes the first production order for 200 PRS to be delivered…
British Warrior vehicle’s demise

British Warrior vehicle’s demise

Changing battlefield priorities was one of the reasons behind the British Army’s decision to ditch the Warrior infantry fighting vehicle update program in the recent defense, security and foreign policy review, according to British Army chief Gen. Sir Mark Carleton-Smith. Speaking to Defense News during a recent visit to Washington, Carleton-Smith,…
US Air Force Opens New F-16 Production Line

US Air Force Opens New F-16 Production Line

The US Air Force has struck up a partnership with Lockheed Martin Corporation to collaborate on a new production line for the F-16 Block 70/72 fighter at a Lockheed Martin facility in Greenville, South Carolina. The first batch of new F-16s is expected to become available for purchase in 2022, and production is…
SOCOM investing in new capabilities to address technology shortfalls

SOCOM investing in new capabilities to address technology shortfalls

 The science and technology arm of U.S. Special Operations Command is investing in edge computing, secure data sharing and other new technologies that it expects will shape the future of warfare against near-peer adversaries. Components across the Defense Department are trying to lock in emerging capabilities, such as artificial intelligence and new communications technology, that will…
Arnhem Thunder takes off in the Top End

Arnhem Thunder takes off in the Top End

Air Force has deployed approximately 50 aircraft and over 500 personnel to the Northern Territory for Exercise Arnhem Thunder 21. As one of Air Force’s largest domestic training exercises for 2021, Arnhem Thunder provides important force generation training, focusing on high-end collective training and involving multiple Force Element Groups (FEGs). Commander…
Four Companies Land Spots on Army’s $1.25B Conformal Wearable Battery Contract

Four Companies Land Spots on Army’s $1.25B Conformal Wearable Battery Contract

Bren-Tronics, Inventus Power, Navitas Systems‘ government solutions group and Ultralife Corp. have secured spots on a potential nine-year, $1.25 billion contract for a lightweight wearable battery being developed under the U.S. Army’s Tactical Power Generation Program. The Department of Defense said Wednesday contractors will compete for orders under the firm-fixed-price contract for the conformal wearable battery and each…
British Royal Air Force invests in space capabilities

British Royal Air Force invests in space capabilities

The United Kingdom’s recent guiding plan for its military included both cuts to existing systems and investments in new technologies, with a special emphasis on increasing the U.K.’s capabilities in space. During an April visit to Washington, Air Chief Marshal Mike Wigston, the head of the Royal Air Force, sat down with C4ISRNET…
China fields J-10 jets powered by homemade engine

China fields J-10 jets powered by homemade engine

Chengdu J-10 jets powered by indigenous engines have entered operational service with the People’s Liberation Army Air Force, representing China’s confidence in the local technology to equip the single-engine, multirole aircraft. Images posted by China National Radio of a PLAAF live-firing exercise at an unspecified location show J-10C Vigorous Dragons…
Australian Army Special Operations drop in

Australian Army Special Operations drop in

Australian Army Special Operations Force soldiers from 2 Commando Regiment dropped in on the rural NSW community of Temora in late-March and again this month as part of short-notice training activities. More familiar with seeing historic aircraft displays from the nearby aviation museum, several local landowners gathered their families late…
British Firm to Provide Secure Communications to US Army

British Firm to Provide Secure Communications to US Army

A British firm has secured a $4.2 million contract from the US Army to supply a “next-generation” optical wireless communications system. The Kitefin LiFi system harnesses light spectrum technology to transmit data, an advance over conventional technologies that use radio frequencies (RF), according to developer PureLiFi. The technology enables data to travel through…
Lockheed Takeover Plan Jeopardizes US Ability to Counter Evolving Missile Threats

Lockheed Takeover Plan Jeopardizes US Ability to Counter Evolving Missile Threats

Competition, innovation, and cost-containment in the missile defense sector are vital to countering rapidly evolving missile threats from China, Russia, and other sources. History has taught us that excessive consolidation in any industry, especially defense, has increased taxpayers’ costs and high-level clumsiness in strategic thinking. That’s why Washington should prohibit Lockheed Martin’s proposed…
US Army to Discontinue Stryker Mobile Gun System

US Army to Discontinue Stryker Mobile Gun System

The US Army announced on Wednesday that it will discontinue the use of its Stryker Mobile Gun System next year due to obsolescence and systemic issues. Through a press release, a representative explained that divestiture of obsolete systems in the armed forces is as important as acquiring more modern equipment. Getting rid…
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