The US campaign against a militant group that has taken control of huge chunks of Iraq has begun. Despite the near-total withdrawal of U.S. ground troops from the country in the past five years, the Pentagon has many options for more airstrikes – and many options on deployment, given the air dominance U.S. forces will have.
Raytheon is on track to finish qualification testing on its Family of Advanced Beyond Line of Sight Terminals by year’s end, a company official said.
The Pentagon’s appetite for night vision devices is declining, according to a market research report by consultants Frost and Sullivan.
Korea Aerospace Industries and AgustaWestland would jointly develop a derivative of the AW169 if the Italian-British manufacturer is chosen for South Korea’s LCH-LAH helicopter program.
The Polish firm Mesko has started development of a new short-range laser-guided anti-tank guided missile system known as Pirat.
South Korea is interested in buying the Israeli short-range rocket interceptor Iron Dome, its manufacturer said Aug. 10.
Indonesian company PT Pindad and Rheinmetall Denel Munition from South Africa – a joint venture between Germany’s Rheinmetall Waffe Munition and South Africa’s Denel – have signed a memorandum of understanding to manufacture ammunition for the Indonesian Armed Forces and other export customers.
Contracts on drones concluded with Israel before are already finalized, whereas the Defense Ministry does not plan new deals in this sphere with Israeli companies, Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov told ITAR-TASS Aug. 6.
Bolivian President Evo Morales announced selection of France to provide an air surveillance and air traffic control system, according to an Aug. 1 Bolivian government statement.
The Pentagon is not nimble. That’s more of a problem than ever in an era where even terrorist groups can increasingly download, buy, or steal sophisticated technology. So how can America’s bureaucratic military stay ahead? While Congress is wrestling with acquisition reform, some experts both inside the Pentagon and out argue that there’s more freedom to innovate within the existing system than most people think.
As fifth-generation fighters outgrow the Air Force’s premiere combat training exercise, the service should look to virtual training for pilots to test the limits of the F-22 and F-35, the outgoing head of Air Combat Command said.
Veterans Affairs Department officials will open their scheduling books to outside reviewers in an effort to get an independent assessment of how to fix medical center wait time problems, VA Secretary Bob McDonald said Aug. 8.