The U.S. Army continues to bolster its logistic support capability with a series of recent contracts let to truck manufacturer Oshkosh Defense. In late March 2016, the U.S. Army awarded Oshkosh Defense three contracts, with a combined value in excess of $433.3 million, for the recapitalization of at least 991 Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Trucks and Palletized Load System vehicles and 345 PLS trailers. Continue reading
As the crisis in Ukraine unfolded in 2014, risk perceptions stirred across the European continent. Defense policy reassessments and heightened security footing skewed depending on geography, but across Europe in general there was a sense of renewed threat emanating from Russia. Continue reading
Harris Corp recently announced that in 2015, it received a $47 million order for wideband radio systems from an undisclosed nation in the Middle East, reportedly as part of the customer’s tactical communications modernization program. According to Harris, the systems will be used to support a C4ISR network employed by the nation’s military and security forces. Continue reading
China plans to start launching commercial payloads on its Kuaizhou-11 launch vehicle in 2017. The Kuaizhou-11, which first launched in 2013, is a solid-fuel rocket developed by China Sanjiang Space Group (CSSG). It was originally developed as a quick-reaction launch vehicle that could carry lightweight payloads into low-Earth orbit (LEO) with short notice. Continue reading
The U.S. Government Accountability Office has denied General Dynamics Land Systems’ protest of contract awards to BAE Systems and SAIC for the Marine Corps’ Amphibious Combat Vehicle program. The companies were awarded contracts in November 2015, and General Dynamics filed a protest in December. Advanced Defense Vehicle Systems (ADVS) and Lockheed Martin were also in the running for the program. Continue reading
The U.S. Air Force Program Executive Officer for Mobility has delayed issuance of the Request for Proposals (RFP) for the T-X advanced pilot training program by three months. The program office now expects the RFP to be released in late December 2016. The postponement follows completion of an internal review regarding the program’s remaining tasks, and is intended to ensure the release of a well-defined RFP. Continue reading
Network-centric tactical operations are in full swing at the U.S. Department of Defense. Forecast International projects that the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency will spend more than $1.86 billion on its Network-Centric Enabling Technology project over the next 10 years. Continue reading
Gogo recently made the largest announced in-flight connectivity deal in China, which also happens to be the first airline deal for Gogo in the country.
The agreement with Beijing-based Shareco Technologies will see Gogo’s 2Ku in-flight connectivity technology installed on 50 commercial aircraft for Shareco’s airline partners, including Hainan Airlines and Beijing Capital Airlines. Gogo will also provide its wireless in-flight entertainment solution, Gogo Vision, for Shareco to install on the aircraft. Continue reading
Second only to the infantryman in terms of combat effectiveness, the “mailed fist” of heavy armor remains a highly adaptable force multiplier on the modern battlefield. Forecast International Weapons Group’s “The Market for Tanks” report projects that more than 3,800 main battle tanks, worth over $17.2 billion, will be produced through 2025. According to the report, high-end tanks will account for 24.1 percent of all new production, worth 43 percent of the market, during the next 10 years.
Recently, the CEO of Russia’s Rostec, Sergei Chemezov, sat down with The Wall Street Journal for an interview on a range of subjects pertaining to the company.[i] The interview covered a number of important ongoing topics, touching on Russia’s domestic defense industry as well as its export market. Rostec is a Russian conglomerate that comprises a number of businesses. It has 14 holding companies, five of which are geared toward the civilian market and nine that specialize in military products. Continue reading