Nuke Modernization to Continue | US Clears Sale of Pegasus to Israel | India Planning $500M Buy with Rafael

Americas All nuclear modernization programs are to be kept on track in Fiscal Year 2017, with the Pentagon to spend roughly $3.2 billion on programs to modernize and recapitalize the service’s nuclear submarines, bombers, Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBM), and nuclear equipped cruise missiles. A small portion of this will also be kept for the development of nuclear capabilities of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), who are in charge of the development of nuclear warheads, have also requested $12.9 billion in funding. Those in favor of maintaining US nuclear deterrence capabilities will be happy with the news, however, the Arms Control Association has called the continuation of the nuclear spending trajectory as “divorced from reality.” The US Army’s fiscal budget for 2017 will see $148 billion made available, $23 billion of that going toward overseas contingency operations. As the force looks to increase its presence in Europe along with bolstering vehicle spending, cuts are being made to some modernization efforts and aviation procurement…

Finmeccanica’s “Falcon Shield” Takes on Errant Drones | Elbit Unveils “Seagull” Anti-Submarine System | Philippines to Increase Surveillance…

Americas Mini-UAVs causing a nuisance? Well Finmeccanica may have found a solution that has the ability to find, fix, track, identify, and defeat threats from small UAVs that end up where they shouldn’t. Dubbed “Falcon Shield”, the system combines radar, infrared search and track, a high-performance electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) camera, and acoustic sensors to identify and track a mini drone. …

USAF Launches Final GPS IIF | Italian Made F-35A First to Complete Transatlantic Xing | S. Korea to Talk THAAD System With US

Americas The final block of the USAF’s Global Positioning System (GPS) IIF satellite has been launched, finally paving the way for the start of the next generation’s long overdue GPS III. The GPS IIF-12 satellite will join dozens of other satellites launched over the last 27 years as part of the GPS Block II program. News of the launch follows days after Lockheed Martin was awarded a $94 million contract modification, providing contingency operations for GPS III satellites, ahead of the USAF’s Next Generation Operational Control System (OCX) program being put in place. With no announced schedule to have GPS III satellites launched in the near future, air force officials have said the GPS IIF-12 is expected to bridge gaps and improve on existing capabilities. …

Brazil’s Gripen Acquisition Still Under Contention | Belarus Plans to Replace Mig-29s with Su-30s | Japanese Observers Saw NK Missile Break in…

Americas The US Department of Defense will acquire 404 F-35 fighters over the next five years. That number is a decrease of 5-7% on last year’s plan. The order will see $40 billion in revenue going to manufacturer Lockheed Martin and engine maker Pratt & Whitney. …

USAF to Become the Agents of SHiELD | Pentagon: Multi-Billion Investment in Tomahawks and SM-6 | UK MoD Buying Zephyr Solar Planes

Americas The USAF is considering defensive lasers for future fighters such as the F-35 and F-22, along with future bombers from 2021. A Request For Information (RFI) notice posted by the US Air Force Research Laboratory is looking for market information for a podded laser weapon system that can destroy missiles directed at stealth fighters and bombers. The search for an advanced laser, referred to as the Self-protect High-Energy Laser Demonstrator (SHiELD) program would be significantly more powerful than current-generation self-protection capabilities and potentially burn or otherwise disable infrared and radar-guided missiles at high speeds. The Pentagon is to invest in the development of Tomahawk and SM-6 missiles which will be capable of hitting moving vessels…

A-10s Get a Reprieve from Retirement Plans | Turkish Coast Guard Competition Swells to 25 | Lithuania & Czech Republic Adding to Mil Truck Fleets

Americas Following Michael Gilmore’s thoughts on the F-35 program, his report has also shed some light on the hotly contested Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) competition. His report goes into detail on how the three offerings for the USMC Humvee replacement faired in tests. While Lockheed Martin and competition winner Oshkosh met protection requirements, Humvee producer AM General fell short. …