• AeroVironment hits targets in annual results as R&D expenditure hits high in Q4

    US unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) manufacturer AeroVironment revealed that revenues and margins increased in 2015 over 2014, while income from operations declined in the face of increased research and development (R&D) expenditure. Revenues for 2015 were reported at USD259.4 million, up 3% from

  • Brazil drops plans for Gripen C/D lease

    Plans to lease 12 Saab Gripen C/D fighters as an interim solution for the Brazilian Air Force (FAB) have been cancelled according to Brazilian media reports published on 30 June. The plan, which began to be negotiated in 2014, sought to fill an air defence gap left by the retirement of the 12

  • Harris Corporation announces restructure following Exelis acquisition

    US communications equipment manufacturer Harris Corporation announced on 1 July that it would be restructuring following the recent acquisition of Exelis. From 4 July, the company will comprise four business segments: - Communication Systems, led by Chris Young, which will work on tactical and

  • KRET develops stellar navigation system for Russian strategic bombers

    The KRET concern has developed the ANS-2009 stellar navigation system for the Russia's Air Force Long-Rang Aviation's (LRA) strategic bombers, the company has revealed. "ANS-2009 allows the high-precise calculation of the plane's co-ordinates, basing on stars' position" the source told

  • Lockheed's latest infrared search-and-track pod takes first flight

    Lockheed Martin's Legion Pod, a modular infrared search-and-track (IRST) sensor package, tracked various airborne targets during its first test flight, the company announced on 30 June. "Legion Pod was integrated onto the F-16 without making any hardware or software changes to the

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  • Netherlands orders more Bushmaster 4x4 patrol vehicles

    The Netherlands has ordered an extra 12 Thales Australia Bushmaster 4x4 protected mobility vehicles, Thales announced on 30 June. The latest vehicles will be delivered to the Netherlands in 2016, the company said. The Netherlands first ordered 25 Bushmasters in 2006 as an urgent operational
  • Finland orders more NLAW missiles

    The Finnish Defence Forces have ordered more Next generation Light Anti-tank Weapons (NLAWs) from Saab Dynamics, the Finnish Defence Forces Logistics Department has announced. The contract, worth EUR32 million (USD35.5 million), also includes night vision devices from Millog and training tools from
  • CBO releases new triad upgrade estimate

    The United States will have to spend USD348 billion on nuclear weapons modernisation over the next 10 years if it wants to maintain a triad of nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), submarines, and bomber aircraft, according to a 22 January report from the Congressional Budget

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