• LRS-B contract will be cost-plus, USAF says

    Key Points LRS-B will be awarded as a cost-plus contract within months The USAF worked to reign in costs on the programme by studying the mature technology available within the US industrial base before moving ahead with the acquisition The US Air Force (USAF) on 4 March revealed that the

  • BAE Systems announces funding of Malaysian cyber degree programme

    BAE Systems has announced that it will fund a Malaysia-based degree course in cyber security as part of its defence offset obligations in that country. The company said in a statement on 5 March that it has agreed to finance a new cyber security post-graduate programme at the National Defence

  • German parliament endorses new EUR8.5 bn Airbus Helicopters deal

    Germany's parliamentary budget committee endorsed a revised helicopter deal with Airbus Helicopters on 4 March. The accord, which has been brought ahead of schedule by the Ministry of Defence (MoD), covers 162 combat and transport helicopters. The new deal is said to be worth around EUR8.5 billion

  • Sale of ex-Swedish BMP-1s to Iraq awaits German approval

    The sale of up to 350 ex-Swedish BMP-1 infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) to Iraq is awaiting German approval, a spokesperson for Excalibur Army, the Czech company that currently owns the vehicles, has told IHS Jane's . The BMP-1s were used by East Germany but sold in the mid-1990s to the Czech

  • Germany approves Sea Lion helo procurement

    Germany has approved the purchase of 18 Sea Lion-variant NH90 helicopters valued at EUR1.4 billion (USD1.6 billion), the Reuters news agency reported on 4 March. The deal, which had already been previously announced, was struck to compensate Airbus (the primary stakeholder in NHIndustries) for

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  • Portugal to buy 192 new 4x4 tactical armoured vehicles

    Portugal is planning to launch a tender for 192 4x4 light tactical armoured vehicles, the country's Ministry of National Defence told IHS Jane's . Several variants are planned under the Viatura Táctica Ligeira com Blindagem (VTLB) programme for the country's army. The programme will be set up
  • Turkey's T-Loramids technology transfer troubles

    Key Points Technology transfer issues remain a major sticking point for Turkey's T-Loramids air and missile defence programme Recent confusion over integration of the eventual system into NATO systems could indicate the country is pulling back from its down-selection of the Chinese HQ-9 system.
  • 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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