• ASV and QinetiQ team up for target practice

    Defence science and technology company QinetiQ has established a Marine Surface Target Service in partnership with unmanned marine systems manufacturer Autonomous Surface Vehicles (ASV). The UK-based venture is intended to "rapidly and effectively meet customer needs for trials and training

  • Indian Army completes self-propelled howitzer trials

    The Indian Army has completed trials for two 155 mm/52 calibre howitzer systems and is preparing a report for the Ministry of Defence. Official sources said two competing 155 mm/52 cal towed gun systems and two 155 mm/52 cal self-propelled tracked howitzers recently completed maintainability

  • MBDA in advanced talks for Marte ER

    The Italian arm of European missile house MBDA is looking to secure a launch customer for its new Marte ER (Extended Range) anti-ship missile by the end of 2014. Speaking to IHS Jane's on 16 July during the Farnborough International Airshow, a company official said the company was in advanced

  • Thales Australia wins RAN support contract extension

    Thales Australia has secured a contract from the Australian Department of Defence (DoD) to extend its support of Royal Australian Navy (RAN) vessels at Sydney Harbour's Garden Island dockyard. The company said on 21 July that the agreement covers dock operations and services as well as ship repair

  • UTC reports sales and profit growth in Q2

    US industrials group United Technologies Corp (UTC) has reported sales of USD17.2 billion and net profits of USD1.7 billion for the second quarter of its 2014 financial year in results issued on 22 July. The figures reflect sales growth of 7% and profit growth of 8% over the same period in 2013,

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  • AgustaWestland funded for FASGW integration on Wildcat

    AgustaWestland has received a GBP90 million (USD153.8 million) contract amendment from the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) under which it will integrate the respective 'Light' and 'Heavy' variants of the Future Anti-Surface Guided Weapon (FASGW) onto the Royal Navy's (RN's) new Wildcat HMA.2 small
  • Croatia seeks PzH 2000 purchase

    Croatia's plans to purchase PzH 2000 155 mm tracked self-propelled artillery systems received a substantial boost on 14 July when the Defence Committee of the Croatian Parliament moved to support their acquisition. Although this committee deliberated in a closed session, media reported that Croatia

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