• BAE Systems completes C4ISR acquisition

    BAE Systems announced on 30 September that it had completed the acquisition of Signal Innovations Group (SIG). The acquisition of SIG was first announced on 31 July. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. North Carolina-based SIG, which manufactures a range of C4ISR systems such as full-motion

  • Bozena maker looks for way out of Slovakia

    Slovak manufacturer Way Industries is seeking to relocate production facilities for its Bozena family of remote controlled de-mining and security vehicles to the Czech Republic, according to reports leaked to Czech and Slovak media. Way Industries' owners are said to be interested in several

  • Cohort acquires J+S Ltd

    UK defence and aerospace technology group Cohort announced on 1 October that it had acquired J+S Ltd. J+S is a systems and in-service support supplier based in the UK, where it is headquartered in Barnstaple. The company's portfolio covers the oil and gas sector, as well as providing support for

  • Hesco Bastion launches new armour division

    UK engineering firm Hesco Bastion announced on 1 October the launch of a new armour business, following its acquisition of armour plate manufacturer RCS. Hesco completed on the same day its acquisition of US-based RCS, a deal first revealed in July 2014. RCS, which has been rebranded as Hesco

  • ITAR reforms begin to show uptick in trade

    The long-term impact of the United States' recently reformed arms export licensing rules on Europe's defence industrial base is still unclear, although US officials say the year-old reform's trade benefits are already flowing to ITAR's 36 trusted US partner nations in Europe and elsewhere.

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  • UAE requests more HIMARS, tactical ballistic missiles

    The US government has approved the sale of an additional 12 High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) launchers and 100 Army Tactical Missile Systems (ATACMS) to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the US Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on 29 September. Mounted on a Medium
  • Iran's 23 mm Gatling gun emerges from the shadows

    The Asefeh rotary cannon that Iran says it is developing for use in a close-in weapon system (CIWS) was finally seen in its entirety on 28 September. Iran announced in November 2013 that it was working on the three-barrelled weapon, but only the front of the barrels and their muzzle shroud were
  • US Army chooses teams for DVE mitigation ground testing

    Key Points The army has selected nine participants for ground testing of DVE mitigation sensors DVEs are a leading contributor to rotorcraft accidents and reduced operational effectiveness The US Army has selected nine participants for early 2015 ground testing of sensors designed to help
  • US says 'serious questions' remain over Syrian CW

    The United States has made the strongest indication to date that Syria may have withheld some of its chemical weapons on 18 August, when it said there are still "serious questions" about its declaration to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). The White House