• Iraq to work with Iran on military industrial development

    Iran and Iraq are to collaborate on reviving Iraq’s military industrial capabilities, Iraqi news media reported on 19 April. The National Iraqi News Agency stated that Iraq’s Acting Minister of Industry and Minerals, Mohammad Shiaa al-Sudani had signed a co-operation agreement with

  • Entire GKN board resigns following Melrose takeover

    The board of British defence aerospace and automotive company GKN has resigned in its entirety following the successful hostile takeover of the company by Melrose PLC, the company announced on 19 April. The move sees all eight board members quit their posts, including chief executive Anne Stevens,

  • Carillion army basing contractor acquired by US engineering company

    Aspire Defence Services, a military base construction business partially owned by insolvent UK construction company Carrillion has been acquired by US engineering firm KBR, the company announced on 19 April. Aspire, originally a joint venture between the two companies, is a contractor to the

  • Cubic to sell military training business

    Cubic Corporation has agreed the sale of its military training business Cubic Global Defense Services, the company announced on 19 April. The division is to be sold to fellow US defence supplier Valiant Integrated Services at a cost of USD135 million. Chairman, president and chief executive officer

  • DSA 2018: Gripen in pole position after re-issuance of IAF fighter RFI

    Key Points The Saab JAS 39 Gripen E seems to be leading the IAF's latest fighter contest The requirement stipulating use of GaN-based TRMs in the aircraft's AESA radar seems to be a major discerning factor Despite the decision in February to broaden the Indian Air Force’s (IAF’s)

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  • Raytheon finalises SDB II developmental testing

    Raytheon Missile Systems (RMS) has finalised the developmental testing (DT) campaign for the GBU-53/B Small Diameter Bomb Increment II (SDB II) network-enabled precision-guided glide munition. Developed under a US Air Force (USAF) and US Navy (USN) joint interest programme (with the USAF as the
  • Portugal to establish UAV-based ISTAR capability

    Tekever, Elbit Systems, Airbus’ SURVEY Copter, AeroVironment, and Altus are competing to deliver the Portuguese Army’s first intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition, and reconnaissance (ISTAR) capability based on small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The procurement, to run through
  • USMC deploys APKWS on F/A-18 Hornet

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) has confirmed the introduction of the BAE Systems WGU-59/B Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System II (APKWS II) into operational service on F/A-18A-D Hornet strike fighters. The US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) confirmed first operational flights in a news release on