• AgustaWestland outlines Polish multirole helicopter offset benefits

    Finmeccanica subsidiary AgustaWestland announced on 18 December that it has signed memoranda of understanding (MoU) with four Polish defence organisations relating to offset contracts valued at EUR800 million (USD981.5 million) to support its bid to meet Warsaw's multirole helicopter requirement.

  • Airbus hopes to double A400M delivery rate in 2015

    Airbus Defence and Space hopes to at least double its delivery rate of the A400M Atlas transport aircraft to 18 next year, after acknowledging supplier problems up to now. The company's director general for Spain, where the aircraft is made, Domingo Ureña, said the first export client,

  • Alenia offers M-346 Master to Thailand

    Alenia Aermacchi is offering its M-346 Master advanced jet trainer aircraft to Thailand as a replacement for its ageing Aero Vodochody L-39 Albatros platforms, the company told IHS Jane's on 19 December. No further details of the offer were disclosed, except to say that the offer was being made in

  • Blocking US Army aviation restructure could put FVL at risk, officials warn

    Key Points US Army officials say future fleet modernisation rests on their aviation restructure plan They warn that FVL will not come to fruition without the cutbacks US Army aviation officials are insisting that their controversial Aviation Restructure Initiative (ARI) is the only way to

  • Brazil registers over 2,000 defence products in strategic defence system initiative

    During 2014 Brazil's Registration of Companies and Products in the Defence sector (Sistema de Cadastramento de Produtos e Empresas de Defesa - SisCaPED) system accredited 60 companies and catalogued more than 2,000 products, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) confirmed to IHS Jane's on 18 December.

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  • Portugal sells surplus C212s to Uruguay

    Portugal is to transfer to Uruguay two C212-300 Patrullero maritime surveillance aircraft formerly in service with the Portuguese Air Force (FAP). A contract for the transfer was signed in Lisbon on 18 December between Berta Cabral, Portuguese Secretary of State for National Defence, and her
  • Spain buys extra Patriot SAM batteries from Germany

    Spain is to buy two surplus Patriot surface-to-air missile (SAM) batteries from Germany ahead of deploying some of its existing Patriot systems as part of the NATO cover agreed for Turkey. The two batteries will each include five launchers in the Patriot Advanced Capability Two Plus (PAC-2+)
  • Estonian Air Force seeks enhanced C2, and to support allies

    The Estonian Air Force is to prioritise its efforts towards developing a more advanced command and control (C2) capability over the coming years, as well as ensuring that it is properly equipped and prepared to host NATO allies in the Baltic republic. Speaking to journalists at Amari Airbase near
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