• Austal ceases trading before contract announcement

    Australian naval shipbuilder Austal ceased trading on the Australian Securities Exchange on 22 November ahead of what it called an announcement about a government contract. “Austal Limited requests a trading halt in its securities pending an announcement in relation to a material government

  • Australia invests in supporting SME defence research projects

    Australia has announced new investment to boost the involvement of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in defence. The Australian Department of Defence (DoD) said on 21 November that the funding will be worth AUD10 million (USD7.5 million) over 10 years and is intended to “inspire and

  • EU must reconcile big stake spending ambitions with SME access

    The eyes of Europe’s defence industry are now focused on the European Union’s (EU’s) preparations to launch the so-called ‘capability window’ of its European Defence Fund (EDF). The views of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the sector, however –

  • PSM outlines workshare offer to support Czech Puma bid

    Projekt System & Management GmbH (PSM), the joint venture of Rheinmetall and Krauss-Maffei Wegmann, has offered the Czech Republic technology transfer, research and development assistance, and local production if the Puma infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) is selected to meet Prague’s

  • Redarc, Raytheon Anschütz position for Australian naval projects

    Australian firm Redarc Electronics has signed an agreement with Germany’s Raytheon Anschütz, a manufacturer and integrator of navigation and naval systems, to partner on future naval projects in Australia. In a statement on 21 November, Redarc said the memorandum of understanding (MOU)

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  • China unveils two armed A-Hawk VTOL UAV models

    The state-owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) unveiled two models of its A-Hawk series of strike-capable, reconnaissance vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) at the 12-16 November Dubai Airshow 2017. The multi-rotor A-Hawk I and A-Hawk II UAVs were
  • AFRL pursues 3D printing technology

    The US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) is examining whether three-dimensional (3D) printing can be used in a safe, reliable manner, for aircraft parts. Doing that will require that the part be based on the design process, understanding how much strength is needed, as well as the criticality of
  • AUSA 2017: Roboteam launches TIGR UGV

    Roboteam unveiled its Transportable Interoperable Ground Robot (TIGR) at AUSA 2017 in Washington, DC. The medium-sized, tracked platform has been designed to detect, identify, and dispose of hazardous objects and has a modular design, Shahar Abuhazria, Roboteam’s CEO told Jane’s ,