• Boeing confirms SuperHornet production could extend well into the next decade

    Boeing recorded strong first-quarter sales, earnings, and shipments numbers, it was announced on 25 April. The company also upgraded its guidance for the coming year, in part due to a promising outlook for its Defense, Space and Security division. “We are very encouraged by the strength of

  • ILA 2018: Rohde & Schwarz showcases SDAR

    Rohde & Schwarz (R&S) has taken the opportunity at the ILA Airshow in Berlin to unveil its software defined radio (SDR) portfolio with the new R&S SDAR (Software Defined Airborne Radio). Markus Dolfen, director of sales avionics, told Jane’s that the service component architecture

  • Navantia opens naval design centre in Australia

    Navantia Australia inaugurated a Naval Design and Engineering Centre in Melbourne on 26 April. The company said the new centre will be focused on developing capability in support of its bid to meet the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN’s) project to procure future frigates. The facility

  • Reliance struggles to stay afloat

    Concern is growing about the future of Indian shipbuilder Reliance Naval and Engineering Limited (RNEL) after auditors for the company raised doubts about its ability to continue its operations and commitments. These concerns caused RNEL’s share price to decline to a record low of INR19.5

  • US plans upgrade for Royal Thai Navy Do 228 maritime surveillance aircraft

    Plans are being developed by the US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) for the upgrade of seven Royal Thai Navy (RTN) Dornier 228 maritime surveillance aircraft under the US government-funded Building Partner Capacity programme. Used for maritime patrol and exclusive economic zone surveillance, the

  • EU recommendation targets ways to open national defence supply chains to SMEs

    The European Commission (EC) released new guidelines on 23 April designed to boost the participation of small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in national and cross-border defence supply chains across the European Union. The move is part of the Commission’s European defence action plan of

  • Aero Vodochody, IAI announce collaboration

    Czech Republic’s Aero Vodochody and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) announced on 24 April that they are to collaborate on the Aero L-159 light combat and trainer aircraft and Aero L-39NG training system. The announcement, made at the ILA air show in Berlin, will see the companies work on

  • ILA 2018: Airbus, Dassault formally launch FCAS project

    Airbus and Dassault Aviation have launched co-development of a new Future Combat Air System (FCAS) to be ready for fielding in the mid-2030s. Under an agreement announced on 25 April at the ILA Airshow, the two companies will formally begin development of a ‘system of systems’ that was

  • ILA 2018: MTU reveals next-generation fighter engine

    MTU Aero Engines has revealed a new future powerplant for combat aircraft to be ready for fielding in the early 2030s. The manufacturer disclosed the Next European Fighter Engine (NEFE) in a product brochure distributed at the ILA Airshow in Berlin in late April. As noted in the brochure, the NEFE

  • ILA 2018: Eurofighter touts Typhoon as pathway to FCAS future combat aircraft

    Eurofighter has touted its Typhoon as a technological pathway to the new Future Combat Air System (FCAS) being developed by France and Germany. Speaking at the ILA Airshow in Berlin, consortium representatives said that upgrades planned for the Typhoon over the coming years would better enable

  • Lockheed Martin bullish on US defence budget increases

    Lockheed Martin reported strong first quarter bookings and profits this morning and the company boosted guidance on key metrics, following the company’s first quarter (Q1) results release on 24 April. According to Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Marillyn Hewson, the bullishness was in large

  • CAE expands profile in Australia

    Canadian simulation and training specialist CAE has inaugurated a new office in Canberra, Australia, to support growth within the market, it announced on 25 April. CAE said the new office will be run by its defence and security division and adds to “already significant presence” in

  • Hanwha launches US defence subsidiary

    Hanwha Corporation has established a US subsidiary and opened a new office in Washington DC, the South Korean group announced on 25 April. Hanwha said its expansion in the US will support efforts to expand sales of defence and security products to the market. The US subsidiary will be headed by

  • Lockheed Martin positions fifth-generation fighter for Japan

    US contractor Lockheed Martin is preparing to meet a combat aircraft requirement in Japan by leveraging “fifth generation” technologies possibly sourced from two of the corporation’s frontline fighter platforms: the F-22 Raptor and the F-35 Lightning II. Jane’s understands

  • TransDigm completes Extant Aerospace acquisition

    TransDigm announced on 24 April that it had completed the acquisition of Florida-based Extant Components Group Holdings from private equity firm Warburg Pincus. The deal was valued at USD525 million. Extant is involved in the avionics and electronics lifecycle sustainment market, with the bulk of

  • UK creates Submarine Delivery Agency

    The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has established a new Submarine Delivery Agency (SDA) that will lead in the procurement, in-service support, and decommissioning of all of the country’s nuclear submarines. Ahead of the introduction of the Royal Navy’s new Dreadnought-class nuclear

  • HorizonX continues tech investments

    Boeing’s HorizonX venture capital arm has made its third investment in less than a month, this time in 3D printing company Morf3D. Approximately 12 months after HorizonX was established, the division is keeping up momentum in investing in disruptive technology companies, the newest being

  • ASC to cut workforce by more than 200

    Australia’s state-owned ASC will reduce its shipbuilding workforce by up to 223 positions over the next few months, the company announced on 23 April. It added that the cuts are related directly to the winding down of ASC’s construction of Hobart-class Air Warfare Destroyers (AWDs) for

  • MHI looks to spur aerospace co-operation in Japan

    Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) is pushing forward with plans to support greater co-operation across Japan’s aerospace sector. In a statement to Jane’s , the company – Japan’s biggest aerospace manufacturer – said “strengthened collaborative methods” are

  • QinetiQ expands training operations

    QinetiQ has announced that it is acquiring German training provider EIS Aircraft Operations for EUR70 million (USD85.67 million), a move that is expected to facilitate the company’s growth in this geographical market. EIS provides threat representation and operational readiness training to

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