• Saab defends Gripen in Bulgaria, waits on Slovakia

    Saab has defended the suitability of its Gripen C/D for meeting Bulgaria’s future fighter needs after the country’s prime minister reportedly expressed doubts that the aircraft represents the best choice, while the Swedish firm separately awaits notification from the Slovakian government

  • Sweden confirms 2018 defence spending increase

    Sweden has put forward a budget bill for 2018 requesting an additional SEK2.7 billion (USD338.7 million) for defence including SEK2.3 billion for military activities. The bill – announced on 20 September – comes after the governing Social Democrat Party and Green Party coalition reached

  • BAE Systems Applied Intelligence to close Danish business

    BAE Systems’ cyber security wing Applied Intelligence will close its operations in Denmark in 2018, the company has confirmed. BAE Systems told Jane’s on 22 September that the move was part of an efficiencies review that will see a “migration of capability” to other Applied

  • BAE Systems proposes ‘digital shipyard’ for Australia

    BAE Systems Australia has outlined a plan to invest AUD100 million (USD80 million) in a new “digital shipyard” in Adelaide, South Australia, if it is selected to build Future Frigates for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), the company said in a statement on 21 September. The statement

  • China signs agreements to boost procurement transparency

    The Equipment Development Department (EDD) of China’s Central Military Commission (CMC) has signed procurement agreements with a host of national agencies as part of continuing efforts to boost transparency in military acquisitions. State-run Xinhua news service reported on 19 September that

  • ITI Limited wins USD1 billion tender for Phase IV of ASCON programme

    Indian state-owned telecom company ITI Limited has won the USD1 billion tender for Phase IV of the Army Static Switched Communication Network (ASCON) programme, which is aimed at deploying and maintaining the Indian Army’s (IA’s) strategic communication network across the country. The

  • Leonardo to modernise Portuguese Black Shark torpedoes

    The Portuguese Ministry of National Defence granted approval for the Portuguese Navy to award Leonardo a maximum EUR7.1 million (USD8.4 million) contract to modernise its Black Shark heavyweight torpedoes on 21 September. Upgrade work will take place during the 2017-2019 timeframe. Portugal

  • Patria workers walk out as job cut talks continue

    Finnish defence and aerospace group Patria has announced a series of employee walkouts from its sites as a result of consultations that could lead to the loss of up to 5% of the workforce. State-controlled Patria stated on 21 September that a total of 380 workers had walked out from Patria Aviation

  • South Korea looks to secure K9 deal in Czech Republic

    South Korea and the Czech Republic have agreed to expand defence trade and industrial ties, the ministry of foreign affairs in Seoul announced on 21 September. According to the ministry, the two countries will soon hold talks on defence industrial collaboration and seek to advance discussions in

  • Bolivia eyes Argentine IA-63 Pampa III light strike jets

    The Bolivian government is considering buying light strike aircraft, riverine vessels, and more from Argentina, military sources in Buenos Aires told Jane's . Bolivia's main interest is buying between 8 and 12 IA-63 Pampa III light strike aircraft, to be built at Argentina's Fábrica Argentina

  • Australian government releases R&D priorities

    The Australian government has released a list of its investment priorities for research and development, Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne announced on 20 September. The country’s Defence Innovation Hub will be looking to prioritise three of the country’s six capability

  • Bombardier workers protest against Boeing complaint

    Workers at Canadian aerospace and transportation manufacturer Bombardier staged a protest on 20 September, targeted not at their employer but in support of it. Employees represented by the Unifor union stopped work at Bombardier’s Toronto facility in order to voice their opposition to

  • Australian firms enter partnerships on Land 400 programme

    Australian defence companies announced new partnerships with foreign counterparts on 20 September in support of bids to supply anti-tank guided missiles (ATMGs) to the Australian Defence Force (ADF). Queensland-based Ferra Engineering signed an agreement with MBDA to supply the European

  • Orbital ATK announces US facility expansion

    US rocket motor and ammunition manufacturer Orbital ATK announced on 19 September that it is to expand a facility it operates in Beavercreek, Ohio. The site, which currently employs 100 people, will be extended by more than 20% in anticipation of accommodating 57 new engineering and technical staff

  • Sevastopol Aviation Enterprise transferred to Russian government

    The Russian government has formally transferred the Crimea-based Sevastopol Aviation Enterprise (SAE) to the control of the Ministry of Industry and Trade. SAE undertakes a range of maintenance and support work on helicopters including the Mil Mi-8, Mi-17, Ka-25, and Ka-27. The company was owned

  • Chile extends Lockheed Martin support for its F-16 fleet

    The Chilean Air Force has secured logistics and maintenance support from Lockheed Martin for its 40 F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft until June 2020. Lockheed Martin will provide the services through a USD47.8 million foreign military sales contract. The new contract, signed in mid-September, renews

  • Panama requests USD743 million security budget for 2018

    Panama’s Ministry of Public Security (Ministerio de Seguridad Pública: MINSEG) has requested a 2018 budget just over USD743 million, according to a 15 September statement. The majority of the budget would be for internal security activities, but approximately USD46 million will be

  • Russian defence budget expected to be cut by 5% in 2018

    The Russian defence budget is expected to be cut by approximately 5.0% to RUB2.73 trillion (USD47.13 billion) in 2018, according to budgetary guidance published by the Ministry of Finance. The reduction in spending is in line with plans laid out under the previous 2017–19 budget. According to

  • DSEI 2017: BAE outlines Challenger 2 LEP bid

    BAE Systems has outlined further details of its bid to upgrade the British Army’s Challenger 2 main battle tank (MBT). Speaking to Jane's on 14 September at DSEI 2017 in London, Simon Jackson, the campaign leader for BAE’s Challenger 2 Mark 2 Life Extension Project (LEP) bid, detailed

  • Expal prepares to reopen Trubia plant

    Expal is preparing to restart ammunition production this month at a factory in northern Spain, which has been closed for more than a decade. The plant at Trubia, near Oviedo, the capital of the Asturias region, is the property of the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and forms part of a two centuries-old

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