• Russian military to replace Soviet-era passenger aircraft

    The Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) is looking at replacing all of its Soviet-era passenger aircraft following the fatal loss of a Tupolev Tu-154 late last year, state media disclosed on 20 January. Defence Minister Sergey Shoigu has instructed that modern replacements to the current Tu-154,

  • Ukraine seizes missile components destined for Iran

    The State Border Guard Service of Ukraine (DPSU) announced on 20 January that it had found missile system components on an aircraft that was about to leave Kiev's Zulyany airport for Iran. The DPSU said that, during an inspection of the aircraft on 19 January, its personnel had found 17 boxes with

  • Mattis officially becomes US secretary of defense

    Retired US Marine Corps General James Mattis was confirmed by the Senate and sworn in as the next secretary of defense on 20 January. The Senate voted favourably on his nomination, 98-1, several hours after President Donald Trump officially took office. Immediately after his own swearing in, Trump

  • Missile defences a top priority for Trump

    Key Points President Trump wants a "state-of-the-art missile defense system" to defend against potential ICBM threats from North Korea or Iran Republicans in Congress are likely support new investments in missile defences President Donald Trump, who took office on 20 January, called for

  • China launches civil-military integration commission

    China on 22 January launched an agency to head the country's programme to boost capability through civil-military integration (CMI). The Central Commission for Integrated Military and Civilian Development will be chaired by Chinese President Xi Jinping and will "decide and co-ordinate"

  • Croatia releases 2017 procurement plan

    Croatia unveiled its defence procurement plan on 20 January, with spending increasing USD57 million, the country's Ministry of Defence announced. The procurement plan calls for USD243 million in procurement and sustainment spending, which is about 40% of the country's overall defence budget. Of

  • French defence exports exceed EUR20 billion in 2016

    France's defence exports reached a record high of more than EUR20 billion (USD21.3 billion) in 2016, according to a speech made by the country's defence minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, on 19 January. Le Drian, speaking during an event at the National Navy Museum in Paris, said that although official

  • Rockwell Collins posts positive Q1 results

    US Avionics and communications supplier Rockwell Collins published results from the first quarter of its 2017 financial year (FY) on 20 January, showing a 2% growth in revenue year on year. In the three months to December 31 the company generated sales of USD1.2 billion, while net income rose 7.4%

  • Saab buys more of Brazilian company Akaer

    Saab has agreed to buy an additional 10% of Brazilian aeronautics group Akaer, the company announced on 23 January. The additional purchase will increase Saab's holding in Akaer to 25%. Terms of the investment were not disclosed. Saab had originally acquired a stake in Akaer in 2012, when it made a

  • Shen Jinlong appointed new commander of Chinese navy

    Vice Admiral Shen Jinlong has replaced Admiral Wu Shengli as the commander of China's People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN), according to Chinese media reports. Although the nomination of a successor to Adm Wu, who had been commander of the PLAN since 2006, had been anticipated for some time, the

  • Trump to nominate Heather Wilson as USAF secretary

    President Donald Trump announced on 23 January that he plans to nominate Heather Wilson, a former congresswoman, to become the next secretary of the US Air Force (USAF). Wilson is a USAF Academy graduate, current president of South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, and formerly a New Mexican

  • DSME targets USD2 billion in savings in 2017

    Beleaguered South Korean naval shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) aims to achieve savings of KRW2.5 trillion (USD2.1 billion) during 2017. According to company officials cited by local news agencies on 23 January, the savings target will be achieved by implementing a

  • EDA gearing up to supplement NATO vehicle STANAG with new study

    The European Defence Agency (EDA) has identified a new set of technological goals for further study as part of a NATO-led effort to establish generic open-architecture standards for functional suites in future combat vehicles. The agency and its member states will use 2017 to prepare to respond to

  • Nammo to begin work at US Navy facility

    Norway-headquartered ammunition manufacturer Nammo AS announced on 19 January that it had signed an agreement to begin activity at a US Navy facility, part of its establishment of a new company called Nammo Energetics Indian Head (NEIH). Operating under a public-private partnership agreement signed

  • Argentina upgrades three AS365N2s for EUR24 million

    Argentina's Ministry of Security approved a EUR23.943 million (USD25.47 million) direct purchase from Airbus Helicopters to upgrade three AS365N2 helicopters operated by the Prefectura Naval Argentina (coast guard). The upgrade to the AS365N3+ model includes a complete overhaul of the airframe, new

  • Chemring reports positive results aided by weak pound

    UK defence equipment manufacturer Chemring announced its year-end results on 19 January, with the weakness of the British Pound helping the company to boost its revenues and profits. Year-end results for 2016 saw revenues increase 26.5% to GBP477.1 million (USD588.4 million), with underlying

  • European Commission approves Smiths' Morpho Detection acquisition

    British technology company Smiths Group's acquisition of security system specialist Morpho Detection progressed on 19 January, when it was announced that the European Commission (EC) had confirmed that it would not object to the purchase. However, the Commission's approval remains dependent on the

  • PT Pindad and Tata firm up vehicle co-development plans

    Indonesian firm PT Pindad and India's Tata Motors have firmed up an agreement to collaborate on military vehicles for the Indonesian and Southeast Asian defence markets, it was announced on 19 January. The two companies signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in November and since then have been

  • Russia's Kamaz plans Vietnam expansion

    Russian truck manufacturer Kamaz is planning to expand its operations in Vietnam with a view to penetrating export markets in Southeast Asia, Kamaz Director General Sergey Kogogin has told the Russian state-owned Tass news agency. Kogogin said that in 2016 Kamaz sold 1,855 trucks to Vietnam, or 20%

  • USN says shipyards, tooling, workforce would have to surge to support 355-ship navy

    Key Points Investing in shipyard facilities, specialised tooling, and a larger skilled workforce are critical for delivering a larger navy A surge in build rates would affect multiple US shipbuilding industry tiers, including infrastructure and technology The US Navy's (USN's) leadership has

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