• Australian defence industry minister foreshadows decision on missile defence system

    Australia will be making decisions shortly on a "very expensive" missile defence system, Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne disclosed on 23 March. Responding to questions at an Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) event in Canberra, Pyne described missile defence as

  • Canadian budget defers CAD8.48 billion in defence spending until 2030s or later

    Key Points Canada is deferring spending for large procurements amid several new large-scale programmes Government documents cited FWSAR procurement and LAV upgrades as a cause for the change Canada's federal budget, released by the Department of Finance on 22 March, has significantly delayed

  • Rheinmetall to form tactical comms company with Rohde & Schwarz

    German defence supplier Rheinmetall revealed plans to compete for upcoming Bundeswehr tactical communication modernisation programmes on March 24, unveiling the planned formation of a joint venture (JV) with electronics group Rohde & Schwarz. The new company, which will be 74.9% held by

  • LIMA 2017: Japanese companies use dual-use strategy to build profile in Malaysia

    Japanese corporations Mitsubishi Electric and NEC are promoting a range of dual-use products to Malaysia with a view to expanding into the country's defence market. Officials from the two companies told Jane's at the LIMA 2017 exhibition in Langkawi that they have not yet received necessary

  • LIMA 2017: Sanctions on Russia are positive for national defence industry, says Rostec executive

    Western military sanctions on Russia are having a short-term negative impact on the country's defence industrial capability - and by extension Russia's ability to export - but the medium-term implications are positive, according to a senior Russian defence industrial official. Viktor Kladov, the

  • Belgium outlines offset expectations in relation to combat aircraft procurement

    Belgium has confirmed that European Union open procurement rules will be suspended in relation to its acquisition of a new fighter aircraft and that it will seek offset benefits in order to defend what it views as the country's essential security interests. Belgium formally launched the procurement

  • Canadian budget postpones further equipment spending

    Canadian finance minister William Morneau presented his government's 2017 budget to the country's House of Commons on 22 March, but did not provide significant detail on future defence allocations. Aside from changes to veterans' pensions and benefits, the main change to defence funding announced

  • Denmark orders CAESAR howitzers on 8x8 Tatra trucks

    Tatra has confirmed that it will supply 8x8 T-8 truck chassis for the Nexter CAESAR 155 mm/52-calibre self-propelled howitzers that have been ordered by Denmark. Denmark's defence minister announced the selection on 14 March, saying Nexter had won the tender to supply 15 CAESARs. Jeppe Reng, a

  • LIMA 2017: DCNS begins training of Malaysian engineers in combat systems integration

    Key Points DCNS has given details of an effort to transfer naval shipbuilding expertise to Malaysia Deal is part of a technology transfer arrangement made under the contract to acquire six SGPV-LCS ships As part of a strategy to develop naval engineering expertise in markets it operates in,

  • LIMA 2017: MMEA modernisation may follow navy's lead

    The Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency's (MMEA's) modernisation plan may follow the standardisation path set by the navy, Jane's understands. Speaking with Jane's at the 2017 LIMA Exhibition in Langkawi and commenting on the New Generation Patrol Craft (NGPC) programme, the CEO of Destini Armada

  • South African defence minister admits aircraft shortages

    South African Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula confirmed on 20 March that the air force's 35 Squadron, its only maritime patrol unit, was grounded for a time due to problems with the primary flight controls of its C-47TP aircraft. Mapisa-Nqakula was responding to a question submitted by a

  • Tactical tablets: Getac evolves frontline system

    Key Points Getac UK has released a next-generation EUD with SOF launch customers across NATO The MX50 has been designed for use down to the lowest tactical level across the battlefield Special Operations Forces (SOFs) are spearheading the widespread utility of tablet End User Devices (EUDs) at

  • US signs defence R&D agreement with Brazil

    Flávio Basilio, Brazil's Secretary of Defence Products (Secretaria de Produtos de Defesa: SEPROD), finalised an agreement with the United States Department of Defense on 22 March that aims to allow the countries to pursue joint defence technological development projects. In a Ministry of

  • Australia to set up maritime technical college to train future shipbuilders

    Australia will establish a maritime technical college to identify, train, or retrain Australian workers for the country's AUD90 billion (USD68.57 billion) shipbuilding programme, Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne said in a 24 March statement. Canberra will invest an initial AUD25

  • Saudi Arabia to build Chinese UAVs

    Saudi Arabia's King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) announced on 16 March that its president and the chairman of the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) had signed a partnership agreement covering the manufacture of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The KACST

  • LIMA 2017: RUAG pursues strong MRO growth in Southeast Asia

    Swiss group RUAG has outlined strong prospects for growth for its aerospace maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) business in Southeast Asia. David Jones, the general manager of RUAG Aviation's Malaysia subsidiary, said that while the domestic market is the company's priority over the coming year

  • Poland rules out used F-16 purchase

    Poland has ruled out the purchase of used F-16A/B multirole combat aircraft to replace Soviet era fighter aircraft inventories on the grounds of cost, Deputy Minister of National Defence Bartosz Kownacki said on 22 March. He said that the decision had been reached following analysis that showed

  • US delivers four more refurbished F-16s to Indonesia

    The United States has delivered four more refurbished Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon combat aircraft to the Indonesian Air Force (Tentara Nasional Indonesia-Angkatan Udara: TNI-AU). The move is part of a USD700 million deal signed in 2012 to supply the Southeast Asian country with 24 ex-US

  • EC gives green light to Atlas acquisition

    The competition authority of the European Union announced on 23 March its approval for Thyssenkrupp Technologies' acquisition of the remaining shares of Atlas Elektronik GmbH. Thyssenkrupp currently controls 51% of Atlas shares, with the balance falling to Airbus. Atlas Elektronik supplies naval

  • LIMA 2017: Airbus to boost Malaysian aerospace outsourcing by 25%

    The Airbus group aims to boost the value of aerospace production and support services in Malaysia in line with its view of the country as an increasingly important aircraft market, company officials told Jane's at the LIMA 2017 exhibition in Langkawi. An Airbus spokesman said the company is

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