HEADLINES

  • Farnborough 2018: Aero Vodochody–IAI push on for OA-X

    Aero Vodochody outlined at the Farnborough International Airshow that it will be targeting the US Air Force’s (USAF’s) Light Attack Experiment requirement with its newly launched F/A-259 Striker aircraft. “We believe the F/A-259 represents the best solution for the US close air

  • Farnborough 2018: Five companies form alliance to supply GA-ASI’s UK Protector UAS programme

    Five companies have formed an alliance to supply weapons, sensors and other equipment and components for current and future variants of the General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) Protector unmanned aerial systems (UASs) being developed for the UK Royal Air Force (RAF). GA-ASI President

  • Budgets aside, allies now have to deliver on their long list of summit tasks

    While US President Donald Trump’s budgetary whiplashing of the other allies over their low defence spending dominated NATO’s 11-12 July summit in Brussels, the allies nonetheless approved a long list of initiatives and decisions. German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen

  • Bulgaria relaunches jet fighter tender

    Key Points Bulgaria has issued an RfP for a new jet fighter to replace the BuAF’s ageing MiG-29s The MoD has set an ambitious target of signing the contract by the end of 2018 Bulgaria has issued a request for proposals (RfP) for a new jet fighter, the country’s deputy defence

  • Farnborough 2018: Consultants propose overhaul of Eurofighter consortium

    Management consultants have proposed an overhaul of the Eurofighter industrial and procurement organisations to improve their ability to meet an increasing demand for upgrades and technology insertions from Typhoon operators. A report by PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PWC) was delivered to the industry

  • Farnborough 2018: Mwari spools up as Bronco II takes aim

    Paramount Group has revealed that its Mwari ISR and precision strike aircraft have begun to roll off production lines, with a customer expected to be revealed soon as the company builds up for a campaign in the United States. “We are in an active sales campaign and we are getting excellent

  • Farnborough 2018: P.2HH awaits clearance

    Italy’s Piaggio Aerospace is awaiting funding clearance from the Italian government for the development of the P.2HH, the company has said, with the United Arab Emirates expecting to be adding to the programme. Speaking to Jane’s on 18 July, company Chief Executive Officer Renato Vaghi

  • US offers India armed Guardian UAV variant, says report

    The United States has offered to sell India the weaponised version of the General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) Guardian unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that were originally authorised for sale as unarmed surveillance platforms for the Indian Navy (IN), the Reuters news agency quoted an

  • Australia calls for greater powers to control defence exports

    Key Points Australia's Department of Defence has said expanded export controls are required in the face of the country’s changing security landscape A DoD submission to a review of the 2012 DCT Act calls for the introduction of a ‘risk-targeted approach’ to allow the government

  • Farnborough 2018: Singapore expands digital technology partnerships

    Rolls-Royce and Airbus have announced collaborative projects with Singapore’s Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA), with both programmes looking to optimise digital technologies in enhancing the maintenance of Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) aircraft. On 18 July at the 2018

  • Farnborough 2018: Elbit awaiting final approvals for IMI acquisition

    Elbit Systems is now awaiting final approvals for its acquisition of IMI Systems: a process that Elbit president and CEO Butzi Machlis sees as a “perfect marriage” to round out his company’s portfolio. “The deal is agreed. The content, the price, the contract; everything is

  • Farnborough 2018: Elbit Systems targets growth in UK

    Elbit Systems is targeting further growth through the leveraging of its experience in other major markets, the company has told Jane’s , and is considering a UK acquisition in the near future. “An acquisition would have to enhance our probability of winning one of our main campaigns in

  • Farnborough 2018: UK launches DEEP programme

    The UK government’s Defence Growth Partnership (DGP) programme announced the launch of the Defence Enterprise Export Partnership (DEEP) programme at the Farnborough International Airshow on 18 July. The DEEP programme has been designed to help industry professionals in the United Kingdom

  • China’s CETC to set up CMI fund

    The China Electronics Group Corporation (CETC) is to set up a fund to support civil-military integration (CMI) and the development of military science and technologies, the state-owned company has said. In a statement, CETC said the fund was proposed in mid-July and is intended to support research

  • Farnborough 2018: UK launches Gallifrey Group to target US space market

    UK industry is working to position itself for opportunities in the US defence space market, with the launching of the Gallifrey Group at the Farnborough Air Show. The group, formed by the UK Department of International Trade’s Defence and Security Organisation (DSO) but now handed off to

  • Pakistan Senate calls for defence industry reforms

    The Pakistan Senate’s Standing Committee on Defence Production has called for a raft of reforms to enhance the competitiveness of the domestic defence industry. Following a hearing on 16 July, the committee said in a statement that while the country’s Ministry of Defence Production

  • Thales Australia looks to develop sonar testing facility

    Thales Australia has signed an agreement to explore the potential setting up of a sonar testing facility in Tasmania, it was announced on 18 July. The Australian Department of Defence (DoD) said that the memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed by Thales Australia, the University of Tasmania,

  • Farnborough 2018: UK Wedgetail order fails to materialise at Farnborough

    Key Points Plans to procure a replacement for the RAF’s E-3D Sentry AWACS fleet appear to be in disarray A contract for the Boeing Wedgetail system had been rumoured, but this did not emerge at Farnborough UK government ministers have yet to make a decision on the procurement of a

  • Farnborough 2018: Aero Vodochody announces new L-39NG sales, backlog increase

    Aero Vodochody signed agreements with two contracted air training service companies for its L-39NG at the Farnborough Airshow on 17 July. SKYTECH signed a binding agreement for the delivery of 10 L-39NG aircraft, as well as an option for a further six. SKYTECH's senior vice-president, Mal Sandford,

  • Pentagon, Lockheed Martin reach handshake agreement on F-35 Lot 11

    The F-35 Joint Program Office (JPO) and prime contractor Lockheed Martin reached a handshake agreement on the production contract for low-rate initial production (LRIP) Lot 11 of F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) aircraft. Lockheed Martin said in a 15 July statement that it continues to

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