• Inzpire and Discovery Air declare for UK's ASDOT training requirement

    Inzpire and Discovery Air Defence Services Inc are to bid for the UK's Air Support to Defence Operational Training (ASDOT) programme, it was announced on 21 February. The two companies will build on their experience of providing real-world training services to militaries throughout the world,

  • Uruguay negotiating for a batch of Chilean Cessna O-2s

    The National Navy of Uruguay is negotiating the transfer of up to three Cessna O-2s (337 Skymasters) from the Chilean Navy, Uruguayan sources told Jane's . The aircraft, recently decommissioned by the Chilean Navy and replaced by Vulcanair P68 Observer 2 surveillance aircraft, were offered to

  • IDEX 2017: Hesco establishing UAE facility following contract win

    UK fortifications firm Hesco has revealed that it is creating a facility in the United Arab Emirates following a contract win for the UAE armed forces valued at AED91.4 million (USD24.6 million) announced at IDEX. Speaking to Jane's , Hesco CEO Michael Hughes said that the company would be working

  • Russia to start delivering Kamov Ka-226T helos to India in 2019, says report

    Russia will start delivering Kamov Ka-226T 'Hoodlum' light multirole helicopters to the Indian military in 2019, said the CEO of state-owned manufacturer Russian Helicopters, Andrey Boginsky, according to Reuters on 20 February. Speaking at the IDEX show held in Abu Dhabi, Boginsky who took over as

  • Japan and Thailand edge towards defence trade agreement

    Thailand and Japan are edging closer to finalising a defence trade and technology agreement that could facilitate Japanese defence exports to the Southeast Asian country. Jane's understands that talks about bilateral defence industrial co-operation are continuing to support potential Japanese sales

  • Japan's NEC builds cyber defence footprint in Southeast Asia

    Japan's NEC Corporation has secured a contract from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to help Southeast Asian countries defend themselves from cyber attacks. NEC said in a statement on 17 February that under the contract it would provide cyber defence training and related assistance

  • Trump designates strategist Lt Gen McMaster as national security advisor

    US President Donald Trump announced on 20 February that he has designated US Army Lieutenant General HR McMaster as national security advisor. Lt Gen McMaster is to replace Michael Flynn, who the White House said was asked to resign due to his misleading comments to Vice-President Mike Pence. A

  • IDEX 2017: Anadolu Shipyard confirms Turkish LST programme schedule

    Turkish shipbuilder Anadolu Deniz Insaat Kizaklari (ADIK) has confirmed the delivery schedule for the two new landing ship tanks (LSTs) ordered for the Turkish Navy. "The first vessel, TCG Bayraktar , is currently undergoing sea trials, which are expected to be completed between February and

  • IDEX 2017: EDIC launches new ammunition company

    United Arab Emirates defence company EDIC announced the launch of a new subsidiary company, Barij Munitions, on 20 February. According to a company release, the new firm will be involved in the manufacturing of "all types of ammunition," ranging from small-arms and infantry ammunition to

  • Mattis hopes to consolidate some individual service business functions

    Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis has ordered a review of Department of Defense business practises meant to find areas where individual services have overlapping efforts. Pentagon spokesperson Captain Jeff Davis said Mattis directed "a review of the core business functions to make business

  • Mattis reviewing Afghan war plans amid 'stalemate'

    The Pentagon is reviewing US military plans for Afghanistan, where officials say NATO and Afghan forces are at a stalemate with the Taliban, and recommendations are soon to be made to the White House. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis on 20 February told reporters in Abu Dhabi that in the past few

  • Northrop signs letter of intent with PGZ

    US company Northrop Grumman has signed a letter of intent with Polish state-owned group Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa (PGZ), the company announced on 20 February. In a statement Northrop said that the letter of intent is anticipated as the first step in a process of finding industrial co-operation

  • Russia moves to increase ties with UAE

    The Russian government agreed to a new co-operation agreement with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on 20 February as the country made several moves to grow its presence in the Middle East. State-owned Russian company Rostec announced that it would be selling 12% of Russian Helicopters' stock to an

  • Transparency International expresses concerns over Malaysian defence procurement

    The anti-corruption agency Transparency International (TI) has expressed concern about the continuing opaqueness of Malaysia's defence procurement system. Dato' Akhbar Satar, the president of TI-Malaysia (TI-M), highlighted to Jane's two main areas of concern: the lack of open tenders and the

  • IDEX 2017: Embraer says 'no comment' on Nigerian Super Tucanos

    Embraer CEO Jackson Schneider indicated that the Nigerian Air Force's (NAF's) announcement that it will receive ex-Brazilian Air Force EMB-412 Super Tucanos was premature, telling Jane's during the IDEX 2017 show in Abu Dhabi that he would not make any comment on the West African country's

  • IDEX 2017: ECA Group opens new Middle East subsidiary

    French robotics company ECA Group announced on 21 February that they are opening a new permanent office in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). In addition to underwater robotic systems, the company will be promoting a number of other products and services including simulation and training systems, and

  • Europeans push back against undermining of transatlantic security pillars

    Allied attitudes to Russia could harden after US reassurances of its commitment to NATO, but European officials also warn Washington not to undermine the European Union or Europe's values as pillars of transatlantic security. "We are counting, as always in the past, on the United States'

  • IDEX 2017: MSPV confirms large Egyptian order

    The Dubai-based company Minerva Special Purpose Vehicles (MSPV) confirmed during IDEX 2017 held in Abu Dhabi that it is building large numbers of Panthera T6 light armoured vehicles for Egypt. The Panthera T6 was first seen in May 2014 during an Egyptian military parade. Later that year the

  • Dutch and French sign fighter airspace access agreement

    The Netherlands and France signed an agreement on 16 February allowing Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) fighters to escort intercepted aircraft into France. The agreement brings the Netherlands in line with Belgium, which signed a similar agreement with France in 2005, following the beginning of

  • IDEX 2017: Belarus, UAE sign defence industrial co-operation accord

    Belarus and the United Arab Emirates signed a defence technology transfer agreement on 21 February at the IDEX 2017 trade show. The military-technical co-operation agreement was signed between representatives of Belarus' State Military-Industrial Committee and the UAE's Tawazun Economic Council -

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