• BAE Systems to provide Hawk engineering support to UAE

    BAE Systems will transfer some expertise relating to its Hawk trainer aircraft to a maintenance provider in the United Arab Emirates to support the domestic air force’s fleet of export-specific models. The OEM signed an agreement with Advanced Military Maintenance Repair and Overhaul Center

  • Northrop Grumman wins Australian C-27J support contract

    Approximately 40 jobs will be secured in Australia as a result of the government awarding a sustainment contract to Northrop Grumman to support the Royal Australian Air Force’s Leonardo C-27J Spartan transport. An AUD200 million contract has been awarded by the Minister for Defence Industry,

  • Terma agrees Indian technology transfer

    Danish company Terma has teamed with Tata Advanced Systems to transfer its surveillance radar technology to be indigenously developed for installation on Indian navy vessels. Under the navy’s surface surveillance radar project, 31 systems will be delivered to the service, which will be

  • Australia invites SMEs to bid for air defence supply contracts

    The Australian Department of Defence (DoD) is inviting local companies to bid for supply contracts on the programme to procure a short-range ground-based air defence (GBAD) capability for the Australian Army. The DoD said in a press release on 17 November that it will hold seven industry showcase

  • KAI selects Harris payload carriage and release systems for KFX

    Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) has selected Harris Corporation to supply bomb rack units (BRUs) for South Korea’s next-generation Korea Fighter Experimental (KFX) development programme, the Melbourne, Florida-based company announced on 14 November. Harris said in a statement that it will

  • Latest IL-76 set to feature DAS

    Recently released imagery and reports in the Russian media suggest that the new Ilyushin IL-76MD-90A transport aircraft will be equipped with a defensive aids suite (DAS). Data have previously pointed to an optional electronic countermeasure (ECM) fit for the IL-76 family being available since the

  • Lockheed Martin delays F-35 Block 3F software final certification to February

    Key Points Lockheed Martin expects to complete F-35 Block 3F final certification in February This is later than a previously estimated goal of the end of 2017 A Lockheed Martin executive expects the company to complete final certification for the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) Block

  • Magellan Aerospace invests in new Indian facility

    Magellan Aerospace has started construction of a new facility in India, the Canadian company has announced. In a statement on 15 November, Magellan said the facility – located on seven acres in the Hi-tech, Defence, and Aerospace Park near the Bangalore International Airport – will be

  • Navantia lays keel for first RAN replenishment vessel

    Spanish shipbuilder Navantia held a keel-laying ceremony for the first of two auxiliary oiler replenishment (AOR) vessels ordered by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) at its Ferrol yard on 17 November. According to Navantia the launch of the first oiler is planned for the third quarter of 2018, with

  • Spain considers relocating Canary Islands naval base

    Spain is to look at moving its naval base on the Canary Island of Gran Canaria, defence minister María Dolores de Cospedal announced on 15 November. However, while she promised a commission to study possible new locations would be set up between the Ministry of Defence and local authorities by

  • Turkey withdraws troops from NATO exercise

    President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on 17 November that Turkey has withdrawn 40 Turkish troops from a NATO military drill in Norway in which he and Turkey’s founder, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, were listed in an “enemy chart”. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg apologised for

  • USAF mulling better defended satellites

    US Air Force (USAF) Space Command (AFSPC) hopes to better defend its space assets that peer adversaries may target, and expects to try defending a potentially forthcoming missile warning satellite. Major General David Thompson, special assistant to the AFSPC commander, said adversaries may use

  • Dubai Airshow 2017: Textron showcases unmanned aircraft in drive for regional sales

    Textron Systems showcased two unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) at the Dubai Airshow, as it looks to secure sales in the Gulf region in general and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in particular. The Aerosonde Small UAS (SUAS) and Nightwarden tactical UAS (TUAS) were both displayed at the event that

  • Germany records swift rise in defence exports to the Middle East

    The German government has been criticised for increasing the value of its defence exports to Saudi Arabia and Egypt, which according to a political opposition is contributing to the conflict in Yemen that is considered to include too many attacks on civilians. Politician Stefan Liebich revealed

  • House Armed Services Committee member warns of budget caps

    Following the release of the US government’s National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) conference report in early November, House Armed Services Committee (HASC) Democrats have warned that budget caps need to be lifted in order for programmes to be properly funded in line with the requirements

  • Qinetiq reports rising revenue in first half

    UK defence technology firm Qinetiq has reported steady year-on-year financial results for the first three quarters of 2017, with an increase in the firm’s order backlog but a decrease in orders. As of 1 October, the company’s order backlog represented GBP2 billion (USD2.63 billion), up

  • Dubai Airshow 2017: Russian officials remain cautious over possible UAE Su-35 buy

    Key Points Russian industry representatives are becoming skeptical regarding a potential purchase by the UAE of Su-35 aircraft They believe interest in the Su-35 is just being used as leverage in negotiations over the purchase of a US-built fighter Russian industry representatives who spoke to

  • China and Philippines sign defence industrial accord

    China and the Philippines have signed a defence industrial agreement that will pave the way for increased Chinese exports to the Southeast Asian country and associated technology transfers. The memorandum of understanding (MOU) on defence industry co-operation was signed on 15 November in Manila

  • Dubai Airshow 2017: UAE signs for five C295 airlifters

    The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has ordered five Airbus Defence and Space (DS) C295 tactical transport aircraft in a deal announced at the Dubai Airshow on 15 November. The deal covers the C295W winglet-equipped aircraft that is now the baseline offering from the company, and will see deliveries

  • Indian opposition alleges misconduct in Rafale procurement

    The opposition Indian National Congress (INC) party has accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, of misconduct in the country’s programme to procure 36 Dassault Rafale fighter aircraft for the Indian Air Force (IAF). A press release by the INC

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