• South Africa releases defence industry strategy

    The South African Department of Defence has released for comment a draft defence industry strategy that flows from the Defence Review of 2015. The strategy has been drafted by the National Defence Industry Council (NDIC) that was established in March 2016 in terms of recommendations made by the

  • Indian Ka-226T production to nearly double unit price

    The unit cost of 140 Russian Kamov Ka-226T ‘Hoodlum’ light multirole helicopters that India plans on building indigenously for its military is nearly double that of 60 similar platforms it proposes to acquire alongside in flyaway condition. Industry officials estimate the cost of each

  • QinetiQ posts rapid rise in operating profit

    British defence research and technology company QinetiQ published its preliminary financial results for 2017 on 25 May, showing operating profit of GBP132.7 million (USD170.6 million), a rise of 76.2% year on year. The company’s revenue also rose to GBP783.1 million, although this growth of

  • Turbomeca Africa to close

    Safran Helicopter Engines (Safran HE) has decided to wind up its 51% held South African company, Turbomeca Africa, with effect from June. The decision is based on projections of reduced demand for helicopter engines coupled with a reduced demand for helicopter engine maintenance, repair, and

  • BAE Systems wins contract to upgrade maritime SATCOM terminals for RAN

    BAE Systems Australia has been awarded a four-year AUD30 million (USD22.3 million) contract to upgrade the Royal Australian Navy's (RAN's) maritime satellite communications terminals. The upgrade, which will focus on the maritime element of the Advanced SATCOM Terrestrial Infrastructure System

  • Denmark orders 15 mortar systems for its Piranha 5s

    Denmark's Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organization (DALO) signed a USD15.3 million contract with Austrian company ESL Advanced Information Technology (ESLAIT) on 18 May for the delivery of 15 automatic floor-mounted 120 mm heavy mortar systems (with an option for an additional six systems at

  • Indra appoints new head of defence

    Indra has announced a new head of its defence and security division as part of a general restructuring at the 20% state-owned Spanish IT and systems group. Manuel Escalante, who will continue the new job with his former role as head of the cybersecurity unit, was confirmed as the division’s

  • Raytheon wins out for LCS variable depth sonar

    Key Points The new variable depth sonar system will form part of the ASW escort mission module to equip USN LCSs A full pre-production test article is expected to complete in late 2018 Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems has been selected to provide a new variable depth sonar (VDS) system to form

  • Seiler to supply optical fire control kits for India's M777 howitzers

    Seiler Instrument and Manufacturing has secured a USD15.5 million Foreign Military Sales contract from the US Army to supply 145 optical fire control kits and associated spare parts in support of Indian Army (IA) M777A2 155 mm/39-calibre lightweight howitzers. Work will be performed in St Louis,

  • South Korea to introduce defence anti-corruption policy

    A policy planning committee set up by new South Korean president Moon Jae-in is reportedly looking at ways to eradicate corruption within the country’s defence industry. In a press conference in Seoul on 23 May, Kim Jin-pyo, the chief of the presidential policy planning advisory panel, said

  • Allies agree to issue annual progress reports on their defence spending

    Bowing to US pressure, the 27 other NATO allies agreed at their mini-summit in Brussels on 25 May to issue annual reports on each nation's progress towards achieving NATO's defence spending guideline of 2% of GDP by 2024. The move comes at the firm insistence of US president Donald Trump and will

  • Australia allocates defence research funding to universities

    22 Australian universities are to receive government funding for defence research projects, Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne MP announced on 26 May. The funding, which is part of the country’s ten year, AUD730 million (USD544 million), Next Generation Technologies Fund, which

  • Chile's defence procurement 'Copper Law' likely to remain

    Chile's Copper Law, which funds military procurement with 10% of the yearly revenues from the CODELCO state-owned mining consortium, is expected to remain in place despite criticism after a recent corruption scandal and alleged misuse of its funds. The legislation has been strongly criticised by

  • Helibras delivers two H225M helicopters to Brazilian Armed Forces

    Brazilian defence company Helibras has delivered two H225M Caracal medium-lift helicopters for the Brazilian Army and Air Force, according to a 24 May press release. One of the helicopters will be utilised by the army's 1st air battalion (1st Batalhão de Aviação do Exército: 1st

  • Pentagon budget 2018: US Air Force proposes 78% cut to Space Fence

    Key Points The US Air Force requested USD36 million for Space Fence in FY 2018 Officials say this is because the programme is getting closer to IOC The US Air Force (USAF) is proposing a 78% cut in fiscal year 2018 (FY 2018) to its Space Fence space situational awareness platform, which a key

  • Pentagon budget 2018: USN's Tomahawk request replenishes inventory

    Key Points The navy seeks 61 missiles to replace those used against Syria in April 2017 The FY 2018 request will begin funding the Tomahawk recertification effort The US Navy USN) is requesting USD234.46 million for procurement of 100 Block IV Tactical Tomahawk cruise missiles. The request

  • Philippine restarts maritime patrol aircraft acquisition programme

    The Philippine Department of National Defense (DND) has invited bids for a PHP5.976 billion (USD120 million) contest to supply the country's air force with two new maritime patrol aircraft. The platforms, which are being acquired under the programme formally known as the Long Range Patrol Aircraft

  • Philippines, Russia sign defence co-operation agreement

    Russia and the Philippines have signed a defence co-operation agreement (DCA) that boosts security ties between the two countries and paves the way for Russian exports to the southeast Asian country. The Philippine government said on 25 May that the DCA, which was signed one day earlier in Moscow,

  • Rostec to create cybersecurity joint venture with Group IB

    Russian defence and technology company Rostec announced the creation of a new cybersecurity joint venture on 25 May. 51% of the new organisation will be held by National Information Centre, a Rostec subsidiary, while the remaining share is to be owned by private sector partner Group IB. The

  • Russian defence minister announces Kremlin's strategic plans for next three years

    On 24 May Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu outlined to the Russian Senate increases in the country's nuclear and strategic capabilities over the next three years, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has reported. "Tensions are growing in regions strategically important to Russia," Shoigu

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