• MBDA awarded GBP539 million in missile contracts from the UK MoD

    Key Points MBDA awarded three separate contract worth a combined GBP539 million. Each contract is in part geared at protecting the UK's two future Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers. MBDA announced on 21 April three new air-, land-, and sea-based contracts with the UK Ministry of Defence

  • GAO pushes for delaying USN Future Frigate

    Key Points US GAO recommends delaying USN frigate acquisition till FY 2019 GAO suggests that extra time would improve design and capabilities of the future class The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) has recommended that Congress delay acquisition of the Future Frigate till Fiscal Year

  • Boeing not to compete 'unfair' Belgian fighter requirement

    Boeing has chosen not to compete Belgium's fighter replacement requirement, citing an unfair advantage for one or some of its competitors. In announcing its decision on 19 April not to respond to the request for proposals (RFP) that the Belgian government issued in March, Boeing said that its

  • Brazilian ARES seeks vehicle tests for its air defence RWS

    ARES Aeroespacial e Defesa, Elbit Systems' Brazilian operation, hopes to field test its newly developed 30 mm TORC30 remote weapon station (RWS) on an Iveco VBTP-MR Guarani 6x6 amphibious armoured vehicle. ARES is awaiting a vehicle from the Brazilian Army in order to integrate the turret and carry

  • French, Malian, and Burkinabe forces conduct joint anti-terrorist operation

    Burkinabe and Malian units supported by French troops conducted a major joint counter-terrorism effort called Operation 'Panga' between from 27 March to 10 April, Burkinabe, Malian, and French authorities have announced. Operation 'Panga' took place over a 2,500 km 2 area in the border region

  • Indian Navy successfully test-fires BrahMos land attack variant

    The Indian Navy (IN) successfully test-fired a land attack variant of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile on 21 April, India's Press Information Bureau (PIB) said in a statement. The missile was launched from INS Teg , a Talwar (Project 1135.6)-class guided missile frigate, onto an unspecified

  • Larsen & Toubro signs contract with Hanwha Techwin to supply K9 SPHs for Indian Army

    India's Larsen & Toubro (L&T) signed a contract with South Korea's Hanwha Techwin on 21 April to supply K9 Vajra-T 155 mm/52-calibre tracked self-propelled howitzers (SPHs) for the Indian Army (IA), L&T said in a statement. The gun is an enhanced version of Hanwha Techwin's K9 Thunder

  • Oshkosh updating US Army heavy tactical vehicles

    Oshkosh Defense has received various delivery orders for hundreds of trucks under the US Army's Family of Heavy Tactical Vehicles (FHTV) programme, the company announced on 18 April. The awards total USD258 million and cover recapitalisation for 670 of Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Trucks

  • Rolls-Royce opens new service centre in India

    Rolls-Royce inaugurated a facility in Bangalore on 20 April to enhance logistics and maintenance support for the Indian military. The company said the aim of the new defence service delivery centre (SDC) is to deliver "optimum support" for more than 750 aero-engines that power Indian

  • UK sends engineer team to repair Ascension Island runway

    A team of UK Royal Engineers have been despatched to Wideawake Airfield on Ascension Island in the central Atlantic Ocean to repair "significant issues" with its runway. The runway, which is a key staging post for the UK's strategic air bridge to Mount Pleasant Airfield on the Falkland

  • US to support Canadian C-17 Globemasters via foreign military sale

    The US government plans to provide sustainment support for five of the Royal Canadian Air Force's Boeing C-17 (CC-177) Globemaster III transport aircraft. The estimated USD195 million deal, to be done through a foreign military sale, includes "contractor logistics support (CLS) provided

  • Vietnam to acquire USCG cutter

    A recently decommissioned United States Coast Guard (USCG) ship is to be transferred to Vietnam, information published by the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) shows. The transaction is the first known defence deal between the two countries since the US fully lifted military sanctions on

  • EU clears Rolls-Royce's ITP acquisition

    The European Union has cleared, with conditions, Rolls-Royce's purchase of Spanish aircraft engine components maker ITP. Rolls-Royce, ITP, Germany's MTU, and French defence company Safran constitute the military engine consortium EPI (Europrop International GmbH). The latter designs and produces

  • Expal awarded contract for Typhoon P3Eb work

    Spain's Expal announced on 18 April that it had been awarded a contract from BAE Systems to undertake development work on the Eurofighter Typhoon Phase 3 Enhancements Package B (P3Eb) programme. According to the company, the contract will see the firm undertake engineering support for the

  • Kazakh government adds new companies to privatisation drive

    The Kazakh government and sovereign wealth fund Samruk-Kazyna have announced that they are adding four subsidiaries of state-owned defence and engineering firm Kazakhstan Engineering to the list of state assets for sale. The four companies added to the government's 'People's IPO' on 14 April

  • RAN to receive advanced electronic warfare simulators

    Australia-based Cirrus Real Time Processing Systems has been awarded an AUD4.4 million (USD3.3 million) contract to design and develop advanced maritime training systems for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). The contract will see "the development of a tactical electronic warfare training system

  • Australia receives six more HERCULES armoured recovery vehicles

    Australia has received six additional BAE Systems M88A2 HERCULES armoured recovery vehicles (ARVs) from the United States, bringing to 13 the number of such vehicles in service with the Australian Army (AA). Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne said in a statement on 20 April that the

  • BAE Systems receives HMS Agamemnon delivery contract

    BAE Systems has received a contract valued at GBP1.4 billion (USD1.8 billion) from the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) to deliver the sixth Astute-class nuclear-powered attack submarine to the Royal Navy. The award of the contract relating to HMS Agamemnon was announced by BAE Systems on 19 April.

  • RAAF receives first 3 of 100 new-generation refuelling vehicles

    The first 3 of 100 new aviation refuelling vehicles have been delivered to Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Base Amberley. Australian minister for defence industry Christopher Pyne said in a statement on 13 April that the vehicles were provided by Refuel International, the company that was awarded

  • UK industry calls for more domestic equipment purchases

    More purchases should be made with domestic suppliers of equipment and services by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD), according to the results of a consultation exercise in relation to the UK's proposed future defence-industrial strategy. "More emphasis should be given to buying goods and

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