• ARA develops Silent Sabre directed energy weapon

    Applied Research Associates Inc (ARA) has developed a 1.5 kw directed energy weapon called Silent Sabre that attaches to a rifle and performs similar to an acetylene torch at a range of 183-274 m. Joseph Paranto, ARA director of directed energy, told Jane’s at the Pentagon that Silent Sabre

  • New Indian policy outlines ambitious defence industry goals

    Key Points Policy outlines strategy for India to become a ‘top five’ defence industrial base by 2025 Document calls for revisions in India’s defence offset and foreign investment regimes The Indian government has published a draft defence production policy to promote indigenous

  • MoD must increase procurement competition, committee reports

    The UK Ministry of Defence must do more to reduce levels of non-competitive defence procurement and should “have a clear strategy for increasing competition”, the UK parliamentary Committee of Public Accounts has reported. The committee stated in its “Ministry of Defence:

  • MELLS anti-tank missile integrated into Marder IFV

    The Mehrrollenfähige Leichte Lenkflugkörpersystem (multirole-capable light anti-tank missile system: MELLS), as the Bundeswehr calls Spike LR, has been integrated into the Marder 1A5 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV), Rheinmetall announced on 20 March. The company was awarded the contract

  • Pentagon budget 2018: Spending bill provides 20 additional F-35 aircraft

    Key Points The FY 2018 spending bill provides an additional 20 F-35s that the Pentagon requested The legislation is part of a wide-ranging ramp up of US defence spending The US fiscal year 2018 (FY 2018) spending bill released late 21 March provides the Pentagon with 20 additional Lockheed Martin

  • PESCO will fail to impact defence technological, industrial base without big projects, say officials and experts

    Legal experts and EU sources say the risks are high that Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) will fail to achieve any game-changing defence integration among the participating EU nations or deliver the strategic autonomy Europe wants unless it takes on the very largest capability projects at

  • Ultra appoints CEO

    UK defence, security, and aerospace technologies group Ultra Electronics has appointed a new chief executive officer four months after the departure of long-serving leader Rakesh Sharma. The company said on 22 March that Simon Pryce will take the helm on 18 June. Pryce joins Ultra Electronics

  • Elettronica announces Australian partnerships

    Elettronica, the Italian electronic warfare (EW) systems manufacturer, has signed agreements with companies in Australia in support of the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN’s) AUD35 billion (USD27 million) Sea 5000 Future Frigate programme. The firm said on 21 March that its memoranda of

  • Saab formally announces Swordfish bid for Korea

    Saab has officially announced its intention to offer its Swordfish maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) to the Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN). In a press conference in Seoul on 21 March Saab confirmed that it is preparing a proposal for the USD1.8 billion programme, which is expected to progress through a

  • Atlas Elektronik appoints new CEO

    German naval technology company Atlas Elektronik announced the appointment of a new chief executive officer (CEO) on 20 March. Michael Ozegowski will serve as speaker of the management board and CEO of the company from 1 May, when Dr Jens Bodo Koch leaves to take up a position at Heckler and Koch.

  • AAR Corp reports rising sales in Q3

    US defence logistics and aerospace maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) company AAR Corporation announced financial results for the third quarter of its 2018 financial year on 20 March, revealing a 12% rise in sales year on year. Revenue for the third quarter increased by USD49 million to USD456

  • Boeing prepares new research centre in South Korea

    Boeing is to open an advanced technologies research centre in South Korea by mid-2018, the US corporation announced on 21 March. Boeing said it is currently in discussion with the South Korean government about the opening of the new facility, which will focus on technologies including autonomy,

  • General Dynamics raises CSRA offer

    General Dynamics responded to CACI International’s competing bid for defence and government sector IT company CSRA on 20 March, increasing its offer to USD41.25 per share, bringing the value of the transaction to USD9.7 billion. General Dynamics had originally announced its proposed merger

  • HAL share offer marginally undersubscribed

    The initial public offering (IPO) of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) was marginally undersubscribed when the offer closed on the National Stock Exchange of India (NSE) on 20 March. NSE statistics show that 98.57% of the on-offer 34.1 million shares in state-owned HAL were subscribed to by

  • Kratos, Orbital ATK, reaffirm Oriole rocket motor exclusive rights deal

    Kratos Defense & Security Solutions’ Space and Missile Defense Systems business unit has reaffirmed and re-stated a longstanding agreement with Orbital ATK’s Missile Products Division that gives Kratos exclusive rights to sell Oriole Solid Propellant Rocket Motors (SPRMs) for

  • Peruvian shipyard to build riverine cargo vessels

    Peru’s state-run Servicios Industriales de la Marina (SIMA) shipyard will construct six riverine cargo vessels (motochata fluvial multipropósito) for the Peruvian Army’s V Division. The order includes three 100-tonne vessels, two 200-tonne vessels, and one platform that can

  • Red Arrows crash, one killed

    A BAE Systems Hawk jet trainer from the UK Royal Air Force (RAF) Red Arrows aerobatic team crashed on 20 March, killing one of the two crew members. The aircraft came down over RAF Valley on the island of Anglesey in North Wales. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) confirmed that, while the pilot ejected

  • Russia adjusts defence spending upward

    Russian defence expenditure has been increased to RUB2.95 trillion (USD51.35 billion) for 2018, budgetary documentation released by the Russian government has confirmed. The new total represents an 8% increase over the total initially planned for 2018. Budget execution data released by the Russian

  • Elbit Systems revenue exceeds USD1 billion in Q4

    Elbit Systems for the first time recorded in excess of USD1 billion in revenues in a single financial quarter during the final one of 2017, contributing to the USD3.38 billion total received over that calendar year. The total revenues for the year was an increase on the USD3.26 billion the company

  • Rheinmetall, Raytheon present ground-based air defence concept for Germany

    Rheinmetall and Raytheon have joined forces to offer a ground-based air defence (GBAD) concept for the Bundeswehr. The two companies propose to integrate Rheinmetall's Nah-und Nächstbereichsschutzsystem (NNbS) short- and very short-range air defence system with Raytheon's longer range Patriot

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