• Boeing announces investment in UAV navigation company

    Boeing’s strategic business venture arm HorizonX announced an investment in US small unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and autonomous navigation company Near Earth Autonomy on 19 October. The move comes just two weeks after Boeing revealed that it was pursuing the acquisition of fellow UAV

  • Textron reports falling income in Q3

    US defence and aerospace manufacturer Textron Inc reported results from the third quarter of its financial year on 19 October, showing strong revenue growth but a mark contraction in profits. The company generated total revenues of USD3,484 million in the three months to 30 September, a 7.2% rise

  • Blue Origin hotfires potential national security launch booster

    Blue Origin announced on 19 October it successfully hotfired its BE-4 rocket engine for the first time, which could be used in future Pentagon launches. The company released few details other than a Twitter video and a few low-res photos. Company spokeswoman Caitlin Dietrich declined further

  • Korean Air, Boeing propose Chinook upgrade collaboration

    Korean Air and Boeing have signed an agreement to collaborate on upgrading the Republic of Korea Armed Forces’ Boeing CH-47D Chinook heavy-lift helicopters. Under the memorandum of understanding (MOU), signed at the ADEX exhibition in Seoul on 19 October, Boeing and Korean Air’s

  • NATO urged to rapidly absorb AI into its command and control

    NATO advisers and industry are urging the allies to rapidly absorb artificial intelligence software into their militaries’ observe, orient, decide, act (OODA) loop or risk seeing the latter collapse in the face of adversaries’ increasingly sophisticated artificial intelligence

  • Naval Group appoints new head of international development

    French state-owned shipbuilder Naval Group (formerly DCNS) announced the appointment of Alain Guillou to the position of Executive Vice President for International Development on 20 October. In the role, Mr Guillou, who previously led the company’s human resources and operations division,

  • Navantia Australia signals further expansion

    Navantia Australia, which is bidding to win the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN’s) AUD35 billion (USD28 billion) SEA 5000 Future Frigate programme, is looking to further increase its presence in the country with a planned new office in Western Australia in 2018, the company told

  • RSS 2017: Fincantieri eyes export market for its PPA

    Key Points Intention covers both the lightly armed patrol configuration and full combat version Exportability of combat configuration subject to successful BMD solution Fincantieri intends to continue an aggressive export strategy of its naval products in the future, encompassing also the latest

  • SIGAR: Afghans account for nearly half of all foreign military trainees gone AWOL in the US since 2005

    Afghans account for nearly half of all foreign military trainees that have gone absent without leave (AWOL) since 2005 while training in the United States (152 of 320), according to a 19 October report by the US Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction (SIGAR). The report notes that 83

  • South Korea seeking to boost protection of military facilities

    The Republic of Korea Army (RoKA) has signed an agreement with the Korea Institute of Civil Engineering and Building Technology (KICT) to co-operate in the development of construction technologies aimed at boosting the protection of military installations in South Korea amid heightened tensions over

  • Thales’ defence sales down in third quarter

    French defence and transportation company Thales revealed details of its third quarter performance on 19 October, reporting sales of EUR3.1 billion (USD3.7 billion) for the period, a 2.9% fall year on year. Defence & Security remained Thales’ largest segment in Q3 2017, with sales of

  • Turkey reopens tender for Altay MBT engines

    The Turkish Defence Industries Undesecretariat (SSM) released a request for proposals (RFP) on 18 October for the local development of a power pack for the Altay main battle tank (MBT). The deadline for interested companies to deliver their proposals is 22 December. “The aim of the tender is

  • US photonics supplier Excelitas purchased by private equity firm

    US private equity investment company AEA Investors has revealed that it has agreed to acquire Massachusetts photonics industrial and defence photonics supplier Excelitas Technologies. Excelitas, whose optical and electronic components are used in laser warning, head-up displays, electronic warfare,

  • USAF concerned about LRSO reliability once fielded

    Key Points The USAF plans to invest more money in LRSO than GBSD in FY 2018 A key officer said the service is concerned about LRSO’s reliability and availability once fielded The US Air Force (USAF) is requesting nearly twice as much funding in fiscal year 2018 (FY 2018) for Long Range

  • Cammell Laird and BAE Systems team for UK Type 31e frigate bid

    Key Points Cammell Laird and BAE Systems have signed a teaming agreement to bid for UK’s Type 31e frigate programme. Birkenhead-based Cammell Laird, which has a pedigree in commercial ship repair and shipbuilding, will prime the bid. UK shipyard Cammell Laird and BAE Systems have teamed to

  • SSM signs contract with BMC for domestic production of power pack

    The Turkish Defence Industries Undersecretariat (SSM) has tweeted that it signed a contract with domestic civilian and military vehicle manufacturer BMC on 13 October for the domestic production of a power pack for new-generation tracked light armoured vehicles. BMC is believed to have been awarded

  • Taiwan reaches out to US defence industry

    Key Points Taiwan’s deputy defence minister says United States is its “priority choice” for defence industrial partnerships Major new programmes in Taiwan will require US technologies but co-operation faces several challenges Taiwan has reached out to the United States to

  • ADEX 2017: Cobham gains more work on KF-X programme

    Cobham announced on 17 October that it had been awarded a contract from South Korea’s Korean Aerospace Industries (KAI) for the design and supply of a conformal antenna suite for the KAI Korean Fighter – Experimental (KF-X) programme. According to Cobham, the conformal antenna suite

  • ASC looks to secure exports to sustain capability

    Australian shipbuilder ASC is increasing engagement with foreign counterparts to secure exports and sustain operational capability, company chairman Bruce Carter has revealed. Carter said during a recent Senate economic committee that the state-owned firm could be forced to cut more than half its

  • UK moves to change M&A rules

    Key Points Proposed new regulations to enable increased government intervention on national security grounds in acquisition by foreign companies The move comes as European concerns about foreign ownership in sensitive technologies increase The UK government announced on 17 October that it plans

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