• Thales to acquire Gemalto, create new division

    Thales has secured a deal to acquire digital security company Gemalto, which will bring together the expertise the two have in this domain to form a new Digital Security global business unit. Thales announced on 18 December that it was acquiring the company at EUR51 (USD59.90) per share, which

  • Gripen E contract amended to new-build rather than remanufactured

    The Saab Gripen E combat aircraft will no longer use parts salvaged from retired Gripen Cs, with each aircraft now to be built completely from new. The manufacturer announced on 18 December that the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) had awarded it a SEK400 million (USD47 million)

  • RUAG makes steps to produce ammunition in Brazil

    Swiss ammunition firm RUAG Ammotec and the government of Brazilian State of Pernambuco signed a protocol of intent aimed at establishing a small-calibre ammunition plant in Brazil on 15 December. Authorisation for the plant was first granted by the Brazilian government in September. A location for

  • AFRL’s flexible GaN could improve electronic systems

    The US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has demonstrated a new method to transfer gallium nitride (GaN) on a flexible substrate, a development that could lead to improved communications and radar systems, as well as wearable electronics. GaN is a wide bandgap material that amplifies a signal to

  • BAE Systems advances plan for new UK complex radar demonstrator

    BAE Systems is putting forward an investment case for a new UK advanced radar testbed to provide an enduring platform for the development and testing of future multifunction radar (MFR) technologies and techniques. Intended to yield a successor to the previous Multifunction Electronically Scanned

  • BAE Systems to lead new Australian research centre

    BAE Systems Australia will be one of several participants in the Australian Department of Defence’s (DoD’s) new Defence Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for trusted autonomous systems, the DoD announced on 18 December. The DoD said other inaugural members in the new CRC, which will be

  • BAE Systems wins Limited Interim Missile Warning Systems QRC contract

    The US Army has selected BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems to deliver an ‘interim’ mid-wave infrared missile warning system to equip UH-60M helicopters. Awarded by the US Army Contracting Command on 15 December, the USD24.4 million contract for the Limited Interim Missile

  • BTR-4MV1 clears factory tests

    Aditya Jadhav The Kharkov Morozov Design Bureau has completed factory testing of the 8x8 BTR-4MV1 armoured personnel carrier before possible adoption by the Ukrainian Army, Ukroboronprom announced on 8 December. Based on the BTR-4MV, with the same remote weapons station, engine, and transmission,

  • GE, Tata sign manufacturing agreement

    GE has signed a strategic partnership with Tata group to manufacture commercial engine components, which the two companies say could lead on to military engine and aircraft system opportunities in the future. The main deal covers the manufacture of CFM International LEAP aircraft engine components

  • Indonesia looks to expand collaboration with Boeing on helicopter programmes

    Boeing has offered to expand industrial co-operation with Indonesia in support of the country’s programme to supply AH-64E Apache attack helicopters and CH-47F Chinook heavylift transport helicopters. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) in Jakarta said on 13 December that Defence Minister Ryamizard

  • Japan, UK to expand technology collaboration

    Japan and United Kingdom will enhance defence equipment and technology ties as part of their expanding security relationship, Japanese Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera said following the two countries’ foreign and defence ministerial meeting, which took place in London on 14 December. In a

  • RNZN decommissions replenishment tanker HMNZS Endeavour

    The Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) decommissioned on 15 December its fleet replenishment tanker HMNZS Endeavour after almost 30 years of service. The navy announced on its Facebook page that the ship’s white ensign was lowered for the last time during a ceremony held a Devonport Naval Base in

  • South Korea advances ASR-II submarine rescue ship project

    South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) announced on 15 December that its project to develop a new 5,200-tonne auxiliary submarine rescue ship, or ASR-II, for the Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) has progressed after an agreement was reached last month on the

  • Trump National Security Strategy focused on homeland defence, US economy

    The Trump administration’s National Security Strategy (NSS), unveiled on 18 December, broadly outlines the White House’s focus on homeland defence and bolstering the US economy. For the former it emphasises border security and missile defence, for the latter it hopes to reinforce the

  • Airbus CEO, COO to step down

    European defence and aerospace group Airbus announced a plan for a transition to a new top level leadership team on 15 December, with both chief operating officer (COO) and chief executive officer (CEO) announcing the dates of their departure from the company. However, while COO and President of

  • India’s defence minister plans ‘shake up’ of the MoD

    Indian Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has outlined her plans to “shake up” the Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) to accelerate procurements and stimulate efforts to boost self-sufficiency. Sitharaman, who took office in September, told a conference in New Delhi on 14 December held

  • Martin-Baker to supply ejection seats for Taiwan’s new jet trainers

    Taiwan’s Aerospace Industrial Development Corporation (AIDC) has signed an agreement with UK ejection-seat specialist Martin-Baker to support Taiwan’s programme to develop and build advanced jet trainers (AJTs). AIDC said in a statement that under the agreement, which was signed in

  • RAF Typhoon squadron to train Qatari pilots

    Qatari pilots and ground crew will be integrated into a UK Eurofighter Typhoon squadron for work-up training ahead of the Middle East country taking delivery of its own aircraft in 2022. A new UK Royal Air Force (RAF) Typhoon, 12 (Bomber) Squadron will take on the Qatari training role after it

  • AVIC subsidiary launches IPO

    The Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) listed the assets of one of its many businesses on 13 December as part of its continuing efforts to stimulate inward investment in the group. AVIC said that Shennan Circuits, which is an affiliate of its CATIC Shenzhen Holdings subsidiary, launched

  • BAE Systems readies new data link system for USN

    BAE Systems is developing a new capability that will enable US Navy (USN) ships to simultaneously transmit and receive intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) data from multiple sources. Under the USD81 million contract, BAE Systems’ common data link (iCDL) radio will be

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