• DoD contracts two G550s for FMS customer, likely Australia

    The US Department of Defense (DoD) has contracted two ‘green’ Gulfstream G550 business-jet aircraft to be converted into special mission platforms for a Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customer, most likely Australia. A USD83 million contract was awarded to L-3 Communications on 21 June to

  • Civmec completes listing on Australian stock exchange

    Civmec Construction and Engineering, which is partnered with German shipbuilder Lürssen to build offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), completed its listing on the Australian stock exchange (ASX) on 22 June, the company has announced. Western Australia-based

  • Colombian Navy commissions new hydrographic multipurpose vessel

    The Colombian Navy commissioned a new hydrographic multipurpose vessel into service on 14 June. Originally built as an offshore supply vessel (OSV) by Chinese shipyard Fujian Mawei Shipbuilding, ARC Caribe was procured by Colombia in December 2017 and modified to meet navy requirements. While the

  • Colombian Navy launches latest amphibious ship

    The Colombian Navy launched its fifth amphibious landing vessel (BDA), ARC Bahia Colombia , in Cartagena on 15 June. ARC Bahia Colombia is the sixth BDA and built by Colombia’s state-owned shipbuilding company COTECMAR and the fifth of the MK II series . Honduras received another version of

  • Germany shortlists R&S for VJTF communications

    Rohde & Schwarz (R&S) has been selected as the preferred partner to supply its SDxR and SVFuA communications systems to the German Army when it supports NATO’s Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF) in 2023, industry sources have revealed. Jane’s understands that the company

  • Russian Navy commissions first Ivan Gren-class landing ship

    The Russian Navy’s first Ivan Gren-class (Project 11711E) large landing ship was commissioned at the service’s Baltiysk naval base in Kaliningrad on 20 June. Ivan Gren will be based with the the Northern Fleet. It is the first of two vessels in the class being built by Yantar Shipyard in

  • Syrian troops launch southwest offensive despite US warnings

    The United States has criticised a new offensive by pro-government forces in southwest Syria that appears to involve Russian forces. US State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert told reporters on 21 June that the de-escalation agreement announced in July 2017 had saved lives and facilitated

  • Australia awards innovation contracts

    The Australian Army has partnered with the government’s Defence Innovation Hub to award contracts to local industry to develop new military capabilities, the Australian Department of Defence (DoD) said on 21 June. In a press release the DoD said three new ‘innovation contracts’ -

  • MAG Aerospace acquires ISR integrator

    US firm MAG Aerospace has acquired intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) integration firm North American Surveillance Systems (NASS). Terms of the deal, announced on 18 June, were not disclosed. Florida-based NASS integrates ISR systems onto fixed- and rotary-wing platforms, and

  • Chemring reflects on ‘good progress’

    Countermeasures and energetic materials specialist Chemring has looked back on “good progress on all fronts” during the first half of its financial year. The UK group reported a 5% increase in operating earnings to GBP18.1 million (USD23.8 million), although the completion of a 40 mm

  • Philippines moves ahead with ‘second horizon’ modernisation

    Key Points President approves USD5.6 billion modernisation programme Requirements include accelerated submarine procurement Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has given approval to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to progress plans to procure a wide range of defence equipment under

  • Taiwan urged to overhaul IP rules to support US defence trade ties

    Key Points Protection of IP and trade secrets regarded as challenges to deepening US-Taiwan defence trade and industry co-operation President of the US Taiwan Business Council calls for an “entire new architecture” to support defence trade between the two countries The President of

  • Bell uses design-for-manufacturing approach to reduce V-280 costs

    Key Points Bell used a design-for-manufacturing approach to its V-280 straight wing and rotor blade design The company said this helped reduce costs by roughly 50% in both areas Bell used a design-for-manufacturing approach with its V-280 Valor tiltrotor aircraft to drive down costs, according to

  • Canada’s JSS project costs jump

    Canada’s Joint Support Ship (JSS) project has increased by about 43% to earlier estimates, the Department of National Defence (DND) has confirmed to Jane’s . The Canadian Government’s latest JSS estimate is now about CAD3.4 billion (USD2.5 billion) over the 30-year lifespan of the

  • CybAero files for bankruptcy

    Swedish unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) manufacturer CybAero announced on 19 June that it had filed for bankruptcy. Further details of the bankruptcy are expected to be revealed at the company’s annual general meeting on 30 June. CybAero manufactured the APID family of rotary-wing UAVs. Since

  • Australia seeks industry input on infantry fighting vehicle project

    Key Points Australian DoD seeks industry advice on tender timeline for Land 400 Phase 3 procurement project Industry feedback intended to support better planning and to reduce the cost of tendering The Australian Department of Defence (DoD) is looking to engage with local industry on the schedule

  • South Korea engages with SMEs to boost local manufacturing

    South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) is furthering efforts to promote import substitution in the defence sector by engaging with domestic small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to enhance awareness of production opportunities, DAPA said on 18 June. DAPA said it

  • BAE Systems wins competition for US Marine Corps’ ACV 1.1

    Key Points The US Marine Corps selected BAE Systems’ Amphibious Combat Vehicle offering over SAIC’s The service plans to replace its entire legacy fleet by the end of 2020 The US Marine Corps has selected BAE Systems to produce its Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV) 1.1, the successor to

  • Viasat acquires Horsebridge Defence and Security

    UK satellite communications firm Viasat has announced that it has acquired Cheltenham-based systems development firm Horsebridge Defence and Security. Terms of the deal, announced on 13 June, were not disclosed. Viasat said that the acquisition would allow the company to increase its presence in

  • US DISA issues SETI unrestricted pool awards

    The US Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) has awarded USD7.5 billion to 14 large businesses to find solutions for complex IT engineering and developmental requirements for the US Department of Defense (DoD). The Systems Engineering, Technology, and Innovation (SETI) contracts will initially

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