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  • Lockheed Martin withdraws AMDR contract award protest

    Key Points The USN will rescind its stop work order on 10 January Raytheon will now begin the EMD phase of the next-generation radar Lockheed Martin on 10 January announced it was withdrawing its protest of the US Navy (USN) awarding a contract to Raytheon for the Air and Missile Defense Radar

  • Spanish military to be hit by further cuts

    The Spanish Ministry of Defence (MoD) is to base its future operability on a deployable 'action' force of only 10,000 personnel across all three services, according to local media reports. Although the MoD declined to comment on the reports, military sources confirmed to IHS Jane's on 7 January

  • Saab contracted to begin Gripen E serial production

    The Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) has contracted Saab to begin serial production of the JAS 39 Gripen E fighter aircraft, the company announced on 18 December. The SEK16.4 billion (USD2.5 billion) contract will cover serial production from 2013-26 and covers the conversion of 60

  • F-35 completes Block 2B weapon accuracy trials

    The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter passed its latest milestone with the final weapon delivery accuracy test for a Block 2B munition, it was announced on 11 December. The 6 December drop, which took place at the Air Force Flight Test Center at Edwards Air Force Base in

  • Norway approves additional F-35s

    Norway has authorised the procurement of a further six Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters, bringing the country's commitment up to 16 aircraft. Parliament's approval of the additional jets, which came on 11 December, is valued at NKR7.38 billion (USD1.23 billion) and will see

  • Vietnam's defence industrial development enshrined in new constitution

    Vietnam introduced a new constitution on 9 December reiterating its ambition to develop its defence industrial base and reduce dependency on foreign military imports. The constitution, which takes effect from 1 January 2014, outlines a commitment for Vietnam to "build the defence

  • Slovakia trials new Tatrapan armoured container carrier vehicle

    The Slovak Armed Forces completed an initial phase of testing with the VYVOJ Martin joint stock company's new Tatrapan 8x8 Container Carrier (CC) truck jointly with the manufacturer in late November. The company began development of the 8x8 Tatrapan in 2009 using private company funding, but

  • Russia's state defence order to increase by 25% in 2014

    Russian Deputy Minister of Defence Yury Borisov announced on 20 November that the state defence order for 2014 will be 25% greater than 2013. This will increase military procurement from USD42 billion to approximately USD53 billion next year. He addressed a news media roundtable together with

  • Dubai Air Show 2013: Boeing selects Challenger 600 biz-jet to host MSA capability

    Boeing unveiled the Bombardier Challenger 605 business jet as the host platform for its new maritime surveillance aircraft (MSA) at the Dubai Air Show on 18 November. Speaking at the show, Tim Peters, Boeing vice-president and general manager, Mobility, Surveillance & Engagement, said that the

  • RDAF gets Litening G4 targeting pods

    The Royal Danish Air Force (RDAF) has become the first international partner to receive the Litening G4: the latest configuration of Northrop Grumman's AN/AAQ-28(V)7 Litening advanced targeting system. Following a two-week flight test evaluation programme of 25 sorties that verified the pod's

  • FLIR announces earnings decline; Government Systems division weakest

    FLIR Systems reported on 24 October that Q3 2013 revenues climbed 8% to USD358.1 million while earnings decreased by 17% to USD46.5 million. Revenue from FLIR's Commercial Systems division increased 17% from the third quarter of 2012 to USD212.9 million. Meanwhile, revenue from FLIR's Government

  • Northrop announces earnings increase but warns of 2014 sequester impact

    US defence contractor Northrop Grumman's third quarter 2013 earnings increased 8% to USD497 million from USD459 million last year, the company announced on 23 October. Chief executive Wes Bush also noted, however, that another round of US government spending sequestration is scheduled to be

  • Norway's new government to strengthen defence and security

    The new minority government of Norway, currently being formed, unveiled its defence plans for its term of office on 14 October. Following its success in Norway's September elections, the new government is a coalition of the right-wing Conservative and Progressive parties. Both have traditionally

  • US Navy completes initial cockpit upgrades for C-130T Hercules

    The US Navy (USN) has received back into service its final Lockheed Martin C-130T Hercules transport aircraft to go through an initial cockpit upgrade programme, the service announced in September. The last of the 19 C-130Ts to be modernised with a 'glass' cockpit by BAE Systems was handed back to

  • Russian T-72 MBT gets enhanced protection

    Two enhanced T-72 main battle tanks (MBTs) were shown for the first time during RAE 2013 in Nizhny Tagil, Russia. The MBTs have been upgraded to enhance their survivability and developments have been made to meet the potential requirements of the export market, as the T-72 MBT has been built in

  • Voyager poised to take on Falklands air bridge

    The Airbus Military A330-200 Voyager tanker-transport aircraft will take over the UK's Falkland Islands air bridge in the coming days, operator AirTanker disclosed on 1 October. The consortium is scheduled to pick up the trans-Atlantic route from the Royal Air Force (RAF) operated Lockheed L-1011

  • USAF F-16 lost in training accident

    A US Air Force (USAF) Lockheed Martin F-16D Fighting Falcon training aircraft crashed shortly after performing a 'touch-and-go' at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona on 26 June. The two-seat aircraft from the 309th Fighter Squadron, 56th Fighter Wing, reportedly suffered an engine malfunction before

  • Indonesia inducts new maritime patrol craft

    Indonesia launched two 48 m offshore patrol vessels, KN Bintang Laut (Pennant number 4801) and KN Singha Laut (4802) in early June. Both patrol boats, built by Batam-based shipyards, are expected to enter operational service in July, according to a press release by the country's Central Committee

  • Long wait for new Pipavav CEO ends

    Pipavav Defence and Offshore Engineering has appointed Rajiv Sarman Shukla as its chief executive officer (CEO), filling a position that has been vacant for two years. Announcing the appointment to the Bombay Stock Exchange on 7 June, Pipavav said that

  • Three PAC-3 MSE missiles engage ballistic and cruise-missile threats

    Lockheed Martin PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) missiles successfully engaged, intercepted and destroyed two different threat-representative targets during a flight test conducted at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico. A salvo of two missiles

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