• Bulgaria to ground C-27J Spartan fleet in 2018

    The Bulgarian Air Force (BuAF) will ground its last operational C-27J Spartan twin-engine tactical transport in early 2018 if no solution is found by then for logistical support from Leonardo Aircraft, Defence Minister Krasimir Karakachanov said on 7 December. The five-year, EUR25 million (USD29

  • Jordan to get more Marder IFVs

    The Jordanian Armed Forces (JAF) will receive a further 25 Marder 1A3 infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs), Rheinmetall announced on 13 December. It said the German government awarded it a EUR17 million (USD20 million) contract in October to upgrade 25 surplus Bundeswehr vehicles and that deliveries

  • Norway approves land defence proposal

    The Norwegian government has approved a new land defence proposal, building on a long-term plan first released in June 2016 that led to an increase in defence spending and a commitment to strengthening the armed forces. In October 2017, the Oslo government revealed a plan to develop its army and

  • ‘Overspend’ forces New Zealand to revise contract to upgrade frigates

    Key Points Government says cost of revised contract represents a 30% increase over original deal Defence minister blames cost rise on previous administration’s “procurement overspends” The government of New Zealand has renegotiated its contract with Lockheed Martin Canada to

  • Born again: DDG 51 restart on course as Flight III approaches

    With DDG 51 guided-missile destroyer build lines now re-established in two shipyards, attention is now turning to the transition to an evolved Flight III design incorporating the AN/SPY-6(V) Air and Missile Defense Radar. Christopher P Cavas examines how the US Navy is going back to the future

  • CEO of ASC Shipbuilding steps down

    Australia’s state-owned naval shipbuilder ASC Shipbuilding announced on 13 December that its CEO, Mark Lamarre, has resigned. ASC said Lamarre’s decision to return to Maine in the United States is based on family reasons. Lamarre, who had been in the position for three years, will be

  • Damen Schelde Gears sold to RENK

    Damen Shipyards Group has sold the ownership of subsidiary Damen Schelde Gears to Germany’s RENK Group, it was announced on 11 December. Details of the deal were not disclosed, with the deal completing on 8 December. Damen Schelde Gears are used in a number of commercial and naval vessels,

  • DARPA awards design contracts for XLUUV flexible payload bay

    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded initial design contracts to two contractors for the development of a flexible payload bay to equip the US Navy’s projected Orca Extra-Large Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (XLUUV). Under the umbrella of the Hunter flexible

  • Kazakhstan receives special forces Arlans

    Kazakhstan has received a special forces version of the Arlan mine-resistant, ambush protected (MRAP) vehicles from local joint venture firm Kazakhstan Paramount Engineering (KPE), Paramount Group said on 13 December. According to the company, the special forces variants include a range of

  • MBDA continues materials research for high-speed missiles

    MBDA has disclosed details of continuing research into high-temperature materials applicable to future supersonic and hypersonic weapons. Being pursued as part of Domain 8 of the UK/French Materials and Components for Missiles Innovation and Technology Partnership (MCM IPT) programme, parallel

  • Navantia contracts Airspeed to conduct Future Frigate studies

    Navantia Australia has signed a deal with Australian composite manufacturer Airspeed to conduct design studies into the use of composite materials on ships for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), including its proposed Future Frigates. Under the terms of the agreement, announced on 13 December,

  • Qatar contract will not prevent BAE Systems job cuts

    BAE Systems has confirmed that a new GBP5 billion (USD6.7 billion) contract from the Qatari government for the Eurofighter Typhoon will not affect the planned job cuts that the company announced. The 10 December order for 24 aircraft has been touted as the largest export deal for the Typhoon in a

  • Rostec open to Singapore investment in Russian Helicopters

    Russian defence and industrial group Rostec is “ready to consider” a potential sale of a stake in Russian Helicopters to Singaporean investors, according to Rostec CEO Sergei Chemezov. The Russian group said in a statement that Chemezov had made an open offer to divest a stake in its

  • Russia, China partner for PD-35 engine

    Russia’s Rostec State Corporation will jointly develop the PD-35 aircraft engine with China. Confirmed at the Gulf Defense & Aerospace 2017 exhibition in Kuwait City, the announcement also provided details on the facilities tasked with development of the engine. Work on the engine –

  • Saudis order more JSOWs

    Saudi Arabia has ordered a second, larger consignment of the Raytheon AGM-154 Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW) glide bomb in an apparent reflection of its utility in Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) operations over Yemen. The US Department of Defense (DoD) announced on 12 December that it had awarded

  • USN reveals JMEWS warhead upgrade plan for Tomahawk Block IV

    The US Navy (USN) is advancing plans to introduce a multi-effect warhead into the RGM/UGM-109E Tomahawk Block IV cruise missile as part of the weapon's forthcoming mid-life recertification. In a pre-solicitation notice published on 8 December, the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) outlined the

  • Qatar signs for Eurofighters

    Qatar’s extensive fighter-recapitalisation effort continued on 10 December with the announcement that the Gulf state had signed for a number of Eurofighter Typhoons. The announcement, which was made by Eurofighter consortium member and lead for the Qatari programme, BAE Systems, covers 24

  • Canada opts out of Super Hornet buy

    Boeing will not be selling a planned 18 US-made F/A-18E/F Super Hornet fighters to Canada, the manufacturer announced on 8 December, signalling a significant casualty in the ongoing dispute between the respective governments and their flagship aerospace industries. Rather than purchase the

  • Czechoslovak Group acquires ELDIS Pardubice

    Radar manufacturer ELDIS Pardubice has been acquired by holding company Czechoslovak Group (CSG), it was announced on 11 December. A 100% stake was purchased by CSG from ELDIS Pardubice’s owners and founders, transferring the company’s airport radar technology to the holding group that

  • In latest test, IBCS creates integrated air picture

    Key Points Test shows army can create high-quality actionable air picture In 2018, IBCS will participate in another SCOE and Red Flag event Northrop Grumman completed three weeks of live-air testing of the Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) Battle Command System (IBCS) in which soldiers

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