• US body armour suppliers complete merger

    Suppliers of body armour and other protective equipment Armor Express and KDH Defense Systems announced the completion of a merger of the two companies on 11 January. The companies, both based in the United States, are now owned by holding company Praesidium. Praesidium’s Chief Executive

  • Bulgaria seeks to solve MiG-29 logistics issues with Russia

    On 29 December 2017, Bulgaria’s Commission for Protection of Competition (CPC) rejected the request by Ukrainian state-owned company Ukrinmash, part of the UkrOboronProm conglomerate, to halt the Ministry of Defence’s (MoD’s) single-source tender inviting Russian Aircraft

  • China relaxes aviation investment guidelines

    The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has announced new investment guidelines allowing the country’s state- and private-owned enterprises to invest in China’s civil aviation industry, much of which is also involved in military programmes. The CAAC said on 12 January that the

  • India, Russia set to finalise terms of helicopter joint venture

    India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and a partnership between Russian Helicopters and Russian export agency Rosoboronexport expect to finalise the terms of conditions of their joint venture (JV) to build Kamov Ka-226T ‘Hoodlum’ light multirole helicopters for the Indian

  • Rockwell Collins shareholders approve sale to UTC

    Shareholders of US defence aerospace electronics manufacturer Rockwell Collins have voted to approve the company’s acquisition by United Technologies Corporation (UTC), the company announced on 11 January. The deal, which was first revealed in September 2017, was approved by 96% of voting

  • India adds MCMV programme to list of abandoned contracts

    India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has scrapped a number of contracts for military equipment in the past decade, forcing all three services to either continue employing obsolete kit, or simply managing without it. The latest in this list of tender cancellations came in December 2017 and was

  • Ukraine’s Motor Sich loses control of Snizhnyansky Machine Building Plant

    Ukrainian gas turbine aircraft engine manufacturer Motor Sich has revealed that it has lost control over its Snizhnyansky Machine Building Plant in the Donetsk region of the country. A note to investors reported that it lost control of the plant – located in territory” temporarily

  • Indonesia in pursuit of exports in emerging markets

    Indonesia is pursuing new defence export opportunities in Senegal and Laos as part of its expanding efforts to penetrate emerging international defence markets. Indonesia’s state-run Antara news agency reported on 10 January that Senegal is looking to procure an additional CN-235 transport

  • Israel’s ARI selects Australian-listed Elsight for UGV communications

    Israeli company Automotive Robotic Industry (ARI) has selected Australian-listed Elsight to supply communications technologies for its armed unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs), it was announced on 10 January. ARI said in a press release that Elsight – an Israeli-owned firm listed on the

  • PGZ reveals surge in exports

    Poland’s Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa (PGZ) announced its 2017 earnings on 9 January and outlined its projections for future growth, as exports surge. According to PGZ, in 2017 the firm exported PLN798 million (USD228 million) through completed contracts and also secured agreements valued at

  • Remanufactured Apaches take off in Boeing Q4 deliveries

    Boeing has revealed the numbers of aircraft it delivered in the fourth quarter of 2017, with remanufactured Apache rotorcraft accounting for the highest number of deliveries in its defence business. A total of 14 remanufactured Apaches were delivered in the fourth quarter, and 57 over the total

  • Dutch commit to ETPS training

    A new multi-year contract option from the UK government has resulted in the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) committing to train at the Empire Test Pilots’ School (ETPS) for the next five years. ETPS manager QinetiQ announced on 9 January that the GBP5.5 million (USD7.4 million) contract

  • US Department of State approves possible sale of SM-3 Block IIA missiles to Japan

    The US Department of State has approved a possible USD133.3 million Foreign Military Sale of four Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIA missiles to Japan, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced in a 9 January statement. Also included in the proposed deal, which still needs to be

  • CASIC secures new finance deal

    The China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (CASIC) has signed a financial agreement with the Agricultural Bank of China (ABC) in support of the defence company’s expansion efforts. CASIC said on 9 January that the accord will have emphasis on financial co-operation and the provision

  • Cubic to expand in India

    Cubic Corporation, a specialist in military simulation and C4ISR systems, announced on 9 January that it is planning to expand its operations in Hyderabad, India, to boost the company’s growth objectives in the Asia-Pacific. Cubic said its move to a larger facility is primarily intended to

  • Russia establishes counter-sanctions unit

    Russia has established a special group within the country’s Military-Industrial Commission (MIC) to counter the effects of further US trade sanctions, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin revealed on 8 January. Rogozin made the announcement on Twitter, stating that the new group “will

  • Serbia reports another good year for defence exports

    During 2017 the Serbian defence industry secured new export orders worth about USD475 million while at the same time finalising export agreements worth about USD390 million, the Serbian Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced at its annual press conference in Belgrade on 29 December. “This has

  • Dassault reveals orders, deliveries for 2017

    France’s Dassault Aviation Group announced its orders and deliveries for 2017 on 8 January, ahead of the company’s annual financial report in March. According to Dassault, nine Rafale aircraft were delivered during the year, with one aircraft for France, and a further eight to Egypt, in

  • Vietnam sets up cyber defence division

    Vietnam’s Ministry of National Defence (MND) announced on 8 January the creation of a cyber defence division to “research and predict” future online wars. The MND said its Cyberspace Combat Command Unit will be operated by military personnel and tasked with collaborating with

  • Babcock reveals Type 31e team

    Babcock announced on 8 January that it is leading a team to bid for the UK Royal Navy’s (RN’s) new GBP1.25 billion (USD1.70 billion) Type 31e general purpose light frigate programme. The company will lead a team consisting of Thales, BMT, Harland & Wolff, and Ferguson Marine bidding

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