• US Air Force’s ALCS-R contract awards spur competition

    Key Points USAF awarded two contracts to develop airborne control of ICBMs Downselect between Lockheed Martin and Rockwell Collins is expected in FY 2023 The US Air Force’s (USAF) Airborne Launch Control System Replacement (ALCS-R) programme features Lockheed Martin and Rockwell Collins

  • Brazil reveals Gripen production schedule, Embraer’s manufacturing role

    The Brazilian Air Force (FAB) has revealed production details for the 36 Saab Gripen E/F (F-39) combat aircraft it ordered for around USD5.4 billion in 2014, and told Jane’s on 5 October that deliveries will run from 2019 to 2024. Brazil’s Gripens will begin a certification process in

  • Quickstep announces board changes

    Australian company Quickstep announced on 9 October plans to streamline its board of directors in line with its continuing restructuring. The firm, a specialist in advanced composites, said three of its non-executive directors (Nigel Ampherlaw, Peter Cook, and Errol McCormack) are retiring and will

  • Saab and Thai group Amata sign industrial accord

    Saab signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Thai industrial estate developer Amata on 5 October to study areas of industry and technology collaboration. The MOU is in support of Saab’s potential involvement in Amata’s plans to create a ‘smart city’ and an aerospace

  • Czechoslovak Group to acquire Serbian MLRS manufacturer IMK 14 Oktobar

    Bankrupt Serbian defence and heavy vehicle manufacturer IMK 14 Oktobar is to be acquired by Czech-owned company Czechoslovak Group (CSG), the company has announced. Following the approval of IMK 14 Oktobar’s creditors and the Serbian Bankruptcy Supervision Agency, ownership of the company was

  • Boeing to acquire UAV specialist Aurora Flight Sciences

    US aerospace and defence manufacturer Boeing announced on 5 October that it is seeking to acquire Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation, a specialist in innovative autonomous systems and technologies, including unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), electric air propulsion, and aircraft design. Following

  • MDA renamed Maxar Technologies following acquisition of DigitalGlobe

    Canadian communication specialist MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates (MDA) completed its acquisition of US satellite imaging company DigitalGlobe Inc on 5 October and announced that together the companies would be rebranded as a single entity under the name Maxar Technologies. The completion of

  • Navantia supplier strikes halt work at Ferrol yards

    Work is claimed to have been halted at Navantia’s shipyards in north west Spain by trade union pickets of striking workers from supplier companies. They blocked gates to the adjoining Ferrol yards in Galicia from early morning on 5 October to prevent the state-owned company’s workers

  • Saudi Arabia and Russia sign S-400 MOU

    Key Points Saudi Arabia wants to produce a range of Russian military products, including parts for the S-400 air defence system It appears the only firm agreement covers AK-103 assault rifle and ammunition production Saudi Arabia and Russia have signed an agreement covering the procurement of

  • ASC and Penske join forces to test MTU engines

    Australian companies ASC and Penske Power Systems have announced a partnership to test German MTU marine engines as part of an ongoing research and development (R&D) programme, it was announced on 5 October. ASC, Australia’s state-owned naval shipyard, said that under the partnership it

  • Belgium steps up recruitment

    The Belgian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has announced that it is launching its latest recruitment drive on 11 October. The objective is to fill 1,570 posts in 2018, a 35% increase from 2017. The number of non-commissioned officer (NCO) posts will remain unchanged at 600, but the number of posts

  • Héroux-Devtek buys CESA from Airbus

    Canadian aerospace components manufacturer Héroux-Devtek has acquired Airbus’ Spanish subsidiary Compañia Española de Sistemas Aeronauticos (CESA) for EUR140 million (USD165 million). CESA, headquartered in Madrid, is a producer of fluid mechanical and electromechanical systems

  • Kalashnikov acquires shipbuilder

    Russian small arms group Kalashnikov has continued a strategy of diversification into shipbuilding with the announcement that it will acquire Upper Volga ship repair and construction operator Nobel Brothers in the first quarter of 2018. The plant specialises in the construction and repair of oil

  • Paramount bolsters air training capabilities

    South Africa’s Paramount announced on 5 October that it had acquired four two-seat Dassault Mirage F1 aircraft from the French government. The aircraft will become part of the company’s pilot training fleet, which will join ex-South African Air Force (SAAF) Mirage F1s that the company

  • Aselsan launches micro-electronics venture

    Aselsan – the Turkish state-controlled defence electronics venture – has announced the establishment of a new micro- and nano-electronics company in partnership with the Turkish Scientific and Technological Research Council (TUBITAK). The new company – registered on 4 October

  • Japan, Vietnam hold inaugural defence industry forum

    Vietnam and Japan held on 5 November an inaugural defence industry forum to identify areas of co-operation on military technologies and equipment, Japan’s Acquisition, Technology & Logistics Agency (ATLA) has confirmed. ATLA said the event – organised by the defence ministries of

  • Privinvest welcomes Hellenic Shipyards judgement

    Shipbuilding investment group Privinvest, which owns Hellenic Shipyards of Greece, has claimed a victory at the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) with a ruling in its favour against the government of Greece. The dispute in relation to Hellenic

  • Terma and Marand sign collaboration deal

    Terma and Australian firm Marand have signed an agreement to co-operate on defence programmes in support of the Danish company’s industrial collaboration commitments in Australia, it was announced on 4 October. Under the memorandum of understanding (MOU), which was signed at the Pacific 2017

  • UK defence secretary wants to grow budget above NATO 2% GDP target

    UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon is to push the country’s finance minister to increase defence spending above the NATO 2% gross domestic product (GDP) target. Speaking to a fringe event at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester on 3 October, Fallon said the pitch would be made as

  • RUAG Defence chief departs

    Switzerland’s RUAG announced on 3 October that the head of RUAG Defence, Dr Markus Zoller, is to leave the company at the end of the month. A successor has yet to be appointed, with Andreas Berger, Senior Vice-President NEO RUAG Defence, to take over the post on an interim basis.

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