• US Army awards Northrop Grumman contract to upgrade fixed-wing airborne ISR fleet

    The US Army on 30 August awarded Northrop Grumman a USD750 million contract to provide contractor lifecycle services for the Army’s Special Electronic Mission Aircraft (SEMA) fleet, according to a company statement. The award is a base year contract with eight option years, extending to 2027.

  • US, South Korea to expand industrial co-operation in response to North Korean threats

    The United States and South Korea will look to expand their defence industrial partnership to focus on addressing expanding threats from North Korea, the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) in Seoul has said. The focus on expanding industrial ties was highlighted at the South Korea-US

  • IDF to re-engine more Achzarits

    The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) will received more engines and transmissions for Achzarit heavy armoured personnel carriers (APCs) under a USD10.5 million contract announced by the US Department of Defense on 9 December. The contract was awarded to New Jersey-based Diesel Engineering and is

  • US Army to manage acquisitions with new Army Futures Command

    US Army officials have outlined their new structure meant to improve a struggling acquisitions process, including a new US Army Futures Command. “A three-star level taskforce is mapping out a new command – Army Futures Command – that will consolidate the service's modernisation

  • Aselsan aims Asian expansion through Malaysian subsidiary

    Turkish defence firm Aselsan is aiming to position its new subsidiary in Malaysia to support regional expansion, with an initial focus on remote-controlled weapon stations (RCWS). A company official confirmed to Jane’s on 8 December that Aselsan Malaysia Sdn Bhd, a wholly owned subsidiary

  • CAE appoints new head of UK business

    Training provider CAE has announced that Andrew Naismith has been appointed managing director (MD) of its UK business. Moving up from his position as MD of the company’s aircrew training services division, which included provision of the Royal Air Force’s (RAF’s) Medium Support

  • Congress passes two-week budget extension, funds government through 22 December

    Congress has passed a two-week extension of a stop-gap Continuing Resolution (CR) budget to keep the federal government funded through 22 December, yet again extending debate over how much to fund defence and domestic needs. President Donald Trump on 8 December enacted another CR budget to continue

  • DoD to begin spending audit in 2018

    The US Department of Defense (DoD) has announced plans to begin a highly anticipated agency-wide large-scale audit into spending, which is due to begin in 2018 and will be carried out annually thereafter. The audit became a legal requirement in 1990, but the Pentagon had so far failed to pass a

  • First ship launched under Canada’s shipbuilding programme

    The Canadian government launched the first large vessel to be built under its National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS) in Vancouver, British Colombia, on 8 December. The ship, Sir John Franklin , is one of three Offshore Fisheries Science Vessels (OSFV) being constructed by Seaspan for the Canadian

  • GD-OTS awarded contract for Pakistan’s AH-1Z programme

    General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems (GD-OTS) has been awarded a USD9.06 million contract to supply 41 A/A49E-7 (V4) Point Fire and Suppression System (PFSS) gun turrets for Bell AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters in support of the US Marine Corps (USMC) and the government of Pakistan. The US

  • Hexcel agrees OPM acquisition

    Hexcel Corporation has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the aerospace and defence business of Oxford Performance Materials (OPM), it announced on 8 December. This division of OPM develops thermoplastic, carbon fibre-reinforced 3D printed parts for space, defence, and commercial

  • IDF rolls out cloud system

    The Israel Defense Forces’ (IDF’s) Center of Computing and Information Systems (CSIS) has created a computing cloud to enable information sharing, according to the centre’s commander. Colonel Talya Gazit, commander of the CCIS, which is a part of the C4i and Cyber Branch, said the

  • India quietly launches second SSBN

    Indian Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has announced the launch of the second indigenously designed Arihant-class nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) on order for the Indian Navy (IN). Official sources told Jane’s that the launch of Arighat , which took place during a

  • Japanese MoD plans to deploy two Aegis Ashore BMD systems, says report

    Japan’s Ministry of Defense (MoD) has requested an additional JPY730 million (USD6.4 million) for fiscal year 2018 (FY 2018) to introduce two Lockheed Martin Aegis Ashore ballistic missile defence (BMD) systems, Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera was quoted by the Kyodo news agency as saying on

  • NIOA opens Canberra office

    NIOA, an Australian manufacturer of firearms, ammunition and optics, has inaugurated an office in Canberra to support its in-country expansion. Opening the office on 8 December, Australia’s Ministry for Defence Industry, Christopher Pyne, said the move represented “a new chapter in

  • Second Zumwalt-class ship continues trials despite equipment failure

    The second Zumwalt-class guided-missile destroyer, Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001), has continued builder’s trials (BTs) despite equipment failures that affected its propulsion and electrical systems one day after leaving Bath Iron Works, US Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) officials said. The

  • US funds Macedonian simulation centre

    The Armed Forces of the Republic of Macedonia (ARM) received USD1.4 million from the United States on 5 December to set up a simulation centre (SC). Established within the ARM's Training and Doctrine Command, the centre is located at Alekso Demnievski-Bauman military barracks in Veles. The SC will

  • Brazil pursues defence industrial co-operation with the UAE

    Brazil’s Defence Minister Raul Jungmann met with Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) Armed Forces, Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, on 7 December, as part of a visit designed to boost defence industrial partnerships between the two

  • China’s CSIC unveils concept for nuclear-powered combat support ship

    The China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC) unveiled a concept model for a large nuclear-powered combat support ship (AOE) at The All China Maritime Conference and Exhibiton (Marintec China) held between 5 and 8 December in Shanghai. Initial images of the AOE model were posted on 6 December

  • Czech Republic increases foreign deployments

    The Czech Ministry of Defence (MoD) is to seek parliamentary approval in January 2018 to deploy an additional 45 Army of the Czech Republic (ACR) personnel to Iraq by June. The pro-NATO outgoing defence minister, Martin Stropnicky, whose Action of Dissatisfied Citizens (ANO) party won the elections

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