• US industry backs call for better export process

    The Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) has issued a letter to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, calling for increased measures to speed up the approval process for defence exports by US industry. Proposed measures include the issue of a National Security Co-operation Strategy to facilitate

  • Aeronautics completes Chassis Plans acquisition

    Aeronautics has completed the acquisition of rugged electronics provider Chassis Plans, according to Israeli media reports. The announcement was made via a filing to the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange (TASE) on 3 June, completing the purchase that was first announced in September 2017. Chassis Plans

  • IAI appoints new North America boss

    Israel Aerospace Industries has appointed Swami Iyer as the CEO of its North America division. Iyer had previously held roles at Ultra Electronics’ 3eTI division, where he served as president, and Honeywell Aerospace, where he was vice president of the defence and space division. In his new

  • Taiwan starts production of XAT-5 prototype

    Taiwan’s Aerospace Industrial Development Corporation (AIDC) has started building the first prototype of its new XAT-5 ‘Blue Magpie’ advanced jet trainer aircraft (AJT). The company said in a statement on 1 June that it expects the prototype to be rolled out in September 2019 and

  • Draken contracted to continue USAF ‘Red Air’ support

    The US Air Force (USAF) has awarded Draken International a five-year USD280 million contract to provide continued contractor-based ‘Red Air’ training. The indefinite-quantity contract for adversary air aggressor services awarded on 1 June will continue to support the company’s

  • Indonesia’s PTDI signs export finance deal

    Indonesian aerospace firm PT Dirgantara (PTDI) has signed an agreement with the government’s Export Financing Agency to receive funding in support of international military sales. The agreement - announced 1 June - is worth IDR354 billion (USD25.5 million) and will be focused on supporting

  • Japan agrees to supply UH-1H parts to Philippines

    Japan has agreed to supply the Philippines with a wide range of spare parts to support the Philippine Air Force’s (PAF’s) Bell UH-1H helicopters. The decision is in line with Tokyo’s efforts to promote its viability as a defence exporter. The Japanese Ministry of Defense’s

  • Raytheon expands US radar production site

    Raytheon Company announced an investment of USD100 million in its Mississippi radar manufacturing plant on 31 May, with an expansion of 50,000 square feet and dozens of jobs expected to be completed for the next five years. The new facility, based in Forest, will be part of Raytheon’s

  • Cubic completes sale of Defense Services business

    Cubic Corporation announced the successful completion of its divestiture of its military training business Cubic Global Defense Services on 1 June. The business, whose sale was first revealed on 19 April, now operates under the ownership of Valiant Integrated Services, who purchased it at a cost of

  • Thales extends Gemalto acquisition offer

    French defence electronics specialist Thales has pushed back the conclusion of its offer for European digital security specialist Gemalto, the company announced on 1 June. The acquisition process, which was first announced on December 2017, has been extended by ten weeks as Thales and Gemalto

  • PT Pindad expands co-operation with Indian firms

    Indonesian defence company PT Pindad has outlined the scope of its expanding engagement with counterparts from India. In a statement on 31 May state-owned PT Pindad confirmed that it had entered a new partnership with Bhukhanvala Industries and that it has expanded collaboration with Tata. PT

  • Raytheon wins OTH missile contract for LCS

    Raytheon Missile Systems of Tucson, Arizona, received a USD14.9 million firm-fixed-price contract for over-the-horizon (OTH) missile systems to be used for the US Navy (USN) littoral combat ships (LCSs), the Department of Defence (DoD) said on 31 May. The contract includes options which, if

  • South Korea prioritises military exports

    Military exports have been highlighted as a priority by South Korea as part of continuing efforts to advance the capabilities of the domestic defence industry. South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) outlined the emphasis on 31 May following a meeting on the same day

  • Canada launches Defence Investment Plan

    Canadian Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan announced on 30 May a new initiative to help improve the way the Department of National Defence (DND) collaborates with industry and details its spending to Canadians. Speaking at the CANSEC 2018 defence exhibition in Ottawa, Sajjan said the

  • French Senate adopts proposed military funding programme for 2019-25

    The French Senate adopted the proposed Loi de Programmation Militaire (LPM) 2019-25 military funding programme on 29 May, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has announced. Some 326 senators voted in favour of and 15 against the draft programme, which was already approved by a large majority of the

  • Rockwell Collins to supply E-2D trainer to Japan

    US-based company Rockwell Collins has been awarded a USD24.7 million Foreign Military Sales (FMS) contract by the US Navy (USN) for the manufacture and delivery to Japan of a weapon system trainer for the country’s E-2D Advanced Hawkeye early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft, the US

  • Babcock wins Canadian submarine support contract extension

    UK engineering services group Babcock International announced on 31 May that it had secured a three-year extension valued at GBP225 million (USD300 million) to an existing contract to provide in-service support for the Royal Canadian Navy’s fleet of Victoria-class submarines. “The

  • Australia confirms Spike LR2 selection

    Key Points Defence official confirms Land 400 rivals both selected Rafael’s Spike to meet ATGM requirement Rafael plans to build and support the Spike system through its joint venture with local company Varley Australia has confirmed its selection of Rafael Advanced Defense Systems’

  • Honeywell proposes C-130 upgrade for Malaysia

    Key Points Honeywell engages with Royal Malaysian Air Force over long-standing C-130 requirement Company puts emphasis on boosting cost savings through performance-based logistics Honeywell is engaging with the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) over a potential programme to upgrade the

  • Indonesia and India to boost defence industrial collaboration

    Indonesia and India signed a defence co-operation agreement (DCA) on 30 May to support defence trade opportunities and related industrial collaboration. The accord was signed in Jakarta during talks between Indonesian President Joko Widodo and visiting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. A joint

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