• 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.

  • ASC, Babcock extend partnership on RAN submarines

    Australian naval shipbuilder ASC has signed an agreement with Babcock International to support the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN’s) Collins-class submarines, it was announced on 4 October. Under the goods and services agreement (GSA), ASC said it will collaborate with Babcock to supply

  • Australia issues open call for force design ideas

    Australia’s Department of Defence (DoD) is hosting a conference on 10–11 October, requesting for ideas to help determine the future of Australia’s armed forces, the department announced on 3 October. The DoD is issuing an open call seeking outside experts to help draft a force

  • Leonardo opens facility in Western Australia

    Leonardo has opened a new industrial facility in Western Australia through its in-country subsidiary Selex ES Australia Pty Ltd, it was announced on 3 October. The group said the new facility – located in Rockingham, South of Perth – will be focused on providing engineering,

  • Luciad acquired by Sweden’s Hexagon

    Belgian geospatial and software company Luciad was acquired by Sweden’s Hexagon, the two companies announced on 4 October. Luciad develops systems to help with the visualisation and analysis of geospatial information in real-time. The applications for the company’s software in the air

  • MBDA builds on Australian MMP partnerships

    MBDA announced the signings of a further five Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Australian companies as part of its bid for the Missile Moyen Portee (MMP) system anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) component of the Australian Army’s LAND 400 Ph 2 Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle (CRV) programme.

  • Togolese Gazelle procurement set to move forward

    The freeze on Togo’s procurement of five former French Army Aviation Aérospatiale SA342 Gazelle helicopters is being reconsidered, an industry source with knowledge of the deal told Jane’s on 27 September. The source said the new French government of President Emmanuel Macron is

  • Pacific 2017: Lacroix strengthens presence in Southeast Asian region with new office

    French defence company Lacroix has opened a new office in Kuala Lumpur to strengthen its presence in the Southeast Asian region, the company announced at the Pacific 2017 exhibition in Sydney. The office is operational from October 2017, and represents the company’s strategy to get closer to

  • Thales Air Systems breaks ground for Bolivia's SINDACTA radar sites

    Thales Air Systems, contracted to develop Bolivia’s SINDACTA (Sistema Integrado de Defensa Aérea y Control del Tráfico Aéreo) radar system, started constructing its first radar sites in late September at El Alto International Airport in La Paz and Viru Viru International Airport

  • CAE USA plans Dothan Training Center expansion

    Key Points CAE USA plans to expand its recently opened Dothan Training Center CAE USA anticipates demand growth for company-owned and operated flight training solutions CAE USA plans to expand its Dothan Training Center (DTC) in southeast Alabama, which just opened in March, company president and

  • China Electronics looks to expand in international markets

    State-owned China Electronics Corporation (CEC), a vital developer of C4I systems for the People’s Liberation Army, has signed a co-operation agreement with the China Construction Bank to expand in international markets. CEC said the agreement, which was signed on 30 September, will allow it

  • CAE USA banking on closed-loop training, common database for future success

    Key Points CAE USA sees closed-loop training and a common database as important technologies An executive hopes this will better position the company against competitors in simulation and training CAE USA is banking on technologies such as closed-loop training and a common database to give it an

  • GE partners Australian agencies on data analytics

    A partnership between GE, the Australian Department of Defence (DoD), and the government’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) has developed a data analytics solution to gauge the performance and efficiency of engines that power Royal Australian Navy (RAN)

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