• Pakistan Ordnance Factories outlines requirements for modernisation

    A Pakistan Senate standing committee on defence production has been told that state-run Pakistan Ordnance Factories (POF) is in urgent need of modernisation to improve manufacturing efficiencies. The committee hearing, which took place in late October with details published recently by the Senate,

  • Pakistan, South Africa look to expand industrial ties

    Pakistan and South Africa have pledged to expand defence industrial collaboration, the government-run Associated Press of Pakistan (APP) reported on 2 November. The APP said officials from both countries discussed ways to enhance such co-operation during meetings in Islamabad between

  • US Air Force accepts GPS OCX LCS delivery

    The US Air Force (USAF) said on 2 November it accepted delivery of Raytheon’s Global Positioning System Next Generation Operational Control System (GPS OCX) Launch and Checkout System (LCS) baseline. Also known as Block 0, LCS demonstrated conformance through test and analysis with all

  • Indonesia falls behind on payments for KFX/IFX programme

    Key Points Indonesia has paid only about 40% of its agreed costs on the joint project with South Korea to develop the KFX/IFX fighter aircraft Lack of payments is leading to concerns in Seoul that the development programme could be suspended Indonesia’s financial involvement in the

  • Kongsberg, thyssenkrupp tie knot on submarine joint venture

    Kongsberg and thyssenkrupp, together with thyssenkrupp subsidiary Atlas Elektronik, have formally established their new Norwegian-German submarine combat systems joint venture (JV). The new company, given the name kta Naval Systems, will develop, produce and maintain combat systems as an exclusive

  • UK defence minister resigns

    Sir Michael Fallon MP has resigned from his role as UK secretary of state for defence, citing conduct that has “fallen below the high standards that we require of the Armed Forces”. “I have reflected on my position and I am therefore resigning as defence secretary”, Fallon

  • Canada awards Discovery Air Defence airborne training services contract

    Canada awarded Discovery Air Defence Services (DA Defence) a long-term Contracting Airborne Services Contract (CATS), the company said on 31 October. The deal is for 10 years with two one-year options and a second 17-month option. Didier Toussaint, DA Defence group president and operations manager,

  • Saab plans Gripen ecosystem in India

    Saab and its Indian partner Adani held an event in New Delhi on 31 October, intended to build industrial alliances in support of the Swedish group’s bid to supply its Gripen E combat aircraft to the Indian Air Force (IAF). Saab said that the ‘Gripen-India partnership summit’ was

  • Japan’s biggest defence companies post gains

    Japan’s biggest defence manufacturers, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) and Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI), have posted gains in the first six months of fiscal year 2017 compared with the same period in 2016. MHI said on 31 October that its year-on-year sales jumped 4.3% to JPY1,825.4

  • Leonardo expands investment in Australia

    Leonardo is looking to expand further in Australia and is “absolutely open” to making additional acquisitions in the country, Michael Lenton, chairman of the group’s in-country subsidiary, Selex ES Australia Pty Ltd, told Jane’s on 31 October. Leonardo is currently

  • Airbus defence businesses post weak third-quarter profits

    Pan-European defence and aviation company Airbus released its third-quarter results on 31 October, showing total revenue of EUR14.2 billion (USD16.5 billion) for the period. This represents a 2.1% rise on the same period in 2016, although the company’s adjusted measure of earnings before

  • Australia builds industrial links with Poland as Hawkei bid mounts

    Australia’s defence industry is increasing its links with Poland, as the country looks to grow its presence in the country. As part of this, Australian cable and harness company Cablex announced the opening of an office in Warsaw on 30 October as part of the company’s efforts to expand

  • Kongsberg, thyssenkrupp form combat systems venture

    Kongsberg and thyssenkrupp announced on 31 October that they had formed a joint venture company dedicated to conventional submarine combat systems. The new company, to be called kta Naval Systems, will be 50% owned by Kongsberg and 50% by thyssenkrupp and its subsidiary, Atlas Elektronik. The

  • Milrem announces rebrand, restructure

    Estonia’s Milrem announced on 1 November that it has rebranded to Milrem Robotics. The company is to focus on the development of robotic systems, such as the THeMIS, while its maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) business will be moved into a separate unit. The announcement comes shortly

  • India eases licencing requirements for small arms and ammunition manufacturers

    Key Points Amendments to India's existing licencing rules are intended to spur private-sector investment and boost capability The move is part of the Indian government’s drive to spur competition and break the monopoly of state-owned producers India has eased licencing rules related to the

  • SAMI announces formation of company leadership

    Saudi Arabia’s new defence industrial organisation, Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI), unveiled the company’s leadership on 31 October. The company’s board is to be chaired by His Excellency Ahmed Al Khateeb, who holds a number of important positions in the country’s

  • Hindustan Aeronautics cleared to pursue market listing

    The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has approved a proposal by state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) to launch an initial public offering (IPO). SEBI said in a notice published 30 October that it has issued an “observation” to HAL to allow it to pursue the market

  • India, Italy look to reinvigorate defence trade and industry collaboration

    India and Italy have outlined plans to establish a joint defence committee to support greater levels of defence industrial collaboration between the two countries. Following meetings in New Delhi on 30 October between India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his visiting counterpart Paolo

  • GAO says F-35 programme faces sustainment challenges

    Key Points Congressional watchdogs believe the F-35 programme is facing sustainment challenges Much of this is due to timely and sufficient funding The Government Accountability Office (GAO) believes the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) programme is facing sustainment

  • UK MoD outlines new S&T strategy

    The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has released a new strategy outlining a focus on science and technology (S&T) as the mainstay of defence policy and development. In its 'Science and Technology Strategy 2017' paper, the government claimed that this area of research “underpins the entirety

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