• GAO upholds protest of towed array facility task order award

    The US Navy (USN) “misevaluated” proposals to operate the service’s towed array facility in Newport, Rhode Island, the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) Comptroller General said in a report upholding a protest of the deal. L3 Unidyne of Norfolk, Virginia, had protested a

  • Navantia moves work because of strike action

    Spanish naval shipbuilding group Navantia has decided to start switching ship repair work to its southern yards in the country because of picketing of its northern ones in Ferrol by striking ancillary workers. The decision came after a commercial tanker went to a rival yard in France after being

  • Northrop Grumman withdraws from US Navy’s MQ-25 Stingray UCAAS competition

    Key Points Northrop Grumman announces it will not bid for the US Navy’s MQ-25 programme The company was considered the favourite to win the competition Northrop Grumman will not bid for the US Navy’s (USN) MQ-25 Stingray Unmanned Carrier Aviation Air System (UCAAS) competition,

  • Bulgaria allocates funds for aircraft, ships in draft budget

    The Bulgarian Ministry of Finance (MoF) has unveiled its draft budget for 2018, proposing increased procurement funding for the acquisition of equipment for the country’s Air Force, new patrol vessels for the Navy, as well as increased expenditure on personnel. Within the MoF’s

  • Philippines take delivery of Russian equipment

    The Philippines took delivery of a shipment of Russian small arms and equipment on 25 October, signed further procurement contracts and military-technical co-operation agreements. Meeting with Russian counterparts on the side-lines of the ASEAN Defence Minister Meeting (ADMM) and ADMM-Plus in

  • Defence companies refuse to co-operate with UK over charging watchdog

    Several suppliers are still not co-operating with the UK government’s regime to prevent overcharging on single source or non-competitive defence contracts, according to a report by the country’s spending watchdog. The National Audit Office (NAO) also revealed that to date, the UK

  • F-35 increasingly driving Lockheed profitability

    Shipments and bookings of the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter drove strong third quarter sales increases at Lockheed Martin, the company reported on 24 October. The company shipped out 15 of the aircraft during the period and 44 during the first nine months. That compares

  • Point Blank acquires Short Bark Industries

    US personal protective equipment (PPE) company Point Blank announced on 24 October that it had acquired US PPE firm Short Bark Industries. Details of the transaction were not disclosed. Short Bark Industries manufactures a range of uniforms and ballistic protection equipment for the US military

  • Navantia reaches agreement with General Electric on LM2500 engine maintenance, repairs

    Spanish shipbuilder Navantia has been accorded a licence by General Electric (GE) to carry out repairs and maintenance on the latter’s LM2500 marine gas turbines at its engine plant at Ría de Ferrol, Spain. The deal, which was signed on 20 October by Navantia president Esteban

  • Romania to pay USD700 million for first Patriot missile system

    Romania's new defence minister, Mihai Fifor, on 23 October revealed Romania’s plan to buy Raytheon-built Patriot systems and other priority equipment for the Romanian armed forces. Fifor said Romania had allocated 2% of gross domestic product to defence in 2017, with 38% of the budget going

  • ST Engineering injects capital into Brazil's Technicae

    Singapore Technologies Engineering (ST Engineering) announced on 24 October that it has injected an amount of BRL9.7 million (USD2.9 million) as working capital into its Brazilian operation Technicae Projetos e Serviços Automotivos. To date, a total of BRL23.0 million has been injected into

  • Azeri budget receives slight boost

    Azerbaijan has announced plans for a slight increase in defence spending in 2018, with the government outlining defence and national security as a priorities. The draft budget released by the Ministry of Finance on 9 October outlines plans to increase the defence budget to AZN2.73 billion (USD1.6

  • Argentine government threatens to halt FAdeA payments

    Argentina’s state-run Fábrica Argentina de Aviones SA (FAdeA) is at risk of losing its government funding due to a lack of success commercialising its products, sources told Jane’s . The company has struggled to manufacture its flagship aircraft, the IA-63 Pampa III, for the

  • PacStar readies compact networking systems for USMC NOTM effort

    PacStar has been selected to provide the US Marine Corps (USMC) with a small, modular, networking on-the-move (NOTM) capability for tactical vehicles. In addition, the company will provide its 400-Series products to the US Army for the expeditionary tactical communications programme. Jeff

  • Saab beats 2016 orders in first nine months

    Saab has reported a 62% year-on-year increase in booked orders from January to September, due to a number of major sales of surveillance aircraft and weapon systems, as well as support contract signings. In the first three quarters of 2016, the Swedish company booked orders amounting to SEK14.9

  • US clears Venom sale to Czech Republic

    The potential sale of Bell UH-1Y Venom utility and assault helicopters to the Czech Republic has been approved by the US State Department, it was announced on 23 October. The Foreign Military Sale (FMS), which is valued at USD575 million, covers 12 helicopters, mission equipment, spares, support,

  • Serco expands in US

    Serco Group announced on 24 October that it has acquired satellite communications and radar services provider BTP Systems. The USD20 million deal is due to complete by the end of 2017 subject to approvals, with BTP’s satellite and radar expertise expected to complement Serco’s

  • Italy authorizes Golden Power in Piaggio Aerospace transaction

    The Italian government is to use its “golden power” to block or approve the sale of Piaggio Aerospace’s commercial aircraft product line. A decision made by Italy’s Council of Ministers on 19 October approved a motion by Minister of Defence Roberta Pinotti to potentially

  • Rostec boosts Mexican presence

    Rostec State Corporation and its subsidiary Russian Helicopters have teamed up with Craft Avia Center to facilitate maintenance and future sales support for the Kazan Ansat rotorcraft in the Mexican market. Following on from the success of the Mi-8/17 and Mi-26 in Mexican Air Force service, Russian

  • Bertin to acquire Winlight

    Bertin Technologies has entered into exclusive negotiations to acquire French optics provider Winlight by the end of 2017, it was announced on 19 October. The purchase would strengthen both Bertin and its parent company CNIM’s mechanical and optical system portfolio, which are used in support

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