• Boeing in merger talks with Embraer

    US and Brazilian defence and aerospace companies Boeing and Embraer announced on 21 December that they are in engaged talks examining potential merger proposals. Both companies emphasised that the talks are tentative and are not necessarily expected to yield a transaction. In addition, the

  • BAE Systems forms ‘power and propulsion’ alliance for Australia

    BAE Systems Australia has formed an alliance with domestic and foreign defence and engineering firms to support the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN’s) expanding power and propulsion requirements, the company said on 21 December. BAE Systems said the Australian Power and Propulsion Team

  • Hanwha confirms K9 export to Norway

    South Korean group Hanwha has confirmed an export order from Norway to supply its K9 Thunder 155 mm/52-calibre self-propelled tracked howitzer under a contract worth KRW245.2 billion (USD227 million). Hanwha said in a statement on 21 December that the contract, signed a day earlier in Oslo,

  • Fincantieri announces establishment of services business in Qatar

    Italian state-owned naval shipbuilder Fincantieri announced that it has established a subsidiary in Qatar on 21 December. Fincantieri Services Middle East, a management and logistics company based in Doha, will provide services to support the seven surface vessels ordered by the Qatar Emiri Naval

  • Saudi Arabia increases defence budget

    Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Finance announced that SAR210.0 billion (USD56.0 billion) would be spent on defence when it released the 2018 budget on 19 December, a 10% increase on the SAR190.9 billion approved for 2017. According to the Statement of the State Budget for 2018 – which for

  • IAF issues RFP for 83 Tejas LCAs

    The Indian Air Force (IAF) issued a request for proposal (RFP) to India’s state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) on 20 December for the procurement of 83 locally designed Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) for an estimated INR500.25 billion (USD7.8 billion). HAL officials told

  • Boeing Defence Australia delivers initial battlespace communication system to ADF

    Boeing Defence Australia (BDA) has delivered the initial equipment of a battlespace communication system for the Australian Defence Force (ADF) as part of an AUD665.7 (USD511 million) contract awarded to the company by the Department of Defence (DoD) in Canberra in 2015 under Project Land 2072 Phase

  • Kuwait investigating Caracal procurement

    The Kuwaiti government is to investigate the 2016 procurement of 30 Airbus Helicopters H225M Caracal multi-role helicopters. The Kuwait News Agency reported on 20 December that the procurement had been referred to the country’s National Anti-Corruption Commission (NAZHA) and State Audit

  • India commits to private-sector ammunition production

    The government of India is pushing forward with its plan to support the production of ammunition by the country’s private sector, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in New Delhi has announced. The MoD said in a statement on 20 December that it had approved the local production of eight selected

  • India’s finance ministry rejects proposal for defence roll-over fund

    A proposal by India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) to establish a fund through which unspent annual expenditure would be rolled over into a following year’s defence budget has been rejected by the Ministry of Finance (MoF), a report by India’s Standing Committee on Defence has said.

  • South Korea reportedly looking to buy additional F-35s

    The Republic of Korea Air Force (RoKAF) is planning to acquire 20 additional Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II fighter aircraft, the Joongang Ilbo newspaper reported on 21 December. Citing sources, the report said South Korea’s Defense Agency of Technology and Quality (DTaQ), a body under

  • BAE Systems boosts Czech relationship

    BAE Systems has boosted its relationship with Czech industry ahead of its CV90 pitch to the Czech Republic. On 19 December, the company announced that it had signed a contract with Czech sheet metal fabrication firm Laser Centrum to support work on the Mjölner (Hammer of Thor) self-propelled

  • Poland could launch helicopter tender in early 2018

    Poland’s helicopter tender may start in early 2018, the secretary of state in the Ministry of National Defence has said. Bartosz Kownacki told the Polish news channel TVP Info on 17 December that the exact date will depend on the companies that bid, as they have asked for more time for

  • Parker-Hannifin to divest aviation filtration business

    Parker-Hannifin is to divest its Facet aviation fuel filtration business following an agreement with the US Department of Justice (DoJ), the DoJ announced on 18 December. “This agreement to fully divest the Facet filtration business restores the competition in the aviation fuel filtration

  • QinetiQ reveals JFST bid team

    QinetiQ announced on 19 December that it had teamed with UK companies Inzpire and Close Air Solutions to bid for the UK Ministry of Defence’s (MoD’s) Training and Simulation Systems Joint Fires Synthetic Training (JFST) programme. According to a company statement, QinetiQ will lead the

  • Bangladesh plans MALE UAV procurement

    Bangladesh’s procurement agency, the Directorate General Defence Purchase (DGDP), has issued a tender notice in support of a programme to procure a medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for the Bangladesh Air Force (BAF). In its notice, which was published

  • CASIC company raises funds for rocket development

    The CASIC Rocket Technology Company, a joint venture (JV) between the China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (CASIC) and China Sanjiang Space Group, has raised funds to support the development of dual-use rocket systems. China’s official Xinhua news agency reported on 19 December

  • DAPA lists imported components to boost self reliance

    South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) has made the unprecedented step of publishing lists of thousands of imported components it wants domestic companies to manufacture for locally built and maintained military platforms. DAPA said in a statement on 20 December that

  • BAE Systems tops UK suppliers list

    BAE Systems has retained its position as the top supplier to the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) according to the latest annual defence industry trade and commercial data released by the ministry. The UK-based defence giant received about GBP3.652 billion (USD4.884 billion) in payments from the MoD in

  • South Korean ministries sign ‘future technologies’ accord

    South Korea’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) and Ministry of Science and ICT (information and communications technology) have signed an agreement to collaborate on next-generation military technologies. The memorandum of understanding (MOU) calls for the two ministries to identify and

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