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  • Venezuelan cabinet reshuffle unlikely to change policy direction but cements militarisation of government

    EVENT Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro announced a cabinet reshuffle yesterday (17 June) with Jorge Giordani removed as Minister of Planning. Giordani was replaced by Ricardo Menendez, who will now serve as Vice-President of Planning and Territorial Development, and will oversee the

  • Exelis acquires Celestech

    Exelis announced that it has completed the acquisition of Arizona-based firm Celestech on 12 June. Celestech specialises in advanced signal processing for use in intelligence operations and electronic warfare; wireless communications networks operating across satellite and terrestrial systems;

  • QinetiQ acquires optics firm as US services division divested

    UK technology company QinetiQ will expand its OptaSense subsidiary through the acquisition of low noise semi-conductor laser manufacturer Redfern Integrated Optics (RIO). In a statement on the acquisition released on 22 May, OptaSense Managing Director Magnus McEwen-King said the acquisition would

  • Risks of IED attacks against energy assets in Colombia's Antioquia to continue despite ceasefire or possible peace agreement

    EVENT Soldiers de-activated an improvised explosive device (IED) in the area around the 2,400-megawatt Ituango hydroelectricity mega-project (Hidroituango), Antioquia, on 25 May, according to the army's Fourth Brigade. The commander of the Fourth Brigade, General Néstor Robinson Vallejo,

  • Pratt continues AETD design work, preps for 2016 testing

    United Technologies' Pratt and Whitney military engines unit is working on the final two years of design work on the Pentagon's Adaptive Engine Technology Development (AETD) programme, according to the company official who oversees the company's sixth-generation engine work. AETD "goes through

  • Airbus expects international Lakota sales in wake of US Army buy

    The US Army's decision to purchase additional Airbus UH-72A Lakota helicopters and to put them at the centre of its training mission raises the potential for international sales, according to the company's top official in the United States. Airbus sees an opportunity to sell hundreds of Lakotas

  • US court bans Russian rocket engine purchases for military space launches

    Key Points US Federal Court Judge Susan Braden has prevented the purchase of Russian-made rocket engines The legal maneuovre follows a suit filed by private launch provider SpaceX and a congressional effort to commence a new rocket engine development A US federal court judge has issued an

  • Thales Alenia Space stakes claim on UK

    Thales Alenia Space - the space technologies joint venture of Thales and Finmeccanica - has announced that it will establish a subsidiary in the UK. The decision emerged on 30 April, and was followed the next day by the announcement that Thales Alenia Space will underpin its place in the UK through

  • Ecuadorian MoD establishes aircraft and aerospace component factory

    The Ecuadorian Ministry of Defence (MoD) and the Ministry of Industries have launched a joint programme for the design and development of a light aircraft to replace the country's ageing fleet of primary trainers and crop dusters. According to both ministries there is a domestic market for 424

  • Kaman reports positive Q1 revenues

    Led by a double-digit sales increase in its Aerospace division year-on-year (Y/Y), Kaman posted largely positive financial results for the first quarter of 2014 (Q1 2014) ending 28 March 2014. Consolidated (net) sales increased to USD413.9 million, a 6.7% increase over Q1 2013, and adjusted EBITDA

  • Security for foreign firms in Colombia's capital likely to continue improving, but extortion and robbery risks persist

    Key Points Recent security deployments in Bogotá signal the current government's ongoing commitment to reducing violent crime and improving overall security risks in the Colombian capital. Overall, security in Bogotá has drastically improved over the past 10 years, and homicides have

  • Pentagon 2015 budget: Under fiscal strain, USAF justifies fleet retirements

    Key Points The USAF wants to purchase new platforms in order to stay ahead of adversaries' increasing technological sophistication At least two entire fleets, A-10s and U-2s, would be retired in the next five years under the USAF plan The US Air Force (USAF) is defending plans to retire entire

  • Country Risk Watch - April 2014

    Security crackdown will not stop anti-Maduro protests in Venezuela University students and civil society groups are likely to continue staging anti-government protests and roadblocks in Venezuela, despite incumbent president Nicolás Maduro's calls for dialogue. The protests, which Maduro has

  • Spanish Army helicopters conduct first ever landing on US warship

    Spanish Army helicopters have landed on board a US warship for the first time, in an exercise on board USS Gunston Hall . The 16,195 tonne full load Whidbey Island-class landing ship dock (LSD) vessel was transiting the Strait of Gibraltar when the compatibility exercise took place at the end of

  • L-3 Communications buys big data firm Data Tactics

    L-3 Communications has acquired Data Tactics Corporation, a US supplier of big data analytics and cloud computing services to the US Department of Defense. The transaction - terms of which were not disclosed - was announced on 5 March. Data Tactics will be renamed L-3 Data Tactics, following a

  • US considering procurement agreement with Slovenia

    The United States Department of Defense (DoD) is considering liberalising procurement regulations with Slovenia as part of a Reciprocal Defence Procurement (RDP) Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The DoD is currently in the process of soliciting feedback on industry's experience of dealing with

  • Boeing conducts maiden flight of MSA

    Boeing has conducted the first flight of its business jet-based Maritime Surveillance Aircraft (MSA), the company announced on 5 March. The four-hour flight, from Toronto's Pearson International Airport on 28 February, involved a Bombardier Challenger 604 testbed platform with structural and system

  • Pentagon budget 2015: Army plans to drop three aviation brigades

    Key Points Active duty CABs would reduce to 10 while the Reserve components retain 12 A restructuring seeks to focus Reserve brigades on assault, lift, and medevac missions, and active brigades on attack and scout functions The US Army plans to reduce its active duty combat aviation brigades

  • Peru cabinet reshuffle signals medium-term stability on economy and energy policy

    EVENT Peruvian president Ollanta Humala conducted a cabinet reshuffle on 24 February. The reshuffle included the appointment of Rene Cornejo, an engineer and mathematician who had been serving as minister of housing, as the new president of the Council of Ministers. Eight new ministers were

  • Brazil to sign RBS 70 missile systems contract

    The Brazilian Army is scheduled to sign a contract soon with Sweden's Saab Dynamics to buy RBS 70 man-portable surface-to-air missile systems, a military source close to the programme told IHS Jane's on 11 February. The package, worth around BRL28 million (USD11.6 million), will be firmed through

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