• Naval Group rides wave of international orders

    Naval Group received more orders in the first six months of 2019 than the entire 2018 calendar year, the France-based shipbuilder announced on 17 July. International customers generated almost 70% of the EUR3.9 billion (USD4.38 billion) in orders during the first half (H1) of 2019. This means that

  • UAE set to apply new FDI law

    The government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is set to confirm that the defence industry will be excluded from a list of sectors open for 100% foreign direct investment (FDI). Federal Law No. 19 of 2018 is expected to come into effect by 30 July 2019, after the UAE Federal Cabinet approved it

  • BMWi figures show higher German exports

    Germany granted export licences for EUR5.3 billion (USD6.1 billion) worth of defence equipment in the first six months of 2019, surpassing the full-year 2018 total of EUR4.8 billion, according to a report by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi). The BMWi provided the data in

  • France receives sixth FREMM

    The Direction générale de l’armement (DGA), the French defence procurement agency, has announced on its website that it received the sixth Frégate Européenne Multi-Missions (FREMM) frigate, Normandie , for the French Navy in Brest on 16 July. The DGA said on 17 July that

  • Guatemala cancels its Pampa III purchase

    Just nine days after signing an agreement with the Argentine government on 3 July for the provision of two FAdeA IA-63 Pampa III aircraft the Guatemalan government cancelled the order. Guatemalan Defence Vice Minister General Jorge Ruiz said the Central American country would not proceed with the

  • Keep small arms export approval with State Department, says House

    The United States Senate is considering an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would retain State Department control over small-arms exports. A proposal by the Trump administration to shift this responsibility to the Department of Commerce was defeated in the House of

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  • Japan launches second Maya-class destroyer

    Shipbuilding company Japan Marine United (JMU) Corporation launched the second of two Maya (Improved Atago)-class destroyers on order for the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) on 17 July. Named Haguro (pennant number 180), the 170 m-long vessel entered the water in a ceremony held at

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  • Brazilian Navy test-fires final MANSUP prototype

    The Brazilian Navy test-fired the third and final prototype of the locally developed MANSUP (Míssil Antinavio Nacional de Superfície) surface-to-surface anti-ship missile on 10 July. The missile was fired from one of the two ITL-10 twin missile launchers on board the Niterói-class

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  • RAF sets out hypersonic weapons and propulsion plans

    The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) has outlined near-term plans for the development of hypersonic weapon and propulsion technologies for its current and future fleets of combat aircraft. Speaking at the Chief of the Air Staff’s Air & Space Power Conference (ASPC) in London, senior service

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  • US approves MH-60R sale to Greece

    The US State Department has approved the sale of seven Lockheed Martin MH-60R Seahawk maritime multimission helicopters to Greece. The proposed sale, which was announced by the United States Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) on 12 July, covers the maritime helicopters for the Hellenic