• Kurganmashzavod faces uncertain future as state orders stall

    The Russian manufacturer of the BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicle, Kurganmashzavod (KMZ), faces an uncertain future owing to a slowdown in state orders and because of increasing obsolescence within its manufacturing plants. This was revealed in a December 2019 interview between the company’s

  • PTDI receives two Bell 412EPI helicopters for Indonesian Army

    Two of the nine Bell 412EPI helicopters ordered in January 2019 by the Indonesian Army (Tentara Nasional Indonesia-Angkatan Darat or TNI-AD) have been handed over to PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) for customisation work. Bell, a subsidiary of Textron, announced in a 4 December statement that the

  • Russia’s Kuznetsov carrier catches fire

    A fire broke out on the Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov at a dock in Murmansk, northwestern Russia, state news agency TASS reported on 12 December, citing a source in the Ministry of the Russian Federation for Civil Defence, Emergencies, and Elimination of Consequences of Natural

  • Airbus acquires MTM Robotics

    Airbus has acquired MTM Robotics, a US-based company that makes automated machines and tools for the aerospace industry. Airbus, which already uses MTM equipment on its commercial airplane production lines, said on 12 December that owning the small firm will help it expand the use of automation in

  • Denmark and Netherlands procure Leguan AVLBs

    Denmark has ordered Leguan armoured vehicle launched bridges (AVLBs) from Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW), the company announced in a press release on 12 December, two days after it reported that the Netherlands received its first two of the systems. The Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics

  • India’s HAL settles wage dispute with workers

    India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has settled a long-standing wage dispute with employees in a bid to avert future additional work strikes. State-owned HAL said on 11 December that the company’s management has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with trade unions

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