• India introduces tax exemption for defence imports

    The Indian government has removed goods taxes on defence imports for the next five years in a move to support military modernisation. A statement by the Indian finance ministry on 20 September said that “imports of specified defence goods not being manufactured indigenously” will be

  • Orolia launches new GNSS test and simulation suite

    Orolia has developed a new global navigation satellite system (GNSS) testing and simulation suite following its acquisition of Skydel and Talen-X and launched it at the 2019 DSEI exhibition in London. Jean-Yves Courtois, CEO of Orolia, said the spoofing and jamming of GNSS was a concrete and rising

  • Terrorists’ use of cryptocurrency remains a sideshow to other fundraising

    Key Points Terrorists have not used cryptocurrencies to any significant extent, in large part because fiat currencies and conventional payment systems continue to provide reliable options. Cryptocurrencies offer two main advantages to terrorist organisations: receiving money in fundraising

  • Thales reveals new ISR concepts

    Thales has developed new intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) concepts in both the land and air domains and demonstrated these at DSEI 2019 in London in September. Digital Crew is a real-time self-learning artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm applied to digital electro-optical

  • US proposes new foreign investment rules

    The US Treasury Department has unveiled proposed regulations that would implement a congressional mandate to beef up the country’s foreign investment review process. The proposed regulations would implement the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act of 2018 (FIRRMA), which Congress

  • Industry group head urges US Air Force to better engage with Future Vertical Lift

    Key Points The head of an industry group suggests the US Air Force better engage with the Pentagon on its Future Vertical Lift programme The USAF wants to investigate the utility of electric VTOL aircraft, but the industry group chief believes this will not provide the necessary military utility

  • AFA 2019: US Air Force seeks to tailor airworthiness process for low cost attritable aircraft

    The US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) is interested in tailoring the airworthiness process for low cost attritable aircraft in the class of the Kratos XQ-58A Valkyrie unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in a way that could save the service and contractors money. Matt Duquette, AFRL Skyborg team

  • German MoD, Munich prosecutor both probing Airbus

    The German Ministry of Defence (MoD) and the public prosecutor’s office in Munich are both investigating whether Airbus employees improperly obtained internal customer documents from two future German procurement projects, the two agencies said on 19 September. In a statement, a German MoD

  • North Macedonia trains Bulgarian, Polish military pilots

    North Macedonia’s Pilot Training Center (PTC) will train almost 60 Polish and 30 Bulgarian military pilots over the coming weeks, Defence Minister Radmila Shekerinska announced during a visit to the facility on 13 September. The PTC was established to train military and police helicopter

  • Turkey’s Akinci armed UAV unveiled

    Turkish private company Baykar Makina unveiled the Akinci ‘Flying Fish’ armed unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) at the Teknofest Aerospace and Technology Festival being held in Istanbul from 17 to 22 September, the Anatolia news agency reported on 18 September. The Hürriyet newspaper

  • Aselsan rolls out Alkar 81 mm mortar

    Turkish company Aselsan has completed development of its latest Alkar 81 mm mortar weapon system (MWS) using internal research and development funding. The company said production can begin as soon as orders are placed. The Alkar 81 mm MWS leverages on experience gained from the development of the

  • Norway receives its first K9 self-propelled howitzer

    Norway’s Defence Materiel Agency (NDMA) announced on its website on 19 September that it had received its first K9 Thunder 155 mm self-propelled howitzer (SPH) from Hanwha Defense during a ceremony in South Korea. The first system, comprising the K9 155/L52 SPH and K10 ammunition handling

  • Portugal presents weapons purchased from FN Herstal

    The Portuguese Army has formally unveiled small arms that it purchased from FN Herstal through the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) for EUR42.8 million (USD47.3 million). The army officially presented and demonstrated the first SCAR-L STD and SCAR-H STD assault rifles, the SCAR-H PR

  • Prince of Wales sets sail for first time

    The United Kingdom’s second Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carrier, Prince of Wales , put to sea for the first time from its assembly site at Rosyth Dockyard in Fife on 19 September. The 65,000-tonne carrier was manoeuvred out of the narrow lock entrance to the basin at the Babcock

  • CACI opening cyber R&D facility in Texas

    CACI International, which is based in Arlington, Virginia, plans to open an office in Port San Antonio, Texas, on 20 September to conduct research and development (R&D) on cyber security and cyber space. CACI personnel at the new 8,000 ft 2 facility will work with the US Air Force and other

  • DAPA launches R&D testing portal

    South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) has launched an online portal to support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) gain access to government-run defence testing facilities. DAPA said the portal – launched on 20 September – is intended to better

  • Finland gives green light to Squadron 2020 programme

    The Finnish government has approved long-delayed contract awards to Rauma Marine Constructions Oy (RMC) and Saab for the delivery of the Finnish Navy’s EUR1.32 billion Squadron 2020 corvette programme. Squadron 2020 covers the procurement of four new Pohjanmaa-class corvettes, capable of

  • India’s BEL opens product R&D centre

    India’s Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) has inaugurated a new facility to lead the company’s efforts to expand through research and development (R&D). BEL said its new Product Development & Innovation Centre (PD&IC) – located in its Bangalore headquarters – will

  • Japan, New Zealand deepen defence ties

    Japan and New Zealand have agreed to deepen defence ties as part of a commitment to boost their bilateral strategic partnership, the two governments said on 19 September. Following talks in Tokyo between Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his visiting New Zealand counterpart Jacinda

  • L3Harris seeing benefits of recent merger

    L3Harris, which was formed less than three months ago with the merger of L3 Technologies and Harris Corp, is starting to realise substantial, tangible benefits from that combination, according to a company official. For example, L3Harris is now big enough to compete for prime contractor roles in