EU defence ministers approve new PESCO projects, launch talks with Washington

by Brooks Tigner

EU defence ministers approved 14 new Permanent Cooperation in Defence (PESCO) projects to jointly develop capabilities among the 25 participating member states (all EU nations except Denmark and Malta) during a meeting in Brussels on 16 November. This brings to 60 the total number of PESCO projects launched to date.

European Defence Agency (EDA) chief executive Jiří Šedivý declared after the meeting that the new batch, the fourth since PESCO's launch in December 2017, “is an important milestone for European defence co-operation. These 14 new projects invigorate the PESCO process”.


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US Navy deploys Northrop Grumman's MQ-8C Fire Scout to the Pacific

by Gillian Rich

A Northrop Grumman MQ-8C lands aboard USS Jackson (LCS 6) as part of its deployment to INDOPACOM. (Northrop Grumman)

The US Navy deployed Northrop Grumman's MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned aerial system (UAS) on USS Jackson (LCS 6), its first in the Indo-Pacific Command (INDOPACOM), to provide maritime intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, and targeting (ISR&T) capability, the company announced on 23 May.

Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 21 (HSC-21) and HSC-23 will be the primary operators of MQ-8C. Scott Weinpel, business development manager for the Fire Scout programme, told Janes


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TransDigm subsidiary buys flight instrument product line from Astronautics

by Marc Selinger

Extant Aerospace has acquired the Electromagnetic Indicator product line from Astronautics Corporation of America. The unit on the left is a horizontal situation indicator. The others are attitude director indicators. (Astronautics)

Extant Aerospace, a subsidiary of US aircraft parts maker TransDigm Group, has expanded its defence aviation portfolio by acquiring the Electromagnetic Indicator product line from Astronautics Corporation of America for about USD27 million in cash, the buyer announced on 19 May.


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Brazilian XMobots teams up with MBDA to build armed UAV

by Victor Barreira

XMobots and MBDA are working together to add missile capability to the Nauru 1000C VTOL UAV. (XMobots)

Brazilian unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) specialist XMobots Aeroespacial e Defesa and Europe's MBDA announced on 17 May that they are teaming up to develop a Brazilian-made weaponised UAV.

According to XMobots, the two companies signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) in March to integrate the MBDA Enforcer Air, a precision-guided missile capability, with the XMobots Nauru 1000C UAV.


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