Dubai Airshow 2021: Israeli companies make debut in Gulf

by Charles Forrester

The Israeli defence industry has made its first forays into the Gulf defence market with a number of major companies exhibiting at the Dubai Airshow, marking their first formal appearance in the region.

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has been highlighting its Barak MX missile system at the show, as well as communication and observation satellites, and special mission aircraft.

Golan Haver, IAI's Senior VP of Marketing, told Janes that the company was attending the show “to find new partners, strengthen existing collaboration, and also bring new business endeavours to fruition”.


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BigBear.ai nears becoming public company

by Marc Selinger

US information technology business BigBear.ai, which announced in June that it would become a publicly traded company, said on 3 December that it expects to complete the process within days.

BigBear.ai said its merger with a publicly held special-purpose acquisition company will be completed on or about 7 December and that the combined entity, which will adopt the BigBear.ai name, will begin trading on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on 8 December. The company declined to say why it will be listed on the NYSE instead of the Nasdaq as originally planned.


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Avon Protection nears unveiling results of body armour business review

by Marc Selinger

Avon Protection, which has been conducting a “strategic review” of its body armour business, plans to disclose the outcome of that review on 15 December, according to a spokesperson for the UK-based company.

The disclosure will coincide with Avon's release of its fiscal year (FY) 2021 financial results, the spokesperson told Janes on 2 December.

Avon announced in mid-November that it was launching the review after the body armour business experienced problems with products intended for two US customers.


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Brazilian Army merges AFV programmes in reorganisation

by Victor Barreira

The Brazilian Army is merging its principal wheeled and tracked armoured fighting vehicle (AFV) projects, Colonel Marcelo Yoshida of the Army High-Staff revealed at the 10th Conference of Systems and Military Technology, held in Brasília from 23 to 26 November.

The existing Army Strategic Program Guarani (Prg EE Guarani) and Army Strategic Subprogram Armoured Forces (SPrg F Bld) – part of the wider Army Strategic Program Obtaining Full Operational Capability (Prg EE OCOP) – will be merged into a single effort designated Army Strategic Program Armoured Forces (Prg EE F Bld) on 1 January 2022.


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