Luxembourg and the US have established a space-based partnership to promote satellite communications (satcom) co-operation within NATO.
Known as the ‘Global Commercially Contracted Satellite Communications Support Partnership' (GCC SATCOM SP), the joint agreement is intended to enable participating countries to jointly manage satcom services via the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA).
Announced on 31 October by NSPA, the partnership intends to promote synergies and economies of scale not achievable through national contracting processes.
This partnership will provide the framework for additional NATO allies to participate in the future, the announcement said.
Czechoslovak Group buys ammo maker Fiocchi Munizioni
30 November 2022
by Marc Selinger
Fiocchi makes ammunition for the .50 Browning Machine Gun. (Fiocchi)
Czech Republic-based conglomerate Czechoslovak Group (CSG) has expanded its foreign footprint by acquiring a 70% stake in Italian ammunition manufacturer Fiocchi Munizioni, the buyer announced on 25 November.
Petr Formánek, CSG's head of mergers and acquisitions, said the Fiocchi purchase is consistent with CSG's strategy of buying companies that are “oriented towards Western Europe and the US”. CSG chairman Michal Strnad said that Fiocchi enjoys a “solid presence” in NATO countries.
(pictured above) and the Indonesian Navy's three other Diponegoro (Sigma)-class corvettes will be upgraded with Thales' TACTICOS Baseline 2 CMS and the NS50 radar.
The Indonesian Navy's (Tentara Nasional Indonesia Angkatan Laut: TNI-AL's) four Diponegoro-class corvettes will be equipped with the Thales' TACTICOS Baseline 2 combat management system (CMS) and the Naval Smarter (NS) 50 radar, the company confirmed to Janes.