Boeing has confirmed that Dynamatic Technologies is the first Indian supplier on its programme to build F-15EX Eagle II fighter aircraft (pictured) for the US Air Force. (USAF photo by Ethan Wagner)
Dynamatic Technologies has become the first Indian firm to participate in the production of Boeing's newest tactical fighter, the F-15EX Eagle II.
Boeing told Janes on 21 September that the Bangalore-headquartered firm will produce and supply aerostructure assemblies for the F-15EX, which has been ordered by the US Air Force (USAF).
The deal marks an expansion of Dynamatic Technologies' 10-year-plus partnership with Boeing and the US corporation's deepening engagement with Indian industry.
Boeing told Janes that it sources about USD1 billion worth of supplies from India's commercial and defence aerospace industry sectors. This sourcing has grown from USD225 million in 2014 when New Delhi launched its ‘Make in India' campaign.
Pointing to its commitment to this initiative, Boeing said its Indian supplier base has grown from approximately 160 firms in 2017, to 200 in 2020, and to 275 in 2021. About 26% of its suppliers this year are designated as micro, small, and medium enterprises.
Babcock finishes selling Frazer-Nash Consultancy to KBR
22 October 2021
by Marc Selinger
UK-based Babcock International Group has completed the previously announced sale of its Frazer-Nash Consultancy to fellow engineering company KBR for approximately GBP293 million (USD404.2 million), Babcock said on 21 October.
Babcock first disclosed the transaction in August, saying the divestiture would help reduce its debt. Meanwhile, US-based KBR will expand its international advisory capabilities by obtaining Frazer-Nash, which operates mainly in the UK and Australia.
Frazer-Nash serves government and industry customers in defence and other sectors. Its defence engineering expertise spans areas such as air, land, and naval systems; command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition,
and reconnaissance; space defence; and weapons.
Besides providing the divestiture update, Babcock said its financial performance for the first half of fiscal year 2022 was in line with its expectations, as the company generated revenue of GBP2.2 billion and underlying operating profit of GBP115 million.
Babcock plans to release more details about its first-half results on 7 December.
ADEX 2021: Hanwha deepens collaboration with Israeli firms
22 October 2021
by Jon Grevatt
Hanwha Systems and Elta Systems have signed an agreement to explore opportunities to export AESA radars. In recent years, the two companies have collaborated on Hanwha's project to develop an AESA radar (pictured) for the KF-21 Boramae future fighter. (Defense Acquisition Program Administration)
South Korean firm Hanwha Systems has signed agreements with Israeli companies Elbit Systems and Elta Systems, a subsidiary of Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), to pursue opportunities for technology co-operation and trade.
Hanwha Systems said on 21 October that the agreements – signed at the Seoul International Aerospace & Defense Exhibition (ADEX) – are focused on capabilities such as active electronically scanned array (AESA) radars, urban air mobility (UAM), and avionics.
Hanwha Systems' agreement with Elta Systems will look to collaborate on exporting AESA radars. Such efforts will integrate Hanwha Systems' radar antenna and Elta's radar signal processor, a press release stated.
The co-operation will also look to leverage the companies' joint work on developing an AESA radar for South Korea's KF-21 Boramae future fighter aircraft, which is being developed by Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI).
France qualifies Sea Fire radar ahead of FDI combat system integration
22 October 2021
by Richard Scott
A dual-face Sea Fire system is installed at SESDA in a replica of the FDI integrated mast. (Thales)
France's Direction générale de l'armement (DGA) has formally qualified the Thales Sea Fire S-band multifunction active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar ahead of integration into the combat system of the new Amiral Ronarc'h-class Frégate de défense et d'intervention (FDI) frigates.
Announced on 21 October 2021, the qualification milestone follows 18 months of land-based testing performed at the DGA's Site d'expérimentation des systèmes de défense aérienne (SESDA) shore integration facility at Saint-Mandrier, near Toulon, on the Mediterranean coast. The radar is now being transferred to Naval Group to support FDI combat system integration activities.
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