Luxembourg and US form satcom partnership

by Olivia Savage

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.


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Czechoslovak Group buys ammo maker Fiocchi Munizioni

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.


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Update: First C-130J-30 for Indonesia produced

by Akhil Kadidal

The first of five C-130J-30s ordered by Indonesia conducts its first test flight on 27 October 2022. (Lockheed Martin)

The first of five Lockheed Martin C-130J-30s ordered for the Indonesian Air Force (TNI-AU) has conducted its first test flight, and the aircraft is being prepared for delivery in 2023.

Lockheed Martin told Janes


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Thales, PT Len to upgrade Indonesian corvettes

by Oishee Majumdar

KRI Diponegoro (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. (US Navy)

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.


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