Vietnam, Japan sign defence trade deal

by Jon Grevatt

Vietnam and Japan have formally announced an agreement to facilitate co-operation on defence trade and technologies.

The Defense Equipment and Technology Transfer Agreement was signed in Hanoi on 11 September following talks between the two countries' defence ministers, General Phan Van Giang and Nobuo Kishi.

The accord is intended to support Japanese defence exports to Vietnam and related collaborations in defence research, development, and production.


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Amentum to acquire PAE

by Marc Selinger

PAE is based in Falls Church, Virginia. (Credit: PAE)

Amentum plans to bolster its intelligence and technology portfolio by acquiring fellow US government services provider PAE for USD1.9 billion in cash, the two companies announced on 25 October.

The combined business will have more than USD9 billion in annual revenue, making it one of the largest providers of services to US and allied governments, Amentum said. It will have “capabilities spanning synthetic training, sensor-based technologies, intelligence, cyber and IT, spectrum and electronic warfare, space operations, environmental solutions, asset management, and mission support”, Amentum said.


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Portuguese Navy's first modernised M-class frigate arrives in Lisbon

by Victor Barreira

The Portuguese Navy's Bartolomeu Dias-class M-frigates were acquired from the Royal Netherlands Navy in 2006 and now form the backbone of Portugal's surface fleet. They serve alongside three Vasco da Gama-class (MEKO 200PN) frigates that were ordered from Germany in 1986 (Portuguese Navy)

The first of the Portuguese Navy's two Bartolomeu Dias (M)-class multipurpose frigates returned to the Lisbon Naval Base on 25 October after completing its mid-life upgrade (MLU) in the Netherlands, the service has told Janes.

First-of-class NRP Bartolomeu Dias


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South Korea, Indonesia move closer to KF-21 agreement, says DAPA

by Jon Grevatt

DAPA has said South Korea and Indonesia are “narrowing the gap” on an agreement on Jakarta's payments on the programme to develop the KF-21 fighter aircraft, seen here at the launch of the platform's first prototype. (DAPA)

South Korea and Indonesia are edging closer to an agreement about Jakarta's financial commitment to the programme to develop the KF-21 Boramae multirole fighter aircraft, the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) in Seoul told Janes.


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