• Kurganmashzavod faces uncertain future as state orders stall

    The Russian manufacturer of the BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicle, Kurganmashzavod (KMZ), faces an uncertain future owing to a slowdown in state orders and because of increasing obsolescence within its manufacturing plants. This was revealed in a December 2019 interview between the company’s

  • Airbus acquires MTM Robotics

    Airbus has acquired MTM Robotics, a US-based company that makes automated machines and tools for the aerospace industry. Airbus, which already uses MTM equipment on its commercial airplane production lines, said on 12 December that owning the small firm will help it expand the use of automation in

  • Denmark and Netherlands procure Leguan AVLBs

    Denmark has ordered Leguan armoured vehicle launched bridges (AVLBs) from Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW), the company announced in a press release on 12 December, two days after it reported that the Netherlands received its first two of the systems. The Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics

  • India’s HAL settles wage dispute with workers

    India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has settled a long-standing wage dispute with employees in a bid to avert future additional work strikes. State-owned HAL said on 11 December that the company’s management has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with trade unions

  • Japan reconsiders decision to discontinue local assembly of F-35s

    The Japanese Ministry of Defense (MoD) has indicated a possible U-turn on its decision earlier this year to discontinue local assembly of Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft and instead focus on providing localised maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) capability. The MoD’s

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