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Mercury Systems, FDH Aero make acquisitions

By Marc Selinger 30 November 2021
Mercury Systems has expanded its defence footprint by acquiring fellow US electronics manufacturer Atlanta Micro for about USD90 million in cash, Mercury announced on 29 November.  Atlanta Micro's products include devices that enable high-speed dat...

Malaysia begins evaluating proposals to replace fleet of Hawk Mk 108/208s

By Ridzwan Rahmat 30 November 2021
A file image depicting a Royal Malaysian Air Force Hawk 208 in the foreground with a Hawk 108 in the background. (BAE Systems)  The Malaysian government has begun evaluating proposals to replace the country's ageing fleet of Hawk Mk108/208 light-attack and lead-in trainer aircraft.  The matter was disclosed by Malaysian Minister of Defence Hishammuddin Hussein on 25 November in his reply to parliamentary questions on a fatal accident involving a Hawk Mk 108 aircraft.  The accident, which occurred on 17 November at the Royal Malaysian Air Forc...

Production commences on Barys 6×6 for Kazakhstan

By Charles Forrester 30 November 2021
The Barys 6×6 undergoing assembly at KPE facilities in Kazakhstan. (KPE)  Kazakhstan Paramount Engineering has commenced production of the Barys 6×6 infantry combat vehicle (ICV) as part of an initial order for the Kazakh military's special forces.  The Armed Forces Special Units of the Republic of Kazakhstan have placed an initial order for three vehicles, which is expected to pave the way for a larger order of vehicles to be manufactured by the Kazakhstan Paramount Engineering joint venture between Kazpetromash and Paramount Group. Delivery...

Airbus expects Eurodrone contract in coming weeks

By Gareth Jennings 30 November 2021
A scale model of the Eurodrone in Luftwaffe markings was shown at the Berlin Security Conference in November. (Janes/Gareth Jennings)  Airbus expects to finalise the contract to build the Eurodrone unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) “in the next couple of months”.  Speaking at the company's annual Trade Media Briefing on 30 November, the chief engineer for the programme at Airbus, Daniela Lohwasser, said that with the industrial team now ready to proceed, the programme is awaiting approval from all four participating nations.  “We are ready from o...

Croatia signs contracts for 12 Rafale fighters

By Igor Tabak 30 November 2021
Croatia signed the contracts for the acquisition of 12 used Rafale fighters from France on 25 November. (Dassault)  Almost six months since selecting the Rafale fighter, Croatia on 25 November signed the contracts for the acquisition of 12 aircraft from France: 10 single seaters and two twin seaters.  On the second day of French President Emmanuel Macron's visit to Croatia, Croatian Defence Minister Mario Banožić and his French counterpart, Florence Parly, signed a technical agreement on defence co-operation. Banožić also signed contracts on...

Oshkosh Defense receives USD591 million JLTV contract

By Ashley Roque 30 November 2021
The US Army recently awarded Oshkosh Defense a USD591 million contract modification for its Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) line.  Under the deal, the company will produce 1,669 JLTV trucks and 868 JLTV trailers by the end of August 2023, accor...

Switzerland signs Air2030 contracts

By Gareth Jennings 29 November 2021
Having made its selection of the F-35A (pictured) and Patriot earlier in 2021, Switzerland has now signed contracts for both systems. (Commonwealth of Australia)  Switzerland has signed for both the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II and the Raytheon Patriot ground-based air-defence systems (GBADS) to fulfil its Air2030 requirement.  The Federal Council announced the milestones on 26 November, some five months after the country announced its decision in July to procure 36 F-35As and five Patriot GBADS based on the highest overall benefits for...

Turkey to export Anka UAVs to Kazakhstan

By Lale Sariibrahimoglu 29 November 2021
Turkish Aerospace (TA) will deliver three Anka medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and two ground control stations to Kazakhstan by 2023, the company tweeted from its official social media account on 27 November....

Japan adds USD6.8 billion to 2021 defence budget

By Jon Grevatt & Andrew MacDonald 29 November 2021
Japan's defence budget for fiscal year 2021 has received a boost of USD6.8 billion. However the country's military expenditure is now forecast by Janes to decline in 2022. (Janes Defence Budgets)  The government of Japan has approved a supplementary defence budget of JPY773.8 billion (USD6.8 billion) for fiscal year (FY) 2021.  Japan's Ministry of Defense (MoD) said on 26 November that the additional expenditure is required to boost Japan Self-Defense Forces' (JSDF) capability in response to escalating security risks in the Indo-Pacific.  Th...

India to approve plans for six-boat nuclear submarine fleet

By Rahul Bedi 29 November 2021
India's federal government is expected to approve funding for the Indian Navy's (IN's) amended 30-year submarine building plan, first sanctioned in 1999, which will now include a programme to indigenously build six nuclear-powered attack submarines...

Lithuania orders navigation radars for OPVs

By Nicholas Fiorenza 26 November 2021
Lithuania's OPV   Dzūkas   is one of four Lithuanian OPVs that will receive a GEM Elettronica Columbus Mk2 3D navigation radar from Leonardo.  (Lithuanian MND)    Lithuania has ordered GEM Elettronica Columbus Mk2 3D navigation radars from Leonardo for its offshore patrol vessels (OPVs), the Ministry of National Defence (MND) confirmed to   Janes  on 19 November.   The ministry announced on its website on 27 October that the EUR7.9 million (USD8.9 million) contract was signed the previous week,...

Ukraine receives two former US Coast Guard Island-class patrol vessels

By Cem Devrim Yaylali 26 November 2021
M/V   Ocean Grand  passes through the Bosphorus en route to Odessa with the delivery of two ex-USCG Island-class patrol boats,   Sumy  (ex-  Ocracoke  ) and   Fastiv  (ex-  Washington  ), on board.   (Devrim Yaylalı)  Two decommissioned US Coast Guard (USCG) Island-class patrol boats, destined for the Ukrainian Navy, arrived in Odessa onboard the US-flagged cargo ship M/V Ocean Grand on 23 November.  The two vessels, renamed Sumy (ex-Ocracoke) and Fastiv (...

Australia launches defence industry agency

By Jon Grevatt 26 November 2021
The Australian Department of Defence (DoD) launched on 26 November a new agency to support local firms' entrance and expansion in the country's defence market.  The Office of Defence Industry Support (ODIS) replaces the Centre for Defence Industry...

Philippines eyes second Pohang-class corvette

By Manasvi Shanker Sharma 26 November 2021
A total of 24 ships of this class were built and commissioned by the Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) in four batches between 1984 and 1993. Of these, 10 are still in service with the RoKN, while several others have been transferred to countries inclu...

Indra to supply upgraded Pegaso defence system for Korean KSS-lll SSK

By David Ing 26 November 2021
Indra is to supply South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering with an upgraded version of its Pegaso electronic support measures (ESM) system for fitting to the Republic of Korea Navy's (RoKN's) first    KSS-...

India clears deal to locally produce Russian AK-203 rifles

By Rahul Bedi 25 November 2021
India's Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), headed by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, has approved the procurement of 671,000 locally produced Russian Kalashnikov AK-203 assault rifles for the Indian armed forces, it has been confirmed to...

Jacobs finishes buying software firm BlackLynx

By Marc Selinger 25 November 2021
US engineering firm Jacobs has completed its previously disclosed acquisition of data analytics software provider BlackLynx, expanding its footprint in the US Intelligence Community, Jacobs announced on 19 November.  Jacobs is initially paying USD2...

Morocco, Israel sign defence industry, security agreements

By Charles Forrester 25 November 2021
Israeli Minister of Defense Benny Gantz and Moroccan Minister Delegate to the Head of Government in Charge of National Defence Abdellatif Loudiyi at the signing ceremony. (Israeli MoD/Ariel Hermoni)  Morocco and Israel have signed a raft of agreements to bolster defence and security co-operation during the visit by Israeli Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Benny Gantz to the north African country.    Following a meeting between Gantz and Abdellatif Loudiyi, Moroccan Minister Delegate to the Head of Government in charge of the...

US introduces trade bans on more Chinese firms

By Jon Grevatt 25 November 2021
The US government has included 12 more Chinese firms to its trading blacklist over their alleged involvement in developing technologies for the Chinese military and supporting Pakistan's nuclear activities.  The US Department of Commerce (DoC) said...

Berlin Security Conference 2021: Lockheed Martin confident STH timeline for Germany can still be met

By Gareth Jennings 25 November 2021
The CH-53K was displayed at the last ILA Berlin Airshow in 2018. (Janes/Gareth Jennings)  Lockheed Martin is confident that the Bundeswehr's latest schedule for its Schwere Transporthubschrauber (STH) heavy-lift helicopter programme can still be met, should the protest being heard in the German courts progress in a timely manner.    Speaking to   Janes   at the Berlin Security Conference (BSC) 2021, company officials said that the timeline of a contract signature in 2023 and deliveries beginning in about 2026 is still tenable s...
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