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CNIM in talks to divest Bertin Technologies

By Marc Selinger 16 November 2021
France's financially struggling CNIM Group has begun negotiating the sale of instrumentation subsidiary Bertin Technologies to French private equity firm FCDE, CNIM announced on 14 November.  “Depending on the outcome of the negotiations, the relev...

Dubai Airshow 2021: Halcon, Embraer to collaborate on weapons expansion for Super Tucano

By Charles Forrester 16 November 2021
Halcon and Embraer will collaborate on integrating the Desert Sting and Thunder munitions onto the A-29 Super Tucano, seen here in Afghan Air Force colours in 2016. (US Air Force/Staff Sgt Larry E Reid Jr)  Emirati defence conglomerate Edge announced on 15 November that its munitions subsidiary Halcon was collaborating with Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer to integrate its weapons systems on to the A-29 Super Tucano light attack aircraft.  Edge CEO and Managing Director Faisal Al Bannai said in a release, “Embraer's intention to work c...

Barzan Aeronautical, Elbit Systems establishing facilities in South Carolina

By Charles Forrester 15 November 2021
Qatari-owned Barzan Aeronautical and Israeli firm Elbit Systems are both to establish facilities in South Carolina, according to recent releases by the Charleston County Economic Development Department.  It was announced in a 12 November release th...

India lifts trade ban on Leonardo

By Jon Grevatt 15 November 2021
The Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has revoked a long-standing defence-trade ban on Leonardo. A notice issued by the MoD on 12 November confirms that the Italian firm has been removed from its trading blacklist.  The ban was introduced in 2014 ov...

Dubai Airshow 2021: SDF increases stake in Marakeb Technologies

By Charles Forrester 15 November 2021
Tawazun's Strategic Development Fund has increased its stake in Marakeb Technologies, maker of the B7 unmanned surface vessel. (Al Marakeb)  The UAE's Strategic Development Fund (SDF) announced on 13 November that it had increased its stake in naval systems technology firm Marakeb Technologies from 30% to 50%.  The SDF, which is administered by the UAE's Tawazun, announced at the 2019 edition of the IDEX trade show that it had acquired a 30% stake in Marakeb Technologies for an undisclosed amount.  “Our further investment in Marakeb hopes to...

India targets increased investment in defence corridors

By Jon Grevatt 15 November 2021
BrahMos Aerospace's proposed facility in Lucknow will be part of India's defence industrial corridor in Uttar Pradesh. (Janes/Patrick Allen)  The Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) is looking to introduce a scheme to incentivise investments in its two new defence industry corridors, Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has announced.  Singh referenced the potential policies on 12 November at an event to mark the development of two new industrial facilities in the northern corridor in Uttar Pradesh.  According to Singh, the Indian government is...

Dubai Airshow 2021: Bahrain formalises offset collaboration with Tawazun

By Charles Forrester 15 November 2021
Rear Admiral Yusef Ahmed Malallah, Assistant Chief of Staff for Supply and Logistics at the BDF (l) and Matar Ali Al Romaithi, Chief Economic Development officer at Tawazun (r) sign an MoU on defence industrial collaboration at the 2021 Dubai Airshow. (Tawazun)  The Bahrain Defence Force (BDF) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on 15 November with the United Arab Emirates' Tawazun Economic Council on defence industrial collaboration and offset programmes.  According to a release by Tawazun, the two organisations will work together to...

Dubai Airshow 2021: Thailand named as AT-6TH international launch customer

By Mark Ayton 15 November 2021
Thailand has been named as the international launch customer for the Textron AT-6TH Wolverine light attack aircraft, with a USD143.4 million contract announced at the Dubai Airshow 2021.  Announced by the manufacturer on 14 November, the deal will...

India demonstrates autonomous take-off, landing capabilities of Rustom II UAV

By Ridzwan Rahmat 15 November 2021
India's DRDO successfully flight-tested its indigenously designed Rustom-2 MALE UAV in user configuration on 25 February. (DRDO)  India's Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has demonstrated the Rustom II medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle's (UAV's) ability to take off and land autonomously.  The milestone was announced by the DRDO on 13 November. During the trial, the Rustom II also demonstrated its ability to utilise India's GAGAN satellite-based navigation system, the agency added.  The Rustom II...

Saab ‘stands ready' to offer Gripen E/F to Czech Republic

By Gareth Jennings 15 November 2021
Seen at its roll-out in 2016, the Gripen E/F could be an option for the Czech Republic when its lease on 14 Gripen C/Ds expires in 2027. (Janes/Gareth Jennings)  Saab is ready to offer its Gripen E/F to the Czech Republic, as the country considers its future fighter plans towards the end of the decade.    A spokesperson for the Swedish manufacturer told   Janes  on 12 November that the Gripen E/F would be “the logical choice” for the eastern European country, if it decides not to extend the lease for 14 Gripen C/Ds that is due...

Dubai Airshow 2021: Calidus showcases B-350 ‘light attack' aircraft

By Gareth Jennings & Akshara Parakala 15 November 2021
Seen for the first time at the Dubai Airshow 2021, the Calidus B-350 is a ‘light attack' aircraft that is close to double the size of nearly any other platform in the same category. (Janes/Akshara Parakala)  United Arab Emirates (UAE)-based Calidus has showcased a new ‘light attack' turboprop at the Dubai Airshow 2021, designated the B-350.  A full-scale mock-up of the single-engined twin-seat platform was shown publicly for the first time, complete with a prospective weapons fit that includes a range of largely domestically-developed air-to-...

Dubai Airshow 2021: Russia positive about Middle East prospects despite sanctions

By Charles Forrester 15 November 2021
Russian firms are beginning to adapt to the restrictions created by the US government's Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) as well as wider sanctions, Rostec Director for International Cooperation and Regional Policy De...

Dubai Airshow 2021: UAE signs for two more MRTTs

By Gareth Jennings 15 November 2021
The UAE is to add a further two A330 MRTT aircraft to the three it already operates. (Airbus)  The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has signed for a further two Airbus A330 MultiRole Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft to add to the three already fielded.  Announced at the Dubai Airshow on 14 November, the sale will see the two new aircraft delivered from 2024. With the new aircraft being built to the latest enhanced configuration, the deal will see the three existing airframes, first received in 2013, upgraded to the same standard.  The intent to aug...

MBDA showcases low-cost anti-jam GNSS antenna

By Richard Scott 15 November 2021
MBDA and Swansea University have demonstrated a low-cost GNSS anti-jam antenna under the MCM ITP programme. (MBDA)  Engineers from MBDA Missile Systems, working in conjunction with Swansea University research staff, have developed an innovative, compact, low-cost global navigation satellite system (GNSS) anti-jam antenna specifically suited to smaller calibre-guided weapons.  Prototyped and tested as part of the French/UK Materials and Components for Missiles Innovation Technology Partnership (MCM ITP) programme, the Novel Null Steering Anten...

ST Engineering bags contract to supply equipment, services for UAE's Falaj 3 OPV

By Ridzwan Rahmat 15 November 2021
ST Engineering's marine division has been awarded a subcontract to supply platform equipment, and design and technical assistance services for UAE Navy's Falaj 3 offshore patrol vessel (OPV) programme.  The subcontract was issued by Abu Dhabi Ship...

Mac Jee unveils Dagger guidance kit for 500 lb bomb

By Victor Barreira 15 November 2021
The Dagger precision guidance kit has been designed to convert a freefall 500 lb bomb into a longer-range smart air-launched weapon system. (Mac Jee)  Mac Jee Defesa, part of Brazil's Mac Jee Group, is finalising the development of a wing-assisted guidance kit that converts an air-droppable, unguided 500 lb low-drag general-purpose bomb into a long-range, air-to-ground all-weather precision-guided weapon.  The Dagger kit comprises a guidance module consisting of the electro-optic/infrared payload with Medium-Wave Infrared camera, delivering a...

Dubai Airshow 2021: Edge targeting unmanned systems as growth path continues

By Charles Forrester 15 November 2021
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Managing Director of Edge, H.E. Faisal Al Bannai (Edge)  The United Arab Emirates' defence industrial conglomerate Edge is preparing for a significant expansion in the global defence marketplace in the coming years, as the company has been rapidly developing new products and taking them to market and reaching USD5 billion in revenues, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Managing Director H.E. Faisal Al Bannai has told Janes.  “There is a whole spectrum of products when it comes to autonomous capabilities, the v...

France to phase out C-160 Gabriel SIGINT aircraft early

By Jean-Marc Tanguy 15 November 2021
The French Air Force will phase out its two C-160 Gabriel SIGINT aircraft in 2022, three years ahead of schedule. (Armée de l'Air/Olivier Ravenel)  The French Air Force will phase out its two C-160 Gabriel signals intelligence (SIGINT) aircraft in 2022, three years ahead of schedule.  This is linked to the phasing out of the C-160 Transall, on which the Gabriel is based. Two C-160s were modified and fitted with mission equipment from Thales before entering service at the end of the 1980s.  They participated in the 1991 Gulf War and in all Fre...

Egypt activates Rafale contract

By Gareth Jennings 15 November 2021
Egypt's contract to increase its Rafale fleet from 24 to 54 aircraft has now come into force. (Dassault)  Egypt's contract with France for a further 30 Dassault Rafale combat aircraft came into force on 15 November.  The manufacturer announced that the contract signed on 4 May to bring Egypt's total Rafale fleet from 24 up to 54 aircraft has now been activated.  As announced earlier in the year, Egypt is to acquire the additional Rafales for EUR3.8 billion (USD4.6 billion) via a 10-year loan.  Egypt signed for its first 24 Rafales (16 Rafale...

Russia begins S-400 deliveries to India

By Rahul Bedi 15 November 2021
Russia is expected to complete deliveries of the S-400 system to India by 2023. (Janes/Peter Felstead))  Russia has started delivery of the first of five Almaz-Antey S-400 Triumf S-400 self-propelled surface-to-air missile systems to the Indian Air Force (IAF).  Dmitriy Shugaev, head of Russia's Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC), told the Russian Sputniknews agency on 14 November that delivery of the first S-400 system will be completed “on schedule” by the end of 2021. All further deliveries were “going [ahead] as p...
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