• Bayraktar TB2 UAVs enter service with Qatar

    Bayraktar TB2 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have been seen in a Qatari military exercise for the first time. The Qatari Ministry of Defence released footage on 1 April showing Exercise ‘Al-Adheed 2020’ that included brief clips of a Bayraktar TB2 taxiing and taking off. The UAV was

  • Covid-19: Spain prepares C295 air ambulance

    The Spanish Air Force has prepared a C295 transport to serve as an air ambulance during the Covid-19 crisis. An intensive care unit has been tested aboard the aircraft, which can carry three seriously and four less seriously injured, the Ministry of Defence said on 3 April. It will be operated by

  • Covid-19: Boeing extends production pause in Seattle area

    Boeing is extending the production pause at its Seattle-area factories “until further notice”, saying it needs more time to improve defences against coronavirus (Covid-19). During the continued suspension, the Chicago-based aircraft manufacturer plans to implement additional measures to

  • Covid-19: KAI’s FA-50 export plans put on hold in Argentina

    Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) has said its plans to re-engage with Argentina over the potential export of FA-50 Fighting Eagle light attack aircraft have been delayed as a result of of Covid-19. A KAI official was quoted by local media news agencies as saying that the coronavirus pandemic has

  • Leidos lines up partners for Australian UAV requirement

    The Australian subsidiary of the US government services group Leidos has teamed with Israeli firm Aeronautics to support a bid to replace the Australian Army’s Shadow 200 Tactical Unmanned Aerial System (TUAS) through project Land 129 Phase 3. Leidos Australia said on 7 April that the

  • Covid-19: CAE furloughs 2,600 employees

    CAE is furloughing 2,600 employees, or about 25% of its global workforce, and placing another 900 employees on a reduced work week to cope with the air travel slump caused by the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), according to the Canada-based training systems provider. The company is also suspending

  • Covid-19: Indra withdraws plan for temporary layoffs

    Indra has dropped an initial plan to temporarily lay off some of its Spanish workforce and cut wages because of the effects of Covid-19, but says that it will keep talking with trade unions while cutting senior executive salaries. The company will continue to “seek a channel” with

  • Covid-19: BAE Systems outlines supply-chain commitment in Australia

    BAE Systems Australia has outlined a commitment to work with its supply network to help companies overcome challenges related to the impact of Covid-19. The company said in a press release that its supply chain is “critical for the continuation of defence work” in Australia and that it

  • Covid-19: Croatia postpones fighter procurement

    Croatia’s ongoing fighter procurement process was postponed on 2 April as a result of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković said, “In these circumstances, we have decided to postpone until further notice the acquisition process for fighter

  • Covid-19: Fincantieri extends production pause

    Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri, which suspended production in its home country for two weeks in March due to the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), has extended the stoppage into April. To protect its employees and subcontractors, Fincantieri ceased production in Italy on 16 March, including at naval

  • Covid-19: US Air Force, Boeing reach deal on KC-46A fixes and funding

    Key Points The US Air Force and Boeing reached an agreement to revamp the KC-46A remote vision system The USAF will also provide Boeing with USD882 million in previously withheld payments to help the company deal with Covid-19 industrial base issues Boeing and the US Air Force (USAF) on 2 April

  • Covid-19: US taking steps to support small defence businesses during pandemic

    The United States, including congressional lawmakers and the US Air Force (USAF) is taking steps to better support and guide small defence businesses during the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. Ohio lawmakers called on the Pentagon on 1 April to provide better guidance to small businesses,

  • Japan’s Subaru sets up F-X technology unit

    Japan’s Subaru Corporation is to set up a unit to develop technologies in support of the Japanese government’s project to develop and build a next-generation fighter aircraft. The group said in a recent statement that its Subaru Aerospace Company will establish a Technology Development

  • Raytheon, UTC complete merger

    Raytheon and United Technologies Corporation (UTC) completed their long-planned merger on 3 April, creating a US-based defence contractor called Raytheon Technologies Corporation (RTC). The combined company has about USD74 billion in annual net sales and about 195,000 employees, making it one of

  • Covid-19: Boeing shuts down rotorcraft sites in Philadelphia

    Boeing has temporarily closed its helicopter and tiltrotor manufacturing sites in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, as part of wider company and national efforts to help contain the coronavirus pandemic. The shutdown of the Ridley Township facility affects the CH/MH-47 Chinook, V-22 Osprey, and MH-139A

  • Covid-19: Wuhan defence companies ‘making up for lost time’

    The military-industrial complex in Wuhan – the city in China most severely affected by Covid-19 – is “going back to normal and making up for lost time”, the state-owned Global Times newspaper reported on 2 April. For much of January and February, defence companies in the

  • Covid-19: Boeing, TransDigm to trim staffs, GE Aviation to furlough thousands

    Boeing will cut the size of its workforce through employee buyouts to help it survive the commercial aviation downturn caused by the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), the US-based aircraft manufacturer announced on 2 April. In a letter to employees, Dave Calhoun, Boeing’s president and CEO,

  • Lockheed Martin contracted to deliver F-16s to Bulgaria

    Lockheed Martin has been awarded USD512 million to deliver eight F-16V Block 70 Fighting Falcon combat aircraft to Bulgaria. The Foreign Military Sales (FMS) contract, announced by the US Department of Defense (DoD) on 2 April, includes USD4.2 million of unspecified pre-priced options, and will run

  • Germany’s defence procurement reforms become law

    Germany’s Bundeswehr armed forces will be able to buy equipment more quickly under a new law that took effect on 2 April, according to the Federal Ministry of Defence. The law, which the German government approved in October, will allow the Bundeswehr to accelerate its procurement of urgently

  • Texmaco sells off stake in defence firm

    Indian firm Texmaco Rail and Engineering has announced the sale of a stake in its affiliated defence company, although the name of buyer has not been disclosed. The group said in a stock exchange filing on 1 April that it has divested a 10% stake in Texmaco Defence Systems and that the defence firm

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