• German MoD, Munich prosecutor both probing Airbus

    The German Ministry of Defence (MoD) and the public prosecutor’s office in Munich are both investigating whether Airbus employees improperly obtained internal customer documents from two future German procurement projects, the two agencies said on 19 September. In a statement, a German MoD

  • Industry group head urges US Air Force to better engage with Future Vertical Lift

    Key Points The head of an industry group suggests the US Air Force better engage with the Pentagon on its Future Vertical Lift programme The USAF wants to investigate the utility of electric VTOL aircraft, but the industry group chief believes this will not provide the necessary military utility

  • North Macedonia trains Bulgarian, Polish military pilots

    North Macedonia’s Pilot Training Center (PTC) will train almost 60 Polish and 30 Bulgarian military pilots over the coming weeks, Defence Minister Radmila Shekerinska announced during a visit to the facility on 13 September. The PTC was established to train military and police helicopter

  • CACI opening cyber R&D facility in Texas

    CACI International, which is based in Arlington, Virginia, plans to open an office in Port San Antonio, Texas, on 20 September to conduct research and development (R&D) on cyber security and cyber space. CACI personnel at the new 8,000 ft 2 facility will work with the US Air Force and other

  • DAPA launches R&D testing portal

    South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) has launched an online portal to support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) gain access to government-run defence testing facilities. DAPA said the portal – launched on 20 September – is intended to better

  • India’s BEL opens product R&D centre

    India’s Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) has inaugurated a new facility to lead the company’s efforts to expand through research and development (R&D). BEL said its new Product Development & Innovation Centre (PD&IC) – located in its Bangalore headquarters – will

  • Japan, New Zealand deepen defence ties

    Japan and New Zealand have agreed to deepen defence ties as part of a commitment to boost their bilateral strategic partnership, the two governments said on 19 September. Following talks in Tokyo between Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his visiting New Zealand counterpart Jacinda

  • L3Harris seeing benefits of recent merger

    L3Harris, which was formed less than three months ago with the merger of L3 Technologies and Harris Corp, is starting to realise substantial, tangible benefits from that combination, according to a company official. For example, L3Harris is now big enough to compete for prime contractor roles in

  • Czech SHORAD procurement delayed

    The Czech Ministry of Defence (MoD) has delayed the Army of the Czech Republic’s (ACR’s) CZK10 billion (USD427 million) short-range air defence (SHORAD) system procurement. Deputy Defence Minister Filip Ríha told Jane’s recently that the contract would be concluded at the

  • Airbus discloses possible employee misconduct on German work

    Airbus has notified German authorities that “several” of its employees may have committed “wrongdoings” with customer documents for two future German procurement projects, according to a brief statement from the aerospace company. The projects are in the communications,

  • Australian, US universities to collaborate on autonomous vehicles

    The Australian government has provided funding to four local universities to collaborate with counterparts from the United States to develop next-generation autonomous vehicles. The Australian Department of Defence said on 18 September that the project is intended to improve autonomous

  • HAL signals near-term growth opportunities

    India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has said it is in position to achieve strong near-term growth due to its orderbook sales, a commitment to research and development (R&D), and its growing repairs and overhauls business. The company, based in Bangalore, said in a presentation to

  • MBDA and Bharat Dynamics agree to missile assembly in India

    MBDA has signed an agreement with India’s Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) to support the production of the European company’s missile systems in India. Under the memorandum of understanding (MOU) the two firms will collaborate on setting up a final assembly, integration and test (FAIT)

  • Northrop Grumman revamps business units

    Northrop Grumman is eliminating three of its four main business units and creating three new ones under a reorganisation that the US defence contractor unveiled on 18 September. The new ‘operating sectors’ are Aeronautics Systems, Defense Systems and Space Systems. Of the four old

  • Austria increases defence spending

    Austria’s acting defence minister Lieutenant General Thomas Starlinger on 17 September presented his ministry’s report Unser Heer (Our army) 2030 calling for an increase in defence spending from the current EUR2.4 billion (USD2.7 billion) to EUR3.1 billion in 2020. The report calls for

  • Lockheed Martin begins building two new weapons factories

    Lockheed Martin broke ground this month on two new weapons factories in the southern US states of Alabama and Arkansas. The two-building facility in Courtland, Alabama, will assemble, integrate, and test hypersonic strike weapons, a growing focus of the US Department of Defense. Over the next three

  • Sweden proposes 2020 budget

    Sweden has proposed a defence budget of SEK64.8 billion (USD7.3 billion) for 2020. This marked an 8% nominal rise over the prior year and boosts spending to 1.25% of GDP. The 2020 state budget proposal was submitted by the government to the Swedish Parliament on 18 September. The increase for 2020

  • Rohde & Schwarz and MESIT establish JV

    Rohde & Schwarz announced on 18 September that it has established a joint venture (JV) called DICOM with MESIT, a subsidiary of the OMNIPOL group of companies. MESIT is the majority shareholder in DICOM, which is based in Uherské Hradište in the Czech Republic. DICOM was the

  • UK acknowledges it broke court order on sales to Saudi

    Secretary of State for International Trade Liz Truss has admitted that the UK government authorised “inadvertent breaches” of a June 2019 court order halting new export licences for military equipment to Saudi Arabia. Another licence regarding the export of radar components for onward

  • AEC outlines growth, localisation plans

    Saudi Arabia’s Advanced Electronics Company (AEC) is expecting significant growth following its forthcoming acquisition by Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI), the company’s President and CEO Abdulaziz Al Duailej has told Jane’s . “We are expecting that it will

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