HEADLINES

  • Denel looking for T5-52 howitzer sale in Asia

    Denel Land Systems is in negotiations with an Asian country to purchase the company’s latest T5-52 wheeled self-propelled artillery system, a company source told Jane’s . The source said negotiations with the undisclosed country were ongoing and that other countries had also shown

  • Indian MoD approves INR2.5 billion worth of procurements

    India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) approved procurements and projects worth INR2.5 billion (USD36.4 million) for the Indian armed forces on 20 March. Official sources said the bulk of the allocation by the MoD’s Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), which is headed by Defence Minister

  • Russian helicopters receive new NVG system

    Russia’s military rotary-wing aircraft fleet has been fully refitted with new night vision goggles (NVG), a source from the country’s aerospace industry has told Jane’s . “Following an incident on 12 April 2016, when a Mil Mi-28N attack helicopter crashed in Syria due to a

  • Thales opens engineering facility in Romania

    French defence and aerospace company Thales announced on 21 March that it had opened an ‘Engineering Competence Centre’ in Romanian capital Bucharest. The new facility, which will serve all of the company’s markets, will contribute to its goal of employing more than 1,000 people

  • MBDA revenues increase, order backlog grows

    European missile manufacturing consortium MBDA announced in its annual results that the firm’s order book had hit a record EUR17.4 billion (USD19.78 billion) following an absolute-terms increase of EUR600 million. “This backlog is important as it provides us with important coverage and

  • Philippines signals procurement reform

    The Philippines Department of National Defence (DND) has outlined a commitment to introduce additional reforms to improve the country’s military procurement processes. The DND said the emphasis of new measures will be to enhance transparency and to enable acquisitions to be more responsive to

  • RUAG unbundling plans take shape

    The Swiss government has crystallised its plans for the future of defence firm RUAG, following a meeting of the country’s Federal Council. Under plans submitted by RUAG and approved by the government, RUAG Holdings will be split into two organisations: MRO Switzerland and RUAG International.

  • BAE Systems Australia develops new supply chain system

    BAE Systems Australia has teamed with a domestic industry organisation to develop a system to enhance supply chain integration, the company announced on 18 March. The approach will be tested on the Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF’s) new Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike

  • South Korea outlines technology initiatives

    South Korea’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) has announced a series of initiatives to support the introduction of next-generation military technologies to boost the capabilities of the both country’s armed forces and its national defence industry. The MND said on 18 March that the

  • Elbit attributes revenues boost to 2018 acquisitions

    Elbit Systems has reported a 9% increase in revenues year on year in 2018, attributed to an uptick in the sales of land systems in Europe through both its existing business and that of the newly-acquired IMI, as well as a boost to its commercial avionics sales via its new US subsidiary. As of 31

  • UK holds Team Tempest industry day

    The UK government has drawn together representatives from the across the nation’s defence aerospace industry to engage on the Tempest future fighter and other aspects of the wider Future Combat Air System (FCAS). The event, held at Farnborough on 19 March, was the first time that companies

  • Airbus and Hensoldt enter framework agreement for self-protection systems

    Airbus Helicopters and Hensoldt have entered into a long-term framework agreement covering the supply of a missile protection capability for a range of Airbus Helicopters’ military platforms. Signed at the end of 2018, the agreement covers an initial 10-year period during which orders can be

  • Curtiss-Wright completes acquisition of TCG

    Curtiss-Wright announced on 18 March that it had completed the acquisition of Tactical Communications Group (TCG) in a USD50 million cash deal. TCG will be incorporated into Curtiss-Wright’s defence business line, which will benefit from adding TCG’s tactical datalink software

  • More Russian defence companies hit by sanctions

    Six Russian defence companies have been hit by a new round of sanctions, the US Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced on 15 March. The US said the defence companies being sanctioned were operating in Crimea had benefited from the “misappropriated Ukrainian state

  • Airbus Helicopters offers H145M for Australian SOF role

    Airbus Helicopters has confirmed it is to bid its H145M battlefield support helicopter for Australia’s special forces requirement. The announcement, made by the company on 18 March, comes eight months after Jane’s first reported that Airbus was discussing with a potential customer a

  • DroneShield signs MOU with Saudi telecoms provider

    DroneShield and Saudi Arabia’s national telecommunications company Saudi Telecoms Company (STC) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) committing to the exploration of the potential for collaboration on counter-unmanned aerial vehicle (C-UAV) opportunities for government customers in

  • Lockheed Martin announces new appointments

    Lockheed Martin has announced that Roderick McLean has been appointed as vice-president and general manager for its Air Mobility & Maritime Missions business line, while Bridget Lauderdale will take on the same position within its Integrated Fighter Group division. As of 15 April, McLean

  • Lürssen forms Brunei joint venture

    German shipbuilder Lürssen has formed a joint venture (JV) with a company in Brunei to provide maintenance support for the Royal Brunei Navy (RBN). Brunei’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) said in a recent statement that the JV – named Muara Maritime Services (MMS) – has been

  • Malaysia revises contract for Littoral Mission Ships

    Key Points Malaysia has revised its four warship contract with a Chinese shipbuilder The revision is latest in a series of Sino-Malaysia emendations undertaken by the new government since taking power in mid-2018 A contract to build Littoral Mission Ships (LMSs) for the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN)

  • Pentagon budget 2020: US Army looks to boost ammunition coffers

    The US Army is once again stepping up its request to buy additional ammunition next year with plans to spend USD2.8 billion in fiscal year 2020 (FY 2020). In the Trump administration’s annual budget request to Congress the army outlined plans to spend nearly USD2.7 billion in its base budget

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