HEADLINES

  • EDA’s capability planning moment of truth approaches in 2020 as Prague and Rome battle to lead the agency

    As the Czech Republic and Italy compete for leadership of the European Defence Agency (EDA), its outgoing head, Jorge Domecq, says 2020 will be an acid test for the EU’s defence ambitions and for signs the member states intend to align their capability planning. The agency’s first full

  • WBB acquires Decisive Analytics

    Decisive Analytics Corporation (DAC), which performs engineering and analysis for the US Department of Defense and US Intelligence Community, has been acquired by Whitney, Bradley & Brown (WBB). DAC’s expertise in such areas as cyber security, data analytics, life-cycle logistics, machine

  • Sikorsky-Boeing SB>1 Defiant exceeds 100 kt in recent flight

    Key Points The SB>1 Defiant helicopter topped 100 kt in a recent flight test Sikorsky-Boeing has faced engineering challenges with the aircraft as the other JMR-TD aircraft, the Bell V-280, has topped 300+ kt The Sikorsky-Boeing SB>1 Defiant coaxial helicopter exceeded 100 kt during a 13

  • JFD acquires Ansti Test Systems

    Ansti Test Systems, a British company that makes test facilities for underwater breathing equipment, has been acquired by JFD, part of UK-based industrial conglomerate James Fisher and Sons. Ansti, whose products measure the performance of breathing apparatus and display that information in real

  • Raptor Scientific names new CEO

    Raptor Scientific, a new US measurement and testing firm focused on aerospace and defence, has named industry veteran Derek Coppinger as its CEO. Coppinger was previously vice president at Newcastle Systems, which provides mobile workstations and portable power systems. He is a former chief

  • Seoul expands loan support for SMEs

    South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) has outlined a new funding programme for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the defence sector. DAPA said on 17 January that through its ‘defence industry preservation loan project’ it would make available

  • HII, Rafael appoint several executives

    US shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) and Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems have recently announced several key personnel appointments. HII has named Matt Needy as vice-president of navy programmes in its Newport News Shipbuilding division, replacing Ken Mahler who is

  • Damen to develop shipbuilding facility in Bangladesh

    Dutch shipbuilder Damen and Australian services company Gentium Solutions have signed an agreement with Bangladesh’s Ministry of Industries to develop shipbuilding capability in the South Asian country. In a statement, Damen said the memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed on 14 January

  • India, Finland sign defence industry accord

    India and Finland have signed an agreement to support collaboration on defence research, development, and production. The memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed in New Delhi on 15 January by India’s Defence Secretary Ajay Kumar and Finnish Permanent Defence Secretary Jukka Juusti. In a

  • Surface Navy 2020: Potential USN ammo could turn LCS into counter-drone ship

    A new kind of ammunition round being pursued by Northrop Grumman for the on-board Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) gun system could help the US Navy (USN) counter drone attacks, according to Kevin Knowles, the head of business development for LCS/Unmanned Surface Vessel programmes. Northrop Grumman has

  • Rocket Lab building new facility in California

    US space startup Rocket Lab has begun building a new facility in Long Beach, California, that will house its corporate headquarters, additional production capacity, and a second mission control center. The company, which launches small satellites into space, said on 14 January that it expects to

  • Surface Navy 2020: Insitu to outfit entire USCG national security cutter fleet with ScanEagles by end of year

    Insitu is on pace to supply its ScanEagle endurance mini-unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to the US Coast Guard’s (USCG’s) entire national security cutter (NSC) fleet by the end of 2020, according to a company official. Ron Tremain, Insitu senior business executive for Department of

  • Ex-Lockheed Martin executive joins Mercury Systems board

    Mercury Systems, a fast-growing US defence electronics company, announced on 14 January that it has named former Lockheed Martin executive Orlando Carvalho to its nine-member board of directors. Carvalho succeeds longtime Mercury board member George Muellner, a former Boeing executive who died last

  • Indonesia increases 2020 defence budget to nearly USD10 billion

    The Indonesian government has approved an increase in the proposed defence budget for 2020, taking the allocation to IDR131.2 trillion (USD9.6 billion). The new figure amounts to a year-on-year increase of 20% and a rise of IDR3.8 trillion over the originally proposed 2020 defence allocation of

  • China’s Norinco registers ‘steady growth’ in 2019

    China North Industries Corporation (Norinco), China’s most important military vehicle manufacturer, said on 14 January that it had achieved its “steady growth target” for fiscal year 2019. The state-owned group said its revenues in 2019 reached CNY212.5 billion (USD31 billion), a

  • European naval joint venture Naviris becomes ‘fully operational’

    Naviris, the joint venture (JV) that Italy’s Fincantieri and France’s Naval Group recently created to co-operate on naval projects, is now “fully operational” and can begin its work, according to a 14 January news release. Key personnel appointments have been made, and

  • Australia sees surge in defence exports permits

    The value of permits issued to Australian defence exporters reached a record of nearly AUD5 billion (USD3.5 billion) in fiscal year (FY) 2018/19, figures published by Australia’s Defence Export Controls (DEC) – a branch under the Department of Defence (DoD) in Canberra – show. The

  • Dassault awarded future SIGINT aircraft programme contract

    The Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA) French procurement agency has officially awarded the signals intelligence (SIGINT) aircraft ARCHANGE contract to Dassault Aviation and Thales on 30 December 2019, the agency announced on Twitter on 14 January. In a press release, Dassault

  • Leonardo secures USN training helo requirement

    Leonardo has secured the US Navy’s (USN’s) TH-XX training helicopter replacement requirement, with a USD176.5 million contract awarded on 13 January. The award by the US Department of Defense (DoD) covers 32 of the Italian company’s AW119-derived helicopters, due to be delivered

  • Aviation suppliers Hexcel, Woodward to merge

    US aircraft parts makers Hexcel and Woodward have announced plans to merge, saying the combined company will create efficiencies by offering a broader product portfolio and pooling research and development efforts. According to a 12 January news release, the new firm will be “one of the

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