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  • Japan outlines industrial reforms in new defence policy

    Key Points Japan needs to enhance the resilience and competition of its national defence industry, according to a new defence policy The reforms include measures to support greater levels of localised industrial support for imported military systems Japan’s new National Defense Program

  • KAI announces Korean aerospace development strategy

    Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) has proposed to support the development of South Korea’s national aerospace sector over the coming decade and beyond. KAI said its ‘aerospace industry development strategy’ is intended to support the growth of small and medium-sized (SMEs)

  • Subaru invests in US and Japanese technology firms

    Japan’s Subaru Corporation (formerly Fuji Heavy Industries) has announced its investment in three technology companies – two in the US and one in Japan – as part of efforts to expand its aerospace profile. Subaru said on 15 January that it has completed investments in US firms Bye

  • Azerbaijan, Aselsan to produce communications equipment

    Turkey’s Aselsan has signed an agreement with the Baku-based Jihaz Production Association to jointly manufacture military communications equipment in Azerbaijan. The Ministry of Defence Industry of the Azerbaijani Republic (MODIAR) made the announcement on 14 January, adding that the

  • General Atomics builds Belgian industrial team

    US unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) manufacturer General Atomics announced the teaming with five Belgian organisations on 15 January as part of the sale of MQ-9B SkyGuardian UAVs to the country. Memoranda of understanding (MOU) were signed between General Atomics and SABCA, Thales Belgium, Esterline,

  • Russian State Defence Order spending drops 4% for 2019

    Key Points Russia will spend RUB1.44 trillion on military equipment in 2019 Strategic missile platforms and systems are to be prioritised in a continued modernisation drive Russian spending on military equipment is expected to amount to RUB1.44 trillion (USD21.6 billion) in 2019, defence minister

  • Spanish defence budget to rise 1.6%

    Spain’s defence spending is set to rise by 1.6% to EUR8.53 billion (USD9.76 billion) in 2019 as part of the overall government budget presented to parliament by Treasury Minister María Jesús Montero on 14 January. It is the first budget drawn up since the Spanish Socialist

  • Surface Navy 2019: Leonardo DRS sees USCG cutter deal to create more US opportunity

    Leonardo DRS won the contract recently to provide the hybrid electric drive system for the US Coast Guard (USCG) second Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC) and the company sees the deal as potential door-opener for future US Navy (USN) work. Under the contract awarded by USCG OPC prime contractor Eastern

  • Update: DARPA awards contracts for Blackjack small satellite programme

    Key Points DARPA recently awarded contracts for its Blackjack small satellite effort Blackjack is an architecture demonstration intending to show military utility of global LEO small satellite constellations The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded a handful of

  • USAF improves approach to small business/research outreach

    The US Air Force has introduced a number of changes to the way it supports the collaboration between small businesses and research institutions in an attempt to encourage interest in the development of new technologies. The service is modifying its Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business

  • India outlines procurement process amendments

    The Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has published a consolidated list of amendments to its procurement procedures that, taken together, are intended to ensure “timely delivery of equipment to the armed forces”, it has said. The MoD said that the new list of amendments to the Defence

  • Surface Navy 2019: BAE Systems investing in software-defined SIGINT systems

    BAE Systems is investing in making its signals intelligence (SIGINT) systems software-defined and open architecture (OA) to enable customers to rapidly pursue new threat signals. Joshua Niedzwiecki, director of the company’s adaptive sensors business, told Jane’s on 14 January that

  • Thailand looks to procure more VT-4 tanks from China

    The Royal Thai Army (RTA) is reportedly seeking cabinet approval to procure additional VT-4 main battle tanks (MBTs) made by the China North Industries Corporation (Norinco). Local media reported on 16 January that the RTA proposal features the acquisition of an additional 14 units at a cost of

  • BAE Systems to open office in expanded Georgia cyber centre

    BAE Systems has announced that it plans to lease an office within the Georgia Cyber Center in Augusta, which has just been expanded to encourage more companies to invest in the growing industry within the US state. The company said that by locating itself at the centre, which boasts having received

  • South Korea launches ‘smart defence’ group

    South Korea’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) has established a forum to promote the integration of 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR) technologies into the Republic of Korea (RoK) Armed Forces. The MND said on 16 January that the 4IR ‘smart defence innovation promotion group’ is

  • India eases defence licencing requirements

    The Indian government has eased defence industrial licencing requirements in a move intended to benefit local small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). In a revised list of defence items published by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry earlier in January the government has removed a requirement

  • SAIC completes acquisition of Engility

    Science Applications International Corp (SAIC) has announced that it has completed the acquisition of Engility Holdings, which will now become a wholly owned subsidiary of the government services provider. Under the deal, which was first announced in September 2018, Engility will be incorporated

  • Serbia unveils indigenously developed pods for H145M helicopters

    During a visit by Defence Minister Aleksandar Vulin on 11 January, the Serbian Ministry of Defence’s Military Technical Institute displayed the newest weapons and military systems it is assessing before they are delivered to the Serbian Armed Forces. This included an L80-07 rocket pod

  • South Korea launches defence blockchain project

    South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) has launched a programme to encourage local industry to develop blockchain technologies for military applications. DAPA said on 15 January that the project, through which the agency is offering domestic industry access to

  • Rafael/Stolero issues second bid attempt for Aeronautics

    A new joint offer from Rafael and businessman Avichai Stolero to acquire all of the shares in unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) firm Aeronautics has been proposed via a bid worth ILS850 million (USD231 million), nearly doubling an original offer made by the two in 2018. Developments surrounding the

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