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  • India’s DRDO grants free patent access to local industry to boost indigenous production

    India’s government-run Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has decided to grant local materiel manufacturers free access to technology for many of its patents in a bid to boost New Delhi’s ‘Make in India’ initiative. In an internal communication issued in

  • US GAO’s sustain rate for bid protests declines slightly

    The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) sustained 13% of the bid protests it “resolved on the merits” in fiscal year 2019 (FY 2019), according to the congressional watchdog. That percentage was down slightly from the previous year’s 15% sustain rate, the GAO wrote in a new

  • CAE names top defence executive for Canada

    Montreal-based CAE has appointed France Hébert as vice-president of defence and security for Canada, making her the company’s top executive in the Canadian defence market. Hébert, who previously led the land C4ISR business area at General Dynamics Mission Systems - Canada, will

  • Curtiss-Wright exploring defence acquisitions

    Curtiss-Wright is prepared to invest up to USD1.6 billion to acquire other businesses and is looking at potential deals in several sectors, including defence electronics, according to an official at the US-based company. “We have plenty of dry powder and the willingness to commit the

  • Japan looks to boost exports of defence components

    Japan is focusing on building its defence export profile through transfers of components and subsystems while continuing efforts to secure an initial sale of a major platform, the Acquisition, Technology & Logistics Agency (ATLA) has told Jane’s . Japan lifted a long-standing and

  • Quickstep, Radius collaborate on F-35 composites

    Australia firm Quickstep Holdings Limited has entered an agreement with US-based Radius Engineering to collaborate on setting up a facility in Australia to support the production of composite housings for Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter countermeasure flares. The arrangement

  • Rheinmetall’s sales rise on defence strength

    The Rheinmetall Group’s sales grew 3.1% to EUR4.3 billion (USD4.7 billion) in the first nine months of this year, as gains in the Defence sector more than offset declines in the Automotive sector, according to the German technology company. “Thanks above all to the strong defence

  • Triumph Group eyes more defence work

    Triumph Group, which makes and repairs aircraft parts, is pursuing several opportunities to grow its share of robust US defence spending, according to the Pennsylvania-based company. Daniel Crowley, Triumph’s president and CEO, said on 8 November that he recently met with US defence officials

  • Ukraine to revive BTR-4 contract

    The Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has instructed the Ukrainian cabinet of ministers to consider an extension to the BTR-4E armoured vehicle contract with Ukroboronprom. The deal was cancelled in August 2019, according to a 7 November Ukroboronprom press release. Zelensky spoke after a

  • Ukraine to spend 3% of GDP on defence in 2020

    Ukraine will spend 3% of GDP on defence in 2020, totalling UAH136 billion (USD5.539 billion), Defence Minister Andriy Zahorodniuk said during the second reading of Ukraine’s draft state budget during the country’s cabinet of ministers on 5 November. The spending is part of a wider

  • Hyundai, Philippines to co-operate on navy projects

    South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) and the Philippines Department of National Defense (DND) have signed an agreement to expand collaboration on meeting the future requirements of the Philippine Navy (PN). The memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed on 8 November at the

  • Leonardo revenues up 10.8% in first nine months of 2019

    Italy's defence and aerospace manufacturer Leonardo published financial results covering the first nine months of its 2019 financial year on 7 November, showing a EUR894 million (USD988 million), or 10.8%, rise in sales year on year. The company’s earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT)

  • US Army modifying M1070A1 HET tractors to transport tanks along EU highways

    The US Army is looking to transport its M1 Abrams main battle tanks across European highways, with an eye toward military conflict with Russia. The service is ‘rebaselining’ its M1070A1 Heavy Equipment Transporter (HET) tractors to boost its payload capability and get it into compliance

  • Airbus DS to offer improved A330 MRTT

    Airbus Defence and Space (DS) announced an improved variant of the A330-200 Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft during the annual Trade Media Briefing (TMB), held at the company’s Manching facility near Munich. The improved aircraft is geared towards a number of expanding roles and

  • Huntington Ingalls revenue rises 6.5% in Q3

    US-based Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced on 7 November that its third-quarter revenue totalled USD2.2 billion, up 6.5% from a year ago owing mainly to recent acquisitions by its Technical Solutions division and higher volume at its Newport News Shipbuilding division. At Technical

  • Pentagon intensifies warning over pending programme delays

    With the US House of Representatives set to begin public impeachment hearings for President Donald Trump, the military services are ramping up their warnings of programme delays if lawmakers fail to pass a fiscal year 2020 (FY 2020) defence spending bill. Nearly a month-and-a-half into FY 2020, the

  • Raytheon will sell Forcepoint cyber firm at ‘right time’

    US defence contractor Raytheon plans to sell its Forcepoint cyber-security firm at some point but has no specific time frame for doing so, according to officials at the parent company. Forcepoint is “doing some good things … and I think we’ll go to the market at the right time

  • Malaysia ramps up anti-corruption effort

    The Malaysian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has said it is implementing new policies to ensure that defence procurement is free of corruption. It said in a statement on 4 November that its anti-corruption focus is in line with the government’s objective to enhance the integrity and transparency

  • Subaru boosts aerospace sales

    The Subaru Corporation has announced strong gains in the first half of fiscal year (FY) 2019–20, partly supported through growth in its aerospace sector. The Japanese company said on 6 November that its revenue in the period increased 7.7% year-on-year (y/y) to JPY1.6 trillion (USD14.7

  • Australian summit aims to boost industry skills

    The Australian Department of Defence (DoD) is seeking to drive a growth in defence industry skills through a new forum inaugurated in Perth on 6 November. The DoD said the National Defence Industry Skilling and Workforce Summit will support efforts to ensure Australia has the skills required to

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