• AAD 2018: Leonardo signs M-345 development agreement with Paramount

    Leonardo and Paramount Group have signed a letter of intent (LOI), under which they will jointly evaluate developing an armed version of the former’s M-345 jet trainer for the African market. Signed during the Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) 2018 show held in Pretoria, the companies said

  • US imposes sanctions on China’s military procurement branch

    The United States has imposed sanctions on China’s defence procurement agency, the Equipment Development Department (EDD), following its acquisition of military equipment from Russia. The US State Department said on 20 September that the EDD’s recent acquisition of Russian materiel

  • Czechs and Slovaks to pursue joint procurement

    The prime ministers of the Czech Republic and Slovakia announced plans for their respective countries to co-operate more closely on defence procurement after a meeting in Kosice, eastern Slovakia, on 17 September. Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis and his Slovak counterpart, Peter Pellegrini,

  • Russia restarts naval exercises off Syria

    Russian naval forces have launched a new series of exercises across the eastern Mediterranean in a move that could limit the ability of Israeli aircraft to strike at targets in Syria. The Russian military issued a notice to airmen (NOTAMs) on 18 September closing off nine exercise areas of airspace

  • Russia’s advanced military helicopters to get new rocket pods

    New Russian combat and military transport helicopters will be armed with the 9-A-5013 80 mm rocket pods developed by JSC Zaslon, a source from the company told Jane’s . “The 9-A-5013 pod has been developed for the Mil Mi-28NM combat helicopter. It features modular design and can be

  • Second Project 677 Lada-class submarine launches

    The Russian Navy’s second Project 677 Lada-class submarine diesel-electric attack submarine, Kronshtadt , was launched in a ceremony at Admiralty Shipyards on 20 September. Kronshtadt and third boat Velikiye Luki (ex- Sevastopol ) were laid down in 2005 and 2006 respectively, but construction

  • Elbit wins USD173 million naval weapons contract for Asia-Pacific country

    Elbit Systems has received a USD173 million contract to supply naval remote-controlled weapon stations (RCWSs) to an unspecified country in the Asia-Pacific region. The systems, which comprise lightweight and fully stabilised setups each incorporating a 12.7 mm machine gun, will be installed

  • Thai company Panus unveils HMV-420 vehicle

    Thai company Panus Assembly has unveiled a 4x4 military vehicle that it hopes to supply to the Royal Thai Armed Forces. The HMV-420 high mobility vehicle (HMV) is based on the company’s HMV-150 platform, which was unveiled in 2017 and, in turn, is based on a re-engineered and upgraded

  • Australian entities renew submarine support arrangement

    Australian shipbuilder ASC and the government’s Defence Science and Technology (DST) Group have signed an agreement to facilitate continued collaboration on supporting Royal Australian Navy (RAN) submarines. State-owned ASC said in a press release on 18 September that the agreement will be

  • Australia approves USD800 million defence fuel programme

    The Australian government has approved an AUD1.1 billion (USD800 million) ‘Defence Fuel Transformation Programme’ aimed at delivering “a safer, simpler and a more assured defence fuel network in partnership with industry” over the coming 30 years, Minister for Defence

  • Brazilian Navy signs offset deal with Elbit Systems

    Brazil’s Navy Aeronautical Directorate (DAerM) signed an offset agreement on behalf of the Brazilian Navy with M7 Aerospace and Elbit Systems on 12 September. The offset work packages, valued at approximately USD110 million, are to be executed by AEL Sistemas, a Brazilian operation of Elbit

  • France and Vietnam deepen defence engagement

    France and Vietnam have signed an agreement to frame expanded defence collaboration over the coming decade. The joint vision statement on defence co-operation 2018–2028 was signed on 18 September during Vietnamese Defence Minister Ngo Xuan Lich’s visit to Paris. The new agreement,

  • Kazakhstan announces defence areas for R&D investment

    The Kazakhstan Ministry of Defence and Aerospace Industries (MoDAI) announced on 18 September the outcomes of a recent meeting of the country’s National Scientific Council on the target areas of development for its defence-industrial base. At the meeting, held on 14 September, it was decided

  • Serbia reportedly agrees UCAV deal with China

    Serbia has reportedly agreed to procure unmanned combat air vehicles (UCAVs) from China in a package that also includes technology transfers and localised production. Serbian news agencies on 18 September quoted the country’s deputy defence minister, Nenad Miloradovic – who is

  • Qatari Typhoon, Hawk contract goes into effect

    The contract that Qatar signed covering the supply of 24 Eurofighter Typhoon multirole fighters and nine Hawk advanced jet trainers has become effective, prime contractor BAE Systems reported to the London Stock Exchange on 18 September. “The contract valued at approximately GBP5 billion

  • AFA 2018: Mercury Systems offers a new processing blade for on-platform processing

    Mercury Systems has introduced a new processing blade for advanced on-platform processing, machine learning, and artificial intelligence (AI) applications. Each EnsembleSeries LDS3517 blade combines an Intel Xeon D server-class processor, a Xilinx UltraScale field-programmable gate array (FPGA),

  • AFA 2018: Sikorsky enters final stages of Combat Rescue Helicopter development

    Sikorsky is entering the final stages of HH-60W Combat Rescue Helicopter (CRH) development and expects the first two engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) aircraft to soon start flight testing. Tim Healy, company director of air force programmes, told Jane’s on 19 September at the

  • AFA 2018: Top US Air Force acquisition official hopes for new ejection seat in FY 2020 budget

    Key Points A top USAF acquisition official hopes to have money in the FY 2020 budget for the Next-Generation Ejection Seat programme It will formally get the programme moving towards procurement A top US Air Force (USAF) acquisition official hopes the service will allocate money in the fiscal

  • IDF says Syrian military entirely responsible for downing Russian Il-20

    In response to Moscow’s allegation that Israeli jets used the Il-20 that was shot down on 17 September as cover for an airstrike, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has blamed indiscriminate fire by Syrian air defence units for the loss of the Russian electronic intelligence aircraft. In a rare

  • Indian MoD approves procurements worth USD1.25 billion

    India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has approved the procurement of military equipment worth INR91 billion (USD1.25 billion), including two regiments of the Akash self-propelled, surface-to-air missile (SAM) system. The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), which is headed by Defence Minister

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