• 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

  • MBDA test fires Brimstone 3

    European missile house MBDA completed the first firing trial of the Brimstone 3 precision strike missile at the Vidsel Test Range in Sweden last month, the company has disclosed. Conducted in temperatures below -30°, the missile was surface launched against a pick-up truck target. MBDA said

  • 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

  • ST Engineering positions Bronco to meet Bv206 requirements

    Singapore Technologies Engineering (ST Engineering) is positioning its Bronco 3 to address the potential emerging requirements of current Bv206 users, according to Dominic Phoon, vice-president and product director of the Programme Management Office. The Bronco 3 was specifically designed for

  • 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

  • Seoul expands import substitution drive

    South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) has said it will expand its import substitution programme during 2019 as part of efforts to reduce dependency on foreign technologies and boost defence exports. DAPA said on 18 March that it will collaborate with local industry

  • US and India advance trade and technology initiative

    The United States and India have agreed to expand their joint initiative to develop defence trade and technology ties. In the latest round of talks under the US-India Defence Technology and Trade Initiative (DTTI) officials said additional areas for collaboration will include small unmanned aerial

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