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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Qatari industrial capabilities grow as procurements increase

    As the deal between Qatar and the United Kingdom for Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft has come into force, the development of Qatar’s defence industrial capabilities is continuing apace. Following on from the raft of defence collaboration agreements signed at the DIMDEX trade show in Doha in

  • Rare earths escape US tariffs on China

    The Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) released its finalised list of Chinese imports that are to be subject to tariffs from 24 September, however rare earths have escaped the imposition of duties. The list released by the USTR contains 5,745 full or partial lines of proposed goods of the

  • RNLAF ends Mideast mission to prepare for F-35

    The Dutch government will not extend the participation of Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) F-16s in coalition air operations against the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria beyond 31 December in order to begin conversion to the F-35 in 2019, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on its

  • L3 replaces president of communications business

    US defence electronics specialist L3 Technologies has appointed a new president of its newly rebranded communications systems business, the company announced on 17 September. Effective immediately, Sean J Stackley has been named senior vice president and president of what is now Communications and

  • South African government considers VR Laser buyout

    South Africa’s Public Investments Corporation (PIC) is considering taking part in a buyout of troubled steel supplier VR Laser. Deon Botha, head of corporate affairs at PIC, told Jane’s on 17 September that the PIC had received a proposal to participate in a buyout of VR Laser.

  • UK’s BBA Aviation acquires US aerospace component manufacturer

    British business and general aviation supplier BBA Aviation announced on 18 September that it is to acquire US aircraft component manufacturer Firstmark Corp. The acquisition, valued at USD97 million, remains dependent on governmental and regulatory approvals, but is expected to be completed before

  • Exports climb for China’s AVIC

    The Aviation Industry of China (AVIC) secured record exports of CNY96.7 billion (USD14.1 billion) in 2017, equal to 24% of its total revenues during the year, the state-owned corporation has revealed. AVIC said in a statement on 17 September that its export success is closely linked to its

  • Leonardo expands EW, cyber training facilities in UK

    Leonardo has expanded its electronic warfare (EW) and cyber training facilities in Lincoln, UK, in an effort to meet growing demand and improve its position for further export business. The EW facility was first established in 2009, and has worked alongside the Air Warfare Centre at Royal Air Force

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