• Sikorsky, Sierra Nevada will not protest UH-1N replacement award to Boeing

    Sikorsky and Sierra Nevada Corp (SNC) said on 9 October they will not protest the US Air Force’s (USAF’s) contract award to Boeing for the UH-1N replacement programme, allowing Boeing to move forward. SNC offered Sierra Force, a modernised (A-to-L) conversion of Sikorsky UH-60L Black

  • Airbus names new CEO

    Airbus announced on 8 October that Guillaume Faury will succeed Tom Enders as CEO when he leaves the role in April 2019. Mr Faury, who currently leads the company’s Commercial Aircraft division, first joined the Airbus business when he served in several management positions in what was then

  • Leonardo and Fincantieri recommit to naval joint venture

    Italian defence electronics and aerospace manufacturer Leonardo plans to “revamp” its joint venture with the country’s main naval supplier, Fincantieri, the company announced on 9 October. Orizzonte Sistemi Navali, a naval systems integrator and support provider, was created to

  • UAE signs for new-build and remanufactured Apaches

    The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is to procure new-build and remanufactured Boeing AH-64 Apache attack helicopters under a contract awarded to the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) on 5 October. The USD242.1 million award covers the purchase of nine new-build AH-64E Apache Guardians and the

  • Indra to supply Australia with mobile forensic lab for IED analysis

    Spain’s Indra has been awarded an AUD36 million (USD25.4 million) contract by the Australian government to design and manufacture a deployable forensic laboratory that will facilitate the rapid collection, analysis, and documentation of evidence from any incident involving an improvised

  • Norinco points to further expansion

    The China North Industries Corporation (Norinco) – China’s largest manufacturer of military vehicles and artillery systems – has said it is on target to post record annual turnover and profit. The state-owned group said in a recent press release that its sales revenues in the

  • Japan commits to local involvement in fighter programme

    Japan’s newly appointed defence minister, Takeshi Iwaya, has outlined a commitment to involve local industry in the programme to replace the Japan Air Self-Defense Force’s Mitsubishi F-2 fighter aircraft. However, speaking during a press conference on 5 October, Iwaya also rejected

  • Progress expected following resumption of tough Future Submarine negotiations

    Negotiations resumed in Canberra on 8 October between the Australian Department of Defence (DoD) and French shipbuilder Naval Group with hopes of an early break in the impasse over a strategic partnering agreement (SPA) for Australia’s AUD50 billion (USD36 billion) Future Submarine programme.

  • US government releases report on defence industrial base resilience

    The US government released a report on 5 October outlining the current state of its defence industrial base, and plans to improve the sector’s resilience. The report, named Assessing and Strengthening the Manufacturing and Defense Industrial Base and Supply Chain Resiliency of the United

  • Taiwan looks to set up Apache support centre

    Taiwan is looking to collaborate with the US government to develop a local maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) hub to support its Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters. Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) said on 7 October that a local MRO hub is necessary to reduce the

  • UK places FISS contracts for RFA fleet, RN survey ships

    Contracts expected to total more than GBP1 billion (USD1.3 billion) have been awarded to three UK shipyards for the support of Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) afloat support ships and Royal Navy (RN) survey vessels. The 10-year contracts, awarded by the Ministry of Defence’s (MoD’s) Defence

  • Brazil re-launches effort to sell surplus Mirage 2000s

    The Brazilian Air Force has launched a new effort to sell 11 of the 12 Dassault Mirage 2000C/B combat aircraft it operated until December 2013. An invitation for bidding by the Brazilian Aeronautical Commission in Washington, DC, (CABW) to sell eight aircraft currently parked at the Wing 1 in

  • China’s defence industrial policies pose significant US threat, says Pentagon paper

    Key Points No country has targeted the United States’ defence industrial base as successfully as China, according to a new US report Chinese industrial expansion has been supported by the country’s economic growth and civil-military integration policy, it says China’s defence

  • Boeing turns to remanufactures, international orders to fill two-year Chinook production gap

    Key Points Boeing hopes remanufactures and international orders will fill a two-year Chinook production gap The US Army will soon stop buying Block 1 aircraft and is uncommitted on its heavy-lift rotorcraft future Boeing is turning to international and remanufacture orders for its CH-47 Chinook

  • Huntington Ingalls completes sale of Avondale facility

    US naval shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) reported on 4 October that its sale of a facility at Avondale, near New Orleans, had been completed. The shipyard, which until 2014 undertook work for the US Navy through HII’s Ingalls business, has been sold to Avondale Marine, a joint

  • Aselsan launches Qatari joint venture

    Turkey’s Aselsan announced on 4 October that it had formally incorporated a joint venture (JV) with Qatar’s Barzan Holdings the previous day. The JV, known as BARQ QSTP LLC, was incorporated with a start-up capital of QAR1 million (USD271,497). The company is 51% owned by Barzan

  • India, Kazakhstan to deepen technology collaboration

    India and Kazakhstan are seeking to strengthen collaboration on military technologies, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in New Delhi has said. The MoD said efforts to deepen defence and military technical co-operation between the two countries was the subject of talks during Indian Defence Minister

  • Smiths to acquire aircraft engine component manufacturer

    British homeland security and aerospace provider Smiths Group announced on 4 October that it had agreed to acquire United Flexible, Inc, a US supplier of hoses, ducting, and actuators used in aircraft engines and mechanical systems. The transaction, which will see Smiths purchase the company from

  • Submarine talks on track, say Australian DoD and Naval Group

    Key Points The DoD has pointed to the complexity of the talks but says negotiations are continuing to ensure an equitable agreement The Sea 1000 design contract, signed in 2016, was structured to provide time to negotiate main contract, says Naval Group The Australian Department of Defence (DoD)

  • Boeing strengthens Chinook support in Australia

    Boeing Defence Australia (BDA) and Australia’s defence procurement division – the Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG) – have signed an agreement in support of the country’s CH-47F Chinook heavy-lift helicopters. Under the accord, announced on 4 October,

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