• Australia to build F-35 engine maintenance facility in Queensland

    Australian company TAE Aerospace will develop a turbine engine maintenance facility in Bundamba, southeast Queensland, to support in-country sustainment of the Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF’s) Lockheed Martin F-35 Lighting II Joint Strike Fighter aircraft. The new facility

  • Denel targets company reform

    Denel’s acting Group CEO, Michael Kgobe, has told a South African parliamentary committee that the company is taking major steps to rebuild itself in the wake of a major liquidity crisis. Addressing the South African Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises on 29 August,

  • Milrem targets growth in Latvia

    Milrem SIA has appointed as managing director Ugis Romanovs, who will help facilitate growth of the company’s new Latvian division. Taking on the role from the beginning of September, Romanovs will help expand the Estonian company’s maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services in

  • Montenegro unveils its first domestically produced armoured vehicle

    Montenegro unveiled the Mašan, its first domestically-produced armoured vehicle, in Podgorica on 29 August. The 4x4 vehicle is produced by Bijelo Polje-based Montenegro Armour Group (MAG), founded in 2017. The vehicle was presented to Montenegrin Ministry of Defence (MoD) and Ministry of

  • Aeronautics executives facing export control violation charges

    Israeli unmanned systems manufacturer Aeronautics announced on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange on 29 August that key personnel from the company had been summoned to the State Attorney’s Office for a hearing on potential export control violations related to the company’s Orbiter 1K loitering

  • Amey picks up Carillion mantle

    The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has appointed Amey as the lead on its Regional Prime and National Housing Prime contracts, removing Carillion from the programme following its insolvency in January 2018. The contracts to manage military infrastructure and housing services was previously provided

  • Japanese MoD asks for 2.1% budget increase for FY 2019

    Japan’s Ministry of Defense (MoD) has proposed a defence budget of JPY5.29 trillion (USD47.8 billion) for fiscal year 2019 to put a stronger emphasis on three new defence domains – cyber, space, and electronic warfare (EW) – as part of the country’s emerging defence policy.

  • US Navy awards Boeing USD803 million contract for MQ-25A Stingray

    Boeing has been awarded a large-scale programme to develop and build the first unmanned aircraft for carrier air wings, besting rival bids from General Atomics and Lockheed Martin. The US Navy (USN) awarded Boeing a fixed-price-incentive-firm-target contract on 30 August with a ceiling price of

  • Russia’s fifth-generation weapons unlikely to reach series production

    During the week following Russia’s annual Army 2018 defence show, held near Moscow on 21–26 August, news emerged that none of the fifth-generation conventional weapons that have been the centrepiece of the nation’s military modernisation effort will be taken into series production.

  • South Korea increases defence spending to support military reforms

    South Korea’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) has proposed a 2019 defence budget of KRW46.7 trillion (USD42 billion) to support its new military reform programme. The MND said in a statement on 28 August that the expenditure would represent a year-on-year (y/y) increase of 8.2% and the

  • UK announces Galileo contingency plan funding

    The British government announced GBP92 million (USD118 million) in funding on 29 August for research into the possibility of developing a domestically produced global navigation satellite system (GNSS). The initial study has been prompted by the UK’s impending exit from the European Union,

  • Brazil updates offset agreement with Saab

    The Brazilian Air Force’s purchasing organisation (COPAC) has signed an amendment to an offset agreement with Swedish firm Saab on behalf of the service’s Aeronautical Command (COMAER). The USD9.1 billion offset deal, originally agreed on 24 October 2014, is linked to a contract signed

  • Private equity firm buys government communications business from Black Box

    US private equity company Arlington Capital Partners announced on 27 August that it had finalised its acquisition of public sector communications supplier Black Box Corporation’s Government Services business. The business, which provides secure communication, networking, and IT systems to

  • Macron urges European unity on defence

    French President Emmanuel Macron has used his annual speech on foreign policy to stress that Europe cannot rely on the US alone for its security, but must instead work to strengthen and guarantee this among nations on the continent. He claimed that Europe has stagnated and weakened over several

  • Spanish cabinet clears foreign takeover of two companies

    The Spanish government has approved the takeover of two national companies involved in the defence sector. The cabinet’s decision on 24 August opens the way for Canadian group Heroux-Devtek Inc to acquire 100% of aircraft and helicopter parts maker Compañía Española de Sistemas

  • AeroVironment, West Point collaborating on UAV technology

    AeroVironment announced on 27 August that it is collaborating with West Point Military Academy to provide unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and analytics software to be used by cadets within the school’s geography and environmental engineering department. The company’s MacCready Works

  • Australia announces new defence leadership

    The Australian government has shuffled its defence portfolio following Scott Morrison’s victory in a leadership poll within the governing Liberal Party. Morrison was sworn in as Australia’s prime minister on 24 August, replacing Malcolm Turnbull. New ministerial changes include

  • EOS selected to support Australia’s Land 400 programme

    Australian company Electro Optic Systems (EOS) has been selected to supply remote weapon systems (RWSs) in support of the Australian Land 400 Phase 2 programme to procure more than 200 8×8 Boxer combat reconnaissance vehicles (CRVs) from German manufacturer Rheinmetall. EOS said in a statement

  • Estonia announces defence industry innovation competition

    Estonia’s Ministry of Defence revealed details of a new investment in defence industrial innovation on 22 August. The funding will be made available to companies through a selection process known as the Defence Innovation Competition, an annual process which has taken place for the past five

  • Army 2018: Russian MoD signs contracts worth RUB130 billion

    Key Points The Russian MoD has signed 32 contracts worth RUB130 billion with 20 defence companies Over 600 new and 1,500 overhauled weapon systems will be delivered to the Russian military through 2020 The Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has signed 32 contracts worth RUB130 billion (USD2

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