• Cubic acquires Shield Aviation

    Cubic Corporation announced on 24 July that it had completed the acquisition of the assets of United States-based Shield Aviation. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Shield Aviation provides unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) – most notably the ARES family of aircraft – for use in

  • Northrop Grumman appoints UK and Europe executive

    Northrop Grumman announced on 23 July that it had appointed Nick Chaffey as its Chief Executive for the United Kingdom and Europe. According to the company, the appointment will help Northrop Grumman identify and develop business opportunities in the region, as well as support existing programmes.

  • Poland takes direct route to HIMARS

    Poland will acquire Lockheed Martin’s High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) directly from the US government, rather than obtaining the same capability through a consortium of local companies, the country's Ministry of National Defence (MND) announced on 20 July. The consortium led by

  • US legislation proposes temporarily banning F-35 deliveries to Turkey

    Key Points The National Defense Authorization Act compromise bill would ban F-35 deliveries to Turkey until a report is delivered Congressional opposition is mounting over concerns with Turkey’s intent to buy S-400s US House and Senate lawmakers proposed temporarily banning Lockheed Martin

  • US looks to develop block capabilities for Flight II LPDs

    With additional funding in the pipeline for a new flight of amphibious transport dock ships (LPDs), the US Navy (USN) and Marine Corps (USMC) are looking to incorporate requirements across a set of ships instead of considering them for only single vessels, according to USMC Major General David

  • US looks to ease sanctions on Russian export customers

    The US Senate and House Committee on Armed Services has proposed an amendment to the country’s National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) 2019 to ease sanctions on countries procuring defence equipment from Russia. Jane’s understands the move is intended to support US efforts to build

  • BAE Systems progresses digital shipyard plan for Australia

    BAE Systems is moving ahead with its programme to transform naval shipbuilding facilities in South Australia into a digital shipyard that will support the construction of the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN’s) new Hunter-class frigates. The company was selected for the nine-ship frigate

  • NAVAIR awards JSOW-ER Phase 3a development contract

    US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) has awarded Raytheon Missile Systems a USD10.7 million modification to a contract awarded in May 2017 to conduct flight test demonstrations for the AGM-154C-1 Joint Standoff Weapon Extended Range (JSOW-ER) Phase 3a development. The award includes hardware and

  • Naval Group revenues up 10% in first half of 2018

    Naval Group has reported a 10.2% increase in sales year on year for the first half of 2018, which was significantly contributed to by work on France’s Barracuda nuclear attack submarine and FREMM multi-mission frigate programmes. Sales in the first half totalled EUR1.87 billion (USD2.19

  • ZVS completes 125 mm Tapna ammunition development

    Slovakia’s ZVS has completed development of its latest two-piece 125 mm armour-piercing fin-stabilised discarding sabot-tracer (APFSDS-T) ammunition. Called the Tapna, this has been designed for the 125 mm 2A46-series smoothbore guns installed in the Russian T-72 and T-90 main battle tanks

  • IAF to acquire Jaguar airframes and spares from overseas

    The Indian Air Force (IAF) will acquire airframes, assorted spares, and sub-assemblies from France, Oman, and the United Kingdom by the end of the year to support its ageing fleet of about 120 SEPECAT Jaguar IS/IB/IM ground-attack aircraft and improve their overall operational serviceability.

  • Lockheed Martin reports revenue increase in second quarter

    Lockheed Martin has recorded a net sales increase in all of its business divisions excluding its space business in the second quarter of 2018, totalling USD13.4 billion over this period across the group. This is up from the USD12.6 billion that the company recorded in the second quarter of 2017,

  • UkrOboronProm transfers ownership of non-defence companies

    Ukrainian aerospace and defence conglomerate UkrOboronProm (UOP) is transferring several enterprises that no longer manufacture defence equipment to the State Property Fund of Ukraine (SPFU). UOP and representatives of the Independent Defense Anti-Corruption Committee made the decision to transfer

  • Afghan, international forces increase pressure on militant groups

    Afghan and international forces have increased military pressure on Taliban, Islamic State-Khorasan (IS-K), and other militant groups in Afghanistan since resuming offensive operations on 30 June following the end of the Afghan government’s ceasefire extension, the NATO-led ‘Resolute

  • Australia’s DMTC partners with Penguin on composites

    Tasmanian firm Penguin Composites has teamed with Australia’s Defence Materials Technology Centre (DMTC) to explore hybrid composite materials in defence manufacturing. Announcing the partnership on 20 July, Australia’s Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne said it would

  • Cameroon military to receive more financial support from China

    China will donate CFA4.5 million (USD8 million) to Cameroon’s military, local media reported on 18 July. The donation was made by China’s ambassador to Cameroon during a meeting with Defence Minister Joseph Beti Assomo. The ambassador was quoted as saying that the money would help

  • China, UAE to expand defence industry ties

    China and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have outlined an intention to expand defence industrial collaboration. Under agreements announced on 21 July during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s state visit to Abu Dhabi, the two countries will co-operate on defence science, technology, and

  • NAVAIR pursues future towed self-protection technologies for F/A-18E/F

    The US Navy (USN) is investigating systems and technologies for a new towed radio frequency (RF) countermeasures system to protect the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet strike fighter in hostile RF environments. In a request for information (RFI) released on 18 July, the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) has

  • Saab order intake falls in first half of 2018

    Orders recorded by Saab in the first half of 2018 decreased by 38% year on year, although the company claims that it made significant developments in a number of ongoing development programmes over this period. It also reported a 40% decrease in order bookings in the second quarter of 2018 year on

  • Tata Technologies signs MOU to set up aerospace and defence centre

    India’s Tata Technologies has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Vidarbha Defence Industries Association (VDIA) to set up a “new, state-of-the-art" aerospace and defence centre in the city of Nagpur in the western Indian state of Maharashtra, the company announced

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