• Rheinmetall and Australia’s DST to collaborate on autonomous vehicle systems

    Rheinmetall Defence Australia (RDA) and Australia’s Defence Science and Technology (DST) Group – the research and development arm of the Department of Defence (DoD) – have signed an agreement to collaborate on land systems technologies. The accord, announced on 19 October, will

  • Indonesia to renegotiate involvement in KFX/IFX fighter programme

    The Indonesian government has said it will renegotiate its programme with South Korea to develop the Korean Fighter Xperiment/Indonesia Fighter Xperiment (KFX/IFX) aircraft. The Coordinating Ministry for Political, Legal, and Security of Indonesia said in a statement on its website on 19 October

  • Textron revenues down as systems business declines

    Textron has reported a decrease in revenues in the third quarter of 2018 year on year (y/y) across all its business units, with the hardest hit to its system business line that reported a 23.1% decline over the period. Revenues for Textron Systems were down from USD458 million y/y to USD352

  • Egypt shows Wing Loong UAV

    The Egyptian military released the first imagery of one of its Chinese-made AVIC Wing Loong unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) on 14 October as part of a video to mark the Egyptian Air Force’s 45th anniversary. The footage showed a single Wing Loong taking off from a desert airbase with one

  • Brazil narrows corvette choices

    The Brazilian government has selected four industry teams to progress to the next stage of the navy’s corvette replacement programme. Four general-purpose Tamandaré-class corvettes will initially be acquired by the navy’s programme management directorate, which has down-selected

  • Epic Alabama acquires BAE Systems shipyard

    Epic Alabama Shipyard has announced that it has acquired BAE Systems Southeast Shipyards Alabama, adding the ship repair and maintenance service to its offerings. It will incorporate all of the BAE Systems business’ shipyard facilities in Mobile, Alabama, and use the existing dry docks to

  • Saab awarded first T-X contract as window for protests closes

    Boeing has contracted its partner, Saab, to begin the engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) phase of the US Air Force (USAF’s) advanced pilot training programme, known as T-X. The Swedish manufacturer announced on 19 October that it has received USD117.6 million through to 2022 for

  • China’s AVIC reorganises helicopter assets

    The AviChina Industry and Technology Company Limited (AviChina) has agreed to acquire AVIC Helicopter, the two corporations’ parent group – the state-run Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) – has announced. Under the agreement, which AVIC said was finalised in

  • Qatar opts not to complete E-737 AEW&C deal

    Qatar has decided not to proceed with the procurement of three Boeing E-737 Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) aircraft that was first announced in 2014, Jane’s was told on 18 October. The US manufacturer said that the Gulf state has chosen not to complete the transaction, which

  • Rheinmetall and NIOA team up for Australian munitions investment

    Rheinmetall said on 19 October that it will establish an artillery manufacturing facility in Queensland, Australia, in partnership with local company NIOA and the Australian government. Under an agreement between Rheinmetall Defence Australia (RDA) and NIOA – a producer of firearms and

  • India’s HAL overruns aircraft building and upgrade deadlines

    India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has expressed “serious concern” over enduring delays by state-owned aeronautics and defence company Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) in supplying fighters, helicopters, and transport aircraft to the Indian Air Force (IAF). A recent internal MoD

  • Portugal proposes defence spending increase to parliament

    Key Points The Portuguese government’s proposed 2019 budget includes EUR2.339 billion for defence It has allocated EUR275 million for defence equipment and EUR6.9 million for military co-operation The Portuguese government submitted its proposed 2019 budget to parliament on 15 October. It

  • BMT to support Thailand’s project to develop midget submarines

    UK engineering group BMT has won a contract from the Royal Thai Navy (RTN) to support its programme to design a midget submarine. BMT said in a press release on 17 October that under the new contract – the value of which was not disclosed – it will provide assistance to the RTN during

  • Japan looks to reduce procurement costs

    Japanese defence minister Takeshi Iwaya has pledged to reduce military acquisition costs in light of the continuing economic constraints facing the country’s Ministry of Defence (MoD). Iwaya said in a press briefing on 16 October that the MoD will put in place “stringent systems”

  • QinetiQ completes EIS Aircraft Operations acquisition

    UK company QinetiQ announced on 18 October that it had completed the acquisition of Germany’s EIS Aircraft Operations. The deal, first announced in April, was valued at EUR70 million (USD80 million), and was conducted on a cash-free, debt-free basis. EIS Aircraft Operations conducts flight

  • Philippines concludes fighter studies, points to possible Gripen acquisition

    The Philippine Department of National Defense (DND) has concluded a study in support of its programme to procure a new fighter jet and confirmed that Saab’s Gripen aircraft is in pole position to win the contract. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said in comments published by the Philippine

  • President Xi calls on China to deepen civilian-military integration

    China’s President Xi Jinping has urged for deeper civilian-military integration (CMI) to spur further technical advancement within the country. The call came a week after the United States government identified the CMI strategy as one that is supporting China’s rapidly expanding defence

  • RNZN outlines introduction to service plan for new Dive and Hydrographic Vessel

    The Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) has released new information on the introduction to service of its new Dive and Hydrographic Vessel (DHV) – the future HMNZS Manawanui – outlining plans for a two-phase modification process ahead of the ship achieving full operational capability in late

  • Roshel’s new Senator tactical vehicle breaks cover

    Roshel has revealed its new Senator tactical vehicle, showing the platform publicly for the first time at the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) conference in October. After AUSA, Roshel CEO Roman Shimonov told Jane’s that development of the Senator commenced about 18 months ago and

  • South African Badger behind schedule as SAAF Hawks lose A-Darter

    South African procurement agency Armscor has revealed that the country’s acquisition of Patria AMV armoured fighting vehicles has experienced significant delays, while the South African Air Force (SAAF) has scrapped a planned requirement for the A-Darter missile for its BAE Systems Hawk 120

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