• India’s MoD approves procurements worth USD427 million

    India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) approved INR30 billion (USD427 million) worth of procurements of locally made equipment for the Indian Navy (IN) and Indian Army (IA) on 1 December. The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), headed by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, sanctioned the

  • Elbit opens new manufacturing facility in Romania

    Elbit Systems has opened a new facility in Romania that will serve as an engineering and manufacturing facility for land systems. Located near Bucharest, the 1,000 m 2 facility will be used to produce and integrate Elbit’s turrets and weapons systems that are being developed for customers in

  • Elbit Systems to provide airborne intelligence systems to Asia-Pacific country

    Israel’s Elbit Systems announced on 3 December that it was awarded a USD112 million contract to provide what it described as “advanced airborne intelligence systems” to a country in the Asia-Pacific region. The company, which did not provide further details about the systems or

  • UK MoD downselects five teams for support ship replacement

    The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has downselected five teams to bid for a tender to supply up to three fleet support ships that will be incorporated into the UK Maritime Task Group. A competition is being held to procure the resupply vessels that will join the Royal Fleet Auxiliary from 2026 and,

  • Airbus opens Zephyr operating site in Australia

    Airbus Defence and Space (DS) has formally opened the Wyndham Airport operating site of its Zephyr ‘pseudo-satellite’ unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in Western Australia. The opening, announced by the company on 3 December, comes some six months after the site in the remote far north of

  • Armenia plans dispatch of forces to Syria

    Armenian army deminers and medics will join Russian forces operating in Syria by the end of 2018 or early in 2019, Armenian Defence Minister David Tonoyan confirmed in November. Reports of the deployment first surfaced in September, shortly before a meeting between Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan

  • Australia announces defence industry expansion projects

    The Australian government has announced the opening of two industrial facilities that will expand the production capacity of national firm Redarc Electronics and the Australian subsidiary of BAE Systems. The separate announcements, which were made on 30 November, highlight some of the investment

  • Thales signals 'digital' boost in Singapore

    Thales is to open a ‘digital factory’ in Singapore to support the development of advanced technologies across sectors including defence, space, aerospace, and ground transportation. The French company said on 29 November that the new facility will be operational in 2019. Thales added

  • UK announces FSS bidder shortlist

    A UK industry consortium has been shortlisted alongside four overseas shipyards to bid for the UK’s GBP1 billion (USD1.2 billion) Fleet Solid Stores (FSS) ship programme. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has indicated a firm requirement for two FSS vessels and an option for a third. The new

  • AeroVironment announces growth in Q2 revenue

    US producer of small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) AeroVironment released the results of the second quarter of its 2019 financial year on 29 November, showing a strong growth in sales year on year. Revenue generated in the three months to October was USD72.9 million, a rise of 10.9% compared to

  • EXPAL awarded Swiss mortar contract

    Spanish defence systems manufacturer EXPAL announced on 29 November that it had been awarded a contract from Swiss defence procurement agency Armasuisse for 81 mm mortars. The company declined to provide further details on the contract. Switzerland’s 81 mm mortar programme was launched in

  • Airbus Helicopters expands MRO capability in Japan

    Airbus Helicopters is to invest in developing a new maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) complex adjacent to its existing facility at Kobe Airport in Japan, the group announced on 29 November. Airbus Helicopters said in a statement that construction of the new facility will begin in June 2019

  • GDELS buys German armoured vehicle MRO provider

    General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) announced on 30 November that it has purchased German armoured vehicle maintenance company FWW Fahrzeugwerk GmbH and integrated it into a newly formed subsidiary in the country. General Dynamics European Land Systems – Deutschland, which GDELS

  • Rheinmetall to provide trainers for Australia’s Land 400 programme

    Rheinmetall will produce the training package for the Land 400 programme, the Australian Defence Force’s (ADF’s) Boxer armoured vehicle project, Michael Kriewitz, the company’s head of sales, soldier, and network solutions, told Jane’s at the 2018 Interservice/Industry

  • Ukraine highlights expanding opportunities in Pakistan

    Ukraine’s state-owned defence industrial group, UkrOboronProm, has highlighted expanding opportunities in Pakistan, including a new project between the countries to develop and produce missile systems. In a series of recently published press releases, UkrOboronProm said the opportunities

  • Update: Singapore agencies sign MOU to boost global competitiveness

    Singapore Technologies Engineering (ST Engineering) and the government’s Economic Development Board (EDB) signed an agreement on 29 November to support the growth of “globally competitive industry ecosystems in Singapore”. ST Engineering said in a statement that the memorandum of

  • South Korea aims to spur offset partnerships

    South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) has said it is aiming to stimulate new partnerships between tier-one manufacturers from the US and domestic small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) through an initiative it calls ‘offset industry week’, held between

  • Philippines edges towards T129 procurement

    The Philippines Department of National Defense (DND) has edged closer to a decision to procure the Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) T129 ATAK multirole combat helicopter to meet a long-standing requirement in the Philippine Air Force (PAF). A procurement team set up by the PAF in support of its

  • Cobham fined over Ukraine sanctions violation

    The US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced on 27 November that it had reached an agreement with Cobham over self-reported violations of sanctions placed against Russia’s Almaz-Antey. Under the agreement, Cobham will pay a civil penalty of

  • General Atomics opens India office

    General Atomics announced on 27 November that it would be opening a new office in the Indian capital of New Delhi, to be headed by Pratesh Gandhi. “Establishing an office in New Delhi positions us better to collaborate with our Indian customers to deliver capabilities that address emerging

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