• Airbus Defence and Security reverses planned sale of Secure Land Communications

    Airbus Defence and Security has decided to scrap the divestment of its Secure Land Communications (SLC) business. An SLC spokesman confirmed the news to Jane’s on 16 October, saying that since the initial decision had been made to divest the company, the wider commercial environment had

  • Elta Systems awarded contract for ELM-2032 fire-control radars

    Elta Systems, a subsidiary of Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), announced on 16 October that it has been awarded a USD55 million contract to supply multimode airborne ELM-2032 fire-control radars to be installed on “newly produced advanced combat aircraft” for an undisclosed client.

  • ASC reveals job cuts as Air Warfare Destroyer work winds down

    Australian shipbuilder ASC has revealed that it is getting ready to cut further jobs from its workforce as work on the Hobart-class Air Warfare Destroyers (AWDs) for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) is completed. Australian media reported that the company had notified unions that 43 electricians, 11

  • L3-Harris merger attempts to create ‘6th Prime’

    Two of the Unites States’ largest defence electronics and communications companies announced on 14 October that they had agreed to pursue a merger. L3 Technologies and Harris Corporation revealed details of an all-stock transaction, which would create a company with a market capitalisation of

  • Boeing invests in satellite propulsion company

    Boeing startup capital business HorizonX Ventures has announced that it has made an investment in US ion thruster specialist Accion Systems, in a move aimed at accelerating the company’s development of innovative satellite propulsion systems. The company, which was founded in 2014, is

  • RUAG begins business split

    Swiss defence technology group RUAG announced on 11 October that it had begun the process of splitting up its business into separate international and domestic entities, and also revealed the leadership of the new companies. Andreas Berger, current CEO of RUAG Defence, will lead MRO Switzerland,

  • China’s Norinco launches military cloud manufacturing system

    China North Industries Corporation (Norinco) has introduced a cloud manufacturing system to support its production of military equipment, the state-owned group announced on 10 October. Norinco said the networking initiative enables “upstream and downstream” manufacturing integration

  • Thailand interested in new BTR-4 variant, says Ukrainian agency

    The Royal Thai Marine Corps (RTMC) is interested in procuring the latest version of the BTR-4 8×8 amphibious armoured personnel carrier (APC) from Ukraine, a state agency in the Eastern European country has announced. The National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine (NSDC) said in a

  • Thales expects to close Gemalto deal in first quarter of 2019

    Thales has confirmed that a delay in receiving the necessary authorisations for its acquisition of digital security provider Gemalto will mean the deal will not be completed until the first quarter of 2019. In August 2018, it issued a notice claiming that it had extended the acceptance period due

  • TransDigm agrees acquisition of Esterline

    TransDigm Group has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Esterline Technologies Corporation for about USD4 billion. Announced on 10 October the company will acquire all outstanding shares of common stock for USD122.5 per share in cash, which it claims is a 38% premium on Esterline’s

  • Australia, Japan to deepen defence collaboration

    Japan and Australia have agreed to deepen defence collaboration in areas including military equipment, science, and technologies. A joint statement – issued on 10 October following meetings in Sydney between the two countries’ ministers for foreign affairs and defence – said they

  • BAE Systems submits bid for Australian LHD support

    BAE Systems Australia has submitted a bid to the Australian government to secure a deal to provide continuing support services for the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN’s) Canberra-class Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) ships and their LHD Landing Craft (LLC). The company said on 11 October

  • Update: Lockheed Martin, Tata look to secure Indian F-16 suppliers

    Lockheed Martin and Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL) held an industry engagement day in Bangalore on 9 October as part of efforts to secure supply chain partnerships in the proposed programme to build F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft in India. A spokesperson from Lockheed Martin told Jane’s

  • US offers to meet Philippine air combat requirements

    The Philippines Defense Secretary, Delfin Lorenzana, has confirmed offers from the United States to supply platforms to meet the Philippine Air Force’s (PAF’s) air combat requirements. In comments to the Philippine News Agency (PNA) on 10 October, Lorenzana said that the US had offered

  • Arquus signs development agreements, looks to US partnership

    Arquus has announced that it has signed agreements to increase the appeal of its land vehicles to a number of target markets. Most notably, it has signed a teaming agreement with Humvee maker AM General that will facilitate the latter manufacturing a US-made licensed version of the French

  • Naval Group, ECA Group team for Dutch-Belgian mine warfare bid

    French companies Naval Group and ECA Group announced on 9 October that they have partnered to develop technologies for unmanned mine warfare. According to the companies, the first effort under the new teaming agreement will be to offer Belgium and the Netherlands 12 minehunters that the two

  • US reports 33% increase in FMS sales

    The US Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) reported on 9 October that Foreign Military Sales (FMS) amounted to USD55.66 billion in fiscal year 2018 (FY 2018), a 33% year-on-year increase. Broken down, the FMS total includes USD3.52 billion for contracts funded by the US State

  • Nexter looks to build its profile in Vietnam

    Nexter is stepping up efforts to secure industrial partnerships in Vietnam as part of the French defence group’s wider efforts to expand its profile in Southeast Asia. A spokesperson for the company said on 9 October that its attendance at the recent Homeland Security Expo in Hanoi, which

  • Jane's wins at Defence Media Awards

    Jane’s writers picked up three trophies at the inaugural Defence Media Awards held at The National Press Club in Washington, DC, on 7 October. Peter Felstead, editor of Jane’s Defence Weekly , won the John Morrocco Award for Best In-Depth Defence Reporting with ‘Silver Bullet

  • 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

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