• Aero India 2019: India’s BEL announces partnership deals

    Indian company Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) has signed three partnership agreements, strengthening efforts to expand its profile in domestic and export markets. BEL announced the accords – signed with local companies JSR Dynamics and Bharat Forge and the Indian subsidiary of US

  • BAE Systems warns of consequences of Germany’s Saudi sales ban

    BAE Systems has told investors that the German government’s moratorium on defence exports to Saudi Arabia may affect the UK group’s “ability to provide capability to Saudi Arabia” and therefore “impact on the group’s financial performance and relationships”.

  • Aero India 2019: Thales to supply rocket launchers for HAL combat helos

    India’s state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has signed a contract with France’s Thales for 135 70 mm 12-tube rocket launchers for installation on two types of indigenously developed combat helicopter operated by the Indian Air Force and the Army Aviation Corps. In a

  • IDEX 2019: Calidus aims B-250 at Middle East, North African market

    Calidus of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced a teaming agreement on 20 February with Saudi firm GDC Middle East to market the Calidus B-250 light attack aircraft to markets in the Middle East and North Africa. Under the agreement, the two companies are to work together on marketing the

  • IDEX 2019: New Emirati fund announces new investments

    The United Arab Emirates’ newly launched Defence and Security Development Fund (DSDF) has made further investments in local companies developing technologies and systems for the country. The DSDF announced on 19 February that it had made an equity investment of an undisclosed amount in

  • Saab awarded contract to update Australian Army’s C-RAM capability

    Saab has been awarded a contract to update the Wireless Audio Visual Emergency System (WAVES) for the counter-rocket, artillery, and mortar (C-RAM) sense-and-warn systems operated by the Australian Army (AA). The company announced in a 21 February statement that it had received an order in late

  • China’s CSIC expands presence in UAE

    China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC) has established a representative office in Dubai, China’s State Administration for Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence (SASTIND) said on 20 February. SASTIND, the government’s leading defence-industrial agency, said

  • ST Engineering records growth for 2018

    Singapore Technologies Engineering (ST Engineering) has recorded mild growth in fiscal year 2018, the group announced on 21 February. ST Engineering said its revenue increased year on year by 3% to SGD6.69 billion (USD4.95 billion) while earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) rose 5% to SGD570.3

  • China’s Norinco posts record revenues

    China North Industries Corporation (Norinco), one of China’s largest defence firms, posted record revenues in 2018 based on expanding exports and a focus on innovation, the state-owned enterprise has announced. Norinco reported revenues for the year of CNY207 billion (USD31 billion). This was

  • IDEX 2019: SAMI signs collaboration agreement with L3 Technologies

    Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) and L3 Technologies signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on 18 February to expand collaboration between the two companies. Under the agreement, the two organisations will explore possible collaboration on projects in the electro-optic/infra-red (EO/IR)

  • South Korea confirms potential aircraft swap deal with Spain

    South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) has confirmed a potential plan to swap military aircraft with Spain. DAPA confirmed in a recent media notice that it has received a proposal from Spain outlining the potential transfer of South Korean-produced aircraft in

  • Aero India 2019: Tejas Mk 1 aircraft receives final operational clearance

    India’s state-owned Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has handed over a final operational capability (FOC) certification to the Indian Air Force (IAF) for the Mk 1 variant of the indigenously developed Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA). IAF Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh

  • ATEC files bid protest over US Army’s improved turbine helicopter engine award

    Key Points ATEC filed a bid protest over the US Army choosing GE for ITEP This programme will replace not only all Black Hawk and Apache engines but will also power some FVL aircraft The Advanced Turbine Engine Company (ATEC) said on 19 February it filed a bid protest over the US Army selecting

  • Belarusian special forces receive first Kaiman armoured reconnaissance vehicles

    The Belarusian Special Operations Forces’ (SSO’s) 103rd Airborne Brigade has received its first batch of Kaiman armoured reconnaissance vehicles (ARVs), a Belarusian Ministry of Defence (MoD) source told Jane’s on 16 February. “On 15 February the 103rd Airborne

  • Cobham and Boeing settle on damages for delays in KC-46 programme

    Cobham and Boeing have reached a settlement for damages relating to the KC-46 programme, whereby the former has agreed to take an additional non-underlying GBP160 million (USD207 million) charge that will be listed in its 2018 results. While Cobham remains a sub-contractor for the development of

  • EU legislators move one big step closer to setting up European Defence Fund

    Key Points The Council and European Parliament provisionally agreed the EDF will receive EUR13 billion from the EU’s 2021–27 general budget. The EDF will promote technological innovation and defence sector co-operation on advanced interoperable European equipment The EU’s two

  • EU member states lack solidarity and commitment for missions, says Military Committee chairman

    National capitals in Europe are consistently failing to meet their force generation commitments for the EU’s Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) missions and, as a result, are starting to place some of those missions at risk, said the EU’s top military official. “We face a

  • IDEX 2019: Aselsan Serdar weapon aims for export market

    Aselsan has completed development and testing of its latest Serdar anti-tank missile launching system (ATMLS) remote weapon station (RWS), and production can commence as soon as orders are placed. This Serdar was developed as a private venture and builds on the experience Aselsan has had in

  • LM offers enhanced F-16 to India, redesignated F-21

    Lockheed Martin is offering a new and enhanced variant of the F-16 Fighting Falcon combat aircraft to India, which it has designated the F-21. Launched at the Aero India exhibition on 20 February, the F-21 is a national-specific version of the latest F-16V Block 70 aircraft that features a

  • Trump authorises steps towards creating ‘space force’

    Key Points US President Trump has signed a directive authorising the first steps towards an independent space force The concept will start out as a space corps, similar to the US Marine Corps, in that it will have its own chief of staff, but it will serve as part of the US Air Force US President

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