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  • US court bans Russian rocket engine purchases for military space launches

    Key Points US Federal Court Judge Susan Braden has prevented the purchase of Russian-made rocket engines The legal maneuovre follows a suit filed by private launch provider SpaceX and a congressional effort to commence a new rocket engine development A US federal court judge has issued an

  • Thales Alenia Space stakes claim on UK

    Thales Alenia Space - the space technologies joint venture of Thales and Finmeccanica - has announced that it will establish a subsidiary in the UK. The decision emerged on 30 April, and was followed the next day by the announcement that Thales Alenia Space will underpin its place in the UK through

  • Ecuadorian MoD establishes aircraft and aerospace component factory

    The Ecuadorian Ministry of Defence (MoD) and the Ministry of Industries have launched a joint programme for the design and development of a light aircraft to replace the country's ageing fleet of primary trainers and crop dusters. According to both ministries there is a domestic market for 424

  • Kaman reports positive Q1 revenues

    Led by a double-digit sales increase in its Aerospace division year-on-year (Y/Y), Kaman posted largely positive financial results for the first quarter of 2014 (Q1 2014) ending 28 March 2014. Consolidated (net) sales increased to USD413.9 million, a 6.7% increase over Q1 2013, and adjusted EBITDA

  • Security for foreign firms in Colombia's capital likely to continue improving, but extortion and robbery risks persist

    Key Points Recent security deployments in Bogotá signal the current government's ongoing commitment to reducing violent crime and improving overall security risks in the Colombian capital. Overall, security in Bogotá has drastically improved over the past 10 years, and homicides have

  • Pentagon 2015 budget: Under fiscal strain, USAF justifies fleet retirements

    Key Points The USAF wants to purchase new platforms in order to stay ahead of adversaries' increasing technological sophistication At least two entire fleets, A-10s and U-2s, would be retired in the next five years under the USAF plan The US Air Force (USAF) is defending plans to retire entire

  • Country Risk Watch - April 2014

    Security crackdown will not stop anti-Maduro protests in Venezuela University students and civil society groups are likely to continue staging anti-government protests and roadblocks in Venezuela, despite incumbent president Nicolás Maduro's calls for dialogue. The protests, which Maduro has

  • Spanish Army helicopters conduct first ever landing on US warship

    Spanish Army helicopters have landed on board a US warship for the first time, in an exercise on board USS Gunston Hall . The 16,195 tonne full load Whidbey Island-class landing ship dock (LSD) vessel was transiting the Strait of Gibraltar when the compatibility exercise took place at the end of

  • L-3 Communications buys big data firm Data Tactics

    L-3 Communications has acquired Data Tactics Corporation, a US supplier of big data analytics and cloud computing services to the US Department of Defense. The transaction - terms of which were not disclosed - was announced on 5 March. Data Tactics will be renamed L-3 Data Tactics, following a

  • US considering procurement agreement with Slovenia

    The United States Department of Defense (DoD) is considering liberalising procurement regulations with Slovenia as part of a Reciprocal Defence Procurement (RDP) Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The DoD is currently in the process of soliciting feedback on industry's experience of dealing with

  • Boeing conducts maiden flight of MSA

    Boeing has conducted the first flight of its business jet-based Maritime Surveillance Aircraft (MSA), the company announced on 5 March. The four-hour flight, from Toronto's Pearson International Airport on 28 February, involved a Bombardier Challenger 604 testbed platform with structural and system

  • Pentagon budget 2015: Army plans to drop three aviation brigades

    Key Points Active duty CABs would reduce to 10 while the Reserve components retain 12 A restructuring seeks to focus Reserve brigades on assault, lift, and medevac missions, and active brigades on attack and scout functions The US Army plans to reduce its active duty combat aviation brigades

  • Peru cabinet reshuffle signals medium-term stability on economy and energy policy

    EVENT Peruvian president Ollanta Humala conducted a cabinet reshuffle on 24 February. The reshuffle included the appointment of Rene Cornejo, an engineer and mathematician who had been serving as minister of housing, as the new president of the Council of Ministers. Eight new ministers were

  • Brazil to sign RBS 70 missile systems contract

    The Brazilian Army is scheduled to sign a contract soon with Sweden's Saab Dynamics to buy RBS 70 man-portable surface-to-air missile systems, a military source close to the programme told IHS Jane's on 11 February. The package, worth around BRL28 million (USD11.6 million), will be firmed through

  • Boeing targets Asia, Middle East for combat aircraft sales

    On the heels of two international losses in combat aircraft competitions last year, Boeing remains hopeful that its offerings will be chosen by new international customers over the next two decades. The company sees demand outside the US for another 500-1,000 combat aircraft over the next 10-15

  • USCG to receive offloaded C-27Js from USAF

    The United States Coast Guard (USCG) is to receive 14 Alenia Aermacchi C-27J Spartan transport aircraft that are being offloaded by the US Air Force (USAF), the company disclosed in early January. The transfer, which was approved by Congress on 19 December and signed into law on 26 December, will

  • Lockheed Martin withdraws AMDR contract award protest

    Key Points The USN will rescind its stop work order on 10 January Raytheon will now begin the EMD phase of the next-generation radar Lockheed Martin on 10 January announced it was withdrawing its protest of the US Navy (USN) awarding a contract to Raytheon for the Air and Missile Defense Radar

  • F-35 completes Block 2B weapon accuracy trials

    The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter passed its latest milestone with the final weapon delivery accuracy test for a Block 2B munition, it was announced on 11 December. The 6 December drop, which took place at the Air Force Flight Test Center at Edwards Air Force Base in

  • USAF and Air National Guard re-evaluating intra-theatre airlift needs

    The US National Guard and US Air Force (USAF) are reviewing intra-theatre airlift needs as the latter is seeking to unload its nascent Alenia C-27J Spartan fleet. C-27J procurement began in 2007 as the Joint Cargo Aircraft (JCA) programme run by the US Army and USAF, which were to buy 78 aircraft

  • Dubai Air Show 2013: Boeing selects Challenger 600 biz-jet to host MSA capability

    Boeing unveiled the Bombardier Challenger 605 business jet as the host platform for its new maritime surveillance aircraft (MSA) at the Dubai Air Show on 18 November. Speaking at the show, Tim Peters, Boeing vice-president and general manager, Mobility, Surveillance & Engagement, said that the

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