• Germany and Netherlands to sign MOU to pursue joint C4I programme

    Defence ministers from Germany and the Netherlands will sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on 26 June to pursue the Tactical Edge Networking (TEN) programme, defence officials have disclosed to Jane’s.

  • Houbara opens training target assembly facility in Abu Dhabi

    A consortium of companies has opened a new facility in Tawazun Industrial Park in Abu Dhabi for the assembly of military aerial and maritime targets. The Houbara Defence and Security joint venture (JV) is formed of Middle East General Enterprises (MGE) and QinetiQ, leveraging the latter’s

  • Indra president says ITP Aero acquisition would transform group

    Indra’s move to buy a majority stake in leading aircraft engine and parts maker Industria de Turbo Propulsores (ITP Aero) promises to be “transformational” for the Spanish group according to its president, Fernando Abril-Martorell. If it goes ahead it would provide greater scale

  • Leonardo eyes EW mission data systems market

    Leonardo is marketing open/reprogrammable electronic warfare (EW) and mission data systems with an eye towards sending aircraft on sorties with the latest threat intelligence, Mark Hewer, the company’s vice president for the Integrated Mission Solutions, told Jane’s in June. Effectively

  • Norway to scrap damaged frigate

    Norway’s government has confirmed that the Fridtjof Nansen-class frigate KNM Helge Ingstad is beyond economic repair and will be scrapped. The Ministry of Defence confirmed in a press release on 21 June that it had accepted the conclusions of a report submitted by the Norwegian Defence

  • SAMI agrees to acquire Advanced Electronics Company

    Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) has signed an agreement to acquire Riyadh-based Advanced Electronics Company (AEC). At an official signing in London, the state-owned Saudi company agreed to acquire AEC, which will add development, manufacture, repair, and technical support capabilities for

  • Boeing and Nammo join to develop long-range projectiles

    Boeing and Nammo have signed a teaming agreement to jointly develop long-range projectiles. The 25-year strategic agreement will lead to the development of munitions, projectiles, and ramjet propulsion for systems for the US military and its allies, and is targeted at the development of systems

  • Qatar’s Typhoon contract is ‘largest ever’ UK export credit deal, reveals UKEF report

    Key Points UK credit to support Qatar procurement worth a potential GBP5 billion (USD6.4 billion), but it needed ‘ministerial direction’ to progress UK Export Finance report also reveals Middle East and Asian countries are principal beneficiaries of UK defence export credit

  • UK F-35s make combat debut against Islamic State

    UK Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning combat aircraft operating out of Cyprus have flown the type’s first combat missions in national service, conducting operational sorties against the Islamic State in the Middle East. The milestone was announced by the UK Defence Secretary Penny Mordaunt

  • SAMI, Figeac enter into agreement to manufacture aero parts in Saudi Arabia

    Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) and French aerospace manufacturer Figeac Aéro have signed a memorandum of agreement that will lead to the establishment of a joint venture (JV) to produce military and commercial metallic aerostructures in Saudi Arabia. SAMI will hold the majority stake

  • TLVS JV submits German GBADs bid

    The MBDA Deutschland and Lockheed Martin Tactical Air Defence System (Taktisches Luftverteidigung: TLVS) joint venture (JV) has submitted its proposal for Germany’s ground-based air defence (GBAD) integrated air and missile defence system. Submitted to the German Federal Office of Bundeswehr

  • Chemring completes sale of Derby-based pyrotechnics business

    Chemring announced on 24 June that it has completed the divestment of its Derby, UK-based military pyrotechnics business to PWD Group for an undisclosed cash amount. This is part of a plan revealed in November 2018 under which Chemring would exit its commodotised energetics businesses and focus on

  • KAI, Safran sign partnership deal

    Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) and Safran have signed an agreement to expand collaboration, it was announced on 20 June. Under the memorandum of understanding (MOU), which was signed at the 2019 Paris Air Show that was held from 17 to 23 June, the two sides said they would explore opportunities

  • Czech Republic plans to procure C295s and upgrade T-72M tanks

    Czech Defence Minister Lubomir Metnar has submitted three contracts totalling nearly CZK4 billion (USD176.6 million), including VAT, to the government for two C295 transport aircraft, the upgrade of 33 T-72M tanks, and a flight planning system, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) reported on its website

  • Paris Air Show 2019: Leonardo steps up IFTS programme

    Italy’s Leonardo has launched a new phase of its international flight training school (IFTS), that will involve relocating Phase IV training on the M-346 aircraft to the Decimomannu air base in Sardinia. Under the current evolution of the programme, a further four M-346A aircraft (designated

  • Paris Air Show 2019: Lockheed Martin offering vision system upgrade for C-130Js

    Lockheed Martin has introduced Enhanced Flight Vision System (EFVS) upgrades for some configurations of the C-130J tactical transport aircraft, company officials told Jane’s at the 2019 Paris Air Show, which was held from 17 to 23 June. The upgrade, which comprises an internal research and

  • ‘BALTOPS 2019’ tests new amphibious command construct for US, NATO forces

    Key Points US, NATO forces have been testing a new, higher-level, integrated amphibious command construct at the ‘BALTOPS 2019’ military exercise Greater amphibious presence at ‘BALTOPS 2019’ is providing the opportunity to demonstrate this construct and inform development

  • Dassault seeks recruits to help fulfil Rafale, NGF projects

    Dassault Aviation has revealed plans to recruit 1,000 people in 2019, a response it is making in part to the development of the F4 standard of the Rafale fighter and work it is involved in with regards to the New Generation Fighter (NGF) project. These two large defence developments in addition to

  • Estonia orders Spike

    The Estonian Ministry of Defence (MoD) tweeted on 20 June that it had signed a framework agreement with Eurospike to procure Spike anti-tank guided missiles and ammunition for EUR40 million (over USD45 million). The agreement also covers training and maintenance. The initial procurement will

  • Paris Air Show 2019: Lockheed Martin targeting continued European F-16 growth

    Lockheed Martin is continuing to develop potential new-build sales of the F-16 Fighting Falcon in Europe as well as upgrade opportunities for the aircraft, officials have said. “We have seen a great resurgence in the F-16, which we had not expected to see a few years ago. Now we are staring