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Naval Group rides wave of international orders

Jane's Defense News - Wed, 17/07/2019 - 03:00
Naval Group received more orders in the first six months of 2019 than the entire 2018 calendar year, the France-based shipbuilder announced on 17 July. International customers generated almost 70% of the EUR3.9 billion (USD4.38 billion) in orders during the first half (H1) of 2019. This means that
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RAF sets out hypersonic weapons and propulsion plans

Jane's Defense News - Wed, 17/07/2019 - 03:00
The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) has outlined near-term plans for the development of hypersonic weapon and propulsion technologies for its current and future fleets of combat aircraft. Speaking at the Chief of the Air Staff’s Air & Space Power Conference (ASPC) in London, senior service
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UAE set to apply new FDI law

Jane's Defense News - Wed, 17/07/2019 - 03:00
The government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is set to confirm that the defence industry will be excluded from a list of sectors open for 100% foreign direct investment (FDI). Federal Law No. 19 of 2018 is expected to come into effect by 30 July 2019, after the UAE Federal Cabinet approved it
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BMWi figures show higher German exports

Jane's Defense News - Wed, 17/07/2019 - 02:00
Germany granted export licences for EUR5.3 billion (USD6.1 billion) worth of defence equipment in the first six months of 2019, surpassing the full-year 2018 total of EUR4.8 billion, according to a report by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi). The BMWi provided the data in
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France receives sixth FREMM

Jane's Defense News - Wed, 17/07/2019 - 02:00
The Direction générale de l’armement (DGA), the French defence procurement agency, has announced on its website that it received the sixth Frégate Européenne Multi-Missions (FREMM) frigate, Normandie , for the French Navy in Brest on 16 July. The DGA said on 17 July that
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Guatemala cancels its Pampa III purchase

Jane's Defense News - Wed, 17/07/2019 - 02:00
Just nine days after signing an agreement with the Argentine government on 3 July for the provision of two FAdeA IA-63 Pampa III aircraft the Guatemalan government cancelled the order. Guatemalan Defence Vice Minister General Jorge Ruiz said the Central American country would not proceed with the
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Japan launches second Maya-class destroyer

Jane's Defense News - Wed, 17/07/2019 - 02:00
Shipbuilding company Japan Marine United (JMU) Corporation launched the second of two Maya (Improved Atago)-class destroyers on order for the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) on 17 July. Named Haguro (pennant number 180), the 170 m-long vessel entered the water in a ceremony held at
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Keep small arms export approval with State Department, says House

Jane's Defense News - Wed, 17/07/2019 - 02:00
The United States Senate is considering an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would retain State Department control over small-arms exports. A proposal by the Trump administration to shift this responsibility to the Department of Commerce was defeated in the House of
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NATO seeks next-gen electronic warfare database

Jane's Defense News - Wed, 17/07/2019 - 02:00
A senior official in NATO’s electronic warfare community told Jane’s that the next-generation NATO Emitter Database (NEDB-NG) is slated to be operational by 2020. The alliance’s original NEDB architecture commenced operations in the early 1990s as a means for members to store and
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OCEA launches new OPV for Philippine Coast Guard

Jane's Defense News - Wed, 17/07/2019 - 02:00
French shipbuilder OCEA has launched the 84 m offshore patrol vessel (OPV) Gabriela Silang (8301) for the Philippine Coast Guard. Claimed to be the largest aluminium-built OPV in the world, Gabriela Silang was craned into the water at OCEA’s facility in Les Sables d'Olonne on the west coast
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RAF announces AEW&C, space, ‘drone’ test squadrons

Jane's Defense News - Wed, 17/07/2019 - 02:00
The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) has announced three units to take on new and enhanced capabilities and roles. Speaking at the Chief of the Air Staff’s Air & Space Power Conference (ASPC) in London on 17 July, the head of the RAF announced the continuation of 8 Squadron as the unit to field
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Sovereign wealth fund should support defence industry, says VEB vice-chairman

Jane's Defense News - Wed, 17/07/2019 - 02:00
Russian defence equipment manufacturers should be offered long-term, low-interest loans from the country’s sovereign wealth fund, a senior executive at Vnesheconombank (VEB) has said. Andrei Klepach, a former deputy economic development minister who is now vice-chairman of VEB, suggested on
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Textron raises full-year EPS guidance despite Q2 dip in revenues

Jane's Defense News - Wed, 17/07/2019 - 02:00
Textron has reported a USD500 million year-on-year drop in revenues for the second quarter of 2019, although it has improved its pre-tax profit margin and delivered higher earnings per share (EPS). Commenting on 17 July, Chairman and CEO Scott Donnelly hailed a “solid margin performance
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TRB takes Despot 4×4 APC to export market

Jane's Defense News - Wed, 17/07/2019 - 02:00
The Despot (4×4) mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicle – now in service with Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Republika Srpska in the armoured personnel carrier (APC) configuration – is being offered on the export market by its manufacturer, Tehnicki Remont Bratunac (TRB). The
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UK ramps up LMM firing activities

Jane's Defense News - Wed, 17/07/2019 - 02:00
The UK Royal Navy (RN) in early July conducted pilot surface-to-surface trials of the Thales UK Lightweight Multirole Missile (LMM) – designated ‘Martlet’ in RN service – from a frigate at an off-shore firing range in the Irish Sea. The trials, in which a five-round LMM
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UK to deploy second frigate to Gulf

Jane's Defense News - Wed, 17/07/2019 - 02:00
The UK’s Royal Navy (RN) will deploy a second Type 23 frigate to the Gulf, according to a 16 July announcement by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD). “Later in the year, Type 23 frigate HMS Kent will deploy to the Gulf, taking over from HMS Duncan, ensuring an unbroken presence,” it
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US imposes sanctions on top Tatmadaw officials

Jane's Defense News - Wed, 17/07/2019 - 02:00
The United States has imposed sanctions on the commander-in-chief of the Myanmar Armed Forces (Tatmadaw), his deputy, and two other senior Tatmadaw officers for what Washington described as their involvement in a campaign of atrocities and “ethnic cleansing” against Myanmar’s
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Argentine Navy negotiates P-3C purchase from US

Jane's Defense News - Wed, 17/07/2019 - 01:00
The Argentine Navy confirmed on 16 July that it is negotiating with the US government regarding the acquisition of four Lockheed P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft (MPAs) to replace the P-3Bs assigned to its ‘Naval Air Exploration Squadron’ (Escuadrilla Aeronaval de Exploración).
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Austal projects strong growth for 2019–20

Jane's Defense News - Wed, 17/07/2019 - 01:00
Australian shipbuilder Austal has raised its earnings outlook based on the growing productivity of its shipyards in Asia, the company said on 16 July. Austal said that in fiscal year (FY) 2019, which ended 30 June, it expects EBIT of approximately AUD92 million (USD64.5 million) and revenues of
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Australia’s XTEK to acquire US armour specialist

Jane's Defense News - Wed, 17/07/2019 - 01:00
Australian firm XTEK, a developer of defence and security technologies, has agreed to acquire US firm HighCom Armor Solutions, a specialist in body armour and personal protective equipment. XTEK said on 17 July that the acquisition will be worth at least AUD3.6 million (USD2.5 million) and funded
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