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QinetiQ in Exploratory Talks to Support South Korean Aircraft Programs

QinetiQ is in exploratory discussions to explore new opportunities in the Korea Aerospace Industries’ aircraft program such as developing advanced data processing methods. QinetiQ said the collaborative effort will also study the application of its testing, trials, training and evaluation expertise to support the aerospace and defense company’s projects. According to KAI President Kang Goo-young,...


44 Companies to Develop Tech Solutions for NATO’s Identified Challenges

NATO’s Defence Innovation Accelerator for the North Atlantic has selected 44 companies to develop technology solutions that will help the security alliance address challenges on energy resilience, undersea sensing and surveillance, and secure information sharing. Following its Thursday announcement, the organization also called for mentors and experts to guide the first batch of innovators and...


Airbus Advancing NH90 Sea Tiger Tests After Frigate Chopper’s Maiden Flight for German Navy

Airbus Helicopters is advancing the multirole frigate chopper NH90 Sea Tiger to the qualification phase after the aircraft’s maiden flight at the company’s site in Donauworth, Germany.  According to an Airbus press release issued on Thursday, Germany’s Bundeswehr ordered 31 NH90s in 2020 for the German Navy’s shipborne operations. Airbus earlier supplied 18 NH-90 Sea...


Elbit Partners With Romania’s CN Romarm to Produce ATMOS Howitzers Artillery

Elbit Systems has partnered with S Uzina Automecanica Moreni, a subsidiary of state-owned CN Romarm, to increase artillery production in Romania. The companies have signed a cooperation agreement that will establish the Romanian Artillery Center, which will bolster the domestic industrial base and create the foundation for a stronger sovereign artillery production in the southeastern European nation....


Saab Books $76M Deal to Support South Korea’s Arthur Weapon Locating Systems

Saab has received a $76.2 million contract to provide support services for South Korea’s Arthur mobile weapon locating systems. Signed with the South Korean Defense Acquisition Program Administration, the five-year deal also requires the Swedish defense company to deliver spare parts for Arthur. According to Carl-Johan Bergholm, head of surveillance business at Saab, the agreement...


Spain Inks Purchase Contract for Airbus’ SIRTAP Drones

The Spanish defense ministry has signed a contract for the purchase of Airbus’ tactical SIRTAP unmanned aerial systems. An Airbus press release issued on Wednesday said the purchase order calls for the delivery of a total of nine UAS, with each composed of three unmanned aerial vehicles, plus one ground control station.  The ministry said...


Germany Okays Budget for EW Upgrades on Eurofighter Warplanes

The German Parliament’s budget committee has approved funding to equip its Eurofighter warplanes with electronic combat capability. Airbus, who is building the planes for Germany, said in a press release announcing the development that among the Eurofighter equipment to be provided are Saab’s transmitter location and protection system and Northrop Grumman’s antiradar missiles. The approved...


EU Cyber Response Team Warns of Spearphishing Campaigns From Russian Hackers

A group of Russian hackers is targeting European governments with spearphishing campaigns to breach their digital systems, according to a new advisory from the European Union’s Cyber Emergency Response Team. The cybersecurity note identified at least seven EU countries on the target list of the hacking group Fancy Bear, Politico reported. The cyberthreat actors deployed...


Europe Mulls Acquisition Strategy Similar to US Foreign Military Sales Program

The European Commission is looking into adopting a strategy that will ease the process of selling weapons.  As governments across Europe increase military spending in response to rising threats from Russia, the EC is considering a scheme similar to the U.S. Department of Defense’s Foreign Military Sales program. According to a consultation paper first seen...


Germany and Israel Finalize Arrow 3 Acquisition

German and Israeli officials, led by Israel Ministry of Defense Director General Eyal Zamir, have signed a final agreement for Germany to acquire the Israeli-manufactured and U.S.-developed Arrow 3 missile defense system.   In its announcement via social media, the Israeli Ministry of Defense valued the deal at about $3.6 billion and described the signing as...

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