Tuesday, 27 January 2015

CAE acquires Bombardier's Military Aviation Training business

CAE and Bombardier yesterday, January 26, announced that they have signed an agreement for CAE's acquisition of Bombardier's Military Aviation Training business for approximately $16 million. The closing of the transaction is conditional on usual conditions and regulatory approvals, and if those are obtained closing is expected to occur during 2015. 
Bombardier provides support for NFTC program, which delivers live flying training on a fleet of Beechcraft T-6 (CT-156 Harvard) trainer aircraft and BAE Systems Hawk (CT-155 Hawk)
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Airbus Helicopters receives order from Botswana's Police Service for 3 new AS350 B3e helicopters

Botswana’s Police Service today signed for a contract for three new AS350 B3e ‘Ecureuil” aircraft for its Police Air Support Branch, Airbus Helicopters announced on January 26. The new helicopters will be customised to the Botswana Police Service’s specification, including the installation of night vision equipment for night-time operations and other law enforcement equipment. The start of delivery of the new aircraft is scheduled for later in 2015. 
Airbus Helicopters AS350 B3e ‘Ecureuil” helicopter
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Boeing wins a $300 mn contract to deliver 8 AH-64E Apache attack helicopters to Indonesia

Boeing Defense was awarded on January 26 a $295,866,116 firm-fixed-price foreign military sales contract for eight AH64E Apache attack helicopters. The aircraft has been ordered by the Indonesian armed forces. Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona with an estimated completion date of Feb. 28, 2018. 
Boeing Defense's AH-64E Apache attack helicopters
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Czech Ministry of Defence announced tender for the supply of up to 62 MRAP vehicles

The Ministry of Defence of the Czech Republic has announced a tender for the supply of up to 62 mine-resistant ambush protected (MRAP) vehicles, said Petr Pavel, chief of staff of the armed forces of the Czech Republic. According to him, the equipment will be procured for the Czech army in two tranches, with the first half of 2015. 
Nexter Systems Titus 6x6 Armored Personnel Carrier
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Exelis wins interim redesign contract for US Navy’s AN/ALQ-99 Tactical Jammer

Exelis has received a U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center contract valued at $15.3 million to perform essential sustainment work on the ALQ-99 tactical jamming system. The ALQ-99 is used on the Navy’s EA-6B Prowler and EA-18G Growler electronic attack aircraft. The technology will also be provided to the Australian government through a Foreign Military Sales program, the first time the ALQ-99 has been made available to an international ally. 

BAE Systems to deliver six M88A2 Hercules Heavy Recovery Vehicles to Australia

The United States' State Department approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Australia for M88A2 Hercules Heavy Recovery Vehicles and associated equipment, parts and logistical support for an estimated cost of $47 million. The principal contractor will be the BAE Systems in York, Pennsylvania. 
Australian army's M88A2 Hercules Heavy Recovery Vehicles
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NATO Maritime Group Exercises With French Navy’s Charles De Gaulle Carrier Strike Group

Over the past week, Standing NATO Maritime Group TWO and the French Navy’s CHARLES DE GAULLE Carrier Strike Group (TF 473) conducted exercises across the Mediterranean Sea in a demonstration of the power of NATO maritime forces to rapidly come together in a crisis or for collective defence. 

China agrees to support Pakistan's efforts in fighting against terrorism and defense cooperation.

China's top political advisor Yu Zhengsheng met with Pakistani Army Chief General Raheel Sharif in Beijing on Monday, January 27, 2015, vowing to support Pakistan's anti-terrorism efforts. China appreciates and supports Pakistan's efforts in fighting against terrorism and hopes to better bilateral defense and security cooperation, said Yu, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference.
Yu Zhengsheng (R), chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), meets with Pakistani Army Chief General Raheel Sharif in Beijing, capital of China, Jan. 26, 2015. (Xinhua/Li Tao)
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SAAB chooses KONGSBERG sonar and multibeam systems for Gotland class SSK overhaul

Defence and security company SAAB has selected a cutting-edge Kongsberg Maritime hydroacoustic package for installation on two Swedish A19 submarines. The delivery will consist of SA9510S Mine Avoidance and Navigation Sonar for submarines and the leading EM 2040 Dual RX multibeam echosounder.

Israel's artillery corps starts using the Hermes 450 tactical unmanned aerial system

The Israeli army recently revealed it is running a new drone unit in the Artillery Corps. The unit, the first of its kind, operates the tactical Hermes 450 drone from within the Ground Forces. During a recent drill in the North, the unit practiced working together with ground units by collecting advanced visual intelligence and broadcasting a live image of the battlefield to the divisions and brigades below. 
IDF's Elbit Hermes 450 tactical unmanned aerial system
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