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Defence Press Releases & News distributed via EuropaWire

Saab to open a Gripen fighter jet aerostructures plant in Brazil

STOCKHOLM, 14-May-2018 — /EuropaWire/ — Saab unveils a 5,000-square-meter facility for its future Gripen fighter jet aerostructures plant: Saab Aeronáutica Montagens (SAM), in the city of São Bernardo do Campo, in São Paulo state, Brazil. This is another important step … Read the full press release

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency awarded BAE Systems contract to demonstrate a new, cost-effective optical seeker for precision-guided munitions

BAE Systems demonstrated a new, cost-effective optical seeker for precision-guided munitions Farnborough, United Kingdom, 08-May-2018 — /EuropaWire/ — The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), through the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory, has awarded BAE Systems a $13.1 million … Read the full press release

Rheinmetall to supply artillery and tank ammunition to an international customer

Düsseldorf, Germany, 13-Apr-2018 — /EuropaWire/ — An international customer has contracted with Rheinmetall to supply it with artillery and tank ammunition worth a total of round €380 million; the order intake was booked in Q1 2018. The calibre of the artillery … Read the full press release

Qatar to purchase 12 additional Rafale fighters

SAINT-CLOUD, 02-Apr-2018 — /EuropaWire/ — The exercise of the option for the purchase of 12 additional Rafale fighters for Qatar comes into effect today. This option was exercised on 7 December 2017 at Doha in the presence of the President … Read the full press release

April 10th, Conference in the European Parliament, Brussels, themed: A FUTURE FOR DEMOCRACY IN SYRIA

Highlevel conference 9:30 – 12:45 (EP, Room PHS1A002) and press-conference 13:30 – 14:00 (EP, press room) AMERSFOORT, 02-Apr-2018 — /EuropaWire/ — WIth this high level conference, we would like to present to Europe and European decision makers, politicians and media … Read the full press release

DIMDEX 2018: Qatari Ministry of Defense’s company Barzan Holdings and Fincantieri to study possible forms of cooperation

TRIESTE, 19-Mar-2018 — /EuropaWire/ — During DIMDEX 2018, the most important defense exhibition in the Middle East, now at its 6th edition Fincantieri, one of the world’s top shipbuilding groups, and Barzan Holdings, a company wholly owned by the Qatari Ministry … Read the full press release

Inmarsat Government’s L-band Tactical Satellite (L-TAC) service wins the “Top Government Mobility Satcom Innovation” category in the Mobile Satellite Users Association’s (MSUA) 2018 Mobility Innovation Awards

LONDON, 15-Mar-2018 — /EuropaWire/ — Inmarsat Government, the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications and managed network services to the U.S. government, today announced that its L-band Tactical Satellite (L-TAC) service is the winner of the “Top Government Mobility Satcom Innovation” category … Read the full press release

Airbus Defence and Space to deliver Airbus A330 MRTT Multi Role Tanker Transport from Europe’s organisation for the management of cooperative armament programmes OCCAR

MADRID, 05-Mar-2018 — /EuropaWire/ — Airbus Defence and Space has received a firm order for an Airbus A330 MRTT Multi Role Tanker Transport from Europe’s organisation for the management of cooperative armament programmes – OCCAR – on behalf of NATO Support … Read the full press release

Airbus Helicopters: Babcock to purchase a fleet of H160s for EMS missions starting in Europe

Las Vegas, NV, USA, 05-Mar-2018 — /EuropaWire/ — Babcock is set to become the global launch customer for the H160 after signing a five year frame agreement for the purchase of a fleet of H160s. The fleet of H160s is … Read the full press release

DSM: Next-generation armor technology will be on display at this year’s Enforce Tac exhibition

GELEEN, Netherlands, 28-Feb-2018 — /EuropaWire/ — Next-generation armor technology will be on display at this year’s Enforce Tac exhibition on March 7-8 in Nuremberg, Germany, where DSM Dyneema will showcase its innovative materials used by armor manufacturers to create the latest … Read the full press release

Rheinmetall and Sikorsky team up to compete in the German Air Force “Schwerer Transporthubschrauber” (STH) Program

DÜSSELDOFT, 13-Feb-2018 — /EuropaWire/ — Rheinmetall and Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) Company signed a strategic teaming agreement for competing in the German Air Force “Schwerer Transporthubschrauber” (STH) Program. Rheinmetall brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the Sikorsky … Read the full press release

BAE Systems selected by The U.S. Navy to provide reliable, real-time intelligence solutions for Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic

Farnborough, United Kingdom, 07-Feb-2018 — /EuropaWire/ — The U.S. Navy has selected BAE Systems to provide equipment and support services for Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic (SPAWAR). As one of several companies involved, BAE Systems will pursue future … Read the full press release

BAE Systems’ extends contract for its Advanced Component Obsolescence Management services to U.S. Air Force

BAE Systems has secured a three-year, $37 million U.S. Air Force contract to continue providing support services that manage obsolete parts for aircraft, weapon systems, and a range of electronics and equipment. Farnborough, United Kingdom, 06-Feb-2018 — /EuropaWire/ — The … Read the full press release

CEA the only French research public organization ranked in the 2017 Clarivate Analytics Top 100 Global Innovator

PARIS, 01-Feb-2018 — /EuropaWire/ — The CEA was named a 2017 Clarivate Analytics Top 100 Global Innovator. It is the only French research public organization to be ranked. The annual report highlights the most successful organizations in the world that are … Read the full press release

Royal Bahrain Naval Force takes delivery of its first upgraded Al Manama naval vessel from Leonardo

Leonardo delivered the first fully upgraded ship ahead of schedule, equipped with state-of-the-art systems  The Royal Bahrain Naval Force awarded the company a contract to upgrade six vessels in 2015  The achievement reflects Leonardo’s excellence in the naval domain and … Read the full press release

Saab takes part in an EU funded preparatory action project called OCEAN2020

Trollhättan, Sweden, 17-Jan-2018 — /EuropaWire/ — Defence and security company Saab will take part in an EU funded preparatory action project called OCEAN2020. The project will demonstrate technologies for enhanced situational awareness in a naval environment using unmanned systems. OCEAN2020 came … Read the full press release

British Secretary of State for Defence Gavin Williamson visits Kuwait; meeting with HH The Amir of Kuwait

London, 04-Jan-2018 — /EuropaWire/ — British Secretary of State for Defence Gavin Williamson visits Kuwait today, Wednesday 3 January 2018, for the first time since his appointment in November 2017. During his visit he called on His Highness the Amir Sheikh … Read the full press release

Leonardo: State Border Guard of Latvia orders two AW119Kx single engine helicopters

Two AW119Kx helicopters will join two AW109 Powers in 2019 to perform SAR, transport, firefighting and disaster relief missions  Contract also includes an option for an additional unit and aircrew/maintenance technician training services Orders for nearly 300 AW119s placed by … Read the full press release

Saab unveils fixed-panel configuration of its existing and delivered AESA radar family

Defence and security company Saab has introduced the Sea Giraffe 4A Fixed Face (FF), a fixed-panel configuration of Saab’s existing and delivered active electrically scanned array, AESA, radar family. STOCKHOLM, 03-Jan-2018 — /EuropaWire/ — The radar is a derivative of Saab’s … Read the full press release

Leonardo: AW109 Trekker helicopter receives type certification by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA)

Newest type in the light twin-engine segment strengthening Leonardo’s position in this market for public services and utility duties   EASA Certification allows deliveries to start in the first quarter of 2018  Over 40 aircraft ordered by customers worldwide to date  … Read the full press release

Leonardo milestone: The AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopter global fleet reaches two million flight hours

Of the total, one million flight hours were achieved in the last three years, demonstrating impressive reliability, effectiveness, safety and supportability  The most successful helicopter programme in 15 years benefits from strong partnership between the Company and its customers, maintaining … Read the full press release

German company Krauss-Maffei Wegmann GmbH orders Mobile Camouflage Systems (MCS) from Saab

STOCKHOLM, 22-Dec-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — Defence and security company Saab has received an order from the German company Krauss-Maffei Wegmann GmbH (KMW) for deliveries of Mobile Camouflage Systems (MCS). Deliveries will take place during the period 2018-2022. The Barracuda Mobile Camouflage … Read the full press release

Swedish Defence Material Administration (FMV) contracts Saab for new Gripen E equipment

STOCKHOLM, 22-Dec-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — Defence and security company Saab has received a contract from the Swedish Defence Material Administration (FMV) regarding new Gripen E equipment. This is a supplemental contract to the previously entered Gripen E contract, and is valued … Read the full press release

GKN Aerospace signs three year support, maintenance and parts supply contract extension for the Gripen RM12 Engines of the South African Air Force

  Three year contract extension with ARMSCOR for technical product support, maintenance and parts supply agreement for Gripen RM12 engine Redditch, United Kingdom, 19-Dec-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — GKN Aerospace has signed a three year contract extension worth over USD 8 M … Read the full press release

BAE Systems to provide combat management systems support across Royal Navy platforms

Farnborough, United Kingdom, 15-Dec-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — BAE Systems has been contracted by the Ministry of Defence’s (MOD) Maritime Combat Systems (MCS) team to ensure the combat management systems, tactical networks and shared infrastructures aboard 38 Royal Navy platforms will … Read the full press release

Qatar Armed Forces and Dassault Aviation agree on future cooperation and the exercise of an option for 12 Rafale

In the presence of the President of the French Republic, Mr. Emmanuel Macron, and his Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the Qatar Armed Forces and Dassault Aviation signed an agreement on future cooperation and the exercise of an … Read the full press release

Saab to deliver a Mass Field Feeding Capability to the South African National Defence Force

STOCKHOLM, 22-Nov-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — Defence and security company Saab has been awarded a contract to deliver a Mass Field Feeding Capability to the South African National Defence Force (SANDF). The contract will supply the SANDF with mobile containerised kitchens systems … Read the full press release

Airbus Defence and Space showcases its new C295 Armed ISR version at the Dubai Airshow

TOULOUSE, 15-Nov-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — Airbus Defence and Space is showcasing its new C295 Armed ISR (Intelligence Surveillance & Reconnaissance) version at the Dubai Airshow. A C295 is exhibited on static display flanked by a wide range of weapons which … Read the full press release

BAE Systems: Durability test airframe of the F-35A aircraft has successfully completed its third life testing in Brough, East Yorkshire

Farnborough, United Kingdom, 13-Nov-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — Successful completion of full scale durability test completed in structural test rig in our facility at Brough A full scale durability test airframe of the F-35A aircraft has successfully completed its third life testing, equivalent to 24,000 … Read the full press release

Leonardo signs two contracts to provide ATC systems for Somalia and Sudan

Somalia and Sudan will receive new systems that will improve the efficiency and safety of their air traffic control capabilities Leonardo has developed, manufactured and installed more than 300 air traffic management and control centres around the world The company’s … Read the full press release