Australia; RAAF to reinstate 83rd. SIGINT squadron

Australia; RAAF to reinstate 83rd. SIGINT squadron

A legendary air force squadron disbanded 76 years ago has been reformed to again take on duties as an airborne “home defence” spy unit, gathering intelligence and carrying out early warning protection of Australia’s sea lanes and military bases. The RAAF’s No.83 squadron intelligence unit was first raised in 1943 at the height of Japan’s […]

Indonesia; Licensed local production of Czech RM-70 MLRS

Czech Excalibur Army and PT Republik Defensindo sign agreement on RM-70 Vampire rocket launchers production Excalibur Army company signed an agreement with the Indonesian company PT Republik Defensindo about the production of the Czech RM-70 Vampire rocket launchers in Indonesia. Production of the rocket launchers will begin this year. The project represents a continuation of […]

Saudi Arabia; MoD turns to Russia for possible S 400, Su 35 buy

Saudi Arabia is negotiating the purchase of S-400 air defense systems and Su-35 jets with Russia, three years after the two countries signed a military cooperation agreement. Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) has an ambitious goal of producing 50% of defense equipment by 2030. Partnerships with Russia in this field include transfer of technology for […]

UAE; Navy orders 4 Falaj-3 OPV

ADSB awarded contract with UAE Navy to build Falaj 3-class offshore patrol vessels According to a press release published by ADSB at opportunity of NAVDEX, ADSB, the regional leader in the new build, repair, maintenance, refit and conversion of naval and commercial vessels, was today awarded an AED 3 billion contract by the UAE Directorate […]

Indonesia; Su-35 deal cancelled?

The Indonesian Air Force (TNI AU)’s equipment purchase plan until 2024 does not include the Russian Su-35 for which a contract had been signed in 2018. TNI AU revealed that it is planning to buy sophisticated 4.5 generation fighter jets, including French Dassault Rafale and/or used U.S.-made F-15s, by 2024, as part of a strategic […]

Saudi-Arabia; K30 AAG licenses production agreement

Saudi Arabia’s Science Technology has partnered with South Korea’s Hanwha Defense to jointly produce new K30 Biho (Flying Tiger) II air defense systems (ADS). According to the company, a hybrid Biho ADS completed foreign trials in Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) has an ambitious goal of producing 50% of defense equipment by 2030. […]

UAE; Tawazun  appointed to manage procurement, contracts of Armed Forces & Dubai Police.

His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, has issued two resolutions appointing Tawazun Economic Council (Tawazun) to manage the procurements and contracts of the UAE Armed Forces and Abu Dhabi Police. The resolution also mandates Tawazun to enforce the execution of […]

Saudi-Arabia; SAMI signs JV to license manufacture UAE designed MRAPS

In a first for the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, their respective defense industry conglomerates signed a deal to produce the four-wheel drive JAIS vehicle, developed by Emirate firm Nimr, in Saudi Arabia. Negotiations between Edge Group subsidiary NIMR and Saudi Arabian Military Industries were ongoing for some time over the terms of a […]

Saudi-Arabia; Defense imports limited only to suppliers with local HQ

Saudi Arabia announced Feb. 15 that it plans to stop signing contracts with foreign companies that don’t have their Mideast headquarters in the kingdom, state-run media reported, a bold move that could escalate business competition in the region. The decision, to take effect on Jan 1. 2024, aims to solicit foreign investment, increase efficiency of […]

Europe; EU kick-starts UAV detect & avoid EUDAAS program  

European Union officials awarded a $26 million grant to that effect last December, which the Swedish company SAAB got approval to announce on Feb. 19. The European Detect and Avoid System (EUDAAS) effort is one of a raft of initiatives under the European Defence Industrial Development Program, which spreads seed money far and wide on […]

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