Defence Industry Bulletin, July 2016 (Issue #10)
With the UK’s decision to leave the EU dominating the headlines in Britain, the potential impact of withdrawing on the European Aerospace and Defence industry is being hotly debated. We can’t guarantee what the shape of the markets will look like by October’s issue but we can guarantee insight, facts, and business intelligence for the world at large!
In this issue of Defence Industry Bulletin, Oliver Austin reports as Norway lays out its defence and security investment plan and Lieutenant General Ben Hodges talks to us about the state of security in Europe – including the deterrent measures being levelled at Russian forces across the Eastern divide.
In naval news, we look at how Canada is streamlining its surface combatant programme and get the latest as Italy’s former MINERVA class are transformed into OPVs for the Bangladesh Coast Guard. We’ve got the details of Qatar’s $4bn surface vessel deal with Fincantieri, the unveiling of new fast patrol vessels by two Italian shipyards, and Turkey’s plan to spend big on new naval equipment.
From Eurosatory, Victor M.S. Barreira reports on France developing a new 6x6 combat vehicle for delivery from 2020 while Eugenio Po reports as the Iveco-Oto Melara Consortium (CIO) unveiled its prototype of the new CENTAURO 2 Mobile Gun System (MGS). Also from Eurosatory, DIB has the details as France discusses the modernisation of its Leclerc MBT.
Ahead of Farnborough in July, Boeing is expected to announce a $2.9bn contract for a fleet of new Apache helicopters for the UK MoD, although this will be a good bellwether to understand more about the potential impact of Brexit. We look at the deal that is bringing the AW139 to Pakistan in a SAR role and Rory Jackson focuses on unmanned developments as Delair-Tech reveals a small UAV for military ISTAR operations.
In The Briefing Room, Georg Mader interviews Saab CEO Håkan Buskhe about The JAS39E’s enhancements and speaks to Major General Mats Helgesson, Chief of Swedish Air Force Staff. We’ve also got an exclusive interview with Brigadier José A. Crepaldi (FAB), Director of Brazilian Department of Defence Products, alongside a chat with Brigadier General Kim Jäämeri, Commander of the Finnish Air Force.