Defence Industry Bulletin, April 2016 (Issue #9)

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In this issue, Defence Industry Bulletin provides fresh news, insight and opinion on a number of important developments – including a special feature on green energy…

In The Broader Picture, Oliver Austin reports on Egypt’s $3.7bn French military loan and Ukraine’s pledge to invest in its National Guard. Meanwhile in the Land section, Victor M.S. Barreira updates us on the latest with Turkey’s Altay MBT project and reports on the new periscope system for the Brazilian Army’s M113BR APC. DIB has insight on the U.S. Army’s interest in the nano UAS market and its budget for a new ultra-light armoured vehicle.

The F-35 recently undertook its first transatlantic flight from Italy and we had Eugenio Po on the ground to give us the latest. Also in the Air section, the Italian Air Force’s HH-101 CSAR helicopters reached initial operational capacity and we get insight on Romania’s deal for its first new fighter jets in September.

At sea, Defence Industry Bulletin reports on Italy’s Multipurpose Patrol Ship (PPA) as General Electric is picked to supply the gas turbines while Fincantieri starts building the Logistic Support Ship at its shipyard in Castellammare di Stabia. We also have the latest as Lockheed Martin begins test and integration of the Aegis combat system on the Royal Australian Navy’s air warfare destroyer (AMD) and news of the Stingray as it replaces the U.S. Navy’s UCLASS

In The Briefing Room, our correspondent Rory Jackson is reporting from the first ever Abu Dhabi Aerospace and Aviation Week where he spoke to Motion Reality Inc. about its Dauntless system helping militaries and federal agencies train their troops in an immersive and reactive environment. He also interviews General Atomics about the future for the Predator XP. Georg Mader speaks exclusively to Russia’s ROSOBORONEXPORT at the Bahrain International Airshow about its interests in the Middle East and interviews India’s ‘Tejas’ programme-director about progress of the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA).