Defence Industry Bulletin, July 2015 (Issue #6)

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Defence Industry Bulletin is the FREE publication designed for professionals in the commercial security and defence sector that need the latest market intelligence and industry news with contributions from the world’s leading defence journalists covering topics from all corners of the industry with news categorised into Land, Sea, Air and Security sections.

France’s export machine has gone into overdrive in 2015 with enormous deals with Egypt and Saudi Arabia recently announced. On 23 June the first FREMM frigate was delivered to Egypt and Defence Industry Bulletin (DIB) had Victor M.S. Barreira on the scene to report on the historic deal.

In other maritime news we have details on the upgrade of the A-4 Skyhawk for the Brazilian Navy and insight on Italy’s new "Naval Law" passed to finance three new vessel types for its Navy.

In the land domain, DIB interview General Dynamics European Land Systems on its future strategy and have exclusive updates on armoured vehicle programmes from Italy, Spain, Brazil and Mexico.

Elsewhere, Sweden has released its jet trainer RFI, and we look at the options as Turkey considers its impending foreign partner for its indigenous F-X fighter.

Also, in The Briefing Room…Paramount Group Chairman Ivor Ichikowitz blasts the "antiquated" defence industry and extols the potential of the African market. He also discusses recent Paramount developments and plans for the future. Moreover, we also host a panel discussion with noted journalists, academics, and analysts on predictions for the outlook in Africa and its land systems market.

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