Defense

News and issues relating to the defense aerospace business, with emphasis on current/in-use, in-development and prospective programs for manned military aircraft, unmanned combat aircraft vehicles (UCAVs), military aircraft engines, avionics, missiles, bombs, guidance systems and ground-based air-defense systems.

June 17, 2013 - 5:15am
HAL’s Light Combat Aircraft, a Mach 1.8, multi-role fighter that first flew last year, is scheduled to undergo carrier compatibility tests before year-end.

A target for criticism over delays in projects in the past, India’s largest defense manufacturer, government-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) is undergoing a transformation of its human resource through training and innovative programs. This is focusing on two urgent requirements–the overdue Light Combat Aircraft (LCA); and the Intermediate Jet Trainer (IJT).

June 17, 2013 - 3:45am
China reportedly has signed a deal for 24 single-seat multi-role Sukoi Su-35s. Deliveries are expected to begin in 2015.

Russia won export orders for weapons exceeding $15 billion and delivered weapons worth $14 billion in 2012, compared with $13.2 billion of weapons in 2011. “Surely, Russia will continue cooperation with her traditional partners in the sphere of military-technical cooperation,” Russian president Vladimir Putin told a meeting of the government’s committee for military-technical cooperation with foreign countries in December. “But it is of not less importance to us to enter new markets, expand the nomenclature of deliveries and services.”

June 17, 2013 - 2:55am
This chart explains Finmeccanica’s strategy to offer its expertise for earth monitoring and climate change; natural resources management; energy management, sustainable mobility; and healthcare and education.

If you look closely at the exhibits of the major aerospace and defense companies here this week, you will likely notice some unexpected capabilities on display. With their traditional defense businesses threatened by declining budgets, many of these companies are exploring “adjacent markets.”

This trend started with offers in the security and IT realms. But now they are extending to other areas, such as energy, environment and climate; food and water security; and natural disaster protection and response.

June 17, 2013 - 2:40am
Sikorsky S-92 cabins are now being manufactured in India under a joint venture with Tata Advanced Systems. The facility recently increased production to four units per month.

As vendors await the announcement of belated contracts, India continues to grapple with its ever-changing defense procurement policy, with the latest–DPP 2013–announced and effective from June 1. The focus of DPP 2013 is on buying Indian defense products, even though these can fill only a fraction of the country’s requirements.

June 17, 2013 - 2:30am

Israeli defense specialist Rafael (Chalet A194, Static A33) is exhibiting a range of the company’s products and solutions at Paris, including the new Spice 250 weapon and a wide range of air defense missiles and control systems. Although it is well known for its missiles and electro-optical sensors, Rafael is involved in the creation of complex systems that bring increasing effectiveness, efficiency and economy to the defense arena.

June 17, 2013 - 12:10am

On exhibit for the first time in the Thales pavilion is a complete Amascos system. This is the French company’s maritime surveillance mission system, and this is a booming market, according to Pierre Eric Pommelet, Thales executive vice-president of defense mission systems.

June 17, 2013 - 12:10am

On exhibit for the first time in the Thales pavilion is a complete Amascos system. This is the French company’s maritime surveillance mission system, and this is a booming market, according to Pierre Eric Pommelet, Thales executive vice-president of defense mission systems.

June 16, 2013 - 1:15am
Selex ES CEO Fabrizio Giulianini

Selex ES is attending its first Paris Air Show since its formation on January 1 from three separate companies–Selex Galileo, Selex Elsag and Selex Systemi Integrati, under parent company Finmeccanica. The new entity has three divisions, Air and Space Systems; Land and Naval Systems; and Security and Smart Systems, all three being supported by a common operations/engineering function.

June 16, 2013 - 1:05am
Anita Antenucci.

The Paris Air Show attracts not just buyers and sellers of aircraft and related equipment, but also the buyers and sellers of the companies that make them. The aerospace and defense sectors have been hotbeds of merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in recent years, and the bankers who guide and cajole these deals have once again flocked to Le Bourget.

June 16, 2013 - 12:45am
tiger rocket

The drive for low collateral damage weapons continues, and one recent focus has been on making air-ground rockets ‘smarter’ by adding seekers. The U.S. has led the way, but Europe is catching up. Rocketsan of Turkey has developed a product; and now Thales subsidiary TDA Armaments is flight-testing a metric precision rocket (French acronym RPM) on the Eurocopter Tiger attack helicopter.

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