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    Post  BlackArrow on Fri Sep 18, 2015 10:48 pm

    GarryB wrote:
    they are in a different performance class, but the new Il-476 aircraft being built for the Russian military are costing about 100 million dollars each... compared with the 150 million Euros the smaller lighter shorter ranged A-400Ms are costing the French.

    And how much do they cost to export customers - are there any export customers who care?

    For Russian Flankers there are no foreign components and production is centralised. wrote:



    I'm pretty certain there are foreign components on the Su-30SM - or has that changed?

    The plan for A-400M is copied from the C-17s playbook... build parts in economically depressed areas and no politician will cut production. In fact it worked so well the US military didn't bother asking for money to make C-17s as they knew it would get funding automatically. In that sense it was spectacularly successful. It is a transport plane that costs more than three times the price of an F-35... it is a total turkey in economic sense. 5 Il-476s for the price of one C-17 at $500 million a pop. wrote:


    C-17 doe not cost 500 million. There must have been more foreign sales of the C-17 in the last 20 years than any Il-76 derivative. certainly overall sales are better than the Il-76 in recent years.

    Most air forces around the world seem to think the C-17 and A400 are better value than the Il-76 - they are actually buying them in droves.
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    Post  GarryB on Sat Sep 19, 2015 7:27 am

    And how much do they cost to export customers - are there any export customers who care?

    100 million for Russia is the domestic price.

    150 million euros for France is the domestic price... WTF does export customers have to do with this?


    I'm pretty certain there are foreign components on the Su-30SM - or has that changed?

    Again... the Typhoon always contains foreign parts because no one country produces all the components. The Su-30SM for domestic use uses all domestic components. For export they can ask for any bits they want... hense Su-30MKI/MKK etc etc.

    C-17 doe not cost 500 million.

    The Indians and the Aussies reportedly paid about that for their aircraft...


    There must have been more foreign sales of the C-17 in the last 20 years than any Il-76 derivative. certainly overall sales are better than the Il-76 in recent years.

    Australia 8 with 2 on order

    Canada 5

    India 10

    NATO NATO 3

    Kuwait 2

    Qatar 4 with 4 on order

    United Arab Emirates 6 with 2 on order

    United Kingdom 8

    so 46 bought by export customers and 8 on order...

    Compared with Il-76:


    Algeria 18

    Angola 2

    Armenia -wont include as it is former Soviet state and therefore not an export customer.

    Azerbaijan -wont include as it is former Soviet state and therefore not an export customer.

    Belarus - wont include as it is former Soviet state and therefore not an export customer.

    Burkina Faso 1

    Cambodia 1

    China 17

    Democratic Republic of the Congo 2

    Republic of the Congo 1

    Cuba 2

    Equatorial Guinea 1

    Georgia -wont include as it is former Soviet state and therefore not an export customer.

    Hungary leased but not owned.

    India 24

    Iran 35

    Iraq 1+

    Jordan 2

    Kazakhstan -wont include as it is former Soviet state and therefore not an export customer.

    Kyrgyzstan -wont include as it is former Soviet state and therefore not an export customer.

    Laos registered and operates in Cambodia and is counted there.


    Latvia -wont include as it is former Soviet state and therefore not an export customer.


    Libya 21+

    North Korea 1

    Serbia 5

    Sierra Leone 1

    Sudan 12+

    Syria 4+

    Turkmenistan -wont include as it is former Soviet state and therefore not an export customer.

    Ukraine -wont include as it is former Soviet state and therefore not an export customer.

    United Nations Volga-Dnepr operates 16 that are leased by NATO and US and UK widely used.

    United States 1+ used for fire fighting in US.

    United Arab Emirates 4

    Uzbekistan -wont include as it is former Soviet state and therefore not an export customer.

    Yemen 5


    That works out to be 176 including the US as a user.

    Regarding better value... my ass... the C-17 is the only option for the colonies of the US and was the only option for places like India because there were no Il-76s in production when they wanted them... Iran has already said it wants Il-476s and I suspect quite a few other countries will prefer the cheaper more capable option... especially when it comes with a fire fighting kit that allows it to drop water on fires with no permanent changes needed to the standard transport that allows it to carry 3.5 times more water than the C-130 equivalent.


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    Re: European Defence Industries: News

    Post  Militarov on Tue Sep 22, 2015 5:21 pm

    BlackArrow wrote:
    GarryB wrote:
    they are in a different performance class, but the new Il-476 aircraft being built for the Russian military are costing about 100 million dollars each... compared with the 150 million Euros the smaller lighter shorter ranged A-400Ms are costing the French.

    And how much do they cost to export customers - are there any export customers who care?





    I'm pretty certain there are foreign components on the Su-30SM - or has that changed?




    C-17 doe not cost 500 million. There must have been more foreign sales of the C-17 in the last 20 years than any Il-76 derivative. certainly overall sales are better than the Il-76 in recent years.

    Most air forces around the world seem to think the C-17 and A400 are better value than the Il-76 - they are actually buying them in droves.

    Il476 from what i am aware is somewhat above 60million USD per piece, meanwhile latest sale of C17 rated its price on nearly 300mil per piece. So rate still stays 5 for 1.
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    Post  GarryB on Wed Sep 23, 2015 11:01 am

    And why do they buy at such ridiculous prices?

    Because they have no alternative... Australia can't buy Russian aircraft, they are not allowed.

    India wanted aircraft quickly and was flirting with the US.

    If there was no politics involved and no time table the C-17 would sell as well as the C-141 did...


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    Post  Militarov on Wed Sep 23, 2015 12:05 pm

    GarryB wrote:And why do they buy at such ridiculous prices?

    Because they have no alternative... Australia can't buy Russian aircraft, they are not allowed.

    India wanted aircraft quickly and was flirting with the US.

    If there was no politics involved and no time table the C-17 would sell as well as the C-141 did...

    When my unit got 2 new Sagem radios to replace soviet Р123M they were paid so expencive that you could literally buy 15 Chinese copies of it, which cant be 15 times worse.
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    Post  max steel on Tue Oct 13, 2015 9:16 pm

    Interesting

    With Russia in Mind, BAE Revives Light Tank from the ’90s

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    Post  Book. on Wed Oct 14, 2015 3:18 am

    max steel wrote:Interesting

    With Russia in Mind, BAE Revives Light Tank from the ’90s


    20 ton lite tank. 105mm gun.

    I think no money.

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    Post  OminousSpudd on Wed Oct 14, 2015 3:38 am

    max steel wrote:Interesting

    With Russia in Mind, BAE Revives Light Tank from the ’90s


    But I thought they had the M1128 Stryker, is there something wrong with it? Funny how when the US has to get serious about something they go and revive old projects. Just proves what a farce their defence industry is currently.
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    With Russia in Mind, BAE Revives Light Tank from the ’90s

    Post  Militarov on Wed Oct 14, 2015 6:00 am

    OminousSpudd wrote:
    max steel wrote:Interesting

    With Russia in Mind, BAE Revives Light Tank from the ’90s


    But I thought they had the M1128 Stryker, is there something wrong with it? Funny how when the US has to get serious about something they go and revive old projects. Just proves what a farce their defence industry is currently.  

    You guys missed the point, this "tank" was replacement for Sheridan for airborne troops, its supposed to be air droppable, somewhat like Sprut, BMD3/4 etc. But they gave up on project coz they belived they shall not need such vehicles anymore. Strykers truly have 105mm fire support version, but you cant air drop them...well you can... once...
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    Post  George1 on Sun Oct 25, 2015 6:12 pm

    Europe May Profit From US Refusal to Share Technology With Seoul

    Earlier this week, Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter refused South Korea’s request to reconsider the transfer of four technologies related to stealth aircraft.

    “The tech transfer was part of a larger deal intended to deliver 40 F-35 Joints Strike Fighters to South Korea, along with 25 technologies associated with the program.” However, the State Department refused the transfer of four of the twenty-five technologies.

    The four technologies in question are the active electronically scanned radar, the infrared search-and-rescue systems, the electro-optical targeting pod and the radio frequency jammer, Robert Farley wrote for The Diplomat.

    While export controls are proposed to evaluate only security concerns, the US government could also use the export control system to prevent transferring technologies that may be damaging to US commercial military advantages.

    Hence, the KF-X may serve as competition for the F-35, and its absence may lead the Koreans to buy more Joint Strike Fighters.

    The US’ decision has resulted in a blaze of criticism in Seoul, some directed at the United States and some directed at a government which was unprepared for the likely prospect of a DoD veto.

    “Is it possible that the European defense industry may profit from the United States’ refusal to share technology with Seoul?” Farley asked.

    The fact that Airbus recently won the Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) contract for 'an in-flight refueling' may not be so favorable for the future of the US’ tech alliance with South Korea.

    “If the Europeans establish themselves as reliable suppliers of both technology and equipment, the relationship between Washington and Seoul may weaken. That said, South Korea will continue to depend on specific, advanced US military technologies for quite some time,” Farley concluded.

    Read more: http://sputniknews.com/military/20151025/1029090137/south-korea-us-technology-security-concern-europe-profit.html#ixzz3pbI3Ny5y


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    Post  max steel on Thu Nov 05, 2015 8:53 pm

    Saab Receives Order from Latvia for RBS 70 Missiles


    SSB is a short-range ground-based air defence missile systems includes the RBS 70 and the further enhanced RBS 70 NG.
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    Post  max steel on Tue Nov 17, 2015 1:53 pm

    RBS 70 NG SUCCESSFULLY INTEGRATED AND TESTED BY CZECH ARMY
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    Saab Provides Service Life Extension for RBS 97 Air Defence System


    The RBS 97 (Hawk) is a surface-to-air missile system that is part of Sweden’s national defences. It is capable of shooting down high-flying targets, in all weather conditions, at a range of up to 40 km.
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    Post  max steel on Wed Mar 16, 2016 3:02 am

    Airbus Plans Global Hub In India for Panther Copters


    Europe’s Airbus Group which is competing for aircraft orders from India’s navy and air force Monday said it will build local assembly lines if these projects come through.

    The final assembly lines to make Panther helicopters for the Navy and C295 transport aircraft for the Indian Air Force will be built at a cost of over Rs. 5,000 crore and will create over 10,000 high skilled jobs, the aerospace and defence firm said in New Delhi.

    “We are proposing to establish a final assembly line in India for the AS565 MBe Panther helicopters, if we get the Naval Utility Helicopters contract,” said Pierre de Bausset, president and managing director, Airbus Group India. “We will have India as the global hub for Panthers,” he added.

    He said along with the final assembly line, Airbus will set up tier I, II and III supply chain infrastructure in India for these helicopters.

    Airbus Helicopters is in the process to form a joint venture company with Mahindra Defence Systems Ltd. This company hopes to become the private strategic partner on helicopter platforms.

    On 24 January, the defence production arm of the Mahindra Group, Mahindra Defence and Airbus Helicopters had signed a so-called statement of intent to produce military helicopters in India.

    The companies plan to set up a final assembly line in India, develop tier-1 and tier-2 suppliers and make extensive transfer of technology, to achieve 50% indigenous content.

    In July, Mahindra Defence and Airbus Helicopters had signed an in-principle agreement to set up a joint venture to manufacture helicopters in India, seeking to tap a military hardware market estimated to grow to $41 billion in seven years.

    Apart from the Naval Utility Helicopters, the joint company will also target the Reconnaissance & Surveillance Helicopters (RSH) requirement of over 200 units with the H125M Fennec and the Naval Multi-Role Helicopters (NMRH) requirement of more than 120 units with the H225M (previously marketed as EC725).

    The company also plans to establish a final assembly line in India for the C295 military transport aircraft in partnership with Tata Group companies.

    The C295 is being proposed as a replacement for the Indian Air Force’s ageing Avro fleet.

    The company said the selection process is on track and field evaluation trials are expected in the near future.

    The “Make In India” initiative launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 25 September 2014 aims to boost domestic manufacturing and create jobs. Twenty-five sectors were identified for “Make In India”, from automobiles to aviation to pharmaceuticals to tourism and wellness.

    Stressing that the Group is already making in India through its over 45 suppliers, de Bausset said, “What we buy in India, we make in India.”

    Referring to the Indian government rules restricting foreign ownership in the Indian defence sector to 49%, de Bausset said: “The issue is not the limit per se. The business case for high-tech transfer to India becomes more compelling if foreign OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) are allowed to have adequate equity and management control in the joint venture in line with the risks they are taking and the contributions they are providing.”

    In a first for any foreign aerospace and defence OEM in India, Airbus Group exceeded the $500 million annual procurement mark from India in 2015, Mint reported on 12 March.

    Airbus Group has now set its sight on exceeding $2 billion in cumulative procurement, covering both civil and defence, in the five years up to 2020, Mint reported citing de Bausset.
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    Post  max steel on Fri Apr 22, 2016 12:22 pm

    Airbus Beats Boeing in $9.1 Billion Kuwaiti Fighter Jet Deal

    With a 46% interest in the Eurofighter consortium, Airbus stands to reap big gains from this sale.The Journal reports that Saudi Arabia and Oman are also in talks to acquire more Typhoons. Meanwhile, Qatar has signed up to buy Rafale fighter jets from Dassault Aviation -- another European rival to Boeing.

    Increasingly, Boeing and its defense business appear to be getting left behind in the crucial Middle East market.


    Kuwait doesn't even have enough pilots to fly them. Rolling Eyes

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    Post  max steel on Sat May 21, 2016 1:19 am

    Airbus just patented the fastest helicopter in the world




    Airbus is trying take high speed helicopters to whole new level.

    Last month, the United States Patent and Trademark Office approved an application last month from Airbus Helicopters' Axel Fink, Ambrosius Weiss, and Andrew Winkworth for a new compound helicopter.

    The patented design is a yet-unnamed development of the company's revolutionary X3 experimental helicopter that first flew in 2010.The concept is also part of Airbus Helicopters' (formerly known as Eurocopter) high speed, long-range, hybrid helicopter (H3) initiative.

    During testing, the X3 managed to reach to 293 mph - making it the fastest non-tilt-rotor helicopter in the world. The new patent offers a development on the original X3 design.

    What makes the new aircraft a compound helicopter are is pair of wing-mounted engines with pusher propellers in addition to the conventional main rotor. This design eliminates the need for a tail rotor to counter the torque of the main rotor.

    A helicopter with additional pusher or puller propellers is far from new and various versions have been flying for decades. However, a helicopter with this layout and such high performance is quite novel.




    This design also helps the helicopter reach the performance levels of tilt-rotor aircraft such as the V22 Osprey that can takeoff and land like a helicopter, but transform into a conventional aircraft for horizontal flight.

    Unlike the X3 prototype, the patented aircraft's propellers are mounted behind the wings instead of in front. According to the patent, this helps reduce noise, and vibrations while improving lift and passenger safety.

    The authors of the patent indicate that a further development of the design will include turbojet engines. This means the patented helicopter will likely be significantly faster than the record-setting X3.

    This new patent could also be the latest development of the Low Impact Fast and Efficient Rotor-Craft or LifeRCraft to which Airbus Helicopters hinted in 2014. That project is also based on the X3 concept.

    It is unclear if the patented compound helicopter will ever see production in its current guise.
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    Post  George1 on Sun Jun 12, 2016 1:29 am

    Former Enemies France and Germany Team Up to Build Big Guns



    Chairman of the French military-industrial firm Nexter Stephane Mayer said that France and Germany are in talks on launching a joint project to develop new-generation artillery.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – France and Germany are in talks on launching a joint project to develop new-generation artillery, chairman of the French military-industrial firm Nexter Stephane Mayer said, as cited by media.

    “Today there is a political will to pursue common programs, with two projects under study … There is a review with the two defense ministries and chiefs of staff, and we will obviously make proposals, dialog with the ministries and take note of the requirements,” Mayer said, as quoted by the Defense News newspaper.

    The news come as Nexter and German defense technologies firm Krauss-Maffei Wegmann teamed up to form a joint venture named KNDS. Berlin and Paris are also reportedly in talks on the planned replacement of their Leopard and Leclerc heavy tanks.

    “The time horizon is 2025 to 2030 for development of these new programs, which are … strategic and important for our group,” Mayer said.

    According to the chairman, Nexter hopes that other European countries will later join the projects, with Britain and Italy leading the list of potential partners.

    Read more: http://sputniknews.com/europe/20160611/1041170587/france-germany-next-generation-artillery.html#ixzz4BJgYwpjq


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    Post  max steel on Fri Jul 08, 2016 8:31 pm

    The Fincantieri shipyards group has handed over the “Pietro Venuti,” the third of four German-designed Type U212A-class submarines for the Italian navy.





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    Post  George1 on Sat Nov 05, 2016 2:47 pm

    France and Germany are discussing the possibility of joint procurement of automatic rifles HK416

    http://bmpd.livejournal.com/2231195.html


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    Post  airstrike on Tue Nov 29, 2016 9:21 am

    Heckler & Koch may stop selling to Turkey and Saudi Arabia in the future

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    Post  George1 on Mon Feb 27, 2017 12:41 pm

    The success of the group BAE Systems in 2016

    http://bmpd.livejournal.com/2457773.html


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    Post  George1 on Thu Mar 16, 2017 1:29 pm

    MBDA introduced a new short-range air defense system Mistral ATLAS-RC



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    Post  George1 on Mon Apr 10, 2017 8:34 am

    ROME and PARIS -- The consolidation of Europe’s naval industry has taken a first, hesitant step with the approval of the purchase by Italy’s Fincantieri of a 48 percent stake in the French shipbuilder STX.

    
The green light from the French government for the deal will put Italy’s state-controlled builder of frigates and submarines in the driving seat at the only European yard big enough to build aircraft carriers. 



    Crucially, as part of the deal, the French government brought in state-owned DCNS with a shareholding reported to be some 12 percent, putting Italy and France’s top naval shipbuilders in the same corporate boardroom for the first time.

    “Fincantieri and DCNS have teamed on naval programs before, but this means a more structural relationship in the running of a yard which recently built Mistral helicopter carriers, and it could be the first step towards a naval Airbus, built on an Italo-French foundation,” said Francesco Tosato, an analyst at the Centro Studi Internazionali think tank in Rome.



    Acquiring the stake will not only win DCNS a seat on the board of directors but also help the French and Italian firms make joint offers on the export market, a DCNS spokesperson said.


    “This will ensure the protection of France's strategic interests while strengthening our export capacity,” DCNS chairman and CEO Hervé Guillou said in a statement. The deal would help “our shared ambition to develop industrial cooperation between France and Italy in the naval sector," he added.



    The deal, which was announced on Thursday by French industry minister Christophe Sirugue, will see Fincantieri take 48 percent in the yard and DCNS some 12 percent, while the French government will keep its 33.3 percent stake.

    The remaining 6.6 percent will be taken by Italian investment body Fondazione CR Trieste. 

Promoted by Fincantieri as a blueprint for European integration, the agreement came close to being scrapped due to French public sentiment to protect jobs at the shipbuilder at Saint-Nazaire, northern France, a key base in regional politics. 



    Things got underway last year when STX’s then-owner, Korea’s STX, went bankrupt, leaving its controlling 66.66 percent stake in the yard up for sale. Fincantieri was named as the preferred bidder, with the French state hanging on to its 33.3 percent stake. 



    The prime objective of Fincantieri CEO Giuseppe Bono was to take over the healthy, €12 billion ($12.7 billion) order book for cruise ships held by the STX French unit, a sector in which Fincantieri is also thriving. 



    But opposition to the deal soon grew in France, with unions fearful of job losses, and politicians wary of losing votes ahead of presidential elections in just over a week. 



    Several presidential candidates opposed a Fincantieri acquisition, and former prime minister François Fillon, the candidate for the conservative Les Républicains, called for the yard to be nationalized. 



    That drew a fierce response from Claudio Costamagna, head of the Cassa Depositi e Prestiti, the state investment fund which controls Fincantieri, who called the resistance “shameful and unacceptable,” given the large number of Italian firms which have been snapped up by French buyers in recent years. 



    “At the end of the day, the French likely decided not to be too protectionist since it would have put an end to further French investments in Italy,” said Tosato. 



    The deal laid out this week by Sirugue requires Fincantieri to hold a stake below 50 percent for eight years, while pushing the Italian firm to find a smaller private shareholder “independent of Fincantieri”.



    That explains the 6.6 percent share taken by Fondazione CR Trieste, which operates in the Italian northeast, close to Fincantieri’s headquarters, and was approached by Fincantieri’s Bono. 



    The arrangement puts the Italian shareholding bloc above 50 percent, but split between two independent companies, as requested by France. 



    “We are not on board to take orders from Fincantieri, we are there to support Italian industry to create a critical mass with French industry,” said a source at Fondazione CR Trieste. 



    The French deal gives Paris the right of veto, allowing the government to block any big cut in work for the design office or the shipyard, transfer of intellectual property rights, and any strategy that undermines the defense interests of the nation.



    The government will hold those veto rights for 20 years, with a review after 12 years. 

Fincantieri is also committed to allowing STX to respond independently to tenders. 

The deal is not done yet, as the pact needs to be submitted to labor unions for mandatory consultation, as required under French labor law.

    There is concern among the unions that STX could cut French jobs if the Italian parent company fell into difficulty.

 Labor unions are also worried about Fincantieri’s joint venture with China State Shipbuilding Corp., seen as opening the door to a transfer of sensitive French technology to the Asian partner.



    DCNS and Fincantieri worked together as industrial partners and respective prime contractors on the French and Italian Horizon air defense frigate and multimission frigate. The level of joint procurement of subsystems fell sharply from the former to the latter.



    But Italian finance minister Pier Carlo Padoan said he was confident the deal would be “a big success for Italian shipbuilding,” adding, “This shows that large Italian firms which have invested in being competitive and building their international credibility can take positions of leadership in sectors which are strategic for the global economy.”

    http://www.defensenews.com/articles/france-clears-large-shipbuilding-industry-venture-with-italy


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    Post  George1 on Tue May 23, 2017 3:30 am

    In 2016, Italy almost doubled its arms exports

    As Michel Cabirol writes in the article "Armement: Exportations record pour l'Italie en 2016", published in the newspaper "L'Opinion", the armament of the Earth brings profits not only to France and the traditional exporting countries like the USA, Russia or the United Kingdom. Italy recently published its report on arms exports, which shows that in 2016, the export of Italian arms increased by 85% to 14.63 billion euros from 7.88 billion euros in 2015 (2.6 billion euros in 2014) [We are talking about the amount of new contracting - bmpd]. At the same time, Italy's imports amounted to 612 million euros (82.2% of the US).

    This impressive amount of 14.63 billion euros should be valued in comparison with the average sales level in 2011-2015 (4.42 billion euros per year), 2001-2005 (1.19 billion euros) and 1991-1995 (1 , 01 billion euros). In 2016, Rome issued 2,599 export licenses, compared with 2,775 in 2015 and 1879 in 2014. In 2017, Italy should also show good results. Companies Fincantieri and Leonardo should sign with Qatar final contracts for the supply of combat ships for the Navy of this country to the amount of 3.5 billion euros. The Middle East has become the "Eldorado" for Italian sales.

    In 2016, Rome signed a contract for the supply of 28 Typhoon fighters (produced by the consortium Eurofighter: Airbus, BAE Systems and Leonardo) to Kuwait for a total of 7.3 billion euros. These planes will be assembled in Italy. Without this contract, the growth of Italian exports last year would have been only 7% compared to 2015.

    Like most other arms dealers, more than half of the Italian contracts fell to the Middle East (58.82%), then to the EU and NATO countries (34.27%), and the smallest part fell to North America (2.61%). In the Middle East, Kuwait (7.706 billion euros), Saudi Arabia (427.5 million euros) and Qatar (341 million euros) have become one of the top 10 buyers of Italian arms. Kuwait is followed by Great Britain (2.3 billion euros), Germany (1.07 billion euros), France (574.5 million euros) and Spain (443.9 million euros).

    The Leonardo concern won the most from the growth of Italian military exports. This company received new contracts worth 11.56 billion euros or 79.3% of all Italian arms exports in 2016. The second place belongs to the manufacturer of aircraft engines, GE Avio (985 million euros, 6.76% of the volume of contracts).

    They are followed by the Italian branch of the German concern Rheinmetall - RWM Italia (489.5 million euros), MBDA Italia (314.94 million euros) and Iveco Defense Vehicles (189 million euros). Sales of Rheinmetall with the help of Italy amounted to 910 million euros. Thames Alenia Space Italia, whose military exports totaled 28.4 million euros, was ranked 13th.


    The bmpd comment.
    As can be easily seen, the phenomenal growth of the contracting of Italian military exports in 2016 secured a contract for the supply of 28 Eurofighter Typhoon fighters from the Italian production line to Kuwait, yielding exactly half of the total volume - EUR 7.3 billion out of EUR 14.63 billion. The bulk of contracts for supplies to the UK, Germany and Spain (total 3.8 billion euros) is also associated with subcontracting the joint production of Eurofighter Typhoon fighters.

    http://bmpd.livejournal.com/2624181.html


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