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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

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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.”

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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.


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    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.

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    Post  George1 on Fri Jun 16, 2017 8:09 am

    The first flight of the Gripen E fighter

    According to the Swedish group Saab AB, on June 15, 2017, the first flight of the first prototype JAS-39E Gripen (Gripen E, board number 39-08) took place at the aerodrome of its main aircraft building in Linkoping, Sweden, the first "new generation" Gripen NG.




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    Post  George1 on Sun Aug 20, 2017 4:42 am

    Deliveries of L-410 aircraft to Russia revived the Czech company Aircraft Industries

    According to the ATO.ru website, the Czech aircraft manufacturer Aircraft Industries (owned by the Ural Mining and Metallurgical Company, UMMC) overcomes the loss in 2016, receiving 46.7 million kroons (125 million rubles) in net profit. According to the Czech edition of Zlin.cz (published in Zlín Region, where the Aircraft Industries plant is located), the company's finances have improved thanks to the supply of L-410 turboprops (it concerns the modification of the L-410UVP-E20) to its most important sales market - to Russia.

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    Post  George1 on Fri Apr 27, 2018 11:44 pm

    Presentation of the large European unmanned aerial vehicle MALE RPAS

    On April 26, 2018, at the international aerospace exhibition 2018 of the ILA Berlin Air Show in Berlin, a public presentation of the developed European long-range European Long-Endurance Remotely Remotely Remotely Piloted Aircraft (MALE RPAS, also used by the EuroMALE designation) created under the agreement of May 2015 by Airbus. Leonardo and Dassault Aviation. The program is officially supported and funded by the governments of Germany, France, Italy and Spain and is carried out under the auspices of the European Defense Procurement Agency Organization for Joint Armament Cooperation (OCCAR). At the ceremony, the full-size model of the device was demonstrated.









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    Post  George1 on Tue Jul 17, 2018 7:28 am

    Light combat aircraft F/A-259

    At the international aerospace show that opened on July 16, 2018 in the UK at Farnborough, the Czech company Aero Vodochody presented another project on the topic of the profound modernization of its well-known training aircraft L-39 Albatros. Now, together with the Israeli company Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), a concert of a light one-seat F/A-259 combat aircraft, developed on the basis of the single-seat L-159A ALCA aircraft, produced in the 2000s for the Czech Air Force. It is reported that the project F/A-259 is aimed primarily at participating in the tender of the US Air Force for a light attack aircraft OA-X, the intention to join in which Aero Vodochody and IAI announced in June. However, F/A-259 will move forward to third countries.

    In fact, the F/A-259 is an upgrade to the L-159A while maintaining the same Honeywell F124-GA-100 engine, but with the use of advanced IAI development equipment, including an AFAR side-mounted radar and a helmet-mounted target designation system. It is planned to use a wide range of weapons, including controlled weapons. The aircraft should be ready for serial production in 2020. In the event of a choice (however, apparently unlikely) of the F/A-259 aircraft in the OA-X program, its assembly is supposed to be fully conducted in the USA.



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