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Thales and Reliance Defence Limited announced their intent to form an Indian joint venture (JV) with the proposed shareholding of 49% and 51% respectively.

Leveraging Thales offset commitment as part of Rafale Contract, the joint venture is to develop Indian capabilities to integrate and maintain radar and electronic warfare sensors. It will develop skills and activity in the Special Economic Zone of Mihan-Nagpur together with an Indian supply chain for the manufacturing of microwave technologies and airborne electronics.


Terma and Marvin Engineering have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) confirming future opportunities for Terma to pursue additional component production beyond their current contracted agreements for the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II fighter jet.

This memorandum states that Marvin Engineering will offer Terma the opportunity for continued component work for the F-35 Lighting II beyond Low Rate Initial Production Lots 9 and 10.

In 2003, Terma entered into a preliminary MoU with Marvin Engineering to manufacture air-to-ground pylons for all three variants of the F-35 Lighting II aircraft.


Safran Electronics & Defense announced it has signed a contract with the Organization for Joint Armament Cooperation (OCCAR) to supply 18 more Strix airborne optronic sights for the Airbus Helicopters Tiger HAD multi-role attack helicopters of French Army.

The Strix sight for the Tiger HAD helicopter is a gyro-stabilized optronic system comprising a thermal imager, daylight camera and laser designator.

Through-life support for these sights is covered by a comprehensive multiyear contract awarded by OCCAR to Safran Electronics & Defense in late 2016 for all sights on the Tiger helicopters deployed by Germany, Spain and France.


Raytheon Air Warfare Systems and Kongsberg Gruppen will offer the NSM (Naval Strike Missile) missile to meet the U.S. Navy’s over-the-horizon requirement for its littoral combat ships and future frigates. The team will meet the U.S. Navy’s June 23 proposal deadline.

NSM is a long-range, precision missile that provides strike capability against heavily defended land and sea targets.

Raytheon will produce NSM launchers, missiles and components in the United States.


MBDA is presenting its new SmartGlider family of guided weapons at the Paris Air Show 2017 event. SmartGlider air-to-ground weapon was designed to counter new networked short- and medium-range surface-to-air threats, as well as moving/re-locatable targets or hardened fixed targets.

Planned to become available for fast jets no later than 2025, SmartGlider forms a family of all-up-round glider weapons, with folding wings and a range of over 100 km. The compact SmartGlider Light is 2 m long and weighs 120 kg. 12 to 18 SmartGlider Light weapons can be carried on an aircraft thanks to a hexabomb smart launcher.

MBDA also prepares the 1,300 kg SmartGlider Heavy version which will be able to carry a multi-purpose warhead of more than 1,000 kg to deal with large and hardened infrastructure.

(SmartGlider, MBDA).


Lockheed Martin and Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL) signed an agreement affirming the companies intent to join hands to produce the F-16 Block 70 Fighting Falcon fighter jet in India.


General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) has been awarded a contract by the Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistic Organization (DALO) to supply initial 36 GDELS-Mowag Eagle V 4×4 high-mobility protected vehicles for the Royal Danish Army. The contract was signed on 15 June 2017.

It has options for further variants including electronic warfare, support and reconnaissance vehicles.

(Mowag Eagle V, GDELS).