Global defence update
Germany signs for F125 frigate production
The German Federal Office of Defence Technology and Procurement (BWB) has awarded the ARGE F125 consortium, led by ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS), a contract to build four multipurpose frigates for the German Navy. The programme, with an estimated value of EUR2 billion (GBP2.7 billion), will from December 2014 deliver four of the new 6,800-ton frigates specifically designed to support multinational crisis response and stabilisation operations, such as those conducted by German F122 (Bremen-class) and F123 (Brandenburg-class) frigates off the coast of Lebanon.
Indonesia receives first SIGMA corvette
The first of four new 91 m corvettes built by Schelde Naval Shipbuilding for the Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia Angkatan Laut, TNI-AL) was handed over on 2 July. Indonesia’s Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Slamet Soebijanto, formally received the vessel in a ceremony at the Dutch port of Vlissingen.
US Aegis BMD destroyer makes first warhead intercept
A separating ballistic missile ‘warhead’ has been intercepted outside the Earth’s atmosphere by a US Navy (USN) Arleigh Burke-class destroyer launching an SM-3 Block IA missile. The successful engagement by USS Decatur on 22 June is a first for a destroyer equipped with Lockheed Martin’s Aegis BMD (Ballistic Missile Defence) combat system.
Stork’s aerospace earnings fall 400%
Stork NV saw earnings within its aerospace division plunge more than 400 per cent during the second quarter of the year as it was forced to make a “major provision” relating to the troubled NH90 transport helicopter programme. The Dutch group – which holds a 5.5 per cent stake in the NH Industries consortium and supplies the landing gear and associated components for the NH90 – reported that earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) within the aerospace unit dwindled from a profit of EUR10 million (USD14 million) in the second quarter (Q2) of 2006 to a loss of EUR31.3 million in the most recent quarter.
Counter-IED expenditure will rise, says report
Spending on counter-improvised explosive device (IED) equipment is set to increase between 2008 and 2012 as roadside bombs become a “strategic problem”, according to an independent report published this month. US-based Homeland Security Research’s ‘Global Counter-IED Markets and Technologies Forecast 2008-2012’ – based on efforts by government, militaries and the private sector to mitigate threats and damage caused by roadside bombs – said the market was expected to grow by about 12 per cent.
US and UK plan ‘approved community’ for defence trade
The US and the UK have agreed to create a pool of companies eligible to exchange goods and services between the two countries without an export licence. While the exact details of the defence trade treaty have not yet been worked out, Washington and London are expected to draw up a list of eligible firms during talks to be held over the next few months.
Al-Quds Brigade reveals extended-range rocket
The Al-Quds Brigades, the military wing of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad movement in the Gaza Strip, have revealed an indigenously designed extended-range Quds 4 rocket. The system is claimed to be “a two-stage rocket with a range up to 18-22 km”.
Egypt’s Fast Missile Craft programme faces uncertainty
The Egyptian Navy’s Fast Missile Craft programme and other weapons purchases could be jeopardised by moves in the US Congress to pre-condition USD200 million in Foreign Military Financing (FMF) to Egypt. VT Halter Marine was awarded a USD41 million contract on 22 June, by US Naval Sea Systems Command, to modify the command-and-control systems of three vessels Egypt is purchasing from the US through the Defense Security Cooperation Agency’s (DSCA) Foreign Military Sales (FMS) programme.
Source: Jane’s Defence Journal