Global defence developments

Japan prepares for anti-piracy deployment to Somalia
Japan is likely to send at least one Maritime Self-Defense Force (MSDF) destroyer to the waters off the Somali coast to protect commercial vessels from as early as mid-March, an official at the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) said on 22 January. Japan’s defence minister, Yasukazu Hamada, could direct the MSDF by the end of January to prepare for the deployment at the instruction of Prime Minister Taro Aso, the official said, asking not to be identified


Hellenic Navy forges ahead with Elli-class modernisation

The Hellenic Navy has taken delivery of the fourth of six Elli-class (S Type) frigates that are undergoing mid-life modernisation (MLM) work intended to extend their service lives to 2020. HS Limnos – the first Batch 2 frigate to be refitted – was handed over at the Hellenic Shipyards facility in Skaramangas, Athens, on 28 January

Russia boosts UAC and offers shares to Europe
The Russian government is to pump an additional RUR6 billion (USD182 million) into the country’s United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) as part of a closed shares subscription “in favour of the Russian Federation and a number of private shareholders”. The new share issue – which will run from this year to 2010 – will also allow private investors who hold stakes in companies such as Irkut, which make up UAC, to exchange their holdings for stock of the holding company





Saab boosts presence in India with New Delhi office


Saab has opened an office in New Delhi to focus on marketing the group’s military products in India, according to Jan Widerstrom, vice-president of Saab International. Widerstrom told Jane’s on 29 January: “The office will be focused on marketing and providing support across a range of defence capabilities



Raytheon reports solid growth and expects it to continue
Raytheon has predicted continued growth in Fiscal Year 2009 (FY09) based on a strong FY08 performance, it said on 29 January. The US company saw net sales rise by 9 per cent between FY07 and FY08, from USD21.3 billion to USD23.2 billion. This led it to predict sales of USD24.3 billion-USD24.8 billion in FY09, consistent with earlier guidance





Bharat continues Milan missile manufacture for India
The Indian Ministry of Defence has signed a contract with state-owned defence contractor Bharat Dynamics Ltd (BDL) for the supply of Milan anti-tank missiles to the Indian Army, European missile house MBDA announced on 27 January. Signed on 3 December 2008, this contract will see BDL continuing its production of the Milan missile for at least another four years under a licence agreement with MBDA





Source: Jane’s Defence Journal

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