Global defence update

Pratt & Whitney starts development of new F-35 test engine


The US government has already begun funding the development of a more durable and potentially cost-saving engine for the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), which is due to become operational in 2013. Pratt & Whitney, which manufactures the F-35’s primary engine, told Jane’s on 26 March that it has signed a USD53 million contract with the US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) to develop a test engine that can withstand higher temperatures than the F135 engine now being flown in F-35 test aircraft






India signs $1.4bn missile deal with Israel ahead of elections

The Indian government has signed a USD1.4 billion contract for the development and procurement of a medium-range surface-to-air missile (MR-SAM) system based on Israel Aerospace Industries’ (IAI’s) Barak long-range naval air-defence system. The contract – Israel’s largest export deal – was initially approved by the Indian Cabinet in July 2007, but corruption allegations relating to the INR11.25 billion (USD21.9 million) acquisition of seven IAI Barak-1 area air-defence missile systems for the Indian Navy in 2000 delayed the final signature until 27 February 2009






Penta looks to build Central European aerospace grouping

Czech/Slovak private equity group Penta Investments is pinning the next stage of its plan to create one of the largest aerospace groupings in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) on the privatisation of Poland’s PZL Swidnik, the company has told Jane’s . Penta embarked on this strategy in 2006 when it successfully bid to take the Czech Republic’s struggling Aero Vodochody into private hands: a CZK3 billion (USD146 million) deal completed in early 2007








Korea Aerospace likely to be offered to foreign investors

A major stake in Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) is likely to be offered to foreign investors under an “asset sale privatisation” plan currently being formulated by the government, Jane’s has learnt. The plan will allow foreign investors to become the second largest shareholder in KAI, which produces the T-50 Golden Eagle advanced trainer; KT-1 ‘Woong-Bee’ intermediate trainer; as well as helicopters and satellites, primarily for the South Korean market





Rheinmetall and MBDA prepare for MPCE air defence trial

The first launch of an MBDA Mistral fire-and-forget surface-to-air missile (SAM) from the Multi-Purpose Combat System (MPCS) is expected to take place at the Todendorf air-defence range in Germany in October 2009, Jane’s has learned. The MPCS has been under development since 1995 as a private venture by France-based MBDA and Germany’s Rheinmetall Defence Electronics






Russian Komar naval SAM system is cleared for export


The Komar unmanned naval missile mount system armed with six Igla (SA-N-10 ‘Grouse’) surface-to-air missiles (SAMs) has completed its Russian state trials and has started to be fitted to Russian naval ships. The system, which consists of the integral mount, an operator’s station and a power supply unit, was displayed by Almaz-Antey at the recent IDEX defence exhibition in Abu Dhabi




Source: Jane’s Defence Journal

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