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Global wrap-up: Russia secures $1.5bn air defence missile deal, Korea accepts first KC-30A tanker

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The Republic of Korea Air Force (ROK-AF) has accepted the first of its KC-30A Multirole Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft (Source Airbus)

This global wrap-up provides key updates of industry developments across the globe, including new procurement deals, capability introductions and key announcements.

This global wrap-up provides key updates of industry developments across the globe, including new procurement deals, capability introductions and key announcements.


  • India and Vietnam have agreed to further strengthen bilateral co-operation across sectors, including Defence, after Indian President Ram Nath Kovind's visit to Hanoi.
  • Japan will purchase 32 AIM-120C-7 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM) for an estimated cost of US$63 million from the United States. Also included are containers, weapon support and support equipment, spare and repair parts, US government and contractor engineering, technical and logistical support services, and other related elements of logistical and program support.
  • Japan will also purchase eight Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block 1B missiles and 13 Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block 2A missiles for an estimated cost of US$561 million from the US.
  • The first Airbus KC-30A Multi Role Tanker Transport for the Republic of Korea Air Force has landed in South Korea, making the country the seventh nation to operate the platform.
  • Northrop Grumman has been awarded a US$490 million contract to support Japan's procurement of the company's RQ-4 Global Hawk high-altitude, long-endurance (HALE) UAS. The contract covers three aircraft and is part of the larger US$1.2 billion deal inked between the two countries.  

 Middle East: 

  • Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu will take on the Defence Minister role, rejecting calls to dissolve his government even as early elections appear increasingly likely.
  • Israel has announced that it will supplement its fleet of F-35I aircraft with a fleet of upgraded F-15IA variants of the F-15E Strike Eagle 
  • Saudi Arabia will no longer have its aircraft refuelled by the US when it is fighting Houthi Rebels in Yemen.
  • The US Senate has rejected efforts to stop Bahrain purchasing US$300 million worth of rocket launchers.


  • NATO has signed off on a US$320.5 million deal with the US to supply precision guided munitions kits to support a range of ordnance, including 2,000-pound bombs, computer control groups, adapter units and Paveway avionics kits.  
  • Russia has bagged a $1.5 billion deal to provide the S-400 anti-aircraft missile system to the Indian Army, undercutting France and Sweden.
  • Rheinmetall has signed a major contract with the German Army to supply 13,000 rounds of 120mm tank munitions worth €21.4 million
  • Turkey has signed a multibillion-dollar contract to produce the country's first indigenous, new generation main battle tank.
  • NATO military committee chairman, UK Air Marshal Stuart Peach, has warned that a European Union army concept would be 'duplicative' and 'unwise'.
  • Slovakia is set to purchase 14 Lockheed Martin F-16V fighters to replace its MiG-29 jets as the country looks to reduce Russian influence. 
  • Ukraine is in discussions with the US to purchase more lethal weapons for Kiev's fight in the east of the country. 
  • Elbit Systems has delivered the M-346 series full mission simulators and flight training devices to the Polish Air Force to support the Polish integration of the F-16 platform and improve air-to-air and air-to-ground mission training. 
  • Thales has launched a new facility in Denmark as part of the company's service provision to the Danish Armed Forces' Sotas vehicle communication system. 

North America:

  • US President Donald Trump has released a lengthy statement justifying the US alliance with Saudi Arabia, saying he doesn't know whether Saudi's crown prince knew about the plot to murder journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
  • A report by Auditor General Michael Ferguson has said Canada's purchase of used F-18 aircraft from Australia will "pose a risk to Canada’s ability to contribute to NORAD and NATO operations".
  • Raytheon has secured a US$34 million deal with the US Navy to support the Cooperative Engagement Capability on the Navy's guided missile destroyers. 
  • Raytheon has won a US$75 million deal to support qualification, test and integration services for the US Navy's SM- Block IIA missile, with an expected completion date in September 2020 and a total contract value (including modification) to US$1.19 billion.  
  • Lockheed Martin has secured a US$350 million deal to conduct lab work across a number of sites for the US Air Force. 
  • The US Navy's Attack Submarine fleet is facing increasing scrutiny following revelations that the US government spent US$1.5 billion in FY2018 for submarines that provided no operational capability.   
  • The US Air Force has identified the first two bases that will support the B-21 Raider strategic bomber as Tinker AFB and Edwards AFB.  


  • General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. has been selected to supply one of the company's Reaper variants to serve as part Australia's first armed remotely piloted aerial system (RPAS).
  • UK defence electronics specialist SEA has signed an MoU with Australian owned Daronmont Technologies to support the SEA 1000 and SEA 5000 programs. 
  • Ground was broken at the Military Vehicle Centre of Excellence (MILVEHCOE) in Ipswich, which will support the $5.2 billion LAND 400 Phase 2 delivery. 
  • Construction kicked off on the Royal Australian Navy's future Arafura Class Offshore Patrol Vessels as part of the SEA 1180 Phase 1 program. 
  • TAE Aerospace began construction of its state-of-the-art F-135 engine maintenance facility at Bundamba to support Australia's F-35A and regional F-35 variants. 
  • Australian designed Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM) components marked a major milestone, with more than 3,000 units produced from BAE Systemsmanufacturing facility in South Australia
Global wrap-up: Russia secures $1.5bn air defence missile deal, Korea accepts first KC-30A tanker
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