The defence industry briefing
The news, views and numbers you need to know about this month
News in numbers
Value of contracts signed by Russian state defence exporter Rosoboronexport in 2019 so far
Number of defence companies bidding to support the development of Belgium’s MQ-9B SkyGuardian remotely piloted aircraft
The cost of damages to a Japanese Marine Corps F-35A fighter jet caused by a bird strike
The number of additional Precision Laser Guidance sets for the Laser Joint Direct Attack Munition Boeing could provide under a new Pentagon contract
Cost of flying the Lockheed Martin F-35A fighter jet for one hour
Pentagon defence budget re-allocated to the Mexican border wall project
Value of the sale of 24 AH-64E Apache helicopters to Qatar approved by the US
this month on twitter
"We will bring every tool to bear against them in every corner of cyberspace.”
Howard Marshall of the FBI’s cyber division on a joint US and UK response to alleged Russian cyber attacks.
Around the w orld
Former UK chief of the defence staff Lord Houghton of Richmond has told a parliamentary committee that the purchase of two new aircraft carriers for the Royal Navy, worth £6bn in total, was a "bad idea".
A US congressional committee has released an early version of a spending bill that would prevent the sale of F-35 jets to Turkey, in an attempt to stop Turkey buying the Russian-made S-400 air defence system.
Source: Jerusalem Post
The US has warned the European Union that plans to boost defence cooperation within the bloc would risk undermining the 70-year NATO transatlantic partnership.
NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg has described the increasing US military presence in the Gulf region, as a response to growing tensions with Iran, as “concerning”.
Source: Sky News
The Swedish Defence Forum has submitted a report to Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist that seeks to overhaul the Sweden’s defence capabilities, including the addition of four new regiments, and a special brigade that could support Finland in a crisis or war.
Source: Sputnik News
BAE Systems is cooperating with the UK Government to sell arms to Saudi Arabia, after the German Government placed a ban on arms trading with the Middle Eastern nation.
Japan’s defence minister Takeshi Iwaya has announced that pieces of the Japanese F-35 stealth fighter, which crashed into the Pacific Ocean in April, have been found, but the flight recorder’s memory part was missing.
After an internal review, the Indian Army could deploy a number of air defence units, including its Akash air defence system and the Russian-made Kvadrat, near the Pakistan border to intercept incoming aerial threats.
Source: Economic Times
The US-based Center for Strategic and International Studies has released the first satellite images of China’s first homemade full-sized aircraft carrier, a project that is still yet to be confirmed by Beijing.