The defence industry briefing
The news, views and numbers you need to know about this month
News in numbers
Estimated value of the proposed Raytheon and United Technologies merger
Total value of the weapons sold by the US to countries around the world in fiscal year 2019
Budget announced by the Polish Defence Minister for the modernisation of the Polish military up to 2035
Value of the contract won by Daewoo Shipbuilding to build an upgraded submarine for the South Korean Navy
Spending cap set by the Finnish government for the country's fighter jet procurement project
Number of years the delivery of the US Navy's $7.8bn USS Zumwalt destroyer will be delayed
Cumulative value of the US DoD's spending on combat vehicles by 2024 according to Frost & Sullivan
This month on twitter
The UK's carrier finally has its aircraft!
A huge day for all of us here at #WESTLANT19, and the nation, as we landed on UK F35 Lightnings for the very first time. Here is to the start of 50 years of this incredible joint capability for UK Defence @RoyalNavy @RoyalAirForce #UKF35 #bigdecksfastjets https://t.co/MBn5RcNd8Y— HMS Queen Elizabeth (@HMSQNLZ) October 13, 2019
More photos of F-35s arriving on the HMS Queen Elizabeth - yes, we're excited...
Images not from @RoyalAirForce photogs, but our @RoyalNavy colleagues, LPhots Shepherd & Heller, of the @LockheedMartin @thef35 flown by Naval & Air Force pilots landing, lifting & hovering from the @HMSQNLZ decks as the aircraft takes part in operational trials off the US coast pic.twitter.com/apNHmhi77p— RAF Photographer (@RafPhotog) October 14, 2019
In other news, the US Army is redirecting missiles with AI and other smart tech
The Army successfully tested its ability to redirect munitions in flight in an experiment over the #MohaveDesert involving unmanned aircraft, smart sensors and artificial intelligence. #ArmyTech— U.S. Army (@USArmy) October 15, 2019
Read more: https://t.co/t7I14l1m0q
Photo by @Sikorsky-#Boeing and #BellHelicopter pic.twitter.com/4OS5U0LcqC
...and so does Textron. Who wore it better?
Aerospace and defense company #Textron pulled the covers off a #Revolutionary Robotic Combat Vehicle at the 2019 #AUSA Annual Meeting in Washington D.C.#Textron has unveiled the Ripsaw M5 #Unmanned vehicle in an armed configuration.— ⓵ⒷⓊⓋ🌏📡💥 (@_1BUV) October 14, 2019
The Ripsaw ... https://t.co/inCYi1LE8O pic.twitter.com/nGi5OZeO67