07 Apr 2022Aerospace
Embraer announces a global tech partnership to focus on autonomous systems projects

Key Insights and Signals in Aerospace and Defense

Center setup
European Space Agency to build a training center to prepare astronauts for moon missions 
The company is building a brand-new lunar center in Germany to train astronauts for deployment on moon missions. LUNA is expected to make an important contribution to the preparation process of astronauts before they embark on missions into space over the coming decades. Read More>>
Deal
Elbit Systems to supply ammunition for Swedish Leopard tanks 
The companies have secured a contract to supply ammunition for the Swedish Armed Forces Leopard main battle tanks (MBTs). The Swedish Defense Materiel Administration awarded a nearly USD 27 Mn contract. Elbit Systems will deliver M339 120mm ammunition and data setting units for the Leopard tanks. Read More>>
Boeing’s Eagle-II fighter may join the race for an Indian Air Force contract 
The Indian Air Force (IAF), which is acquiring 114 multi-role combat aircraft (MRCA) from the global market, will relish the option of buying the highly capable F-15EX Eagle-II, developed and built by The Boeing Company. The Eagle-II is the world’s fastest and most heavily armed. Read More>>
Kongsberg Defense Australia signed a contract with Hanwha for LAND 8116 
This capability has resulted in Kongsberg Defense Australia signing a USD 67 Mn acquisition contract with Hanwha for C4 systems and integration. Kongsberg’s Australian presence continues to grow with this contract creating up to 30 local jobs around the country. KONGSBERG will integrate the Protected Mobile Fires capability into the Army’s C4 Force Structure. Read More>>
Northrop Grumman to support Astute Class PMS 
The company has been awarded a contract for in-service support of the Astute Class submarine Platform Management System (PMS) by the Submarine Delivery Agency (SDA), a Ministry of Defense executive agency. Northrop Grumman is the original equipment manufacturer of the state-of-the-art, fully integrated PMS installed on Astute Boats 4 to 7. Read More>>
US awards Boeing a USD 500 Mn Taiwan Harpoon contract 
The company awarded Boeing a Harpoon Coastal Defense System (HCDS) contract for Taiwan. The contract runs through December 2028 and includes 100 launcher transporter units, 25 radar units, and HCDS training equipment. Read More>>
India’s Adani group bags two mega power projects in Sri Lanka 
Two renewable energy projects involving the Adani Group aimed to generate a combined capacity of 500 MW at the cost of USD 500 Mn. Both projects are in the Northern Province, where New Delhi objected to a Chinese energy project last year. Read More>>
Partnerships
Lockheed Martin partners with Israel Aerospace Industries on global air defense 
Lockheed Martin and IAI have agreed to jointly promote a ground-based air defense (GBAD) system centered around the Lockheed Martin United Kingdom Sky Keeper and the BARAK MX system. They will promote their technological and manufacturing expertise in air defense solutions that protect military forces and high-value assets from missile threats worldwide. Read More>>
Embraer expands tech partnerships in autonomous flight; Eve and Acciona enter strategic partnership 
The company announced a broad set of new technological partnerships with global companies focused on breakthrough technologies in the autonomous systems arena. The companies will work together in an open innovation approach to develop and evaluate several new autonomous flight technologies in simulation and actual flight conditions. Read More>>
Executive Movement
Raytheon Technologies names Barbara Borgonovi as SVP of Corporate Strategy & Development 
Barbara Borgonovi was named Raytheon’s Sr VP of Corporate Strategy & Development. Borgonovi will be responsible for developing corporate strategies that enhance profitability and performance and assessing merger and acquisition opportunities to drive overall company growth. Read More>>
Tata Sons board appoints N Chandrasekaran as the Chairman of Air India 
Tata Sons Chairman N. Chandrasekaran is the next Chairman of Air India. The hunt for Air India CEO continues. Earlier this month, Turkish national Ilker Ayci declined to be the chief executive of Air India. As some reports had indicated, Ayci was allegedly considered close to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, an ally of Pakistan. Read More>>
Lockheed Martin announces New Skunk Works’ leader 
The company named John Clark, the VP and GM of Advanced Development Programs (ADP), also known as Skunk Works, succeeding Jeff Babione, who will retire at the end of the month. Read More>>
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Key Funding Alert

AE Industrial Partners leads USD 75 Mn Series-B Growth Equity Investment in Firefly Aerospace
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