- German weapons manufacturers are miffed that Sigmar Gabriel, the minister of economic affairs, has deliberately built up a backlog of unapproved export requests. Gabriel is sticking to his guns (bad pun intended) and urges “entrepreneurial consolidation in the industry and the promotion of diversification strategies in the civilian sector.” Deutche Welle.
- Russia eyes joint development of weapons within BRICS [Svobodnaya Pressa], not just as a conduit to sell their weapons, but also to build on expertise in Brazil and South Africa. Brazil’s problem is that the Super Tucano implicitly competes with the Yak-130, while the KC-390 competes with the Russo-Indian MTA.
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