Rapid Fire June 18, 2013: US Leaves UAV Export Opportunities for China to Pursue
- The US-China Economic and Security Review Commission lists [PDF] reported Chinese UAV projects, and predicts that the USA’s own policies will give China the export opening they need. China may not be ready immediately, but note that the Saudis are already looking elsewhere, and the UAE isn’t likely to be content with unarmed Predator XPs for long.
“The Ministry of Defence (MoD) should have been pleased on May 29, when the high court here dismissed a petition filed by Israel Military Industries (IMI) against the MoD’s blacklisting of the Israeli arms vendor and the cancellation of a Rs 1,060-crore contract for artillery ammunition explosives.
Paradoxically, the MoD is considering challenging that judgment, which has potentially opened the doors for legal challenges by foreign arms vendors against MoD procurement decisions. Even while rejecting IMI’s petition, the court has effectively granted foreign vendors the constitutional right to be treated equally with Indian firms.”
- MBDA’s Concept Visions introduces Hoplite, a 140+ km ramjet-powered precision strike missile that can be containerized for deployment on land, or quad-packed in a VLS cell at sea.
- AviationWeek’s video below reviews military programs presented in Le Bourget this year, and concludes that the tradeshow is going to be dominated by civil contracts: