Defence companies discover Al Jadaan
The departure of Saudi Arabia’s finance minister Ibrahim Al Assaf on October 31 has prompted concern among Western defence companies because a number of big contracts were awaiting his approval. [...]
The European aircraft manufacturer Airbus has carved a place for itself internationally as an alternative to Boeing thanks to the success of the A330, the A350 and the A380. The company is a merger of French, German and Spanish aircraft makers. As well as its civil activity it has military projects such as Eurofighter Typhoon, in partnership with BAE Systems, the A400M transport aircraft and also combat and transport helicopters. The company also has space programmes.
Turkmenistan is turning into the epicenter of a hard-fought battle between European and Asian defence groups. The Central Asian country under the authoritarian rule of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow is secretly looking to acquire an optical observation satellite system. Intelligence Online [...]
Favourite courtier of African presidents Jacob Zuma, Ali Bongo and Denis Sassou Nguesso, South African Ivor Ichikowitz is little by little making his mark in Central Asia. Alongside such influential regional businessmen as Kenges Rakishev in Kazakhstan and Fuad Seyidaliyev in Azerbaijan, the head of the Paramount arms group is trying to establish himself there, while still maintaining his position [...]
One of the few export markets that has held up despite the global oil crisis, Kazakhstan remains an attractive proposition, if a little complicated, for defence companies. However agents, consultants, corporate intelligence firms and even government intelligence services are grappling [...]