Axon, Greek offset strategist
A German probe into the alleged payment of bribes by armoured vehicle maker Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) has put Greek consultant Thomas Liakounakos’ firm Axon in the spotlight. [...]
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.
Lebanon’s acquisition of military materiel under a $1 billion envelope that Riyadh granted to prime minister Saad Hariri in August is proceeding apace. Intelligence Online can also reveal that there has been a breakthrough on Saudi Arabia’s $3 billion package [...]
In Central Asia, like the Middle East, electronic border protection has become the latest must-have technology. But although the countries concerned are in a hurry to respond to urgent problems, the European defence industry is increasingly reticent about supplying such [...]