Low blows in US-Israel missile contract race
The Indian Army’s recent order of the Spike missile from Israel’s Rafael could be placed in jeopardy by determined US rivals for the business. [...]
MBDA is a European missile manufacturer that was formed from the merger of France’s Matra, Alenia Marconi Systems and Matra BAE Dynamics. The company often competes for contracts with Raytheon. It developed the Meteor and the Storm Shadow missiles that are used by the British and French armies.
An attack on the Saudi Arabia’s Al Makkah frigate by Houthi forces on January 30 revived another war: the one between Thales and MBDA to equip the Saudi navy with missiles. [...]
Israel's strategically-key defence exports have been stagnating, with figures released by the defence ministry earlier this month revealing that sales stood at $5.66 billion in 2015, flat on 2014 and down 10% on 2013. Israel's political and defence establishments are [. [...]
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 [. [...]