AIRBUS DEFENSE AND SPACE completed first flight of first A330 MRTT Multi Role Tanker Transport for France Sept. 7 in Madrid. First delivery due next year.
BOEING is one of six companies sharing a $499m U.S. Air Force contract for the Aerospace Systems Air Platform Technology Research program.
UK DEFENSE MINISTRY announced competition for Royal Navy Type 31e frigates, with price cap of £250m ($330m) each for the first batch of five.
Brazil’s defense budget—the largest in Latin America—is set to grow this year, following several years in which it failed to keep pace with inflation, according to Forecast International. “Brazil continues to make progress on a number of major acquisition programs, such as the FX-2 and KC-390,” the consultancy says. “However, with budgets declining, future purchases will be limited.” This year, the country’s defense ministry is set to receive a 13.3% increase, to BRL93.3 billion ($29.3 billion).