China develops defence technology


In this IT in defence World Wide Wrap: China pushes defence technology development, Allied Technologies, LongReach merge and govt issues blacklist of 118 defence suppliers.

China develops defence technology

The Chinese Government plans to enhance its capability for innovation, development and rapid supply of new-generation weaponry over the next 15 years under a new national development programme, reports VN Agency.

The outline of the development programme on science and technology for national defence in the 2006 to 2020 period was passed by the Commission of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence.

The outline stresses that the country will develop high-tech weaponry and use new technology to reinforce a mechanised and information-based army.

Allied Technologies, LongReach merge

Australian defence department suppliers Allied Technologies and microwave radio and multiservice switch developer LongReach are planning to merge, TMC Net.

The two groups said today the proposed merger would result in the first listed mid-tier supplier of ICT-based products, services and support aimed at the defence sector.

Allied will acquire all the shares in LongReach through the issue of one Allied share for every 2.5 LongReach shares resulting in a 26.8% premium for LongReach shareholders.

Govt issues blacklist of 118 defence suppliers

To clean up purchases, the Indian ministry of defence has circulated a list of banned vendors, including Denel and several private firms, reports Indian Express.

In this, its first such exercise, the ministry has compiled a nationwide blacklist of 118 companies, suppliers and vendors banned from doing any business with the government.

These range from several private firms in India to international arms majors, even a country, the former Yugoslavia.