Abdullah Ghaith Al-Mutawaa has been removed from his post as General Manager of Kuwait’s National Offset Company, triggering a debate in Parliament and leaving the NOC functioning by committee, for a time with no-one in charge. After the parliamentary hearing a Committee Chairman was appointed by the Board of Directors.
An ambitious plan by the government of India to consolidate all major civil and defence imports and leverage them through mandatory offsets may not take off thanks to strong opposition from several ministries and the Planning Commission.
A draft regulation, issued by the European Commission will allow EU public bodies to exclude certain bids from outside the EU where such tenders comprise a significant element of non-EU goods and services.
Studies led by the Defence Department and two Joint Strike Fighter contractors will outline options for Japanese companies to manufacture components and play a role in assembling F-35 aircraft.
Two years after Canada’s Department of National Defence pressured other departments to back the F-35 programme by warning that $15.4bn in regional spinoffs could be lost if there were any delays, criticism of the industrial regional benefits are addressed in a hard-hitting report by the Auditor-General.