• Swedish submarine Gotland to relaunch after MLU

    The Swedish diesel submarine HSwMS Gotland will begin sea trials after its relaunch in Karlskrona on 20 June following a mid-life upgrade (MLU), Saab announced on 18 June. Gunnar Wieslander, senior vice-president and head of business area Kockums at Saab, said the MLU included the integration of a

  • US DISA issues SETI unrestricted pool awards

    The US Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) has awarded USD7.5 billion to 14 large businesses to find solutions for complex IT engineering and developmental requirements for the US Department of Defense (DoD). The Systems Engineering, Technology, and Innovation (SETI) contracts will initially

  • Belgium delays, rescopes fighter programme

    Belgium’s ongoing programme to replace its Lockheed Martin F-16AM/BM Fighting Falcon fleet has been hit by another roadblock, as the government considers a previously disregarded option to upgrade its incumbent fleet and not necessarily acquire a new-build aircraft. Two offerings were being

  • Bulgaria proposes joint UAV production with Israel

    Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov has proposed joint production of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) before a meeting which discussed the proposal with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem on 12 June. Under the upcoming tender for a new jet fighter for the Bulgarian Air

  • Elta 3D air-defence radar excluded from NATO air-defence architecture

    The NATO Air and Missile Defence Command and Control Security Accreditation Board (ASAB) informed the Czech Ministry of Defence (MoD) on 7 June that the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) Elta EL/M-2084 3D mobile air-defence radar (MADR) systems it plans to procure for the Army of the Czech

  • UK parliamentarians call for defence spending increase towards 3% of GDP

    The UK parliamentary defence committee has published a report calling for defence spending to be increased towards 3% of gross domestic product (GDP) to provide the necessary resources for national security. Entitled ‘Beyond 2 per cent: A preliminary report on the Modernising Defence

  • US grants additional Sherpas to Brazil

    The Brazilian Army will receive additional four Short Brothers’ C-23B+Sherpa light utility aircraft as US excess defense articles (EDAs) in order to further increase its aerial transport capability, Jane’s was told in mid June. A first tranche of four former US Army National Guard

  • US, South Korea suspend ‘Ulchi Freedom Guardian’ exercise

    The United States and South Korea have agreed to suspend this year’s joint ‘Ulchi Freedom Guardian’ military exercise scheduled for August amid ongoing efforts by the two countries to ease tensions with, and denuclearise, North Korea. The move comes after US President Donald Trump

  • Alliance between Iraqi rival Shia coalitions reduces risk of inter-Shia violence; ongoing recount likely to delay government formation

    Key Points The announcement of an alliance between Muqtada al-Sadr and Hadi al-Ameri, is a step forward for government formation, while reducing the likelihood of intra-Shia militia fighting. The alliance announcement was likely intended to pre-empt calls for a rerun of the 12 May parliamentary

  • China offers military credit to Cambodia

    China has agreed to provide Cambodia with more than USD100 million in aid to support the modernisation of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces (RCAF), the government in Phnom Penh has announced. The funding will be provided through a defence co-operation agreement (DCA) signed by the two countries

  • Double suicide and RPG attack kills at least 31 people in Nigeria's Borno

    AT LEAST 31 people were killed and an unspecified number of others were wounded in a double suicide and rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) attack by suspected Wilayat Gharb Afriqiyya - formerly Boko Haram - militants in the Shuwari and Abachari districts in Damboa local government area (LGA) in

  • Dynetics ramps up GBU-69/B production for USSOCOM

    Huntsville-based Dynetics has been awarded a USD470 million indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract to ramp up production levels of its GBU-69/B Small Glide Munition (SGM) for the US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). The award follows an USSOCOM pre-solicitation notice, issued

  • Elbit Systems cleared for IMI acquisition

    Elbit Systems confirmed on 19 June that it has reached an agreement to acquire state-owned IMI Systems from the Israeli government. Approved by the Committee for the Tender of the Sale of State Shares and by the board of directors of Elbit, the deal will see IMI become a private entity at an

  • Thailand procures IRIS-T missiles for F-5 fighters

    Thailand is to integrate the IRIS-T short-range air-to-air missile (AAM) onto its fleet of Northrop F-5E/F Tiger II fighter aircraft, Diehl Defence announced on 18 June. A contract for an unspecified number of IRIS-Ts to equip the Royal Thai Air Force’s (RTAF’s) F-5s was signed on 14

  • Chinese shipbuilding executive under investigation

    A senior executive at one of China’s biggest naval shipyards is under investigation for alleged misconduct, China’s Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) said in a statement on 16 June. According to the CCDI, Sun Bo, general manager and president of the China Shipbuilding

  • Eurosatory 2018: Excalibur Army showcases BM-21 MRL upgrade

    Richard Fowler Czech company Excalibur Army displayed a prototype of its new BM-21 MT multiple rocket launcher (MRL) platform at Eurosatory 2018 in Paris. The BM-21 MT 4x4 is an upgrade to legacy BM-21 Grad systems currently in service using a new Tatra chassis, armoured cab, and artillery-related

  • Macedonia agrees with Greece to be renamed North Macedonia

    Greece and Macedonia signed an agreement on 17 June aimed at settling the decades-long dispute over Macedonia's name. Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzi and his Macedonian counterpart, Nikola Dimitrov, signed the agreement to change the name to the Republic of North Macedonia to overcome Athens'

  • Saab, Damen team for Brazilian corvettes

    Swedish defence company Saab and Dutch shipbuilder Damen have announced on 18 June that they have teamed up to offer an adapted version of the Sigma 10514 design for the Brazilian Navy’s Tamandaré-Class Corvette (CCT) acquisition. The navy is seeking four general-purpose corvettes under

  • SENER acquires TRYO

    SENER Group has agreed to buy fellow Spanish engineering and technology group TRYO Aerospace & Electronics, the company announced on 18 June. Until now majority owned by private investment fund Alantra, TRYO is also involved in work on defence systems, notably in the radio communications

  • Civilian industrialist tapped as Russian military’s chief of armaments

    On 13 June, Russian President Vladimir Putin appointed former Kalashnikov general director Aleksei Krivoruchko to be deputy defence minister and chief of armaments. Krivoruchko replaces Yuri Borisov, who was promoted to deputy prime minister for defence industry in May. Krivoruchko’s primary