• 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

  • Indra unveils new Cyber Range for ‘personalised’ cyber defence training

    Spanish IT and systems group Indra has begun working on an adaptation of its cyber attack training platform that it claims will be the first to match up with the capability levels and concrete needs of an individual end user. Indra’s Minsait Cyber Range is claimed to be capable of generating

  • Keel laid for Swedish SIGINT ship

    The keel-laying ceremony for the Royal Swedish Navy’s (RSwN’s) new signals intelligence (SIGINT) vessel took place at the PGZ Group-owned Nauta Shipyard in Gdynia, Poland, on 15 June, building on an agreement signed between the two companies in 2016 to facilitate work on naval

  • Russian Army fields latest artillery fire direction vehicles

    The Russian Army is replacing its legacy artillery fire direction vehicles with the new PRP-4A Argus platform, Jane’s has learnt. “The artillery men of the Central Military District [TsVO] and Southern Military District [YuVO] are mastering the vehicles,” a military source told

  • Seychelles withdraws offer to India for military base

    Seychelles has revoked an offer that would have allowed India to construct and operate a military base on one of its islands and boost its presence in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR). The president of Seychelles, Danny Faure, said during a press conference on 4 June that the 27 January agreement

  • Slovak Armed Forces receive new IFVs

    Slovak Defence Minister Peter Gajdoš handed 21 upgraded infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) to Lieutenant General Daniel Zmeko, the chief of defence staff, at the end of May. The Slovak Ministry of Defence (MoD) said the vehicles were handed over to the ISTAR Battalion in Prešov and 10 to

  • Taliban reject Kabul’s offer to extend Afghan ceasefire

    The Taliban militant group has rejected an offer by Afghan president Ashraf Ghani to extend a ceasefire that coincided with the holiday marking the end of the Islamic month of Ramadan. "The ceasefire ends tonight [17 June] and our operations will begin, inshallah [God willing]. We have no

  • Enders warns governments about European fighter programme

    Airbus Chief Executive Officer Tom Enders has cautioned that any attempt by the governments of the individual nations involved in the development of the ongoing European fighter programme to control the industrial input will hinder the progress of the project. In an interview with Frankfurter

  • Indra announces new man-portable EW, signals intelligence system

    Indra has developed a new one-man portable electronic warfare (EW) system capable of tracking an adversary’s radar signals, and using the signals to detect its defence systems. The Spanish group said the device could be useful in rugged terrain, where it would be difficult for a normal

  • Ukraine highlights MT-LB Shturm-SM-2 tank destroyer

    Ukraine’s UkrInnMash Corporation is developing the Shturm-SM-2 tank destroyer based on the widely deployed MT-LB multipurpose tracked armoured fighting vehicle (AFV) that was originally manufactured in the Ukraine and in service with over 20 countries. The rear troop compartment of the

  • Boeing expands engineering presence in India

    Boeing has announced the expansion of its engineering and technology facility in Bangalore, India. Boeing said the newest phase of the Boeing India Engineering and Technology Centre (BIETC), which was inaugurated on 15 June, will double its existing footprint of 160,000 sq ft and will accommodate

  • China’s CETC showcases acoustic gunfire detection device

    The Beijing-based CETC International has developed a tripod-mounted acoustic detection device, which it claims to be in production and in service. The device comprises a set of three acoustic sensors mounted horizontally that cover a 360° arc, with an additional detector mounted on top to

  • India’s Reliance commits to composites investment

    Indian energy group Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) is setting up an entity to produce carbon-fibre composites for aerospace and defence, the group announced in its annual report published on 15 June. According to RIL, the new enterprise – Reliance Composites Solutions (RCS) – will be

  • Multi-party coalition likely to support Colombian president-elect, supporting fiscal reform but tempering hostility to FARC peace accord

    Key Points Incoming president Iván Duque is likely to form a multi-party coalition similar to the outgoing National Unity coalition of President Juan Manuel Santos, leading to a stable government. The coalition is likely to broadly support the government’s economic indicatives of tax

  • UK loses Watchkeeper to accident

    The UK military lost another Thales WK 450 Watchkeeper to an accident on 13 June, when one of the British Army’s unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) crashed near West Wales Airport at Aberporth. The UAV came down close to the airfield from which it was operating, bringing to five the number of