• Challenger 2 MBT LEP selection draws closer

    The 24-month Assessment Phase (AP) to determine the winning bidder for the British Army Challenger 2 main battle tank (MBT) Life Extension Programme (LEP) is due to be completed at the end of 2018. Two competitors – a BAE Systems-led team that includes General Dynamics Land Systems UK, and

  • Jordan restructures its armoured formations

    Key Points The Royal Jordanian Army is restructuring its armoured units with the addition of second-hand AFVs from Italy and Germany Its ex-British Army Challenger 1 MBTs will be retired The Royal Jordanian Army (RJA) is restructuring its armoured forces, with second-hand Iveco Centauro 105 mm

  • AHRLAC launches into US market

    South Africa’s Paramount Group announced on 22 February that it was launching its Advanced High-Performance Reconnaissance Light Aircraft (AHRLAC) aircraft into the US market. Known as the Bronco II, the company is aiming to promote the aircraft to the United States as a potential light

  • Centaur emerges as MTRS Inc II solution

    Endeavor Robotics has revealed details of its new Centaur unmanned ground vehicle (UGV), which is the platform chosen to fill the US Army’s MTRS Inc II requirement. Centaur is a mid-sized, tracked platform that has been designed to carry out a range of missions, including ordnance disposal,

  • European Parliament committee approves money for defence capability projects but with provisos

    The European Parliament’s Industry and Research Committee on 21 February approved, by 49 to 12 votes, EUR500 million (USD618 million) in kick-start funding for the European Union’s proposed European Defence Industrial Development Programme (EDIDP) for 2019-20. However, parliament wants

  • UK defence secretary seeks new Dreadnought spending plan

    UK Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson is seeking a rescheduling of spending on four Dreadnought-class ballistic missile submarines as part of his Modernising Defence Programme (MDP) review. Williamson revealed his pitch to the UK Treasury (finance ministry) in testimony to the House of Commons

  • Baltic states boost artillery capabilities

    The defence forces of Estonia and Lithuania are upgrading the indirect fire capability of their land elements, military officials from both Baltic countries highlighted at the IQPC Future Indirect Fires Eastern Europe Conference held in Bucharest, Romania. The Estonian Land Forces maintains two

  • US Navy interested in air force's retired MQ-1 Predator UAVs

    US Navy (USN) officials are discussing acquiring General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) MQ-1 Predator unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) the US Air Force (USAF) plans to retire, according to a USAF spokesperson. USAF spokesperson First Lieutenant Annabel Monroe said on 20 February that the

  • Brazilian Army to acquire bridging equipment from GDELS

    The Brazilian Army is buying one Improved Ribbon Bridge (IRB) floating bridge system from General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) as part of its Army Strategic Program. A tender was issued in late 2017 through the Brazilian Army Commission in Washington, DC. The contract is now being

  • India's MoD approves purchase of additional ICVs

    India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) approved procurements worth INR18.50 billion (USD286 million) for the Indian Army (IA) and the Indian Navy (IN) on 20 February. The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), which is headed by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, cleared the acquisition of 156

  • USN awards contract for LPD, but concerns grow over amphib force size

    The US Navy (USN) awarded Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) a USD1.4 billion contract on 16 February to start building amphibious ship landing platform dock (LPD) 29, but federal lawmakers, defence analysts, and the country's top marine have voiced concerns about the size of the amphibious force.

  • US approves Apache upgrade for Netherlands

    The United States has approved the remanufacture of Boeing AH-64D Apache Longbow attack helicopters operated by the Netherlands to AH-64E Apache Guardian standard. According to a US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notification posted on 20 February, the State Department has approved the

  • Romania announces new submarine programme

    The Romanian Navy is considering a new submarine programme under the strategic procurement plan, the country's defence minister has revealed. Mihai Fifor told a press conference on 20 February: "Naval forces specialists are discussing what kind of submarine we need to have. Once the technical

  • Team Leander presses UK credentials for Type 31e bid

    Key Points Cammell Laird has teamed with BAE Systems Naval Ships under the banner of ‘Team Leander’ The Leander design is being pitched as a low-risk, low through-life cost solution for Type 31e The Cammell Laird/BAE Systems ‘Team Leander’ bidding for the UK Royal

  • Australia’s Hobart AWD completes first replenishment at sea

    The Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN’s) first of three 7,000-tonne Hobart-class air warfare destroyers (AWDs) has conducted its first-ever replenishment at sea (RAS). In an 18 February statement the RAN said HMAS Hobart carried out the move with the 3,800-tonne frigate HMAS Anzac off the

  • Lockheed Martin begins assembly of first HH-60W CRH helo

    Lockheed Martin has begun the assembly of the first Sikorsky HH-60W Combat Rescue Helicopter (CRH) for the US Air Force (USAF), ahead of the type’s maiden flight planned for the end of this year. The assembly of the Engineering Manufacturing Development (EMD) aircraft, which was announced by

  • UK confirms LPH sale to Brazil

    The UK government has confirmed the sale of the landing platform helicopter (LPH) vessel HMS Ocean to Brazil for GBP84 million (USD117 million). Under a sales agreement signed on 19 February, the Brazilian Navy will take possession of the 22,000-tonne specialist amphibious aviation ship in June

  • Brazil cuts three aircraft from Skyhawk fighter upgrade

    The Brazilian Navy’s Naval Aviation Force will receive six modernised McDonnell Douglas Skyhawk (three AF-1B single-seat and three AF-1C twin-seat) fighters, instead of nine AF-1Bs and three AF-1Cs as originally planned in an April 2009 contract with Embraer. The move is due to Brazil’s

  • Russian Navy begins aerial refuelling training for its combat pilots

    The Russian Navy is training its combat pilots in the techniques of aerial refuelling for the first time in recent history, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) disclosed on 19 February. Pilots from the Naval Aviation Directorate and the Baltic and Black Sea Fleets flying Sukhoi Su-30SM

  • First Texan II trainers delivered to RAF Valley

    The first of 10 Beechcraft T-6C Texan II trainer aircraft to be operated under the UK Military Flight Training System (UKMFTS) programme have been delivered to Royal Air Force (RAF) Valley on Anglesey. The first two aircraft were received on 16 February, from where they will be used to deliver the

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