• Germany and France agree on details of joint C-130J squadron

    The deputy chiefs of defence staff of France and Germany signed an agreement on 18 October setting the foundations for co-operation in air transport, the German Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 19 October. The agreement was signed by French Admiral Philippe Coindreau and German Vice Admiral

  • BMD-modified SMART-L tested in ‘Formidable Shield 2017’

    Post-event analysis is underway to determine if the interception of a medium-range ballistic missile (MRBM) target by a US Navy (USN) Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block 1B missile during Exercise ‘Formidable Shield 2017’ was the consummation of a Launch on Remote (LoR) engagement enabled by

  • Naval Group appoints new head of international development

    French state-owned shipbuilder Naval Group (formerly DCNS) announced the appointment of Alain Guillou to the position of Executive Vice President for International Development on 20 October. In the role, Mr Guillou, who previously led the company’s human resources and operations division,

  • RAF Typhoon jets to receive collision awareness system

    UK Royal Air Force (RAF) Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft are to receive a collision awareness system to help reduce the possibility of mid-air collisions involving both civilian and military aircraft. UK procurement officials are in the process of finalising a contract with an unnamed supplier

  • RSS 2017: Fincantieri eyes export market for its PPA

    Key Points Intention covers both the lightly armed patrol configuration and full combat version Exportability of combat configuration subject to successful BMD solution Fincantieri intends to continue an aggressive export strategy of its naval products in the future, encompassing also the latest

  • Thales’ defence sales down in third quarter

    French defence and transportation company Thales revealed details of its third quarter performance on 19 October, reporting sales of EUR3.1 billion (USD3.7 billion) for the period, a 2.9% fall year on year. Defence & Security remained Thales’ largest segment in Q3 2017, with sales of

  • UK looks to replace Desert Hawk mini UAV

    British Army chiefs are hoping that the upcoming war fighting development experiment will generate the replacement for its fleet of 221 Lockheed Martin Desert Hawk Mk 3 mini-unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Senior army officers involved in intelligence, surveillance, targeting, acquisition, and

  • Cammell Laird and BAE Systems team for UK Type 31e frigate bid

    Key Points Cammell Laird and BAE Systems have signed a teaming agreement to bid for UK’s Type 31e frigate programme. Birkenhead-based Cammell Laird, which has a pedigree in commercial ship repair and shipbuilding, will prime the bid. UK shipyard Cammell Laird and BAE Systems have teamed to

  • Saab contracted to supply PFS for Meteor BVRAAM

    Saab has signed a contract worth approximately SEK150 million (USD18.4 million) with MBDA to deliver the radar proximity fuze subsystem (PFS) for the Meteor Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile (BVRAAM). Deliveries to MBDA will take place during the 2020-2021 timeframe. The PFS, which is developed

  • UK Single Source Regulations Office chief resigns

    The head of the UK single source contracts watchdog has resigned in a surprise move that has seen the organisation lose three senior leaders in 18 months. In a brief statement issued on 16 October, the UK’s Single Source Regulations Office (SSRO) announced that its chief executive, Marcine

  • ADEX 2017: Cobham gains more work on KF-X programme

    Cobham announced on 17 October that it had been awarded a contract from South Korea’s Korean Aerospace Industries (KAI) for the design and supply of a conformal antenna suite for the KAI Korean Fighter – Experimental (KF-X) programme. According to Cobham, the conformal antenna suite

  • Norway increases defence spending, reinforces northern forces

    Norwegian Defence Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide announced on 12 October an increase of NOK3 billion (USD378 million) in defence spending and a major reorganisation of forces in the far north of the country. She said it was essential and in the interests of all Arctic states to maintain

  • UK moves to change M&A rules

    Key Points Proposed new regulations to enable increased government intervention on national security grounds in acquisition by foreign companies The move comes as European concerns about foreign ownership in sensitive technologies increase The UK government announced on 17 October that it plans

  • Volvo abandons defence divestment

    Volvo Group announced on 17 October that it had discontinued plans to divest the company’s Government Sales business unit. “Our Governmental Sales operation has a positive development and a strong order book,” Jan Gurander, Deputy CEO and CFO at Volvo Group said. “We have

  • AMRDEC to assess Thales induction rocket technology

    The US Army’s Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center (AMRDEC) is to evaluate Thales’ induction rocket system technology under a six-month US Foreign Technology Assessment Support (FTAS) contract, signed in early October. Under the provisions of the FTAS

  • Management of Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems Australia completes company buyout

    The management of Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems Australia (tkMSA) has bought out the company from its German parent group, it has been announced. The company is now known as Australian Maritime Technologies Pty Ltd (AMT), its name before ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) acquired it in 2013.

  • Portugal proposes 2018 defence budget

    The Portuguese government has proposed a defence budget of EUR2.151 billion (USD2.524 billion) for 2018, compared to EUR2.149 billion in 2017. The budget, which was submitted to the national parliament on 13 October, includes EUR270 million for equipment, a 9.3% increase compared to 2017, as well

  • Airbus warns of consequences in investigations

    Amid media speculation regarding ongoing legal action against Airbus for bribery allegations relating to a number of activities – including the sale of the Eurofighter Typhoon to Austria in 2003 – the company has reaffirmed its stance that the sale was legal, and stated that the

  • Argentine Army to receive 20 JetRanger helicopters

    The Argentine Army expects by December or January to receive 20 Agusta (Bell) AB 206 JetRanger helicopters purchased from the Italian government. The delivery would follow lengthy negotiations and delays after an initial proposal in 2009. The helicopters belonged to Italy’s Carabinieri and

  • EU moves to extend mission in Bosnia-Herzegovina

    Meeting in Brussels on 16 October, national foreign ministers agreed to extend Operation ‘Althea’: the EU’s peacekeeping mission in Bosnia-Herzegovina (BiH). The extension awaits a renewed mandate from the UN. Declaring their “unequivocal commitment” to BiH as a single