• Queen Elizabeth sets sail for sea trials

    Queen Elizabeth , the UK's largest ever aircraft carrier, has left Rosyth dockyard for the first time to begin its contractors' sea trails. The 65,000-tonne vessel was manoeuvred out of the dockyard on 26 June prior to subsequently passing under the three major bridges across the Firth of Forth to

  • Bundeswehr Boxer upgrade gets green light

    Following approval form the Bundestag's parliamentary budget committee, the Bundeswehr will see its fleet of Boxer armoured vehicles upgraded from the A1 to A2 standard. The upgrade will probably be undertaken through the Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation (OCCAR), which manages the Boxer

  • ECA demonstrates multiple MCM systems in North Sea trials

    French underwater robotics specialist ECA has shown a 'multi-simultaneous' unmanned mine countermeasures (MCM) 'system of systems' capability to the Belgian Navy under the umbrella of the North Sea Unmanned MCM Trials (BE NSU). The parallel and collaborative 'Detection-to-Identification' MCM

  • Aerial confrontation increases over the Baltic Sea

    The Estonian and Lithuanian authorities have reported that in the seven days ending 20 June NATO jets have scrambled 32 times from their air bases at Ämari in Estonia and Siauliai in Lithuania to identify and escort incoming Russian warplanes over the Baltic Sea and the Gulf of Finland. This

  • Airbus completes H145M deliveries to German special forces

    Airbus Helicopters has delivered the fifteenth and final H145M multirole helicopter to the German Bundeswehr, the company announced on 26 June. The helicopters have been delivered to Laupheim in southern Germany, from where they are being operated by the Kommando Spezialkräfte (KSK) special

  • Belgium to procure French Scorpion vehicles

    Belgium's Council of Ministers announced on 22 June that it had approved the procurement of 60 Jaguar armoured fighting vehicles (AFVs) and 417 Griffon light combat vehicles currently under development in France. The EUR1.1 billion (USD1.23 billion) procurement will also see Belgian and French

  • German parliament passes EUR10 billion worth of defence programmes

    During its penultimate session before the summer recess, the Bundestag's parliamentary budget committee approved defence procurement and modernisation programmes worth EUR10 billion (USD11.2 billion). This included the approval of funding for the procurement of five additional type K130 corvettes

  • Carlskrona completes life extension refit

    Key Points The life extension refit is intended to ensure that Carlskrona can remain in service through to 2025 Saab Kockums was responsible for performing the life extension refit The support vessel HMS Carlskrona has been re-delivered to the Royal Swedish Navy (RSwN) after completing a life

  • Spain procures Super Pumas through NATO

    The Spanish government on 26 June announced the purchase of two Airbus Helicopters Super Puma AS332s for the air force for EUR30 million (USD34 million) through the NATO Support and Procurement Agency. The helicopters will be equipped for search and rescue (SAR) and replace two lost in accidents in

  • SAES to signs underwater systems deal with Kazakhstan

    Spanish underwater warfare specialist SAES (Sociedad Anonima Electronica Submarina) has won a new contract to supply an underwater detection sonar to Kazakhstan that for the first time will be assembled in-country. In addition, SAES announced on 22 June that it has also signed an agreement that

  • Paris Air Show 2017: LASA Engineering unveils its T-Bird armed surveillance aircraft

    Bulgarian company Light Armed Surveillance Aircraft (LASA) Engineering Ltd showcased its T-Bird intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) counter-insurgency (COIN) aircraft for the first time at the Paris Air Show. Based on the Thrush 510G agricultural aircraft airframe, the T-Bird is

  • Paris Air Show 2017: Elbit Systems reveals SkEye wide-area persistent surveillance system

    Elbit has revealed its SkEye wide-area persistent surveillance (WAPS) system at the latest iteration of the Paris Air Show. Yair Ganor, the company's senior director for WAPS business development and marketing, told Jane's that the system "has already been sold to several customers and is

  • German parliament approves Luftwaffe's move from Incirlik to Jordan

    The Bundestag, the German parliament, on 22 June approved the transfer of the Luftwaffe from Incirlik, Turkey, to Al Azraq, Jordan. The vote was 458 to 85, with 23 abstentions. Members of the Bundestag rejected a motion by the Green and left-wing Linke parties for Germany to withdraw altogether

  • Hackers develop new malware command-and-control methods

    Key Points State and non-state hackers have changed how they communicate with malware, moving towards channels that are widely available in target environments, more resistant to law enforcement takedowns, and remain hidden from security software. Hackers have maliciously taken advantage of social

  • Latvia boosts defence spending

    Latvia will meet the NATO target of defence spending of 2% of GDP in January 2018, President Raimonds Vejonis announced on 19 June. After a ceremony to mark the completion of the deployment of NATO's multinational battlegroups at Camp Adazi, Latvia, Vejonis told Jane's that this spending level was

  • Lithuania invests in defence modernisation

    Lithuania spends 32% of its defence budget on equipment, well above the 20% NATO guideline, Defence Minister Raimundas Karoblis told Jane's . NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told a press conference during Exercise 'Iron Wolf 2017' on 20 June that Lithuania and Latvia would achieve NATO's

  • Paris Air Show 2017: Antonov An-132D makes international debut

    Key Points The new Antonov An-132D transport aircraft has made its international debut at the Paris Air Show The aircraft is a collaboration between Ukraine's Antonov and Saudi Arabia's Taqnia Aeronautics and King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology The Antonov An-132D has made its

  • Paris Air Show 2017: L3 Wescam updates MX sensor turret family

    L3 Wescam has updated its MX family of modular electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) turrets, Jane's has learnt from a company spokesperson at the Paris Air Show. Paul Jennison, vice-president of government sales and business development, highlighted the improvements on the company's MX-10 model, which

  • Paris Air Show 2017: Thales outlines counter-UAS system concept

    Thales presented a counter-unmanned aerial system (UAS) concept at this year's Paris Air Show designed to counter hostile or unauthorised unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) penetrating airspace over borders, airports, and key infrastructure sites. Michel Dechanet, product manager within the company's

  • Police arrest a suspect for distribution of Islamic State propaganda in The Netherlands' Utrecht

    AN UNNAMED 18-year-old man, suspected of distributing Islamic State propaganda, was arrested by police during a counter-terrorism operation in the city of Utrecht in The Netherlands on 15 June, Reuters reported. Reports added that the suspect would be held in custody for at least two weeks pending