• Norway signs for Poseidon MMAs

    Norway has signed for five Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime multimission aircraft (MMA) to be delivered between 2022 and 2023, the government announced on 29 March. The Foreign Military Sales (FMS) deal signed between the Norwegian Defence Equipment Agency and the US authorities includes sensors,

  • Baltic minister warns of uncertainties over mass Russian exercises in coming months

    Lithuania's foreign minister, Linas Linkevicius, has warned of major upcoming Russian exercises and deployments designed to test NATO as the alliance establishes its Enhanced Forward Presence (EFP) in Eastern Europe. "It is not simply the numbers," Linkevicius told Jane's on 28 March.

  • Patria and Schiebel work to fit MUM-T technology to Camcopter UAS

    Patria and Schiebel are working to integrate the former's Compact Airborne Networking Data Link (CANDL) communication network onto the latter's Camcopter S-100 rotary-wing unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), it was announced on 30 March. The effort by the Finnish-Norwegian and Austrian companies is

  • Analysing indicators of Russian aggression in the Baltic states

    Key Points Although an invasion of one or more Baltic states by Russia remains unlikely, a number of military and non-military indicators of possible intervention have already been triggered or could be triggered in the short term. The uncertain commitment of US president Donald Trump to NATO

  • General Dynamics, Bell and Boeing discuss investment in Romania

    Romanian economy minister Mihai Tudose has met with a delegation of representatives of General Dynamics, Bell Helicopter and Boeing to discuss possible investments in the country. The meetings on 28 March were arranged under the aegis of the American Romanian Business Council (ARBC). A spokesman

  • German arms embargo angers Turkey

    Turkish defence minister Fikri Isik has described Germany's decision to restrict arms exports to Turkey as unacceptable and called on Berlin to act reasonably. He added that the problems with Germany had not yet affected Turkey's military operations. "We are working hard for the rapid

  • NATO allies brace for finger-wagging from Tillerson on defence spending

    Allied defence spending, counter-terrorism, and Ukraine's security will - at Washington's insistence - top the agenda when NATO foreign ministers meet in Brussels on 31 March. The meeting was moved forward from 6-7 April to enable US secretary of state Rex Tillerson to attend the foreign ministers'

  • Poland receives helicopter tenders from industry

    The bids for Poland's two new helicopter tenders have been submitted to the country's Ministry of National Defence (MND) and Armament Inspectorate for review. Airbus Helicopters told Jane's on 30 March that it had responded to the requests for proposals (RFPs) that were issued in February, while

  • Security Alerts 31 March - 7 April

    Americas Argentina WATCH FOR: Traffic disruption in Buenos Aires and other major cities during a national strike on 6 April Risk analysis: The Association of State Workers (Asociacion de Trabajadores del Estado: ATE) and other powerful labour unions have called for a national strike to take place

  • Spanish spending watchdog calls for more realistic budgeting

    Spain's government spending watchdog, the Tribunal de Cuentas, has warned that defence projects need more "realistic budgeting" to be able to cover the costs of operating new equipment as well as buying it. Addressing a parliamentary commission on 28 March, the tribunal president,

  • Imminent Brexit talks likely to be hampered by Scottish executive's plan to hold independence vote during negotiation process

    Key Points Following the triggering of Article 50 of the European Union's Lisbon Treaty, formal Brexit talks between the United Kingdom and the European Union are unlikely to start before May/June 2017. The UK government will face several key domestic challenges during negotiations with the

  • Norway boosts unmanned MCM

    Key Points The RNoN is looking to boost its MCM capability with additional AUVs Experience with unmanned systems has encouraged the RNoN to develop new MCM CONOPS and ship acquisition plans Norway has ordered four new HUGIN autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) systems from Kongsberg Maritime. The

  • Teledyne completes E2V acquisition

    Teledyne Technologies has completed the acquisition of UK-based E2V Technologies, it was announced on 28 March. The company - a producer of image sensors and camera systems for space, healthcare, and defence and aerospace applications - will now trade as Teledyne E2V. The acquisition was first

  • UK to begin simulator training of pilots ahead of F-35B carrier trials

    The United Kingdom is to begin training pilots of its Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) on BAE Systems' bespoke simulator at Warton, as they prepare for the start of carrier trials aboard HMS Queen Elizabeth next year, the company announced on 29 March. The full-motion

  • UK funds initial SPEAR Cap 3 integration for F-35B

    Key Points The UK has funded initial de-risking of SPEAR Cap 3 integration on the F-35B Lightning II SPEAR Cap 3 integration is planned as part of the Block 4 update The United Kingdom has funded initial integration of the Selective Precision Effects At Range (SPEAR) Capability 3 on the F-35B

  • BAE Systems reports growth for 2016

    BAE Systems released its annual report on 28 March, with sales climbing 11.2%, although the company said much of the growth was tied to favourable exchange rates. BAE had sales of GBP19.0 billion (USD23.6 billion) for 2016, up from GBP17.9 billion. Operating profit climbed to GBP1.7 billion for

  • Bundeswehr orders 1,000 Spike LR ATGMs

    The German parliament gave the green light on 22 March for the Bundeswehr to procure 1,000 Israeli-designed Spike LR anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs) and 97 corresponding launcher units worth EUR158.3 million (USD172 million) from EuroSpike under the Bundeswehr's multirole guided missile system

  • RN retires Sea Skua anti-ship missile from service

    Key Points The Sea Skua anti-ship missile is being officially retired from RN service on 31 March A final high-seas Sea Skua firing was performed on 25 February by a Lynx HMA8 operating from the frigate HMS Portland The UK Royal Navy (RN) has retired the MBDA Sea Skua anti-ship missile from

  • UK, France collaborating on long-range weapons

    Defence officials for the United Kingdom and France signed a collaboration agreement with MBDA to develop future long-range weapons on 28 March. Each country is contributing EUR50 million (USD54 million) for a three-year concept development period where MBDA will review potential missile

  • EDA nations reach for new military network of multimodal transport hubs

    Four new multi-nation projects under the aegis of the European Defence Agency (EDA) have launched their work, of which the biggest aims to create a network of pre-approved multimodal transport hubs across Europe that can be used in support of the EU's Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP).