• LACS launches new TES system

    Italy's Laser Advanced Combat System (LACS) has developed an eponymous laser-based tactical engagement simulation (TES) for live force-on-force training. The system - which was launched at the 2017 International Training and Education Conference (ITEC) in Rotterdam - has the usual configuration of

  • German cartel office ruling could delay follow-on K130 corvette order

    Germany's Federal Cartel Office has ruled that the planned contract award for the construction of five additional K130-class corvettes to the previous contractor consortium of Lürssen and ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) is not in accordance with public procurement law, effectively

  • Portugal to host major NATO IT training facility

    Portugal will host the newly created NATO Communications and Information (NCI) Academy: a major training organisation within the NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCI Agency). Construction of a high-technology, fully secure 13,000 m 2 facility, set to be completed in October 2018, began on

  • UK tops Spanish defence exports for 2016

    The United Kingdom became Spain's biggest defence export market in 2016, accounting for virtually one-third of the total value of EUR4.05 billion (USD4.54 billion). The overall figures represented a new record total for Spain, showing an 8.9% rise on those for 2015, according to the annual report

  • Nexter announces Danish 8x8 CAESAR contract

    French land systems manufacturer Nexter announced on 22 May that it had been awarded a contract by the Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organization (DALO) to supply 15 8x8 CAESAR wheeled self-propelled howitzers (SPHs) to the Royal Danish Army, with an additional six systems included as a

  • Poland swears in first of planned 50,000 local defence troops

    The first 400 volunteers to pass through basic training in Poland's new Territorial Defence Force (WOT) took their oath on 21 May, state and local media have reported. Ceremonies took place in the regional centres of Bialystok, Lublin, and Rzeszów towards the country's eastern border, where the

  • Hungary decides to overhaul its Mi-24 fleet

    The Hungarian government has decided to repair the Hungarian Air Force's obsolete Mi-24 attack helicopter fleet instead of buying new or second-hand aircraft as originally planned, Jane's has learned. The Mi-24s, which have been grounded for some time, are likely to be overhauled in Russia.

  • ITEC 2017: Van Halteren Defence unveils howitzer turret trainer

    Van Halteren Defence has developed a new PzH 2000 self-propelled 155 mm howitzer advanced turret trainer (ATT) for Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) as part of the latter's development of an indirect fire support tactical training centre for Qatar, which was revealed at the 2017 International Training and

  • Denmark's OMT and Indonesian Navy to collaborate on warship designs

    Danish company Odense Maritime Technology (OMT) has signed an agreement with the Indonesian Navy (TNI-AL) to collaborate on designs for naval vessels, the embassy of Denmark in Jakarta has announced. The memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed on 19 May and facilitates naval ship design

  • NATO's C2 and communications networks poised to enter the cloud

    NATO has signed off on a second tranche of its EUR185 million (USD207 million) budget to upgrade the alliance's information technology (IT) networks, communications nodes, and digital devices. Part of NATO's new initiative known as the IT Modernisation (ITM) programme, the work will eventually

  • Sophistication of Manchester attack suggests wider support network than previously seen in UK

    Key Points The Manchester attack is the most significant terrorist incident in the UK since 2005. Use of improvised explosive devices (IED) in the United Kingdom is a more likely attack option than elsewhere in Europe, due to greater difficulty in acquiring firearms. Several indicators point to

  • TDW advances SPEAR warhead solution

    TDW, a wholly owned subsidiary of MBDA Germany, is evolving the design and development of a new unique warhead for the SPEAR stand-off air-to-surface weapon. SPEAR is the MBDA UK solution for the UK Ministry of Defence's (MoD's) Selective Precision Effects At Range Capability 3 (SPEAR Cap 3)

  • Fincantieri reaches terms on majority stake in STX France

    Fincantieri has signed a deal to buy two thirds of the shares of shipbuilder STX France, the company announced on 19 May. Fincantieri will pay EUR79.5 million (USD89.1 million) for the shares, while the French state will retain the residual third of the company’s ownership. The deal had

  • Polish, Italian industry to collaborate on Mk 80 munitions

    Polish industry is about to start production of Mark 82 500 lb and Mark 84 2,000 lb general purpose bombs for the country’s fleet of Lockheed Martin F-16 Falcon aircraft, following the signing of a letter of intent (LOI) between Rheinmetall’s Italian subsidiary, RWM Italia, and

  • Czech MoD launches process to acquire two more C295s

    The Czech Ministry of Defence (MoD) has launched a process to procure an additional two Airbus Defence and Space C295 medium tactical transport aircraft worth CZK2.4 billion (USD102 million) for service with the air arm of the Army of the Czech Republic (ACR). The MoD procurement section began

  • Spain's Guardia Civil seeks new light aircraft to boost maritime patrol capabilities

    Spain's paramilitary Guardia Civil is to add a new light aircraft to the maritime reconnaissance operations carried out by its air wing, the Servicio Aereo (SAER). The bidding process has been announced in the government´s official contracting bulletin for a twin-engine turboprop plane capable

  • Luftwaffe planners request confidential briefing on F-35

    German Luftwaffe planners have officially requested a confidential briefing on the capabilities of the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lighting II Joint Strike Fighter from their US Air Force counterparts. Germany is not involved in the international F-35 programme. The request, which Jane's understands was

  • EU nations to launch permanent defence co-operation after years of hesitation

    After years of dancing around the issue, the 28 EU nations have nailed down their intent to launch so-called permanent structured co-operation (PESCO) in defence. Spurred by Brexit and the growing threats to Europe's security, PESCO will enable any self-selected group of member states to pull ahead

  • First Danish Piranha 5 rolled out by GDELS-Mowag

    The first of 309 Piranha 5 armoured personal carriers (APCs) for the Royal Danish Army was rolled out on 17 May in a ceremony at the facilities of manufacturer General Dynamics European Land Systems - Mowag (GDELS-Mowag) in Kreuzlingen, Switzerland. The Piranha 5 was selected by the Danish Defence

  • FYR Macedonia's Social Democrats likely to form government by end-May, early election unlikely in six-month outlook

    Key Points A SDSM-led government is likely to remain in power in the six-month outlook challenged by the VMRO-DPMNE, which will be in opposition. Nationalist protests, mainly in the capital Skopje, are likely within the next six months. Relations with Albania and Bulgaria are likely to deepen,