• Czech MoD criticised over industry security clearances

    The Czech Ministry of Defence (MoD) is facing criticism from local defence companies and elements of the indigenous legal community over recent decisions made by former defence minister Karla Slechtova to decline to sign defence contracts with certain Czech defence companies. The grounds for these

  • No final decision yet on UK defence review

    Key Points The UK government has not agreed to the headline findings of the MDP Drafts of the MDP propose GBP2 billion a year extra in capability funding UK government ministers have yet to agree on key aspects of the country’s Modernising Defence Programme (MDP) review, putting its

  • Suspected sectarian loyalists detonate a suspected IED in Northern Ireland's Belfast

    A SUSPECTED improvised explosive device (IED) - described in reports as a pipe bomb - was detonated in Clandeboye Drive in the Short Strand area in east Belfast in Northern Ireland in the United Kingdom on 11 July, BBC News reported. Reports did not contain details of any casualties or damage. No

  • China’s CETC signs advanced technologies deal with Siemens

    The state-owned China Electronics Technology Group Corporation (CETC) has signed an agreement with German engineering group Siemens to collaborate on advanced technologies to support automation, digitisation, and networking, CETC said in a statement on 11 July. CETC said the agreement is focused on

  • SkyGuardian arrives in UK

    A General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI)-owned MQ-9B SkyGuardian became the first unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in its class to cross the Atlantic Ocean, when it touched down in the United Kingdom on 11 July. The medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) UAV, which is the baseline for the

  • PGZ to work with Leonardo on AW249 in move that could push out Polish AH-64E acquisition

    Key Points Poland's state-run PGZ has signed an LOI to co-operate with Leonardo on the Italian firm's AW249 attack helicopter The deal could scupper any chance of Boeing selling the Apache E into Poland On 10 July Jakub Skiba, the president of Poland’s Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa (PGZ), the

  • Portuguese Navy inducts third OPV

    The Portuguese Navy commissioned its third Viana do Castelo-class offshore patrol vessel (OPV), NRP Sines (P 362), on 6 July. NRP Sines and fourth ship NRP Setúbal (P 363) form a second batch of OPVs ordered from a consortium comprising West Sea-Estaleiros Navais and Thales subsidiary EDISOFT

  • RAF looks at UAV swarms

    A UK Royal Air Force (RAF) demonstrator project will examine how swarms of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) could help traditional manned combat aircraft fight in complex and heavily defended airspace. Senior RAF sources told Jane’s that the project was briefed at an industry day in March by

  • Spain spends on urgent requirements

    Although Spain cannot reach the NATO target to spend 2% of GDP on defence in the medium term, the new Socialist government has promised to commit EUR5 billion (USD5.86 billion) on new equipment by the end of 2018. Defence Minister Margarita Robles told the Cadena SER radio station on 11 July that

  • Final batch of M109A4 SPHs arrives in Indonesia

    A final batch of 18 M109A4 self-propelled howitzers (SPHs) arrived in Indonesia from Belgium on 9 July at the port of Tanjung Priok in Jakarta, an Indonesian Army (Tentara Nasional Indonesia-Angkatan Darat: TNI-AD) official has told Jane’s . As of 12 July the 155 mm SPHs were still with the

  • LM highlights Italy’s importance to F-35 programme, as government commitment waivers

    Lockheed Martin has stressed to Jane’s the important role that Italy plays in the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), as the company looks to calm fears that the country might withdraw its participation from the international programme. The Italian Air Force (Aeronautica Militare

  • RAF announces new Typhoon, Protector squadrons

    The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) is to transition its final two Panavia Tornado GR4 units over to new types as it retires the strike aircraft from service over the coming months. Speaking at the Air Power Conference 2018 in London, Chief of the Air Staff (CAS) Air Chief Marshall Sir Steven Hillier said

  • UK-EU exit deal and post-Brexit transition period remain probable despite destabilised UK government and upcoming legislative challenges

    Key Points Although May is likely to be able to avert a leadership challenge until at least October, her position remains exposed to the ruling Conservative Party’s internal divisions over Brexit. While May needs to convince her own party to implement her version of Brexit, she will also

  • L3 acquires Australian businesses

    L3 Technologies has entered agreements to acquire two Australian companies to strengthen its electronics, communications, and cyber capabilities and support growth in international markets, it announced on 11 January. The deals feature Azimuth Security, an information security consultancy firm, and

  • Slovak government selects F-16

    The Slovak coalition government on 11 July announced the selection of the Lockheed Martin F-16 as a replacement fighter for the Slovak armed forces’ obsolete Russian-made MiG-29 based on the recommendation of the Ministry of Defence (MoD). “The Ministry of Defence recommends that within

  • Thales UK invests in directed energy potential

    Thales UK is investigating the potential uses of directed energy to destroy sensors on various platforms, the company has told Jane’s . Speaking to Jane’s at the division’s headquarters in Belfast, Thales air operations and weapon systems UK general manager Philip McBride said the

  • Greece receives EU funding for surveillance equipment

    The Greek Ministry of Defence has announced two programmes for the acquisition of surveillance equipment, to be co-funded by the European Union (EU). The first programme, managed by the Hellenic Navy, concerns the acquisition of up to six electro-optical sensor systems for the service’s eight

  • Northern Aerospace sale collapses

    The sale of UK aerospace component manufacturer Northern Aerospace to Gardner Aerospace Holdings has collapsed ahead of a deadline for a report by the United Kingdom’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) into the deal. Concerns had been raised by the UK government over the potential

  • Warrior Capability Sustainment Programme at risk

    The 2018 report by the UK Infrastructure and Projects Authority (IPA) has downgraded the Warrior Capability Sustainment Programme (WCSP) from amber/red – “successful delivery of the project is in doubt” – in 2017 to red or “unachievable”. The Ajax armoured

  • BMT announces advanced materials partnership in Australia

    UK engineering firm BMT Group has teamed with South Australian technology incubator Innovyz to source from Australia advanced materials and composites for sectors including naval shipbuilding. BMT said on 10 July that the partnership will involve Innovyz engaging with Australian firms, agencies,