• New Austrian government increases likelihood for disputes with EU while businesses can expect deregulation and labour-market reforms

    Event On 16 December, incoming Chancellor Sebastian Kurz’s centre-right Austrian People’s Party (Österreichische Volkspartei: ÖVP) finalised a deal with the right-wing, anti-immigration Austrian Freedom Party (Freiheitliche Partei Österreichs: FPÖ) to form a

  • Thales to acquire Gemalto, create new division

    Thales has secured a deal to acquire digital security company Gemalto, which will bring together the expertise the two have in this domain to form a new Digital Security global business unit. Thales announced on 18 December that it was acquiring the company at EUR51 (USD59.90) per share, which

  • UK equipment plans at risk

    UK hopes that “efficiency savings” will free up money to buy new capabilities are “not an adequate basis for delivering major projects at the heart of the UK’s defence capability”, according to an influential committee of parliamentarians. The report by the House of

  • Gripen E contract amended to new-build rather than remanufactured

    The Saab Gripen E combat aircraft will no longer use parts salvaged from retired Gripen Cs, with each aircraft now to be built completely from new. The manufacturer announced on 18 December that the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) had awarded it a SEK400 million (USD47 million)

  • RUAG makes steps to produce ammunition in Brazil

    Swiss ammunition firm RUAG Ammotec and the government of Brazilian State of Pernambuco signed a protocol of intent aimed at establishing a small-calibre ammunition plant in Brazil on 15 December. Authorisation for the plant was first granted by the Brazilian government in September. A location for

  • BAE Systems advances plan for new UK complex radar demonstrator

    BAE Systems is putting forward an investment case for a new UK advanced radar testbed to provide an enduring platform for the development and testing of future multifunction radar (MFR) technologies and techniques. Intended to yield a successor to the previous Multifunction Electronically Scanned

  • BAE Systems to lead new Australian research centre

    BAE Systems Australia will be one of several participants in the Australian Department of Defence’s (DoD’s) new Defence Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for trusted autonomous systems, the DoD announced on 18 December. The DoD said other inaugural members in the new CRC, which will be

  • Japan, UK to expand technology collaboration

    Japan and United Kingdom will enhance defence equipment and technology ties as part of their expanding security relationship, Japanese Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera said following the two countries’ foreign and defence ministerial meeting, which took place in London on 14 December. In a

  • France orders third Caribbean patrol ship

    The French defence procurement agency (DGA) has ordered a third light patrol vessel (Patrouilleur Léger Guyanais: PLG) from French shipbuilder Socarenam. The vessel will be delivered in 2019 for operation from Fort-de-France in Martinique to cover the Antilles archipelago. The vessel will join

  • New Czech prime minister wants to deploy troops to Libya

    Recently appointed Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis has declared his intention to deploy Army of the Czech Republic (ACR) personnel to Libya. This is part of a unilateral effort announced on 13 December to help curb the flow of illegal migrants from the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa into the

  • Airbus CEO, COO to step down

    European defence and aerospace group Airbus announced a plan for a transition to a new top level leadership team on 15 December, with both chief operating officer (COO) and chief executive officer (CEO) announcing the dates of their departure from the company. However, while COO and President of

  • Martin-Baker to supply ejection seats for Taiwan’s new jet trainers

    Taiwan’s Aerospace Industrial Development Corporation (AIDC) has signed an agreement with UK ejection-seat specialist Martin-Baker to support Taiwan’s programme to develop and build advanced jet trainers (AJTs). AIDC said in a statement that under the agreement, which was signed in

  • NATO retires second E-3A to ‘boneyard’

    NATO has retired into storage its second Boeing E-3A Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft, the US Air Force’s (USAF’s) 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group announced on 13 December. The aircraft joins another NATO E-3A that was retired to the

  • RAF Typhoon squadron to train Qatari pilots

    Qatari pilots and ground crew will be integrated into a UK Eurofighter Typhoon squadron for work-up training ahead of the Middle East country taking delivery of its own aircraft in 2022. A new UK Royal Air Force (RAF) Typhoon, 12 (Bomber) Squadron will take on the Qatari training role after it

  • Boeing to upgrade Dutch CH-47F Chinooks

    Boeing has signed an agreement with the Dutch Ministry of Defence (MoD) to upgrade six CH-47F Chinook helicopters to the latest standard. Under the agreement, which was announced by the manufacturer on 14 December, the six modernised helicopters will be delivered back to the Royal Netherlands Air

  • Court jails two would-be Islamic State militants in Belgium's Antwerp

    In Antwerp, the Court of Appeal sentenced two members of the Islamist 'Way of Life' movement to up to five years in prison for propagating militant propaganda and attempting to join the Islamic State.

  • German report calls for more European defence integration

    A German report published at the end of November identifies a “unique opportunity to build more European, more connected, and more capable” European defence forces. The 48-page report, produced by the Munich Security Conference in collaboration with McKinsey and the Hertie School of

  • Jordan receives last of 15 ex-Dutch F-16s

    Jordan has now received all 15 of the F-16 multirole fighters that it has bought from the Netherlands. The Dutch Ministry of Defence announced on 14 December that the final three F-16s flew out from Volkel Air Base for Jordan’s Al-Azraq Air Base earlier that day. The first six left on 25

  • Slovakia launches 4x4 evaluation

    The Slovak Ministry of Defence (MoD) began evaluating potential bids by manufacturers of light 4x4 armoured vehicles in the nine-tonne class during industrial field trials launched on 6–8 December. A total of nine vehicle manufacturers participated in the field evaluations, dubbed Industrial

  • Slovakia unveils BOV 8x8 IFV

    The Konstrukta Defence prototype BOV 8x8 wheeled armoured vehicle made its public debut on 6 December with the indigenously designed EVPU Turra unmanned turret equipped with a Russian 2A42 30 mm automatic cannon. The Slovak Ministry of Defence (MoD) selected Finland’s Patria in early November