• Romanian government approves purchase of HIMARS, corvettes

    Romania’s commitment to raise its defence budget to the NATO-stipulated target of 2% of GDP has led to the new Romanian government approving on 15 February the procurement of a number of previously requested US-sourced land systems – notably artillery rocket systems – as well as

  • Saab reports strong 2017 figures

    Saab has reported higher sales across all business units and a double digit rise in order bookings in 2017 on the back of what it described as “strong” interest in its products. The Swedish defence and security group reported sales of SEK31.4 billion (USD3.95 billion) for the year; 10%

  • Saab notes AEW&C sales successes in 2017

    Saab secured SEK3.35 billion (USD420 million) in sales for its airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) systems in 2017, the company disclosed during its annual results briefing on 16 February. The figure was secured across two separate sales announced in January and May of last year, valued

  • Sweden to reintroduce ASW 600 anti-submarine grenade launcher

    The Royal Swedish Navy (RSwN) is to return the ASW 600 Elma anti-submarine grenade launching system to frontline service as part of efforts to bolster its anti-submarine warfare (ASW) capabilities. According to Sweden’s Defence Materiel Administration (FMV), the ASW-600 Elma systems –

  • India approves JV between Reliance and Thales

    The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has approved the setting up of a joint venture (JV) between Reliance and Thales to support the Indian Air Force’s (IAF’s) procurement of 36 Dassault Rafale multirole combat aircraft. In approving the JV, the CCI said in a recently published

  • Belgium joins multinational MRTT programme

    On the first day of the NATO defence ministers’ meeting in Brussels on 14–15 February, Belgium joined the European programme to acquire a multinational unit of Airbus A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft. It joins lead nation the Netherlands and Luxembourg, which launched the

  • Canada to rejoin NATO E-3A Component after seven-year absence

    Canada is to rejoin the NATO E-3A Component about seven years after it left the multinational NATO Airborne Early Warning and Control Force (NAEW&CF), the country’s government announced on 14 February. Canada was one of the 12 founder nations of the E-3A Component in 1979, but withdrew

  • European MALE RPAS passes further developmental milestone

    The multinational European Medium-Altitude Long-Endurance (MALE) Remotely-Piloted Air System (RPAS) has passed its System Requirements Review (SRR), the Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation (OCCAR) announced on 14 February. The milestone, which took place in January, initiates the second

  • Norway seeks 12.7 mm M2 QCB heavy machine guns

    The Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency seeks to buy up to 1,300 M2 heavy machine guns (HMGs), together with spare parts and tools, through a seven-year framework agreement published on 9 February. An initial order of an estimated 1,100 HMGs will replace Norway’s current M2 QCB inventory. The

  • Number of senior UK MoD civilian officials continues to grow

    A drive by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) to cut the number of senior civilian officials and military officers has not yet produced reductions in top brass, according to analysis by Jane’s. For nearly eight years, successive UK defence secretaries have tried to cut the number of senior

  • Portugal takes steps to make its soldiers more effective

    The Portuguese Army is working to significantly improve its soldiers’ mobility, survivability, firepower, and C4I capabilities in different terrain through the acquisition of a range of new equipment. The first troops will be equipped in 2019 with an advanced modular solution offering open

  • Safran partners Australian firm on PASEO sighting system

    Safran has entered a partnership with Australian firm Thomas Global Systems (TGS) to collaborate on manufacturing defence systems, the Australian Department of Defence (DoD) said on 14 February. Under the agreement, Sydney-based TGS will set up a manufacturing facility to produce and maintain

  • Airbus Group orders up for 2017

    Airbus increased its order intake by EUR24 billion (USD21.3 billion) year-on-year, with significant contributions from the Defence and Space division, including orders for light and medium transports, A330 MRTT tankers, and a Eurofighter Typhoon contract from Kuwait, the company has announced

  • Bids in for Belgian fighter replacement

    The United Kingdom and United States and their respective industries have submitted final bids to Belgium for the replacement of its ageing Lockheed Martin F-16AM/BM Fighting Falcon fleet, while France is seemingly retaining its position outside of the formal competition, announcing further industry

  • British Army unveils Sky Sabre air defence system

    The British Army unveiled the major components of its Sky Sabre air defence system at a customer engagement event on 5 February. The event, hosted by 16 Regiment Royal Artillery at its home base at Baker Barracks, Thorney Island in West Sussex, brought together for the first time in a public forum

  • Germany, Spain to acquire Thales FZ 70 mm rockets for Tiger fleets

    Germany’s Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support and the Spanish Army’s Logistics Support Command have awarded Thales contracts of an undisclosed value to supply 70 mm (2.75 inch) air-to-surface rockets for their respective armed forces'

  • NATO adds Canada and Poland to multinational maritime multimission aircraft effort

    Canada and Poland have become the latest NATO members to sign up to the development of a future maritime multimission aircraft (MMA), the alliance announced on 15 February. The two nations join France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Spain, and Turkey in the multinational effort to develop a replacement

  • New Austrian defence minister orders review of Eurofighter exit

    Austria’s new centre-right coalition government has set up a commission to review the July 2017 decision by the previous defence minister, Social Democrat Hans Peter Doskozil, to phase out Austria’s 15 Tranche 1 Eurofighters by 2020. The new Austrian defence minister, Mario Kunasek, of

  • Portugal to field US military MRAPs in Afghanistan

    The US military will provide Portugal with 22 Oshkosh Defense M-All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) 4x4 and Navistar Defense MaxxPro mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles (MRAPs) for Afghanistan, the Portuguese Army told Jane’s on 14 February. An army source said 22 vehicles will be temporarily

  • Security alerts 16–23 February

    Americas Argentina WATCH FOR: Major traffic disruption in Buenos Aires city centre on 21 February during truck drivers’ union protest Risk analysis: Argentina's truck drivers' union has announced a major march for 21 February in protest against the government's economic reforms. The march