• Konstrukta Defence unveils new 8×8 Eva self-propelled gun system

    Slovakia’s Joint-Stock Company Konstrukta Defence has showcased the new 8×8 variant of its Eva 155/52 mm calibre self-propelled gun-howitzer, which is also known by its export designation of Truck Mounted Gun (TMG). The latest 8×8 TMG – which is jointly developed by Konstrukta

  • RAF starts talks on E-3D AWACS replacement

    Key Points The RAF has begun to consider replacing its E-3D AWACS aircraft It is becoming increasingly costly to maintain the E-3Ds, meaning that replacing rather than upgrading them might be the most cost-effective option Senior UK Royal Air Force (RAF) officers and procurement officials have

  • FSS competition raises ire as UK calls for expressions of interest

    The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) is pressing ahead with plans to compete the build of up to three new solid support ships on the international market despite calls from opposition politicians and unions for the contract to be brought onshore. Interested ship designers and shipbuilders have been

  • League-M5S alliance poised to end Italian political gridlock but undermine closer fiscal union for Eurozone

    Event Italy’s far-right League (Lega) party and the anti-establishment Five Star Movement (Movimento Cinque Stelle: M5S) today (18 May) reached an agreement to form a government coalition, publishing a blog post highlighting its core policies. In the post, the parties renege on several

  • Navantia Australia opens Singapore office

    Navantia Australia opened a subsidiary office in Singapore on 17 May as part of a bid to secure regional contracts. The company, which itself is an affiliate of Spanish shipbuilder Navantia, said the new premises is its first international office. “The facility… is part of Navantia

  • Chinese company's expressed interest in Bulgaria's NPP project increases feasibility, environmental protests likely

    Event On 12 May, Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov stated that Bulgaria's government is to ask parliament to approve the construction of a nuclear power plant (NPP) in the northern Bulgarian town of Belene. The Belene NPP project was cancelled in 2012. According to Borissov, parliament is

  • Election of Catalan president likely to lead to partial stability, but conflict will remain unresolved

    Key Points Quim Torra’s election as Catalan president will enable the central government to cease its application of Article 155 of the constitution restricting the region’s political autonomy, but the Spanish government will retain control of Catalan finances. Ongoing legal cases

  • Kongsberg saw sales fall in first quarter

    Kongsberg has reported lower revenues for the first quarter of 2018, attributed to the year-on-year decline to a 10.9% decrease in its defence division that resulted from a fall in sales of missiles and air defence systems. The Norwegian state-controlled group recorded revenues of NOK1.59 billion

  • New CEO for Milrem LCM

    Finland’s Patria has announced the appointment of a new chief executive to lead Milrem LCM; the Estonian military land systems maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) venture in which it acquired a majority stake in 2017. Ingvar Pärnamäe will lead the company from 1 July 2018. He is

  • Aertec Solutions buys QPAC

    Spanish aeronautics group Aertec Solutions has announced the takeover of German engineering company QualityPark AviationCentre (QPAC). Both companies have wide experience working on civilian aircraft projects for aerospace group Airbus, with QPAC also participating in component programmes for the

  • Navantia to carry out systems upgrade on Spanish Segura minehunters

    Navantia has won a contract from the Spanish Navy to develop and install an upgraded version of its integrated platform control system (Sistema Integrado de Control de la Plataforma: SICP) for the Segura-class minehunters. The EUR8.1 million (USD9.6 million) contract will run until 2022 and include

  • Rafael, Romaero sign collaboration agreement

    Israel’s Rafael has signed a collaboration agreement with Romania’s Romaero to promote its products in the Romanian market. The agreement, signed at the Black Sea Defense & Aerospace 2018 exhibition in Bucharest, will see the two companies work on targeting a variety of procurement

  • Rolls-Royce partners Marand on Australian frigate bid

    Rolls-Royce has entered a partnership with Australian engineering company Marand in support of BAE Systems’ proposal to supply its Type 26 Global Combat Ship to the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). In a press release on 16 May, Rolls-Royce said it has selected Marand as its industry partner on

  • Spain sets new defence export record

    For the second year running Spain has set a new record high in defence exports sales in 2017 with a 7.3% rise to EUR4.34 billion (USD5.13 billion). But while allies in NATO and European Union partners remained the biggest clients, together taking a 72.6% share by value, it was Saudi Arabia that

  • Saab expands work for Finnish facility

    Saab has revealed that a facility it established in Tampere, Finland, in 2017 will extend its capability from electronic warfare to development of the next generation of RBS15 air-to-surface/surface-to-surface missile. The Saab Technology Centre (STC) was inaugurated in January 2018, and the

  • Bangladesh procurement of surplus UK C-130Js confirmed with support deal

    The sale of two UK-surplus Lockheed Martin C-130J Hercules transport aircraft to Bangladesh has been confirmed by a support contract announced by Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group on 10 May. While a government-to-government agreement on the sale of two of the Royal Air Force’s 10

  • Delayed simulator hits German Navy Sea Lion preparations

    The German Navy is having to adjust its plans to introduce the NH90-variant Sea Lion helicopter into service due to a delay in procuring a bespoke simulator system, a senior service official told reporters on 14 May. Speaking at the home of German Naval Aviation at Naval Air Station (NAS) Nordholz,

  • UK MoD awards contract for seventh and last Astute-class submarine

    The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded BAE Systems a GBP1.5 billion (USD2 billion) contract to deliver the seventh and last Astute-class nuclear-powered attack submarine, named Agincourt, BAE Systems announced on 14 May. The announcement was made by UK Secretary of State for Defence Gavin

  • Airbus CFO to depart in 2019

    Airbus has announced that its chief financial officer (CFO) Harald Wilhelm will step down from the company in 2019 after six years in the role. In total Wilhelm has spent 27 years with Airbus and its predecessor companies. He was described as an “extraordinary CFO” by Airbus chief

  • Indra reports sharp earnings fall

    Spanish systems group Indra saw its profits slide by almost 49% in the first quarter of the year to EUR10.7 million although its overall sales grew by 12% to EUR714 million. The 20% state-owned technology group attributed the Q1 year-on-year profit fall to a combination of exchange rates, higher