• Team Leander presses UK credentials for Type 31e bid

    Key Points Cammell Laird has teamed with BAE Systems Naval Ships under the banner of ‘Team Leander’ The Leander design is being pitched as a low-risk, low through-life cost solution for Type 31e The Cammell Laird/BAE Systems ‘Team Leander’ bidding for the UK Royal

  • UK confirms LPH sale to Brazil

    The UK government has confirmed the sale of the landing platform helicopter (LPH) vessel HMS Ocean to Brazil for GBP84 million (USD117 million). Under a sales agreement signed on 19 February, the Brazilian Navy will take possession of the 22,000-tonne specialist amphibious aviation ship in June

  • Romania announces new submarine programme

    The Romanian Navy is considering a new submarine programme under the strategic procurement plan, the country's defence minister has revealed. Mihai Fifor told a press conference on 20 February: "Naval forces specialists are discussing what kind of submarine we need to have. Once the technical

  • Scalp missile sale reportedly being blocked

    The US government is understood to be blocking the proposed sale of MBDA’s Scalp land-attack cruise missile to Egypt. French media have reported that Egypt was hoping to acquire the missiles as part of a procurement of additional Dassault Rafale multirole combat aircraft. It was revealed in

  • UK signs C-17 logistics agreement with US

    The United Kingdom has signed a Foreign Military Sale agreement with the United States to support the Royal Air Force's (RAF's) C-17A heavy-lift aircraft, the Ministry of Defence in London announced on 17 February. The GDP260 million (USD363.7 million) agreement covers the delivery of spares;

  • First Texan II trainers delivered to RAF Valley

    The first of 10 Beechcraft T-6C Texan II trainer aircraft to be operated under the UK Military Flight Training System (UKMFTS) programme have been delivered to Royal Air Force (RAF) Valley on Anglesey. The first two aircraft were received on 16 February, from where they will be used to deliver the

  • James Fisher acquires Australian company Cowan

    UK-based marine services business James Fisher & Sons has acquired Australian company Cowan Manufacturing, a specialist in recompression chambers. James Fisher said on 19 February that the acquisition, featuring the entire share capital in the Australian company, is valued at AUD2.6 million

  • Airbus creates maritime surveillance division

    Former Airbus subsidiary Signalis has been rolled into the larger business structure to form a maritime surveillance division. Airbus first acquired the subsidiary when it was formed in 2011, and the new division will be the company’s centre of competences for maritime safety and security.

  • Rheinmetall wins first European Defence Fund project

    Rheinmetall is the first company to be awarded funding under a newly established European Commission defence initiative, which will enable the company to lead the development of soldier system architecture. A request for proposals for the Generic Open Soldier Systems Reference Architecture (GOSSRA)

  • Denmark positions F-35 funds

    The Danish Central Bank has completed the hedging of payments of USD3.7 billion so that the department of defence is able to acquire the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter at fixed price in its local currency. Copenhagen agreed in 2016 to acquire 27 conventional take-off and landing F-35A

  • 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 –

  • 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

  • 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