• UK MoD has still not found full quote of savings

    UK defence chiefs have still to identify GBP4 billion (USD5.3 billion) in efficiency savings two years after being set the target in the country's last strategic defence and security review (SDSR) in 2015. UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) Permanent Secretary Stephen Lovegrove said on 21 November that

  • PSM outlines workshare offer to support Czech Puma bid

    Projekt System & Management GmbH (PSM), the joint venture of Rheinmetall and Krauss-Maffei Wegmann, has offered the Czech Republic technology transfer, research and development assistance, and local production if the Puma infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) is selected to meet Prague’s

  • Redarc, Raytheon Anschütz position for Australian naval projects

    Australian firm Redarc Electronics has signed an agreement with Germany’s Raytheon Anschütz, a manufacturer and integrator of navigation and naval systems, to partner on future naval projects in Australia. In a statement on 21 November, Redarc said the memorandum of understanding (MOU)

  • Spain rules out Defex replacement

    The Spanish government has ruled out creating a new defence exports board to replace Defex, the body which the state began to dissolve in September this year. Secretary of State for Defence, Agustin Conde, told the Senate’s defence commission on 20 November that another organisation like the

  • Poland purchases 1,000 Warmate loitering munitions

    On 20 November, the Polish Ministry of Defence (MoD) signed a contract with the Warsaw-based WB Group for the delivery of Warmate loitering munitions for Polish land, territorial defence, and special forces (SF). “The contract is for 1,000 of these missiles – at least in the first

  • Serbia acquires capability to overhaul M-84 MBT

    The Serbian Army's Technical Overhaul Institution (Tehnicki Remontni Zavod, TRZ) located in Cacak is very close to acquiring the capability to conduct the general overhaul of its M-84 main battle tank (MBT), a military commander has said. In an interview published in the 15 November issue of the

  • Czech MoD completes tracked armoured vehicle testing

    The Czech Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 21 November that it has completed extensive field trials and technical tests of five tracked armoured vehicle platforms begun during the summer. The ministry stated that all platforms have fulfilled the necessary minimum requirements stipulated by the

  • Germany’s Aircraft Philipp Group to manufacture Chinook parts

    Boeing and Aircraft Philipp Group have announced the signing of a five-year contract that will see the latter manufacture parts for the CH-47 Chinook rotorcraft in Germany. To be manufactured in facilities in Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg specifically, the new deal will see Aircraft Philipp

  • Slovakia receives new version of AMV XP under joint IFV programme with Finland

    Slovakia has received a new version of the Armoured Modular Vehicle (AMV) XP from Patria for the joint programme with Finland to develop an 8×8 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) for the Slovak armed forces, the Finnish company announced in a press release on 17 November. Patria told Jane's on 21

  • Congress approves Patriot sale to Poland

    US Defense Security Co-operation Agency (DSCA) on 14 November notified Congress of a possible USD10.5 billion (PLN37.8 billion) Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to Poland of an Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) Battle Command System (IBCS)-enabled Patriot Configuration-3+ (PAC-3+) with modernized

  • Foreign investment committee approves Ultra’s Sparton purchase

    Ultra Electronics’ planned acquisition of Sparton Corporation has been approved by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, concluding that there are no unresolved national security concerns with regards to the transaction. Anti-trust clearance is now required, and Ultra has

  • Portugal reveals details of offset projects

    The Portuguese Court of Auditors recently released an updated audit on the execution of offsets related to the country's earlier acquisition of military hardware. In June 2012 the Directorate-General for Economic Activities took responsibility for ongoing offsets, in consultation with the Ministry

  • Netherlands plans to invest more in intelligence, logistics, training, support

    The new Dutch government sworn in at the end of October plans to spend EUR5 billion (USD6 billion) more on defence over its four-year term in office, Defence Minister Ank Bijleveld-Schouten has said. The extra funding will be used to reduce personnel shortages in the fire support and ground-based

  • Aero completes development of new L-39CW-variant Albatros

    Aero Vodochody has completed development of a new variant of its L-39 trainer and light attack aircraft designated the L-39CW, the company announced on 20 November. The L-39CW involves retrofitting an existing L-39 with a more powerful and more efficient Williams International FJ44-4M jet engine as

  • Belgium’s Asco awarded F-35 contract

    Asco Industries has been awarded a contract by Fokker Technologies to provide flaperon spars for the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), an offset of the OEM’s industrial bid to offer the aircraft as a replacement for Belgium’s F-16 fleet. The Belgian company manufactures

  • Failure to form new German coalition government heightens risk of protracted political stalemate and early general election

    Event On the night of 19/20 November, efforts failed to form a new coalition government composed of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s centre-right Christian Democratic Union (Christlich Demokratische Union Deutschlands: CDU) and its Bavarian regional affiliate, the Christian Social Union

  • Indian Navy to receive first of two submarine rescue systems in March 2018

    The Indian Navy (IN) will receive the first of two submarine rescue systems (SRSs) from UK-based company JFD in March 2018, senior IN officials told Jane’s on 20 November. The INR4 billion (USD62 million) deal for the supply of the two third-generation, 30-tonne SRSs was signed in mid-2015,

  • Beretta unveils PMX 9 mm sub-machine gun

    Beretta is set to unveil its new PMX 9 mm sub-machine gun (SMG) at the Milipol 2017 exhibition in Paris from 21-24 November. The PMX will replace the company’s venerable Model 12 series of 9 mm SMG developed in the 1950s and its subsequent successor models, which are no longer in production.

  • France set to field Griffon 120 mm mortar system

    The French Army will field a mortar-equipped variant of the 6x6 Griffon armoured personnel carrier (APC) fitted with the TDA Armements SAS120 mm 2R2M Recoiling Rifled Mortar (RRM) as part of its SCORPION vehicle recapitalisation programme. The Griffon is officially called the Véhicule

  • MPs debate Red Arrows Hawk upgrade

    A UK member of parliament has called on the government to invest in an upgrade to the aircraft used by the Royal Air Force’s Red Arrows aerobatic group to maintain production facilities and encourage exports of the BAE Systems Hawk trainer. Speaking before the House of Commons on 16 November,