• 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

  • Poland seeks truck-mounted scatterable mine-laying system

    The Polish Armament Inspectorate (AI) announced on 9 May that it is relaunching the Baobab-K programme to develop a vehicle able to scatter mines, with a 6 June deadline for bids. The previous call was cancelled in October 2017 because the AI assessed the development costs at less than a third of

  • Police arrest man suspected of militant links in the UK's Greater Manchester

    ONE 33-year-old man was arrested by police officers during a counter-terrorism raid on his residence on Wildbrook Road in Little Hulton in the United Kingdom's Greater Manchester on 9 May, ITV reported. Reports added that the police discovered unspecified suspicious objects at the residence, and the

  • Defence agreement to deepen military ties between Sweden, Finland, US, but NATO membership remains unlikely

    Key Points The trilateral statement of intent between Sweden, Finland, and the United States will serve to further deepen defence co-operation between these countries. Russia is unlikely to retaliate unless the agreement opens the road to NATO membership or to the deployment of US forces on

  • Bell expects Czech UH-1Y sale to be concluded shortly

    Bell expects its anticipated UH-1Y Venom utility and assault helicopter sale to the Czech Republic to proceed now that the country’s presidential elections have been concluded. With the sale of 12 helicopters to the Eastern European nation having already been approved by the US government, a

  • Portugal plans to induct fifth Stanflex 300 patrol ship

    The Portuguese Navy is planning to put in service the fifth Standard Flex 300 (StanFlex 300) coastal patrol boat it acquired from the Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organization (DALO). The navy is currently taking steps to obtain funding to modernise the ship with communications,

  • UK MoD lacks funding to buy all equipment it says it needs, parliament finds

    The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD)“simply does not have enough money to buy all the equipment it says it needs”, a report by the parliamentary public accounts committee (PAC) has found. The 9 May report, which was released on 11 May, says the MoD’s Equipment Plan 2017–2027

  • Bundeswehr buys Puma AE II UAS for maritime tasks

    The Bundesamt für Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik, und Nutzung der Bundeswehr (BAAINBw), Germany's Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology, and In-Service Support, announced on 8 May that it had signed a contract with Elektroniksystem- und Logistik-GmbH (ESG) on 26

  • Helicopters drive Leonardo's revenues

    Leonardo has reported a 27.8% increase in revenues year-on-year in its helicopter division for the first quarter of 2018, the result of the implementation of an industrial plan which the company rolled out in January to counter poor performance in 2017. This was an increase from EUR587 million

  • Netherlands awards support contracts for armoured vehicles

    Over the last two months, the Dutch Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded support contracts for its armoured fighting vehicles. Thales announced on 9 May that it had been awarded a six-year in-service support contract for the the Royal Netherlands Army's Bushmaster vehicles. The company has teamed

  • Swedish ELINT aircraft fly missions over eastern Mediterranean

    A Swedish electronic intelligence (ELINT) gathering aircraft has been operating over the eastern Mediterranean in a rare mission by the country's air force. The presence of the Swedish Air Force (SwAF) S102B Korpen aircraft in the tense region emerged after its transponder was revealed by open

  • Polish submarine programmme delayed until at least 2022

    Poland will not buy new submarines before 2022, Wojciech Skurkiewicz, secretary of state in the Ministry of National Defense (MND), has said in response to a question from a member of the lower chamber of the Polish parliament, Adam Andruszkiewicz. Skurkiewicz said Poland is currently in the