• 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

  • Slovak MoD to cancel 3D radar tender

    The Slovak Ministry of Defence (MoD) said it is reviewing an ongoing EUR60 million (USD74.8 million) tender for 3D mobile air defence radar (MADR) systems that it issued in early 2015. “If we reach the conclusion that we will cancel the process of selecting a new 3D radar that has been

  • Thales readies Antares for French Army

    The French Army is preparing to receive its first tranche of Antares local situation awareness (LSA) modules towards the end of 2018, pending the successful conclusion of a 12-month operational qualification process. Thales officials told Jane’s that the completion of trials will initiate the

  • BAE Systems offers UK credit to secure Typhoon sale in Malaysia

    Key Points BAE Systems says UK export credit remains on the table for Malaysia if required UK company also positions Typhoon industrial package to meet local requirements BAE Systems has reiterated its commitment to offer UK government export finance to Malaysia if the Southeast Asian country

  • Bulgaria issues flight training tender

    The Bulgarian Ministry of Defence published a tender on 31 January for a 48-month framework agreement for ab initio and basic flight training. The BGN2.53 million (USD1.59 million) procurement is for four twin-seat piston-engine light training aircraft to provide at least 400 hours each of visual

  • Estonia to expand defence infrastructure

    Over the next four years EUR96 million (USD118 million) is to be invested in infrastructure for the Estonian Defence Forces (EDF) from the defence budget plan 2019-22, Estonian Ministry of Defence sources told Jane’s on 13 February. This will fund the construction of the EDF's new command

  • GKN unveils strategy aimed at halting hostile takeover

    British defence and automotive engineering company GKN has announced new details of its business strategy, revealing actions it hopes will convince shareholders to reject an acquisition bid launched by corporate takeover specialist Melrose Industries in January. The turnaround plan, which has

  • Harpoon Block II+ seeker upgrade included in US FY 2019 budget

    The US Navy (USN) is planning to introduce an upgraded active radar seeker for the service’s Boeing AGM-84N Harpoon Block II+ air-launched anti-ship missile. According to the fiscal year 2019 (FY 2019) budget request, the improved seeker is required to improve the ability of the Harpoon II+

  • IED attack targets residence in Belfast in Northern Ireland

    UNIDENTIFIED assailants threw an improvised explosive device (IED) at a residence in Creeslough Court in Lenadoon in Belfast in Northern Ireland on 7 February, The Irish News reported. The device detonated, but no casualties or damage were reported. No group immediately claimed responsibility for

  • Leonardo negotiates reduced credit facility

    Italian defence manufacturer Leonardo announced on 14 February that it had renegotiated its agreed credit line in a move that is expected to reduce the company’s financial costs. The size of the company’s 'Revolving Credit Facilities' has been reduced to EUR1.8 billion (USD2.2 billion),

  • Netherlands buys HK416A5 for special forces

    The Dutch Ministry of Defence signed a seven-year contract on 7 February for the delivery of Heckler & Koch HK416A5 rifles, parts, additional equipment, and accessories. The single source procurement worth EUR14 million (USD17.3 million) with Condor Arhem includes an option for an additional

  • Spanish MoD confirms S-80 submarine cost overrun

    The final cost of Spain’s four new S-80 submarines is expected to be over EUR1.5 billion (USD1.85 billion) higher than the EUR2.13 billion originally envisaged, Jane’s has learned. A revised figure of EUR3.68 billion is understood to have been agreed between the Ministry of Defence