• Bundeswehr sees new French C-130J as first step towards Franco-German air transport squadron

    Senior German generals have described the Armée de l’Air's (French Air Force's: AdlA's) new C-130J as the first step towards the establishment of a joint air transport squadron by Germany and France. Lieutenant General Erhard Bühler, who heads the planning team for the joint

  • Melrose goes for GKN shareholders in takeover bid

    UK industrial conglomerate Melrose Industries posted a further offer for component manufacturer GKN on 17 January. In a letter to GKN shareholders, the company revealed that it was increasing a previous offer for the company’s shares to GBP0.81 (USD1.12) in cash and 1.49 shares in Melrose for

  • Navantia launches Strategic Plan

    Spanish shipbuilder Navantia is set to launch its new strategic plan, covering the years 2018–22, as part of efforts to revitalise the company’s prospects. In a statement issued by the Spanish government’s industrial holding company SEPI on 15 January, the organisation said the

  • Rolls-Royce announces restructure, review of Commercial Marine

    Rolls-Royce announced on 17 January that it will be embarking on a further restructure of the business, and will also be undertaking a strategic review of its Commercial Marine business. The company’s Marine and Nuclear businesses are to be the main targets for the new round of restructuring.

  • ANO likely to win repeated vote despite failed confidence motion, lowering risk of new Czech election

    Event On 16 January, ANO 2011 (ANO), led by Andrej Babiš, failed to secure a vote of confidence, winning only 78 votes in the 200-seat parliament, equal to the number of seats ANO gained in the October 2017 parliamentary election. Other parties, apart from the left-wing Communist Party of

  • Bulgaria grounds Su-25s, to be followed by L-39s

    The Bulgarian Air Force’s fleet of Sukhoi Su-25 twin-engine ground attack aircraft ceased operations from Bezmer because of a lack of resources to overhaul them, the aeropress-bg web portal of the Bulgarian aviation magazine AERO reported on 15 January. The last Su-25 flight was conducted on

  • Kosovo Serb politician’s killing increases protest risks in Mitrovica but unlikely to derail Kosovo-Serbia dialogue

    Event On 16 January at 0815 local time, Kosovo Serb politician Oliver Ivanovic was killed in a drive-by shooting in North Mitrovica. Ivanovic was a prominent representative of the Kosovo Serb community north of the Ibar River and the head of the civic initiative Freedom, Democracy,

  • Eyeing Russia, US Army kicks off new Stinger missile training in Europe

    The US Army’s 7th Army Training Command, based at Grafenwoehr in Germany, is to soon begin observing, coaching, and training soldiers to operate the FIM-92 Stinger man-portable air defence system (MANPADS), according to a 12 January army report. About 50 Observer Coach/Trainers (OC/Ts)

  • Japan joins NATO Cyber Centre in Estonia

    Japan is to become a member of the Estonian-based NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCDCOE), Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has announced. The announcement was made during a visit by Abe to Tallinn on 12 January. Merle Maigre, director of the NATO CCDCOE, said: “Japan is one of

  • Poland seeks land forces command system

    PIT-RADWAR will supply the Wierzba (Willow) integrated automated land forces command system, the Polish Armaments Inspectorate told Jane's on 16 January. The procedure was launched on 8 November 2017, with an 8 December deadline. Current Ministry of National Defence policy only allows bids by

  • Belgian NH90 NFH helos out of commission for radar repairs

    Belgium’s fleet of naval variant NHIndustries NH90s has been removed from operations while a problem with the helicopters’ radar system is rectified, the Belgian Ministry of Defence (MoD) confirmed to Jane’s on 16 January. Three of the four NH90 NATO Frigate Helicopters (NFH)

  • France inducts first C-130J airlifter

    The French Air Force (Armée de l’Air: AdlA) officially inducted into service the first of four Lockheed Martin C/KC-130J Hercules transport aircraft on 15 January. The transport variant C-130J-30 was handed over to the Transport Squadron 2/61 ‘Franche-Comté’ based at Air

  • Poland opts for additional Leonardo M-346 Master jet trainers

    On 10 January, Poland issued an invitation to Leonardo to participate in talks regarding the delivery of eight more M-346 advanced jet trainer aircraft. Poland plans to order four M-346s for delivery until 2020, with an option for an additional four in 2021–22. This would be in addition to

  • Retirement of AH9A marks end of legacy Lynx in UK service

    The UK retired its last legacy Lynx helicopter on 16 January, with a farewell flypast around the country to mark four decades of service for the classic-variant rotorcraft. The retirement of the AH9A-model AgustaWestland Lynx from the British Army Air Corps (AAC) comes nine years after the variant

  • Romanian PM's resignation potentially increases risk of early election, despite efforts to form another PSD-led cabinet

    Event Romania's President Klaus Iohannis has today (16 January) appointed Minister of Defence Mihai Fifor from the ruling centre-left Social Democratic Party (PSD) as acting prime minister. The prior incumbent, Mihai Tudose, resigned after the National Executive Committee of the PSD withdrew its

  • Romania orders Piranha 5s from GDELS

    Romania’s Ministry of National Defence (MND) signed a contract for 227 Piranha 5 8×8 vehicles with General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS), both the ministry and company have announced. Signed on 12 January and valued at over USD1 billion, the contract also covers initial

  • Czech MoD pursues UCAV procurement

    The announcement by the Czech Ministry of Defence (MoD) in late November 2017 concerning the future procurement of unmanned combat aerial vehicles (UCAVs) for the Army of the Czech Republic (ACR) will mark a considerable shift in the latter's battlefield capabilities beyond 2021–22.

  • Airbus updates on Taiwan, Typhoon legal cases

    European aerospace and defence conglomerate Airbus provided an update on two unrelated legacy legal cases on 13 January. In an announcement, the company said it had reached an arbitration agreement related to a commercial dispute between the government of Taiwan and Matra Défense – which

  • UK looks for more low yield weapons

    UK air commanders are looking to rapidly expand their portfolio of air-to-ground missiles after operational experience in Syria and Iraq indicated a gap in Royal Air Force (RAF) capabilities. Air Commodore Johnny Stringer, the UK’s Air Component Commander in the Middle East for the year up to

  • GKN to split aerospace, automotive businesses

    British engineering company GKN released a statement on 12 January revealing the appointment of a permanent chief executive and its intention to split its activities in the aerospace and automotive industries into separate companies. The company announced that it had appointed Anne Stevens, who has