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  • UK MoD report outlines defence contribution to economy

    Former UK minister for defence procurement, Philip Dunne, has released a report stressing the benefits that defence can bring to the British economy. Commissioned by defence secretary Gavin Williamson after he launched the United Kingdom’s Modernising Defence Programme (MDP), the independent

  • German government likely to continue to be challenged by internal disputes despite averting coalition break-up over migration

    Event On 2 July Chancellor Angela Merkel’s centre-right Christian Democratic Union (Christlich Demokratische Union Deutschlands: CDU) secured a last-minute deal with its more conservative Bavarian regional affiliate the Christian Social Union (Christlich-Soziale Union: CSU) on migration

  • German Navy lacks at-sea refuelling capability

    The German Navy announced at the end of June that its two replenishment tankers are not available to refuel ships at sea because of wear and tear and engine problems. German navy chief Vice Admiral Andreas Krause said, “We cannot make up for the unavailability of the tankers. The navy has

  • Kongsberg agrees to purchase Rolls-Royce’s Commercial Marine division

    Kongsberg has entered into an agreement with Rolls-Royce to acquire its Commercial Marine business for GBP500 million (USD664 million). Worth some GBP350–400 million net after liabilities and costs are accounted for, the sale of the division by Rolls-Royce follows the release of a broader

  • Macedonia adopts new strategic defence review in preparation for NATO membership

    The Macedonian government adopted a new strategic defence review (SDR) on 3 July. Defence Minister Radmila Shekerinska said the SDR aims to optimise, reorganise, and modernise the Army of the Republic of Macedonia (ARM) into a small, modern, and flexible military force able to preserve the national

  • New Zealand announces Poseidon procurement

    New Zealand has announced a plan to procure four Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) from the United States. New Zealand Defence Minister Ron Mark said on 9 July that the aircraft, including simulator training systems and infrastructure, will cost NZD2.346 billion (USD1.6 billion),

  • Six vendors bid to supply 110 fighters to India

    Six combat aircraft manufacturers have responded to the Indian Ministry of Defence’s (MoD’s) 6 April request for information (RFI) for the proposed acquisition of 110 multirole fighter aircraft for the Indian Air Force (IAF). Official sources told Jane’s that on 6 July four of the

  • BMT acquires Australian submarine engineering firm

    UK consulting firm BMT Group has acquired South Australian company Effectiva, a submarine design, engineering, and assurance company. Announcing the deal on 4 July, BMT said the acquisition is a statement of confidence by the group in the “continued development of Australia’s sovereign

  • IBD unveils SMART PROTech active armour solution

    IBD Deisenroth Engineering (IBD) has disclosed development of a new active armour solution designed to protect main battle tanks and medium to heavy armoured fighting platforms against tandem warhead threats. Modern anti-tank weapons – anti-tank rockets (ATRs) and anti-tank guided missiles

  • Poland grounds MiG-29s following crash

    The Polish Air Force's MiG-29 fleet has been grounded until the cause of the latest crash of an aircraft of this type is clarified, Polish Minister of National Defence Mariusz Blaszczak said at a press conference in Warsaw on 6 July. The pilot managed to eject but did not survive the crash at

  • Arquus reveals more roles for its latest VAB Mk 3

    Production of the Arquus (previously Renault Truck Defense) Vehicule de l’Avant Blinde (VAB) Mk 3 6x6 is now underway, and additional variants have been developed to meet potential export customers’ requirements. The latest VAB Mk 3 6x6 model is being described as a reconnaissance and

  • Finnish Navy to acquire Gabriel anti-ship missile

    The Finnish Ministry of Defence (MoD) has authorised the Finnish Defence Force’s Logistic Command to proceed with an acquisition of the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) Gabriel anti-ship missile to equip the Finnish Navy’s Squadron 2000 Hamina-class missile fast attack craft and future

  • Government highlights perilous state of UK defence aviation programmes

    The UK government has declared that nearly every major defence aviation procurement programme currently ongoing is either in danger of not being successfully delivered, or can only be delivered once significant issues have been overcome. In its Annual Report on Major Projects 2017-18, the

  • Belgian Army stands up Special Operations Regiment

    Belgium stood up its new Special Operations Regiment (SOR) in a ceremony in Heverlee, east of Brussels, on 3 July. The regiment replaced the Belgian Land Component’s Light Brigade, taking over its 3 Parachute Battalion and 2 Commando Battalion – known collectively as para-commandos

  • Court commences trial of a suspected Islamist militant in Spain

    The High Court (Audiencia Nacional) was to launch the trial of a suspected Islamist militant - identified as Abdeljalil Ait El Kaid - detained in Warsaw in June 2015 who allegedly planned to conduct a terrorist attack at the Sagrada Familia, the Casino or a public transport Plaza de Catalunya in

  • DIICOT detain a teenager on suspicion of planning to conduct attacks in Romania

    The Anti-Terrorism and Organised Crime Directorate (DIICOT) detained a 15-year-old teenager suspected of dissimentating terrorist propaganda, plans to conduct terrorist attacks and joining combat in conflict zones.

  • RAF receives first ‘Centurion’ Typhoons ahead of Tornado retirement

    The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) has received back into service the first of its Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft to be provisioned for the Project Centurion weapons fit, BAE Systems told reporters on 5 July. Speaking at the company’s Warton facility in northern England, a senior programme

  • UK MoD seeks to mitigate effects of US steel tariffs on nuclear programme

    The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has told parliament it is seeking to mitigate the effects of the US President Donald Trump administration’s 1 June imposition of a 25% tariff on steel imports from the European Union. Asked what the ministry was doing regarding the tariffs’ impact during

  • Systematic to supply Danish artillery system fire-support capability

    Danish software house Systematic has been awarded a contract by the Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organisation (DALO) to deliver a new fire-support capability for the Danish Army’s latest artillery systems. The contract value was not released. The new function builds on the Fire

  • China’s AI ‘entanglement’ with Australia and US

    Beijing’s focus on developing artificial intelligence (AI) technologies to support advances in both military and commercial domains is leading to increasingly strong ‘entanglement’ between Chinese agencies and counterparts in Australia and the United States, a new paper has said.

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