• Assegai aims to squeeze more reach out of NATO howitzers

    A 70km-range version of the Assegai 155 mm artillery projectile, fully compatible with NATO-standard extended-range ordnance systems, is in its concept study phase within the German-South African company Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM). This level of performance was demonstrated as far back as

  • Belgian air force moves control and reporting centre

    Work began at the future site of the Belgian air force's control and reporting centre (CRC), which will be moved from Glons to Beauvechain Air Base at the end of 2018. The building work is scheduled for completion in November 2018, with the CRC reaching its full operational capability in 2019. The

  • Defence & Security 2017: Saab plans Thai expansion

    Swedish group Saab is looking to expand its profile in Thailand as it positions for future programmes to upgrade existing platforms and meet future requirements of the Thai military. Tony Bjorklund, head of Saab Thailand, told Jane’s on 9 November at the Defence & Security 2017 show in

  • German rapid reaction division reaches full operational capability for NATO Article 5 operations

    Two German divisions increased their readiness for NATO Article 5 collective security operations during Exercise ‘Vital Sword 2017’, in Wildflecken, Hesse, which ended on 9 November. The five-week command post exercise involved the staff of the 1 German/Netherlands Corps high readiness

  • USMC eyes enhanced comms for the Arctic

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) is identifying means to optimise its satellite communications (SATCOM) capacity in the Arctic, as it seeks to extend the capabilities of force components in the High North. Speaking at the SMi Global MilSatCom conference in London on 8 November, a senior service official

  • Reactor component site to be expanded by Rolls-Royce

    Rolls-Royce has received permission to expand a facility on its site in Derby, in the United Kingdom, that manufactures reactor components for the nuclear-powered submarines operated by the Royal Navy (RN). Approved on 6 November, the move will see the Primary Component Operations facility located

  • Finland proposes joint exercises with US

    Finnish Defence Minister Jussi Niinistö has suggested that military exercises with Sweden to be hosted by Finland in 2020 or 2021 include the United States. He made this offer at a first joint tripartite meeting attended by Swedish Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist and US Defense Secretary James

  • MBDA teams with Safran to offer MMP to Australia

    Safran has formed a partnership with MBDA in relation to the European missile system house’s bid to supply anti-tank guided missiles to the Australian Defence Force under the Land 400 phase 2 programme. Safran will bring its PASEO modular advanced stabilised sighting system to the

  • Sweden selects PAC-3

    Key Points Sweden has said it intends to procure the Patriot PAC-3 air defence system A final decision on the procurement is to be made next year The Swedish government announced its intention to acquire the Raytheon Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) air and missile defence system on 7

  • Airbus reveals future New Fighter concept

    Airbus Defence and Space (DS) has revealed a New Fighter concept that could serve as a potential replacement for the Eurofighter Typhoon and Dassault Rafale in the 2040-timeframe. Speaking at the IQPC International Fighter conference in Berlin on 8 November, the company’s head of strategy,

  • Space domain key to UK’s future capabilities

    Commander of the UK Joint Forces Command (JFC) General Sir Chris Deverell has warned how the country’s armed forces remain almost wholly dependent upon satellite communications (SATCOM). Addressing delegates at the SMi Global MilSatCom conference in London on 7 November, Gen Deverell

  • Argentina finishes deal to buy Super Etendards

    After long negotiations, the Argentine and French governments signed a contract for the Argentine Navy to buy five Dassault Super Etendard Modernisé (SEM) aircraft that were retired by French Naval Aviation. The EUR12.5 million (USD14.5 million) contract includes a simulator and spare engines,

  • Indra sees earnings rise

    Indra’s net profits jumped by 76% to EUR85 million (USD99 million) in the first nine months of 2017 as the partly state-owned Spanish group achieved sales that were 7.8% higher at EUR2.1 billion. New orders also rose by 13% over the same period of 2016, at the same rate as EBITDA, which

  • Defence & Security 2017: UK supports defence sales growth in Southeast Asia

    The United Kingdom now regards Southeast Asia as its biggest growth market for defence and security sales, a regional executive of the UK’s Department for International Trade's Defence and Security Organisation (DSO) has told Jane’s . Alexis Hammer, DSO’s director of the Americas

  • Raytheon, Saab team for shoulder-launched munitions development

    Raytheon Missile Systems and Saab Dynamics are expected to announce a landmark teaming agreement to address perceived gaps, and exploit burgeoning requirements, in the global short-range shoulder-launched munitions mission space. Under the provisions of the agreement Raytheon and Saab will

  • Babcock, BMT sign surface ship co-operation agreement

    Key Points Babcock and BMT have agreed on a strategic relationship covering surface ship design, build and support The two companies are already working together to pursue the RN Type 31e frigate requirement Babcock and BMT have concluded a co-operation agreement setting out the framework of a

  • Germany declares preference for F-35 to replace Tornado

    The German Air Force has a shortlist of existing platforms to replace its Panavia Tornados from 2025 to 2030, but the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) is the service’s “preferred choice", a senior service official said on 8 November. Speaking under the

  • Saab, Adani may expand JV scope

    A teaming agreement between Saab and Adani Group designed to support the former’s Gripen E fighter bid to the Indian Air Force may be extended to include the potential development of unmanned aerial vehicles and rotorcraft. A collaboration plan was released by the two companies in September

  • Norway receives first F-35s

    Norway on 3 November received the first three of 45 total Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters (JSFs), according to a Norway government statement. Major General Morton Klever, programme director for F-35 in Norway’s ministry of defence, said in a statement this milestone

  • Ajax firing trials progress

    Initial manned live-fire trials of the Ajax armoured reconnaissance vehicle’s turret have been successfully completed, according to Lockheed Martin. In a 6 November press release, the company stated that the trials took place at a facility in west Wales and were conducted from a stationary