• British Army Lynx Wildcats arrive in Estonia to support NATO mission

    Four UK AgustaWestland Lynx Wildcat AH1 battlefield helicopters deployed to Estonia on 16 April, the NATO Force Integration Unit in Estonia announced. The British Army helicopters arrived at Amari Airbase within the framework of NATO’s enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) operation to take part in

  • RAAF receives 10th and final C-27J Spartan transport aircraft

    The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) has received its 10th and final Leonardo C-27J Spartan twin-turboprop, tactical transport aircraft. Minister for Defence Marise Payne and Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne announced on 18 April that the final C-27J had been “welcomed into

  • DSA 2018: Kongsberg to supply NSM for RMN’s Littoral Combat Ships

    Norwegian company Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace has signed a EUR124 million (USD153 million) contract for the supply of an undisclosed number of Naval Strike Missile (NSM) anti-ship missiles for the six Littoral Combat Ships (LCSs) currently being built for the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN). The

  • DSA 2018: RMN’s first Scorpène boat to return to service in May after refit

    The Royal Malaysian Navy’s (RMN’s) first Perdana Menteri (Scorpène)-class attack submarine, KD Tunku Abdul Rahman , will be returning to service in May following the completion of an 18-month in-country refit. “The move marks the first time a Scorpène-class boat has

  • Albania offers bases to US and NATO

    Albanian Defence Minister Olta Xhaçka has offered naval bases to the United States or NATO during a visit to Washington, DC, where she met US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis. “A US or NATO presence in Albania is a clear demonstration that this area is not forgotten by our allies,”

  • Bundeswehr declares MELLS operational on Marder

    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 17 April that it had certified the use of the Mehrrollenfähige Leichte

  • Czechs to develop VTOL UAV

    The Czech Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 12 April plans to award a research and development contract in June to its subsidiary, the Military Technical Institute (VTU), to develop a light vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for the Army of the Czech Republic

  • Denmark selects SIG Sauer P320 X-Carry pistols

    The Danish armed forces have selected the SIG Sauer P320 X-Carry semi-automatic pistol in standard and concealed-carry variants to replace their m/49 (SIG P210) pistol, introduced in 1949. Delivery of the first P320 is expected in early 2019. The seven-year framework agreement with SIG Sauer dealer

  • DSA 2018: Thales pursues navy opportunities in Malaysia

    French group Thales is positioning to become a key technology partner on the Royal Malaysian Navy’s (RMN’s) programme to modernise its fleets over the coming decade and beyond. Thomas Pistre, Thales’ country director for Malaysia, told Jane’s at the Defence Services Asia

  • EU-funded urban warfare awareness project points to future research issues

    A recently completed defence research project funded by the European Commission to boost soldier awareness during urban warfare has raised questions over how armed forces can improve the imagery of deployable low-frequency wall-penetrating radar and, especially, how small unmanned systems should

  • Likely increased allocation of funds for EU external border security precondition for relaxation of current Schengen exemptions

    Event The German government has notified the European Commission of its intention to continue with ‘exceptional’ intra-Schengen checks along the border with Austria for another six months. The controls will mainly affect the three cross-border motorways, but there will also be random

  • Meggitt wins KFX component contract

    UK firm Meggitt announced on 18 April that it had been awarded a contract from Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) for the KFX multirole fighter aircraft. In a release to the London Stock Exchange, the company said it had been awarded a multimillion dollar contract from KAI to supply nose and main

  • Milrem and BAE Systems sign Estonian CV90 maintenance support contract

    Patria announced in a press release on 17 April that its subsidiary Milrem LCM, an Estonian defence vehicle life-cycle management provider, and BAE Systems have signed a contract to support Estonia’s CV9035 infantry fighting vehicle fleet. Under the contract, Milrem LCM will provide

  • Update: DSA 2018: Airbus looks to leverage industry ties in Malaysian MPA bid

    Airbus is looking to leverage its growing industrial ties in Malaysia to help secure a contract to supply a maritime patrol version of its C295 twin turboprop light tactical transport aircraft to the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF). The service’s requirement for maritime patrol aircraft

  • ‘Dambusters’ reformed as UK’s first F-35 unit

    The Royal Air Force’s (RAF’s) 617 ‘Dambusters’ Squadron has been officially reformed as the UK’s first Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) unit. A formal ceremony was held on 17 April in Washington, DC, which saw the new commanding officer,

  • German 1st Panzer Division prepares to lead NATO Response Force

    The 1st Panzer Division is preparing to lead the NATO Response Force (NRF) Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF) in 2019, when Germany becomes the framework nation for its land component (VJTF-L). The VJTF-L comprises a multinational combat brigade with three to five combat battalions, plus

  • DSA 2018: Thales’ FZ220 rocket launcher completes qualification for MD 530G helicopter

    Thales Belgium’s FZ220 rocket launcher has completed its qualification process for MD Helicopters Inc’s (MDHI’s) MD 530G light attack helicopter. The development follows comprehensive live-fire trials carried out in March at the US Army’s Yuma Proving Ground (YPG) facility

  • DSA 2018: Damen positions Enforcer 10000 LDP for Malaysian multirole ship requirement

    Netherlands shipbuilder Damen is positioning its Enforcer 10000 landing platform dock (LPD) to meet an anticipated requirement in the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) for multirole support ships (MRSS). Gysbert Boersma, Damen’s sales director for Malaysia and Indonesia, told Jane’s that the

  • Italian Navy retires Bersagliere frigate

    The Italian Navy's Artigliere (Lupo)-class frigate Bersagliere is being retired from service on 17 April, the Italian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has announced. The ceremony was scheduled to take place at the Military Naval Arsenal in La Spezia at sunset. The frigate served with the Italian Navy for

  • MASS discloses CounterWorX countermeasures development

    UK electronic warfare operational support (EWOS) house, MASS – part of Cohort PLC – has disclosed details about the development of CounterWorx, a modular suite of analysis, modelling, and simulation software tools evolved to support and enhance electronic warfare (EW) countermeasures