• Bulgaria to reopen fighter tender

    Bulgaria will not rush the procurement of a new fighter for its air force and will only buy a new-build aircraft if it can be paid over a longer period of time than initially envisaged, Defence Minister Krasimir Karakachanov said in an interview with Bulgarian bTV on 5 October. He added that the

  • Bulgaria, Romania's VIS access to improve external EU border security, Schengen zone membership unlikely before 2020

    Event On 4 October, the European Parliament approved a proposal by the European Council to grant Bulgaria and Romania passive access to the Visa Information System (VIS). The two countries will be able to consult data, in a read-only mode, but not to enter, amend, or delete information. Bulgaria

  • Indra InShield passes NATO test

    Indra’s InShield system for protecting aircraft from infrared-guided missiles fired by manportable air defence systems has passed its NATO trials, the company announced on 5 October. The system was installed on a Spanish Army CH-47 helicopter for the trials at the WTD 91 test centre in Meppen,

  • Navantia supplier strikes halt work at Ferrol yards

    Work is claimed to have been halted at Navantia’s shipyards in north west Spain by trade union pickets of striking workers from supplier companies. They blocked gates to the adjoining Ferrol yards in Galicia from early morning on 5 October to prevent the state-owned company’s workers

  • Luftwaffe Tornadoes arrive in Iraq

    Four Luftwaffe Tornadoes arrived in Al-Asraq, Jordan, on 4 October, a few days before resuming their reconnaissance flights against the so-called Islamic State, the Bundeswehr announced. This completed the withdrawal of the German contingent from Incirlik, Turkey, it said. Unlike the Luftwaffe

  • Arnold Defense details Fletcher 2.75-inch laser-guided weapon system

    Arnold Defense has unveiled a developmental 2.75-inch/70mm laser-guided weapon system designed to meet the demands of land-based, vehicle-mounted and dismounted warfare for special and conventional forces, with potential future application for naval/littoral platforms. Traditionally, 2.75-inch

  • Belgium steps up recruitment

    The Belgian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has announced that it is launching its latest recruitment drive on 11 October. The objective is to fill 1,570 posts in 2018, a 35% increase from 2017. The number of non-commissioned officer (NCO) posts will remain unchanged at 600, but the number of posts

  • Héroux-Devtek buys CESA from Airbus

    Canadian aerospace components manufacturer Héroux-Devtek has acquired Airbus’ Spanish subsidiary Compañia Española de Sistemas Aeronauticos (CESA) for EUR140 million (USD165 million). CESA, headquartered in Madrid, is a producer of fluid mechanical and electromechanical systems

  • Paramount bolsters air training capabilities

    South Africa’s Paramount announced on 5 October that it had acquired four two-seat Dassault Mirage F1 aircraft from the French government. The aircraft will become part of the company’s pilot training fleet, which will join ex-South African Air Force (SAAF) Mirage F1s that the company

  • AIS unveils new MEMS IMU technologies

    Atlantic Inertial Systems (AIS), a UTC Aerospace Systems company, is introducing two new micro electro-mechanical systems (MEMS)-based inertial measurement unit (IMU) products to advance the inertial navigation system (INS) and guidance capabilities delivered to missiles and guided munitions through

  • French A400M conducts first mission in Sahel

    A French Air Force A400M conducted its first operational-tactical mission in Sahel on 1 September, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 4 October. The aircraft from the 61st Transport Squadron at Air Base 123 in Orléans landed in Madama in Niger. Open source satellite imagery shows the

  • Privinvest welcomes Hellenic Shipyards judgement

    Shipbuilding investment group Privinvest, which owns Hellenic Shipyards of Greece, has claimed a victory at the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) with a ruling in its favour against the government of Greece. The dispute in relation to Hellenic

  • Bittium targets combat radio market with new SDRs

    Finland’s ministry of defence (MoD) has issued a letter of intent (LoI) to Bittium to supply a new family of tactical software-defined radios (SDRs). Following the implementation of its Tactical Wireless IP Network (TAC WIN) backbone, the company is now expanding into the combat net radio

  • German special forces receive RGW 90

    Dynamit Nobel Dynamics (DND) officially handed the Recoilles Grenade Weapon (RGW) 90 to the Bundeswehr in September. The 90 mm shoulder-fired weapon, with a range of 20-1,200 m, was developed on the initiative of the German Army's Kommando Spezialkräfte (Special Forces Command) and the navy's

  • Terma and Marand sign collaboration deal

    Terma and Australian firm Marand have signed an agreement to co-operate on defence programmes in support of the Danish company’s industrial collaboration commitments in Australia, it was announced on 4 October. Under the memorandum of understanding (MOU), which was signed at the Pacific 2017

  • UK defence secretary wants to grow budget above NATO 2% GDP target

    UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon is to push the country’s finance minister to increase defence spending above the NATO 2% gross domestic product (GDP) target. Speaking to a fringe event at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester on 3 October, Fallon said the pitch would be made as

  • Italy to gift rifles to Albania

    By the end of the year, Italy will donate to Albania 5,000 Berreta AR70/90 5.56x45 mm rifles and two Iveco VTLM Lince 4x4 light multirole vehicles in the basic version. With Albania’s strategic importance for Italy in the Balkan-Mediterranean regional context, the goal of the donation is to

  • RUAG Defence chief departs

    Switzerland’s RUAG announced on 3 October that the head of RUAG Defence, Dr Markus Zoller, is to leave the company at the end of the month. A successor has yet to be appointed, with Andreas Berger, Senior Vice-President NEO RUAG Defence, to take over the post on an interim basis.

  • ASC, Babcock extend partnership on RAN submarines

    Australian naval shipbuilder ASC has signed an agreement with Babcock International to support the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN’s) Collins-class submarines, it was announced on 4 October. Under the goods and services agreement (GSA), ASC said it will collaborate with Babcock to supply

  • Kongsberg prepares to qualify the Joint Strike Missile

    Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace is set to conduct the final flight test (FTM-5) of the Joint Strike Missile (JSM) in early 2018, in preparation for the weapon’s integration with the Royal Norwegian Air Force’s (RNoAF) F-35A Lightning II multirole stealth fighter. FTM-5 is the