HEADLINES

  • Prosecutors arrest two people on suspicion of planning to conduct attacks in Kosovo

    IN A STATEMENT issued on 8 June, prosecutors announced that two people, including a Belgian national, had been arrested by police during a counter-terrorism operation in an unspecified location in Kosovo on suspicion of planning to conduct suicide attacks targeting NATO-led Kosovo Force (KFOR)

  • British government urged for clarity over post-Brexit engagement with EU

    The United Kingdom’s House of Commons Defence Committee has called on the British government to provide further clarity on the role of defence in both the lead up to and aftermath of the nation leaving the European Union in 2019. The committee has proposed 16 questions to the government,

  • Eurosatory 2018: Patria NEMO Container testing continues

    Finland’s Patria is continuing the testing of its NEMO Container solution, with sea trials expected to take place in September. A company official confirmed that the test firings of the NEMO Container system from a ship are expected to take place in Sweden in September, as part of a testing

  • NATO approves Joint Support and Enabling Command in Germany

    NATO’s defence ministers meeting in Brussels on 7–8 June approved a new Joint Support and Enabling Command (JSEC) in Ulm, southern Germany. When it is activated, the command, which the ministers first discussed when they last met in Brussels on 14–15 February, will be responsible

  • Rheinmetall unveils latest Oerlikon Skyranger Gun

    Switzerland’s Rheinmetall Air Defence has completed its first example of a new-generation Oerlikon Skyranger Gun 35 mm mobile air-defence system integrated onto an ARTEC Boxer 8x8 Multi-Role Armoured Vehicle (MRAV) platform. Rheinmetall Air Defence told Jane’s that there will be a live

  • GDELS aims to build export portfolio with new ASCOD

    Key Points GDELS has unveiled a new ASCOD IFV and ASCOD MMBT The company hopes to sell individual solutions based on the ASCOD's CBP In an effort to win more export contracts, General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) has a new strategy that aims to involve future customers of the Austrian

  • ‘BALTOPS’ sees Romania exercise amphibious capability outside Black Sea region for first time

    Key Points Romania has sent naval infantry to participate in ‘BALTOPS 2018’, conducting amphibious training for the first time beyond the Black Sea region In exercise serials, Romanian forces deployed ashore from USN platforms to conduct two amphibious landings and to recover a downed

  • Airbus Helicopters advances VSR700 shipborne UAV development

    Airbus Helicopters is set to conduct the first fully unmanned flight demonstration of its Optionally Piloted Vehicle (OPV) by the end of June, Jane’s has learned. The OPV is a modified Hélicoptères Guimbal Cabri G light helicopter being used to develop the control laws for the

  • Belgium and the Netherlands sign naval MoU

    Belgium and the Netherlands have formally signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to facilitate the joint acquisition of new multipurpose frigates and minehunting vessels, which will replace the incumbent fleets that are jointly operated by the two nations. Signed between the Dutch defence

  • Elettronica, Indra unveil work on EuroDIRQM

    Elettronica and Indra unveiled a collaborative development of a next-generation Quantum Cascade Laser (QCL)-based direct infrared countermeasures (DIRCM) system during AOC EW Europe 2018 in Lausanne. Indra and Elettronica co-developed and are now marketing the system, called EuroDIRQM (the

  • Eurosatory 2018: Black Hornet is integrated into vehicles

    The new Black Hornet 3 nano unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is being presented by FLIR at Eurosatory 2018, being held in Paris on 11-15 June, while the previous Black Hornet 2 is being shown integrated into vehicles. At Eurosatory, the Black Hornet is displayed on a Patria AMV armoured vehicle and a

  • Weise takes helm of ELDIG

    Chairmanship of the European Land Defence Industry Group (ELDIG) has been handed over from Leonardo’s Gianpiero Lorandi to Rheinmetall’s Thomas Weise. Coming to the end of his two-year tenure, Lorandi, Leonardo’s Defence Systems division managing director, passed over the

  • Belgium, Denmark and Netherlands to set up special operations command

    On the first day of the 7-8 June NATO defence ministers meetings in Brussels, the Belgian, Danish, and Dutch ministers signed a memorandum of understanding to create a composite special operations component command (C-SOCC), NATO announced on 7 June. Scheduled to reach its initial operational

  • Systematic updates SitaWare C2 software suite

    Danish software house Systematic has introduced several new features and evolutionary improvements for the latest iterations of its SitaWare of command and control (C2) software suite. SitaWare comprises three interoperable and scalable segments: SitaWare Headquarters (HQ), designed for use in

  • UK parliamentarians push for defence spending

    Two senior UK House of Commons committee chairs have written an unprecedented joint letter to Prime Minister Theresa May pushing for more defence spending. Meg Hillier, the Labour chair of the Public Accounts Committee, and Julian Lewis, the Conservative chair of the Defence Committee, expressed

  • Anarchist militants claim incendiary device attack on police vehicle in Greece's Central Macedonia

    IN A STATEMENT released on 6 June, a group of anarchists identifying themselves only as insurgents, claimed responsibility for an incendiary device attack on a police riot van transferring officers that were guarding the Turkish Consulate in the city of Thessaloniki in Greece's Central Macedonia

  • Finland reports decrease in defence exports for 2017

    The Finnish Ministry of Defence (MoD) has reported a decrease in the value of realised defence exports for 2017. According to the MoD, which has oversight of defence exports and licensing, Finland exported EUR106.4 million (USD125.6 million) worth of equipment in 2017: a decline from EUR133.3

  • Incendiary device attack targets police vehicle in Greece's Central Macedonia

    ANARCHIST assailants threw an incendiary device - described in reports as a firebomb - at a police riot van transferring officers that were guarding the Turkish Consulate in the city of Thessaloniki in Greece's Central Macedonia region on 2 June, Ekathimerini reported. No casualties were reported.

  • RAF to deploy fighters to Iceland for first time since governmental spat in 2008

    The United Kingdom is to send fighter aircraft to Iceland for the first time since a diplomatic spat between the two countries over the Nordic nation’s banking crisis scuppered a previous planned deployment in 2008. Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson announced on 7 June that the Royal Air

  • Vietnam begins work on first submarine rescue vessel

    Vietnam’s state-owned Z189 shipyard has begun assembly work on the first submarine rescue vessel for the People's Army of Vietnam Navy (PAVN). A keel-laying ceremony for the ship, known as MSSARS 9316 (multipurpose submarine search-and-rescue ship 9316), was held on 24 May at Z189’s

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