• Spanish police intervention in Catalan referendum raises likelihood of early regional elections and ongoing challenge to Madrid government

    Event On 1 October, the Catalan regional government went ahead with its plans to hold an independence referendum despite prohibition by the Spanish courts on the grounds that the referendum was unconstitutional The Spanish authorities ordered the national riot police to intervene at voting centres

  • India readying IAF base to receive Rafale fighters

    India’s federal government has approved INR2.20 billion (USD33.6 million) to develop facilities at an Indian Air Force (IAF) base in the north of the country to accommodate one of two squadrons of the 36 Dassault Rafale fighters it ordered last year from France. Official sources told

  • Saab to provide communication system for RNZN’s future fleet tanker

    Defence and security company Saab has a signed a contract to provide its TactiCall integrated communication system for the Royal New Zealand Navy’s (RNZN’s) future fleet replenishment vessel, Aotearoa , according to a 2 October statement by the company. In-service support for the

  • ‘Formidable Shield 2017’ exercises NATO integrated air and missile defence capabilities

    Key Points Exercise ‘Formidable Shield 2017’ is being conducted on the MoD Hebrides range off northwest Scotland Ships from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States are participating Eight NATO navies have begun a first

  • Estonia to open all military posts to women

    Estonian Defence Minister Jüri Luik signed a draft bill on 29 September to allow more women to enter conscript service on a voluntary basis and to permit them to serve in all parts of the armed forces, the ministry of defence has announced. Conscription in Estonia is compulsory only for men.

  • Germany upgrades KZO

    The ground control stations (GCS) of the German Army's Kleinfluggerät für Zielortung (KZO) target acquisition unmanned aerial vehicle have been upgraded, the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology, and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) has announced. KZO has been flight

  • Revelations around smear campaign against ÖVP candidate Kurz likely to reduce SPÖ's voter support in Austrian general election

    Event On Saturday (30 September), Georg Niedermühlbichler, the chairman and campaign manager of one of Austria's two ruling coalition parties, the centre-left Austrian Social Democratic Party (Sozialdemokratische Partei Österreichs: SPÖ), resigned following revelations that a former

  • Indonesia acquires Inzpire MSS

    Inzpire has been awarded a contract to supply its GECO (Air) tablet-based mission system to Indonesia, and has recently redesigned the whole GECO system to provide a more open and modular architecture. The company announced that it was awarded a contract by the Indonesian Air Force (Tentara

  • Hensoldt completes Kelvin Hughes acquisition

    German defence electronics supplier Hensoldt announced on 28 September that it had completed its acquisition of British naval radar and maritime security specialist Kelvin Hughes. The purchase, made from British private equity firm ECI Partners, was first announced on 29 June. The value of the

  • Anti-'Ndrangheta operation in Lombardy highlights reputational risks to international businesses subcontracting local companies in northern Italy

    Event On 24 September Italian police arrested 24 people in various locations in northern Italy, including the mayor of the town of Seregno, Edoardo Mazza, who was placed under house arrest. The arrests followed a probe into the 'Ndrangheta's alleged infiltration of business and political life in

  • Catalan referendum will not deliver independence, but centre-region stresses will not abate through 2017–18

    Key Points The Catalan government is unlikely to cancel the referendum as, among other things, the Spanish government's attempts to prevent it have strengthened the plebiscite's popular support. Instead of delivering independence, Catalonia's president Carles Puigdemont will use a likely

  • Court sentences 42-year-old woman to two years in prison in France's Paris

    AT A COURT in France's capital Paris on 28 September, 42-year-old Nathalie Haddadi was found guilty of financing terrorism after sending money abroad to her son - identified as Belabbas Bounaga - who fought with the Islamic State in Syria before being killed, Reuters reported. Haddadi was sentenced

  • Spanish MoD increases use of open tenders

    There has been a marked turnaround in transparency in how the Spanish Ministry of Defence (MoD) awards contracts, according to a report from a leading national market analyst. It resulted in the number of open bidding contracts agreed in 2016 overtaking the level of restricted ones for the first

  • UK receives final Airseeker

    The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) has received into service the third and final L3 Technologies RC-135V/W Airseeker (Rivet Joint) intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft, the company announced on 28 September. The aircraft (ZZ666) is understood to have arrived at its homebase of

  • Upgraded Brazilian Super Lynx makes maiden flight

    The first modernised AH-11B Super Lynx multirole helicopter for the Brazilian Navy made its maiden flight from Leonardo Helicopters’ Yeovil facility in the United Kingdom on 28 September. Leonardo is upgrading eight AH-11As to AH-11B standard under a EUR117 million (USD138 million) contract

  • Rheinmetall secures EUR118 million contract for German Army Leopard 2 upgrade

    Key Points Rheinmetall has been awarded EUR118 million for work to upgrade 104 German Leopard 2 MBTs to the latest Leopard 2A7V configuration The 68 Leopard 2A4s to be upgraded will receive the latest L55A1 120 mm smoothbore main gun Rheinmetall has been awarded a EUR118 million (USD140 million)

  • UK army aviation hit by new round of cuts

    Key Points The UK's Army Air Corps is to lose four more squadrons under a new round of cuts The corps' fleet of Gazelle AH1 observation helicopters is to be retired early UK army aviation faces its biggest shake-up in 25 years after it emerged that a new round of defence cost savings will lead to

  • Aero offers L-159 upgrade

    Aero Vodochody Aerospace announced details of a comprehensive L-159 upgrade during its recent L-39 User Group conference. According to Massimo Ghione, Chief Business Officer, the mid-life upgrade on offer to the Czech Air Force (CzAF) would cover a new ‘fourth generation-plus’ avionics

  • BAE Systems progresses Project Centurion with Brimstone milestone

    BAE Systems has completed a major milestone in its efforts to roll out the Project Centurion configuration for the United Kingdom’s Eurofighter Typhoon force by the end of 2018. Speaking to Jane’s on 28 September, Eurofighter Delivery Director Andy Flynn said the summer flight test

  • Fallon warns Boeing of "jeopardised" relationship

    UK Secretary of State for Defense Sir Michael Fallon has warned Boeing that a trade dispute with Bombardier that has threatened jobs in Northern Ireland could “jeopardise our future relationship” with the US company. Fallon’s comments came as UK Prime Minister Theresa May