• Conlog acquired by Swedish firm

    Sweden’s System Engineering Solutions 37 (SES 37 ) has acquired Finnish command and sensor developer Conlog. Newly-formed SES 37 is a subsidiary of Stockforsa Invest, and aims to offer its integrated solutions expertise to offer modular and standardised command and sensor systems alongside

  • German MoD eliminates Lürssen/TKMS from MKS 180 contest

    Key Points The Lürssen/TKMS joint venture has been eliminated from the contest to provide the German Navy's MKS 180 multirole combat ships German Naval Yards and Damen remain in the bidding On 1 March the German Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced a downselection in the MKS 180 multirole

  • New German coalition government likely to be formed by mid-March, following SPD membership’s approval

    Event On 4 March, the centre-left Social Democratic Party (Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands: SPD) announced that a majority of 66.02% of its 463,723 members voted in an internal poll to renew the so-called grand coalition with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s centre-right Christian

  • Parliamentary gridlock in Italy following national election likely to delay government formation and complicate policy-making

    Event Provisional election results from Italy’s 4 March general election suggest political gridlock, with none of the main parties or coalitions being able to secure a parliamentary majority on their own. The biggest gains were made by the country’s populist parties, in particular the

  • Poland examines plausibility of developing counter-UAV system

    The Polish Armament Inspectorate published a paper on 1 March that initiates a technical dialogue with potential suppliers of a system to detect and counter unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Given the programme codename Nida (after a river in southern Poland), the system is expected to itself use

  • Spain approves EUR550 million for overseas operations

    The Spanish government has approved a EUR550 million (USD677 million) credit from its contingency funds toward the cost of overseas military peacekeeping missions for 2018. Announced on 2 March by the cabinet, the funding comes when the country is still rolling over its budget from 2017 until the

  • WZE will service Polish radars, air defence equipment

    Poland’s Wojskowe Zaklady Elektroniczne (WZE) received a contract on 1 March to repair and maintain Polish radars, mainly RO-94, RW-32, RT-22, RA-83, and RSWP-18 systems that are also a part of the NATO air defence infrastructure. The contract is worth PLN13.9 million (USD4 million) and

  • Aero Vodochody plans first L-39NG flight by end of 2018

    Senior management of Czech aircraft maker Aero Vodochody announced on 27 February that final assembly of the first operational prototype of the L-39NG Next Generation jet trainer aircraft should be completed by the third quarter of 2018, with the first test flight expected in the fourth quarter.

  • Production begins on joint Saab/PGZ SIGINT ship for Sweden

    The first steel has been cut on a signals intelligence (SIGINT) ship for the Swedish Navy, Saab announced on 1 March. The vessel, which is being constructed at Poland’s Nauta Shipyard, is the product of a joint memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the Swedish company and Poland’s

  • Rheinmetall defence reports 18% rise in earnings

    German land systems specialist Rheinmetall AG reported results for its 2017 financial year on 1 March, reporting growth in the sales and earnings of its Automotive and Defence divisions. Total company sales were up 5% to EUR5,896 million (USD7,201 million), while its operating result rose 13% to

  • MTU selected by Sikorsky as local partner in German CH-53K bid

    US helicopter manufacturer Sikorsky has entered into a partnership with German aircraft propulsion specialist MTU Aero Engines, with the goal of supporting a bid for the country’s CH-53G fleet replacement programme. The deal, announced on 1 March, sees MTU join GE Aviation in Sikorsky’s

  • Spain pursues improved tactical communications

    The Chief of the Spanish Defence Staff (CHOD) has given the approval for the Spanish Armed Forces to pursue an upgrade programme aimed at improving the tactical communications capabilities of its army, navy, and air force. A senior source within the CHOD confirmed with Jane’s that the

  • Spain to test turrets for 8x8 IFV based on Piranha

    Five different turrets are to be tested in early 2019 for Spain’s new wheeled infantry fighting vehicle (IFV), the VCR (Vehiculo Sobre Ruedas) 8x8 programme. The Spanish Army is “waiting and hoping” for the government to sign the contract by the end of 2019 to finally get the

  • Polish special forces privatise parachute training

    Poland's GROM special forces unit on 27 February issued a tender for private contractors to provide aircraft, aircrews, and infrastructure for parachute training. The call is for 60 flying hours with an aircraft with doors bigger than 1.2 m 2 and 50 hours with an aircraft with a rear door or ramp

  • Spain launches call for bids for anti-UAV system

    Spain has begun seeking national offers to meet its requirement for a military anti-UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) system. The launch of the Condor project follows on from a similar one, Rapaz (Bird of Prey), which began more than two years ago to test and acquire actual UAV aircraft systems

  • UK reveals extent of hypoxia incidents for combat pilots

    UK combat pilots have suffered from hypoxia-related incidents on a small number of occasions in the last five years, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) disclosed on 1 March. Answering questions in parliament, armed forces minister Tobias Ellwood said Royal Air Force (RAF) personnel flying the Panavia

  • Post-Brexit EU budget talks risk deepening existing fault lines despite early agreement on boosting security and defence expenditure

    Key Points At a summit in Brussels on 22/23 February, EU leaders endorsed an increase in financial support to enhance the EU’s internal and external defence and security capabilities. Likely post-Brexit cuts to the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy spending and to regional and cohesion

  • Cobham shares jump on encouraging results

    Troubled UK defence and aerospace group Cobham has reported better than expected results with a return to the black and slightly improved revenue on the back of favourable exchange rates. The group reported operating earnings of GBP104 million (USD143.9 million) for 2017; up from a statutory

  • Spain to deploy transport helicopters to Iraq

    Spain is preparing to send up to five military transport helicopters to Iraq to help support the US-led international coalition forces in their operations against remnants of the Islamic State (IS). Army Chief of Staff General Francisco Varela Salas said the aircraft from its Air Mobile Force

  • Citadel takes VC funding

    Counter unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) start-up Citadel has announced that it has secured venture capital (VC) funding of USD12 million. The group secured the investment from Lightspeed Venture Partners. US-based Citadel was established in 2016 and has developed counter-UAV systems based on signal