• Berlin Security Conference 2017: Lockheed Martin targets key German opportunities

    Lockheed Martin has its sights set on Germany as it targets three key upcoming requirements for the Bundeswehr. Promoting its presence at the Berlin Security Conference (BSC) on 29 November, Lockheed Martin showcased its offerings for three programmes for the German Air Force (Luftwaffe) and Navy

  • APS STANAG takes shape

    NATO’s Standardisation Agency has released initial details of the Standardisation Agreement (STANAG) covering active protection systems (APS). While still a working draft, STANAG 4686, in addition to the accompanying Allied Engineering Publication – AEP-62 – has already defined

  • Grenade attack wounds three civilians in Burkina Faso's Ouagadougou

    THREE civilians were wounded when a grenade, thrown by unidentified assailants on motorcycles, detonated targeting French soldiers in Burkina Faso's capital Ouagadougou on 27 November, Reuters reported. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

  • SIG Sauer withdraws from tender for G36 replacement

    German small arms manufacturer SIG Sauer has withdrawn from the tender to replace the G36 assault rifle. The company claims the technical requirements for the new rifle are tailored to G36 producer Heckler & Koch and thus sees little or no chance of winning the competition. Heckler & Koch is

  • Berlin Security Conference 2017: Germany’s heavy-lift helo project relatively unaffected by country’s political problems

    Lockheed Martin does not expect the current difficulties in forming a new German government to have too much of an effect on its efforts to sell its CH-53K King Stallion heavy-lift helicopter into the country. Speaking to Jane’s in late November ahead of the Berlin Security Conference (BSC),

  • French small businesses examine Indian Rafale opportunities

    The companies behind the development of the Rafale fighter have presented the benefits of investing in the Indian acquisition of the aircraft to a number of French small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), in the hope that they will choose to participate in the programme that will see an initial

  • Thales acquires UK radar provider

    Thales has completed the acquisition of radar developer Aveillant, it announced on 28 November, adding further counter-unmanned aerial vehicle (C-UAV) capability to its portfolio. The Cambridge, UK-based radar company has been marketing its software-defined holographic radar technology for a number

  • UPDATE: Japan, UK advance missile development project

    Japan and the United Kingdom have progressed their joint programme to undertake research and development (R&D) of a new air-to-air missile, Japan’s Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera has confirmed. In comments reported by the Japan Ministry of Defense (MoD) on 24 November Onodera said the

  • Berlin Security Conference 2017: Sweden states case for increased European defence co-operation in face of growing and evolving threats

    Europe must maintain its unity and solidarity if it is to head off the greatest challenges that it has faced since the end of the Cold War, a senior Swedish minister said on 28 November. Speaking at the Berlin Security Conference at which Sweden is this year’s partner nation, the

  • Czech Republic's Meopta could enter CV90 supply chain

    Under the terms of a memorandum of understanding negotiated with Saab, Czech company Meopta will provide line-of-sight optical components for the fire control system of the CV90 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) in a move that could lead to local production in country. Saab and Meopta are

  • Hensoldt to support South Korean military’s adoption of Mode 5 IFF systems

    German defence electronics supplier Hensoldt has signed a co-operation agreement with South Korean defence group Huneed Technologies to support the adoption of Mode 5 identification friend or foe (IFF) systems by the South Korean military. “We are committed to bringing the latest technology

  • Latvia’s defence spending to reach 2% of GDP in 2018

    Latvia has for the first time increased its defence spending in line with the NATO-mandated 2% of gross domestic product (GDP), committing an additional EUR126.8 million (USD151.2 million) year-on-year into its 2018 budget. The Saeima has increased the 2018 defence budget to EUR576.34 million,

  • Pakistan and Poland pursue aerospace co-operation

    Pakistani and Polish industry are furthering their industrial defence ties, having conducted the second meeting within a week to discuss potential ways in which the two nations can collaborate on a number of technology areas. On 24 November, commander of the Pakistan Air Force (PAF), ACM Sohail

  • Cohort acquires share of Portugal's EID

    UK-based Cohort has acquired a further 23.09% share in Portuguese company Empresa de Investigação e Desenvolvimento de Electrónica (EID), raising its stake to 80% of the total holding. As of June 2016, Cohort owned a 56.9% share of the company, but also agreed at the time to acquire

  • Japan, UK advance missile development project

    Japan and the United Kingdom have progressed their joint programme to undertake research and development (R&D) of a new air-to-air missile, Japan’s Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera has confirmed. In comments reported by the Japan Ministry of Defense (MoD) on 24 November Onodera said the

  • Supacat and Rheinmetall go Dutch with LRV 400

    Supacat announced on 24 November that is has teamed with Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles (RMMV) to submit its Light Reconnaissance Vehicle 400 (LRV 400) for procurement programmes in the Netherlands and other countries in the region. With a crew of three or four, the LRV 400 is designed to fill

  • Spanish Navy pushes ahead with planning proposals for submarine rescue vessel

    The Spanish Navy is planning to have a new rescue vessel based on its Buque de Acción Marítima (BAM) offshore patrol vessel (OPV) in operation ahead of delivery of the first of its new S-80 Plus-class submarines, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) confirmed on 22 November. While no concrete

  • RAF Atlas takes over in Middle East

    UK Royal Air Force (RAF) Airbus A400M Atlas airlifters have taken the lead in UK strategic and intra-theatre air transport operations across the Middle East. The stepping up of the A400M’s operational tasking now sees it flying regular missions to the region from the UK air transport main

  • QinetiQ opens new laser research facility

    British defence research establishment QinetiQ announced the opening of a new facility in Farnborough dedicated to advanced laser technology research on 24 November. The new ‘centre of excellence’, named ‘Dragonworks’ by the company, will serve as a test facility for all

  • Turkey and Hungary to explore defence-industrial co-operation

    Hungary’s defence minister Simicskó István travelled to Turkey on 23 November to begin a four-day visit aimed at strengthening relations between the two countries, including through greater defence-industrial co-operation. István met with his Turkish counterpart Nurettin