• First UK F-35Bs arrive in-country

    The Royal Air Force (RAF’s) 617 ‘Dambusters’ Squadron arrived in the UK with the first of its Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters (JSF) on 6 June. Four of the squadron’s short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL) jets touched down at their future

  • Austrian Bundesheer receives new AFVs

    Austrian Defence Minister Mario Kunasek presented new armoured fighting vehicles (AFVs) for the Bundesheer, the armed forces, in the courtyard of the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in Vienna on 4 June 2018. Presenting three families of AFVs destined for mountain troops, engineers, and foreign

  • Portugal finalises advanced air-defence C2 system

    The Portuguese Army recently completed building its SICCA3 (Sistema Integrado de Comando e Controlo para a ArtilhariaAntiaérea) air-defence integrated command-and-control (C2) system that is intended to improve Portugal’s National Air Defense System. The modular, transportable, and

  • Airbus close to Alestis divestment

    Airbus is understood to be close to reaching an agreement on selling its majority stake in Spanish Tier-1 aircraft parts supplier Alestis Aerospace. The group told Jane’s on 5 June that it has “received various strategic proposals on Alestis which it is evaluating, without having taken

  • Saab-Damen team reveal submarine plan

    A Saab-Damen team has revealed an initial design of a submarine that it plans to offer to replace the Royal Netherlands Navy’s incumbent Walrus-class fleet. The two companies initially joined forces in 2015 to jointly bid for work in a number of markets, stating at the time that the Dutch

  • Patria expands aircraft components operations

    Finland’s Patria announced on 4 June that it has agreed to acquire Finnish firm Patricomp from Spain’s Aernnova. Details of the transaction were not disclosed. However, Patria noted that Patricomp’s net sales in 2017 were valued at EUR6.6 million (USD7.7 million). Aernnova has

  • Spain names new defence minister

    A former secretary of state for defence, Constantino Méndez, has been named defence minister by Spain’s new socialist (PSOE) prime minister, Pedro Sánchez. Mendez’s first term at the ministry was in the last PSOE government of José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, when he

  • Estonian think-tank proposes Baltic air defence improvements

    The International Centre for Defence and Security in Tallinn has presented a study to the Estonian Ministry of Defence (MoD), which commissioned it, that identifies air defence as the biggest military capability gap in the Baltic region. In C4ISR, the study found gaps in low-level radar coverage,

  • Boeing, Safran team on APUs for US market

    Boeing and Safran signed an agreement on 4 June to form a joint venture (JV) that will see them design, build, and service aircraft auxiliary power units (APUs). The partnership is expected to expand the companies’ offerings to benefit their respective customer bases, with both having a joint

  • First UK Type 45 at sea with Shaman CESM fit

    Key Points HMS Defender is the first UK RN Type 45 destroyer to receive the Shaman CESM fit The Shaman CESM is based on the US Navy’s AN/SSQ-130(V) Ship’s Signal Exploitation Equipment Increment F HMS Defender has become the first UK Royal Navy (RN) Type 45 destroyer to receive the

  • Leonardo reveals BriteCloud decoy countermeasures for larger transport aircraft

    Leonardo has unveiled a new transport-specific version of its BriteCloud expendable decoy, building on the company’s experience providing the UK Royal Air Force’s (RAF’s) Tornado GR4 fleet with a 55 mm fighter variant of the system. The BriteCloud 55-T fits in the same 55 mm chaff

  • Serbia demines airfield

    The Serbian Army has begun demining Dubinje-Sjenica airfield, which was damaged during NATO’s 1999 Kosovo air campaign. Visiting the airfield on 1 June, Serbian Defence Minister Aleksandar Vulin said, “Sjenica airport is of strategic importance in this area and it is very important that

  • USAF Reaper deployment to Greece is part of deepening US–Greek co-operation

    The US Air Force (USAF) has deployed MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to Larissa, Greece, the US Embassy tweeted on 31 May. The Reapers, which are unarmed, are from the Air National Guard’s 110th Attack Wing. US Air Forces in Europe (USAFE) told Jane’s , “the MQ-9s are

  • Bulgarian defence exports reach EUR1.2 billion

    Bulgaria exported defence products were valued at EUR1.2 billion (USD1.4 billion) in 2017, deputy minister of the economy Aleksandar Manolev announced on 30 May. Imports of defence products were valued at EUR250,000 over the same period. The level of defence exports in 2017 was broadly comparable

  • Lincad to supply batteries for Japanese HALO systems

    UK-based company Lincad has been awarded a contract by the Japanese Sojitz Aerospace Corporation for the supply of batteries for the Hostile Artillery Locator (HALO) systems operated by the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF). The company said it will provide 24 V, 80 Ah batteries based on its

  • Thales, BAE Systems, CGI team for MEWSIC bid

    Key Points Thales UK has teamed with BAE Systems and CGI to bid for the next phase of the RN’s Maritime Electronic Warfare Programme It will face competition from a Lockheed Martin UK/Elbit Systems UK team Thales UK has teamed with BAE Systems and CGI to bid for the next phase of the UK

  • German and Dutch army chiefs discuss co-operation

    German Army chief Lieutenant General Jörg Vollmer met his Royal Netherlands Army counterpart, Lieutenant General Leo Beulen in Harde, the Netherlands, on 29–30 May to discuss possibilities for co-operation with the Dutch Land Operations Support Command. The 5,000-strong command is the

  • Japan agrees to supply UH-1H parts to Philippines

    Japan has agreed to supply the Philippines with a wide range of spare parts to support the Philippine Air Force’s (PAF’s) Bell UH-1H helicopters. The decision is in line with Tokyo’s efforts to promote its viability as a defence exporter. The Japanese Ministry of Defense’s

  • Thales extends Gemalto acquisition offer

    French defence electronics specialist Thales has pushed back the conclusion of its offer for European digital security specialist Gemalto, the company announced on 1 June. The acquisition process, which was first announced on December 2017, has been extended by ten weeks as Thales and Gemalto

  • Nexter to unveil small tethered UAS concept for special operations

    France’s Nexter has devised a new concept of operation aimed at extending the capabilities of autonomous systems used to support special operations mobility teams. The concept is due to be publicly disclosed for the first time at the Eurosatory conference in Paris on 11 June. Company