• 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

  • Poland issues tender for Bergepanzer 2 upgrade

    Poland has issued a tender to upgrade part of its fleet of 28 Bergepanzer 2 armoured recovery vehicles (ARVs). The Polish Land Forces plan to upgrade eight Bergepanzer 2s to the WZT-BPz (PL) standard in 2018–22, with an option to modernise another 20 ARVs in the same period or after 2022.

  • Reaper operations ramp up in France

    Key Points A French MQ-9 has taken part in 'Serpentex 2017': a JTAC exercise hosted by France in Corsica The MQ-9's participation marks the French Reaper fleet's first real domestically based operation The sole French General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) MQ-9 Reaper based in France

  • ANO-led Czech government likely to pursue investment-friendly, fiscally conservative but Eurosceptic policies

    Key Points Action of Dissatisfied Citizens (Akce Nespokojených Obcanu: ANO) looks near-certain to win the Czech parliamentary election, but scandals related to its billionaire leader will hamper its government formation efforts. ANO is likely to pursue Eurosceptic yet

  • Escribano offers add-on SAL section for 70 mm artillery rockets

    Spanish engineering house Escribano is developing a new, add-on semi-active laser terminal guidance section for integration with government-furnished equipment (GFE) surface-launched, fin-stabilised, unguided 70 mm artillery rockets. Escribano’s Semi-Active Laser Kit (SALK) section comprises

  • Norway joins NATO CCD COE

    Norway has become the latest nation to join the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCD COE). The country announced its decision to join the CCD COE as a sponsoring nation on 27 September, according to a statement from the centre. This makes it the 21st nation to join the CCD COE,

  • UK DE&S chief departs for Etihad

    The chief executive of the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) procurement wing is to step down after less than two years in post, it was announced on 28 September. Tony Douglas joined DE&S in 2015 having previously served as chief executive of Abu Dhabi

  • Unidentified paramilitary group threatens local drug dealers in Omagh in Northern Ireland

    IN A STATEMENT released on 26 September, an unidentified paramilitary group issued a threat to six local drug dealers, claiming they were willing to go to extreme lengths to stop drug dealing in County Omagh in Northern Ireland, the Ulster Herald reported. The group claimed in the statement that

  • Vietnam, Hungary prepare defence industry accord

    Vietnam and Hungary are preparing the terms of a defence agreement that will feature military technologies and defence industrial collaboration, the Ministry of National Defence (MND) in Hanoi announced on 26 September. The MND said defence ministry officials from both sides have agreed to

  • Rila MRAP enters production

    The International Armored Group (IAG) of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has confirmed to Jane’s that it has secured an export order for its latest 4x4 Rila mine resistant ambush protected (MRAP) with production already underway. As with all IAG wheeled armoured vehicles, the Rila MRAP has

  • Mubadala reportedly looking to sell part of Piaggio Aerospace

    The United Arab Emirates's (UAE’s) Mubadala is looking to sell the commercial business of Italian aircraft manufacturer Piaggio Aerospace, Reuters reported on 26 September. Citing undisclosed sources, the report said that a state-backed consortium of Chinese firms is having their bid

  • DSEI 2017: UK grounding of Watchkeeper lifted

    The British Army has lifted a grounding order imposed on its Thales Watchkeeper unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) earlier this year after two of the service’s air vehicles were lost in crashes in the Irish Sea. “Watchkeeper is back in the air after we briefly paused flying earlier this

  • German election effect on defence unclear so far

    Key Points Germany's 24 September federal election has thrown a question mark over the country's direction of travel regarding defence It seems unlikely that Germany will match the NATO-stipulated level of 2% of GDP to be spent on defence The results of Germany's federal election on 24 September