• 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

  • Greece lowers F-16 upgrade ambitions

    Greece is negotiating with the United States and Lockheed Martin on the modernisation of 85 Hellenic Air Force F-16 Block 52+/52+ Advanced fighters to the F-16V configuration, the Kathimerini daily reported on 24 February. The talks are focused on the possibility of providing Greece more favourable

  • IED attack targets residence in Lisburn in Northern Ireland

    TWO improvised explosive devices (IEDs) - described in reports as 'pipe bombs' -emplaced by unidentified assailants, detonated outside a residence in the city of Lisburn in County Antrim and Country Down in Northern Ireland on 27 February, the Belfast Telegraph reported. No casualties were reported.

  • Kratos becomes pure play defence company with public safety sale

    US technology and services group Kratos Defense & Security Solutions has announced that it has “virtually completed” its strategic transformation into a “pure play defence high technology, product and services provider” with the divestment of its Public Safety &

  • Naval Group reports third year of earnings growth

    French naval shipbuilder Naval Group (formerly DCNS) has reported strong increases in sales, earnings, and margins for 2017. The state-controlled group reported sales of EUR3.7 billion (USD4.5 billion) for 2017, compared with EUR3.2 billion in 2016 and EBITA of EUR172.7 million, up from EUR102.5

  • Safran exceeds 2017 targets

    French defence and aerospace technologies group Safran has reported improved sales and earnings for 2017. The group reported that sales increased 4.7% to EUR16.5 billion (USD20.15 billion) while operating earnings increased 2.7% to EUR2.47 billion. Philippe Petitcolin, chief executive of Safran,

  • Navantia selects joint venture to supply frigate management system

    Navantia Australia has selected its joint venture (JV) with Adelaide-based Sage Automation to support its bid to meet the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN’s) requirement for next-generation frigates under project Sea 5000. Navantia said on 1 March that it has selected Navantia Sage

  • UK set to release ITN for Type 31e frigate

    Key Points The MoD plans to award up to four seven-month competitive design phase contracts A firm price of GBP1.25 billion has been set for the procurement of five Type 31e frigates, with the first to be delivered before the end of 2023 The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) is preparing to release a

  • UK defence trade group ADS to close Indian operations

    Key Points ADS plans to shut its Indian office as part of new in-country strategies to support UK exports The trade group aims to boost defence business by focusing on co-operation with Indian industry advocacy organisations UK defence trade group ADS has confirmed plans to shut its office in

  • Grenade attack wounds one person in Greece's Athens

    ONE person was wounded when a grenade, thrown by unidentified assailants, detonated near a police station in a suburb of Greece's capital Athens on 26 February, Reuters reported. An unidentified anarchist group claimed responsibility for the attack later that day.

  • GKN sales exceed GBP10 billion in 2017 as new strategy emerges

    GKN exceeded sales of GBP10 billion (USD13.99 billion) for the first time in 2017, reporting a profit before tax of GBP658 million, which is a 125% increase year on year. The British engineering company recorded GBP10.41 billion in sales, an 11% increase on the GBP9.41 billion it made in 2016.