• IED attack damages house in Belfast in Northern Ireland

    AN improvised explosive device (IED) that was planted by unidentified militants partially detonated at a residence in St. Gall's Avenue in Belfast in Northern Ireland on 15 September, the Belfast Telegraph reported. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

  • Unidentified militants wound one man in Belfast in Northern Ireland

    ONE man was wounded when unidentified militants shot his hands and feet in a paramilitary-style attack in the Turf Lodge area of Belfast in Northern Ireland on 24 September, the Belfast Telegraph reported. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

  • Rolls-Royce and DRDO discuss gas turbine collaboration

    Rolls-Royce is engaging with India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) about potential collaboration on gas turbine technologies, a senior company official has confirmed to Jane’s . Glenn Kelly, vice president of customer business for defence at Rolls-Royce India,

  • Cobham names new head of Communications and Connectivity unit

    UK firm Cobham has selected Paul Kahn to be president of the company’s Communications and Connectivity sector, the company announced on 26 September. Kahn most recent ran Airbus’ business in the United Kingdom. He will be taking over on 2 October. His predecessor, Michel Emelianoff,

  • Arson attack targets police station in France's Haute-Vienne

    A POLICE station was targeted in an arson attack by anarchist militants in the city Limoges in France's Haute-Vienne region on 19 September, The Telegraph reported. No casualties were reported. An anarchist group identified as Revolte Anarchiste des Gendarmes Exiles (Anarchist Revolt Against Exiled

  • France to buy third PLG for French Guiana

    In the wake of Hurricane Irma in the French Antilles, the French Ministry of Defence has announced that a third French Guianese Light Patrol Boat (Patrouilleur Léger Guyanais: PLG) will be ordered within the coming weeks, with delivery expected as soon as 2019. The vessel will be based in the

  • Italy retires sole remaining Atlantic 1 fleet

    The Italian Air Force has retired the Dassault (Breguet) Atlantic 1 maritime patrol aircraft (MPA): its longest-serving platform, having recorded more than 450,000 flight hours. The four-strong Atlantic fleet was retired at a ceremony at Sigonella Naval Air Station, Sicily, on 21 September attended

  • Pakistan, UK ‘revive’ defence technical ties

    Pakistan and the United Kingdom have revitalised an agreement to collaborate on defence, Pakistan’s Ministry of Defence Production (MoDP) has announced. In a press release recently published on its website, the MoDP said that a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on defence technical

  • Babcock, BMT team as start gun fires for Type 31e programme

    Key Points Babcock and BMT Defence Services have teamed to bid for the UK’s Type 31e frigate programme A RFI to support Type 31e market testing was released on 11 September, with responses due back by 16 October A first teaming for the UK Royal Navy's (RN's) Type 31e frigate programme has

  • Germany, Norway sign for five NATO-owned MRTT tanker-transports

    Germany and Norway have placed a firm order for five Airbus Defense and Space (DS) A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft to be fielded under the auspices of the European/NATO Multinational Multi Role Tanker Transport Fleet (MMF). The announcement by Airbus DS on 25 September came some

  • New SEAHAWK LW variants unveiled

    MSI-Defence Systems has unveiled two new lightweight (LW) variants of its SEAHAWK family of small-calibre naval gun systems. The SEAHAWK LW mounting has been specifically designed by MSI-Defence to provide smaller patrol craft and security vessels with a stabilised remote control weapon system

  • Arson attack wounds one police officer in France's Isere

    AT LEAST 50 vehicles were set on fire in an arson attack at gendarmerie a car park in Grenoble in France's Isere on 21 September, The Telegraph reported. One police officer suffered from smoke inhalation. An anarchist group identified as Revolte Anarchiste des Gendarmes Exiles (Anarchist Revolt

  • Court sentences 21-year-old man to four-and-a-half years in the UK's London

    AT THE Old Bailey court in the United Kingdom's capital London on 21 September, a 21-year-old man - identified as Taha Hussain - was sentenced to four-and-a-half years in prison on seven counts of disseminating terrorist documents after producing Islamic State propaganda videos outside Windsor

  • Italian Typhoon crashes at air show

    An Italian Air Force (AMI) Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft crashed during an air display on 24 September, killing the pilot. The single-seat aircraft came down into the sea south of Rome after it failed to recover from a high-speed dive. The pilot seemingly did not attempt to eject, and his

  • NAVSEA awards Columbia-class SSBN development contract

    The US Naval Sea Systems (NAVSEA) Command has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat Corporation a sole-source USD5.071 billion contract for the Integrated Product and Process Development design completion for the US Navy’s (USN’s) Columbia-class ballistic missile submarines (SSBNs). The

  • Orbital ATK rolls out XM813 automatic cannon for US Army Strykers

    Orbital ATK Armament Systems is ramping up production of their latest 30 mm calibre XM813 Bushmaster dual feed automatic cannon. The weapon will first be installed in the Kongsberg Medium Calibre Remote Controlled Turret (MC-RCT) installed on the latest General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS) 8x8

  • Post-election political shake-up makes German government formation challenging; unlikely to significantly change foreign policy or investment environment

    Key Points Following the Social Democrats' announcement that they would end the grand coalition and go into opposition, Angela Merkel is left with only one viable option to build a government, an alliance between her centre-right Christian Democratic Union (Christlich Demokratische Union

  • Rheinmetall Defence unveils Gladius 2.0 soldier ensemble

    Rheinmetall Defence has developed a new version of its Gladius soldier system, known as Gladius 2.0, and launched it at DSEI 2017 in London. Gladius 2.0 is modular and has an open architecture, allowing sensors, communications, and other devices to be easily integrated according to a

  • Spain disbanding Defex

    The Spanish cabinet has given the go-ahead for the dissolution of defence exports promotional body Defex, which has been the subject of judicial investigations for the past three years over potential payments of multi-million kickbacks on orders. The national government has a majority 51% stake in

  • Valhalla Turrets reveals new 57 mm remote gun system development

    Valhalla Turrets of Slovenia have revealed that they have commenced a private-venture project to develop the Hildgard 57 Medium Remote Gun System (MRGS), with a technology demonstrator expected to be completed by the second half of 2018. The Hildgard MRGS effort leverages from their developed