• Czech Army showcases MKEB II mobile EW system

    The Czech Army took the opportunity at the IDEB 2018 exhibition in Bratislava to showcase the latest iteration of its MKEB (Mobilni komplet elektronického boje) mobile electronic warfare (EW) suite. The second-generation MKEB, known as MKEB II, was demonstrated by personnel from the 532

  • QinetiQ raises sales but warns of UK single source headwinds

    UK defence and security technology group QinetiQ has reported its second consecutive year of organic sales growth, prompting chief executive Steve Wadey to comment on "significant progress" as it "continues to transform" The group reported revenues of GBP833 million (2017:

  • UK clears A400M for MEDEVAC role

    The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) has cleared the Airbus Defence and Space (DS) A400M Atlas transport aircraft to conduct the full range of aero medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) duties. The milestone, which was announced by the service on 23 May, sees the A400M granted its full aeromedical evacuation

  • Bulgaria invests in aircraft and armoured vehicles

    Bulgaria's Council of Ministers on 16 May approved the acquisition of new combat aircraft for the Bulgarian Air Force (BuAF) and 150 new combat vehicles for the Bulgarian Land Forces (BuLF). The acquisition of a new combat aircraft is a two-phase project to equip the BuAF with 16 jet fighters to

  • EDIDP launch funding preliminarily approved by European Council and Parliament

    The European Council and European Parliament (EP) reached common political accord on 22 May regarding some of the rules and initial funding for the European Defence Industrial Development Programme (EDIDP), the capability element of the new European Defence Fund. The agreement comes after nearly

  • Horbia Mira signs Turkish UGV agreement

    UK engineering group Horiba Mira has entered into a teaming agreement with a consortium of Turkish companies that will work to develop a new version of the company’s Viking unmanned ground vehicle (UGV). Horbia Mira signed the agreement with a consortium comprising Katmerciler, Savronik, and

  • Royal Navy receives first Commando Merlin

    The UK Royal Navy (RN) has received into service the first AgustaWestland AW101 helicopter to be upgraded to the Commando Merlin HC4/4A standard. The milestone, which was marked on 24 May by a visit to the RN’s Commando Helicopter Force (CHF) at Royal Naval Air Station (RNAS) Yeovilton by the

  • Sea Ceptor enters UK Royal Navy service

    The GWS 35 Sea Ceptor local area anti-air missile has been declared operational with the Royal Navy (RN), UK secretary of state for defence Gavin Williamson has announced. Developed and manufactured by MBDA under the umbrella of the company’s Portfolio Management Agreement with the Ministry

  • UK and US launch artificial intelligence laboratory

    The UK and US have launched a new artificial intelligence (AI) hub to develop disruptive technologies for defence and security applications. Launched during the inaugural US-UK Defence Innovation Board meeting on 21 May, UK defence secretary Gavin Williamson and members of the US division of the

  • Zetor unveils 4×4 Gerlach MRAP

    Zetor Engineering, a division of Czech agricultural machinery maker Zetor Tractors, has revealed a prototype of its new 4×4 Gerlach mine-resistant ambush protected (MRAP) vehicle at the IDEB 2018 exhibition in Bratislava According to the company, the baseline Gerlach has a gross vehicle weight

  • Slovakia procures domestically produced Zuzana 2 155 mm SPHs

    The Slovak government on 23 May approved a Ministry of Defence (MoD) request for a EUR175 million (USD206 million) procurement of 25 ShKH Zuzana 2 155 mm self-propelled howitzers (SPHs) for the Slovak armed forces. The MoD will award the contract to Slovak defence company Konstrukta-Defence, with

  • Spanish defence budget presented to parliament

    Spanish Defence Minister María Dolores de Cospedal presented the country’s 2018 defence budget to parliament on 22 May. Defence spending will rise by 6.38% to EUR9.25 billion (USD10.9 billion). This includes money allocated for overseas missions and paying off outstanding debts, while

  • UK parliamentarian proposes putting retired Type 23 frigates in ASW reserve

    A UK member of parliament, Mark Francois, has proposed that the Royal Navy’s Type 23 anti-submarine warfare (ASW) frigates be placed in a war reserve when they are retired, instead of being sold or scrapped. The proposal was made to Secretary of Defence Gavin Williamson during a 22 May

  • Airbus drops arbitration with Poland

    Key Points Following a recent Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) case precedent, Airbus has dropped its arbitration with Poland over the failed 2015 H225M deal While the company will continue to appeal the decision, the CJEU case creates problems for the arbitration process Airbus has

  • Sweden to upgrade MS20-standard Gripen C/Ds

    Saab has been awarded SEK224 million (USD26 million) to upgrade systems on the Swedish Air Force (SwAF’s) fleet of Gripen C/D combat aircraft. The Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) contract, announced by the company on 23 May, involves enhancements to the current

  • Rolls-Royce to leverage Kawasaki partnership in new Japanese programme

    Rolls-Royce will look to continue its industrial partnership with Japan’s Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) in supplying its MT30 gas turbine engine for the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force’s (JMSDF) new surface combatants. Rolls-Royce said on 21 May that through its partnership with KHI

  • Foiled French plot indicates intent to deploy biological weapon; detection shows advanced capability in uncovering encrypted communications

    Event On 18 May, French interior minister Gerard Collomb announced that a terrorist plot involving “either explosives or ricin” had been thwarted. A 20-year-old student of Egyptian origin, active in online jihadist spheres, was arrested in Paris in connection with the attack. Police

  • UK nuclear programmes face GBP2.9 billion affordability gap

    UK nuclear submarine and weapons programmes are facing a GBP2.9 billion (USD3.9 billion) funding gap over the next decade, according to a report by the country’s spending watchdog. The funding shortfall was revealed by the National Audit Office (NAO) on 22 May in its “The Defence

  • Lega-M5S coalition to reverse labour reforms, unlikely to resolve productivity gap or serve full term in office

    Event Over the past weekend the anti-establishment Five Star Movement (Movimento Cinque Stelle: M5S) and the far-right League (Lega) consulted with their supporters online and in city centres nationwide and received overwhelming support for their new coalition and political programme. The two

  • UK prepares to be excluded from Galileo

    The UK is looking at options to develop its own satellite navigation system should the European Union (EU) make good on its intention to restrict the country’s future involvement in the Galileo project following Brexit, the government said on 21 May. Speaking at the inaugural Ministry of