• UK aims to certify P-8 by early 2019

    UK military aviation safety authorities hope to certify the Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft by early 2019, on time for it to enter Royal Air Force (RAF) service later that year. The UK Military Aviation Authority (MAA) announced on 22 November that it expected experts collecting

  • UK Type 45 deployment hit by propeller fault

    The UK Royal Navy (RN) is preparing a replacement warship to take over a high-profile operational deployment in the Middle East after one of its Type 45 destroyers suffered a major propeller shaft failure en route to its task. HMS Diamond is now sailing back to its home port of Portsmouth on the

  • Australia selects Lürssen OPV 80 for its offshore patrol vessel requirement

    German shipbuilder Lürssen has been selected as the preferred tenderer for a programme worth up to AUD4 billion (USD3.04 billion) to design and build 12 offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced on 24 November. Being acquired

  • First G5 Sahel operation highlights problems

    The G5 Sahel Joint Force’s first operation has come to an end, the French Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 22 November. The MoD said Operation ‘Haw Bi’ (Black Cow) took place between 27 October and 10 November in the ‘triple border’ area where Mali, Niger, and

  • High likelihood of snap election unlikely to have significant impact on Irish border component of Brexit negotiations

    Event Ireland’s main opposition Fianna Fáil (FF) party yesterday (23 November) expressed its intention to table a motion of no confidence in Deputy Prime Minister Frances Fitzgerald over her supposed mishandling of a legal case involving a police whistleblower. The ruling Fine Gael (FG)

  • First Spanish Navy frigate updated with broadband satcom

    The Spanish Navy has installed a first broadband planet-wide satellite communications (satcom) link on board one of its ships, according to contractor Satlink. The initial recipient is the F-100-class frigate Cristóbal Colón , but a further system has already been ordered for a second

  • UMS Skeldar enhances R-350, undertakes trials

    UMS Skeldar has undertaken a week-long flight demonstration programme of its newly configured R-350 rotary-wing unmanned aircraft system (UAS) with Germany’s Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information technology, and In-Service Support (BAAINBw). The demonstration saw the R-350 used

  • Navantia and Bath Iron Works team to meet USN FFG(X) requirement

    Navantia of Spain has teamed with US shipbuilder General Dynamics Bath Iron Works to offer a joint solution to the US Navy’s (USN) future guided missile frigate requirement (FFG[X]). The alliance was announced on 23 November. “We are delighted to collaborate with Bath Iron Works on the

  • Ratko Mladic's life sentence likely to trigger protests in Serbia, Bosnia; minor property, vehicle damage probable

    Event On 22 November 2017, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) sentenced Ratko Mladic, former Commander in the Bosnian Serb Army, to life in prison. Mladic was convicted of genocide, persecution, crimes against humanity and violations of the laws or

  • Poland seeks surveillance systems

    The Polish Armament Inspectorate (AI) has issued two documents inviting industry to start a technical dialogue for two separate systems that would expand the current observation capabilities of the nation’s armed forces. A document published on 30 October is for an onshore

  • UK MoD has still not found full quota of savings

    UK defence chiefs have still to identify GBP4 billion (USD5.3 billion) in efficiency savings two years after being set the target in the country's last strategic defence and security review (SDSR) in 2015. UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) Permanent Secretary Stephen Lovegrove said on 21 November that

  • PSM outlines workshare offer to support Czech Puma bid

    Projekt System & Management GmbH (PSM), the joint venture of Rheinmetall and Krauss-Maffei Wegmann, has offered the Czech Republic technology transfer, research and development assistance, and local production if the Puma infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) is selected to meet Prague’s

  • Redarc, Raytheon Anschütz position for Australian naval projects

    Australian firm Redarc Electronics has signed an agreement with Germany’s Raytheon Anschütz, a manufacturer and integrator of navigation and naval systems, to partner on future naval projects in Australia. In a statement on 21 November, Redarc said the memorandum of understanding (MOU)

  • Spain rules out Defex replacement

    The Spanish government has ruled out creating a new defence exports board to replace Defex, the body which the state began to dissolve in September this year. Secretary of State for Defence, Agustin Conde, told the Senate’s defence commission on 20 November that another organisation like the

  • Poland purchases 1,000 Warmate loitering munitions

    On 20 November, the Polish Ministry of Defence (MoD) signed a contract with the Warsaw-based WB Group for the delivery of Warmate loitering munitions for Polish land, territorial defence, and special forces (SF). “The contract is for 1,000 of these missiles – at least in the first

  • Serbia acquires capability to overhaul M-84 MBT

    The Serbian Army's Technical Overhaul Institution (Tehnicki Remontni Zavod, TRZ) located in Cacak is very close to acquiring the capability to conduct the general overhaul of its M-84 main battle tank (MBT), a military commander has said. In an interview published in the 15 November issue of the

  • Czech MoD completes tracked armoured vehicle testing

    The Czech Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 21 November that it has completed extensive field trials and technical tests of five tracked armoured vehicle platforms begun during the summer. The ministry stated that all platforms have fulfilled the necessary minimum requirements stipulated by the

  • Germany’s Aircraft Philipp Group to manufacture Chinook parts

    Boeing and Aircraft Philipp Group have announced the signing of a five-year contract that will see the latter manufacture parts for the CH-47 Chinook rotorcraft in Germany. To be manufactured in facilities in Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg specifically, the new deal will see Aircraft Philipp

  • Slovakia receives new version of AMV XP under joint IFV programme with Finland

    Slovakia has received a new version of the Armoured Modular Vehicle (AMV) XP from Patria for the joint programme with Finland to develop an 8×8 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) for the Slovak armed forces, the Finnish company announced in a press release on 17 November. Patria told Jane's on 21

  • Congress approves Patriot sale to Poland

    US Defense Security Co-operation Agency (DSCA) on 14 November notified Congress of a possible USD10.5 billion (PLN37.8 billion) Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to Poland of an Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) Battle Command System (IBCS)-enabled Patriot Configuration-3+ (PAC-3+) with modernized