• Latvia’s bribery investigation against central bank governor poses risk of government reshuffle or PM resignation

    Key Points The risk of resignations within the government or of the prime minister stepping down has increased. An early election a few months before the scheduled vote in October or a technocrat government in power until October has become more likely. There is an increased risk of disruption to

  • Security alerts 23 February–2 March

    Americas Bolivia WATCH FOR: Roadblocks and violent confrontation between coca growers and authorities in Los Yungas during the weekend of 24–25 February Risk analysis: On 19 February, coca growers began protests and roadblocks in the region of Los Yungas, La Paz, against alleged government

  • SEPI rules out Navantia yard closures

    Spanish state-holding company, the Sociedad Estatal de Participaciones Industriales (SEPI), has reported that it will not close any of naval shipbuilder Navantia's yards but will push ahead with plans to rejuvenate the workforce under a major modernisation programme. The message was relayed to

  • Sweden maintained export momentum in 2017

    Swedish defence exports in 2017 remained at the high level achieved during 2016 with sales valued at SEK11.3 billion (USD1.4 billion). The Swedish Inspectorate of Strategic Products (Inspektionen for Strategiska Produkter) reported on 21 February that foreign sales of military materiel had

  • Baltic states boost artillery capabilities

    The defence forces of Estonia and Lithuania are upgrading the indirect fire capability of their land elements, military officials from both Baltic countries highlighted at the IQPC Future Indirect Fires Eastern Europe Conference held in Bucharest, Romania. The Estonian Land Forces maintains two

  • UK launches new Combat Air Strategy for future requirements and capabilities

    The United Kingdom is to launch a new Combat Air Strategy to explore the country’s future defence aviation requirements and capabilities, the government announced on 21 February. The strategy, which was announced by Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson during a session of the parliamentary

  • German MoD denies reports that Bundeswehr is not ready to lead NATO Very High Readiness Task Force

    The German Ministry of Defence (MoD) has downplayed media reports questioning the Bundeswehr’s ability to fully equip its contingent of the NATO Response Force’s Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF). The reports identify shortages in ballistic protection and specialised winter

  • Aramark takes over DIO contract

    Following the announcement that defence services provider Carillion will enter into liquidation, ownership of a joint venture it operated to provide services to the UK Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) will now transfer to the other partner, Aramark. Aramark has now assumed full ownership

  • Czech MoD pledges to boost defence spending

    Czech Defence Minister Karla Slechtova said that it would be an embarrassment if the Czech Republic did not meet its pledge to NATO to increase defence spending to 2% of GDP. “We promised that by 2020 we would increase defence spending to 1.4% of GDP, and at this point I state that the

  • US approves Apache upgrade for Netherlands

    The United States has approved the remanufacture of Boeing AH-64D Apache Longbow attack helicopters operated by the Netherlands to AH-64E Apache Guardian standard. According to a US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notification posted on 20 February, the State Department has approved the

  • Romania announces new submarine programme

    The Romanian Navy is considering a new submarine programme under the strategic procurement plan, the country's defence minister has revealed. Mihai Fifor told a press conference on 20 February: "Naval forces specialists are discussing what kind of submarine we need to have. Once the technical

  • Scalp missile sale reportedly being blocked

    The US government is understood to be blocking the proposed sale of MBDA’s Scalp land-attack cruise missile to Egypt. French media have reported that Egypt was hoping to acquire the missiles as part of a procurement of additional Dassault Rafale multirole combat aircraft. It was revealed in

  • Team Leander presses UK credentials for Type 31e bid

    Key Points Cammell Laird has teamed with BAE Systems Naval Ships under the banner of ‘Team Leander’ The Leander design is being pitched as a low-risk, low through-life cost solution for Type 31e The Cammell Laird/BAE Systems ‘Team Leander’ bidding for the UK Royal

  • UK confirms LPH sale to Brazil

    The UK government has confirmed the sale of the landing platform helicopter (LPH) vessel HMS Ocean to Brazil for GBP84 million (USD117 million). Under a sales agreement signed on 19 February, the Brazilian Navy will take possession of the 22,000-tonne specialist amphibious aviation ship in June

  • UK signs C-17 logistics agreement with US

    The United Kingdom has signed a Foreign Military Sale agreement with the United States to support the Royal Air Force's (RAF's) C-17A heavy-lift aircraft, the Ministry of Defence in London announced on 17 February. The GDP260 million (USD363.7 million) agreement covers the delivery of spares;

  • First Texan II trainers delivered to RAF Valley

    The first of 10 Beechcraft T-6C Texan II trainer aircraft to be operated under the UK Military Flight Training System (UKMFTS) programme have been delivered to Royal Air Force (RAF) Valley on Anglesey. The first two aircraft were received on 16 February, from where they will be used to deliver the

  • James Fisher acquires Australian company Cowan

    UK-based marine services business James Fisher & Sons has acquired Australian company Cowan Manufacturing, a specialist in recompression chambers. James Fisher said on 19 February that the acquisition, featuring the entire share capital in the Australian company, is valued at AUD2.6 million

  • Airbus creates maritime surveillance division

    Former Airbus subsidiary Signalis has been rolled into the larger business structure to form a maritime surveillance division. Airbus first acquired the subsidiary when it was formed in 2011, and the new division will be the company’s centre of competences for maritime safety and security.

  • Rheinmetall wins first European Defence Fund project

    Rheinmetall is the first company to be awarded funding under a newly established European Commission defence initiative, which will enable the company to lead the development of soldier system architecture. A request for proposals for the Generic Open Soldier Systems Reference Architecture (GOSSRA)

  • Denmark positions F-35 funds

    The Danish Central Bank has completed the hedging of payments of USD3.7 billion so that the department of defence is able to acquire the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter at fixed price in its local currency. Copenhagen agreed in 2016 to acquire 27 conventional take-off and landing F-35A