• UK to replenish Hellfire stock

    The UK is to replenish its stock of Lockheed Martin AGM-114 Hellfire II air-to-surface missiles at a cost of USD150 million. According to the US Defense Security and Cooperation Agency (DSCA), which announced the State Department approval for the sale on 16 March, the UK has requested 1,000

  • Details emerge of major British Army re-organisation

    Key Points A major re-organisation of the British Army is under way 'Army 2020 Refine' will involve the transfer of more than 4,500 soldiers to new units More than 4,500 soldiers are to be transferred to new units and nearly 40 major units moved as part of the British Army's re-organisation plans

  • Domestic left-wing militants likely to target parties related to Greek bailout and other international embassies in parcel-bomb attacks

    EVENT Greek anarchist group Synomosia Pyrinon Tis Fotias (SPF) claimed responsibility yesterday (16 March) for a parcel bomb delivered to the German Ministry of Finance in Berlin on 15 March. The parcel was addressed to Minister of Finance Wolfgang Schäuble. German media reported that the

  • French Navy sees USN links as 'cornerstone' of training, as carrier refit begins

    Key Points France is seeking more links with the USN to support carrier airwing training Links will help navy bridge gap until Charles de Gaulle returns to operations The French Navy sees co-operation with the US Navy (USN) as a "cornerstone" of its plans to maintain personnel skills

  • First ASRAAM guided firings conducted from F-35

    Key Points The trials mark the first time a UK-designed missile has been fired from the F-35, and also the first time a non-US missile has been fired from the platform. Guided firing trials expected to continue through to mid-2017 The F-35 Integrated Test Force - a joint team comprising prime

  • Scania selected for multiple European programmes

    The Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organisation (DALO) is understood to have selected Scania as the supplier for a seven-year framework contract for trucks. The initial order under the award calls for 200 Military Terrain Capable Trucks (MTCT) and 100 commercial trucks. Jane´s

  • Turkey blocks Austria's partner programmes at NATO

    Turkey confirmed in 16 March press reports that it has been blocking Austria's partner programmes with NATO. Turkish military sources in Brussels told Jane's that Turkey's blockade of NATO partner programmes was aimed only at Austria, which several months ago suggested freezing Turkey's membership

  • MEPs want separate defence ministers' meetings and EU-funded defence agency

    In a clear bid to influence the outcome of a forthcoming summit in Rome on the EU's future, the European Parliament has backed a report urging major changes to the union's defence structure and policy such as allowing national defence ministers to formally meet on their own, and thus independent of

  • NCIA to support US deployment to Poland with cloud-based services

    The NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCIA) signed a new agreement with US Army Europe (USAREUR) to provide the latter with cloud-based federated services on 16 March. The work will support deployment of NATO's US-led battle group, set to arrive in Poland by the end of March, as part of

  • New multi-party pro-EU government following Dutch general election likely to maintain stable investment environment under centre-right leadership

    Key Points The new government is likely to be led by outgoing prime minister Mark Rutte and will include at least four parties from the centre-right, the liberal centre, and possibly the left. Despite the Freedom Party's second place, no other major parties want to collaborate with it because of

  • Saab, BMT, partner for Colombia frigate bid

    Saab has teamed with UK ship design house BMT Defence Services to bid a design solution for Colombia's Plataforma Estratégica de Superfcie (PES) programme based on BMT's Venator-110 frigate design. The proposal, forming part of a package that would see in-country construction in collaboration

  • UK cuts single source contract profit rate

    The UK has reduced the baseline profit rate for sole-source contracts by 16% for the next financial year, UK secretary of state for defence Michael Fallon announced on 16 March. The rate - applicable from 1 April 2017 - has been reduced to 7.46% from 8.95% in the current year. The UK Ministry of

  • Lithuania prepares to launch new procurement agency

    Lithuania has approved plans to create a centralised defence procurement agency with the new body on course to commence operations from the beginning of 2018. Approval from the Defence Resource Council of the Lithuanian Ministry of National Defence (MoND) was announced on 15 March. Defence

  • Police conduct raids in connection with Berlin attack in Germany's Saxony

    POLICE conducted counter-terrorism raid operations on 14 March targeting the residences of eight people in the city of Hildesheim in the state of Saxony in Germany linked to a mosque allegedly visited by Anis Amri the perpetrator of the Islamic State-claimed vehicle impact attack that killed 12

  • Re-election of Hungarian president shows ruling party's unity, ensuring government stability and policy continuity until 2018 election

    EVENT Hungary's Parliament re-elected the country's figurehead president, János Áder, on 13 March for another five-year term. Áder has received 131 votes in the final voting round, equal to the number of Fidesz members of parliament (MPs) in the 199-member legislature.

  • Safran to continue Zodiac acquisition despite weaker performance

    Safran released a statement on 14 March reiterating its strategic interest in the acquisition of fellow French defence and aviation company Zodiac Aerospace. The two companies have been in negotiations over a potential merger since 19 January, but questions have been raised over the EUR29.47

  • Savage Fire anarchist militants claim responsibility for attack in Germany's Saxony

    In Leipzig, anarchists claiming to belong to the Savage Fire cell claimed responsibility for setting fire to and destroying a set of Vodafone antennas on 2 February.

  • Yugoimport takes control of Serbian aircraft builder Utva

    Yugoimport SDPR, the Serbian state-owned intermediary for the import and export of defence-related equipment and technology, has become the dominant owner of Serbia's sole state-owned aviation factory: Pancevo-based Utva - Avio Industrija. The process of integrating Utva into the structure of the

  • Babcock details major restructure

    On 14 March British naval services and engineering company Babcock International Group revealed the details of a business restructure first announced on 28 February. Until 31 March the company will continue to operate under its current structure, through Babcock Marine and Technology, Babcock

  • Sweden announces small defence budget boost

    Swedish defence minister Peter Hultqvist announced on 13 March that the government was to add a small amount of funding to the country's defence budget. The additional expenditure, which is an in-year increase to the already active 2017 budget, is worth SEK500 million (USD56 million). The move, Mr