• Oberaigner debuts 4x4 LTMPV

    Oberaigner took the opportunity to unveil its Light Tactical MultiPurpose Vehicle (LTMPV) at IDET 2017 in Brno, Czech Republic. Developed in partnership with Poland's Team Concept, the LTMPV is targeted at a selection of similar current and emerging European light vehicle requirements. These include

  • RDAF tests BriteCloud 218 active RF decoy

    Key Points BriteCloud 218 is an active expendable decoy compatible with standard AN/ALE-40 and AN/ALE-47 dispensers First flight trials of the BriteCloud 218 were completed in March from a Royal Danish Air Force F-16 fighter The Airborne and Space Systems business of UK-based Leonardo MW has

  • Zetor Engineering unveils prototype 4x4 Fox vehicle

    Czech company Zetor Engineering has revealed a prototype of the Fox, a 4x4 design optimised for surveillance, reconnaissance, and long range patrol-type roles, at IDET 2017 in Brno, Czech Republic. Zetor commenced development of the Fox in 2015 having identified a perceived gap in the market, and

  • BAE Systems Australia announces Victoria teamings for LAND 400

    BAE Systems Australia announced on 6 June a host of teaming agreements with small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) from the state of Victoria in support of its bid to meet Australian Army requirements under the LAND 400 Phase 2 combat reconnaissance vehicle (CRV) programme. A press release by

  • Final Pizarro deliveries announced by Spanish MoD

    The final tranche of 36 engineering and recovery versions (VCZAP) of 119 Pizarro tracked armoured vehicles for the second phase of the Spanish Army programme are now due to be delivered between 2019 and 2021, the Spanish Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 3 June. They will be the last units of

  • BAE Systems, Helios sign MOU for body armour technology

    BAE Systems and Helios Global Technologies have agreed to a deal to jointly develop liquid body armour technology, the companies announced on 1 June. Financial terms were not disclosed. The deal is specifically designed to advance the technology for potential deployment to Canadian troops. Helios

  • Chinese navy claims lead in IEPS development

    People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) Rear Admiral Ma Weiming, a leading authority on naval electrical systems engineering, has claimed in an interview with state broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV) that China now has a significant lead over US and Western navies in the development of

  • Denmark seeks bids for new service pistol

    The Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organization (DALO) has announced a request for tenders for the procurement of a new service pistol for the armed forces. The seven-year framework agreement is worth an estimated DKK25 million (USD4 million), including spare parts, accessories,

  • Finland releases annual export report

    Finland’s Ministry of Defence issued its annual report on defence exports on 5 June, reporting EUR101 million (USD114 million) in licences issued in 2016, down substantially from EUR377 million in 2015. Much of the 2015 figure was tied to EUR118 million in licences for exports to Poland, a

  • Islamic State claim responsibility for London Bridge attack in the UK's London

    IN A STATEMENT released on 4 June, the Islamic State-affiliated Amaq News Agency claimed responsibility for an attack in London Bridge in the United Kingdom's capital London on 3 June, killing seven people and wounding 48 others, The Guardian reported. The statement added that the attack was a

  • Vehicle-impact and knife attack kills seven people in the UK's London

    SEVEN people -including a Canadian woman identified as Christine Archibald and an unnamed French national - were killed and 48 others - including seven French nationals and an Australian woman, a New Zealand national two Germans one Greek and one Spanish national - were wounded when three militants

  • Embraer hopes for new KC-390 customer this year

    Key Points Embraer could secure its first international customer for its KC-390 this year Company lacks a firm contract order other than home nation Brazil Embraer hopes to add an international customer for its KC-390 tanker transport aircraft later this year, according to a company executive.

  • Switzerland moves to upgrade DURO fleet

    The Swiss Army is extending the operational life of its fleet of DURO (4x4) tactical vehicles through an extensive modernisation programme under a contract awarded to General Dynamics European Land Systems - MOWAG (GDELS - MOWAG). The Swiss Army took delivery of 3,000 DURO (4x4) tactical vehicles -

  • SVOS unveils S80 tactical vehicle

    Czech Republic-based armoured vehicles specialist, SVOS displayed publicly for the first time a new light tactical vehicle at IDET 2017 in Brno. The S80 vehicle has been developed by the company in cooperation with China's BAIC Group [Beijing Automotive Industry Holding Co., Ltd.]. Project-related

  • Embraer providing executive-class aircraft for military missions

    Key Points Embraer delivering executive aircraft to United Kingdom and Brazil for military efforts Diversifies company's executive jet business Embraer is under contract with the United Kingdom and Brazil to provide its executive-class aircraft for military missions. Embraer Defense and Security

  • Mortar attack wounds three French soldiers in Mali's Timbuktu

    THREE French soldiers were wounded in a mortar attack targeting a MINUSMA peacekeeping camp close to a French counter-terrorism unit operating as part of a separate operation in the city of Timbuktu in Mali's Timbuktu on 1 June, Reuters reported. Jama'at Nusrat al-Islam wal Muslimeen, an Al-Qaeda in

  • Philippines and Czech Republic sign defence deal

    The Philippines and the Czech Republic have signed an agreement to collaborate on defence activities including potential trade and defence industries. A Defence Co-operation Agreement (DCA) between the two countries was signed in late May in Prague, said the Philippine Department of Foreign

  • Indra aims for further submarine ESM success

    Indra is hoping to build on the success of its MRBR-800 system in the submarine electronic support measures (ESM) domain to win upgrade contracts, the company told Jane’s at Undersea Defence Technology (UDT) 2017. The company’s MRBR-800 system combines radar ESM (RESM) and electronic

  • Safran to sell aerospace composites joint venture Structil

    US commercial aerospace and defence composites manufacturer Hexcel Corporation is to purchase Structil, a joint venture between Safran Ceramics and Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation, which is based in France, the company announced on 1 June. Structil, which employs around 70 people and generated

  • US Air Force awards Lockheed Martin as much as USD600 million in contracts

    Key Points US Air Force awards contracts for JASSM-ER, Sniper ATP, and LANTIRN Could be worth as much as USD600 million The US Air Force on 1 June awarded Lockheed Martin a pair of contracts potentially worth USD614 million for AGM-158B Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile-Extended Range