• Airbus teams with DCNS to develop VTOL UAV for French Navy

    Airbus Helicopters and French naval shipbuilder DCNS are to offer a clean-sheet vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to the French Navy (Marine Nationale : MN). The collaboration, announced on 20 October, will see the unmanned helicopter developed in response to the

  • Argentina evaluates M-346 as potential combat fighter

    The Argentine Air Force (Fuerza Aérea Argentina - FAA) has evaluated the Alenia Aermacchi M-346 Master advanced jet trainer and light fighter as a potential new front-line platform. FAA pilots flew the aircraft in Italy on 12 and 13 October, the Italian Ministry of Defence (MoD) disclosed on

  • ESPADON demos AUV deployment from USV

    France's Direction générale de l'Amament (DGA) has successfully completed its ESPADON demonstration programme. ESPADON is part of the overarching Système de Lutte Anti-Mines Futur (SLAMF) programme, which aims to prove that robotic systems can be used in mine-countermeasure (MCM)

  • France, UK, advance offboard MCM demonstrator

    Key Points France and the United Kingdom are moving to the next stage of their joint offboard mine-countermeasures programme Two prototype systems are due for delivery in 2019 France and the United Kingdom have formally committed to proceed with the next stages of the joint Maritime Mine

  • Kongsberg sells shares in defence electronics supplier Kitron

    Norwegian defence and maritime group Kongsberg announced on 19 October that it has sold the entirety of its stake in defence electronics supplier Kitron. Kongsberg had held 19.3% of Kitron, which is also headquartered in Norway, with manufacturing locations in China, Germany, Lithuania, Sweden and

  • Sale of STX France shipyard to go ahead

    A South Korean bankruptcy court administering the claims of creditors to shipbuilder STX Offshore and Shipbuilding Company has invited potential buyers to submit bids by 4 November. Proposals either for the purchase of the whole company or its individual South Korean and French constituent parts

  • US Army acquires Kongsberg Protector MCRWS

    The US Army is the first customer for the Kongsberg Protector Medium Calibre Remote Weapon Station (MCRWS), which has been developed by the Norwegian company as a private venture. The Kongsberg MCRWS has been designed for new-build tracked and wheeled armoured fighting vehicles (AFV) as well as

  • Euronaval 2016: AUV62-AT, Sea Wasp reliability proven at 'Unmanned Warrior', says Saab

    Key Points Saab demonstrates two systems from underwater portfolio at 'Unmanned Warrior' Company says reliability was demonstrated for both systems Swedish defence and security company Saab has demonstrated two systems from its underwater portfolio at the UK-led 'Unmanned Warrior' exercise taking

  • Poland looks to reinvigorate shipbuilding industry

    The president of Poland's state-owned defence industrial holding group Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa (PGZ) discussed the outlook for the country's shipbuilding sector with the chairman of the Polish parliamentary committee on national defence. The meeting between committee chairman Michal Jach - a

  • Poland, Ukraine to potentially produce helicopters

    Ukrainian manufacturers are in discussions with Poland on potentially producing a helicopter together, Polish defence minister Antoni Macierewicz has said. According to Polish media reports, Macierewicz said that "there is no reason why Poland and Ukraine would not produce a Central European

  • Collaboration on weaponised C295W gathers pace

    Spanish company Expal announced on 18 October that it had signed an agreement with Airbus Defence and Space that will see the company provide engineering support for munitions to be mounted on an Airbus C295W. Expal said that they would be providing support "for the integration of standard

  • Euronaval 2016: French Navy's new frigate design unveiled

    The concept design for the new Frégate de Taille Intermédiaire (FTI) for the French Navy was unveiled by the French defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian on 18 October. The minister was joined at the Euronaval exhibition in Paris by Laurent Collet-Billon, head of France's defence

  • Euronaval 2016: Spanish team selected for Indonesian corvette upgrade

    Key Points KRI Malahayati will receive new command, fire-control, and electronic warfare systems + Indra and Navantia have stepped up efforts to jointly pursue both domestic and export business Indra and Navantia have stepped up efforts to jointly pursue both domestic and export business A

  • Euronaval 2016: Spynel S-6000 sensor installed on L'Adroit

    The French Navy offshore patrol vessel L'Adroit has been equipped with a Spynel S-6000 long-range panoramic infrared (IR) surveillance system supplied by HGH Systems Infrared. Spynel S-6000 is a compact, stabilised 360 degree mid-wave IR surveillance and tracking system scanning at up to 60 rpm.

  • Euronaval 2016: Unmanned MCM team lines up

    A French industry cluster comprising aluminium shipbuilder OCEA, underwater and robotics specialist ECA, and training facilitator DCI has come together to offer an end-to-end, stand-off unmanned mine-countermeasures (MCM) system for the export market. The co-development and marketing agreement

  • Leonardo to double stake in Avio

    Italian defence group Leonardo has announced that it will double its stake in space systems group Avio while the current majority shareholder, private equity group Cinven, will exit the venture as Avio heads towards a stock market listing. Leonardo will see its stake in the company increase to 28%.

  • Portugal releases defence budget figures for 2017

    The Portuguese government has proposed a modest rise of 0.3% for its 2017 defence budget over the current year's figure. The budget proposals were outlined on 14 October and would see Portugal's defence spending rise to EUR2.14 billion (USD2.34 billion) in 2017. Out of the total budget,

  • Saab buys Nordic Defence Industries

    Swedish firm Saab has bought Nordic Defence Industries (NDI), a Danish company that produces mine disposal systems for navies, Saab announced on 18 October. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Saab said that it would be using NDI technology for its unmanned underwater mine clearance offerings.

  • BAE Systems outlines benefits for Belgian Typhoon

    BAE Systems and the Eurofighter consortium companies are looking to grow their engagement with Belgian industry as part of their offering of the Eurofighter Typhoon for a current Belgian Air Force requirement. It is expected that the Belgian government will invoke Article 346 of the Treaty on the

  • Boom times continue for Thales on back of Indian Rafale contract

    Thales released its third quarter results covering the first nine months of the year on 19 October, showing that the company is continuing to ride the bow-wave of the success of the Dassault Rafale aircraft in foreign markets. The company's overall order intake reached EUR10.22 billion (USD11.24