• ECA examines unmanned teaming, RC mine clearance

    France's ECA Group is working on teaming concepts of operation (CONOPS) for its IT180 series of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and Iguana E unmanned ground vehicle (UGV); the company is also developing a remote-control (RC) system to enable stand-off mine clearance. One teaming concept aims to

  • Sweden decides against Hercules replacement, opts for MLU instead

    Sweden has decided against procuring a new transport aircraft type, opting instead to upgrade its ageing Lockheed Martin C-130H Hercules fleet, a service official disclosed on 8 May. Speaking to reporters, Colonel Magnus Liljegren from the Swedish Air Force (SwAF) headquarters said that the

  • France receives first HK416F rifles

    The French Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 3 May that the Directorate General of Armaments (DGA) has received the first batch of 400 HK416F assault rifles. The 5.56 mm HK416F rifle was selected in March 2016 as the winner of the Future Individual Weapon (AIF) to replace the 400,000 FAMAS

  • Green light for La Fayette frigate modernisation programme

    Key Points The La Fayette modernisation programme will start in 2020 and will be implemented during scheduled upkeep periods at Toulon The first of the three upgraded ships will be returned to the fleet in 2021 French shipbuilding, support, and services group DCNS has been contracted to modernise

  • Hellenic Air Force retires recce squadron, RF-4Es

    During a public ceremony on 5 May the Hellenic Air Force (HAF) suspended operations of its 348 Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron (TRS) and retired the McDonnel Douglas RF-4E Phantom II reconnaissance aircraft in Greek service. The 348 TRS had been based at Larissa Air Base, 215 km northwest of

  • Lürssen to set up Australian office

    German shipbuilder Lürssen announced plans on 5 May to establish an office in Perth to support its bid to expand in Australia and the wider Asia Pacific. The new facility will be the headquarters of the group’s Lürssen Australia subsidiary and will be based in the technology

  • Rolls-Royce, GRSE reach deal for MTU 4000 engine assembly in India

    Key Points MTU Series 4000 engines for naval vessels will be assembled at Diesel Engine Plant in Ranchi The agreement deepens a long-standing co-operation between MTU and GRSE Rolls-Royce and Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Ltd (GRSE) have concluded an agreement providing for the final

  • Rolls-Royce, GRSE to expand MTU engine collaboration

    Rolls-Royce and India's Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers (GRSE) naval shipyard have signed an agreement to support the assembly of MTU Series 4000 engines in India. Rolls-Royce said in a press release on 5 May that the agreement expands an existing partnership between GRSE and MTU, which

  • BAE Systems Inc. anticipating growth with Triad, F-35

    Key Points BAE Systems Inc. is anticipating production for electronic systems on the F-35 programme will grow rapidly The company does not see any big shift from Trump's 'Buy American' initiative BAE Systems Inc., the US subsidiary of British giant BAE Systems Plc, is anticipating some boom years

  • Cobham reports successful rights issue

    Key Points Cobham reports rights issue gains 98% subscription Targeted revenue generation from issuance to help company's cash balances Embattled aerospace systems and services company Cobham reported on 5 May that it had received acceptances for 98.01% of the rights issue that was launched on 28

  • BAE Systems recruits Czech cables supplier to bolster CV90 bid

    BAE Systems has announced that it has recruited Czech cable assemblies manufacturer Ray Service to produce components relating to a Swedish vehicle-mounted mortar system as the UK group looks to strengthen its position to replace the Czech Republic’s legacy fleet of BMP-2 infantry fighting

  • Croatia gets to look over Gripen

    The Saab Gripen has been presented to a high-level delegation from Croatia, the country’s Ministry of Defence reported on 3 May. Croatia’s deputy prime minister and minister of defence Damir Krsticevic was part of a team that included the country’s deputy chief of

  • Netherlands signs for two more Chinooks

    Boeing has been awarded a contract modification to provide the Netherlands with a further two CH-47F Chinook helicopters, in addition to the 12 contracted in 2016. The modification was announced by the US Department of Defense (DoD) on 28 April, and should see all 14 helicopters delivered to the

  • New CEO for TKMS

    Germany industrial group Thyssenkrupp has announced that Peter Feldhaus has been promoted from chief executive officer (CEO) of Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) to head the wider Industrial Solutions business. Feldhaus replaces Stefan Gesing, the chief financial officer of Industrial Solutions

  • Saab invests in Australian skills facility

    Saab Australia, the local subsidiary of the Swedish defence and security group, is to invest in developing a new academic institution in South Australia to develop defence industry skills, it was announced on 4 May. The Australian Department of Defence (DoD) said in a statement that the company

  • Third OPV for Portuguese Navy floated out

    Portuguese shipbuilder West Sea - Estaleiros Navais launched a third Viana do Castelo-class NPO (Navio de Patrulha Oceanica) offshore patrol vessel for the Portuguese Navy on 3 May. The OPV, named Sines , is the first of an additional two NPOs being built under a contract worth around EUR77 million

  • Portuguese Army initiates small-arms acquisition programme

    The NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) is to execute the procurement of a large number of small arms for the Portuguese Army, the service has told Jane's . The contract will start this year and run until 2022, the army added. The acquisition of 10,225 small arms for a total cost of EUR41.9

  • Baltic states grow wary of Russian intentions with 'Zapad' manoeuvres

    The director general of Russia's authoritative International Affairs Council, Andrei Kortunov, has intimated that Moscow "must" share information with NATO about its forthcoming exercises - particularly the massive Zapad-2017 drills in September - but that this information could only be

  • DCNS reaches out to Australian industry

    Key Points DCNS is looking to boost local industrial involvement in Australia’s future submarine programme The shipbuilder says it wants more domestic companies to come forward to support the AUD50 billion project French shipbuilder DCNS is encouraging Australian industry to engage with it

  • French DGA teams with state bank to create defence investment fund

    France’s defence procurement agency (Direction générale de l'armement: DGA) announced on 2 May that it had signed an agreement with state investment bank Bpifrance to jointly create a new fund to protect and foster companies considered strategically important to the country’s