• ARTEC builds Boxer industry team to support UK MIV 8x8 bid

    Over 40 UK-based equipment suppliers have joined a bid to pitch the ARTEC Boxer armoured personnel carrier to the British Army for its Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV) requirement. German armaments house Rheinmetall and vehicle manufacturer Krauss-Maffei Wegmann, who produce the Boxer as part of

  • First forward-deployed NATO troops heading to Lithuania

    The first batch of troops set to provide a forward deterrent against Russian action in Eastern Europe was set to arrive in Lithuania starting on 24 January, the country's Ministry of Defence said. The ministry released a report on 23 January saying that the first 100 troops for the new deployment,

  • German arms exports fall

    German arms exports fell, although the total still ranked second highest in German history, according to a report released on 20 January by the economy ministry and reported by Deutshe Welle radio on 23 January. The report said that the country's arms makers sold EUR6.9 billion (USD7.4 billion) in

  • RUAG completes purchase of Clearswift

    RUAG has completed its purchase of Clearswift, which was originally agreed upon in December 2016, the company announced on 23 January. Neither company disclosed details of the transaction. RUAG, a Swiss company, will be adding Clearswift, a British cyber security group, to its newly formed cyber

  • ST Kinetics outlines Bronco 3 capability

    ST Kinetics' (STK's) Bronco 3 is the logical evolution of the Bronco 2 (Warthog in British Army service) and factors in many lessons gained from more than 15 years of service of the Bronco 1 with Singapore's ground forces, as well as operational experience of the Warthog in Afghanistan, Dominic

  • Spain's first S 80 submarine to lack AIP

    Spain's first S 80-class submarine will not be fitted out with an air independent propulsion (AIP) system, as development of the system will not be ready in time, according to the admiral in charge of Maritime Action (Almart). Admiral Manuel de la Puente Mora-Figueroa was reported by the regional

  • First JASSMs delivered to Poland

    Poland has received its first batch of AGM-158A Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missiles (JASSMs), Polish deputy defence minister Bartosz Kownacki announced. The missiles were ordered in December 2014 in an arms package worth USD250 million. The sale includes 40 AGM-158As, and the modernisation of

  • Croatia releases 2017 procurement plan

    Croatia unveiled its defence procurement plan on 20 January, with spending increasing USD57 million, the country's Ministry of Defence announced. The procurement plan calls for USD243 million in procurement and sustainment spending, which is about 40% of the country's overall defence budget. Of

  • Romania's mass protests to persist in six-month outlook, low risk of violence and cargo disruption

    EVENT On 22 January, up to 30,000 people protested in the Romanian capital, Bucharest, and up to 18,000 throughout the country, against legislation proposed by the government to change the criteria for prison pardons and to decriminalise some offences, including abuse of power causing financial

  • Saab buys more of Brazilian company Akaer

    Saab has agreed to buy an additional 10% of Brazilian aeronautics group Akaer, the company announced on 23 January. The additional purchase will increase Saab's holding in Akaer to 25%. Terms of the investment were not disclosed. Saab had originally acquired a stake in Akaer in 2012, when it made a

  • British Army think-tank recommends ditching procurement competitions

    Key Points The British Army's think-tank has suggested the United Kingdom end competitive tenders for defence procurement CHACR's report instead envisages greater investment in the UK defence industry The UK's default preference for competition in equipment procurement should be reversed to help

  • AUDS achieves TRL 9, deploys with US forces

    An undisclosed number of Anti-UAV Defence Systems (AUDS) have been supplied to US forces and are now in operational service. The AUDS has been developed in a collaborative effort by a UK defence consortium comprised of Blighter Surveillance Systems, Chess Dynamics, and Enterprise Control Systems

  • French defence exports exceed EUR20 billion in 2016

    France's defence exports reached a record high of more than EUR20 billion (USD21.3 billion) in 2016, according to a speech made by the country's defence minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, on 19 January. Le Drian, speaking during an event at the National Navy Museum in Paris, said that although official

  • Nationals of African and Asian descent and small retailers face threat of far-right attacks in Polish cities

    Key Points The anti-immigration mood is rising among far-right supporters, as demonstrated in a recent series of racially motivated hate crimes in several Polish towns. The lack of an effective government reaction is likely to aggravate the situation in the coming weeks and months. Further

  • ONH militants claim responsibility for IED in Belfast in Northern Ireland

    IN A STATEMENT released by Oglaigh na hEireann (ONH) on 18 January, the group claimed responsibility for an improvised explosive device (IED) that was discovered and defused by army personnel on 14 January in Brians Well Road area of Poleglass in Northern Ireland's Belfast, the Irish News reported.

  • Senegalese Air Force to get first of three refurbished Mi-24V helicopters

    Poland's Military Aviation Works No 1 (WZL-1) announced on 16 January that it had completed the general overhaul of the first of an unspecified number of Mil Mi-24V attack helicopters for the Senegalese Air Force. It said the first flight of the helicopter was carried out in Poland on 12 January by

  • EDA gearing up to supplement NATO vehicle STANAG with new study

    The European Defence Agency (EDA) has identified a new set of technological goals for further study as part of a NATO-led effort to establish generic open-architecture standards for functional suites in future combat vehicles. The agency and its member states will use 2017 to prepare to respond to

  • Nammo to begin work at US Navy facility

    Norway-headquartered ammunition manufacturer Nammo AS announced on 19 January that it had signed an agreement to begin activity at a US Navy facility, part of its establishment of a new company called Nammo Energetics Indian Head (NEIH). Operating under a public-private partnership agreement signed

  • Turkey's Altay MBT project hit by engine technology transfer issues

    Turkey's plans to build its Altay main battle tank (MBT) have hit a snag after Tümosan, the planned engine provider, cancelled a key technical support contract with Austria's AVL List GmbH. The cancellation comes after Austria's parliament unanimously adopted a non-binding motion that imposed

  • Al-Qaeda claim attack against French forces in Mali's Timbuktu

    IN A STATEMENT released on Twitter on 14 January, Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) claimed responsibility for a rocket attack targeting French forces at Mali's Timbuktu airport on 13 January, BBC Monitoring reported. According to the statement the attack was conducted as a response for years