• Saab Aeronautics head leaves company

    The head of Saab's Aeronautics unit, Ulf Nilsson, is leaving the company immediately, Saab announced on 6 March. Nilsson, who joined in the company in 1989, had been elevated to a leadership position with Saab when the company reorganised its units in 2014. Lennart Sindahl, a Saab senior advisor

  • UK undertakes major collective training review

    The British Army has embarked on a major programme to modernise its training, Colonel Alistair Rodgers, Assistant Head of Training Capability Development, UK Ministry of Defence (MoD), told the SMi Land Forces Simulation and Training Conference in London. With the end of large deployments to

  • Australia poised for GPS diver navigation system trials

    Key Points MUNS enables a navy divers to establish and maintain their position Denmark, the Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden are also interested in acquiring a MUNS capability Australia and the United States are leading a six-nation effort to investigate the possible joint procurement of a

  • European Commission starkly sets out range of options for EU's post-Brexit future

    Options for the European Union's post-Brexit evolution, unveiled in a White Paper on 1 March by European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker, range from the status quo right up to the resurrection of the decades-old idea of a fully fledged European Defence Union. Germany, France, and several

  • Upcoming Dutch election likely to result in fragmented parliament, hindering formation of multi-party coalition government

    Key Points Following the general election on 15 March 2017, about 14 parties are likely to enter the Dutch parliament. No party will win an absolute majority and most parties have ruled out collaborating with the right-wing, Eurosceptic, and anti-immigration Freedom Party (Partij voor de Vrijheid:

  • France announces H160 for HIL programme

    The French government announced on 3 March that it had selected the Airbus Helicopters H160 as the "basis" for its Hélicoptère Interarmées Léger (HIL) programme. French Minster of Defence Jean-Yves Le Drian made the announcement during a visit to the company's

  • Germany plans to increase surveillance capabilities in Mali

    The German military (Bundeswehr) plans to improve force protection at its main base in Mali by erecting a dedicated surveillance tower, deploying air defence radars, and procuring aerostats, a Bundeswehr spokesperson told Jane's on 27 February. The Bundeswehr is contributing 772 troops to the UN

  • IDE wins ESSM Block 2 electronics contract

    Intracom Defense Electronics (IDE) of Greece has secured a USD5.6 million contract to design the electronics unit for the Block 2 variant of the Evolved SeaSparrow Missile (ESSM) ship self-defence interceptor. IDE added there were prospects for participation in the production and support phases of

  • Lazar III enters service

    Yugoimport's Lazar 3 8x8 MultiRole Armoured Combat Vehicle has entered service with Serbia in the armoured personnel carrier (APC) configuration. The vehicle has a welded steel chassis to which its monocoque steel hull - which features spall liners - is bolted. In its baseline form the vehicle has

  • Sweden to reintroduce military conscription

    The Swedish Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 2 March that conscription in the country is to be reintroduced. Registration of those born in 1999 and 2000 will begin on 1 July 2017, with liability to undergo basic military training starting from 1 January 2018, continuing through to 2019. Some

  • Czech MoD announces plans to buy about 700 new light vehicles

    The Czech Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced plans on 28 February to issue a public tender to replace about 700 light 4x4 vehicles in service with the Army of the Czech Republic (ACR), starting in 2020. The MoD is seeking to replace Russian-made UAZ and British Land Rover Defender vehicles that

  • SHAPE's cyber defence unit now trialling three-nation cyber incident system

    NATO's cyber security unit within Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE), known as the NATO Computer Incident Response Capability (NCIRC), is now trialling a new three-nation cyber threat exchange system for a year to test the feasibility of its use during coalition operations. In

  • Cobham reports 'disappointing' losses and GBP500 million rights issue

    UK air-to-air refuelling and defence electronics specialist Cobham has reported poor results for 2016, described by chairman Michael Wareing as "hugely disappointing". The group attributed its problems to "weaknesses in management and financial controls, contractual, and commercial

  • Hensoldt enters market as Airbus/KKR deal closes

    Airbus has completed its previously announced deal to sell its Defence Electronics business to private equity firm KKR, the company said on 28 February. The completion of the long-running deal has resulted in the creation of a new European defence venture named Hensoldt. KKR paid EUR1.1 billion

  • Turkey cancels contract with Tümosan for Altay MBT engines

    Turkey's Defence Industries Undersecretariat (SSM) has cancelled a contract with local firm Tümosan related to the provision of engines for Altay main battle tanks (MBTs) after the company failed to obtain a technology transfer pledge from a foreign provider. The cancellation on 24 February

  • Turkish hackers claim hacking in Austria

    ACCORDING to media reports on 28 February, unidentified Turkish hackers claimed responsibility on an earlier unspecified date for hacking several official websites in Austria in 2016 and 2017, BBC Monitoring reported. The group added that one of the attacks targeted the airport server as a way to

  • UK MoD launches Phase 2 of RWUAS future unmanned aircraft programme

    Key Points The UK MoD will begin Phase 2 to develop future unmanned rotary-wing/VTOL aircraft and CONOPS Progress will be based on the 2016 Phase 1 Unmanned Warrior demonstrations UK defence secretary Michael Fallon announced a two-year GBP8 million (USD10 million) investment in innovative

  • Airbus completes sale of Defence Electronics

    Airbus has completed its previously announced deal to sell its Defence Electronics business to private equity firm KKR, the company said on 28 February. KKR paid EUR1.1 billion (USD1.2 billion) for the group, although several factors are slowing the transfer of some segments of the unit. Defence

  • Airbus to retrofit 26 Luftwaffe CH-53GS/GE helicopters

    The Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology, and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) has awarded a contract to Airbus Helicopters to retrofit 26 of the Luftwaffe's CH-53GS/GE medium transport helicopters, the company announced on 27 February. Approved by the German parliament's

  • GKN sales up on acquisitions, exchange rates

    GKN announced a 22% increase in sales on 2016, with the company's acquisition of Fokker in 2015 and exchange rates playing in favour of the company's results. According to the firm's earnings report issued on 28 February, sales increased from GBP7.69 billion (USD9.59 billion) to GBP9.41 billion,