• Poland issues RFPs for special forces and ASW helos

    Poland issued two separate requests for proposals (RFPs) for a total of 16 new military helicopters on 20 February, industry officials told Jane's . The two RFPs are for eight helicopters each, and cover the procurement of special forces helicopters to replace the armed forces' current Mil Mi-8/17

  • IDEX 2017: Hesco establishing UAE facility following contract win

    UK fortifications firm Hesco has revealed that it is creating a facility in the United Arab Emirates following a contract win for the UAE armed forces valued at AED91.4 million (USD24.6 million) announced at IDEX. Speaking to Jane's , Hesco CEO Michael Hughes said that the company would be working

  • Inzpire and Discovery Air declare for UK's ASDOT training requirement

    Inzpire and Discovery Air Defence Services Inc are to bid for the UK's Air Support to Defence Operational Training (ASDOT) programme, it was announced on 21 February. The two companies will build on their experience of providing real-world training services to militaries throughout the world,

  • Dutch and French sign fighter airspace access agreement

    The Netherlands and France signed an agreement on 16 February allowing Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) fighters to escort intercepted aircraft into France. The agreement brings the Netherlands in line with Belgium, which signed a similar agreement with France in 2005, following the beginning of

  • Change of CEO at BAE Systems

    Ian King, who had served as chief executive of BAE Systems since 2008, will retire at the end of June, the company announced on 22 February. BAE's current chief operating officer Charles Woodburn will then take over running the company. Woodburn has worked for BAE for less than a year, having

  • CT Ingenieros to develop engineering content for new Australian oilers

    Key Points This is Navantia's first major contract with CT Ingenieros RAN AORs are to be based on BAC Cantabria built for the Spanish Navy in 2010 Navantia selected Spain's state-owned shipbuilder CT Ingenieros as the main sub-contractor in the development of engineering content for two new

  • Norway, Germany to co-operate on NSM missile

    Key Points Norway and Germany are to co-develop an evolved version of Kongsberg's Naval Strike Missile Agreement on the full terms of the co-operation is planned in mid-2017 Germany is to join with Norway to develop an improved version of the Naval Strike Missile (NSM) to meet the joint long-term

  • ARCIMS wins first order for ASW surveillance

    Key Points Atlas Elektronik UK will supply two ASW-configured ARCIMS autonomous mission systems to a customer in the Middle East The ASW mission package will feature a compact active/passive variable depth sonar Atlas Elektronik UK (AEUK) has secured a first order for its ARCIMS maritime

  • Northrop signs letter of intent with PGZ

    US company Northrop Grumman has signed a letter of intent with Polish state-owned group Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa (PGZ), the company announced on 20 February. In a statement Northrop said that the letter of intent is anticipated as the first step in a process of finding industrial co-operation

  • Harris introduces RF-300H to its family of manpack radios

    The Harris Falcon III RF-300H wideband high-frequency (HF) manpack radio offers an improvement over the existing AN/PRC-150, providing the ability to send voice, maps, and other large data files up to 10 times faster. The new radio was developed in response to the requirement for additional

  • IDEX 2017: ECA Group opens new Middle East subsidiary

    French robotics company ECA Group announced on 21 February that they are opening a new permanent office in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). In addition to underwater robotic systems, the company will be promoting a number of other products and services including simulation and training systems, and

  • Europeans push back against undermining of transatlantic security pillars

    Allied attitudes to Russia could harden after US reassurances of its commitment to NATO, but European officials also warn Washington not to undermine the European Union or Europe's values as pillars of transatlantic security. "We are counting, as always in the past, on the United States'

  • IDEX 2017: Yugoimport unveils 'giant Grad' rocket

    The Yugoimport SDPR stand at the 2017 IDEX show in Abu Dhabi was dominated by the 400 mm Sumadija correctable rocket. The rocket is 8.25 m long, has a total launch weight of 1,502 kg, a 889 kg solid motor, and a 200 kg unitary high-explosive/fragmentation warhead fitted with a proximity/impact

  • IN signs contract for surface surveillance radars

    The Indian Navy (IN) has signed a contract with Nova Integrated Systems for the procurement of surface surveillance radars (SSRs), India's Press Information Bureau (PIB) said in a 17 February statement. The company, a subsidiary of Tata Advanced Systems, would indigenously manufacture the radars in

  • Pakistan orders further AW139 helicopters from Leonardo

    Pakistan has ordered an undisclosed number of additional AgustaWestland AW139 multirole twin-engine helicopters, Italian defence group Leonardo announced on 20 February. The aircraft will be used to perform utility and transport operations across the country, the company said, adding that

  • BAE Systems downgrades Clyde shipyard investment

    Major British defence contractor BAE Systems has significantly scaled back plans to invest in its shipyards on the river Clyde, newspaper The Herald reported on 17 February. The company no long intends to construct a new assembly facility at its Govan location, meaning that work at the yard will

  • Finland buys armour support equipment

    Finland is buying 16 ex-Dutch engineering tanks based on the Leopard 1 main battle tank (MBT) chassis the country's Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 20 February. The deal is Finland's second procurement of surplus equipment in February aimed at significantly boosting both the tactical and

  • IDEX 2017: Patria launches Nemo Container to growing interest in Europe, Asia

    Patria officially unveiled its Nemo Container mortar system at IDEX on 20 February, with the system having undergone a number of tests since it was first revealed in 2016, with further testing scheduled in the next six months. Kari Reunamäki, Patria's vice-president for Weapon Systems - Land,

  • IDEX 2017: EDePro targets Hornet at rotary-wing UAV market

    Serbia's EDePro is developing a lightweight rotary-wing unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), the X-01 Strsljen (Hornet). Speaking to Jane's at IDEX 2017 in Abu Dhabi, the company's lead engineer, Dr Predrag Matejic, said that development of the aircraft commenced in 2012 and was driven by an analysis of

  • IDEX 2017: THeMIS fitted with SARP weapon system

    Estonia's MILREM has partnered with International Golden Group and Aselsan to integrate the latter's Stabilised Advanced Remote Weapon Station (SARP) on the Tracked Hybrid Modular Infantry System (THeMIS) unmanned ground vehicle (UGV). Speaking to Jane's at IDEX 2017 in Abu Dhabi, MILREM's