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  • First Chinook HC.6 helos for RAF arrive in the UK

    The first three of 14 Boeing Chinook HC.6 heavy-lift transport helicopters for the Royal Air Force (RAF) have arrived in the UK and will be ready to enter service later in the year, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) confirmed to IHS Jane's on 15 January. The helicopters were delivered from the

  • Spanish military to be hit by further cuts

    The Spanish Ministry of Defence (MoD) is to base its future operability on a deployable 'action' force of only 10,000 personnel across all three services, according to local media reports. Although the MoD declined to comment on the reports, military sources confirmed to IHS Jane's on 7 January

  • Saab contracted to begin Gripen E serial production

    The Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) has contracted Saab to begin serial production of the JAS 39 Gripen E fighter aircraft, the company announced on 18 December. The SEK16.4 billion (USD2.5 billion) contract will cover serial production from 2013-26 and covers the conversion of 60

  • Norway approves additional F-35s

    Norway has authorised the procurement of a further six Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters, bringing the country's commitment up to 16 aircraft. Parliament's approval of the additional jets, which came on 11 December, is valued at NKR7.38 billion (USD1.23 billion) and will see

  • Slovakia trials new Tatrapan armoured container carrier vehicle

    The Slovak Armed Forces completed an initial phase of testing with the VYVOJ Martin joint stock company's new Tatrapan 8x8 Container Carrier (CC) truck jointly with the manufacturer in late November. The company began development of the 8x8 Tatrapan in 2009 using private company funding, but

  • Dubai Airshow 2013: Saab closes in on 340 MSA certification

    Saab expects to have completed certification of its 340 regional airliner-based Maritime Surveillance Aircraft (MSA) by the end of the year, a company official told IHS Jane's on 19 November. Speaking at the Dubai Airshow, Johan Rattvall, director Maritime Surveillance Marketing and Sales, said

  • RDAF gets Litening G4 targeting pods

    The Royal Danish Air Force (RDAF) has become the first international partner to receive the Litening G4: the latest configuration of Northrop Grumman's AN/AAQ-28(V)7 Litening advanced targeting system. Following a two-week flight test evaluation programme of 25 sorties that verified the pod's

  • Poland receives final C295s

    Poland has received its final two Airbus Military C295 transport aircraft after the aircraft arrived at the 8th Air Base Krakow-Balice on 2 November. The deliveries complete an order for five C295 transport planes signed on 29 June 2012. The USD262 million contract includes a 10-year logistic

  • Norway's new government to strengthen defence and security

    The new minority government of Norway, currently being formed, unveiled its defence plans for its term of office on 14 October. Following its success in Norway's September elections, the new government is a coalition of the right-wing Conservative and Progressive parties. Both have traditionally

  • Romania buys Portuguese F-16s

    Romania has completed the purchase of 12 Lockheed Martin F-16AM/BM Fighting Falcons from Portugal, it was announced on 11 October. The aircraft package is understood to be worth EUR186.2 million (USD252.6 million), including nine former Portuguese Air Force aircraft, and three former US Air Force

  • Voyager poised to take on Falklands air bridge

    The Airbus Military A330-200 Voyager tanker-transport aircraft will take over the UK's Falkland Islands air bridge in the coming days, operator AirTanker disclosed on 1 October. The consortium is scheduled to pick up the trans-Atlantic route from the Royal Air Force (RAF) operated Lockheed L-1011

  • Sweden seeks more BvS10s

    Sweden is looking to purchase around 100 more BAE Systems BvS10 Mk IIB all-terrain vehicles, Swedish Defence Minister Karin Enstrom has stated. Enstrom made the call on 24 September in a local newspaper article, although no formal request to that effect is understood to have been made to contractor

  • UK donates RHIB to Kenya

    The Kenyan Navy has been donated a rigid-hulled inflatable boat (RHIB) from the UK as part of a wider effort to improve the African country's maritime security. "The boat is an interceptor, capable of quick reaction and rapid interdiction of suspect vessels," the British High Commission

  • Norway conducts first armed NSM firing

    Norway has conducted the first vessel-to-vessel firing of the Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace (KDA) Nytt Sjomalsmissile/Naval Strike Missile (NSM) anti-ship cruise missile equipped with a live warhead, the Norwegian Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on

  • Selex ES gears up for Typhoon AESA first flight

    The first flight of the active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar being developed for the Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft will take place in the first quarter of 2014, with the four partner nations expected to sign a production contract shortly

  • Electric Boat to assist in Spanish S 80 submarine programme

    General Dynamics Electric Boat (GDEB) has been called in to help resolve design problems in the Spanish Navy's new S 80 submarine programme. As reported by IHS Jane's on 14 May, the design problems have generated expected delays of up to two years in the

  • Thales awarded GBP600 million contract to support "eyes and ears" of Royal Navy fleet

    The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded Thales UK a contract worth up to GBP600 million (USD905 million) to provide in-service support for the major sensor systems of the Royal Navy's surface and underwater fleets for the next decade. The new

  • Thales awarded contracts for Astute-class sonars

    Contracts have been awarded for the supply of the integrated active/passive search and attack sonar suite for the UK Royal Navy's (RN's) last two Astute-class nuclear-powered attack submarines (SSNs). Under awards announced on 25 February, Thales UK will

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