• BAE Systems Bofors begins trials for HX2-based Archer

    A Swedish BAE Systems Bofors Archer 155 mm/52 artillery system integrated onto a German Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles (RMMV) HX2 (8×8) platform – aimed at the export market – has begun initial firing trials at the Bofors Test Center in Karlskoga, Sweden, the company told

  • BAE Systems receives US Army order for 160 additional AMPVs

    The US Army has awarded BAE Systems a USD400 million contract modification to cover the purchase of additional Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicles (AMPVs). The service announced on 21 January that it is buying an additional 160 AMPVs with funds from the fiscal year 2019 and 2020 European

  • German Panzergrenadierbrigade 37 prepares for digitalisation

    The German Army’s Panzergrenadierbrigade (Armoured Infantry Brigade) 37 is training on off-the-shelf software to prepare for its digitalisation so it can lead the NATO Response Force Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF) in 2023, the Bundeswehr reported on its website on 16 January. The

  • IAV 2020: GDLS-UK expects Ajax IOC this year despite delivery delay

    The UK’s Ajax armoured fighting vehicle family is progressing through its trials and is on schedule to reach its initial operational capability (IOC) in 2020, the executive programme director for Ajax at General Dynamics Land Systems-UK (GDLS-UK), Rebecca McGrane, told the International

  • Indra opens new dedicated radar plant

    Indra has opened a new 7,000 sq m dedicated radar factory in Spain where nearly 200 staff will work on both military and civil contracts, the company announced on 23 January. One of the biggest of its kind in Europe, it is located at San Fernando de Henares, just east of Madrid, and will house the

  • Russia to build five more auxiliary tankers

    Five more replenishment tankers are to be built for the Russian Navy to support warships on long-range missions. The announcement by Sergey Epifanov, Chief of the Auxiliary Fleet Service in the Russia Ministry of Defence’s (MoD’s) Transport Support Department, was made during a ceremony

  • UK awards contracts to explore Intelligent Ship technologies

    The UK’s Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) is seed funding nine companies – including Frazer-Nash Consultancy (FNC), Roke Manor Research, and Thales UK – to explore and mature artificial intelligence (AI) techniques and automation technologies applicable to operating and

  • USN conducts more successful EMALS and AAG tests on carrier Ford

    With a roar, the F/A-18F Super Hornet zipped down the front of the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) on 22 January, the first full afterburner catapult shot off the ship of an aircraft in what that US Navy calls a ‘5-wet configuration’, outfitted as a tanker

  • Avcorp names new leader of Delta facility

    Canadian airframe structure maker Avcorp Industries has named aerospace industry veteran Michael Elvidge as general manager of its Delta facility in British Columbia, according to the Vancouver-based company. Elvidge “brings over 20 years of senior leadership experience in various aerospace

  • Industry warned US Army officials it could not meet OMFV requirements, concerns went unanswered

    US Army officials are picking up the metaphorical pieces of their derailed Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle (OMFV) prototyping competition and charting a new path forward. However, despite multiple attempts by industry to question the army’s OMFV requirements and aggressive timeline, top

  • Malian forces unveil new vehicles and weapons

    The Malian Armed Forces (FAMa) displayed recently delivered vehicles during their 59th anniversary parade at the Kati military camp, the main base of the 3rd Military Region, on 20 January. These included Streit Typhoon mine-resistant ambush protected (MRAP) vehicles and a Paramount Marauder with a

  • US Navy explores new Advanced Electronic Warfare suite options

    The US Navy (USN) has begun to explore options for a next-generation Advanced Electronic Warfare (ADVEW) suite to equip in-service F/A-18E/F Super Hornet carrier-borne strikefighters and a follow-on naval tactical aircraft. In a request for information (RFI) released on 15 January, US Naval Air

  • LCS 3 gets set for key ASW mission module tests

    The US Navy (USN) Freedom-variant Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) will sail to Hawaii in February to begin developmental testing (DT) of the LCS anti-submarine warfare (ASW) mission package. Testing in the waters of the Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF) will demonstrate

  • South Korea sharpens ASW interoperability with allies amid SLBM threats

    In a bid to improve anti-submarine warfare (ASW) interoperability with its partner services, the Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) has deployed a P-3C maritime patrol aircraft to ‘Sea Dragon’ – a US-led multilateral ASW exercise that began in 2019. The drills, which began on 20

  • US Air Force performs first Advanced Battle Management System demonstration

    The US Air Force (USAF) on 16–18 December performed its first demonstration of the Advanced Battle Management System (ABMS) Internet-of-Things (IoT) combat concept. The demonstration was one full day’s worth of demonstrations spread out over three days, according to Preston Dunlap, USAF

  • US defence business boosts Teledyne sales

    Strong US defence activity helped lift net sales at Teledyne Technologies to a record high of USD834.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2019, an 11.5% increase from a year earlier, according to the American industrial conglomerate. Net income jumped 27% in the fourth quarter to USD115.7 million,

  • Australian industry looks to penetrate Japanese supply chains

    The Australian Trade and Investment Commission, or Austrade, is looking to expand defence industrial links with Japan to support Australian companies’ access into the Japanese defence market. In late 2019 Austrade held a series of events in Tokyo to support such engagement in line with an

  • EU countries want only defensive militarisation of space

    Key Points The EU and its member states oppose the uncontrolled militarisation of space France is setting up a space command and Italy is considering doing so EU and national officials say there must be no ‘wild west’ militarisation of space, even as Europe’s national armies

  • Kenya commissions MD 530F helicopters

    The Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) announced on 23 January that its chief, General Samson Mwathethe, had commissioned its “next-generation” MD 530F light attack helicopters at the Embakasi base in Nairobi. The United States approved the sale of 12 MD 530Fs along with FN Herstal .50 cal

  • Re-emergence of Ansaru in northern Nigeria raises threat of targeted violence against Western nationals and companies

    Key Points Following a six-year operational lull, militant Islamist group Ansaru claimed responsibility for a small-arms attack in Kaduna State, Nigeria. In October 2019, the group already indicated its active status and impending return to armed activities when announcing the launch of its new