• Covid-19: Czech IFV contract threatened by budget cuts

    The Czech Republic is preparing big cuts in defence spending and strategic contracts in its state budget as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. “I do not think we need the new tracked infantry fighting vehicles [IFVs] immediately but we need other items for this war [against Covid-19],”

  • Covid-19: India involves DRDO and OFB in fight against the coronavirus pandemic

    India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has pressed the state-owned Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) into making assorted medical supplies and equipment to battle the ongoing Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak in the country. Officials told

  • Covid-19: Pentagon halts overseas troop movement for 60 days

    The US Department of Defense (DoD) is ratcheting up its coronavirus response with a new 60-day stop movement order for all overseas troops and civilians. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper enacted the order on 25 March in a bid to protect personnel from the virus and maintain “operational

  • Covid-19: Piaggio Aerospace extends deadline for Expressions of Interest in company

    Italian aviation technology firm Piaggio Aerospace announced on 24 March that is was extending a deadline for Expressions of Interest (EoI) in acquiring the company to 4 May. The extension comes in response to the current Covid-19 crisis, with the original closing date for the EoI being 3 April.

  • Covid-19: Spain’s military lab to manufacture drugs to counter pandemic

    The Spanish government is reported to have ordered a Ministry of Defence (MoD) laboratory to start producing drugs for civilian use during the Covid-19 crisis. Paracetamol, antiviral drugs for injections, and disinfectants are on the list to “guarantee the supply of essential products”,

  • South Korea to transfer two decommissioned patrol vessels to Ecuador’s coastguard

    The Korea Coast Guard (KCG) is working towards the transfer of two recently decommissioned 300-tonne patrol vessels to Ecuador. The vessels – with pennant numbers 302 and 303 – have a length of 53.7 m, a beam of 7.4 m, and a draught of 2.5 m. Built by Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), they

  • Taliban “insider” attack demonstrates group’s strength and commitment to continue operations targeting Afghan government forces

    Key Points Taliban militants killed at least 27 security forces personnel during an assault on a military base in Zabul province on 19 March. The attack was the latest Taliban ‘insider’ attack, demonstrating the continuing vulnerability of the security forces to militant infiltration.

  • Covid-19: UK MoD monitoring effect of coronavirus on specific procurement programmes

    The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) is monitoring the effect of coronavirus on specific procurement programmes, and is working with industry to mitigate any potential fallout from the global pandemic. Speaking to Jane’s on 25 March, an MoD spokesperson noted that manufacturing shutdowns and

  • Covid-19: US DoD to get USD10.5 billion from virus bill

    The US Department of Defense is slated to receive USD10.5 billion under a broad-based USD2 trillion coronavirus disease (Covid-19) economic stimulus package that the US Senate passed late on 25 March. The DoD portion includes USD1.45 billion to mitigate the impact of Covid-19 on production lines,

  • Covid-19: US Navy looks to accelerate future work as virus threatens current production

    The US Navy wants to accelerate new contract awards as the impacts of Covid-19 threaten to disrupt naval production and other existing programme work, James Geurts, the assistant navy secretary for Research, Development and Acquisition, told reporters on 25 March. Geurts’ comments come as the

  • Gripen E/F shifts focus from flight to sensor tests

    Saab has shifted the focus of its Gripen E/F testing away from basic flight trials towards the aircraft’s tactical and sensor suites as the programme ramps up ahead of the first upcoming deliveries to Sweden and Brazil. Speaking at Saab’s annual Gripen Seminar on 26 March, the

  • Islamic State claims attack on town in northern Mozambique

    The Islamic State Central Africa Province (ISCAP) claimed responsibility for a raid that overran security forces in Mocímboa da Praia in northern Mozambique, highlighting the growing strength of the Islamist insurgency in the north of the country. Mocímboa da Praia is a coastal town about

  • Japan deploys SAM, ASM batteries to Miyakojima Island

    The Japanese Ministry of Defence (MoD) revealed on 26 March that the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) has deployed surface-to-air and anti-ship missile batteries along with about 340 troops to Miyakojima Island in Okinawa Prefecture to bolster the country’s defence capabilities amid

  • Raid on suspected DHKP-C cell in Athens finds high-powered firearms, indicates group's intent to continue attacks in Turkey

    Key Points The Greek counter-terrorism service raided two locations in the capital Athens on 19 March, detaining 26 suspected members of the Turkish Marxist-Leninist Devrimci Halk Kurtulus Partisi-Cephesi (DHKP-C) militant group. The raid was the largest targeting the group recorded outside

  • Russia upgrades facilities to produce Sarmat ICBM

    Key Points Russia has upgraded production facilities to manufacture the new Sarmat ICBM Modern equipment is to account for more than 87% of Russia’s strategic nuclear forces Russia has upgraded facilities for the production of the Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), Defence

  • US Air Force awards Edgybees contract for Argus augmented reality software

    Key Points The USAF has awarded Edgybees a contract to provide its Argus augmented reality software Argus will be used with the MQ-9 Reaper and ScanEagle UAVs The US Air Force on 17 March awarded Edgybees a contract for the company’s Argus augmented reality (AR) software solution, according

  • Elbit Systems’ revenue rises 23% in fourth quarter

    Revenue at Elbit Systems jumped 23% to USD1.3 billion in the fourth quarter of 2019, driven by recent acquisitions and growth in legacy businesses, according to the Israel-based company. Gross profit totalled USD284.3 million in the fourth quarter of last year, up 21% from the same period in the

  • US Army selects Bell, Sikorsky for FARA-CP programme

    Key Points The US Army picked Bell and its 360 Invictus and Sikorsky and its Raider X to move forward with its FARA-CP effort The service expects a final downselect in mid-2023 The US Army on 25 March selected Bell and Sikorsky to move forward with its Future Attack Reconnaissance

  • China lays keel for Pakistan Navy’s second Type 054A-class frigate

    China held a keel-laying ceremony on 23 March at the Hudong Zhonghua shipyard in Shanghai for the second of four Type 054A-class frigates on order for the Pakistan Navy (PN). The contract for the first two of these frigates is believed to have been signed in 2017 and a further contract for two more

  • Covid-19: Romanian Air Force airlifts coronavirus supplies from Germany and Turkey

    The Romanian Air Force (For?ele Aeriene Romane – FAR) mobilised its fixed-wing air mobility assets to airlift urgent coronavirus supplies from Germany and Turkey on 24 March. A Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules and a Leonardo C-27J Spartan transport aircraft from the 901st Squadron and