• Congress wants answers on US Army’s OMFV plans, long-range artillery efforts

    US lawmakers are seeking additional oversight of the army’s plan to acquire an M2 Bradley Fighting Vehicle replacement fleet, as well as associated technology hurdles, after the prototyping competition left one vendor standing. House and Senate conferees have discussed a compromise plan for

  • Creeping third-party accommodation in EU defence projects may be on the horizon

    There is cautious optimism that non-EU countries might satisfactorily participate in projects financed by the EU’s forthcoming European Defence Fund (EDF) as well as future consortia within Europe’s Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) in defence, say EU defence policy officials,

  • First S-300 deployment to new Russian Arctic base

    Russia has deployed S-300PS surface-to-air missiles near the coastal town of Tiksi as part of a build-up of air defence capability in the country’s Arctic north. The first images of two S-300PS launcher vehicles emerged in local media reports of a visit to the new air defence base by the head

  • US 1st Cavalry Division to provide forward headquarters in Poland after exercise ‘Defender-Europe 20’

    US Army Europe (USAREUR) has revealed that the 1st Cavalry Division will be the formation that will provide a headquarters (forward) in Poland under the Joint Declaration on Advancing Defense Cooperation signed by President Donald Trump and his Polish counterpart, Andrzej Duda, on the fringes of the

  • Alion opens new headquarters in US

    Alion Science and Technology, a US-based firm that provides artificial intelligence (AI) tools to defence and intelligence agencies, has opened its new global headquarters in McLean, Virginia, according to a 10 December announcement. The headquarters facility occupies part of the Boro Tower, a new

  • Burkina Faso orders Airbus C295

    Burkina Faso has placed an order with Airbus for a single C295W transport aircraft, the company announced on 11 December. No specific timeline for delivery was disclosed. This procurement comes under the Burkinabe Military Programming Law covering the period 2018–22, which the country’s

  • Centauri acquires PreTalen, TDKC

    Centauri, a defence technology company based near Washington, DC, announced on 11 December that it has acquired two niche companies headquartered in Ohio. PreTalen adds expertise in cyber warfare, navigational warfare, and positioning, navigation, and timing, while The Design Knowledge Company

  • France receives first A400M with AAR capability, ability to paradrop 16-tonne load

    The French Air Force's 16th A400M arrived at Orléans-Bricy Air Base on 4 December following its acceptance by the Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA), the French procurement agency announced on its website on 6 December. The aircraft was the first A400M capable of dropping a

  • Limpid’s LPMK ‘see-through’ armour system delivered to Ukrainian Army

    Ukraine’s Limpid Armor has delivered the first set of its Land Platform Modernisation Kit (LPMK) to the Ukrainian Army for an initial series of product trials, according to company CEO Mykhailo Grechukhin. The LPMK is a ‘see-through’ armour system – using cameras to see

  • Terma introduces T-OPS software for airborne self-protection

    Danish systems and sensors house Terma has launched a new configurable ‘honeycomb’ electronic warfare (EW) software structure for airborne self-protection systems. Known as T-OPS (Terma Operational Software), the new software structure is designed to promote high-end interoperability

  • Bell-Boeing delivers first Common Configuration V-22

    Bell-Boeing has delivered back to the US Marine Corps (USMC) the first MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft to go through the US Department of Defense’s (DoD’s) Common Configuration Readiness And Modernization (CC-RAM) programme. Boeing announced on 10 December that the first of 129 Block B

  • HHIC awarded contract to supply four more LSF-II hovercraft to RoKN

    South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) announced on 10 December that it has awarded local shipbuilder Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction (HHIC) a KRW316 billion (USD264.5 million) contract to build four additional Solgae (LSF-II)-class high-speed hovercraft for

  • Lockheed Martin conducts initial Precision Strike Missile flight test

    Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control conducted the first flight test of its candidate hypersonic surface-to-surface missile solution for the US Army’s Precision Strike Missile (PrSM) programme at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, on 10 December. During the flight test, the prototype

  • South Korea approves USD42 billion defence budget for 2020

    South Korea’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) has announced a defence budget of KRW50.15 trillion (USD42 billion) for 2020. The MND said on 11 December that the expenditure, proposed earlier this year, has now been approved by the National Assembly. The new budget is a 7.4% increase over

  • Turkey to increase domestic content and exports of defence equipment

    Turkey’s Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB) published a strategic plan for 2019–23 on 4 December aiming to increase domestic content of defence equipment to 73% and exports to about USD10.2 billion by 2023. The strategy also sets the objective of developing high technology defence

  • USFK returns four military sites to South Korea

    United States Forces Korea (USFK) announced on 11 December the return of four US military sites to the South Korean government along with plans to initiate the return of 13 additional ones. In a statement the force said that USFK Deputy Commander Lieutenant General Kenneth S Wilsbach and Director

  • Wassenaar targets cyber-warfare systems, communications surveillance with new rules

    Key Points Military-grade offensive cyber-warfare technologies given increased controls through addition to military list Addition of offensive cyber-warfare technologies comes after significant concerns raised by private sector over impact on vulnerability assessments. The multilateral export

  • Collins Aerospace showcases expanded ERV system

    Collins Aerospace showcased its recently expanded Enhanced Reality Vision (ERV) system at the 2019 Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) in Orlando in December. Eileen Leonhardy, associate director, mission systems, optronics for Collins, told Jane’s

  • Danish Arctic frigate deployment highlights requirement to augment regional C2

    Key Points The Royal Danish Navy recently deployed an Iver Huitfeldt frigate and an Absalon combat support ship to its Greenland-based Joint Arctic Command for the first time, and is planning to deploy such platforms routinely to the region The frigate’s capabilities have highlighted

  • French Air Force declares IOC for Rafale F3R

    The French Air Force (Armée de l’Air: AdlA) has declared initial operating capability (IOC) for the F3R-standard Dassault Rafale combat aircraft, the service announced on 9 December. As noted by the AdlA, the declaration, which was made on 6 December, follows several months of training