• Saudi Arabia joins maritime security mission

    Saudi Arabia has decided to join the international alliance for the safety and protection of maritime navigation, its Ministry of Defence announced on 18 September. It said the alliance’s aim is to protect merchant ships of participating countries as they pass through maritime corridors

  • BAE Systems designing eight M88A3 prototypes

    The US Army has awarded BAE Systems with a USD318 million contract to upgrade its M88 recovery vehicles into a M88A3 configuration. Under the 44-month contract, the company will delver eight M88A3 prototypes to the service by 2022 for testing, BAE Systems told Jane’s . The new configuration

  • Royal Netherlands Army selects Iron Fist APS for CV90

    The Royal Netherlands Army has awarded BAE Systems Hägglunds a long-anticipated contract to integrate the Elbit Systems Iron Fist hard kill active protection system (APS) with its fleet of CV9035NL tracked infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs). The decision follows a two-phase series of studies,

  • Russia to start building Mistral-class replacement in 2020

    Russia will start building a new class of amphibious ships in 2020 to replace two French-designed Mistral-class vessels that were blocked from being delivered in 2014 by international sanctions. The Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has now approved the inclusion of the project in its 2018-2027

  • Russian Navy to receive 10 nuclear-powered submarines by 2024

    The Russian Navy is set to receive 10 serial Project 955A Borey-A-class nuclear-powered ballistic-missile submarines (SSBNs) and Project 885M Yasen-M-class nuclear-powered attack (SSN) submarines by 2024 under the State Armament Programme (SAP), according to the country's deputy defence minister

  • US Army vows to maintain funding for modernisation programmes

    US Army leaders are proposing additional cuts to legacy weapons programmes in the forthcoming fiscal year 2021 (FY 2021) budget request to pay for new weapons but funding challenges could be on the horizon, according to Lieutenant General James Pasquarette, the deputy chief of staff in charge of

  • USAF B-2s form strike packages with F-15Cs and RAF F-35s

    US Air Force B-2 bombers deployed to Europe have been operating together with F-15C combat aircraft and UK Royal Air Force (RAF) F-35B Joint Strike Fighters, the deputy commander of US Air Forces Europe and Africa has said. Lieutenant General Steven Basham stressed during a phone-in roundtable with

  • AFA 2019: US Air Force considering divesting B-1Bs in favour of B-21s, other bomber improvements

    Key Points The US Air Force is considering retiring some B-1B aircraft so it can spend that money on other bomber portfolio priorities These could include new B-52 engines and more B-21 aircraft earlier in the acquisition timeline The US Air Force (USAF) is considering divesting Rockwell B-1B

  • Austria increases defence spending

    Austria’s acting defence minister Lieutenant General Thomas Starlinger on 17 September presented his ministry’s report Unser Heer (Our army) 2030 calling for an increase in defence spending from the current EUR2.4 billion (USD2.7 billion) to EUR3.1 billion in 2020. The report calls for

  • DSEI 2019: Rohde & Schwarz showcases NAVICS, reveals T26 involvement

    Rohde & Schwarz (R&S) announced at the 2019 Defence and Security Equipment International exhibition (DSEI 2019) in London inform 10 to 13 September that it had been awarded a contract by prime contractor BAE Systems to supply integrated communications systems (ICS) for the UK Royal

  • DSEI 2019: Rohde & Schwarz showcases WPU2000 ELINT processor

    Rohde & Schwarz (R&S) has developed a more capable version of its multi-channel electronic intelligence (ELINT) processor and launched it at the 2019 Defence and Security Equipment International exhibition (DSEI 2019) in London from 10 to 13 September. The new wideband processing unit (WPU)

  • Hensoldt’s PrecISR radar to be integrated on PC-12 aircraft

    Sensor house Hensoldt has been contracted to deliver a PrecISR 1000 airborne surveillance radar to QinetiQ GmbH for installation on a Pilatus PC-12 special operations aircraft. Offering an instrumented range out to 200 n miles, PrecISR is a software-defined X-band airborne radar that builds on

  • Lockheed Martin begins building two new weapons factories

    Lockheed Martin broke ground this month on two new weapons factories in the southern US states of Alabama and Arkansas. The two-building facility in Courtland, Alabama, will assemble, integrate, and test hypersonic strike weapons, a growing focus of the US Department of Defense. Over the next three

  • Sweden proposes 2020 budget

    Sweden has proposed a defence budget of SEK64.8 billion (USD7.3 billion) for 2020. This marked an 8% nominal rise over the prior year and boosts spending to 1.25% of GDP. The 2020 state budget proposal was submitted by the government to the Swedish Parliament on 18 September. The increase for 2020

  • DSEI 2019: Leonardo unveils new troop transport AW149

    Leonardo Helicopters has showcased a new troop transport variant of its AW149 helicopter as part of efforts to target legacy medium-lift helicopter operators as existing systems go out of service. Transport loads can vary depending on passenger requirements, with the platform able to take a maximum

  • FAdeA commences delivery of Pampa aircraft for Argentina

    The Argentine Air Force (Fuerza Aérea Argentina: FAA) has received the first of a new batch of three FadeA IA-63 Pampa III advanced jet trainer/light strike aircraft. The delivery of the first aircraft, tail number A-703, took place on 13 September. It will be assigned to the FAA’s 6th

  • Rohde & Schwarz and MESIT establish JV

    Rohde & Schwarz announced on 18 September that it has established a joint venture (JV) called DICOM with MESIT, a subsidiary of the OMNIPOL group of companies. MESIT is the majority shareholder in DICOM, which is based in Uherské Hradište in the Czech Republic. DICOM was the

  • UK acknowledges it broke court order on sales to Saudi

    Secretary of State for International Trade Liz Truss has admitted that the UK government authorised “inadvertent breaches” of a June 2019 court order halting new export licences for military equipment to Saudi Arabia. Another licence regarding the export of radar components for onward

  • UK Chief of Defence Intelligence looks to OSINT

    Publicly available data will be the backbone of the UK military’s situational awareness in future conflicts and crises, according to the country’s Chief of Defence Intelligence (CDI), Lieutenant-General James Hockenhull. Speaking at a briefing at the Defence & Security Equipment

  • USFK says it is committed to returning military bases to South Korea

    US Forces Korea (USFK) has announced that it is committed to returning US military installations to the South Korean government “as expeditiously as possible” amid Seoul’s push for an early return of more than two dozen US bases in the Northeast Asian country. USFK said in a