• Poland exercises option for four more M-346 jet trainers, to upgrade existing fleet

    Poland has signed for four more Alenia M-346 Master advanced jet trainers and is upgrading the 12 already received. The procurement and upgrade contract, announced by the manufacturer on 14 December, is valued at EUR130 million (USD147 million) and is scheduled to be complete by the end of 2022.

  • European Boxer programmes take final shape

    European Boxer programmes are taking final form, with offers to the UK and Slovenia expected in 2019. Klaas Krause, head of sales Eastern Europe for Rheinmetall, which formed the Artec joint venture with Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) to produce the Boxer, said on 12 December that the UK Ministry of

  • Hungary buys H225M helos with HForce weapons system

    Hungary has ordered 16 Airbus Helicopters H225M multirole rotorcraft equipped with the company’s HForce Generic Weapon System (GWS). The deal, announced by the manufacturer on 14 December, will see the helicopters delivered to the Hungarian Ministry of Defence (MoD) in support of the

  • US warns Turkey against offensive into northeast Syria

    Key Points The US DoD is taking Turkish threats to invade northeast Syria seriously It has confirmed that it has now established an unspecified number of observation posts on the Syrian–Turkish border to deter incursions The US Department of Defense (DoD) indicated on 12 December that it is

  • Canadian Coast Guard adds first new icebreaker in 25 years

    The Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) icebreaker CCGS Captain Molly Kool officially joined the fleet on 14 December, becoming the first new icebreaker for the CCG in 25 years. Captain Molly Kool is the first of three icebreakers procured by the Canadian government under a CAD610 million (USD457 million)

  • Germany extends Heron 1 leasing contract with IAI

    Germany has again extended its leasing contract with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) for Heron 1 unmanned aircraft system (UAS) operations in Afghanistan, it was announced on 12 December. According to Airbus, which is the prime contractor for the German government, the Bundeswehr has renewed its

  • India and Russia pledge to deepen military-technical partnership

    India and Russia have agreed to strengthen the already robust military-technical partnership between the two countries, the Indian government’s Press Information Bureau (PIB) announced on 13 December. Following meetings in New Delhi between Indian Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and her

  • India’s Adani expands defence profile through Alpha acquisition

    Indian group Adani has expanded its defence industrial capabilities through the acquisition of Bangalore-headquartered Alpha Design Technologies Limited (ADTL), Adani said in a filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange on 13 December. The transaction is valued at about INR4 billion (USD56 million),

  • Leonardo announces creation of new electronics division

    Italian defence and aeronautics company Leonardo approved the simplification of its business structure in its Electronics, Defence & Security Systems reporting sector on 13 December, resulting in the merging of three of its operating units into a new Electronics division. The move will see the

  • Russia upgrades Naval Aviation

    The Russian Navy’s (VMF’s) Naval Aviation is upgrading its fleet of fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft, the service’s commander, Major General Igor Kozhin, told Russian media on 10 December. “The Ka-27 anti-submarine warfare helicopters are being replaced by the Ka-27M, and the

  • UPDATE: Japan pursues additional exports to the Philippines

    Japan is engaging with the Philippines over potential opportunities to export additional defence equipment to the Southeast Asian country, the Japanese Ministry of Defense’s (MoD’s) Acquisition, Technology & Logistics Agency (ATLA), has confirmed to Jane’s . The export effort

  • US Air Force releases RFI for SRP-O ASLON-45 small launch effort

    The US Air Force (USAF) seeks industry feedback on draft mission requirements for a small launch effort called Small Rocket Program-Orbital (SRP-O) Agile Small Launch Operational Normalizer (ASLON)-45. One goal of ASLON-45 is to launch an orbital demonstration mission delivering a 39 kg spacecraft

  • US Army moves IMI Systems’ Iron Fist into next testing phase, prepares for fielding

    The US Army confirmed on 12 December that testing of IMI Systems’ Iron Fist active protection system (APS) on M2 Bradley infantry fighting vehicles will move forward to the next phase following an assessment of the technology by the service’s Requirements Oversight Council (AROC) in late

  • Sikorsky-Boeing team delays Defiant first flight

    Key Points Sikorsky and Boeing delayed their Defiant rotorcraft first flight until early 2019 Undisclosed issues arose during PSTB testing The Sikorsky-Boeing team developing the SB>1 Defiant compound helicopter delayed the aircraft’s first flight from late 2018 until early 2019 due to

  • Pentagon’s ability to handle two military fronts questioned

    While a bedrock of US military strategy through the decades has been an ability to accommodate confrontation on two major fronts simultaneously, the return and rise of true peer competition is bringing that capability into question. US Senator Jon Kyl, the Republican who succeeded the late John

  • Slovakia signs for F-16V fighters

    The Slovak government has signed a EUR1.6 billion (USD1.8 billion) procurement contract with the US Department of Defense (DoD) for 14 Lockheed Martin F-16V Block 70/72 Fighting Falcon multirole combat aircraft. “The Slovak Republic officially signed documents on the basis of which it will

  • Tensions between Malaysia, Singapore persist over maritime border dispute

    Tensions between Malaysia and Singapore persist over a maritime border dispute following Kuala Lumpur’s declaration that it would extend the limits of a port in the country's southernmost state of Johor, a move that Singapore views as an encroachment into its territorial waters.

  • France completes Phénix order with three additional aircraft

    France has ordered a further three Airbus Defence and Space (DS) A330-200 Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft, bringing its total procurement to 12. The addition of the extra Phénix platforms, announced by Airbus on 13 December, fuflils the French Air Force’s (Armée de

  • Germany to replace SAR ‘Hueys’ with H145s

    The German Army is to replace its ageing Bell UH-1D ‘Huey’ search-and-rescue (SAR) helicopters with new Airbus Helicopters H145 platforms to be delivered in 2020. The Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology, and In-Service Support (BAAINWBw) has ordered seven

  • HHI awarded contract to build final two FFX-II frigates for RoKN

    South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has been awarded a KRW633.5 billion (USD563 million) contract for the construction of the final two Daegu (FFX-II)-class guided-missile frigates for the Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN), the company announced on 13 December. Construction of the

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