HEADLINES

  • EU preparing to expand training to Burkina Faso as security deteriorates

    Burkina Faso faces a collapse similar to the one in northern Mali in 2012 if Europe does not substantially step up its military presence and aid, according to senior EU and national military officers and officials. Speaking during a 22 January hearing of the European Parliament’s Subcommittee

  • Indian government to sell off stake in missile manufacturer BDL

    The government of India is preparing to sell off another stake in missile specialist Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL), a notice published recently by the Ministry of Finance’s Department of Investment and Public Asset Management (DIPAM), has confirmed. The DIPAM notice said the “government

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Update: Leonardo secures USN training helo requirement

    Leonardo has secured the US Navy’s (USN’s) TH-XX training helicopter replacement requirement, with a USD176.5 million contract awarded on 13 January. The award by the US Department of Defense (DoD) covers 32 of the Italian company’s AW119-derived helicopters, due to be delivered

  • Australian navy launches centralised Maritime Warfare Centre to support current and future capabilities

    The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has launched a centralised warfighting agency to provide expanded test and evaluation, tactical development and operational analysis throughout the capability life cycle. The Sydney-based Maritime Warfare Centre (MWC) was formally opened on 20 January and merges the

  • Gen McConville: US Army ready to ‘negotiate’ OMFV requirements, schedule with industry

    The US Army may be taking a ‘tactical pause’ to reassess plans to acquire a replacement for its M2 Bradley Fighting Vehicle fleet, but the service’s revamped approach will look markedly different and include more industry input, according to US Army Chief of Staff General James

  • Germany extends service life of Marder IFV

    The Bundeswehr awarded Rheinmetall a EUR110 million (USD122 million) contract in December to extend the service life of the Marder infantry fighting vehicle (IFV), the company announced in a press release on 20 January. The company said the drivetrain of 71 Marder 1A5 IFVs would be replaced to

  • Pentagon announces replacement for F-35’s ALIS

    Key Points The US Department of Defense (DoD) will replace the F-35’s Autonomic Logistics Information System with a new effort A Pentagon watchdog believes the DoD is paying Lockheed Martin to fix something it should have properly provided earlier in the programme The Pentagon is replacing

  • RNLAF air operations control station receives SMART-L radar

    The Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) air operations control station (AOCS) in Nieuw Milligen received the Signaal Multibeam Acquisition Radar for Targeting-Long range (SMART-L) in Wier, Friesland, on 16 January, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on its website on 17 January. The radar will

  • Japan to launch space operations squadron in coming months

    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced on 20 January that the Japan Air Self-Defense Force’s (JASDF’s) space operations squadron will be officially set up “this spring” as part of a move by the government in Tokyo to put a stronger emphasis on three new defence domains:

  • Chinese navy trialling new search radar

    China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) is undertaking trials on a new search radar that may be intended for use on a future class of surface combatant or for retrofitting to current frigates and some destroyers. The radar has been installed on the Type 909A (Dahua-) class trials

  • Russian Engineering Troops to receive more than 600 new systems in 2020

    Russia’s Engineering Troops are set to receive more than 600 systems in 2020, the service’s commander, Lieutenant General Yuri Stavitskiy, told Ministry of Defence newspaper Krasnaya Zvezda (Red Star) on 20 January. He reported that the troops received more than 500 engineering systems,

  • Saab begins T-X assembly

    Saab has started assembly of the first aft-fuselage section of the T-7A Red Hawk for the engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) phase of the US Air Force’s (USAF’s) T-X trainer aircraft replacement programme. The Swedish manufacturer said on 21 January that it had begun

  • UK orders more Jupiter training helos

    The United Kingdom has ordered a further four Airbus Helicopters H145 Jupiter training helicopters to add to the three already received, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 21 January. The new helicopters, along with 29 smaller H135 Junos, are used to instruct pilots on the rotary-wing (RW)

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