• Belgium expects first F-35s in 2025

    The first four Belgian F-35A Joint Strike Fighters will arrive at Florennes in 2025, Belgian Foreign and Defence Minister Didier Reynders announced during a visit to the airbase on 18 April. The Belgian Ministry of Defence (MoD) said on its website on 19 April that EUR300 million (USD337 million)

  • Bolivia negotiates Pampa III deal

    The Argentine government has offered to gift one FAdeA IA-63 Pampa III jet trainer to the Bolivian Air Force (Fuerza Aérea Boliviana – FAB) this year if La Paz agrees to deliver more natural gas than the minimum quantity stipulated by an agreement between the two countries. The offer was

  • Damen reports 15-year financial low

    Dutch shipbuilder Damen Shipyards Group has reported a EUR17 million (USD19 million) net loss for 2018, a decrease it attributes to ongoing difficulties in certain maritime markets and the result of absorbing operating losses from a number of recent investments. This is the first time the company

  • Indonesia signs USD82 million LOI for Pandur II IFVs

    Key Points Indonesia has signed a letter of intent to acquire the Pandur II infantry fighting vehicles A contract to deliver between 20 and 22 units is expected to materialise within the next two years Indonesia’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) and state-owned arms manufacturer PT Pindad has

  • UK to reduce operational Challenger 2 tank fleet

    The Times newspaper reported on 19 April that the British Army is set to reduce its operational Challenger 2 main battle tank (MBT) fleet from 227 to 148 vehicles during their Life Extension Project (LEP) upgrade. Citing a “senior defence insider”, the newspaper reported that 148

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  • Indonesia signs LOI with PT Pindad for Kaplan medium tanks

    Indonesia has reaffirmed its interest in acquiring the Kaplan MT Modern Medium Weight Tank (MMWT) developed by Turkish company FNSS Savunma Sistemleri and Indonesian land systems company PT Pindad. On 12 April the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in Jakarta signed a letter of intent (LOI) with PT Pindad