• Poland signs HIMARS contract

    On 13 February Polish Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak signed a contract for the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) in the presence of President Andrzej Duda and US Vice President Mike Pence. The USD414 million Foreign Military Sales contract covers the procurement of 20 HIMARS

  • Eurosam/OCCAr progress key elements of SAMP/T Block 1NT system

    The Eurosam consortium, under the auspices of the Organisation Conjointe de Coopération en matière d'Armement (OCCAr - Organisation for Joint Armament Co-operation) is expected to complete the Preliminary Design Review (PDR) for key elements of the SAMP/T B1 NT (new technology)

  • German-made UAV crashes in Yemen

    The Yemeni rebel group Ansar Allah (Houthis) released a video on 12 February showing a Luna unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that it said was shot down near the Saudi border. According to German company EMT, which manufactures the UAV, the Luna has a range of 100 km and an endurance of more than six

  • US approves Namer engine sale to Israel

    The US State Department has approved the sale to Israel of 270 engines for Namer heavy armoured personnel carriers, the Defense Security Co-operation Agency (DSCA) announced on 12 February. It said the proposed deal is estimated to be worth USD238 million and covers 240 MT 883 powerpacks without

  • Russian Navy looks to extend Akula SSN life

    The Russia Federation Navy is aiming to keep its Project 971 Shchuka-B (NATO reporting name ‘Akula’) nuclear attack submarines (SSNs) in service for another 25–30 years, according to a senior Northern Fleet officer. Speaking to the Russian Ministry of Defence’s Zvezda

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  • Ukraine receives upgraded T-64s

    The Ukrainian Army has received at least 100 upgraded T-64s from the Kharkiv Armour Plant since 2018, according to an 11 February Facebook post by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. The post reads, “The best combat capabilities, modern thermal imagers, secure digital communications,
  • UK removes one Reaper from service

    The UK has reduced its number of operational General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc MQ-9 Reaper medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), with one of the 10 aircraft currently in the US for decommissioning. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) made the disclosure in a