• Switzerland invests in armed forces

    Switzerland's Federal Council submitted its Armeebotschaft (Armed Forces Message) 2020 budget to parliament with a ceiling of CHF21.1 billion (USD21.6 million) for 2021-24, the Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection, and Sports (VBS) announced on its website on 19 February. It also

  • To cut JLTV cost, US Army prepares for follow-on competition

    US Army leaders are preparing for a Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) competition to drive down the vehicle price, while at the same time they are cutting their yearly buy of the Oshkosh Defense-built vehicle. When the service unveiled its fiscal year 2021 (FY 2021) budget request in

  • Liberian army fields Cougar vehicles

    The Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) paraded Streit Cougar protected-mobility vehicles during the Armed Forces Day celebration on 11 February. The AFL was not previously known to have any operational armoured vehicles since the end of the second civil war in 2003. It is unclear how many Cougars have

  • Details emerge of KPE’s Ansar combat module

    Details of the Kazakhstan Paramount Engineering (KPE) Ansar combat module emerged in a report published by Kazakh media outlet informburo.kz on 16 February. The report states that the unmanned combat module, which is armed with a 30 mm 2A72 cannon from Russian company Tulamashzavod, was mounted

  • Pentagon budget 2021: US Army proposing procurement cuts and modernisation spending boost

    The US Army is set to take a slight hit to its top line budget next year with a USD178 billion budget request, while by and large, it wants to cut its weapons system buy and funnel additional dollars into modernisation programmes. The Trump administration delivered its fiscal year 2021 (FY 2021)

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  • French Navy NH90 Caiman availability rates improving

    While the overall availability of the French Navy’s NHIndustries NH90 Caïman NATO Frigate Helicopters (NFHs) remains a problem, rates are beginning to improve, a senior service official has said. Speaking to Jane’s, the commanding officer of the French Naval Aviation
  • French Navy NH90 Caiman availability rates improving

    While the overall availability of the French Navy’s NHIndustries NH90 Caïman NATO Frigate Helicopters (NFHs) remains a problem, rates are beginning to improve, a senior service official has said. Speaking to Jane’s, the commanding officer of the French Naval Aviation
  • nEUROn UCAV informing FCAS/SCAF development

    France is using the pan-European nEUROn unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) technology demonstrator to progress the Future Combat Air System (FCAS)/Système de Combat Aérien Futur (SCAF) programme that it is developing with Germany and Spain. The French Directorate General of Armaments
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