• BMT to support Thailand’s project to develop midget submarines

    UK engineering group BMT has won a contract from the Royal Thai Navy (RTN) to support its programme to design a midget submarine. BMT said in a press release on 17 October that under the new contract – the value of which was not disclosed – it will provide assistance to the RTN during

  • Latest-generation Pandur Evo moves into production for Austrian Army

    General Dynamics European Land Systems – Steyr (GDELS – Steyr) is now in full scale production of its latest-generation Pandur 6×6 armoured personnel carrier (APC) for the Austrian Army. Late in 2016 the Austrian Army placed a new contract for the Pandur that covers 34 units to a

  • Portugal orders Koala helos

    The Portuguese Air Force (Força Aérea Portuguesa: FAP) has ordered five AgustaWestland AW119Kx Koala light utility helicopters for a range of support operations. The deal, announced by Leonardo on 18 October, is valued at approximately EUR20 million (USD23 million) and includes options

  • Portugal proposes defence spending increase to parliament

    Key Points The Portuguese government’s proposed 2019 budget includes EUR2.339 billion for defence It has allocated EUR275 million for defence equipment and EUR6.9 million for military co-operation The Portuguese government submitted its proposed 2019 budget to parliament on 15 October. It

  • QinetiQ completes EIS Aircraft Operations acquisition

    UK company QinetiQ announced on 18 October that it had completed the acquisition of Germany’s EIS Aircraft Operations. The deal, first announced in April, was valued at EUR70 million (USD80 million), and was conducted on a cash-free, debt-free basis. EIS Aircraft Operations conducts flight

  • Brazil soon to receive Italian protected 4×4s

    Rio de Janeiro’s Federal Intervention Cabinet (GIFRJ) is to receive 16 VTLM Lince K2 4×4 protected vehicles (the Italian designation for modernised Iveco Light Multirole Vehicles, or LMVs) that are surplus to Italian Army requirements. The first tranche of four vehicles is scheduled to

  • Leonardo looks to commercial domain for cyber technologies

    The military domain is increasingly reliant on cyber technologies developed in the commercial sector, creating a range of challenges – and opportunities – for defence companies like Leonardo, according to Giovanni Soccodato, chief strategy and innovation officer at the Italian defence

  • Bittium wins orders for ‘Tough SDR’ on Spanish vehicles

    In September 2018, Bittium secured a contract to supply Tough software defined radio (SDR) transceivers for the Spanish wheeled combat vehicle (Vehiculo de Combate sobre Ruedas: VCR) project that is progressing with technology demonstration platforms, according to Bittium. Bittium, a Finnish

  • US donates UH-60M helicopters to Croatia

    The United States will donate two UH-60M helicopters to Croatia, Defence Minister Damir Krsticevic has announced. The announcement was made during a visit involving two US Army UH-60Ms from Germany to Pleso airbase near Zagreb on 12 October. The helicopters are expected to be delivered by

  • New logistics ordering/billing system to be tested during ‘Trident Juncture’

    A new digitalised logistics ordering and billing system being used for the first time by all 29 NATO allies, plus partners Finland and Sweden, during their 25 October-23 November ‘Trident Juncture 2018’ (‘TRJE18’) exercise in Norway stands to significantly boost the

  • RACER high-speed helo passes preliminary design review

    Airbus Helicopters’ Rapid And Cost-Efficient Rotorcraft (RACER) high-speed rotorcraft concept has passed its preliminary design review (PDR), the company announced on 16 October. The technology demonstrator, which is being funded by the European Union’s H2020 framework through the Clean

  • Spain to buy IED jammers

    Spain is preparing to spend up to EUR85 million (USD98.5 million) on fitting new improvised explosive device (IED) jammers on military vehicles under a framework agreement up to 2021, the government announced on 11 October. The programme will be split into two phases. In the first phase, the

  • German SMArt 155 munition programme to start again

    Due to an additional demand for Sensor-fuzed Munition for Artillery 155 mm (Suchzunder Munition fur die Artillerie im Kaliber 155 mm: SMArt 155) artillery projectiles, the German Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded Gesellschaft für Intelligente Wirksysteme mbH (GIWS) an initial Step 1

  • NATO’s rapid reaction force coming into its own as an interoperability testbed

    NATO’s growing deterrence posture is pushing the allies’ interoperability problems to the fore in ways not seen since the Cold War years, but with a twist. It is less a matter of corps-to-corps identification of issues between the allies and more about what works or does not work in very

  • South Korea’s K9 self-propelled artillery production to roll into 2021

    Production of the South Korean Hanwha Land Systems K9 Thunder 155 mm/52 calibre self-propelled artillery system and its associated K10 Ammunition Resupply Vehicle (ARV) has now passed 2,000 units for the home and export markets, and production is expected to continue to at least 2021. The K9

  • Lockheed Martin and Rheinmetall team for German Sea Lynx replacement effort

    Lockheed Martin is to team with Rheinmetall in its bid to replace the German Navy’s (Deutsche Marine – DM) ageing Westland Mk 88A Sea Lynx anti-submarine warfare/anti-surface warfare (ASW/ASuW) helicopters, the US manufacturer announced on 12 October. The two companies signed a letter

  • First F-35B SRVL recovery completed on HMS Queen Elizabeth

    Key Points An F-35B made the first SRVL recovery on to HMS Queen Elizabeth on 13 October SRVLs allow F-35Bs to make carrier landings with heavier loads, avoiding the need to jettison fuel and/or weapons An F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter has executed a first shipborne rolling vertical

  • Leonardo confirms first sales for Osprey 50 AESA radar

    The UK-based airborne radar and advanced targeting business of Leonardo Airborne and Space Systems has confirmed the first sales of a larger aperture variant of its Osprey X-band active electronically scanned array (AESA) multi-mode surveillance radar. While declining to identify its customers,

  • US to evaluate Saab GaN-based active aperture radar under FCT

    Saab is to supply a prototype gallium nitride (GaN)-based X-band Active Aperture radar unit to the US Office of Naval Research (ONR) for evaluation under the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) Foreign Comparative Test (FCT) programme. US Naval Air Systems Command’s Naval Air Warfare

  • RUAG begins business split

    Swiss defence technology group RUAG announced on 11 October that it had begun the process of splitting up its business into separate international and domestic entities, and also revealed the leadership of the new companies. Andreas Berger, current CEO of RUAG Defence, will lead MRO Switzerland,