• AUSA 2019: Saab and Boeing announce Ground-Launched Small Diameter Bomb is ready for production

    Saab and Boeing announced at the 2019 Association of the United States Army (AUSA) exposition – held in Washington, DC, on 14–16 October – that their jointly developed Ground-Launched Small Diameter Bomb (GLSDB) is ready for production. The announcement follows the latest test

  • Combat systems testing starts for French FDI frigate

    Combat management system (CMS) and sensor trials for the French Navy’s future Fregate de defense et d’intervention (FDI) frigates are set to start next month, the Direction générale de l’armement (DGA) has confirmed. During a 27 September briefing, the DGA said the SETIS

  • Cambodia could buy more L-39s

    The Czech Republic is in discussions to export more Aero Vodochody L-39 Albatros basic trainer/light attack jet aircraft to Cambodia, Prime Minister Andrej Babis said on 14 October. Speaking in Prague during a visit by Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, Babis noted “the possibility of

  • AUSA 2019: US Army’s IBCS could enable joining offensive and defensive fires

    The US Army is considering joining offensive and defensive fires units (field artillery and air-defence artillery) in the same spot or structure so the air-defence units could have a long-range fires capability to shoot back. However, it is first working to finalise the technology that would enable

  • Poland launches second Kormoran II-class MCMV

    Remontowa Shipbuilding in Gdansk launched Albatros , the second Project 258 Kormoran II mine countermeasures vessel (MCMV) and laid the keel of the third MCMV, Mewa , on 10 October. The keel of the Albatros was laid on 5 December 2018, and work to equip it is to be completed in January 2020.

  • Portugal receives first VAMTAC ST5 LATVs

    The Unidade de Apoio Geral de Material do Exército (UAGME) materiel support depot in Alcochete received the first two URO Vehículos Especiales VAMTAC ST5 4×4 light armoured tactical vehicles (LATVs) for the Portuguese Army on 11 October, the army’s force planning division told

  • UK halts exports to Turkey

    The UK government announced on 15 October that it is suspending arms exports to Turkey, following the invasion of Kurdish-held areas of northern Syria. Addressing the House of Commons, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab announced a “very careful and continual” review of exports to Turkey.

  • BMT to offer Caimen 90 landing craft for Australian Army’s Project Land 8710

    UK engineering group BMT announced on 10 October that it will offer the Caimen 90 landing craft as its bid vessel for the Australian Army’s Project Land 8710. “We are delighted to be able to offer this vessel to Australia,” BMT Defence and Security managing director Peter Behrendt

  • Ricardo delivers drives to keep CVR(T) in UK service

    The British Army Training Unit Suffield (BATUS) has received the first four replacement final drives for the United Kingdom’s Combat Vehicle Reconnaissance (Tracked) (CVR[T]) family from Ricardo Performance Products, the company announced in a press release on 8 October. The contract, issued

  • ADEX 2019: Hanwha Aerospace pursues expansion ambition

    South Korean firm Hanwha Aerospace is planning further expansion in domestic and export markets following its incorporation in 2018 and its recent acquisition of US aero-engine parts manufacturer EDAC Technologies. Hanwha Aerospace officials told Jane’s at the 2019 Seoul International

  • AUSA 2019: Boeing, Saab conduct long-range GLSDB firing

    Boeing Defense, in partnership with Saab Dynamics, on 26 September conducted a long-range test firing of the Ground-Launched Small Diameter Bomb (GLSDB) from the Andøya Space Center in Andenes, Norway. The Andøya shot marks the third official firing event of GLSDB; earlier shots were

  • Greece signs letter of intent with France for two FDI frigates

    French Armed Forces (Defence) Minister Florence Parly tweeted on 10 October that she had signed a letter of intent with her Greek counterpart, Nikolaos Panagiotopoulos, for the acquisition of two Frégate de Défense et d’Intervention (FDI) defence and intervention frigates to equip

  • Navantia offers block work to UK yards as part of FSS bid

    Navantia has said that UK shipbuilders could still play a part in the construction of the UK’s new Fleet Solid Support (FSS) ships if the Spanish shipbuilder wins the GBP1.5 billion (USD1.8 billion) contract. Up to three FSS ships are planned to replace the Royal Fleet Auxiliary’s

  • Poland unveils Technical Modernization Plan for 2021–35

    Polish Minister of National Defence Mariusz Blaszczak signed the new Technical Modernization Plan for 2021–35 (PMT) on 10 October. “PLN524 billion, or USD133 billion, will be spent on new equipment and armaments,” Blaszczak announced. “We will spend over PLN24

  • Czech Army procures 4x4 all-terrain vehicles

    The Czech Ministry of Defence (MoD) has prepared the first step of the renewal of the Czech Army‘s 4x4 vehicle fleet. The CZK1.99 billion (USD85 million) contract will be for the procurement of at least 600 4x4 all-terrain vehicles for deliveries beginning in 2020. The most important factor

  • UK RAF chief endorses US Air Force’s Digital Century Series effort

    Key Points The RAF chief of staff believes Tempest and the USAF’s Digital Century Series efforts will improve how both nations procure platforms Both Tempest and the DCS are looking to improve how air forces contract with their industrial bases The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) chief of staff

  • Rheinmetall expands 120 mm mortar capability

    Rheinmetall Norway has developed to the prototype stage its MWS 120 Ragnarok 120 mm turntable mounted mortar system. According to Gunnar Andersson, director of sales and business development at Rheinmetall Norway AS, “we have already carried out successful firing trials in Sweden”. The

  • Thales and Nexter developing 40 mm CTAS RAPIDFireNaval

    Thales and Nexter Systems are teamed to develop a new multi-role weapon system, called RAPIDFireNaval, to meet potential French Navy requirements and are eyeing DGA funding in the first half of 2020, according to Sylvain Richy, managing director of CTAI (a joint venture between Nexter and BAE

  • Thales UK supplying new TI camera for Challenger 2 tanks

    Thales UK has confirmed that it is supplying its Catherine MP thermal imaging (TI) camera as a replacement for the legacy TI camera installed in the British Army’s Challenger 2 main battle tank (MBT) Thermal Sighting System (TSS), which is mounted externally above the BAE Systems 120 mm L30A1

  • Dassault Aviation releases images of second Rafale aircraft for Indian Air Force

    France’s Dassault Aviation has released images of the second of 36 Rafale multirole fighter aircraft New Delhi ordered in September 2016 for the Indian Air Force (IAF) for EUR7.9 billion (USD8.73 billion). The publication of the images, which show the aircraft (tail number RB 002) in flight,