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  • Officials split over possibilities for sharing cyber intelligence among EU, NATO nations

    Europe’s defence ministries must step up their multilateral exchanges of cyber defence information, while NATO and the European Union (EU) should set the framework for exchanging cyber intelligence, some national and EU officials have urged. However, others argue that, due to trust issues,

  • IDEX 2019: Systematic expanding Sitaware C2 software into maritime domain

    Systematic is developing a new maritime capability to add to its Sitaware command-and-control (C2) software suite, and showcased it for the first time at the IDEX exhibition in Abu Dhabi, 17– 21 February 2019. Sitaware, used by about 40 countries, is currently focused on land operations and

  • NATO must mend its ways and internal discord, say current and former US officials

    As its 70th anniversary approaches in April, NATO needs radical, across-the-board reforms to stymie its internal discord, shore up its ability to confront security challenges, and discipline those allies that stray from the alliance’s core democratic values, says a new report by two former US

  • Summit likely to improve US relations, but not substantially relax sanctions or degrade North Korean weapons capabilities

    North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump are scheduled to meet for the second time on 27 and 28 February in Hanoi, Vietnam. This second summit will follow Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump’s June 2018 meeting, the first between a North Korean leader and a sitting US

  • IDEX 2019: Milrem Robotics unveils missile-armed THeMIS UGV

    Estonia’s Milrem Robotics unveiled a variant of its Tracked Hybrid Modular Infantry System (THeMIS) unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) equipped with MBDA’s Integrated MMP Precision Attack Combat Turret (IMPACT) at the IDEX 2019 exhibition held in Abu Dhabi on 17–21 February. The IMPACT

  • Saab awarded contract to update Australian Army’s C-RAM capability

    Saab has been awarded a contract to update the Wireless Audio Visual Emergency System (WAVES) for the counter-rocket, artillery, and mortar (C-RAM) sense-and-warn systems operated by the Australian Army (AA). The company announced in a 21 February statement that it had received an order in late

  • MBDA offers SPIMM for ‘bolt-on’ ship self-protection

    MBDA has unveiled details of a new self-protection system designed to provide otherwise unarmed containerised ships with a short-range defence capability in high threat zones. Known as SPIMM (Self-Protection Integrated Mistral Module), the new system was unveiled in February at the IDEX 2019

  • IDEX 2019: Nexter advances FINDEAGLE concept

    Nexter is highlighting updates to its Project ‘FINDEAGLE’ vehicle-integrated unmanned aircraft system (UAS) concept at the IDEX 2019 exhibition being held in Abu Dhabi from 17-–21 February. FINDEAGLE was first displayed at the Eurosatory exhibition in Paris in June 2018. The system

  • IDEX 2019: Rheinmetall unveils C-UAV jammer

    Rheinmetall Defence unveiled a counter-unmanned aerial vehicle (C-UAV) jammer at the IDEX 2019 conference being held in Abu Dhabi on 17–21 February. The company said the modular multichannel jammer can be configured through software programming to all frequencies up to 8 GHz, depending on the

  • BAE Systems warns of consequences of Germany’s Saudi sales ban

    BAE Systems has told investors that the German government’s moratorium on defence exports to Saudi Arabia may affect the UK group’s “ability to provide capability to Saudi Arabia” and therefore “impact on the group’s financial performance and relationships”.

  • MBDA Deutschland eyes HELWS opportunity with Germany Navy

    The German Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology, and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) is expected to release a statement of work, and a subsequent request for proposals later this year for integration of a high-energy laser weapon system (HELWS) demonstrator on board a Germany

  • IDEX 2019: Yugoimport unveils RALAS missile

    Serbia’s Yugoimport unveiled the RALAS non-line-of-sight missile at the IDEX show held in Abu Dhabi, UAE, from 17 to 21 February, prominently displaying an eight-round launcher mounted on the company’s Lazar 3 8×8 armoured vehicle. The RALAS is essentially a smaller version of the

  • South Korea confirms potential aircraft swap deal with Spain

    South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) has confirmed a potential plan to swap military aircraft with Spain. DAPA confirmed in a recent media notice that it has received a proposal from Spain outlining the potential transfer of South Korean-produced aircraft in

  • IDEX 2019: Finland, Sweden interested in NEMO Container

    Finland’s Patria has provided Jane’s with an update on the NEMO Container 120 mm mortar system, following on from extensive testing in the Baltic Sea last year. According to Kari Reunamäki, Patria’s vice-president for Weapon Systems, the design of the system is now locked

  • French Rafales conduct first Meteor firings

    French Air Force (FAF) and navy Rafale combat aircraft conducted the first test firings of the Meteor beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile on 13 February, the Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA), the French defence procurement agency, announced on its website on 15 February.

  • Lockheed Martin-led team unveils new Falcon mobile air defence solution

    A collaborative industry team led by Lockheed Martin unveiled a new mobile open architecture short-to-medium range air defence solution – designated the Falcon Weapon System – at the International Defence Exhibition and Conference in Abu Dhabi on 18 February. According to the team,

  • IDEX 2019: Silent Sentinel launches new long-range surveillance cameras

    UK company Silent Sentinel launched a new range of uncooled thermal imaging cameras at the IDEX 2019 exhibition, being held in Abu Dhabi, UAE, on 17 February. James Longcroft, Silent Sentinel business development director, told Jane’s that the new long-range (LR) family of cameras is designed

  • Cobham and Boeing settle on damages for delays in KC-46 programme

    Cobham and Boeing have reached a settlement for damages relating to the KC-46 programme, whereby the former has agreed to take an additional non-underlying GBP160 million (USD207 million) charge that will be listed in its 2018 results. While Cobham remains a sub-contractor for the development of

  • EU legislators move one big step closer to setting up European Defence Fund

    Key Points The Council and European Parliament provisionally agreed the EDF will receive EUR13 billion from the EU’s 2021–27 general budget. The EDF will promote technological innovation and defence sector co-operation on advanced interoperable European equipment The EU’s two

  • UK position on arms exports to Saudi Arabia questioned by parliamentary committee

    The UK’s role in exporting military systems to Saudi Arabia has been called into question by the House of Lords Select Committee on International Relations, which, following a presentation of evidence, has concluded that the country is arguably marginally on the wrong side of the law in

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