• Portuguese Super Lynx Mk 95A helicopter performs first flight

    The Portuguese Navy’s first modified Super Lynx Mk 95A shipborne helicopter has made its first test flight, the service announced on 18 February. Work to modernise and extend the lives of the navy’s fleet of five Super Lynx Mk 95 helicopters is being carried out by Leonardo Helicopters

  • Estonia approves MoD development plan for 2021–24

    Estonian Defence Minister Jüri Luik has approved a new Ministry of Defence (MoD) development plan for 2021–24, his ministry announced on its website on 19 February. The plan aims to improve situational awareness, communication capabilities, and the equipment of units, the MoD added. This

  • 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

  • Damen awarded contract for new RNLN support ship

    The Netherlands’ Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) has contracted Damen Shipyards Group for the construction of a new combat support ship (CSS) for the Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN). To be named HNLMS Den Helder , the new vessel will restore the dedicated afloat support capability lost when

  • German Army to open land forces digitisation systems centre

    The German Army will open a land forces digitisation systems centre by 2023 to support its Digitisation of Land Based Operations (D-LBO) tactical communications programme. The centre will comprise a new building in Munster, which will focus on supporting the digitisation and implementation of land

  • MEPs question PESCO progress

    Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) are hammering the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) in defence launched by 25 EU countries in December 2017 for producing little beyond process and words on paper. Their latest criticisms came at a hearing in the European Parliament’s security

  • ESSence looks to visualise the EW picture

    Thales UK has showcased a developmental software application intended to improve the exploitation and visualisation of passive electronic warfare (EW) data. Being developed by the company’s EW business in Crawley under internal research and development funding, the ESSence visualisation tool

  • Finland launches final HX evaluation, with arrival of Super Hornet and Growler

    Boeing has officially launched the flight evaluation phase of its F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler aircraft for Finland’s HX fighter replacement programme, with three aircraft arriving at Tampere-Pirkkala Airbase north of Helsinki on 18 February. The arrival of one single-seat

  • UK attack helicopters join US brigade for exercise ‘Defender Europe’

    A UK attack aviation battlegroup is to operate for the first time as part of a US Army combat aviation brigade during exercise ‘Defender Europe’. The British Army’s 3 Regiment Army Air Corps (AAC) is to deploy from its home base in Wattisham in Suffolk to exercise in Poland and

  • Three companies to lead Spain’s UAV contribution to FCAS

    Three Spanish companies are to jointly spearhead the country’s participation in the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) element of the NGWS (Next Generation Weapon System) that forms part of the wider Future Combat Air System (FCAS)/Système de Combat Aérien Futur (SCAF) programme. GMV,

  • UK faces ASTOR capability gap from 2021

    A gap in the UK’s airborne surveillance capability is expected to open in 2021 when the Royal Air Force (RAF) retires its remaining four operational Raytheon Sentinel R1 airborne stand-off radar (ASTOR) aircraft. The RAF’s director for fixed-wing manned aerial surveillance platforms,

  • Australia, France reaffirm commitment on Attack-class submarine project

    Australia and France have reaffirmed their “full commitment” to the AUD80 billion (USD55.15 billion) project to build 12 Attack-class submarines for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). The joint declaration – announced 15 February – follows comments attributed to John Davis,

  • BAE Systems flies PHASA-35 solar-powered HALE UAV

    BAE Systems has flown the PHASA-35 solar-powered high-altitude long-endurance (HALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that can remain aloft for up to a year, the company announced on 17 February. The company said that the successful flight trials took place at the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF)

  • MBDA conducts first end-to-end test firing of Marte ER

    MBDA has completed the second of three planned test firings in the design, development, and qualification programme of the Marte ER anti-surface warfare (ASuW) missile. Designed to confirm the overall design and performance of the missile, the end-to-end test firing was conducted in early February

  • Czech defence spending could be capped at 1.4% of GDP

    The Czech Republic may not increase defence spending from the current 1.3% to 2% of GDP in 2024, as Prague has promised NATO, according to the prime minister and interior minister. “If we were to have 2% today, it would be around CZK130 billion [USD5.7 billion]. Of course, this is not possible

  • German government updates national defence industry strategy

    Germany’s Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy Peter Altmaier announced on 12 February an update to the country’s defence and security industry strategy, which introduces the classification of naval surface shipbuilding and the broad spectrum of cyber technologies as national

  • Pakistan Navy commissions first of two 2,300 tonne corvettes

    The Pakistan Navy (PN) has commissioned the first of two 2,300 tonnes multirole corvettes ordered from Dutch shipbuilder Damen in 2017. Named PNS Yarmook (F-271), the ship, which the company said is based on a Damen Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) 1900, entered serviced in a ceremony held on 13

  • Accuracy International unveils next evolution multicalibre rifle line

    Accuracy International (AI) unveiled its new AX MKIII and AX 50 ELR multicalibre sniper rifles at the British Shooting Show, which is being held in Birmingham on 14–16 February. Both rifles have been produced in line with NATO standards based on operational experience and requirements. The

  • Spain’s Ghenova wins first contract for Brazilian Navy

    Spanish engineering company Ghenova has won its first contract with the Brazilian Navy to complete the design work on two unfinished Macaé-class patrol boats. Announcing the contract on 11 February, the Seville-based company said work will be carried out under a one-year framework agreement

  • Airbus notes A400M progress, but is hit with new penalty charges

    Airbus noted progress in the delivery of the promised capabilities of its A400M airlifter, but has been hit with additional penalty charges pertaining to continued programmatic shortcomings. The company successfully rebaselined its contract with the European defence agency OCCAR and the seven