• Denmark introduces CAESAR 155 mm, Piranha 120 mm indirect fire systems

    The Danish Army indirect fire support capability is being refreshed with the introduction of two new systems: the French Nexter Systems CAESAR 155 mm/52 calibre self-propelled (SP) artillery system and the General Dynamics European Land Systems MOWAG Piranha 5 modified to carry the latest generation

  • MBDA discloses development of SPEAR variants

    MBDA in the UK has disclosed details on the development of two prospective air-launched missile variants evolved from its baseline SPEAR stand-off, air-to-surface developmental weapon system: SPEAR-EW (electronic warfare) and SPEAR-Glide. Still in its development phase, the SPEAR weapon is

  • New Swedish SIGINT ship launched

    Sweden’s new signals intelligence (SIGINT) vessel was launched from the Nauta Shiprepair Yard in Gdynia, Poland, on 17 April. To be named HMS Artemis , the ship is to replace the Royal Swedish Navy’s (RSwN’s) current intelligence-gathering vessel HMS Orion , which entered service

  • Return of the WIG: Airfish strives for breakthrough

    Singapore’s Wigetworks is pushing the envelope of wing-in-ground effect technology with its Airfish 8 prototype crafts, and aims to be the first to bring these sea-skimming marine vehicles into mass production for commercial and military applications. Kelvin Wong reports The wing-in-ground

  • UK MoD launches autonomous UUV competition

    The UK government’s Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) mechanism has launched a new multi-year themed competition, seeking proposals to develop an autonomous version of an existing large underwater vehicle. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) aims to address the Royal Navy’s need to

  • Babcock to shed stake in French helicopter joint venture

    Babcock has revealed that is selling its 50% stake in joint venture Helidax to partner Défense Conseil International (DCI). The company declined to comment further on the transaction but noted that it “would not impact on any of our other operations in France or elsewhere”.

  • Iceni Labs offering militaries a handheld radar to detect breathing rates

    At a time when military forces are preparing for an era of urban combat, Iceni Labs is touting a new handheld radar designed to help troops detect the movement, position, and breathing rates of people behind walls and doors. The company announced earlier this month that it had secured a GBP248,400

  • ‘Locked Shields’ 2019 seeks to clarify domestic and military cyber response roles

    Cyber exercise ‘Locked Shields’ 2019, which was held on 8-12 April, focused on gaining a better functional understanding between technical experts and strategic decision-makers, as well as between operators from different NATO nations, the event’s organisers told Jane’s .

  • Poland launches M-346 training

    Poland officially began training its pilots on the Leonardo M-346 ‘Bielik’ advanced jet trainer on 16 April. The first batch of four cadets from the Polish Air Force University are undergoing flight training on the type at the 41st Training Air Base in Deblin. Ground training with

  • RAF Northolt ceases fixed-wing ops for runway renovation

    Fixed-wing operations at Royal Air Force (RAF) Northolt to the west of London have ceased for six months to enable renovation work on the main runway. The four BAe 146 aircraft of 32 (The Royal) Squadron have been relocated to RAF Benson in Oxfordshire to continue transporting VIPs and high-value

  • Serbia, Hungary to jointly develop defence systems

    A joint session between the governments of Serbia and Hungary, held in Subotica on 15 April, was used to sign a memorandum on military-technical co-operation that aims to further improve the bilateral defence affiliation between Belgrade and Budapest, which has already significantly intensified over

  • Terra Drone takes stake in Slovenian UAV firm

    Japan’s Terra Drone has announced that it has taken an undisclosed stake in Slovenian unmanned aerial system (UAS) manufacturer C-Astral. Details of the deal and the size of the stake were not disclosed. Nejc Trost, co-founder of C-Astral Aerospace, said, “Over the past 11 years,

  • Albania to receive surplus US Black Hawks

    Albania is to receive three Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk medium-lift utility helicopters from the United States, the country’s defence minister, Olta Xhacka, announced on 8 April during an interview with the Tirana-based TV station Vizion+. Xhacka said the acquisition will be part of a US

  • Belgium SOF requirements expand to C2ISR, C-UAS, unmanned swarms

    Belgium’s Special Forces Group (SFG) is seeking a shift towards ‘man-machine’ enabled special operations forces (SOF), service sources have disclosed to Jane’s . SFG Captain Jan Weuts told Jane’s that future special operations would be supported by increases in

  • UK, India renew defence collaboration pledge

    Key Points India and the UK aim to ‘redouble efforts’ to pursue opportunities related to defence equipment and defence industrial collaboration BAE Systems confirms it has started talks with India about possible collaboration on Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carrier India and the UK

  • British Apache and Wildcat helicopters arrive in Estonia

    The United Kingdom has deployed AgustaWestland-Boeing WAH-64 Apache AH1 and AgustaWestland AW159 Lynx Wildcat AH1 helicopters to Estonia in support of NATO’s Enhanced Forward Presence (eFP). Five British Army Air Corps (AAC) Apaches from 663 Squadron departed their home base at Wattisham in

  • UK buys 30 FLIR Black Hornet Personal Reconnaissance Systems

    The UK Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) Technology Office issued a contract notice on 14 April to procure FLIR Black Hornet Personal Reconnaissance Systems (PRSs) to be delivered immediately to support experimentation. According to the notice the GBP1.3 million (USD 1.7 million)contract is

  • UK CMA launches investigation into BAE Systems/Rheinmetall JV

    The UK’s Competitions and Markets Authority (CMA) has launched an enquiry into Rheinmetall’s proposed acquisition of a majority stake in BAE Systems’ UK-based combat vehicles business line. Plans to transfer 55% of the ownership of the Telford-based division to the UK division of

  • Aero Vodochody CEO reveals strategic plan

    The new head of Aero Vodochody, Dieter John, has revealed a strategy to improve financial stability, as well as facilitate the certification of the new L-39NG aircraft and subsequently secure new contracts for the upgraded trainer. John took over from Giuseppe Giordo as president and CEO in March

  • Finland joins EDA hybrid drivetrain programme

    The Finnish Ministry of Defence (MoD) has revealed that it has signed up to take part in the European Defence Agency’s (EDA’s) Hybrid Drive Trains (HybriDT) for military purposes research programme. The programme, part of the EDA’s CapTech Ground Systems (Land) research work, will