• Finnish MoD proposes bigger budget

    Finland's Ministry of Defence (MoD) has proposed a EUR3.2 billion (USD3.6 billion) defence budget for 2019, a EUR326 million, or 11%, increase from 2018. The ministry said on 9 August that this would increase the defence budget's share of GDP from 1.23% in 2018 to 1.32% in 2019. The MoD attributed

  • Spain seeks UAVs to protect overseas training missions

    The Spanish Ministry of Defence (MoD) has opened a bidding contest to supply unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to help protect troops posted on overseas training missions. Some EUR4.3 million (USD4.9 million) has been budgeted for the class 1 small remote aircraft (20 kg), which are expected to be

  • Swedish FMV signs Patriot agreement

    The FMV, the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration, announced on 10 August that it had signed an agreement with the United States to purchase the Patriot air defence system. The agreement was signed by Swedish Air Force Lieutenant General Johan Svensson, chief of Armed Forces Training and

  • UK signs for Drone Dome C-UAS system

    The United Kingdom has procured the Israeli-developed Drone Dome counter-unmanned aircraft system (C-UAS), manufacturer Rafael confirmed to Jane’s on 13 August. The selection of the Drone Dome comes eight months after it was demonstrated to the UK government in January. According to Rafael,

  • Unidentified assailants daub church in sectarian graffiti in County Londonderry in Northern Ireland

    IN A STATEMENT released on 31 July, police official reported that unidentified assailants had daubed paramilitary graffiti - reading 'UDA' and 'UFF' (in reference to the Ulster Defence Association (UDA) [alias Ulster Freedom Fighters (UFF)]) - on the doors and walls of St. Mary's parish church on

  • Bundeswehr orders rotary-wing UAV for K130 corvette

    The Bundesamt für Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik und Nutzung der Bundeswehr (BAAINBw), Germany's Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology, and In-Service Support, announced on 9 August that it had signed a contract at the beginning of the month with Elektroniksystem-

  • First new Australian ATC radar to enter service in November

    The first of nine new air traffic control (ATC) and surveillance radars for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) is expected to become operational in November, German manufacturer Hensoldt has disclosed. The company said in a 9 August statement that the first of the Airport Surveillance Radar -

  • Chemring explosion kills one

    An explosion on 10 August at Chemring’s flare-manufacturing facility in Salisbury in the United Kingdom resulted in one fatality and has caused the company to suspend production at the site. Another employee was injured and received hospital treatment, the company confirmed, with the

  • Patria appoints new business development officer

    Patria has created the role of chief business development officer (CBDO) as part of its new business strategy. The role will be supported by the appointment of new leads for the company’s land and systems units. The company announced on 13 August that Pasi Niinikoski will be appointed to the

  • Danish SM-2 missile buy edges closer

    Denmark is moving closer to completing a long-planned buy of Standard Missile-2 (SM-2) area air-defence missiles to equip its three Iver Huitfeldt-class anti-air warfare (AAW) frigates. The US Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) advised Congress on 31 July that the State Department had

  • Portuguese Army boosts ATGM capability

    The Portuguese Army is boosting its mobile anti-tank capability with five 8x8 General Dynamics European Land Systems Pandur II armoured anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) carriers. The army’s vehicle-based ATGM capability previously comprised MILAN and M220A1/TOW 2A series missiles carried by

  • Rheinmetall Defence appoints chief technology officer

    Rheinmetall Defence has appointed Klaus Kappen to the newly established role of chief technology officer (CTO). Kappen was formerly the head of research-and-development co-ordination and special projects for land systems. In his new role he will oversee a newly established CTO department at

  • Croatia negotiates F-16 deal with Israel as counterweight to Serbian MiG-29s

    The Croatian Ministry of Defence (MoD) invited the Israeli Air Force (IAF) to visit Croatia on 2-5 August as it negotiated the purchase of F-16 combat aircraft from Israel. The potential deal reflected Croatia’s growing sign of support and friendship with Israel, with the arrival of three

  • Lithuania acquires Sitaware Frontline for Boxer IFVs

    Systematic’s Sitaware Frontline command-and-control (C2) software is to be integrated onto the Lithuanian Land Force’s future armoured combat vehicles, the company announced on 8 August. Sitaware Frontline will be installed aboard the Land Force’s 8x8 Boxer infantry fighting

  • First 18 HIMARS ordered for Romania

    The US Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, in Alabama has awarded Lockheed Martin a USD218 million Foreign Military Sales (FMS) contract for the first 18 M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) launchers for Romania, the US Department of Defense announced on 9 August. The

  • Italy donates 12 patrol boats to Libya

    The Italian Parliament approved the transfer of 12 patrol boats to Libya on 7 August. The vessels will be operated by the Libyan Coast Guard and the Ministry of Interior, and are intended to support efforts to stem the flow of illegal migrants through the Mediterranean. The boats are being donated

  • Thales extends Gemalto offer

    Thales announced on 10 August that it has extended its acceptance period for the acquisition of digital security company Gemalto due to delays in receiving regulatory approval. Thales’ offer to Gemalto shareholders of EUR51 (USD59) per share was originally due to expire on 6 June but was

  • Australian suppliers engage with Sea 1000 programme

    More than 1,000 Australian businesses have formally registered interest in becoming part of the supply chain in support of Australia’s programme to build 12 next-generation submarines, the Department of Defence (DoD) in Canberra has announced. In a statement on 9 August, Australian Minister

  • RAF revises Hercules plans to reflect Iraq loss

    The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) is to adjust the composition of its planned future Lockheed Martin C-130J Hercules fleet to reflect the recent loss of an aircraft on operations in Iraq. The RAF fields both the ‘short-bodied’ C-130J (designated C5 in RAF service) and

  • Italian Navy to play a key role in Qatar Emiri Naval Forces personnel training

    The Italian Navy will start training an initial batch of Qatar Emiri Naval Forces (QENF) personnel in September to operate new ships being built for Qatar by Fincantieri. A steel cutting ceremony for the first of four Doha-class multirole corvettes destined for the QENF was held at Fincantieri's