• Camcopter S-100 UAV completes integration on board French LHD

    France’s Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA) procurement agency has qualified the integration of Schiebel’s S-100 Camcopter rotary-wing unmanned aerial system (UAS) on board the French Navy’s Mistral-class amphibious assault (LHD) ship Dixmude . The S-100 UAV is

  • Korea looks to expand exports to Poland

    South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) said on 14 November that it has agreed with defence representatives from Poland to explore opportunities to expand defence sales to the European country. DAPA said in a statement that the two countries will look to facilitate

  • Qinetiq reports 16% rise in revenue in first half of year

    British defence technology specialist Qinetiq published results from the first half of its 2020 financial year on 14 November, revealing strong growth in both sales and profits. The company generated revenue of GBP486.5 million (USD626.6 million) in the six months to 30 September; 15.8% more than in

  • First Italian PPA starts sea trials

    The first of the Italian Navy’s new multirole offshore patrol ships (Pattugliatore Polivalente d’Altura: PPA), Paolo Thaon di Revel (P 430), started initial sea trials on 12 November. The trials are being carried out from Fincantieri’s Muggiano shipyard, near La Spezia, where the

  • RAF deploys Typhoons to Iceland

    The United Kingdom has sent fighter aircraft to Iceland for the first time since a diplomatic spat between the two countries over the Nordic nation’s banking crisis scuppered a previous planned deployment in 2008. An undisclosed number of Royal Air Force (RAF) Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4s from 1

  • France lays out Rafale upgrade path to 2070

    France has laid out the upgrade path it intends to rollout for the Dassualt Rafale to keep the multirole combat aircraft in air force and naval service through to about 2070, a senior service official said on 13 November. Speaking at the IQPC International Fighter conference in Berlin, Major

  • Lithuania drafts legislation on force structure and personnel levels

    The Lithuanian government adopted draft legislation on 6 November on the structure of the armed forces and personnel levels, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on its website on 11 November. Minister of National Defense Raimundas Karoblis said, “The new law will establish not only the

  • Germany sets out ‘challenging’ airborne electronic attack timeline for NATO

    The German Air Force (Luftwaffe) is waiting on a government decision to launch a programme to field a dedicated airborne electronic attack (EA) capability for NATO by the mid-2020s, a senior officer said on 13 November. Speaking in Berlin, Luftwaffe Brigadier-General Christian Leitges, Deputy Chief

  • Third round of PESCO projects approved, with pause in 2020 to assess process

    The EU Council has formally approved another 13 capability projects under the umbrella of its Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) in defence, which comprises 25 of the EU’s 28 member states. The decision brings the total number of PESCO projects to 47 since the initiative was launched two

  • Bulgaria stretches deadline for patrol vessel bids

    The Bulgarian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has extended the deadline for bids on a tender to build two multirole patrol vessels. Lurssen Werft of Germany, Fincantieri of Italy, and Bulgarian shipbuilder MTG Dolphin have been asked to improve their proposals. Offers are now due by 6 December, 15 days

  • Eagle V 6×6 awaits production green light

    General Dynamics European Land Systems – MOWAG said it has completed development of its latest Eagle 6×6 and is awaiting a production contract, with the Swiss army likely the first customer. The Swiss army has said the Eagle 6×6 will meet its requirement for 100 reconnaissance

  • FCAS partners defining concepts and capabilities ahead of demo phase

    France, Germany, and Spain are looking to define the nature of the first tranche of capabilities and platforms to be developed for the Future Combat Air System (FCAS)/Système de Combat Aérien Futur (SCAF) programme as they prepare to launch the demonstrator phase in the coming weeks.

  • Germany invests another EUR560 million in Bundeswehr equipment

    The Bundestag, the German parliament, on 7 November approved equipment projects for the Bundeswehr worth about EUR560 million (USD618 million) and an increase in the capital of the BwFuhrparkService vehicle park of up to EUR110 million through the issuance of new shares in the privatised service,

  • Huber+Suhner’s GPSoF aims to share power and data via fibre cables

    Huber+Suhner is exploring a growing number of applications for its new Direct GPS over Fiber (GPSoF) technology, designed to enable communication equipment and other devices to be powered via fibre-optic cable. GPSoF was launched in early September and the company said it is the first such solution

  • Patria demos Nemo 120 mm mortar in United States

    Finland’s Patria said its120 mm Nemo (New Mortar) turret, integrated onto its Armoured Modular Vehicle (AMV) 8×8, has conducted a firepower demonstration in the United States. These trials were done at Yuma Proving Ground, Arizona, and Fort Benning, Georgia, and included indirect and

  • PESCO to fund European Airborne Electronic Attack system

    The European Council’s Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) fund is to support the development of a new Airborne Electronic Attack (AEA) system, it was disclosed on 12 November. PESCO’s updated list of projects states that Spain, France, and Italy are to co-operate in the

  • Revised RFI anticipated for German Tornado replacement to accommodate electronic attack mission

    Representatives from German industry have said they anticipate the German government issuing an updated request for information (RFI) for its Tornado replacement requirement, to include the electronic attack (EA) mission not stipulated in the original solicitation. The statement was made by

  • EU defence agency to float idea of common AI ‘data lake’ among its members

    The European Defence Agency (EDA) says creating a common ‘data lake’ among its member states could offer a way for the latter to test their artificial intelligence (AI) technologies and needs. This would mimic what some EU countries are already doing, but on a larger scale, and would

  • Japan awards Kongsberg follow-on contract for Joint Strike Missiles

    Norwegian company Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace announced on 12 November that it has signed a NOK450 million (USD49.2 million) follow-on contract to provide additional precision-guided Joint Strike Missiles (JSMs) for the Japan Air Self-Defense Forces’ (JASDFs’) growing fleet of

  • Czech Pandur II availability suffers from spare parts delays

    Meeting with members of parliament (MPs) in Prague on 30 October, Czech generals revealed that 21 of the army’s 107 Pandur II armoured vehicles are inoperable because of problems with spare parts deliveries. General Stefan Muransky, chief of the Ministry of Defence (MoD) support department,