HEADLINES

  • ECA Group to supply Cobra UGVs to Thai military

    French robotics company ECA Group has been awarded a new contract to supply several units of its Cobra MK2 E unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) to the Thai military. The company said in an 11 September statement that it will execute the contract for the wheeled UGVs, which are to be used to counter

  • France and Vietnam deepen defence engagement

    France and Vietnam have signed an agreement to frame expanded defence collaboration over the coming decade. The joint vision statement on defence co-operation 2018–2028 was signed on 18 September during Vietnamese Defence Minister Ngo Xuan Lich’s visit to Paris. The new agreement,

  • MBDA unveils Spectre combat UAV concept

    MBDA in the United Kingdom has unveiled a new combat unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) concept designed to provide on-call, low-cost organic precision effects close air support for forward-deployed land forces. Spectre is a tilt wing, electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) combat air system

  • Serbia reportedly agrees UCAV deal with China

    Serbia has reportedly agreed to procure unmanned combat air vehicles (UCAVs) from China in a package that also includes technology transfers and localised production. Serbian news agencies on 18 September quoted the country’s deputy defence minister, Nenad Miloradovic – who is

  • GDELS to start work on upgrading Spanish Marines’ IFVs

    General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) is set to begin work on upgrading some of the first batch of Piranha 1 infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) it supplied to the Infanteria de Marina (the Spanish Marines) in 2003-04. The 8x8 vehicles will go through a mid-life maintenance programme and

  • IAI eyes UK AEW&C opportunity

    Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has expressed hope that the United Kingdom will launch an open tender for a new airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft for the Royal Air Force (RAF), Jane’s was told on 18 September. IAI’s subsidiary, Elta Systems, has been holding a

  • MBDA unveils Future Land Indirect Fires concepts

    MBDA has unveiled a number of land precision effects concept for integration with the ARTEC 8x8 Boxer infantry fighting vehicle to address the British Army’s future land surface-to-surface fire requirements. In April this year, UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced that it will re-join the

  • Russian Helicopters says ‘not liable’ for Slovak-overhauled Mi-17V-5

    Russian Helicopters announced on 17 September that it will not be held responsible for any possible issues related to the safe operation of an Afghan Air Force (AAF) Mi-17V-5 transport/utility helicopter that was recently overhauled by Slovak aircraft repair company Trencín (LOTN).

  • Netherlands upgrades Apaches

    Dutch State Secretary of Defence Barbara Visser and Mich?le Hizon, principal director for Security Assistance at the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), signed a letter of offer and acceptance (LOA) on 14 September for the modernisation of the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) fleet of

  • RNLAF reforms squadron to operate Reapers

    The Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) is re-activating its 306 Squadron at Leeuwarden Air Base to operate the four MQ-9 Reaper Block 5 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) it is procuring, the Dutch Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on its website on 14 September. The Netherlands ordered four

  • Qatari industrial capabilities grow as procurements increase

    As the deal between Qatar and the United Kingdom for Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft has come into force, the development of Qatar’s defence industrial capabilities is continuing apace. Following on from the raft of defence collaboration agreements signed at the DIMDEX trade show in Doha in

  • RNLAF ends Mideast mission to prepare for F-35

    The Dutch government will not extend the participation of Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) F-16s in coalition air operations against the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria beyond 31 December in order to begin conversion to the F-35 in 2019, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on its

  • New NATO software interface to enable direct inter-ally tactical communications

    NATO is urging its members to ratify as quickly as possible a new software standard for secure encrypted communications between their armed forces. Once implemented, it would enable direct and interoperable tactical communications between allied forces in the field. The new software, called Secure

  • UK’s BBA Aviation acquires US aerospace component manufacturer

    British business and general aviation supplier BBA Aviation announced on 18 September that it is to acquire US aircraft component manufacturer Firstmark Corp. The acquisition, valued at USD97 million, remains dependent on governmental and regulatory approvals, but is expected to be completed before

  • Croatia to establish Centre for Unmanned Aerial Systems

    The Croatian government announced on 13 September that the Croatian Armed Forces (CAF) would return to Pula airfield on the Istria peninsula, some 190 km southwest of Zagreb, after abandoning it in 2012. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) plans to base 150 troops from the CAF’s support command,

  • UK RAF Typhoon aircraft shift to ISR for Operation ‘Shader’

    As the Islamic State group has been cleared from more of the territory that it once held, UK Royal Air Force Eurofighter (RAF) Typhoons on Operation ‘Shader’ are flying fewer planned attack missions, and instead are increasingly being used for ‘armed overwatch’, with a

  • Leonardo expands EW, cyber training facilities in UK

    Leonardo has expanded its electronic warfare (EW) and cyber training facilities in Lincoln, UK, in an effort to meet growing demand and improve its position for further export business. The EW facility was first established in 2009, and has worked alongside the Air Warfare Centre at Royal Air Force

  • MBDA offers surface-launched Brimstone to Poland

    MBDA is proposing a palletised surface-launched salvo-fire adaptation of its Brimstone air-to-surface missile to address a Polish Armaments Inspectorate requirement for a stand-off anti-armour capability. The proposal is part of an evolved MBDA missile package competing for two current Armaments

  • Terma, T&G Nordic team for C-Guard decoy launcher

    T&G Nordic and Terma have signed a memorandum of understanding to work together on areas of interest, specifically regarding Terma’s C-Guard decoy launching system. Collaboration between the Finnish and Danish companies will result in T&G Nordic supporting the design, development and

  • Austro-German support for European Commission’s plan to widen Frontex mandate signifies progress towards reintroduction of Schengen rules

    Event On 16 September, German Chancellor Angela Merkel met her Austrian counterpart, Sebastian Kurz, in Berlin. The meeting sought to prepare for an informal European Union (EU) leaders’ summit to take place in Salzburg on 19 and 20 September. Merkel and Kurz managed to put aside their

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