• Italian Army to receive Leonardo’s containerised FOB protection system

    Leonardo is supplying the Italian Army with three sets of containerised active defence components (ADC) to supplement forward operating base (FOB) protection systems. Under the contract, awarded in December 2016 to Leonardo, the first two ‘towers’ and the command control post (CCP) have

  • Poland exercises option for four more M-346 jet trainers, to upgrade existing fleet

    Poland has signed for four more Alenia M-346 Master advanced jet trainers and is upgrading the 12 already received. The procurement and upgrade contract, announced by the manufacturer on 14 December, is valued at EUR130 million (USD147 million) and is scheduled to be complete by the end of 2022.

  • European Boxer programmes take final shape

    European Boxer programmes are taking final form, with offers to the UK and Slovenia expected in 2019. Klaas Krause, head of sales Eastern Europe for Rheinmetall, which formed the Artec joint venture with Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) to produce the Boxer, said on 12 December that the UK Ministry of

  • Hungary buys H225M helos with HForce weapons system

    Hungary has ordered 16 Airbus Helicopters H225M multirole rotorcraft equipped with the company’s HForce Generic Weapon System (GWS). The deal, announced by the manufacturer on 14 December, will see the helicopters delivered to the Hungarian Ministry of Defence (MoD) in support of the

  • ESDC progresses on cyber training role

    The European Security and Defence College (ESDC) achieved initial operating capability (IOC) for its Cyber Education, Training, Exercise, and Evaluation (ETEE) platform, and has begun work on harmonising cyber training across European militaries. The ESDC was established under the European

  • Germany extends Heron 1 leasing contract with IAI

    Germany has again extended its leasing contract with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) for Heron 1 unmanned aircraft system (UAS) operations in Afghanistan, it was announced on 12 December. According to Airbus, which is the prime contractor for the German government, the Bundeswehr has renewed its

  • India’s Adani expands defence profile through Alpha acquisition

    Indian group Adani has expanded its defence industrial capabilities through the acquisition of Bangalore-headquartered Alpha Design Technologies Limited (ADTL), Adani said in a filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange on 13 December. The transaction is valued at about INR4 billion (USD56 million),

  • Leonardo announces creation of new electronics division

    Italian defence and aeronautics company Leonardo approved the simplification of its business structure in its Electronics, Defence & Security Systems reporting sector on 13 December, resulting in the merging of three of its operating units into a new Electronics division. The move will see the

  • Singapore’s new stealth combatant craft breaks cover

    Key Points The Singapore Armed Forces is testing a stealthy new combatant craft that appears to be optimised for special operations The combatant craft could be a replacement for the Singapore Army’s Very Slender Vessel The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) is quietly testing a stealthy new

  • UPDATE: Japan pursues additional exports to the Philippines

    Japan is engaging with the Philippines over potential opportunities to export additional defence equipment to the Southeast Asian country, the Japanese Ministry of Defense’s (MoD’s) Acquisition, Technology & Logistics Agency (ATLA), has confirmed to Jane’s . The export effort

  • Elbit Systems aims to advance DIRCM portfolio

    Israel’s Elbit Systems is seeing significant interest the Direct Infrared Countermeasure (DIRCM) market, as threats from man-portable air-defence systems (MANPADS) proliferate, and is investing in research towards fibre laser, threat processing, lens, and other technologies. At the start of

  • Slovakia signs for F-16V fighters

    The Slovak government has signed a EUR1.6 billion (USD1.8 billion) procurement contract with the US Department of Defense (DoD) for 14 Lockheed Martin F-16V Block 70/72 Fighting Falcon multirole combat aircraft. “The Slovak Republic officially signed documents on the basis of which it will

  • France completes Phénix order with three additional aircraft

    France has ordered a further three Airbus Defence and Space (DS) A330-200 Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft, bringing its total procurement to 12. The addition of the extra Phénix platforms, announced by Airbus on 13 December, fuflils the French Air Force’s (Armée de

  • Germany to replace SAR ‘Hueys’ with H145s

    The German Army is to replace its ageing Bell UH-1D ‘Huey’ search-and-rescue (SAR) helicopters with new Airbus Helicopters H145 platforms to be delivered in 2020. The Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology, and In-Service Support (BAAINWBw) has ordered seven

  • European MALE RPAS completes design definition phase

    Airbus and its partners have completed the design definition phase of the European medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) remotely piloted air system (RPAS), with the announcement of the successful conclusion of the preliminary design review (PDR) on 13 December. The PDR, which was passed on 22

  • Kongsberg and Patria to buy AIM Norway

    The long-running partial privatisation of Norwegian aircraft maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) venture AIM Norway has progressed with the acquisition of the company by Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace and Finland’s Patria. Kongsberg will hold 50.1% of the company with Patria holding

  • UPDATE: German Army forms digitised division

    Key Points The German Army is to form a fully equipped and digitised division by 2027 To support this effort, the army is creating a digitised test unit The German Army is to form a fully equipped and digitised division by 2027. On the way to achieving this goal, it is equipping and modernising

  • Australian DoD and Naval Group agree on key provisions of Future Submarine Strategic Partnering Agreement

    The Australian Department of Defence (DoD) and French ship designer and builder Naval Group have reached an agreement on all key provisions of a Strategic Partnering Agreement (SPA) for Australia’s Future Submarine programme, Defence Minister Christopher Pyne announced on 13 December. Pyne

  • China’s CASIC points to huge growth in cloud manufacturing activity

    An industrial internet portal set up by the China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (CASIC) in June 2015 has now attracted more than two million users from more than 200 countries, CASIC has announced. CASIC – one of China’s most important defence corporations – said in a

  • Portuguese special forces to receive additional ATVs

    The Special Operations Troops Centre (CTOE) of the Portuguese Army’s Rapid Reaction Brigade will receive one Sportsman MV850, two MRZR D2, and four MRZR D4 4×4 ultra-light 4×4 all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) from Polaris Industries in 2019, Jane’s has learned. Purchased through