• Business as normal for anti-piracy task force post-Brexit, says EU NAVFOR

    Key Points Operation ‘Atalanta’ headquarters will transfer from the United Kingdom to Spain in March 2019 The European Union and United Kingdom have not yet agreed post-Brexit defence and security arrangements EU Naval Force (NAVFOR) counter-piracy operations off the Horn of Africa

  • Australia orders 211 Boxer wheeled armoured vehicles

    Australia has awarded Rheinmetall an order for 211 Boxer wheeled armoured vehicles worth a total of AUD3.3 billion (USD2.4 billion). The contract was signed on 17 August in Canberra by Australia’s Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, and the Managing Director of Rheinmetall Defence Australia

  • Multiple incendiary device attack targets police in Londonderry in Northern Ireland

    UNIDENTIFIED assailants threw 16 incendiary devices - described in reports as petrol bombs - at police officers close to the walls of the city of Londonderry in County Londonderry in Northern Ireland on 11 July, Irish News reported. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, and no

  • UK digitises joint fires to operate with NATO allies

    The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded a four-year, GBP17 million (USD21.6 million) contract to IT and business consulting services company CGI for the mid-life update (MLU) to digitise the British Army's Fire Control Battlefield Information System Application (FC BISA), CGI announced on 16

  • UK RAF Sentinels watch Crimea

    Key Points RAF Sentinel R1 surveillance aircraft have been flying patrols around the Crimean peninsula since 13 July The aircraft’s radars can provide coverage of major Russian ports, airbases, missile sites, and troop positions UK Royal Air Force (RAF) Sentinel R1 surveillance aircraft

  • UK readies to re-start Type 31e frigate competition

    Key Points The MoD is preparing to re-start the competitive process for its five-ship Type 31e frigate programme A short period of market engagement will start after 20 August ahead of a new competition The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) is preparing to begin a new competition for the Royal

  • US Army certifies Macedonian training range

    On 15 August, Macedonian Defence Minister Radmila Shekerinska announced that her country’s Krivolak training area had been certified by US Army Europe’s (USAREUR’s) 7th Army Training Command for use by US Army aviation. She made the announcement while visiting a joint exercise

  • Poland relaunches Mustang programme

    Poland’s Armament Inspectorate has launched a tender with revised requirements for the procurement of 4×4 multipurpose vehicles. Poland is seeking to purchase 859 soft-skin vehicles and 41 armoured variants in 2019–22. The contract includes an option for an additional 812

  • Romanian protests likely to prompt another government reshuffle, reducing capacity to pass new legislation

    Key Points Mass protests increase the likelihood of government reshuffle, if not the prime minister's resignation. Anti-government protests are likely to continue as long as Liviu Dragnea remains leader of the governing Social Democratic Party (PSD) and the PSD maintains its controversial

  • UK government calls on Wales to engage with MIV supply chain

    The UK government has called on Welsh industry to exploit the opportunities arising from the United Kingdom’s upcoming acquisition of the Boxer 8×8 mechanised infantry vehicle (MIV). An industry day will be held in South Wales in September that will encourage industry from around the

  • Violent risks intelligence bulletin – 15 August 2018

    Americas Argentina - 14 August 2018: In Rosario, Santa Fe, unidentified attackers allegedly connected to the drug gang Los Monos, attacked the offices of the Prosecutor’s Office using small-arms. Colombia - 14 August 2018: Colombian Minister of Foreign Affairs Carlos Holmes Trujillo rejected

  • UK parliamentarians call for ‘greater ambition’ and more resources for Arctic

    The UK parliament’s defence committee has called on the United Kingdom to be more ambitious and devote greater resources to the Arctic and High North in face of a resurgent Russia. Entitled ‘On Thin Ice: UK Defence in the Arctic’, the 15 August report examines increasing Russian

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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