• Rafale seen with UAV kill marking

    A marking has been spotted on a French Rafale fighter indicating it has shot down an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The Rafale, which had the UAV stencilled next to bomb markings symbolising ground attack missions it has performed, was seen in a photograph released by the French Ministry of Armed

  • Poland orders support vehicles for Rak mortars

    The Polish Armament Inspectorate signed a PLN129 million (USD32.8 million) contract with Huta Stalowa Wola (HSW) on 13 August for the delivery of 24 Artyleryjski Wóz Amunicyjny (AWA) ammunition supply vehicles for Rak M120 self-propelled mortar companies in 2019–20. “I hope that in

  • US THAAD task force returns home from Romania

    The US 32nd Army Air and Missile Defense Command’s 69th Air Defense Artillery Brigade Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) task force began withdrawing from Romania on 9 August, following its deployment there in April 2019, the US European Command (EUCOM) announced in a press release on

  • Bankrupt Dutch submersible manufacturer acquired by diving specialist JFD

    British supplier of specialist diving equipment JFD announced on 14 August that it had acquired the assets, intellectual property, and design rights of Ortega Submersibles BV, a Dutch manufacturer that was declared bankrupt in May. The company designed and produced swimmer delivery vehicles (SDVs)

  • Bulgaria makes F-16 payment

    The Bulgarian Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on its website on 12 August that it had transferred USD1.2 billion to the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) on 8 August for the procurement of F-16 Block 70 combat aircraft. The ministry said the DSCA's confirmation of receipt marks the

  • Australia vows to step up production of rare-earth materials

    Key Points Australia says it wants to guarantee the supply of rare-earth materials for itself and allies, including the UK and the US The move comes as US-China trade war intensifies and China threatens rare-earth export restrictions Australia will look to position itself as a supplier of

  • Moody’s downgrades Rolls-Royce credit rating

    Weak cash flow and an over-reliance on working capital gains to bolster financial results have led Moody’s Investors Service to downgrade Rolls-Royce’s long-term credit rating to Baa1 from A3. This is the long-term senior secured rating for the engine manufacturer and it is attributed

  • Rheinmetall offers new 60 mm for infantry, special forces

    Rheinmetall announced in a press release on 13 August that it has developed the new RSG60 60 mm mortar for infantry and special forces. Rheinmetall Waffe Munition began development of the mortar in October 2017. The company said the mortar is designed to be lightweight, quick to operate, and

  • Artemis reduces stake in Cobham ahead of expected Bidco deal

    Artemis Investment Management has reported a change in ownership of defence and aerospace company Cobham while continuing to maintain its support for the planned sale of the UK firm to AI Convoy Bidco. When the announcement was made in July that private equity firm Advent International

  • Buskhe to step down as Saab CEO

    Saab is seeking a new president and CEO following Håkan Buskhe’s decision to step down from the role. Bushke will serve a six-month notice period during which he will continue to lead the Swedish aerospace and defence company, finishing by February 2020. An exact date will be set once a

  • French military completes first phase of new Dakar airport facility

    French Air Force engineers have completed the apron and taxiway for a new air transit facility in Senegal, the Ministry of Armed Forces announced on 10 August. It said the 25th Air Engineer Regiment used 8,000 m 3 of concrete in the work at Blaise Diagne International Airport. The Air Support

  • Italy tightens strategic foreign investment rules

    Italy has become the latest in a series of European Union member states to tighten domestic legislation to give the national government greater powers of scrutiny over foreign acquisitions of strategic assets including defence and security companies. Rome formally adopted Legislative Decree No 64

  • Rheinmetall, MBDA to develop laser for German Navy

    Rheinmetall and MBDA Deutschland announced in a press release on 8 August that they would co-operate in the development of a high-energy laser (HEL) for the German Navy. The two companies agreed to build, integrate, and test a laser demonstrator for the German Navy’s K130 corvette. The

  • Singapore showcases latest defence capabilities during 54th National Day celebration

    The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) have taken the opportunity to display a range of new equipment and platforms at the country’s national day parade on 9 August. SAF equipment formed a significant part of a 1.3 km-long convoy, which featured 171 assets drawn from the SAF, Singapore Police Force

  • Slovak Air Force seeks training aircraft

    The Slovak Air Force (SAF) is drawing up its requirements for a new modern trainer as it prepares for the arrival of 14 F-16 Block 70 aircraft. The USD1.6 billion F-16 contract is the biggest in SAF history, with the first jets arriving in Slovakia during the second quarter of 2023. Under the deal,

  • UK drops European-led initiative to join US ship-protection mission in Gulf

    In an apparent reversal in policy, the UK announced on 5 August that it was joined Operation ‘Sentinel’, the US-led coalition to protect shipping against Iranian attacks. “Following constructive discussions at an international conference in Bahrain last week (31 July), the UK has

  • UK pursues low-cost unmanned combat aircraft

    Industry teams led by Blue Bear Systems Research, Boeing Defence UK, and Callen-Lenz have been awarded contracts by the UK Royal Air Force (RAF) Rapid Capabilities Office (RCO) to complete the preliminary design of a low-cost unmanned combat aircraft that can operate alongside manned fast jets as

  • Moscow-Tehran intensify naval co-operation

    Iran and Russia have announced plans to step up naval co-operation efforts. Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi, commander of the Iranian Navy, and Russian Navy chief Admiral Nikolai Anatolevich Evmenov, signed a memorandum of understanding on 29 July to expand bilateral ties. The agreement was signed

  • UK seeks ‘flexible’ approach to Tempest fighter aircraft partnerships

    The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) is taking a flexible approach to development partnerships for its Tempest next-generation fighter programme as it hopes to maintain forward momentum and avoid restrictive frameworks, Simon Bollom, chief executive officer of Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S),

  • BAE Systems exploits synergies between Typhoon and Tempest

    Key Points Technology insertions in the Typhoon programme are setting out a path to the kind of capabilities that could be used by a future Tempest next-generation aircraft Similarly, some future production technologies that will play into Tempest are already being exploited by the Typhoon