• EDA’s capability planning moment of truth approaches in 2020 as Prague and Rome battle to lead the agency

    As the Czech Republic and Italy compete for leadership of the European Defence Agency (EDA), its outgoing head, Jorge Domecq, says 2020 will be an acid test for the EU’s defence ambitions and for signs the member states intend to align their capability planning. The agency’s first full

  • Spain takes delivery of last Tiger helicopter

    Spain has taken delivery of the last of 24 Tiger helicopters, an HAD-E (Helicóptero de Apoyo y Destrucción) attack version. Known as the Tigre in Spain, it was handed over at Airbus Helicopters’ Albacete plant on 14 January at a ceremony attended by Secretary of State for Defence

  • Deliveries to Eurofighter partner nations near conclusion

    The programme-of-record (PoR) for the four Eurofighter partner nations will shortly be concluded, with the final two air forces set to receive their last aircraft imminently, a company spokesperson told Jane’s on 17 January. With the United Kingdom and Germany having received their final

  • IronVision trialled on Challenger 2 Streetfighter II

    The IronVision situational awareness system has been trialled on a modified Challenger 2 Streetfighter II for the first time, according to Elbit Systems. The trials were conducted in early December 2019 and began with familiarisation for the crew at the UK’s Copehill Down urban operations

  • Ajax deliveries to British Army delayed

    Key Points GDLS-UK has missed the target to deliver the first squadron set of Ajax vehicles by the end of 2019 This will delay training on the new vehicle by the Household Cavalry Regiment Deliveries of production standard Ajax armoured vehicles to the British Army have been delayed, missing a

  • Belgium receives Squire radar from Netherlands

    Belgium has received nine Squire battlefield surveillance radar from the Netherlands Ministry of Defence (MoD), the Belgian MoD announced on its website 10 January. The ministry said the radar will replace Belgium’s current EL-1205 battlefield surveillance radar, which date back to 1987 and

  • Finnish Navy receives first FAC missile boat Tornio after MLU

    The first of four Hamina-class missile fast attack craft (FAC), FRNS Tornio , has been delivered to the Finnish Navy following the completion of its Squadron 2000 mid-life upgrade (SQ2000 MLU) programme. Work was carried out under a contract awarded to Patria in 2018. Under the terms of the

  • France orders eight diving tenders

    France’s Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA) has ordered eight new diving tenders from Merré Shipyard for operation by the French Navy, the French Ministry of the Armed forces announced on 15 January. Under the terms of the contract, which was awarded to Merré

  • Damen to develop shipbuilding facility in Bangladesh

    Dutch shipbuilder Damen and Australian services company Gentium Solutions have signed an agreement with Bangladesh’s Ministry of Industries to develop shipbuilding capability in the South Asian country. In a statement, Damen said the memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed on 14 January

  • India, Finland sign defence industry accord

    India and Finland have signed an agreement to support collaboration on defence research, development, and production. The memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed in New Delhi on 15 January by India’s Defence Secretary Ajay Kumar and Finnish Permanent Defence Secretary Jukka Juusti. In a

  • Sikorsky-Rheinmetall, Boeing teams submit proposals for Germany’s STH helicopter

    The Lockheed Martin Sikorsky-Rheinmetall and Boeing teams submitted their proposals, the CH-53K and H-47, respectively, on 13 January for Germany’s heavy transport helicopter (Schwerer Transporthubschrauber: STH) project to replace the Luftwaffe’s existing CH-53G/GS/GA/GEs. Lockheed

  • Italian Army orders new weapon systems to offset recent funding woes

    The Italian Army signed several contracts in late December 2019 for the acquisition of new high-tech weapon systems. This follows the launch by army chief Lieutenant General Salvatore Farina of five challenges, the fourth of which is ‘capabilities and systems’ aimed at modernising the

  • France pledges more troops for Sahel as US reconsiders Africa deployments

    France has pledged to deploy 220 more troops to help suppress the Islamist insurgency in the Sahel, while the US is considering reducing its commitment. Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley told AFP on 13 January that US resources “could be reduced and then shifted,

  • France launches concept study for a Stratobus type HAPS

    The French defence procurement agency Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA) has signed a contract with Thales and Thales Alenia Space to conduct a concept study regarding intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) applications for a Stratobus-type platform, Thales

  • Damen Schelde/Lürssen team selected to build next German Navy surface combatants

    Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding (DSNS) has been selected as the preferred bidder to build the German Navy’s MKS 180 multirole combat ships, the German Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) confirmed on 14 January. The Dutch

  • Dassault awarded future SIGINT aircraft programme contract

    The Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA) French procurement agency has officially awarded the signals intelligence (SIGINT) aircraft ARCHANGE contract to Dassault Aviation and Thales on 30 December 2019, the agency announced on Twitter on 14 January. In a press release, Dassault

  • Eurofighter Typhoon kicks off Finland’s HX Challenge

    Finland has begun the flight test evaluation of the Eurofighter Typhoon as part of the Finnish Air Force’s HX Boeing F/A-18 C/D Hornet replacement programme. Two Royal Air Force (RAF) Typhoon aircraft were flown in for the evaluation, a single-seat FGR.Mk 4 aircraft carrying a Rafael Litening

  • Swiss issue second RFP for fighter/GBAD replacements

    Switzerland has issued a second request for proposal (RFP) for its Air2030 requirement to procure new combat aircraft and ground-based air defence (GBAD) systems. The supplementary solicitation, which came about 12 months after the first RFP, was issued by the country’s Armasuisse defence

  • UK targets April for ‘swarming drones’ development unit

    The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) expects to stand-up an experimental unit dedicated to developing an operational ‘swarming drones’ capability in the coming months, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) told Jane’s on 13 January. 216 Squadron will be reactivated at the beginning of April, the

  • Rolls-Royce touts ‘world-first’ engine tech for Tempest

    UK aerospace engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce is developing “world-first” technology for the Tempest future fighter project, the company announced on 10 January. The effort, which has to date been running for five years, is geared towards managing “unprecedented levels of