• North Macedonia trains Bulgarian, Polish military pilots

    North Macedonia’s Pilot Training Center (PTC) will train almost 60 Polish and 30 Bulgarian military pilots over the coming weeks, Defence Minister Radmila Shekerinska announced during a visit to the facility on 13 September. The PTC was established to train military and police helicopter

  • Norway receives its first K9 self-propelled howitzer

    Norway’s Defence Materiel Agency (NDMA) announced on its website on 19 September that it had received its first K9 Thunder 155 mm self-propelled howitzer (SPH) from Hanwha Defense during a ceremony in South Korea. The first system, comprising the K9 155/L52 SPH and K10 ammunition handling

  • Portugal presents weapons purchased from FN Herstal

    The Portuguese Army has formally unveiled small arms that it purchased from FN Herstal through the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) for EUR42.8 million (USD47.3 million). The army officially presented and demonstrated the first SCAR-L STD and SCAR-H STD assault rifles, the SCAR-H PR

  • Prince of Wales sets sail for first time

    The United Kingdom’s second Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carrier, Prince of Wales , put to sea for the first time from its assembly site at Rosyth Dockyard in Fife on 19 September. The 65,000-tonne carrier was manoeuvred out of the narrow lock entrance to the basin at the Babcock

  • Finland gives green light to Squadron 2020 programme

    The Finnish government has approved long-delayed contract awards to Rauma Marine Constructions Oy (RMC) and Saab for the delivery of the Finnish Navy’s EUR1.32 billion Squadron 2020 corvette programme. Squadron 2020 covers the procurement of four new Pohjanmaa-class corvettes, capable of

  • Wrecked minesweeper skipper relieved from duty

    The Spanish Navy has relieved from command the captain of a minesweeper that was badly damaged after running onto rocks during the search for a missing air force trainer aircraft in August. Segura-class minehunter SPS Turia had to be refloated and towed away from the accident site off La Manga, the

  • Czech SHORAD procurement delayed

    The Czech Ministry of Defence (MoD) has delayed the Army of the Czech Republic’s (ACR’s) CZK10 billion (USD427 million) short-range air defence (SHORAD) system procurement. Deputy Defence Minister Filip Ríha told Jane’s recently that the contract would be concluded at the

  • Argentina’s OPV programme makes progress

    Argentina’s offshore patrol vessel (OPV) programme is making progress, with the first Argentine crew of 32 officers and ratings preparing to move to France to take over the first of four vessels. The OPV deal between French shipbuilder Naval Group and the Argentine government was officially

  • DSEI 2019: L3Harris TRL Technology adds CEMA capability to CORVUS

    UK-based L3Harris TRL Technology has further developed its CORVUS open standards platform for cyber electromagnetic activities (CEMA) and revealed the latest improvements at the 2019 Defence and Security Equipment International exhibition (DSEI 2019) in London from 10 to 13 September. CORVUS is a

  • Saudi Arabia joins maritime security mission

    Saudi Arabia has decided to join the international alliance for the safety and protection of maritime navigation, its Ministry of Defence announced on 18 September. It said the alliance’s aim is to protect merchant ships of participating countries as they pass through maritime corridors

  • Royal Netherlands Army selects Iron Fist APS for CV90

    The Royal Netherlands Army has awarded BAE Systems Hägglunds a long-anticipated contract to integrate the Elbit Systems Iron Fist hard kill active protection system (APS) with its fleet of CV9035NL tracked infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs). The decision follows a two-phase series of studies,

  • USAF B-2s form strike packages with F-15Cs and RAF F-35s

    US Air Force B-2 bombers deployed to Europe have been operating together with F-15C combat aircraft and UK Royal Air Force (RAF) F-35B Joint Strike Fighters, the deputy commander of US Air Forces Europe and Africa has said. Lieutenant General Steven Basham stressed during a phone-in roundtable with

  • Austria increases defence spending

    Austria’s acting defence minister Lieutenant General Thomas Starlinger on 17 September presented his ministry’s report Unser Heer (Our army) 2030 calling for an increase in defence spending from the current EUR2.4 billion (USD2.7 billion) to EUR3.1 billion in 2020. The report calls for

  • DSEI 2019: Rohde & Schwarz showcases NAVICS, reveals T26 involvement

    Rohde & Schwarz (R&S) announced at the 2019 Defence and Security Equipment International exhibition (DSEI 2019) in London inform 10 to 13 September that it had been awarded a contract by prime contractor BAE Systems to supply integrated communications systems (ICS) for the UK Royal

  • DSEI 2019: Rohde & Schwarz showcases WPU2000 ELINT processor

    Rohde & Schwarz (R&S) has developed a more capable version of its multi-channel electronic intelligence (ELINT) processor and launched it at the 2019 Defence and Security Equipment International exhibition (DSEI 2019) in London from 10 to 13 September. The new wideband processing unit (WPU)

  • Hensoldt’s PrecISR radar to be integrated on PC-12 aircraft

    Sensor house Hensoldt has been contracted to deliver a PrecISR 1000 airborne surveillance radar to QinetiQ GmbH for installation on a Pilatus PC-12 special operations aircraft. Offering an instrumented range out to 200 n miles, PrecISR is a software-defined X-band airborne radar that builds on

  • Sweden proposes 2020 budget

    Sweden has proposed a defence budget of SEK64.8 billion (USD7.3 billion) for 2020. This marked an 8% nominal rise over the prior year and boosts spending to 1.25% of GDP. The 2020 state budget proposal was submitted by the government to the Swedish Parliament on 18 September. The increase for 2020

  • DSEI 2019: Leonardo unveils new troop transport AW149

    Leonardo Helicopters has showcased a new troop transport variant of its AW149 helicopter as part of efforts to target legacy medium-lift helicopter operators as existing systems go out of service. Transport loads can vary depending on passenger requirements, with the platform able to take a maximum

  • Rohde & Schwarz and MESIT establish JV

    Rohde & Schwarz announced on 18 September that it has established a joint venture (JV) called DICOM with MESIT, a subsidiary of the OMNIPOL group of companies. MESIT is the majority shareholder in DICOM, which is based in Uherské Hradište in the Czech Republic. DICOM was the

  • UK acknowledges it broke court order on sales to Saudi

    Secretary of State for International Trade Liz Truss has admitted that the UK government authorised “inadvertent breaches” of a June 2019 court order halting new export licences for military equipment to Saudi Arabia. Another licence regarding the export of radar components for onward