• UDT 2019: Swedish navy chief outlines future equipment priorities

    Sweden’s naval chief has spelled out his ambitions for the future fleet as the government weighs its priorities for the forthcoming 2021-2025 defence bill. Speaking at the UDT Europe conference in Stockholm on 13 May, Rear Admiral Jens Nykvist, chief of navy, said he wanted to see the Royal

  • US military deploys more assets to Middle East

    The US military has announced that an amphibious assault ship and a Patriot air defence battery are being sent to the Central Command (CENTCOM) area of responsibility, but President Donald Trump has dismissed reports that 120,000 troops could be deployed. "I think it's fake news,” Trump

  • China targets acquisitions of Croatian shipyards

    China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC) has confirmed that it is considering potential investment in shipyards in Croatia. The state-owned Chinese group said in a statement on 14 May that it plans to carry out an “in-depth study” into the possible investments. CSIC identified two

  • European allies contradict US assessment of Iranian threat

    Apparent tensions between NATO allies over an imminent Iranian threat were exposed after a two-star UK general briefed journalists on 14 May. Major General Chris Ghika, the second in command of the Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR), fielded questions from Bagdad. While

  • Mecar’s M929 APFSDS-T ammunition undergoes trials in Slovakia

    Belgium’s Mecar and Slovakia’s ZTS-Special conducted validation trials in late April in Slovakia with new M929 armor piercing fin-stabilised discarding sabot-tracer (APFSDS-T) ammunition developed specially for the 2A42 family of 30x165 mm calibre automatic cannons. The trials were held

  • Spain withdraws frigate from US Gulf mission

    Spain has withdrawn its F-100-class frigate from a prolonged exercise with the USS Abraham Lincoln -led carrier group after it was ordered to the Gulf in a stand-off with Iran. Acting Defence Minister Margarita Robles said on 14 May that Méndez Núñez (F-104) had been pulled out

  • UK defence minister promises to fight for budget increase

    Newly appointed UK defence secretary Penny Mordaunt has promised to fight for a budget increase for her ministry in an ongoing review of government spending plans. At the Royal United Service Institute’s annual Sea Power Conference in London on 15 May, Mordaunt said it was vital to create an

  • Switzerland re-scopes fighter procurement, moots referendum

    Key Points Switzerland has split its aircraft procurement from the ground-based air-defence acquisition, with a cap of USD5.95 billion on the programme The acquisition may now be subject to a referendum, which could delay the programme Switzerland has redefined the budget for its procurement of a

  • UDT 2019: DRASS Defence presents compact affordable submarine options

    Italy’s DRASS Defence has entered the submarine market and aims to deliver compact and affordable solutions for smaller navies in particular. DRASS, with a long history of building diving systems, presented its range of small submarines, comprising boats from 120 tonnes displacement and 28.2

  • UDT 2019: Type 26 sonar domes take shape

    Tods Defence has commenced initial production of sonar domes for the UK Royal Navy’s (RN’s) Type 26 City-class frigates, the company told Jane’s at UDT 2019. The contract for three domes was awarded in 2016, and delivery is expected from mid-2020. Initial production activity so

  • Philippines, Czech Republic set up defence industry forum

    The Philippines and the Czech Republic have established a joint forum to support defence trade and related industrial collaboration. The agreement to set up the ‘working subcommittee on defence industrial co-operation’ was announced by the Philippine embassy in Prague on 14 May. The

  • EDA countries push ahead to accelerate air, ground, and waterway military mobility

    A majority of the European Defence Agency (EDA) member states have agreed to start work to align their administrative rules by 2020 to quickly grant permissions for cross-border military movements within Europe. The decision supports the European Union’s (EU’s) wider military mobility

  • Norway seeks 12.7 mm rapid-fire heavy machine guns

    The Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency (NDMA) published a request for information on 13 May for a 12.7 mm rapid-fire weapon system. The agency is seeking a heavy machine gun (HMG) in 12.7×99 mm calibre using the M9 link, with a minimum rate of fire of 1,000 rds/min and effective range of 1,800

  • Swedish white paper calls for doubling of defence efforts

    Sweden’s cross-party Defence Commission presented its final report, ‘Defensive power – Sweden’s Security Policy and the Development of its Military Defence 2021-2025’ to Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist on 14 May. With the deterioration in the security situation in

  • UDT 2019: Lockheed Martin touts ExLS success

    Lockheed Martin’s Extensible Launcher System (ExLS) three-cell stand-alone launcher has been selected for two naval surface combatant programmes, the company has confirmed. Speaking to Jane’s at Undersea Defence Technology 2019 (UDT 2019), a company spokesperson said the ExLS launcher

  • UK to buy second-hand 737s for Wedgetail AEW&C project

    Two of the five Boeing 737NG airframes for the UK’s future E-7 Wedgetail airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) project will be second-hand former airliners, according to correspondence between Defence Procurement Minister Stuart Andrew and the House of Commons Defence Committee.

  • Equatorial Guinea helps foil pirate attack

    Equatorial Guinea’s armed forces helped foil a pirate attack on 5 May, but account of the operation provided by the government’s press website differed from others. The government website published a congratulatory statement from Vice-President Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue that said a

  • Belgian companies pitch capabilities to General Atomics

    Belgian industry is due to present several capabilities and technologies to General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) that could potentially be incorporated into Brussels’ acquisition of the MQ-9B SkyGuardian unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). A so-called Blue Magic Belgium research and

  • Brazilian and French navies carry out joint training

    Surface ships of Brazil and France undertook a week-long joint exercise (PASSEX) off the coast of Brazil in an area between the cities of Rio de Janeiro and Vitória between 6 and 10 May with the aim to increase bilateral training ties in several naval domains, the Brazilian Navy told

  • Tactical radio manufacturers eyeing GaN semiconductors as material costs decrease

    Gallium nitride (GaN), increasingly used in radar design, appears to now be migrating into tactical radios as well. In the communications domain, GaN can help reduce physical space and system complexity. An example of this is in wideband communications. Traditionally, tactical radios would have