• Bundestag budget committee approves German defence budget increase

    The budget committee of the Bundestag, the German parliament, approved a EUR45.1 billion (nearly USD50 billion) defence budget for 2020 on 14 November, the German Ministry of Defence (MoD) reported the next day. This represents an increase of EUR1.8 billion, or 4.2%, from 2019, which the ministry

  • HMS Prince of Wales arrives in Portsmouth

    The UK Royal Navy’s (RN’s) second Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carrier has arrived at Portsmouth naval base ahead of handover and formal commissioning. HMS Prince of Wales sailed into its new base port on 16 November after completing an eight-week period of sea trials. Handover will

  • Dubai Airshow 2019: UAE boosts AEW&C, tanker fleet

    The United Arab Emirates’ Air Force and Air Defence (UAEAFAD) announced on 19 November that it was in the closing stages of negotiations with Saab for an additional two GlobalEye airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft, as well as a further three Airbus A330 MRTT (multi-role

  • Green light beckons for Advent-Cobham deal but concerns linger

    Key Points UK government moves closer to approving sale of Cobham to US private equity firm Advent International However, the government has ordered a further consultation until 17 December, to assess pledges by Advent to safeguard national security After a three-week inquiry, the UK government

  • Brazilian Army details LMV 4×4 purchase

    Iveco Defence Vehicles has inked a BRL67.8 million (USD 16.2 million) contract with the Brazilian Army for an initial tranche of 32 Light Multirole Vehicle-Brasil (LMV-BR) 4×4 light armoured tactical vehicles. Vehicle deliveries, in the multipurpose configuration, from Italy will begin in 2020

  • DSEI Japan 2019: Excelitas Technologies showcases Merlin-LR 2 weapon-mounted night sight

    Excelitas Technologies showcased the newest addition to its Merlin family of weapon-mounted night sights at the 18-20 November DSEI Japan 2019 defence exhibition in Chiba. Called Merlin-LR 2, the new sight is described by the company as an image-intensifying weapon sight designed to be compatible

  • Taurus Systems offers KEPD 350E air-to-surface cruise missiles for JASDF’s F-2 and F-15 fighters

    Germany’s Taurus Systems is offering its KEPD 350E air-to-surface cruise missiles for fitment onto the Japan Air Self-Defense Force’s (JASDF’s) fleet of F-2 and F-15J Eagle multirole fighters. A company official told Jane’s at the 18–20 DSEI Japan defence exhibition in

  • Babcock secures UK Type 31 frigate contract

    The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has contracted Babcock for the design and build of the Royal Navy’s (RN’s) new Type 31 general-purpose frigate. Signed on 15 November, the award covers the delivery of five ships at an average production cost of GBP250 million (USD320 million) each. The

  • Bundeswehr orders more Spike launchers and missiles

    The Bundesamt für Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik und Nutzung der Bundeswehr (BAAINBw), Germany’s Federal Office for Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support, ordered 1,500 Spike missiles and hundreds of Integrated Control Launch Unit (ICLU) dismounted

  • D&S 2019: Thailand collaborates with EOS and Milrem on UGV project

    Thailand’s Defence Technology Institute (DTI) has showcased at the Defense and Security (D&S) 2019 show in Bangkok a combat unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) it has jointly developed with Australian company Electro Optic Systems (EOS) and Estonian firm Milrem Robotics. The so-called

  • Luftwaffe rejects two A400Ms

    The Bundeswehr has decided not to take delivery of two A400M transport aircraft due to “technical deficiencies” and because “they do not possess the contractually guaranteed performance”, the Luftwaffe announced in a press release on 13 November. The press release cited as

  • Babcock awarded contract for UK Type 31 frigate programme

    The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has confirmed a contract award to Babcock for the design and build of the Royal Navy’s new Type 31 general-purpose frigate. Signed on 15 November, the deal covers the delivery of five ships at an average production cost of GBP250 million (nearly USD323

  • Camcopter S-100 UAV completes integration on board French LHD

    France’s Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA) procurement agency has qualified the integration of Schiebel’s S-100 Camcopter rotary-wing unmanned aerial system (UAS) on board the French Navy’s Mistral-class amphibious assault (LHD) ship Dixmude . The S-100 UAV is

  • Korea looks to expand exports to Poland

    South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) said on 14 November that it has agreed with defence representatives from Poland to explore opportunities to expand defence sales to the European country. DAPA said in a statement that the two countries will look to facilitate

  • Qinetiq reports 16% rise in revenue in first half of year

    British defence technology specialist Qinetiq published results from the first half of its 2020 financial year on 14 November, revealing strong growth in both sales and profits. The company generated revenue of GBP486.5 million (USD626.6 million) in the six months to 30 September; 15.8% more than in

  • First Italian PPA starts sea trials

    The first of the Italian Navy’s new multirole offshore patrol ships (Pattugliatore Polivalente d’Altura: PPA), Paolo Thaon di Revel (P 430), started initial sea trials on 12 November. The trials are being carried out from Fincantieri’s Muggiano shipyard, near La Spezia, where the

  • RAF deploys Typhoons to Iceland

    The United Kingdom has sent fighter aircraft to Iceland for the first time since a diplomatic spat between the two countries over the Nordic nation’s banking crisis scuppered a previous planned deployment in 2008. An undisclosed number of Royal Air Force (RAF) Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4s from 1

  • France lays out Rafale upgrade path to 2070

    France has laid out the upgrade path it intends to rollout for the Dassualt Rafale to keep the multirole combat aircraft in air force and naval service through to about 2070, a senior service official said on 13 November. Speaking at the IQPC International Fighter conference in Berlin, Major

  • Lithuania drafts legislation on force structure and personnel levels

    The Lithuanian government adopted draft legislation on 6 November on the structure of the armed forces and personnel levels, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on its website on 11 November. Minister of National Defense Raimundas Karoblis said, “The new law will establish not only the

  • Germany sets out ‘challenging’ airborne electronic attack timeline for NATO

    The German Air Force (Luftwaffe) is waiting on a government decision to launch a programme to field a dedicated airborne electronic attack (EA) capability for NATO by the mid-2020s, a senior officer said on 13 November. Speaking in Berlin, Luftwaffe Brigadier-General Christian Leitges, Deputy Chief