• Multinational MRTT Unit established

    The Multinational Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) Unit (MMU) has been established, the Luftwaffe announced on its website on 10 July. Multinational MRTT Force (MMF) programme executive board chair, Royal Netherlands Navy Commodore Dick Kreiter, handed over command of the MMU to its first

  • Netherlands receives first upgraded Patriot

    The Royal Netherlands Army received the first of four upgraded Patriot air defence systems on 13 July, the Dutch Ministry of Defence (MoD) has announced on its website. The system has received a major overhaul and modifications and its lifetime has been extended to 2040, the ministry said on 15

  • Re-introduced Hellenic Air Force P-3Bs fly with mixed Greek-US crews

    The P-3B Orion maritime patrol aircraft (MPA), recently re-introduced into Hellenic Air Force (HAF) service after being withdrawn in 2009, has been flying with mixed Greek-US crews. The HAF’s 353 Maritime Patrol Squadron (MPS) was reformed as part of 112 Wing at Elefsis Air Base in June, with

  • Spain approves aircraft trainer order

    Spain’s interim government has given the go-ahead for the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to purchase 24 new trainer aircraft for the air force for EUR225 million (USD253.4 million). Delivery of the trainers is due to begin in 2020 and run until 2024. They will replace the ageing C101 advanced

  • Australian company Airspeed joins Type 26 supply chain

    BAE Systems has sub-contracted Australian company Airspeed to provide the replenishment at sea stump mast (RASSM) for the Type 26 frigate. The company develops composite materials for aerospace, marine, and energy-related systems, and will provide the RASSM system that will be integrated onto the

  • Indian MoD imposes trade ban on Pilatus

    The Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has announced a one-year trade ban on Swiss aircraft manufacturer Pilatus. The MoD said in a notice published on 15 June that the suspension follows the issuance of a First Information Report (FIR) by India’s Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) as part

  • British destroyer heads for the Gulf

    The Type 45 destroyer HMS Duncan is heading for the Middle East to allow the Royal Navy to maintain a continuous presence in the tense region, the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has confirmed. An MoD spokesman told Jane’s on 12 July that HMS Duncan’s planned deployment to the Gulf region

  • Czech MoD signs Titus contract

    The Czech Ministry of Defence (MoD) signed an agreement with Nexter Systems on 11 July to procure 62 Titus 6x6 armoured vehicles, the French defence company announced in a press release on 11 July. The Czech MoD ordered three Titus variants: command post (CP), communications, and artillery fire

  • Developers look to ‘ubiquitous radar’ technologies for 360-degree vision

    Ubiquitous radar may be coming of age, and could offer enhancements to short-range battlefield air surveillance in the future. A conventional radar either rotates a single antenna mechanically to sweep a 360-degree field of view (FOV), or uses fixed flat-panel arrays to scan the horizon with the

  • US authorises Patriot sale to Germany

    The US State Department notified Congress on 12 July of a possible US Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to Germany of the Patriot Advanced Capability 3 (PAC-3) Missiles Segment Enhanced (MSE) with support for an estimated cost of USD401 million, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has

  • Airbus Helicopters announces plans to restructure executive committee

    Airbus Helicopters will introduce measures to simplify the organisation of the business, including a leaner executive committee and approach to operating structure. Effective as of 1 September, the company aims to “simplify and strengthen cross-function collaboration” by reorganising

  • Bulgaria approves F-16 Block 70 procurement

    Bulgarian Defence Minister Krasimir Karakachanov signed four international agreements totalling nearly USD1.3 billion on 11 July for the US Foreign Military Sale (FMS) procurement of eight F-16 Block 70 fighters – six single-seat and two twin-seat aircraft – for the Voennovozdushni Sili

  • Spain sets up first defence industrial cluster

    Spain’s northern region of Cantabria has set up the country’s first industrial cluster dedicated to the defence sector. Backed by the regional government’s development society (Sociedad para el Desarrollo de Cantabria: Sodercan) and the local Chamber of Commerce, it initially

  • UK government launches Tempest recruitment drive

    The British government has launched a recruitment drive aimed at encouraging more people to enter into careers that can support the UK’s development of its Tempest sixth-generation fighter. The government claims that the team behind Tempest is seeking to employ 2,500 people by 2021 to support

  • UK Poseidon makes maiden flight

    The first Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime multimission aircraft (MMA) for the UK Royal Air Force (RAF) made its maiden flight on 13 July. The first of nine Poseidon MMAs for the UK, serial number ZP801, made its inaugural flight out of Boeing’s Renton facility near Seattle, Washington, ahead of

  • US approves MH-60R sale to Greece

    The US State Department has approved the sale of seven Lockheed Martin MH-60R Seahawk maritime multimission helicopters to Greece. The proposed sale, which was announced by the United States Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) on 12 July, covers the maritime helicopters for the Hellenic

  • UK’s DE&S details 2019/20 budget breakdown

    The UK Ministry of Defence’s Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) organisation released its corporate plan for 2019–22 on 12 July, revealing details of its budget for the current financial year. DE&S, which is responsible for the procurement and in-service support of equipment

  • Luftwaffe tests A400M as aerial tanker for foreign deployments

    The Luftwaffe announced on its website on 8 July that it is testing its A400M transport aircraft as an aerial tanker in foreign deployments. Air Transport Wing 62 (Lufttransportgeschwader 62: LTG 62) has been preparing the A400M to refuel German and allied aircraft flying against the so-called

  • UK says frigate warned off Iranian patrol boats

    A Royal Navy frigate confronted Iranian vessels attempting to block a UK-flagged oil tanker as it sailed out of the Gulf, the British government said in an 11 July statement. “Contrary to international law, three Iranian vessels attempted to impede the passage of a commercial vessel, British

  • France launches first Barracuda SSN

    France’s first new-generation Suffren-class (Barracuda) nuclear-powered attack submarine (SSN), Suffren, was ceremonially launched at Naval Group’s Cherbourg site on 12 July. Although the event was qualified as a launching ceremony, Suffren’s drydock will not actually be flooded