• British Army releases RFI for weapon locating radar

    The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) released an initial request for information (RFI) on 31 October for new weapon locating radar systems being procured under the Project Serpens programme. Formerly the Next Generation Weapon Locating System (MGWLS), the new systems are to be introduced from 2026, with

  • UK Boxer contract signed

    The Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation (OCCAR) and Rheinmetall-Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) joint venture Artec signed a GBP2.8 billion (USD3.6 billion) contract on 4 November on behalf of the United Kingdom for more than 500 Boxer 8×8 Mechanised Infantry Vehicles (MIVs), the UK

  • Airbus DS to offer improved A330 MRTT

    Airbus Defence and Space (DS) announced an improved variant of the A330-200 Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft during the annual Trade Media Briefing (TMB), held at the company’s Manching facility near Munich. The improved aircraft is geared towards a number of expanding roles and

  • Norway declares F-35A initial operational capability

    Key Points Norway declared IOC for its F-35As on 6 November It becomes the third European nation to declare initial capability after the UK and Italy On 6 November Norway declared initial operational capability (IOC) for the Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF)

  • Saab begins escort jammer flight testing

    Saab has begun flight testing of a low-band Electronic Attack Jammer Pod (EAJP) developed as part of the company’s Arexis family of fast-jet electronic-warfare (EW) equipment. A Swedish Air Force two-seat Gripen D aircraft made a first test flight with the EAJP pod on 4 November. Saab said

  • UK calls a halt to fleet support ship competition

    The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has abruptly halted the international competition for up to three new Fleet Solid Support (FSS) ships for the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA), citing concerns over value for money and commercial non-compliance. The 5 November move, which has been welcomed by UK trade

  • Airbus lifts lid on secret LOUT UAV

    Airbus has revealed for the first time a secret unmanned aircraft it has developed as a stealth-testbed for the German government. The Low Observable UAV Testbed (LOUT), as the airframe is called, has been built for the German Low Observable (LO) Demonstrator programme. Shown to reporters for the

  • Australian Army enlists SitaWare HQ for Track Management Capability

    The Australian Army has selected Systematic’s SitaWare Headquarters (HQ) software to enhance its deployable command-and-control (C2) capabilities, the company announced on 7 November. The software will be used by the service as its interim Track Management Capability (TMC), which aims to

  • Japan to launch Future Fighter Development Office

    Japan’s Acquisition, Technology & Logistics Agency (ATLA) has confirmed plans to establish in the next few months a dedication division to support the development of a next-generation fighter aircraft. A spokesperson from ATLA – an agency under the Ministry of Defense (MoD) –

  • Saab flies new electronic attack pod on Gripen for first time

    Saab flew its Electronic Attack Jammer Pod (EAJP) on the Gripen combat aircraft for the first time on 4 November, the company announced. According to Saab, the pod’s interfaces with the aircraft’s hardware and software, as well as cockpit control and monitoring, were tested during the

  • PGZ pursues ‘strategic reorientation’ of two aviation businesses

    Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa (PGZ – Polish Armaments Group) intends to complete the consolidation of two of its enterprises in 2020. Plans to merge Warsaw-based Wojskowe Zaklady Lotnicze 2 (WZL-2) with Bydgoszcz-based Wojskowe Zaklady Lotnicze 4 (WZL-4) were unveiled in October 2019.

  • UK MoD launches Skynet 6 competition

    The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has officially launched the Service Delivery Wrap (SDW) competition in support of the Skynet 6 satellite communications (SATCOM) programme. According to the contract notice, published on 5 November, the GBP400 million (USD515 million) SDW programme will comprise a

  • IT and telecoms power Indra in Q3

    Indra recorded a 4.3% year-on-year (y/y) increase in sales to EUR741 million (USD822 million) in the third quarter (Q3) of 2019, although its IT and telecommunications division Minsait outperformed Transport & Defence (T&D). Spain accounted for 48% of quarter three revenues, Indra announced

  • Airbus details enhanced C295 configuration

    Airbus Defence and Space (DS) has disclosed details of a new variant of the C295 transport and special mission aircraft, with Canada as the launch customer. Speaking at the Airbus Trade Media Briefing (TMB) in Manching, Germany, Ioannis Papachristofilou, head of marketing, said that the New C295

  • Budget constraints preclude S-400 procurement, Serbia confirms

    Serbia lacks the funds to procure the S-400 air-defence system from Russia but is on track to receive Pantsir-S1 surface-to-air missiles, according to official news sources in both countries. President Aleksandar Vucic told Serbian public broadcaster RTS on 6 November that Serbia would

  • Partners close to defining scope and price of European MALE RPAS

    Airbus and its partners aim to finalise the scope and price of the European Medium-Altitude Long-Endurance (MALE) Remotely Piloted Air System (RPAS) in the coming weeks, ahead of a planned first prototype flight in early 2023. Speaking in Manching on 6 November, Jana Rosenmann, head of Unmanned

  • UK signs Boxer contract

    The United Kingdom has signed a GBP2.8 billion (USD3.6 billion) contract for more than 500 Boxer 8×8 Mechanised Infantry Vehicles (MIVs), the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on its website on 5 November. The ministry said the British Army would initially buy a mix of the Boxer armoured

  • Airbus proposes ECR/SEAD Eurofighter, emphasises German requirement

    Airbus Defence and Space (DS) has showcased a new electronic attack and counter-ground-based air defence variant of the Eurofighter combat aircraft as it looks to secure Germany’s Tornado replacement requirement. Speaking at the company’s Manching facility in southern Germany on 5

  • NSS assessment calls for more UK-only shipbuilding

    An independent assessment of the United Kingdom’s naval shipbuilding strategy has recommended that construction of a wider range of vessels should be reserved exclusively for domestic shipyards. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) on 4 November published a redacted version of the assessment by

  • Swiss Social Democrats propose split fighter acquisition

    Swiss Social Democrat (SP) members of parliament (MPs) have proposed the country procure Leonardo’s M-346FA light combat aircraft, followed by an F/A-18 replacement, instead of 40 multi-role fighters following a briefing at the company’s Venegono plant on 25 October. Led by MP and SP