• German MoD submits procurement plans to parliament

    The German Ministry of Defence (MoD) has submitted a list of procurement programmes for the second half of 2018 to be considered by the Bundestag, the German parliament, after the summer recess. The list contains 23 items covering a wide spectrum for parliament to decide this year, with 5

  • India’s CAG criticises purchase of P-8I aircraft

    India’s Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has accused the Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) of “contravening” procurement processes in the 2009 purchase of eight Boeing P-8I Neptune long-range maritime multimission aircraft for the Indian Navy (IN) for USD2.13 billion. In a

  • Latvia receives approval to buy four Black Hawk helos

    Latvia’s request to procure four Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk transport helicopters has been approved by the US State Department, it was announced on 3 August. The deal is valued at USD200 million, and covers the helicopters, equipment including Talon Forward Looking Infrared Radar (FLIR)

  • Saab to provide self-protection systems for India’s Dhruv helicopter

    Saab has received a follow-on order from Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) for the Integrated Defensive Aids Suite-2 (IDAS-2) self-protection system for the Indian Army’s Dhruv Advanced Light Helicopters, the company announced on 8 August. The order amounts to approximately SEK350 million

  • Suicide attack kills three Czech soldiers in Afghanistan's Parwan

    THREE Czech soldiers were killed and a United States soldier and two Afghan soldiers were wounded in a suicide attack in the city of Charikar in Afghanistan's Parwan province on 5 August, the BBC reported. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.

  • NATO invests in Albanian airfield

    Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama announced on his Facebook page on 4 August that the North Atlantic Council, NATO’s highest decision-making body, had approved funding for the modernisation of Kuçovë airbase in Albania. In partnership with Albania, NATO would invest more than EUR50

  • Saab to upgrade RTAF’s air command-and-control system

    Saab has received an order from the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) to upgrade and further enhance Thailand’s national air command-and-control system (ACCS), the Sweden-based company announced in a 7 August statement. The ACCS, which is a major part of the Southeast Asian country’s network

  • US Air Force releases timeline for light attack aircraft procurement

    Key Points The USAF expects a contract award for light attack aircraft by September 2019 The service is laying the ground work for acquiring light attack aircraft The US Air Force (USAF) announced on 6 August that it formally intends to solicit proposals from limited sources and award one

  • BAT-120 GL begins live-fire testing

    Live-fire testing of the Thales BAT-120 GL laser-guided, lightweight, air-to-surface munition commenced in June with the launch of a guidance-equipped prototype weapon from a French Air Force Mirage 2000D multirole fighter at the French Ministry of Defence’s (MoD’s) Biscarrosse test

  • Meggitt raises revenue forecast

    An effort to streamline and restructure its business to generate growth has resulted in Meggitt reporting an organic revenue increase of 9% year on year (y/y) in the first half of 2018, leading it to raise its forecast for the year, the company announced on 7 August. The y/y growth is due to strong

  • Portugal to buy fewer 4x4 light tactical armoured vehicles

    The Portuguese Ministry of National Defence has reduced the number of 4x4 light tactical armoured vehicles (VTLBs) it is procuring for the army through the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) from 167 to 139. The Portuguese Army spokesperson told Jane’s that 107 troop carriers, 13

  • Bulgaria overhauls Mi-17 and Mi-24 helicopters

    On 30 July, the Bulgarian Ministry of Defence published a tender for the general overhaul of two Mi-17 transport and four Mi-24V combat helicopters of the Bulgarian Air Force (BuAF). The deadline for submission of bids is 3 September, with a framework agreement covering a period of 48 months to be

  • Bulgaria details armoured vehicle procurement

    The Bulgarian Ministry of Defence (MoD) on 25 July placed details online of the project to procure 150 armoured vehicles for the Bulgarian Land Forces (BuLF). The 17-page document was approved by Bulgaria’s Council of Ministers on 16 May. The BGN1.224 billion (USD722 million) BuLF

  • Ultra Electronics makes slow headway

    Ultra Electronics is showing small signs of financial progress following programme delays and declining defence budgets since late 2017. The company said on 6 August it has bolstered its order book year on year (y/y), with organic growth of 19% to GBP969.2 million (USD1.26 billion) in the first

  • Unidentified militants kidnap and kill three foreign nationals in Afghanistan's Kabul

    THREE foreign nationals - an Indian, a Malaysian, and a Macedonian citizen - working for the catering company Sodexo were kidnapped and shot dead by unidentified militants in the Pul-e-Charkhi area in Afghanistan's capital Kabul on 2 August, Reuters reported. No group immediately claimed

  • Aero Vodochody L-159T2 makes first flight

    The first of three new Aero Vodochody L-159T2 two-seat advanced jet trainers ordered by the Czech Air Force made its maiden flight on 2 August. Prague-based Aero Vodochody Aerospace was contracted in September 2016 to provide a newer-generation L-159 trainer to fulfil the advanced flying training

  • Germany receives last Tiger helicopter

    The Bundesamt für Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik und Nutzung der Bundeswehr (BAAINBw), Germany’s Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support, reported on 2 August that it had received the last of 68 Unterstützungshubschrauber Tiger

  • Portuguese Army receives AGLs

    The Portuguese Army is receiving 30 GMG 40x53 mm automatic grenade launchers (AGLs) from Heckler & Koch. They were acquired through a letter of acceptance signed with the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) in November 2015, the army told Jane’s on 6 August. The Portuguese Marine

  • UGV designs shifting towards CBRNE missions

    Unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) technology, which was once mainly focused on explosive ordnance disposal, appears to be shifting somewhat towards addressing chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive (CBRNE) threats. The shift could be due to recent CBRNE activity – such as the

  • Swedish government authorises FMV to negotiate Patriot purchase

    The FMV, the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration, announced on 2 August that it had been authorised by the government to enter an agreement with the United States on the purchase of the Patriot air defence system. This paves the way for the FMV to reach an agreement on the delivery of four fire