• UK NAO reports major increase in nuclear infrastructure costs

    Three major UK nuclear weapons and submarine infrastructure projects have been hit by 115% cost increases and faced delays of more than 19 months to over six years, according to the UK’s National Audit Office (NAO). In a hard-hitting report published on 10 January, the spending watchdog

  • First Kuwaiti-configured Eurofighter makes maiden flight

    The first Eurofighter combat aircraft configured for Kuwait made its maiden flight towards the end of 2019, the company announced. Instrumented Series Production Aircraft (ISPA 6), equipped with the Kuwait Air Force configuration, departed the Flight Test Centre of Leonardo Aircraft Division in

  • GDELS to keep working on new Spanish IFV despite setbacks

    General Dynamics European Land Systems-Santa Bárbara Sistemas (GDELS-SBS) is set to continue looking for ways to win the contract for Spain’s new 8×8 Dragon infantry fighting vehicle (IFV), although the project is insufficiently funded, according to a company source. Spain’s

  • UK ‘swarming drone’ timeline in doubt as development unit delayed

    The UK’s ambitious plans to field an operational ‘swarming drone’ capability by the middle of this year looks to be in doubt as the experimental unit dedicated to developing the concept has yet to be stood-up. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) told Jane’s on 7 January that 216

  • Eurocorps takes command of NATO Response Force, with Poland leading VJTF

    Eurocorps took over command of the NATO Response Force (NRF) Land for 2020 during a ceremony in Strasbourg, France, on 8 January, the multinational corps headquarters announced on its website. During the ceremony, NATO’s Allied Land Command Izmir commander, US Army Lieutenant General John

  • Bangladesh to receive final surplus UK C-130J airlifter in March

    Bangladesh is to receive the last of five UK-surplus Lockheed Martin C-130J Hercules transport aircraft in the coming weeks, the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) told Jane’s on 7 January. All of the ‘short-bodied’ C-130Js (designated C5 in Royal Air Force [RAF] service) were

  • Indra acquisition to boost cyber security presence

    Indra is expanding its presence in the cyber security sector with the announcement on 8 January that it is acquiring fellow Spanish company SIA. The merger with its own existing business will create a team of more than 1,000 specialists and provide synergies in customer and business bases as well

  • UK to receive F-35 DAS upgrade

    The United Kingdom is to upgrade its Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) combat aircraft with the new Distributed Aperture System (DAS) announced in 2018, in line with other international customers. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) told Jane’s on 7 January that the UK

  • CV90 tested with Spike LR

    A CV90 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) has test fired a Spike long-range (LR) anti-tank missile for the first time, BAE Systems announced in a press release on 7 January. The company added that this was the first time an integrated long-range anti-tank guided missile has been launched from the CV90.

  • Serbia unveils upgraded M-80 IFV

    The Serbian Ministry of Defence (MoD) published photos of the prototype of the upgraded M80AB1 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) at a demonstration at the Nikinci testing centre on 30 December, nearly two years after the Serbian Armed Forces (VS) announced plans to modernise the M-80A. The upgraded

  • SitaWare 6.10 introduces maritime add-on features

    Denmark’s Systematic is releasing a maritime add-on module as part of the latest 6.10 release of its SitaWare Headquarters command, control, communications, computers, and intelligence (C4I) software product. The development, which the company said reflects growing interest from maritime

  • France awards pistol and sniper rifle contracts

    The French Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced in a press release on 6 January the award of a EUR44 million (USD49 million) contract to Glock for the provision of 74,596 semi-automatic pistols. The ministry also confirmed the choice of the FN SCAR H PR as the French Army’s new sniper rifle.

  • UK re-establishes RN shipping escorts as Gulf crisis escalates

    Key Points The UK Royal Navy’s two surface ships operating in the Gulf will re-commence commercial shipping escort duties in the Strait of Hormuz Operating under UK national tasking, the ships will escort UK-flagged ships The UK has announced it is re-establishing the escort of UK

  • Germany selects Enforcer

    Following a competitive evaluation, the German Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) has selected the MBDA Enforcer weapon system to meet the German Armed Forces (Bundeswehr) ‘Leichtes Wirkmittel 1800+’ requirement: a lightweight

  • Socarenam details design features for new French Navy overseas patrol ships

    Socarenam has been awarded a contract to build six overseas patrol ships (patrouilleurs outre-mers: POMs) for the French Navy. The 80 m vessels will be based in France’s overseas territories. Announcing its contract win on 30 December, the French shipbuilder said the new patrol ships will be

  • Spanish Army plans to convert M113s into Spike launchers

    The Spanish Army plans to convert some 60 of its M113 armoured personnel carriers (APCs) into anti-tank missile platforms. Engineers at the Armoured Systems Maintenance Centre (PCMASA) have already developed a prototype that has been tested by Regiment No 31 'Asturias', part of XII Brigade

  • Serbia begins testing indigenous weapons on new H145M attack helicopters

    Serbia began live firing trials of indigenously developed weapons on its new HForce H145M attack helicopters at the Nikinci testing centre on 19 December, the Serbian Ministry of Defence (MoD) reported on its website the same day. Lieutenant Colonel Miroslav Zecevic of the planning and

  • Germany orders Enforcer missiles from MBDA

    The Bundesamt für Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik und Nutzung der Bundeswehr (BAAINBw), Germany’s Federal Office for Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support, signed a contract with MBDA on 20 December for Enforcer missile systems, the European missile

  • Netherlands seeks designated marksman rifle

    The Dutch Defence Materiel Organisation announced a contract notice on 24 December for semi-automatic designated marksman rifles chambered in .260 Remington/6.5 x 51 mm, plus ammunition, additional rifle equipment, spare parts, training, and documentation. The deadline for requests to participate

  • Estonia, Finland, Latvia initiate joint AFV development

    Estonian Defence Minister Jüri Luik, Latvian Defence Minister Artis Pabriks, and Finnish Permanent Defence Secretary Jukka Juusti signed a letter of intent (LOI) in Tallinn on 17 December in relation to joint AFV research and development. “The letter of intent signed today is the