• AEC outlines growth, localisation plans

    Saudi Arabia’s Advanced Electronics Company (AEC) is expecting significant growth following its forthcoming acquisition by Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI), the company’s President and CEO Abdulaziz Al Duailej has told Jane’s . “We are expecting that it will

  • DSEI 2019: Miniature UAS delivers tactical snapshot

    UK-based FlareBright Ltd took the opportunity at the DSEI 2019 exhibition in London to showcase its SnapShot miniature battlefield aerial imagery unmanned aircraft system (UAS). FlareBright’s CEO Kelvin Hamilton told Jane’s that the instant aerial camera was originally envisaged for

  • UK government to review Cobham sale

    Advent International Corporation’s proposed GBP4 billion (USD4.98 billion) acquisition of UK defence company Cobham will be reviewed by the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) on national security grounds, the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy announced on 18

  • DSEI 2019: L3Harris Technologies reveals Falcon IV radios

    L3Harris Technologies showcased new capabilities in its tactical communications product line at DSEI 2019 in London in September, including a new generation of its Falcon range of radios: Falcon IV. Brian Wenink, L3Harris Technologies director of product management, told Jane’s that the

  • DSEI 2019: Rheinmetall reveals total ship training concept

    Rheinmetall is developing a total ship training concept using networked simulators, and showcased the idea at DSEI 2019 in London in September. Florian Zimmer, Rheinmetall international sales manager for maritime and process solutions, told Jane’s that while much naval individual and team

  • DSEI 2019: Chess Dynamics reveals container-based C-UAV system

    Chess Dynamics, a member of the Cohort Group, unveilled at the DSEI 2019 exhibition in London an intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition, and reconnaissance (ISTAR) system with counter-unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) capabilities based on an ISO container. The technology is built around the

  • DSEI 2019: Co-operation needed to speed up UK SSN build

    Greater co-operation with industry is needed to improve the operational availability of the Royal Navy’s (RN’s) nuclear-powered attack submarine (SSN) fleet, according to the incoming head of the UK’s Submarine Service. Speaking at the Defence & Security Equipment

  • HIPPO Multipower pitches ATSV-E for British Army’s RPV programme

    HIPPO Multipower will push an electric-powered version of its 6x6 All Terrain Support Vehicle (ATSV) as a candidate for the British Army’s Robotic Platoon Vehicle (RPV) programme, Rob O’Connor, international business development representative at HIPPO Multipower, revealed to

  • Netherlands outlines defence budget rise for 2020

    The Netherlands has outlined a defence budget of EUR10.9 billion for 2020. This marked a 4% nominal rise over the prior year, which maintains defence spending at 1.35% of GDP. The state budget was put forward by the Dutch Ministry of Finance to the House of Representatives on 17 September. The

  • Schiebel Camcopter S-100 UAS completes Finnish trials

    Schiebel has completed a five-day maritime surveillance demonstration of its Camcopter S-100 vertical takeoff and landing unmanned air system (UAS) from the Finnish Border Guard offshore patrol ship Turva. Conducted in the Gulf of Finland in late August, the flight trials saw the Camcopter S-100

  • DSEI 2019: MAIR makes first flight

    Leonardo’s Multiple Aperture InfraRed (MAIR) missile warning system has made its first test flight, company officials revealed at the DSEI 2019 trade show in London. The system underwent two hours of flight testing in July off the Ligurian coast between La Spezia and Genoa on a testbed

  • DSEI 2019: UK supply chain accreditation scheme builds momentum

    The membership of the voluntary Joint Supply Chain Accreditation Register (JOSCAR) in the United Kingdom has doubled in the past year, according to the CEO of the company that runs the scheme. UK industry group ADS led moves to set up JOSCAR in 2014 as a supply chain accreditation system for

  • DSEI 2019: Systematic previews improvements to dismounted, maritime SitaWare software

    Systematic is developing a new version of SitaWare Edge, the dismounted version of its SitaWare command-and-control software suite, and it provided an early sight of some of these at the 2019 Defence and Security Equipment International exhibition (DSEI 2019) in London in September. Systematic

  • Russia trains Serbian S-400 and Pantsir-S1 crews

    Serbian Air Force and Air Defence (RV i PVO) servicemen have been training at the Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS) anti-aircraft missile forces training centre in Gatchina, the Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on its website on 11 September. MoD newspaper Krasnaya Zvezda (Red Star)

  • Czech Republic confirms defence spending rise

    The Czech Ministry of Finance has confirmed that defence spending will rise to CZK75.5 billion (USD3.2 billion) in 2020. The ministry submitted the overall state budget to the government for approval on 16 September. The allocation to the Czech Ministry of Defence (MoD) will climb by CZK8.8

  • DSEI 2019: AERALIS trainer concept moving forwards

    AERALIS is developing a modular trainer aircraft with swappable components such as outer wings and a modular turbofan engine concept, helping to reduce through-life support costs. While elementary training will still be conducted on light turbo-prop aircraft, the AERALIS concept aircraft will allow

  • DSEI 2019: CTA International shines light on new munition for 40 CTAS

    Speaking to Jane’s at the 2019 Defence and Security Equipment International exhibition (DSEI 2019), CTA International managing director Sylvain Richy showed off its General Purpose Round – Kinetic Energy – Tracer (GPR-KE-T) ammunition for its 40 mm Cased Telescoped Armament System

  • DSEI 2019: Inzpire develops GECO beyond-line-of-sight capability

    Inzpire has developed a beyond-line-of-sight (BLOS) communications capability for its GECO mission support system and showcased it at the 2019 Defence and Security Equipment International exhibition (DSEI 2019) in London in September. GECO is a walk-on tablet-hosted situational awareness system

  • DSEI 2019: QinetiQ releases new Banshee

    UK firm QinetiQ unveiled a new variant of its Banshee family of target drones at the DSEI 2019 trade show in London. Known as the Banshee Next Generation (NG), the twin gas-turbine engine target drone can reach speeds over 900 km/h in a “clean” configuration with half fuel, and has a

  • Rheinmetall and Hanwha shortlisted for Australian IFV requirement

    Rheinmetall Defence’s Lynx KF41 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) and Hanwha Defense’s AS21 Redback IFV have been selected to compete for the AUD10–15 billion (USD6.9–10.3 billion) project to provide the Australian Army with up to 450 modern IFVs and 17 manoeuvre support