• UK MoD revises terms for Type 31e frigate buy

    Industry teams bidding for the UK Royal Navy’s (RN’s) Type 31e frigate programme have been given additional financial headroom after the Ministry of Defence (MoD) relaxed certain commercial conditions attached to the design and build phase. The move means that the bidders will no longer

  • US Army receives first production-representative IBCS engagement ops centre

    Northrop Grumman has delivered the first production-representative engagement operations centre (EOC) for the Integrated Air and Missile Defence (IAMD) Battle Command System (IBCS) to the US Army, the company announced on 1 May. IBCS is an integrated air- and missile-defence command-and-control

  • Airbus considering legal action against Germany over Saudi ban

    Airbus is considering the legal options it could take against the German government as a result of the financial implications laid on the company resulting from a government decision to halt arms shipments to Saudi Arabia. Germany took a hardline stance against the Middle Eastern nation following

  • EDA countries prepare to launch new guidelines for capability development

    National defence ministries across Europe are set to soon approve a new approach to guide the shape and timing of defence capabilities they develop in support of the EU’s Common Security and Defence Policy objectives. This will be tied directly to the priorities of the EU’s Capability

  • India launches fourth Scorpène-class submarine

    India’s Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) has launched the fourth of six Kalvari (Scorpène)-class diesel-electric attack submarines (SSKs) being licence-built for the Indian Navy (IN). The 67.6 m-long boat, which is named Vela , entered the water on 6 May at the Naval Dockyard in

  • Kongsberg to supply additional bridge simulators for RAN

    The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has awarded Kongsberg Digital a contract for the delivery of two new K-Sim Full Mission Bridge simulators at the HMAS Watson Bridge Simulator Facility in Watsons Bay, Sydney, according to a 2 May statement by the Norway-based company. The simulators will be used for

  • Leonardo signs MoU with CDP, Borsa Italiana to support supply chain

    Leonardo, the Cassa Depositi e Prestiti (CDP) investment bank, and the Italian Elite growth programme have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to support growth within the Italian electronics company’s supply chain. Building on a teaming agreement signed between the Elite business

  • Navy League 2019: V-22 FMS buys can take advantage of multiyear deal until December 2020

    US allies seeking to buy Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft via the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) programme likely have until December 2020 to get advantageous pricing under a multiyear procurement contract, Colonel Matthew Kelly, programme manager for the V-22 Joint Program Office (PMA-275),

  • Portugal approves new programming law

    The Portuguese parliament approved the country’s 2019–2030 Military Programming Law, worth EUR4.74 billion (USD5.31 billion), on 3 May. EUR1.72 billion was authorised for joint capabilities, EUR126.15 million for the Armed Forces General Staff, EUR1.28 billion for the navy, EUR838.48

  • AVIC linked with move to acquire Bombardier subsidiary

    The Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) has been linked with a potential move to acquire Bombardier’s Northern Irish aerospace subsidiary. News reports in Northern Ireland and the United Kingdom said on 4 May that AVIC and its sister company, the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of

  • Czech Republic cleared to procure AH-1Z or UH-60M helos to replace Mi-24s

    The US State Department has approved the sale of four Bell AH-1Z Viper or 12 Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk utility and assault helicopters to the Czech Republic, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on 3 May. The proposed sale of the AH-1Z or UH-60M would be in support of efforts

  • Thales reports fall in sales and orders in first quarter

    Thales has reported a 25% year-on-year drop in orders within its defence and security division for the first quarter of 2019, in line with a fall in orders across the rest of the French electronics group. It recorded a total order intake decrease of 25% to EUR2.3 billion (USD2.6 billion) over this

  • MBDA Deutschland set to stand up Enforcer assembly line

    MBDA Deutschland is expected to finalise the development of a dedicated assembly line for the Enforcer weapon system at its headquarters facility in Schrobenhausen, southern Germany, later this year. Enforcer – a German-led multinational MBDA development programme – is currently a

  • Xponential 2019: Threod Systems developing direction finder for Stream C VTOL UAV

    Threod Systems of Estonia is developing a signals intelligence (SIGINT) direction finder capability for its Stream C vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), according to a company official. Siim Juss, Threod business development manager, told Jane’s on 2 May that

  • Western air forces increase surveillance flights around Libya

    Open-source monitoring of air traffic has shown an increase in flights by surveillance aircraft operating by NATO members over the central Mediterranean during April. The flights off the coast of western Libya have included ones by aircraft flown by the NATO Airborne Early Warning and Control Force

  • RAF stands up 9 Squadron as latest Typhoon unit

    The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) stood up 9 Squadron as its latest Eurofighter Typhoon unit on 2 May. A re-activation ceremony held at RAF Lossiemouth in Scotland marked the return of the former RAF Marham-based Panavia Tornado GR4 squadron as the RAF’s sixth front-line operational Typhoon unit.

  • Xponential 2019: Estonia deploys THeMIS UGV to Mali

    Milrem Robotics Tracked Hybrid Modular Infantry System (THeMIS) unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) has been deployed with Estonian soldiers serving in Mali, Gert Hankewitz, the company’s export director, told Jane’s at the 2019 Xponential show being held in Chicago from 29 April to 2 May.

  • F125 frigate Baden-Württemberg handed over to Bundeswehr

    Key Points The Bundeswehr received the frigate Baden-Württemberg from the ARGE F125 consortium on 30 April The first-in-class Baden-Württemberg is scheduled to enter service in June The frigate Baden-Württemberg is slated to enter service with the German Navy in June after the

  • BAE flies Magma ‘blown-air’ technology demonstrator

    BAE Systems has flown its Magma ‘blown-air’ technology demonstrator for the first time, the company announced on 2 May. The sub-scale unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that the company developed in collaboration with the University of Manchester uses a new blown-air system to manoeuvre,

  • Thales selected by UK for ORCA upgrade

    Thales UK has won out in the race to replace the command information facilities fitted to the UK Royal Navy’s (RN’s) mine countermeasures (MCM) fleet, beating off competition from incumbent BAE Systems and a QinetiQ/Saab team. Under the Oceanographic Reconnaissance Combat Architecture