• MBDA offers surface-launched Brimstone to Poland

    MBDA is proposing a palletised surface-launched salvo-fire adaptation of its Brimstone air-to-surface missile to address a Polish Armaments Inspectorate requirement for a stand-off anti-armour capability. The proposal is part of an evolved MBDA missile package competing for two current Armaments

  • Terma, T&G Nordic team for C-Guard decoy launcher

    T&G Nordic and Terma have signed a memorandum of understanding to work together on areas of interest, specifically regarding Terma’s C-Guard decoy launching system. Collaboration between the Finnish and Danish companies will result in T&G Nordic supporting the design, development and

  • Austro-German support for European Commission’s plan to widen Frontex mandate signifies progress towards reintroduction of Schengen rules

    Event On 16 September, German Chancellor Angela Merkel met her Austrian counterpart, Sebastian Kurz, in Berlin. The meeting sought to prepare for an informal European Union (EU) leaders’ summit to take place in Salzburg on 19 and 20 September. Merkel and Kurz managed to put aside their

  • BAE Systems details Black Night demonstrator

    On 11 September, Jane’s was given an exclusive tour of Black Night, BAE Systems’ Challenger 2 Life Extension Project (LEP) technology demonstrator. The LEP is intended to address mission system obsolescence and ensure that the vehicle remains supportable until 2035. However, BAE

  • Bortoli appointed CEO of ATR

    Stefano Bortoli has been appointed as the new CEO of aircraft manufacturer ATR, taking over from Christian Scherer. Moving on from his role as senior vice-president of strategy, marketing development and sales for Leonardo’s aircraft division, Bortoli will take over as CEO of the

  • Indra restructures business and sales structure

    Indra has introduced a new approach to its business and sales structure, aimed at simplifying the way in which it offers its products to its target markets. Under a new Transport and Defence business line, air traffic, transport, and defence and security will be incorporated together, which will

  • Poland seeks anti-radiation missiles

    The Polish Ministry of National Defence (MND) confirmed to Jane’s on 14 September that Poland wants to acquire Northrop Grumman’s AGM-88E Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile (AARGM) for its armed forces. Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak approved the AARGM as it was found to be

  • UK P-8As to be delivered to old Nimrod base

    The UK’s first P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft will be delivered to Kinloss airfield in 2020 because major engineering work is required on the runway at their planned main operating base at nearby Royal Air Force (RAF) Lossiemouth in northeastern Scotland. This work will also require

  • Portugal orders Raven B UAS

    The Portuguese Army Logistics Command awarded AeroVironment a EUR5.9 million (USD6.9 million) contract in late August for 12 RQ-11B Raven DDL (digital datalink) unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and associated equipment and services. Deliveries will take place from March 2019 to January 2021 for the

  • Spain considers allowing troops to serve past age 45

    The Spanish government is considering allowing troops to continue serving when they reach the current maximum age limit of 45. However, Defence Minister Margarita Robles told the Congress of Deputies on 13 September there could be “legal difficulties” in changing a 2006 law under which

  • WFEL completes deliveries of rapidly deployable military bridges to Australian Army

    UK-based company WFEL announced on 10 September that it has completed deliveries of rapidly deployable military bridges, including an undisclosed number of Dry Support Bridges (DSBs) and Medium Girder Bridges (MGBs), as part of the Land 155 Enhanced Gap Crossing Capability Facilities Project for the

  • Croatian Navy taking part in NATO ‘Sea Guardian’

    The fast attack craft (FAC) Vukovar has become the first Croatian Navy vessel to take part in a NATO operation. The FAC left Croatia on 3 September for a week’s stint in NATO Operation ‘Sea Guardian’ in the Mediterranean. This was also one of a very few times that a Croatian ship

  • DX Korea 2018: BAE Systems eyes BvS10 opportunity in South Korea

    BAE Systems Hägglunds is ramping up efforts to position its armoured BvS10 articulated all-terrain tracked vehicle for a potential requirement by the Republic of Korea Army (RoKA) for the eventual replacement of its ageing Bv206 platforms, which were also manufactured by the company. Darren

  • Germany gifts light armoured vehicles to Montenegro

    The German Ministry of Defence has donated six new Mercedes-Benz LAPV Enok light armoured patrol vehicles to the Armed Forces of Montenegro (Vojska Crne Gore, VCG). The vehicles, worth EUR2.2 million (USD2.6 million), were inspected by Montenegrin Defence Minister Predrag Boškovic and the

  • Spain backtracks on suspending laser-guided bomb sale to Saudi Arabia

    Spanish Foreign Minister Josep Borrell said on 13 September that a laser-guided bomb sale to Saudi Arabia will now go ahead, despite the Spanish government stating the previous week that it was being suspended. The original decision caused consternation at the yards of state-owned shipbuilder

  • ‘Cyber Fog’ exercise aims to strengthen US and Estonian defences

    US and Estonian militaries conducted a joint cyber exercise aimed at boosting their co-ordination and communication in combined cyberspace operations. The two-day ‘Cyber Fog’ exercise took place in late July/early August at the Estonia Defence Forces Cyber Command in Tallinn. US Navy

  • UK MoD admits “misleading” report on Project Shepherd EW programme

    The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has admitted misleading Parliament over the delivery of a new electronic warfare (EW) information system known as Project Shepherd. The MoD’s 2013 defence equipment plan suggested that the programme had achieved its in-service date (ISD). In reality, however,

  • WB Electronics reveals U-Gate, new software-defined radios

    WB Group is developing a software-defined radio (SDR) for the export market that will support the company’s forthcoming Battle Overwatch and Strike Capabilities (BOSC) concept. The Personal Radio (PERAD) 6010 was in development ahead of an expected low-rate initial production (LRIP) by the

  • IAI announces investment plans for Effective Space

    Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) announced on 12 September that it has signed an agreement with UK firm Effective Space for financial and technological collaboration in space-based logistics systems. Under the agreement, IAI is to function as the prime contractor for Effective Space’s Space

  • UK parliamentary committee calls on MoD to plug skill gaps

    The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) should plug skill gaps in the armed forces as the military experiences the largest shortfall of regulars for years, a parliamentary committee has said. Entitled ‘Skill Shortages in the Armed Forces’, parliament's Public Accounts Committee (PAC) report on