• MOU signals Romanian industry involvement in Patriot contract

    Procurement of the Patriot air and missile defence system by Romania will include local defence industry participation, under a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between Raytheon and state-owned aerospace components manufacturer Romaero. Romanian Prime Minister Viorica Dancila described

  • Belgium, Netherlands sign joint MCMV contract

    Belgian Defence Minister Didier Reynders and Dutch Secretary of State for Defence Barbara Visser signed the contract with Naval Group and ECA Robotics on 5 July in Brussels to supply their countries with six mine countermeasures vessels (MCMVs), their ministries announced. The 2,800-tonne vessels

  • Italian MoD publishes multi-year planning document 2019–21

    The Italian Ministry of Defence published its recently approved multi-year planning document (Documento Programmatico Pluriennale: DPP) 2019–21 on its website on 5 July. The document allocates EUR21,432.2 million (USD24,046.7 million) or 1.21% of forecast GDP for 2019, EUR21,876.6 million or

  • Milrem awarded contract to support new Estonian rifles under military-industry deal

    Milrem LCM has been awarded a contract to support the new standard rifle being acquired from LMT Defense by the Estonian Defence Force (EDF), representing the first time the maintenance and repair of major military equipment in Estonia will be carried out jointly by industry and the military. On

  • UK extends Chinook mission to Mali

    The United Kingdom is to extend operations of three Royal Air Force (RAF) Boeing Chinook heavy-lift helicopters that have been deployed to Mali since July 2018, the government announced on 9 July. The Chinook HC.5 (fat tank) helicopters and almost 100 personnel that have provided intra-theatre air

  • UK embarks Challenger 2 for first time in six years during exercise ‘Baltic Protector’

    The British Army and Royal Marines have embarked a Challenger 2 main battle tank from an Estonian beach onto HMS Albion , the Royal Navy (RN) landing platform dock, as part of exercise ‘Baltic Protector’ held in the Baltic Sea from 24 May to 9 July, the RN announced on 5 July. The tank

  • UK MoD issues bid notice for directed energy weapons demonstration

    The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has issued a prior information notice (PIN) seeking three directed energy weapons (DEWs) to demonstrate, which will use laser or radio frequency energy to destroy targets. The government said it intends to purchase systems for the project under a GBP130 million

  • French Navy’s Albatros surveillance jet set for 2023 debut

    The French Navy is planning to recapitalise its maritime surveillance force with the introduction of the Dassault Aviation Albatros – a customised Falcon 2000LXS business jet – under the AVion de Surveillance et d’Intervention MARitime (AVSIMAR) programme. Albatros deliveries to

  • International Defense & Aerospace Group receives MD 530F for pilot training

    International Defense & Aerospace Group (IDAG) has received a single MD Helicopters Inc (MDHI) MD 530F rotorcraft to be used by the Slovak Training Academy (STA). Delivery of the MD 530F to the Pennsylvania-based authorised sales agent was announced on 8 July, and will see the helicopter join

  • MBDA unveils future air combat weapon systems concepts

    MBDA has unveiled a family of concept air-launched weapons and enabling effectors envisaged to prospectively address the air-to-air, tactical, and deep strike requirements of the next generation of European air combat platforms, such as the French/German/Spanish Next-Generation Fighter/Future Combat

  • Romania selects Naval Group bid for multi-mission corvette programme

    France’s Naval Group has won Romania’s much-delayed multi-mission corvette programme after bidding a variant of its Gowind 2500 design in partnership with the Santierul Naval Constanta S.A. (SNC) shipyard. Defence minister Gabriel Les on 3 July confirmed Naval Group as the

  • Croatian RFP for fighter aircraft expected by the end of July

    The Croatian parliament’s defence committee on 3 July agreed to the launch of a new fighter procurement process. This was followed the next day by the Croatian government’s creation of a 16-member interdepartmental committee charged with launching and running the procurement of a

  • Israeli companies dominate defence offsets in India

    The Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has revealed details about the scope of defence offsets that are under way in the country. The information shows defence companies from Israel are engaged in nearly half of all India’s offset deals. According to a list of “details of OEMs [original

  • Safran to establish new carbon brake facility

    Safran will establish a new aircraft carbon brake facility in Feyzin near Leon, expanding the footprint of the landing systems business line that provides parts for several military and commercial aircraft. Safran Landing Systems has about 18 facilities globally, and the company believes that this

  • Update: Sweden deploys air-defence system to Gotland

    Sweden’s Luftvärnssystem (Air Defence System) 23 has entered service with the Swedish Army’s Air Defence Regiment (Luftvärnsregementet, Lv 6) on the island of Gotland in the Baltic Sea after having been taken out of storage, the Swedish Armed Forces have confirmed to

  • USAF temporarily relocates Poland-based Reapers to Romania

    The US Air Force (USAF) has temporarily relocated some of its General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) from Poland to Romania, the service announced on 4 July. The US Air Forces in Europe (USAFE) said that an undisclosed number of the

  • UK evaluates flywheel energy storage system in power-hardware-in-the-loop testing

    The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) and the Power Networks Demonstration Centre (PNDC) at the University of Strathclyde have completed testing and evaluation of a novel Flywheel Energy Storage System (FESS) in a representative ship power system environment. This follows prior testing of the 3.6 MJ/360

  • Switzerland lifts re-export ban on air-defence components to Saudi Arabia

    Repaired spare parts and “assembly elements” of air-defence systems can once more be re-exported from Switzerland to Saudi Arabia, the Swiss Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education, and Research (EAER) announced on 4 July. The Federal Council prohibited the re-exports on 31

  • Serbia advances Milos UGV development

    The Serbian Military Technical Institute (MTI) has confirmed that the Milos unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) has commenced trials at the Serbian Technical Test Centre and been demonstrated to local and overseas delegations at the Nikinci Military Test Range. The Milos UGV has been developed by the MTI

  • Spanish aerospace group SENER reports falling revenue

    Spain’s SENER Group, a supplier of electromechanical systems, communications intelligence, and modernisation services to the defence industry, reported falling sales in its 2018 financial results, released on 3 July. The company generated revenue of EUR589.2 million (USD663.4 million) in