• 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

  • DSEI 2019: QinetiQ unveils Squad Packable Utility Robot

    QinetiQ North America (QNA) displayed its Common Robotic System-Individual (CRS-I) offering for the first time at the DSEI 2019 exhibition held in London from 10–13 September. The backpackable robot is called the Squad Packable Utility Robot (SPUR). The system provides a common platform and

  • DSEI 2019: Defence Innovation Fund announced GBP3 million for investment

    Major General Jeremy Bennett, the British Army’s Director of Capability, announced in a DSEI briefing on 12 September 2019 that the British Army has teamed with the Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) to invest GBP3 million for the development of six Manned-Unmanned Teaming demonstrators

  • DSEI 2019: FFG offers Boxer armoured recovery mission module

    Germany’s Flensburger Fahrzeugbau Gesellschaft (FFG) has presented an armoured recovery mission module (ARM) for the Boxer at the 2019 Defence and Security Equipment International exhibition (DSEI 2019) in London. The kit is designed to be fitted to a Boxer drive module and provide operators

  • DSEI 2019: Patria displays Patria 6×6 fitted with NEMO mortar system

    Patria displayed its Patria 6×6 wheeled armoured vehicle fitted with the 120 mm NEMO mortar system at DSEI 2019 in London held from 10–13 September. According to Janne Räkköläinen, Senior Vice President of Vehicle Systems Land at Patria, the vehicle in the mortar

  • DSEI 2019: Raytheon reveals GPS anti-jamming antennas

    Raytheon UK has developed new GPS antennas designed to mitigate GPS jamming and spoofing, and it showcased them at the 2019 Defence and Security Equipment International exhibition (DSEI 2019) in London in September. Rowland Wright, Raytheon UK business development manager for assured position,

  • Slovak Air Force modernises main airbase

    The Slovak government is preparing a major infrastructure investment programme for its air force. Following the decision to procure F-16 multirole fighters, UH-60M Black Hawk utility helicopters, and C-27J Spartan transport aircraft, Bratislava will renovate Sliac Air Base, close to the city of

  • DSEI 2019: British Army showcases Dismounted Situational Awareness gear

    The British Army’s Dismounted Situational Awareness (DSA) programme has now moved from an experimentation to optimisation phase. The system, as it currently stands, was displayed at the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) exhibition. The DSA system is controlled through a

  • DSEI 2019: General Dynamics launches new Bluefin-12 UUV

    General Dynamics Mission Systems displayed its Bluefin-12 lightweight medium-class unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) for the first time at the 2019 Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) exhibition in London. Bluefin-12 forms part of a product refresh of the Bluefin family of UUVs,

  • DSEI 2019: SubSea launches VICTA-class diver delivery unit

    UK-based SubSea Craft unveiled its new VICTA-class diver delivery unit (DDU) at the 2019 Defence and Security Equipment International exhibition (DSEI 2019) in London. The innovative DDU, which is based around a monohull design constructed of carbon fibre and Diab core, combines the features of a

  • European Court of Auditors report criticises EU defence ambitions

    A new report by the European Court of Auditors (CoA) slams the European Commission’s policy goals and funding for defence capability development, warning that the EU’s resources, planning structures, and alignment of its ambitions with those at national level fall far short of the mark.

  • DSEI 2019: FLIR Systems Inc wins contract to provide UGVs to Norwegian MoD

    FLIR Systems Inc has been awarded a contract to provide additional PackBot robots to Norway’s Ministry of Defence (MoD), according to a company announcement on 9 September. The contract consists of 20 plus PackBot unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) as well as spare parts and training. The

  • DSEI 2019: UK government sticks to Fleet Solid Support Ship decision

    A controversial competition potentially involving foreign companies in building up to three new ships for the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) will continue, new UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said at the DSEI 2019 exhibition, which is being held in London from 10–13 September. Despite calls

  • DSEI 2019: UK seeks European support to service Middle East contracts

    The UK government is actively liaising with European allies to facilitate the fulfilment of defence contracts in the Middle East, according to Fleur Thomas, Head of Exports at the Ministry of Defence (MoD). “That’s our exports policy in action,” Thomas told Jane’s during the

  • DSEI 2019: Drone Evolution launches Skywire rotary UAV tethering solution

    UK-based Drone Evolution displayed Skywire, a universal tethering solution for rotary unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), at the DSEI 2019 defence exhibition in London. Launched on 10 September, the Skywire ground station connects to a mobile power supply unit and distributes power from the ground to

  • DSEI 2019: Hensoldt unveils Mk5 SharpEye radar

    Hensoldt (formerly Kelvin Hughes) showcased a new variant of its SharpEye solid state X band Doppler navigation radar designed for integration on small vessels at the Defence & Security Equipment International (DSEI) exhibition in London. According to the company, the Mk5 open array 80W

  • DSEI 2019: RAF puts BAe 146s up for sale

    Four VIP and light transport aircraft used by the United Kingdom’s command support squadron have been put up for sale by UK’s Defence Equipment Sales Authority (DESA). Details of the aircraft were included in a DESA brochure distributed at the 2019 DSEI event in London. The brochure

  • DSEI 2019: UK launches test and evaluation programme for Protector UAV

    A GBP100 million (USD123 million) contract to test and evaluate the UK Protector RG Mk1 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) prior to its entry into Royal Air Force (RAF) frontline service in 2024 has been awarded to General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI), UK Air Chief Marshal Mike Wigston announced

  • DSEI 2019: UK poised to form first Strike Brigade

    British Army chiefs will begin to implement their plans to field new Strike Brigades over the next 12 months, according to senior officers involved in the project. Speaking on the first day of DSEI 2019, which is being held in London from 10 to 13 September, Brigadier James Martin, commander of 1st

  • DSEI 2019: British Army working on JLTV prototype

    Oshkosh Defence has been working since earlier this year on a prototype of its Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) under a two-year contract to demonstrate the integration of UK-specific mission and safety equipment for the Multi Role Vehicle-Protected (MRV-P) programme. Senior British Army