• Netherlands signs follow-up contract with Elbit for VOSS soldier systems

    The Dutch Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded Elbit Systems a follow-up contract for more Improved Operational Soldier Systems (Verbeterd Operationeel Soldaat Systeem: VOSS), the Israeli company announced in a press release on 22 December. Elbit said it was supplying additional wearable equipment

  • Swiss parliament approves Air 2030 fighter, GBAD procurement

    The Swiss parliament on 20 December approved the government and Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport’s (VBS’s) Air 2030 proposal to invest up to CHF6 billion (USD6.2 billion) to replace the Swiss Air Force’s F/A-18C/D and F-5E fighters starting in 2025 and CHF2

  • Arrival of second NATO Global Hawk to be followed by last three in 2020

    The arrival of the second NATO Allied Ground Surveillance (AGS) Global Hawk RQ-4D Block 40 remotely piloted aircraft on 19 December at the aircraft’s new main operating base in Sigonella, Sicily, is to be followed by the last three during the first half of 2020, leading to the declaration of

  • UK probes Mettis Aerospace deal despite talks denial

    UK forgings specialist Mettis Aerospace denied that it is in ongoing sale talks with Chinese fund Aerostar after the UK government announced it would intervene to investigate the transaction on national security grounds. The UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy announced on 20

  • UK Royal Navy launches command shake-up

    A major reorganisation of the UK Royal Navy’s (RN’s) headquarters and warship crewing policies has been announced by the head of the service in his end of year review. Speaking to sailors in a video message released online on 22 December, First Sea Lord Admiral Tony Radakin revealed

  • UK clears Cobham takeover

    Private equity firm Advent International Corporation’s proposed GBP4 billion (USD5 billion) acquisition of UK defence electronics and air-to-air refuelling specialist Cobham has been cleared by the UK Competition and Markets Authority following undertakings that include keeping the

  • Austria’s remaining Saab 105s grounded

    The 12 remaining airworthy Saab 105 twin-jet trainers operated by the Austrian Air Force (AAF) have been grounded after cracks were found in the bolts connecting their tail sections to their centre fuselage. The news was confirmed to Jane’s by AAF officers at the 10–12 December Defence

  • Germany boosts Meteor BVRAAM inventory

    The German Air Force is set to augment its inventory of beyond visual range air-to-air missiles (BVRAAMs) with the award to MBDA Missile Systems for a consignment of additional new-build Meteor effectors. Signed on 16 December, the contract for the German Air Force was awarded by the Meteor

  • Spanish Navy cancels last S 70 submarine overhaul

    The Spanish Navy (Armada Española) has cancelled the final major overhaul planned for its S 70 Galerna (Agosta)-class diesel-electric submarines (SSKs) as a result of the “good progress” being made with the replacement S 80 programme. The announcement on 20 December came shortly

  • Poland’s GROM special forces unit receives Black Hawk helicopters

    The Polish GROM special forces unit received four S-70i Black Hawk helicopters in an official handover ceremony at the 1st Air Base in Warsaw on 20 December. The S-70i helicopters were manufactured in Poland by Lockheed Martin Sikorsky subsidiary Polskie Zaklady Lotnicze (PZL) Mielec. Each

  • FMS contract awarded for Montenegrin JLTVs

    Montenegro will receive 30 Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTVs) under a Foreign Military Sales (FMS) contract announced by the US Department of Defense (DoD) and Oshkosh Defense on their websites on 17 and 18 December, respectively. The DoD announcement came a day after Elbit Systems announced

  • UK issues update on Dreadnought submarine programme

    The UK has now spent GBP7 billion (USD9 billion) on the early phases of the Dreadnought nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) programme, according to the Ministry of Defence (MoD). In its annual update to parliament on the future deterrent programme, the MoD has confirmed the start of

  • Bulgaria evaluates IFV proposals

    The Bulgarian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has reported that it has received four proposals from interested bidders in the competitive procurement of 150 new wheeled infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) to equip three battalion-size battlegroups for a mechanised brigade. The proposals submitted by the

  • French Air Force weaponises its Reaper UAVs with GBU-12 bombs

    The French Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) gained its first weapons capability during a firing campaign from Niamey airbase in Niger on 15–17 December. Four evaluation drops were conducted from Niamey as part of the ‘Barkhane’ operation. The short firing campaign was preceded

  • Netherlands moves closer to Combat Support Ship contract

    The Dutch government has given the green light to the acquisition of a new afloat support ship for the Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN). This follows the conclusion of negotiations between the Defence Materiel Organisation and Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding for the EUR375 million (USD417 million)

  • Philippines evaluating Gripen and F-16V for MRF programme, defence secretary confirms

    Philippine Secretary of National Defense Delfin Lorenzana confirmed on 16 December that the Philippine Air Force (PAF) is evaluating two aircraft for its multirole fighter (MRF) programme. “One of the aircraft being evaluated is from Sweden [the Saab Gripen] and the other is the American

  • Portugal announces 2020 defence budget

    The Portuguese government released the country’s budget bill on 16 December, which includes EUR2,445.7 million (USD2,721.2 million) for defence, a 23.1% increase from EUR1,987.4 million in 2019. EUR564.2 million will go to the army, EUR447.1 million to the air force, EUR485.8 million to the

  • Deep cut to European Defence Fund would undermine EU’s ambitions, sources say

    Recent proposals by the EU’s outgoing Finnish presidency to dramatically slash funding in the EU’s next seven-year budget for military mobility investment and the future European Defence Fund (EDF) would decimate the two programme’s impact and make a mockery of the EU’s

  • Italian Navy logistic support ship starts sea trials

    The Italian Navy’s new logistic support ship (LSS) Vulcano (A 5335) embarked on its first sea trials in the Gulf of La Spezia in early December, marking a significant milestone for the programme. The LSS was built by Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri under a contract awarded by European defence

  • Czech Army to receive two more C295s

    The Czech Air Force’s C295 fleet is growing with the Ministry of Defence’s (MoD's) signature of a contract with Airbus on 15 December for two more of the medium airlifters. The contract, worth a total of CZK2.34 billion (USD103 million), was signed by Czech Deputy Defence Minister Filip