• Covid-19: BAAINBw procures emergency equipment

    The Bundesamt für Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik und Nutzung der Bundeswehr (BAAINBw), Germany's Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support, announced in a press release on 17 March that it is procuring protective masks and gloves, disinfectant,

  • Covid-19: Eurofighter introduces ‘robust plans’ to continue production

    The Eurofighter consortium has a strategy in place to ensure that work across its four national production lines continues amidst the worsening coronavirus crisis, a spokesperson told Jane’s on 18 March. With deliveries to the four partner nations of Germany, Italy, Spain, and the UK all now

  • Covid-19: Spain to repatriate command team from Djibouti after positive coronavirus test

    Spain is to repatriate a relief contingent of 22 naval personnel bound for Operation ‘Atalanta’ off Somalia after one of them was found to be coronavirus (Covid-19) positive. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) said on 18 March that the officer involved had been tested at the French military

  • German Army to stand-up new helicopter command

    The Germany Army is to form a new helicopter command geared at streamlining the decision-making process of the recently formed Division Schnelle Kräfte (DSK) Rapid Forces Division. Speaking recently under the Chatham House Rule, a senior official said that this new helicopter command of the

  • Germany to end anti-IS Tornado reconnaissance mission

    Germany will end its Tornado reconnaissance flights against the so-called Islamic State (IS) on 31 March, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 11 March after the federal government extended the mandate of other German forces in Iraq. Four Luftwaffe Tornado reconnaissance aircraft have been

  • Swiss Special Forces update training and operating gear for dismounts

    Switzerland’s Special Forces Command (KSK) is planning to inject a series of upgrades for dismounted troops in active duty and reserve units. Addressing delegates at SMi’s Future Soldier Technology conference in London in March, Major Marco Damaso, System Portfolio Manager Special

  • Dstl orders its first fleet of autonomous UGVs

    The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) announced on 16 March that it had ordered five autonomous unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs). A GBP2.3 million (USD2.8 million) contract was awarded to HORIBA MIRA for three Viking 6×6 all-terrain UGVs and a GBP2.7 million contract to QinetiQ

  • Navantia looks to export market again now AIP finalised for S 80

    With its first S 80 submarine on course for handing over to the Spanish Navy in 2022, Navantia says it will be pressing ahead with presenting a similar design for the Indian Navy. In a statement released on 16 March, the engineering director for Navantia’s Cartagena shipyard said the

  • Germany launches MGCS study

    On 11 March the budget committee of the Bundestag, the German parliament, approved the launch of the systems architecture definition phase for the Franco-German Main Ground Combat System (MGCS), the German Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on its website the next day. The ministry described the

  • UK RAF passes major NATO capability test

    The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) passed a major NATO capability evaluation (CAPEVAL) in early March, designed ‘to prove the service’s ability to conduct operations in challenging conditions’. The CAPEVAL, announced on 13 March, involved 600 personnel from the 135 Expeditionary Air

  • Polish Army to buy 4×4 vehicles

    The Polish Army is to replace its outdated all-terrain vehicles with 485 Nissan Navara pickup trucks, Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak has announced. Poland’s Inspectorate for Armed Forces Support has selected the Nisan Navara pickup to replace the outdated domestically produced Honker

  • Finnish Border Guard outlines future investment requirements, rising costs

    The Finnish Border Guard (FBG) is expecting to make a number of new acquisitions in the coming years, although rising operational costs continue to take a toll on the force, FBG officials have said. Briefing local media on the FBG’s 2027 strategy and vision for land, air, and maritime border

  • Second RAF Poseidon arrives in UK

    The second of nine Boeing P-8A Poseidon MRA1 maritime multimission aircraft (MMA) for the Royal Air Force (RAF) arrived in the United Kingdom on 13 March. Aircraft ZP802, City of Elgin, flew into Kinloss Barracks (formerly RAF Kinloss) in Scotland some six weeks after the first aircraft, ZP801

  • Thales UK develops dismounted soldier Smartwatch

    Thales UK has developed a Smartwatch for use in dismounted soldier systems as a concept demonstrator, and revealed it at the SMi Future Soldier technology conference held in London from 10-11 March 2020. Ciaran McCloskey, product line manager for tactical products at Thales, explained that the

  • EXPAL Systems to introduce in-house guidance systems for mortar and artillery ammunition

    Spain’s EXPAL Systems has begun the joint development of an in-house guidance system for ballistic munitions with the Spanish Ministry of Defence. This development is beginning with 120 mm mortar ammunition, with the intent to make the technology available to 155 mm, the company said in a 10

  • Thales, PT Len Industri to upgrade mission systems on TNI-AL’s Usman-Harun frigate

    Thales and PT Len Industri signed a contract on 10 March to modernise the mission systems on the Indonesian Navy’s (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Laut: TNI-AL) KRI Usman-Harun (pennant number 359) multirole frigate. In a statement issued that same day Thales said that the

  • UK Jackals get upgrade for UN mission in Mali

    British Army reconnaissance vehicles are receiving sensor, communications, and environmental upgrades ahead of their deployment to serve in the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) later this year. Supacat Jackal wheeled vehicles trialled the upgrade package during

  • MBDA leverages Complex Weapons portfolio in support of British Army CF(L)35 initiative

    MBDA Missile Systems is positioning a developmental surface-to-surface effector concept, along with exploiting derivatives of the Complex Weapons portfolio, to support prospective near- and longer-term Land Joint Fires requirements within the scope of the British Army’s new Conceptual Force

  • UK MoD seeks replacement for vehicle-based Land Environment Air Picture Provision

    The UK Ministry of Defence has issued an initial Invitation to Tender (ITT) for a replacement for the British Army’s vehicle-based Land Environment Air Picture Provision (LEAPP) capability, which was published on the Defence Contracts Online website on 5 March. The value of the contract is up

  • Spanish BAM en route for Gulf of Guinea piracy mission

    One of the Spanish Navy’s newest Meteoro-class Buque de Acción Marítima (BAM) offshore patrol vessels, SPS Audaz (P 45), has embarked on its first overseas mission: a five-month voyage to co-operate with and help train West African nations in security, especially in combating piracy.