• Indra to supply Lanza 3D radar to RTAF

    Indra has been awarded a contract to supply its Lanza 3D long-range radar (LRR) system to the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF), the Spanish company announced in a statement on 11 September. Delivery will include the air surveillance radar as well as associated equipment such as Indra’s AirDef: an

  • British Army begins Bowman update

    The British Army begins the update of its Bowman communications system in the next few weeks with the delivery of Bowman ComBAT Infrastructure P-BISA (BCIP) 5.6 to 20 Armoured Infantry Brigade, based in Paderborn, Germany. BCIP 5.6 is the largest single upgrade to Bowman since it entered service and

  • France launches Scorpion studies

    The Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA), the French defence procurement agency, announced on 11 September that it had launched studies to prepare three new capabilities of the Scorpion programme. The studies are on the integration of unmanned ground and aerial vehicles into the

  • Spain gives green light for further helicopter orders

    The Spanish government gave the go ahead on 7 September for the procurement of a second tranche of Airbus Helicopters NH90s and the modernisation of the army’s Chinook CH-47D heavy transport fleet. The long-awaited green light for the two programmes came after the new Socialist Partido

  • Meggitt expands involvement in KFX programme

    UK company Meggitt has increased its involvement on the South Korean programme to develop the KFX multirole fighter aircraft through a new supply contract announced on 10 September. In a press release, Meggitt said it will develop an engine vibration monitoring unit (EVMU) for KFX prototypes

  • Elbit emerges as preferred bidder for UK’s Morpheus

    Elbit Systems UK has been selected as the preferred bidder for the UK’s Project Morpheus Battle Management Application (BMA) contract, Jane’s has learned. The UK’s Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) confirmed the decision, but was unable to comment further because the

  • Poland gives details of new, fourth division

    Polish Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak has given details of the new, fourth division, the formation of which he first announced in June. Speaking on the occasion of Polish Land Forces Day on 9 September, he said the division would be headquartered in Siedice and be composed of the 1st Armoured

  • Poland’s PGZ unveils Rosomak Battle Management System

    A Polish state-run company has unveiled a technology demonstrator (TD) designed to satisfy the Polish Land Forces’ Rosomak Battle Management System (BMS) requirement for the Rosomak armoured personnel carrier (APC). The system was unveiled at the MSPO exhibition in Kielce, Poland. Unveiled by

  • Hung parliament in Sweden to delay government formation, but business environment to face high degree of continuity

    Event The preliminary result of the Swedish general election on 9 September has confirmed that neither of the mainstream blocs would hold a majority in the newly elected parliament. With more than 99% of the votes counted, the centre-left coalition, which includes the ruling Social Democrat party

  • Naval Group establishes local subsidiary in Egypt

    France’s Naval Group is establishing a permanent local presence in Egypt as part of efforts to establish a long-term support presence in-country. CEO Hervé Guillou announced the formation of the new subsidiary on 6 September just prior to the launch of the Gowind 2500 corvette Port Said

  • PGZ unveils Rosomak WD command and control vehicle

    Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa (PGZ) unveiled the Rosomak WD 8x8 armoured command-and-control (C2) vehicle at the MSPO 2018 defence exhibition held in Kielce, Poland, on 4–7 September. The vehicle was developed by Rosomak and is based on the Rosomak WEM armoured ambulance with a raised rear roof.

  • German Sea Battalion exercises with Dutch joint support ship

    The German Navy’s Sea Battalion practiced large-scale non-combatant evacuation operations from the Baltic port of Rostock with the Royal Netherlands Navy’s (RNLN’s) joint support ship (JSS) HNLMS Karel Doorman at the beginning of the month, the Dutch Ministry of Defence (MoD) said

  • UK Royal Navy ship conducts freedom of navigation operation in South China Sea

    Key Points A UK Royal Navy ship has sailed in the vicinity – but outside the internationally recognised territorial waters – of the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea Ownership of the Paracel Islands is claimed by China, Taiwan, and Vietnam. China has objected to the ship’s

  • Safran reports 10% organic revenue growth in first half

    French defence and aerospace manufacturer Safran generated revenues of EUR9.5 billion (USD11.1 billion) in the first half of 2018, according to financial results released on 6 September. The result amounts to a 10.1% rise in organic revenue compared to the same period in 2017. The company’s

  • Land Forces 2018: Contenders vie for Australia’s IFV requirement

    At the close of the Land Forces 2018 exhibition in Adelaide on 6 September, contenders to supply the Australian Army with up to 450 modern infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) as part of Project Land 400 Phase 3 had been whittled down to three definites, one possible, one barely possible, and one

  • Poland to conduct Baltic air policing with F-16s because of MiG-29 grounding

    Poland’s Ministry of National Defence (MND) has decided to deploy four F-16Cs on NATO’s Baltic Air Policing (BAP) quick reaction alert mission in January 2019 instead of the four MiG-29A fighters originally planned. In May the Polish Air Force decided to send four MiG-29s and personnel

  • Land Forces 2018: Thales, FN Herstal team up for Australian small arms opportunities

    Thales Australia and Belgian company FN Herstal have signed an agreement to co-operate on pursuing small arms opportunities, Thales Australia confirmed to Jane’s on 6 September. Under the memorandum of understanding (MOU), which was signed at the Land Forces 2018 defence exhibition in

  • USAF cancels ‘bunker-buster’ contract with foreign-owned recipient

    The US Air Force (USAF) has cancelled one of two contracts recently awarded to manufacture BLU-137/B penetrator warheads because the recipient is foreign-owned and so ineligible, Jane’s has learnt. Documents seen by Jane’s on 6 September show that the USAF has rescinded a USD419.6

  • German MoD calls for new Bundeswehr capability profile

    Key Points • The German MoD plans to create an integrated network of modular military capabilities from which to choose depending on the mission being undertaken • These networks include land, air, sea, cyber, space, special operations, logistics, and territorial defence, among other

  • Land Forces 2018: Australian DoD receives prototype radar for possible use with NASAMS

    Australia’s Department of Defence (DoD) has received a prototype vehicle-mounted, active phased-array tactical radar from local company CEA Technologies for potential use in the country’s future ground-based air-defence system. The CEATAC radar, which was displayed mounted on an