• Aselsan develops 40 mm air bursting munition system

    Turkey’s Aselsan has completed development and testing of its Atom 40 mm high-velocity air bursting munition (HV ABM) and associated Atom 40 mm fire control unit (FCU), the company said on 31 May. These were developed as a private venture by the company from May 2017, and production could

  • Estonia reaffirms 2% of GDP for defence

    Estonia has announced its continued commitment to allocating at least 2% of GDP to defence spending for the years 2020–23, allotting EUR2.6 billion (USD2.9 billion) over the next four years. Outlined in the 2020–23 budget strategy approved by the Estonian government in May 2019, this 2%

  • Thales, Atos join forces to develop advanced Link 22 functionalities for TopLink tactical datalink processor

    Thales has reached an agreement with Atos to develop advanced Link 22 functionalities for the TopLink tactical datalink processor, the company announced on 24 May. The new partnership will see the two companies further the development of advanced Link 22 functionalities for Thales’s TopLink

  • US approves F-16V sale to Bulgaria

    The US State Department has approved the sale of eight Lockheed Martin F-16V Block 70/72 Fighting Falcon combat aircraft valued at USD1.67 billion. The approval for the potential Foreign Military Sale (FMS), which was announced by the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) on 3 June, covers

  • Baglietto to build fast attack craft for Italian Navy

    Baglietto Navy, the military division of Italian yacht builder Baglietto, has been awarded a contract by Fincantieri on behalf of the Italian Navy to build two fast attack craft for the service’s new landing helicopter dock (LHD). Based on Baglietto’s FFC 15 design, the fast attack

  • John Cockerill signs defence agreements with Spanish firms

    Belgium-based turret and systems specialist John Cockerill Defense has signed memorandums of understanding with two Spanish groups to work on defence joint ventures in Spain. One is with Abengoa, best known for its involvement in the energy and water supply sectors, but which has also worked in the

  • UK MoD seeks more information on communications for Project MORPHEUS

    The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has issued a new request for information (RFI) as it develops its policy for procuring the communications element of Project MORPHEUS, which is the part of the UK’s Land Environment Tactical Communications and Information System (LE TacCIS) Programme aimed at

  • German Army completes Spike firing campaign

    The German Army completed a firing campaign with the Spike long-range (LR) missile, designated by the Bundeswehr as the Mehrrollenfähige Leichte Lenkflugkörpersystem (Multirole-capable Light Anti-tank Missile System: MELLS), Rafael announced in a 3 June press release. During the campaign,

  • NSM facility to be established in Poland under offset agreement

    Polish Armaments Group’s (PGZ’s) Wojskowe Zaklady Elektroniczne (WZE) is to establish a new facility for the production and support of naval strike missiles (NSMs), part of an offset commitment by Kongsberg related to the acquisition of an NSM-equipped coastal missile squadron for

  • Thales’ Gecko system to combat pirates in the Caribbean

    The Jamaica Defence Force is to acquire a Thales Gecko electro-optical tracking sensor system as part of a wider national programme to counter sea pirates, the company announced on 30 May. The system will be used in conjunction with the Coast Watcher 100 radar, which is also being supplied by

  • Fincantieri launches new LHD for Italian Navy

    The Italian Navy’s new landing helicopter dock (LHD) Trieste was launched at Fincantieri’s Castellammare di Stabia shipyard on 25 May. The new LHD, which features dual-use capabilities for a wide range of military and humanitarian missions, is being built under a EUR1.1 billion (USD1.3

  • Airbus Helicopters announces new Hungarian manufacturing site

    Airbus Helicopters has announced the selection of the eastern city of Gyula as the location of its new facility in Hungary. The site will fulfil an industrial co-operation promise made between the company and the Hungarian government in 2018 that will result in high-precision mechanical parts being

  • IDET 2019: GDELS presents bridging variant of ASCOD

    General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) displayed the first ever bridge-launching variant of its ASCOD tracked vehicle developed with Pearson Engineering at the IDET 2019 International Trade Fair of Defence and Security Technologies in Brno, Czech Republic, on 29–31 May. The ASCOD

  • UAE deal for AW609 tiltrotors looks in doubt

    The UAE plan to field three AgustaWestland AW609 light tiltrotor aircraft for search-and-rescue (SAR) and VIP duties appears to have stalled, with the manufacturer telling Jane’s that it has “no additional details” to provide on the expected procurement. The UAE and Finmeccanica

  • Kongsberg and Patria complete acquisition of AIM Norway

    Kongsberg and Patria have completed the acquisition of maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) provider Aerospace Industrial Maintenance (AIM) Norway from the Norwegian government under a NOK151 million (USD17.2 million) cash deal. Under the terms of a deal announced in December 2018, Kongsberg now

  • Thales contracts Canadian companies for Joint Support Ship work

    Thales has subcontracted two Canadian companies to provide technologies for the Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN’s) Joint Support Ship (JSS) acquisition. The French company is a tier one supplier for the programme under prime Seaspan Shipyards, and is responsible for the system integration of

  • France enhances high-tempo interoperability in Asia with carrier group exercises

    Key Points French carrier Charles De Gaulle is conducting a series of high-tempo warfighting drills as part of Mission ‘Clemenceau’ These exercises are enhancing the service’s interoperability with partners, especially those in the Asia-Pacific region A five-month operational

  • FEINDEF 2019: Leonardo proposes its M-345 training aircraft to replace Spanish Air Force C101s

    Leonardo proposed its new M-345 basic-advanced jet trainer aircraft to replace Spanish Air Force (SPAF) C101 Aviojet advanced trainers at the International Defence and Security Exhibition (FEINDEF), being held in Madrid on 29–31 May. The company is touting the M-345, which made its maiden

  • FEINDEF 2019: Navantia, Expal, Elbit presented their Tizona 30 mm unmanned turret

    Navantia, Expal Systems, and Elbit Systems presented the Tizona 30 mm unmanned turret they are proposing for the Spanish Army’s Dragon 8×8 armoured vehicle at the International Defence and Security Exhibition (FEINDEF), being held in Madrid on 29–31 May. In addition to an ATK 30 mm

  • FEINDEF 2019: Spanish Navy receives last refurbished AB-212 helicopter

    The last of seven AB-212 helicopters refurbished for the Spanish Navy was handed over on the first day of the International Defence and Security Fair (FEINDEF) held in Madrid on 29–31 May. Now converted to a multi-purpose role from the anti-submarine one they had when they entered service