• Private equity firm bids GBP4 billion for Cobham

    US private equity group Advent International Corporation has bid GBP4 billion (USD5 billion) to acquire UK defence and aerospace group Cobham. Cobham’s board has unanimously backed the bid, which, at GBP0.165 per share, represents a premium of 34% over the company’s closing price on the

  • France to seek new engineer vehicle

    The French Direction Generale de l’Armement (DGA) is expected to issue a request for proposals later this year for a new engineer combat support vehicle (ECSV) to replace its tracked Engin Blinde du Genie (EBG) combat engineer tractor, according to a DGA briefing viewed by Jane’s. The

  • P950 unmanned testbed set for weapon firings

    BAE Systems is preparing to conduct the first live weapon firings from its P950 unmanned surface vessel technology (USV) demonstrator. Remote testing of the MSI-Defence Systems Seahawk Multi Weapon Station (MWS) fitted to the P950 is scheduled to take place from 12–16 August on the UK

  • QinetiQ expects stable profit margins in 2019-2020

    QinetiQ announced in a 24 July trading statement that it expects to “deliver mid-single digit revenue growth” for its fiscal year ending 31 March 2020, with stable margins delivering “continued operating profit progression”. The announcement boosted the QinetiQ share price

  • Srboauto’s upgraded Praga VS35 undergoes trials

    Serbia’s Srboauto has developed an upgraded Praga VS35 M19 self-propelled anti-aircraft gun (SPAAG), which has recently completed company trials. Srboauto’s V3S5 makes 72 improvements, many of them minor, to extend the original VS3 vehicle’s operational life and bring it up to

  • Leonardo contracts Tempest large-body test aircraft

    Leonardo has contracted 2Excel Aviation to provide a large-body test aircraft as part of the Team Tempest initiative. Announced by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) at the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) at Royal Air Force (RAF) Fairford in Gloucestershire on 19 July, the contract will

  • Poland upgrades T-72 tanks

    The Polish Minister of National Defence, Mariusz Blaszczak, signed a contract on 22 July with Zaklady Mechaniczne Bumar - Labedy in Gliwice on the upgrade of army T-72 tanks, his ministry has announced. The minister said the tanks will be equipped with modern sights, navigation,

  • US Air Force begins testing UK decoy

    US Air National Guard technical experts are evaluating the United Kingdom’s BrightCloud aircraft decoy system, which could open the way for it being procured by the US military. Wing Commander Si Blackwell of the Royal Air Force’s Rapid Capabilities Office (RCO), which oversaw

  • Bangladesh to receive five surplus UK C-130J airlifters by end of year

    Bangladesh is to receive five UK-surplus Lockheed Martin C-130J Hercules transport aircraft by the end of 2019, the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) told Jane’s on 24 July. The ‘short-bodied’ C-130Js (designated C5 in Royal Air Force [RAF] service) were ordered in two batches of two

  • Bulgaria plans to select wheeled armoured vehicle by end of year

    Bulgaria’s Council of Ministers has decided that a request for proposals (RFP) will be launched for the procurement of 150 wheeled armoured vehicles to equip battalion-size battlegroups for a mechanised brigade, for which a winner will be selected by 20 December 2019, the Ministry of Defence

  • Bulgarian president vetoes F-16 deal

    Bulgarian President Rumen Radev on 23 July vetoed legislation approving the procurement of eight F-16 Block 70 fighters. Parliament approved the USD1.23 billion deal on 19 July, following Defence Minister Krasimir Karakachanov’s signature of a package of agreements related to the F-16 purchase

  • DroneShield signs partnership deal with Bosch

    Australian firm DroneShield – a specialist in counter-unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technologies – has entered a partnership with the security arm of German conglomerate Bosch. DroneShield said in a press release on 24 July that through the teaming arrangement it has integrated its UAV

  • UK extends Hercules out-of-service date to 2035

    The Royal Air Force (RAF) is to extend its fleet of 14 Lockheed Martin C-130J/C-130J-30 Hercules transport aircraft by a further five years, with a new out-of-service date (OSD) of 2035. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) told Jane’s on 24 July that its fleet of one ‘short’ C-130J C5

  • Raytheon joins UK Artemis satellite industry team

    Raytheon has signed a memorandum of understanding with the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) to join the Team Artemis industry effort for the nation’s recently-announced small satellite constellation programme. Launched by defence secretary Penny Mordaunt on 18 July, Artemis is the UK’s

  • UK reduces risk from programmes

    UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) procurement officials appear to have had some success in driving risk out of several high-profile programmes, with the number ‘red-flagged’ by the UK’s Infrastructure and Projects Authority (IPA) dropping from five to one over the past year, according

  • UK to contribute long-range reconnaissance group to MINUSMA

    The British Army will contribute a 250-strong long-range reconnaissance task group to the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) from 2020, UK Secretary of Defence Penny Mordaunt announced on 22 July. “The UK contribution will provide improved situational

  • Cohort reports 148% order intake increase

    Cohort has reported a 148% order intake increase for the year ending 30 April that closed at GBP189.9 million (USD237 million), a success contributed to in part by its acquisition of Chess Technologies at the end of 2018. The UK-based group said the initial contribution by the fire control and

  • German lead contribution to VJTF 2023 to be modernised

    The Bundesamt für Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik und Nutzung der Bundeswehr (BAAINBw), Germany’s Federal Office for Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-service Support, has awarded the contract for the modernisation of the Puma infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) and

  • First Australian Boxer armoured vehicle arrives in Brisbane

    The first of 25 Rheinmetall Defence Boxer 8x8 armoured vehicles being built in Germany for the Australian Army arrived in Brisbane in mid-July, sources have told Jane’s . Rheinmetall Defence Australia (RDA) declined to comment, but the sources said the drive module of the multi-purpose

  • Marshall selected for RAF Wedgetail work

    Boeing has subcontracted Marshall Aerospace and Defence to carry out modification work in the United Kingdom for the Royal Air Force’s acquisition of the E-7 Wedgetail airborne early warning and control aircraft. Marshall will modify the five 737 airliners into the E-7 AEW&C