• Airbus presses for German Tornado decision to meet electronic attack requirements

    Airbus is pressing the German government to expedite its Panavia Tornado replacement decision so that it can develop the electronic attack (EA) capabilities needed for both NATO and the Future Combat Air System (FCAS), a senior company official told Jane’s on 27 November. Speaking at the

  • TLVS JV expecting German MEADS contract in 2020

    The Tactical Air Defence System (Taktische Luftverteidigungssystem: TLVS) joint venture (JV) of Lockheed Martin and MBDA expects the German government to award the long-awaited contract for its Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) in the second-half of next year. Speaking to Jane’s at

  • Cubic Defence negotiating for UK’s SCOPIC 2 contract

    The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) is in negotiations to award a contract for the British Army’s SCOPIC 2 programme, which integrates synthetic resources into live training, to Cubic Defence UK (CD UK). The selection was announced on Defence Contracts Online on 14 November, and the contract has

  • Portuguese Army expands its expeditionary capability

    The Portuguese Army’s Rapid Reaction Brigade is receiving 139 VAMTAC ST5 4x4 light armoured tactical vehicles from URO Vehículos Especiales (UROVESA) to meet the “Viaturas Táticas Ligeiras Blindadas” (VTLB) requirement. The order was placed in July 2018 and an initial

  • French helicopters collide over Mali, killing 13

    Two French Army helicopters involved in Operation ‘Barkhane’ collided over Mali on the evening of 25 November, killing 13 military personnel, Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly announced in a press release the next day. Army General François Lecointre, France’s chief of

  • France setting up Gulf maritime mission

    France is setting up a new maritime surveillance mission in the Gulf and is helping to improve Saudi Arabia’s air defences, Minister of Defence Florence Parly told a conference on 23 November. “Earlier this month, after the attack [on] Abqaiq and Khurais [oil facilities on 14

  • Europe must defend itself, but not at the expense of NATO

    Europe must take greater collective responsibility for its own defence but this should not come at the expense of the trans-Atlantic NATO alliance, senior government and industry representatives said at the Berlin Security Conference (BSC) 2019. Speaking at the annual event in the German capital,

  • Germany on-course to issue heavy-lift helo contract in late 2020

    Germany is expected to issue a contract for the Schwerer Transporthubschrauber (STH) heavy-lift helicopter in the final quarter of 2020, one of the two competing manufacturers confirmed to Jane’s on 26 November. Speaking at the Berlin Security Conference (BSC), Country Director for Germany

  • LM continues to push F-35 to Germany

    Lockheed Martin continues to promote its Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) to Germany, despite the country’s government excluding the aircraft from the list of options for its Tornado replacement programme earlier in the year. Speaking at the Berlin Security

  • Norway disposes of stored C-130H aircraft

    The Norwegian Defence Material Agency (NDMA) announced on 25 November that it has sold five Lockheed Martin C-130H Hercules aircraft to US firm Coulson Aviation. Under the deal, the aircraft will be sold for a total of USD4.5 million and will be handed over in late 2019 or early 2020. Coulson

  • DGA tests electromagnetic intelligence capabilities of aerostat

    The Capacité Expérimentale de Renseignement d’Origine Electromagnétique pour Ballons et Aérostats Légers (Experimental Electromagnetic Intelligence for Light Balloons and Aerostats, CERBERE) aerial demonstrator has been tested to measure the electromagnetic environment

  • Private sector drives increase in UK defence R&D

    UK defence research and development (R&D) expenditure increased by 6.3% to GBP2.69 billion (USD2.09 billion) in 2018, according to the latest annual figures released by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) on 21 November. The UK government provided 61% of the total, with the remainder coming

  • US UAV Lost Over Libya

    A US unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) has been lost over the Libya capital Tripoli a day after the Italian Air Force lost a UAV in the same area. US Africa Command confirmed on 22 November that the unidentified UAV was lost the day before. “An unarmed US Africa Command remotely piloted aircraft

  • DGA commissions man machine teaming studies

    The Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA), the French defence procurement agency, announced on its website on 20 November that it had commissioned 19 new man machine teaming (MMT) project studies on 30 September. The MMT project aims to develop artificial intelligence (AI) and

  • German coastguard commissions third Potsdam OPV

    The coastguard arm of the German Federal Police commissioned its third and final Potsdam-class offshore patrol vessel (OPV), FGS Bad Düben (BP 83), during a ceremony held in Cuxhaven, Germany, on 20 November. The 86 m OPVs were built under a contract awarded to Fassmer shipyard in December

  • Large-scale EU project focused on maritime picture stages its first demonstration

    OCEAN2020, the flagship project funded by the EU’s pilot defence research programme, has demonstrated real-time sharing of maritime situational awareness videos across multiple navies from heterogenous air, sea and satellite reconnaissance platforms for the first time, according to EU and

  • UK Royal Marines aim to complete Future Commando Force transformation by end of 2023

    The UK Royal Marines are aiming to complete transformation to their Future Commando Force construct by the end of 2023, the corps’ deputy commandant general has said. Speaking at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) on 20 November, Brigadier Haydn White said the Littoral Strike and

  • France launches realisation phase of SIGINT aircraft programme

    The French ministry for the armed forces has officially launched the realisation phase of the ARCHANGE Programme on 18 November. Under this project, Dassault Aviation and Thales will deliver three Falcon 8X aircraft equipped with a signals intelligence (SIGINT) payload. The ARCHANGE programme,

  • HUMAT study looks to improve human/machine interface

    MBDA Missile Systems has revealed details of research into novel Human Machine Teaming (HUMAT) approaches applicable to future surface attack and air defence weapon and control systems. Funded through the French/UK Materials and Components for Missiles Innovation and Technology Partnership (MCM

  • MBDA positions ‘disruptive’ interceptor solution for TWISTER missile defence project

    MBDA is positioning a developmental disruptive endo-atmospheric missile concept for the interceptor component of the nascent European Timely Warning and Interception with Space-based TheatER surveillance (TWISTER) missile defence capability project. The Council of The European Union (EU) on 12