• Leonardo completes live sea trials for ULISSES anti-submarine warfare suite

    Leonardo announced it has completed live sea trails of new Ultra-Light Sonics Enhanced System (ULISSES) anti-submarine warfare (ASW) suite and expects to finalise development by the end of the year, enabling marketing and production to start in 2020. “At-sea demonstrating campaigns for

  • Navantia continues FSS bid despite stopped competition

    Spanish shipbuilder Navantia has reaffirmed its pursuit of the UK’s Fleet Solid Support (FSS) ship programme despite the Ministry of Defence’s (MoD’s) recent decision to halt the current competition. The company told Jane’s that it is continuing to refine manufacture and

  • NATO declares space as operational domain, increases resilience to hybrid attacks

    Key Points Ministers have prepared initiatives for approval by the 3–4 December allied leaders’ meeting in London They declared space as a new operational domain for NATO and approved a report on countering hybrid threats Allied foreign ministers agreed to declare space as a new

  • Italian Reaper UAV crashes in Libya

    The Italian Air Force (Aeronautica Militare Italiana: AMI) lost an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) over Libya on 20 November, the country’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) confirmed. The General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) MQ-9 Reaper came down while flying over southern Tripoli. While

  • Hungary receives first two H145M helicopters

    Hungary received its first two H145M helicopters on 18 November 2019, Airbus Helicopters confirmed to Jane's on 20 November. The Hungarian Ministry of Defence ordered 20 H145Ms with the HForce weapon management system in June 2018, for which Airbus Helicopters is also providing a training and

  • Dubai Airshow 2019: Diamond Aircraft adds TS-80 radar to DA62 MSA options

    Austrian aircraft manufacturer Diamond Aircraft and Italy’s Leonardo announced at the Dubai Airshow that the two companies were now offering the Leonardo Gabbiano Ultra-Light TS-80 radar as an option on the Diamond Aircraft DA62 MSA. Integration of the radar onto the aircraft is expected to

  • Dubai Airshow 2019: Leonardo launches Skydweller HAPS

    Italy’s Leonardo has taken a minority stake in Spanish/US firm Skydweller, which is developing a solar-powered high-altitude pseudo-satellite (HAPS) system. Speaking to media at the 2019 Dubai Airshow, Leonardo executives said the company has been working on the project for over a year, which

  • Dubai Airshow 2019: SAMI, BAE Systems collaborating on HAPS

    Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) and BAE Systems are collaborating on the development of the PHASA-35 high-altitude pseudo-satellite (HAPS) system. “We have an agreement with BAE Systems to make this a completely Saudi indigenous programme,” SAMI CEO Andreas Schwer told

  • Profits fall for Babcock but orders rise

    Babcock International on 20 November recorded lower half-year profits for its 2019-20 financial year, due partly to completion of its contract to build two Queen Elizabeth II-class aircraft carriers for the UK Royal Navy (RN). Results for the six months that ended 30 September showed that pre-tax

  • Senegal orders three 62 m OPVs from Kership

    Senegal has signed a contract with French company Kership, a joint venture between Piriou and Naval Group, to procure three OPV 58 S offshore patrol vessels (OPVs). Under the terms of the contract, announced on 17 November, construction will start in early 2020, and all three OPVs are expected to

  • UK develops CEMA deception device

    The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) is developing a Cyber and Electromagnetic Activities (CEMA) deception device and revealed some details during the Autonomous Advanced Force 2.0 experiment in November 2019. The effort is a partnership between the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) and

  • Dubai Airshow 2019: R&D agreement reflects closer Franco-UAE industrial ties

    United Arab Emirates (UAE) offset authority the Tawazun Economic Council (TEC) is setting up a joint steering committee with French procurement agency Direction Générale de l'Armement (DGA), to foster defence research and development (R&D) activities. The two parties announced an

  • Brazilian Army details LMV 4×4 purchase

    Iveco Defence Vehicles has inked a BRL67.8 million (USD 16.2 million) contract with the Brazilian Army for an initial tranche of 32 Light Multirole Vehicle-Brasil (LMV-BR) 4×4 light armoured tactical vehicles. Vehicle deliveries, in the multipurpose configuration, from Italy will begin in 2020

  • Bundestag budget committee approves German defence budget increase

    The budget committee of the Bundestag, the German parliament, approved a EUR45.1 billion (nearly USD50 billion) defence budget for 2020 on 14 November, the German Ministry of Defence (MoD) reported the next day. This represents an increase of EUR1.8 billion, or 4.2%, from 2019, which the ministry

  • HMS Prince of Wales arrives in Portsmouth

    The UK Royal Navy’s (RN’s) second Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carrier has arrived at Portsmouth naval base ahead of handover and formal commissioning. HMS Prince of Wales sailed into its new base port on 16 November after completing an eight-week period of sea trials. Handover will

  • Dubai Airshow 2019: UAE boosts AEW&C, tanker fleet

    The United Arab Emirates’ Air Force and Air Defence (UAEAFAD) announced on 19 November that it was in the closing stages of negotiations with Saab for an additional two GlobalEye airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft, as well as a further three Airbus A330 MRTT (multi-role

  • Green light beckons for Advent-Cobham deal but concerns linger

    Key Points UK government moves closer to approving sale of Cobham to US private equity firm Advent International However, the government has ordered a further consultation until 17 December, to assess pledges by Advent to safeguard national security After a three-week inquiry, the UK government

  • DSEI Japan 2019: Excelitas Technologies showcases Merlin-LR 2 weapon-mounted night sight

    Excelitas Technologies showcased the newest addition to its Merlin family of weapon-mounted night sights at the 18-20 November DSEI Japan 2019 defence exhibition in Chiba. Called Merlin-LR 2, the new sight is described by the company as an image-intensifying weapon sight designed to be compatible

  • Taurus Systems offers KEPD 350E air-to-surface cruise missiles for JASDF’s F-2 and F-15 fighters

    Germany’s Taurus Systems is offering its KEPD 350E air-to-surface cruise missiles for fitment onto the Japan Air Self-Defense Force’s (JASDF’s) fleet of F-2 and F-15J Eagle multirole fighters. A company official told Jane’s at the 18–20 DSEI Japan defence exhibition in

  • Babcock secures UK Type 31 frigate contract

    The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has contracted Babcock for the design and build of the Royal Navy’s (RN’s) new Type 31 general-purpose frigate. Signed on 15 November, the award covers the delivery of five ships at an average production cost of GBP250 million (USD320 million) each. The