• Croatia kicks off new tactical communications modernisation programme

    The Croatian Armed Forces (CAF) have initiated a programme to upgrade existing inventories of tactical communications systems with software defined radios (SDRs), service officials told Jane’s . According to Colonel Ivica Celik, head of department for the CAF’s Deployable Communication

  • Milrem targets growth in Latvia

    Milrem SIA has appointed as managing director Ugis Romanovs, who will help facilitate growth of the company’s new Latvian division. Taking on the role from the beginning of September, Romanovs will help expand the Estonian company’s maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services in

  • Montenegro unveils its first domestically produced armoured vehicle

    Montenegro unveiled the Mašan, its first domestically-produced armoured vehicle, in Podgorica on 29 August. The 4x4 vehicle is produced by Bijelo Polje-based Montenegro Armour Group (MAG), founded in 2017. The vehicle was presented to Montenegrin Ministry of Defence (MoD) and Ministry of

  • Amey picks up Carillion mantle

    The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has appointed Amey as the lead on its Regional Prime and National Housing Prime contracts, removing Carillion from the programme following its insolvency in January 2018. The contracts to manage military infrastructure and housing services was previously provided

  • F-35B conducts trials with UK-built weapons

    The UK’s F-35B Lightning has conducted its first trials armed with UK-built weapons, Defence Procurement Minister Stuart Andrew has said. A Royal Air Force (RAF) pilot from 17 Squadron took off from Edwards Air Force base in southern California carrying Advanced Short-Range Air-to-Air

  • L3 TRL launches new CORVUS platform

    L3 TRL has developed a new open standards platform for cyber-space electromagnetic activities (CEMA) operations called CORVUS, and will launch it at the Land Forces 2018 exhibition in Adelaide in September. Richard Flitton, L3 TRL general manager, told Jane’s the new-generation platform had

  • Retractable gun gives French special forces’ Caracal greater punch

    The French special forces’ 1/67 Pyrénées Helicopter Squadron has been training with the Nexter SH20 system, which uses the M621 cannon firing NATO-standard 20 x 102 mm ammunition. The new cannon, which was delivered to the squadron in May, provides the multimission Caracal with an

  • Austria to receive new helicopters

    On 22 August the Austrian cabinet’s ministerial council announced that additional funding in the “high hundreds of millions of euros” had been added to the agreed government budget to launch the long-delayed replacement of the air force’s 21 remaining Alouette III

  • Further far-right rallies likely in parts of eastern Germany, posing risk of injury to bystanders and police

    Event On 27 August, an estimated 6,000 far-right supporters gathered in the city centre of Chemnitz following smaller spontaneous protests with around 800 participants the previous day. These were triggered by a fatal stabbing during the night of 25/26 August and early rumours implicating migrants

  • UK announces Galileo contingency plan funding

    The British government announced GBP92 million (USD118 million) in funding on 29 August for research into the possibility of developing a domestically produced global navigation satellite system (GNSS). The initial study has been prompted by the UK’s impending exit from the European Union,

  • Greece preparing to transfer BMP-1s to Egypt

    Greece is working on export licence documents related to the transfer of 92 surplus BMP-1A1 OST infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) to Egypt under a previously unreported agreement between the two governments, according to a statement briefly published on the website of the Greek Ministry of National

  • Bulgaria invites Russia, Belarus to overhaul Su-25s

    The Bulgarian Ministry of Defence (MoD) on 21 August published a tender inviting Russian and Belarusian state-owned companies to negotiate a framework agreement valid for 48 months to overhaul the Bulgarian Air Force’s (BuAF’s) Su-25 close air support aircraft in 2019-22. The

  • Commando Merlin HC4s prepare for carrier deployments and supporting future Littoral Strike Group

    Three of the newly upgraded Commando Merlin HC4 helicopters belonging to 845 Naval Air Squadron embarked on the Royal Navy’s (RN’s) aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth on 20 August to participate in the aircraft carrier’s four-month ‘Westlant 18’ deployment. Based at

  • Macron urges European unity on defence

    French President Emmanuel Macron has used his annual speech on foreign policy to stress that Europe cannot rely on the US alone for its security, but must instead work to strengthen and guarantee this among nations on the continent. He claimed that Europe has stagnated and weakened over several

  • Spanish cabinet clears foreign takeover of two companies

    The Spanish government has approved the takeover of two national companies involved in the defence sector. The cabinet’s decision on 24 August opens the way for Canadian group Heroux-Devtek Inc to acquire 100% of aircraft and helicopter parts maker Compañía Española de Sistemas

  • CGI’s upgrade to better link UK, NATO field artillery and fire control systems

    CGI’s recent deal to upgrade the UK’s Fire Control Battlefield Information System (FC BISA) will significantly enhance the country’s interoperability with NATO allies in the area, reflecting a growing focus on ‘near-peer’ threats among Western nations, the company has

  • Estonia announces defence industry innovation competition

    Estonia’s Ministry of Defence revealed details of a new investment in defence industrial innovation on 22 August. The funding will be made available to companies through a selection process known as the Defence Innovation Competition, an annual process which has taken place for the past five

  • US authorities' decision to maintain sanctions against Bosnian Serb president indicates commitment to Bosnia's territorial sovereignty

    Event On 20 August 2018, the US embassy in Bosnia dismissed speculation in Bosnian media that US President Donald Trump’s administration was planning to lift its travel and property embargo against Bosnian Serb President Milorad Dodik of the Serb autonomous region Republika Srpska (RS). US

  • Anarchists set fire to lorry in Germany's Berlin

    A LORRY belonging to Deutsche Bahn Schenker was set on fire by anarchists in Wedding district in Berlin in Germany on 8 August, BZ Berlin reported. In a statement released on 325-No State on 17 August, Autonome Gruppen claimed responsibility for the attack, stating that it was in response to

  • Kongsberg reports falling defence revenue in second quarter

    Norwegian state-controlled defence and maritime supplier Kongsberg Gruppen released its financial results for the second quarter of 2018 on 24 August, revealing a year- on- year (y/y) fall in revenue in both its defence and overall business revenue. Total sales in the three months to the end of