• 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

  • Australia issues tender for Land 400 Phase 3

    Australia’s Department of Defence (DoD) has issued a request for tender (RFT) in support of the Land 400 Phase 3 project to replace the Australian Army’s M113AS4 armoured personnel carriers (APCs) with up to 450 modern infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) and 17 manoeuvre support vehicles.

  • UK lawmakers urge investment in Arctic capabilities

    The British government should be “extremely wary” of Russia’s military intentions in the Arctic and re-establish Cold War-type capabilities to counter emerging threats in the region, according to an influential parliamentary committee. In a report entitled ‘On Thin Ice: UK

  • FYR Macedonia launches referendum on name deal with Greece, acceptance unlikely to decrease risk of early election

    Key Points If the referendum’s minimum turnout threshold is not reached, the government is likely to proceed with parliamentary ratification of the measure, seeking opposition support in exchange for the promise of early parliamentary elections, probably by mid-2019; this is likely to slow

  • Equipment begins arriving in Norway for NATO exercise 'Trident Juncture'

    Key Points The first shipload of equipment for NATO exercise ‘Trident Juncture’, to be held in Norway in October-November, has arrived in Norway During the exercise, more than 30 nations will practice NATO Article 5 collective defence and Norway will test its total defence concept

  • New Zealand to procure Norwegian support vessel

    The New Zealand government said on 22 August that it will procure a multirole offshore support vessel currently operated by a Norwegian offshore services provider to meet its dive and hydrographic requirements. The government said in a statement that the acquisition of the 85 m vessel, MV Edda Fonn

  • Tulpar light tank completes initial trials, awaits first contract

    Otokar has completed initial firing and mobility trials of its latest Tulpar light tank, which has been developed to meet potential requirements of at least two export customers. This system mates the Otokar Tulpar tracked armoured fighting vehicle (AFV) with the Belgian CMI Defence Cockerill 3105

  • MBDA, Soitec take over Dolphin Integration

    Soitec and MBDA announced on 22 August that they are jointly acquiring microelectronics developer Dolphin Integration. A joint venture (JV) owned 60% by semiconductor material manufacturer Soitec and 40% by weapons developer MBDA will be formed for the acquisition, which will incorporate Dolphin

  • Reliance clarifies offsets in Indian Rafale deal

    Indian group Reliance Infrastructure has highlighted its role in the offset programme linked to New Delhi’s acquisition of 36 Dassault Rafale fighter aircraft from France. Responding to allegations of misconduct in the offset programme, which were raised by the political opposition in India,

  • RMMV team formed for Romanian truck bid

    Romanian firm MHS Truck & Bus announced on 21 August that it had signed a joint venture (JV) agreement with heavy vehicle manufacturer Roman to bid for a truck and trailer supply contract for the Romanian Army. Under the terms of the JV agreement, the two companies are to collaborate on bidding

  • Australian defence exports on the rise

    Key Points Statistics show strong quarterly growth in Australian defence export applications The government attributes the increase to its defence export strategy, which was issued early in 2018 Figures published by Australia’s Defence Export Controls (DEC), a branch of the Department of

  • Babcock consolidates UK MoD training systems support contracts

    Babcock announced on 21 August that it has received a contract from the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) to provide consolidated maritime training systems support, streamlining a number of existing packages into one contract. The five-year Maritime Training Systems Through-life Availability and Support

  • France issues tender for sharpshooter rifles

    The Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA), the French defence procurement agency, issued a tender on 18 August for around 2,600 7.62×51 NATO chambered Fusil de Précision Semi-Automatique semi-automatic sharpshooter rifles with daylight scopes to replace FR-F2 weapons that

  • Australia’s ASC announces more job cuts

    Australian shipbuilder ASC has announced another round of job cuts linked to the winding down of its project to build Hobart-class Air Warfare Destroyers (AWDs) for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). The state-owned company said on 20 August that its ASC Shipbuilding division will cut 93 jobs. It

  • Latvia details UH-60 procurement plans

    The Latvian Ministry of Defence (MoD) provided details on its website on 20 August of its proposed purchase of Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk transport helicopters. Latvia’s request to procure four UH-60s, along with equipment including Talon Forward Looking Infrared Radar (FLIR) systems, spares,

  • HMS Queen Elizabeth sets sail for F-35 trials

    The Royal Navy’s (RN's) new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth sailed from its home port of Portsmouth for the United States for the first time on 18 August to carry out flight trials with F-35B Lightning combat aircraft. The 65,000-tonne carrier is expected to arrive off the US east coast

  • Business as normal for anti-piracy task force post-Brexit, says EU NAVFOR

    Key Points Operation ‘Atalanta’ headquarters will transfer from the United Kingdom to Spain in March 2019 The European Union and United Kingdom have not yet agreed post-Brexit defence and security arrangements EU Naval Force (NAVFOR) counter-piracy operations off the Horn of Africa

  • Australia orders 211 Boxer wheeled armoured vehicles

    Australia has awarded Rheinmetall an order for 211 Boxer wheeled armoured vehicles worth a total of AUD3.3 billion (USD2.4 billion). The contract was signed on 17 August in Canberra by Australia’s Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, and the Managing Director of Rheinmetall Defence Australia