• Germany’s TKMS awarded contract to upgrade INS Shishumar

    Indian public-sector company Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) has awarded Germany’s ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) a INR4.10 billion (USD56.5 million) contract to overhaul and upgrade INS Shishumar, the first of the Indian Navy’s (IN’s) four Shishumar-class (Type

  • Grounding order lifted for Polish ‘Fitters’

    A grounding order for the Polish Air Force’s Sukhoi Su-22 ‘Fitter’ force, implemented following the crash of a MiG-29 on 6 July, has been lifted, the Polish Armed Forces General Command has confirmed to Jane’s . The findings of the State Commission on Aircraft Accidents

  • Next year to see sharp increase in French defence budget

    Key Points France's 2019 defence budget is expected to be EUR39.5 billion: a sizeable increase over 2018 However, slow platform and weapon deliveries continue to plague the French armed forces France’s 2019 finance bill provides for a sharp increase in the country’s defence budget,

  • Elbit, QuantaDyn team to provide mobile JTAC training services

    Elbit Systems UK, at the DVD 18 exhibition in September, showcased the mobile Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC) training facility that it is providing as a service to the United Kingdom’s 1st Artillery Brigade. Elbit is the prime contractor and is partnered with QuantaDyn for this

  • Singapore navy commissions two Littoral Mission Vessels, opens integrated simulation centre

    The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) has commissioned two more Independence-class Littoral Mission Vessels (LMVs), RSS Justice and RSS Indomitable during a ceremony held at the Tuas Naval Base on 26 September. Built by Singapore Technologies Engineering Marine Justice and Indomitable (with pennant

  • Spanish, US navies join forces for ‘SMARTEX-181’ air defence exercise

    The Spanish Navy began on 24 September what is said to be its most “advanced level” joint exercise with US destroyers deployed at the Rota naval base in southern Spain since the ships started operating there five years ago as part of the US' ballistic missile defence (BMD) plan in Europe.

  • France proceeds with planned defence budget rise

    French armed forces minister Florence Parly revealed details of the country’s draft 2019 defence budget on 25 September, which includes increases in line with those set out in the country’s 2019–25 Military Programming Law (Loi de programmation militaire (LPM)), published in

  • UK retires final Sea Kings after nearly 50-years' service

    The United Kingdom has retired the last of its Westland Sea King helicopters, with the final flight of the Royal Navy’s (RN’s) ASaC7 airborne early warning (AEW) and surveillance platforms on 26 September. As the final operator of the type in the UK armed forces, 849 Naval Air Squadron

  • Australia’s DST, Rheinmetall to develop programme to enhance tactical decision making

    The Defence Science and Technology (DST) Group – the research and development (R&D) arm of the Australian Department of Defence (DoD) – will engage in a new research initiative with Rheinmetall Defence Australia to jointly develop a computer-based programme to assist army commanders

  • Cubic offers more realistic training with Artillery Mission Training System

    Cubic has developed a new training system that fills a gap in individual and collective artillery training, and has delivered its first concept demonstrator to the British Army’s Royal School of Artillery (RSA). Alastair Parkinson, programme manager for Cubic’s Project Pantheon for

  • France, Australia hold defence industrial co-operation conference

    Australia and France are working towards closer bilateral ties, as representatives from the two governments and their respective industries and academia meet in Adelaide to focus on the development of stronger industrial partnerships. This symposium is being held on 24 and 25 September, and is one

  • L3 swoops for ASV Global to strengthen unmanned capability

    L3 Technologies has acquired unmanned surface vessel (USV) and autonomous vessel control company ASV Global in a move that significantly strengthens L3’s maritime unmanned capability. The deal was completed on 20 September, with the new company to be known as L3 ASV. The terms have not been

  • Lockheed Martin develops generic 8x8 SkyKeeper C2 module

    Lockheed Martin UK (LMUK) has developed a generic 8x8 mission module for its SkyKeeper battlespace management command-and-control (C2) system, which was showcased at the DVD 2018 exhibition in September. The new mission module is designed for easy installation in the crew compartment of an 8x8

  • Thales reveals Acusonic vehicle-based gunshot detection

    Thales showcased its Acusonic vehicle-based acoustic gunshot detection system at the DVD 2018 exhibition in September, after the system was selected earlier in the year for the British Army’s new Ajax armoured fighting vehicle family in a GBP3.7 million (USD4.8 million) deal. Rhys Parry,

  • Update: GDMS-UK showcases Hotspot technology demonstrator

    General Dynamics Mission Systems-UK (GDMS-UK) presented its Hawk vehicle, a concept demonstrator of the company’s proposal for the United Kingdom’s Hotspot requirement, at the DVD 2018 exhibition held at the UK Millbrook Proving Ground in September. Also on display was the BAE Systems

  • Commons report calls for better nuclear enterprise management

    The UK’s House of Commons Public Accounts Committee has called upon the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to respond to weaknesses it has highlighted within the nuclear enterprise that is delivering the nation’s submarine-based nuclear deterrent. Potential weaknesses include the fragility of

  • DVD 2018: WFEL, KMW discuss plans for Boxer bridging module

    UK bridging system manufacturer WFEL presented a concept model of a Boxer bridging module for medium-class vehicles at this month’s DVD 2018 exhibition, held on 19–20 September at Millbrook Proving Ground, Bedfordshire. WFEL is working with Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW), part of the ARTEC

  • Saab awarded support contract for South Korean Arthur WLSs

    Saab has been awarded a SEK500 million (USD56.9 million) contract by South Korea’s Defence Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) to support the Arthur weapon locating systems (WLSs) in service with the Republic of Korea Army and Marine Corps. The five-year performance-based logistics

  • Spain opts for ESSM Block 2 for future F-110 frigates

    Spain has opted for Raytheon’s Evolved Seasparrow Missile (ESSM) Block 2 missile as the primary ship self-defence system for its five new F-110 frigates. The decision was confirmed to Jane’s by Spain’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) on 20 September. The long-awaited decision –

  • ARTEC to seek proposals from UK industry on Boxer

    British industry has been given the go-ahead to present its proposals to the prime contractor of the 8x8 Boxer, to potentially be selected to participate in the British Army’s upcoming acquisition of 500 examples of the mechanised infantry vehicle (MIV). The government said the