• France looks to boost SMEs through new fund

    The French government is looking to establish a development fund to help small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) working on innovative defence projects. Minister for Armed Forces Florence Parly said on 29 August that the government would be launching an investment fund with state-owned bank BPI

  • NATO declares enhanced Forward Presence battlegroups fully operational

    NATO declared its enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) battlegroups in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland fully operational on 28 August. The announcement follows the declaration of the Canadian-led eFP battlegroup as "fully interoperable and combat effective" after the completion of its

  • Poland ponders possibilities for upgrading T-72s

    Polish company Zaklady Mechaniczne Bumar-Labedy is scheduled to present two upgraded versions of the T-72 main battle tank (MBT) at the MSPO-2017 defence exhibition in September. The two vehicles, designated PT-17 and PT-91M2, were designed in response to the

  • UK military secures access to Oman’s Duqm port

    The United Kingdom and Oman have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that will enable the Royal Navy to use the sultanate’s Duqm port, the British Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 28 August. The MoU was signed by Secretary of State Michael Fallon during a visit to Oman and the

  • Bahrain to get ex-RAF C-130Js

    Bahrain has bought two ex-Royal Air Force (RAF) C-130J transport aircraft, the UK Ministry of Defence has confirmed. It told Jane's on 30 August the two aircraft are currently being refurbished at the Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group facilities at Cambridge Airport under the

  • Bulgarian government to take control of ammunition producer

    The Bulgarian government is to take national ammunition manufacturer Dunarit back into public ownership to avoid “serious problems for the entire military-industrial complex in Bulgaria", it was announced on 29 August. The announcement from the Bulgarian Ministry of Economy (MoE) comes

  • France raises defence budget

    The French armed forces ministry, as the ministry of defence (MoD) is called under President Emmanuel Macron, announced on 28 August that its budget will be increased by EUR1.8 billion (USD2.2 billion) to EUR34.2 billion in 2018. This 5% increase is three times the budget increase from 2016 to 2017

  • India issues RFI for 150 heavyweight torpedoes

    India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has invited responses by the end of September from at least four overseas manufacturers regarding the supply of 150 heavyweight torpedoes to equip the six Kalvari (Scorpène)-class diesel-electric submarines being licence-built for the Indian Navy (IN).

  • Macedonian Army transforms for new tasks

    President Gjorgji Ivanov has called for the budget of the Army of the Republic Republic of Macedonia (Armija na Republika Makedonija: ARM) to be increased to at least 2% of the national budget. Speaking on the 25th anniversary of the formation of the modern ARM on 18 August, Ivanov said: "As a country, we are

  • RAF fighters reinforce NATO Baltic air policing in Estonia

    Two Typhoon fighters from the Royal Air Force’s No 3 Squadron arrived at Ämari, Estonia, on 29 August to participate in air-land integration exercises with the British-led battlegroup currently deployed in Estonia, as part of NATO’s enhanced Forward Presence (eFP). The aircraft

  • UK poised to change gear on Type 31 frigate acquisition programme

    Key Points The Type 31 acquisition strategy is to be briefed at an industry engagement event in London on 7 September It is expected that the long-awaited National Shipbuilding Strategy will be announced just prior to the event The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) is set publish an "innovative

  • Defence minister proposes building new helicopter in Austria

    In interviews with Austrian media on 25 August, Defence Minister Hans Peter Doskozil proposed that a domestic industry cluster build the army's new light multirole helicopter. Doskozil told the Kronen Zeitung newspaper that talks would be held with potential domestic companies, claiming Austria has

  • Indonesia, Poland consider co-production

    Poland has offered Indonesia partnership status on programmes to develop and build radar systems and light armoured vehicles, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in Jakarta has said. The collaboration programme was proposed by Polish government officials in Indonesia on 25 August, said the MoD. It

  • JOBSS selected for RNLA

    Israel’s Bagira Systems has been awarded a contract by the Netherlands Ministry of Defence to supply a solution based on the company’s Joint-fire BattleSpace Simulator (JOBSS) as the Joint Fires Training and Exercise System (JFTES) for the Royal Netherlands Army (RNLA). JOBSS is already

  • UK, Oman sign MOU

    UK Minister of Defence Michael Fallon signed a memorandum of understanding covering the use of the Port at Duqm on 28 August, during a visit to Muscat, Oman. Fallon was joining Oman’s Minister responsible for Defence Affairs Sayyid Badar bin Saud bin Harub Al Busaidi, who also signed the

  • Vixen 500E AESA radar selected for IAR-99 technology demonstrator

    Leonardo’s Airborne and Space Systems division has been contracted by Romania’s National Institute for Aerospace Research ‘Elie Carafoli’ (INCAS) to supply its Vixen 500E active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar for Romania’s IAR-99 trainer Technology

  • Austria’s rift with Airbus hampers helicopter acquisition

    Key Points Austria's MoD has launched the procurement of 12 light multirole helicopters for EUR30–50 million Due to the legal dispute with Airbus over the 2003–2007 Typhoon acquisition, Vienna is trying to exclude Airbus Helicopters from bidding On 21 August, the Austrian Ministry of

  • French companies sign defence cooperation deals with Romania

    French president Emmanuel Macron met with his Romanian counterpart Klaus Iohannis on 24 August, as part of a tour of Eastern European countries, which also facilitated defence industrial cooperation deals with two Romanian companies. During Mr Macron's trip, which was intended to reinvigorate

  • China develops new RPG-defeating net for AFVs

    China has developed a new armour system called Flexible Grid Armour (FGA), which is now being marketed for export by China North Industries Corporation (NORINCO). The FGA is designed to provide tracked and wheeled armoured fighting vehicles (AFVs) with increased protection against anti-tank

  • Fabryka Broni prepares for huge military orders

    Polish national small arms manufacturer Fabryka Broni Lucznik-Radom (FBLR) is receiving a loan for new machinery to finance an expected order from the Polish armed forces. The investment is being made as state qualification tests of the PR-15 pistol and MSBS-5.56 rifle near completion in the next