• Bundeswehr plans first deployment of MANTIS to Mali

    The Bundeswehr is planning to deploy the Modular, Automatic and Network capable Targeting and Interception System (MANTIS) counter-rocket, artillery and mortar defence (C-RAM) system for the first time to Mali, Jane's has learned. Deployment of MANTIS in the “sense and warn”

  • Poland opens tenders for new light vehicles

    Poland has reopened the tender for Mustang 4x4 vehicles, while at the same time Polish airmobile units also look for specialised airmobile troop carriers with trailers. The most important tender is for Mustang 4x4 light multipurpose vehicles to be delivered in 2019-22. Poland is looking for 872

  • Serbia solves shortages with professionals

    The Serbian Army will have an additional 968 professional soldiers, while 46 new officers will take up command duties by the end of this year, Aleksandar Vulin, the recently appointed defence minister, announced on 16 August. During a visit to the Serbian Army’s Logistic Training Centre in

  • UK ceases training Syrian rebels

    Teams of British soldiers training Syrian rebels to fight the Islamic State have been withdrawn from Turkey and Jordan, a senior defence source knowledgeable about the controversial project has told Jane’s . Michael Fallon, the UK defence secretary, announced in October 2016 that up to 20

  • Canada to deploy Hornet fighters to Romania

    Canada is to send four Boeing CF-18 Hornet fighters to Romania in September, replacing the equivalent number of UK Eurofighter Typhoons that have been performing air policing duties for the past four months. The Canadian Department of National Defence (DND) announced on 16 August that four Hornets,

  • Thales readies Elix-IR airborne threat warning system for production

    Thales’ Elix-IR multifunction airborne infrared (IR) threat warning system will be available for production by the end of September 2018, Jane’s has learnt. Developed though a Technology Demonstrator Programme (TDP) jointly funded by Thales and the UK Ministry of Defence, the Elix-IR

  • UK MoD exercise assesses cyber defence talent

    The UK Ministry of Defence’s (MoD’s) Defence Cyber School has hosted a cyber exercise featuring a fictitious attack on military communications equipment. The event was created by Her Majesty’s Government Communications Centre (HMGCC) and held at the Defence Academy in Shrivenham

  • Estonia orders Saab training systems

    The Estonian armed forces have ordered BT46 training systems from Saab for the nation's army for delivery in 2018, the Swedish company announced on 16 August. The systems will be used by the mechanised brigade, regiments, and at the infantry school. The contract includes BT46 systems for

  • Hensoldt completes EuroAvionics deal

    German defence and security sensor house Hensoldt has completed the acquisition of Pforzheim-based EuroAvionics; a provider of avionics systems for helicopters and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The completion of the purchase – first announced in May – was announced on 17 August.

  • Swedish politicians agree defence spending rise

    Sweden's principal political parties have reached an agreement to increase defence spending until 2020, with additional funding of SEK2.7 billion (USD332.1 million) per annum from 2018. The agreement between the governing Social Democrat Party–Green Party coalition and the opposition

  • UK details F-35B carrier trials

    The UK’s Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier is to spend eight weeks off the east coast of the United States carrying out flight trials next year with Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters embarked for the first time. Royal Air Force (RAF) Squadron Leader Andy Edgell, the

  • HMS Queen Elizabeth comes home to Portsmouth

    The Royal Navy’s new aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth , was greeted by thousands of people as it entered its home port of Portsmouth for the first time on 16 August. Its crew lined the flight deck with Merlin helicopters behind them and in the air for a flypast with Hawk fixed- and

  • Bundeswehr starts growing again

    The Bundeswehr, the German armed forces, reached a strength of more than 170,000 professional soldiers and short-service volunteers in July 2017 for the first time since February 2015, it announced on 15 August. After a slight dip below this level because of planned retirements, the 170,000 mark was

  • Potential charges against leader of Czech centrist party would undermine next government's stability and longevity

    Event On 10 August, the Czech police requested that the Czech Chamber of Deputies (lower house of parliament) remove parliamentary immunity to prosecution from Andrej Babiš (former finance minister and leader of the junior coalition partner, ANO) and ANO's deputy head Jaroslav Faltýnek.

  • US gifts two M28 Skytruck aircraft to Estonia

    The United States is to gift Estonia two small PZL Mielec M28 Skytruck aircraft worth a total of USD6 million to replace the An-2 transport aircraft currently in use. Estonia had previously refused two Sherpas from the United States because of maintenance costs, lack of parts availability, and the

  • Vessel with migrants in Romanian Black Sea waters increases likelihood of border police improvements in Romania, Bulgaria

    Event On 13 August, Romanian coastguards intercepted a motorised yacht carrying 69 migrants from Iraq in the Romanian territorial waters of the Black Sea. The vessel was sailing under a Turkish flag and was intercepted 10 miles from the Mangalia port in Southeast Romania, near the Bulgarian

  • Germany and the Netherlands go Dutch on ground based air defence

    The Luftwaffe's Flugabwehrraketengruppe (Surface-to-Air Missile Group or SAM-Group) 61 will be subordinated to the Dutch Ground Based Air Defence Command in Vredepeel, the Netherlands, at the end of August, the German Air Force announced on 14 August. The step is part of Project Apollo, under which

  • QinetiQ wins 'customer friend' role for UK Fleet Solid Support project

    Key Points QinetiQ will provide engineering and project support for the UK's Fleet Solid Support ship programme QinetiQ secured the FEPS award in the face of competition from BMT Defence Services and Frazer-Nash Consultancy UK science and technology group QinetiQ has been awarded a GBP10-million

  • NATO allies to review possible naval mission in Eastern Mediterranean

    NATO is to review an appeal from its members Turkey and Germany for allied naval intervention to monitor the flow of migrants across the Aegean Sea, according to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. "The ministers will address this issue because the migration crisis is of great concern to

  • Violent risks intelligence bulletin - 1 February 2016

    Americas Brazil - 29 January 2016: In São Paulo, 300 taxi drivers protesting against rival Uber drivers allegedly injured an unspecified number of them, vandalising their cars. Chile - 29 January 2016: Six Mapuche communities urged the government to cancel the environmental permit given to