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BAE Systems Bofors contracts Rheinmetall to supply 48 HX truck chassis for its Archer SPHs

Rheinmetall has been contracted by the Swedish company BAE Systems Bofors to deliver 48 all-terrain HX truck cab chassis with protected cabins, the company announced on 23 May 2024. The highly mobile 8×8 military vehicles from Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles (RMMV) will serve as carriers for the Swedish armed forces’ Archer self-propelled howitzers (SPHs). The […]

Forcit extends sea mine range with Flounder anti-invasion mine

Finnish company Forcit Defence has extended its sea mine family with the Flounder anti-invasion mine, the company announced on 21 May 2024. Utilising the same target detection system as Forcit’s Blocker bottom mine, the Flounder mine features multiple sensors, including acoustic, magnetic, pressure, and inertial, with options for underwater electric potential (UEP) and photonic sensors, […]

MBDA signs contract amendment with OCCAR to enhance Italian CAMM-ER-based air defence systems

Missile house MBDA has signed a contract amendment with Europe’s Organisation for Joint Armament Co-operation (OCCAR) to increase the technical capabilities of the Italian air defence systems based on the CAMM-ER missile, namely the Italian Army’s Grifo system and the Italian Air Force’s Medium Advanced Air Defence System (MAADS). The contract, which was announced on […]



GA-ASI awarded contract to develop AI for Smart Sensor programme

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) has been awarded a USD 94,808,020 (EUR 87,581,753) cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for research, development, test and evaluation of autonomy and artificial intelligence (AI) for the Smart Sensor intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) prototype unmanned aerial system (UAS), the company announced on 22 May 2024. The work was awarded by the […]

KNDS and GDELS introduce 155 mm Artillery Gun Module on Piranha Heavy Mission Carrier

At the 2024 Defence iQ Future Artillery Conference, held in Paris from 21-23 May, KNDS Deutschland and General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) presented KNDS’ unmanned 155 mm, 52-calibre Artillery Gun Module (AGM) mounted on a GDELS 10×10 Piranha Heavy Mission Carrier (HMC) vehicle. “With a gross vehicle weight of up to 40 tonnes and […]

GM Defense announces collaboration with Mistral and UVision to offer ISV armed with Hero-120 loitering munitions

General Motors subsidiary GM Defense has entered into a strategic collaboration with Bethesda-based Mistral and Israeli loitering munition specialist UVision aimed at enhancing the US Army’s tactical capabilities. Announced on 20 May 2024, the collaboration involves integrating UVision’s Hero-120 loitering munition with GM Defense’s light tactical utility vehicle. Based on the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 pickup […]



Leonardo on target with LINAPS contracts for British and Italian armies

Leonardo has signed new contracts with the defence ministries of the UK and Italy for its LINAPS artillery pointing system, the company announced on 20 May 2024. In one new contract the Italian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has placed an order with Leonardo for 39 LINAPS systems to equip its army’s FH70 towed howitzers with […]

JFD appoints Peter Laughton as head of its military diving business

Underwater systems provider JFD has appointed Peter Laughton as head of its military diving business to support the company’s continued growth in both the UK and international defence markets, the company announced on 20 May 2024. Laughton brings to the role 32 years of extensive operational experience with the Royal Navy, with a substantial part […]

Romanian acquisition programmes: a steady path to reindustrialisation

Bordering Ukraine and with direct access to the Black Sea, the tempo of defence planning and defence-related acquisitions has never been more dynamic in Romania. With an estimated defence expenditure of 2.44% of GDP in 2023, of which 35.2% was dedicated to the acquisition of major equipment (including related R&D), Romania attracts the attention of […]



Europe’s Naval Shipyards: Competitive Again?

Well, they certainly seem to be headed that way. While some order books might be fuller than others, construction capabilities at European shipyards overall are enough to rival leading naval shipyards in almost any global region. Moreover, construction projects now underway point to a turnaround which should gather pace, particularly if defence budgets improve. Low […]

Developments in Anti-Submarine Warfare & Underwater Situational Awareness

The need to deploy the capacity to secure the underwater domain is becoming an increased area of focus for navies across the globe. MDM discussed recent trends in the sector with Chris Tucker from Systems Engineering and Assessment Ltd (SEA), a subsidiary of British defence technology company, Cohort Plc MDM: The importance of being able […]

Devonport Royal Dockyard: A Glimpse behind the Dockyard’s Walls

On consecutive days in February 2024, Babcock International Group hosted members of the investor and media communities at a series of presentations at Devonport Royal Dockyard in Plymouth, South West England. Conrad Waters, MDM’s Joint Editor in Chief, was present at the media event. Here, the group’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) David Lockwood and Chief […]



AUKUS Submarine (SSN-AUKUS): Status Update

A major element of the trilateral AUKUS defence security partnership between Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States that was first announced in September 2021 is to support the acquisition of conventionally-armed, nuclear-powered attack submarines (SSNs) for the Royal Australian Navy. Subsequently, in March 2023, a pathway to the achievement of this capability was […]

Interview with Sir Nick Hine, KCB: Managing Director AUKUS & International

Successful achievement of the SSN-AUKUS programme’s objectives will require a huge international effort in developing the infrastructure and skills needed to support this next generation of nuclear-powered submarines. Currently tasked with sustaining the entirety of the British Royal Navy’s submarine fleet, defence and engineering conglomerate Babcock International Group PLC has a key part to play […]

Keep on Keeping on: Dutch LCF Modernisation

On 1 March 2024, the Netherlands’ State Secretary for Defence, Christophe van der Maat, outlined multi-billion Euro plans to procure a new maritime air and missile defence (IAMD) capability to replace the Royal Netherlands Navy’s (RNLN’s) current four De Zeven Provinciën class air defence and command frigates (‘luchtverdedigings en commandofregatten’ or LCF) from the mid-2030s. […]



Naval Fleet Protection Technologies

Naval warfare in the 21st Century is marked by potent new categories of offensive weapons and tactics, as well as upgrades to traditional weapon types. Fleet protection technologies must adapt to meet these new and enhanced threats.      The current threat picture Conventional maritime threats posed by warships, submarines and aircraft abide. Technological enhancements – […]

Adding mass, adding value

UUVs bring underwater sensing quantity – and quality – to the naval fight. The Euro-Atlantic maritime theatre is a significant geographic space. Across it, from the High North to the Eastern Mediterranean, are key maritime straits and choke points. Given the current contested nature of the Euro-Atlantic maritime battlespace – something evident even before conventional […]

IRIS-T missile live-fired for first time from South Korea’s KF-21 fighter

As part of the development of South Korea’s KF-21 4.5-generation fighter the manufacturer, Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI), test fired a Diehl Defence IRIS-T (AIM-2000) short-range air-to-air missile from the aircraft for the first time in May 2024. As Diehl announced on 17 May, the IRIS-T launched by the KF-21 successfully engaged the target drone. “This […]



New Joint Aviation Command brings British military helicopters and UASs under one roof

On 15 May 2024 the transition of the UK armed forces’ Joint Helicopter Command (JHC) into the Joint Aviation Command (JAC), was marked by a visit by General Sir Patrick Sanders, Chief of the General Staff, to Larkhill Camp, where he met with tri-service member of the new command. The new JAC structure adds the […]

GA-ASI and USMC complete MQ-9A WTI training with SkyTower I pod

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) and the US Marine Corps (USMC) have teamed up to conduct flight training on the operation of the MQ-9A Block 5 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for the Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One (MAWTS-1) at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma in Arizona, GA-ASI announced on 16 May 2024. […]

US State Department approves FMS to NATO for AGS equipment and support

The US State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) of Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) programme equipment and support, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on 16 May 2024. The sale, which is worth an estimated USD 250.2 million (EUR 230.6 million), has […]




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