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JGSDF Type 20 Rifle Displayed

Shinichi Kiyotani On 18th May, the Japan Ground Self-Defence Force (JGSDF) showed the new Type 20 5.56mm Rifle and Pistol SFP9 to the media at Ministry of Defence (MoD). Type 20 Rifle is the replacement to the current Type 89 Rifle and was developed as a private venture of Howa Machinery, Ltd. It is more compact […]

Covid-19 and Terrorist Groups

Although pandemics alone do not cause conflict or unrest, through the contexts they create together with the reactions of states, they can lead to political unrest and violence. Moreover, as a seemingly unavoidable side effect, pandemics also provide an opportunity for extreme or terrorist groups to pursue their agendas. As the world faces an invisible […]

Modern Communications Equipment for SNMCMG2 Flagship

Gerhard Heiming Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 2 (SNMCMG2) is part of the NATO High Readiness Patrol in the Black Sea with Romania providing the minelayer VICE ADMIRAL CONSTANTIN BALESCU as flagship. For this task, the ship is equipped with software defined radios of the M3SR series from Rohde & Schwarz which were integrated into […]



New SIGINT and ELINT Ship for Turkey

Korhan Özkilinc The Turkish Navy will receive the SIGINT & ELINT ship TCG UFUK (translated as HORIZON, with the identification number A-591) at the end of July 2020 after it was launched on 9th February 2019, with tests having been successfully completed, the ship is awaiting delivery. TCG UFUK will carry out early warning, communication […]

Further JLTV Order for Oshkosh

Jack Richardson Oshkosh Defence has announced that the U.S. Army Contracting Command has placed an order for 248 Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTVs) and associated kits, valued at US$127m. This includes vehicles for the U.S. Army, U.S. Marine Corps and the Department of State. To date, Oshkosh has successfully integrated multiple weapons on the JLTV including Remote […]

SPIKE Launched from Israeli APACHE

Arie Egozi The Israeli Air Force (IAF) has equipped its AH-64 APACHE attack helicopters with two versions of Rafael anti-tank missiles, which it is now offering to the German Army aviation. According to the IAF, the two types have increased dramatically the fire power of this combat helicopter with the APACHE carrying the two versions on the […]



IAI to Collaborate with the United Arab Emirates on COVID-19 Research

Jack Richardson Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has entered into a historic collaboration agreement with Group42, a company based in Abu-Dhabi, which will cover research and development of solutions that may help fight the COVID-19 pandemic. The agreement was signed between IAI’s ELTA Group via a video conference call between UAE and Israel. In the call, representatives of […]

Changes to SENER Leadership

Jack Richardson Andrés Sendagorta, previously Vice President of SENER, is the Group’s new President, taking over from Jorge Sendagorta, who will continue to be linked to the SENER Group as its Honorary President. In addition to the appointment of the President, Jorge Sendagorta Cudós has been named as the new CEO, succeeding Jorge Unda. Both […]

Kongsberg Aviation Maintenance Services AS Acquires Patria Helicopters AS

Jack Richardson  Kongsberg Aviation Maintenance Services AS, part of Kongsberg, has entered into an agreement to acquire Patria Helicopters AS from Patria Aviation Oy, a subsidiary of Patria Oyj. The acquisition is part of Kongsberg’s long-term commitment to the operation and maintenance of the Norwegian Armed Forces’ systems and platforms. The company purchased a minority […]



iXblue Chosen to Provide Navigation Systems for Future Naval Group Corvettes

Jack Richardson iXblue has been selected by Naval Group to supply navigation systems for two GOWIND corvettes intended for the international market. These future combatants will be fitted with Marins navigation systems and Netans data distribution & processing units, reinforcing cooperation between the two companies with iXblue’s navigation solutions having already been selected by Naval […]

Lockheed Martin to Recapitalise More MLRS M270 Launchers

J C Menon Lockheed Martin has received a US$226m contract from the U.S. Army to recapitalise an additional 44 Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) M270 launchers, following an initial contract, issued in 2019, calling for the refurbishment of 50 MLRS launchers, a company official informs. The programme will eventually upgrade the service’s existing fleet of 225 […]

Embraer Delivers Third C-390 MILLENNIUM to the Brazilian Air Force

Jack Richardson Embraer has delivered the third C-390 MILLENNIUM multi-mission medium air-lifter to the Brazilian Air Force (FAB), to be operated by First Troop Transport Group (1st GGT). Like the first two units delivered in 2019, and the additional 25 which will be delivered to the FAB, this third unit is equipped to perform aerial refuelling […]



Hensoldt Leads New Radar Consortium

Gerhard Heiming Sensor system supplier Hensoldt has been awarded a contract by Airbus Defence and Space to develop and produce a new Active Electronic Scanning Array (AESA) radar for the German and Spanish EUROFIGHTER fleets. The project is jointly financed by Spain and Germany, who will also be the first users of the radar in their […]

MBDA’s MMP Missile Selected to Fulfil European Beyond-Line-of-Sight Battlefield Engagement Capability

Jack Richardson LynkEUs, an MBDA coordinated project, has been selected by the European Commission as part of the new European Defence Industrial Development Programme (EDIDP), following consultation with Member States. The LynkEUs project is managed in close partnership with the French, Belgian and Cypriot armed forces to define an initial operational concept for a European […]

PELI Agrees Big Donation to Several Fire, Police and Humanitarian Entities Including the Red Cross

Jack Richardson PELI Products is uniquely positioned to provide support to those most in need and after its large donation of PELI 9600 Lighting systems to the Italian Red Cross at the beginning of the crisis, PELI decided to help its closer community in Barcelona; the city where the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) […]



Rohde & Schwarz Supports the Romanian Navy’s Mission

Jack Richardson  Rohde & Schwarz has delivered a communications suite to the Romanian Navy on time and budget, at a time when NATO continues its activity of High Readiness Patrol in the Black Sea, with the Romanian Navy providing the flag ship for Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 2 (SNMG2). Rohde & Schwarz has recently modernised the […]

IAI’s Mission Operational and Intelligence Centre to Coordinate UAV Use

Arie Egozi Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has recently demonstrated the Mission Operational and Intelligence Centre (MOIC), a system that allows the use of a great number of UAV in different missions simultaneously. According to Avi Bleser, VP marketing & sales of IAI’s military aircraft group, the MOIC allows efficient command and control of advanced and complicated UAV […]

Kongsberg and Patria Enter Nemo Mortar Teaming Agreement

Jack Richardson Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace and Patria have formed a teaming agreement to provide turreted mortar solutions for future U.S. Army mortar programmes, specifically, the companies will promote and produce the 120mm Patria Nemo, turreted, remote controlled mortar in the U.S. The teaming will provide an unrivalled combination with Kongsberg’s U.S. engineering and production […]



Russian MoD to Extend Drone Activity

Yury Laskin Active work is underway in the Russian Federation to create drones for defence purposes, a representative of Rostec told Interfax on Wednesday 24th June. Currently, the Russian military has been operating with mainly small reconnaissance drones equipped with photo, video and thermal imaging cameras, as well as relay equipment. One of the most […]

New IAI and Iron Drone Collaboration

Arie Egozi A new capability will be integrated into IAI’s anti-UAV system to address the growing threat of these devices after IAI and Iron Drone entered a collaboration agreement for the integration of interception capabilities into Drone Guard, IAI’s advanced anti-UAV system. The intercepting drone can be launched during day or night from a docking station […]

Morocco to Purchase 24 APACHE Helicopters

J C Menon Boeing has won a contract from Morocco to deliver 24 AH-64E APACHE helicopters, making it the 17th country to acquire the type, with nearly 2,500 delivered to 16 nations. In November 2019, the U.S State Department approved a Foreign Military Sale of 36 AH-64E APACHE attack helicopters and related equipment for an estimated cost […]




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