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Senop to Supply Kongsberg with FDCs for NASAMS 

Finnish optronics specialist Senop has signed a contract with Norway’s Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace to supply integrated fire distribution centres (FDC) to an international National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System (NASAMS) programme. The contract consists of FDCs integrated into shelter systems along with spare parts. The FDC is a proven and fielded battle management, command, control, […]

LIMA 2023: Multiple Malaysian Aircraft Contracts Finalised 

The 16th LIMA 2023 defence exhibition, held in Langkawi from 23-27 May 2023, saw the signing of 20 contracts, 21 letters of acceptance and two letters of intent worth a total of MYR 10.128 Bn (EUR 2.05 Bn), according to the Malaysian Ministry of Defence (MoD). Among the deals a number of aircraft acquisitions were […]

LIMA 2023: Malaysian MoD Orders Two ATR 72 MPAs From Leonardo

The Malaysian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has signed a contract with Leonardo for two ATR 72 Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) variants plus related integrated logistic support and training services. The contract, worth MYR 789.6 M (EUR 159.03 M), was signed at the LIMA defence exhibition in Langkawi on 25 May 2023 and follows the selection […]

LIMA 2023: Malaysia Signs Contract for Anka UAVs 

The Malaysian Ministry of Defence (MoD) signed a contract with Turkish Aerospace for a number of Anka medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) at the LIMA defence exhibition on 25 May 2023. The contract, which is an initial Phase 1 deal worth more than MYR 400 M (EUR 80.56 M), covers multiple Anka unmanned […]

LIMA 2023: High Eye Seeks More Southeast Asian Sales for Airboxer 

Dutch rotary-wing unmanned aerial vehicle (RW UAV) specialist High Eye attended the LIMA 2023 defence exhibition, held in Llangkawi, Malaysia, from 23-26 May, to promote its Airboxer platform, which has already picked up sales in the region. With a maximum take-off weight of 32 kg and powered by a 2-stroke, air-cooled, dual-injection heavy fuel engine, […]

LIMA 2023: IrvinGQ Looks to Parachute into Malaysian Market 

UK parachute delivery specialist IrvinGQ attended LIMA 2023, held from 23-26 May 2023 in Langkawi, Malaysia, to promote the company’s ATAX medium-weight aerial delivery solution. Although the Malaysian armed forces have recently bought an aerial delivery system, it is understood that the system has been failing and has subsequently not been qualified. With that in […]

LIMA 2023: MBDA Addresses Malaysia’s Missile Requirements 

European missile house MBDA attended the Lima 2023 defence exhibition, held in Langkawi from 23 to 27 May 2023, with a range of weapons that address the requirements of host nation Malaysia. Following the selection of the KAI FA-50 to meet the Royal Malaysian Air Force’s (RMAF’s) Light Combat Aircraft Phase 1 requirement in February […]

Unmanned Systems Including MQ-9B Demonstrate MUM-T at IBP-23 Exercise 

Throughout May 2023 the US Navy (USN) has been experimenting with the integration of various unmanned systems into fleet operations during its Integrated Battle Problem 2023 (IBP-23) exercise, which is led by the US Pacific Fleet and run by the USN’s 3rd Fleet off the coast of southern California. Among the unmanned systems that have […]

Collins Aerospace Develops New High-Altitude Oxygen System for Parachutists 

Collins Aerospace has developed a new oxygen supply system for use in high-altitude jumps by military parachutists called Oxyjump NG, the company announced on 9 May 2023. “The Oxyjump NG system’s breakthrough technology enhances mission capabilities with a longer gliding distance, improves jumper safety, is easy to use and contains significant size and weight advantages […]

USMC Receives First New-Build MQ-9A With Help From USAF 

The US Marine Corps (USMC) has recently received the first of eight new-build General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) MQ-9A Reaper Extended Range (ER) unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) delivered under a joint contract with the US Air Force (USAF), US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) announced on 10 May 2023. A GA-ASI press release on […]

Romania Retires its Last MiG-21 LanceRs 

The Romanian Air Force (RoAF) officially marked the retirement of its fleet of MiG-21 LanceR fighters on 15 May 2023. Ceremonies were held simultaneously at the 71st Air Base ‘General Emanoil Ionescu’, located in Câmpia Turzii, and the 86th Air Base ‘Lieutenant Aviator Gheorghe Mociorniță’, located in Borcea, which concluded with the take-off of the […]

German Tiger Combat Helicopters Will Not Be Modernised 

The German government has decided not to participate in the Airbus Helicopters Tiger MkIII programme and to withdraw the Bundeswehr’s Tiger combat helicopter from service in 2038, according to a report by the German Press Agency. Thus, a decision that had been in the air for months now seems to have been made. German government […]

US State Department Approves CH-47F Sale to Germany 

The US State Department has approved a potential Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to Germany of 60 Boeing CH-47F Chinook heavylift helicopters, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced on 11 May 2023. The sale, which is valued at an estimated USD 8.5 B (EUR 7.81 B), has now been passed to the US Congress for […]

Dagger Fallen – Assessing Ukraine’s Downing of the Kinzhal Missile

On 5 May 2023, Ukrainian local news outlet Defense Express announced that Ukraine’s defence forces managed to shoot down a Russian Kh-47M2 Kinzhal air-launched ballistic missile at around 02:40 on 4 May over Kyiv. As evidence, the news outlet provided two photographs purporting to show missile debris from the wreckage: Defense Express showed a picture […]

UK Providing Storm Shadow to Ukraine 

The United Kingdom has provided the Ukrainian Air Force (Povitryani Syly Ukrayiny – PSU) with Storm Shadow air-launched deep strike cruise missiles in advance of the Ukrainian military expected counter-offensive against the Russian forces that have invaded eastern Ukraine. Announcing the transfer in the UK House of Commons on 11 May 2023, UK Defence Secretary […]

US DoD Announces New, USD 1.2 Bn USAI Package for Ukraine 

As Russian President Vladimir Putin presided over a subdued Victory Day parade in Moscow on 9 May 2023, the US Department of Defense (US DoD) announced a new security assistance package to reaffirm its steadfast support for Ukraine amid the ongoing Russian invasion of the country. The USD 1.2 Bn (EUR 1.09 Bn) package, which […]

Regulus Cyber Launches New C-UAS Vehicle Protection System 

Regulus Cyber, an Israel-based specialist in software-based GPS/GNSS security, announced on 9 May 2023 that it is launching a new fully operational counter-unmanned aerial system (C-UAS) solution designed to protect armoured vehicles, convoys and deployed troops from hostile unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), including swarming UAV attacks. Called the Ring ARM-V, the system “brings unmatched C-UAS […]

RAF Protector RG1 Crew Training Begins in North Dakota 

On 1 May 2023 the UK Royal Air Force (RAF) began training the first cohort of pilots, sensor operators, and mission intelligence co-ordinators that will operate the RAF’s fleet of Protector RG1 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) announced on 4 May.  The Protector is a derivative of the GA-ASI MQ-9B […]

US State Department Approves FMS Deal to Modernise H-1 Helicopters for Czech Republic 

The US State Department has approved a potential Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to the Czech Republic in relation to the refurbishment and modernisation of AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters and UH-1Y Venom utility helicopters being offered to the country as Excess Defense Articles, the US Defense Security Co-operation Agency announced on 3 May 2023.  The sale, […]

Bagira Chosen to Fulfil UK R-TES Training Requirement 

Israeli training and simulation specialist Bagira announced on 3 May 2023 that it has received a contract from the UK Ministry of Defence to provide its Magnet live tactical training system. Under a contract valued at around GBP 13 M (EUR 14.74 M), the Magnet system will be procured to address the British Army’s Roundless […]

Estonia Places Major Loitering Munition Order with IAI 

The Estonian Ministry of Defence (MoD) signed a contract with Israel Aerospace Induestries (IAI) on 2 May 2023 to acquire what the Israeli company described as “long-range loitering munitions”.  The exact type of weapons procured were not disclosed, but the images accompanying an IAI press release on the development showed Mini-Harpy and Harop loitering munitions, […]

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