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ESSOR Porting into Bittium’s Tough SDR Radios

Bittium has received a purchase order from the Finnish Defence Forces to continue porting the European ESSOR (European Secure SOftware-defined Radio) program’s OC1 (Operational Capability 1) wideband waveform to the Bittium Tough SDR radios. These radios will be delivered to the Finnish Defence Forces. With the current purchase order, the porting proceeds from design phase […]

Gecko Boats for the German Navy

The German Navy will receive 22 Geckos. These powerful and flexible boats will be used for rescue and transportation. They can be adapted according to the role. If, for example, more space is required for transporting materials, six of the eight seats can be removed or flexibly installed due to a rail system. Another twelve […]

German-Danish Counter UAV

German company Hensoldt is working with Danish company MyDefence on a drone defence system for a Southeast Asian customer. This system consists of a Hensoldt Spexer 360 radar and MyDefence’s Watchdog 200 networked direction finding radio frequency UAV detector (WD200) and command and control alarm system. Integrated into an anti-drone vehicle, it is designed to […]

Defender-Europe 20 Begins

U.S. exercise Defender-Europe 20 begins. First equipment – track and wheeled vehicles as well as other equipment from 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division – from the continental U.S. will arrive in German port Bremerhaven on February 21. “Defender-Europe 20 demonstrates the U.S. military’s ability to rapidly deploy a large combat-credible force from the […]

1,587 Logistics Trucks Delivered to Canada

With the rollout of the last of 1,587 logistic trucks for the Canadian Armed Forces, Mack Defense has delivered its share of the Medium Support Vehicle System (MSVS). In 2015, Mack Defense had been commissioned to supply more than 1,500 logistic 8×8 trucks in Standard Military Pattern (SMP) for around €500 million. The required variants […]

Leopard 2 MBT Upgrade

Intracom Defense (IDE) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Krauss Maffei Wegmann (KMW) to cooperate on the deployment of a hybrid auxiliary power solution for Leopard 2 main battle tank (MBT) variants, based on IDE’s Hybrid Genaircon system and KMW’s OEM platform integration expertise. Genaircon is an integrated Hybrid Power Supply and Management system […]

Major Milestones in LAND 121 Phase 3B Program

Australia declared Initial Operating Capability (IOC) status for the LAND 121 Phase 3B program after more than 2,500 Rheinmetall MAN high mobility logistics vehicles have been delivered and proven their capabilities during Exercise Talisman Sabre in 2019. The Land 121 Phase 3B contract commenced in April 2016 with a four year program focused on the […]

Four H160 for the French Navy

In a partnership with Airbus Helicopters, Babcock and Safran Helicopter Engines, the French procurement agency DGA is providing the French Navy with four H160 helicopters for search and rescue (SAR) missions. The helicopters will bridge the gap between the withdrawal of Alouette III and the entry into service of H160M Guépard from 2026 for a […]

Russian Combat Aircraft Exports

Details were released earlier this year to several Russian media outlets and ESD about the Russian Federation’s combat aircraft exports. The airframe exports total 32 and comprise three types of aircraft, namely 12 Su-30SM, 10 MiG-29M/M2 and 10 Yak-130. All aircraft were produced for combat or combat training roles by the United Aircraft Corporation and […]

Polish Naval Helicopter Programme

Poland’s Armaments Inspectorate, acting for the MoD, shared a list of nine companies (Polish and international) keen to participate in the technical dialogue preceding an anticipated Polish Navy helicopter tender, called the “Kondor” programme to replace the currently operated Kaman SH-2G Super Seasprites. Poland procured four SH-2Gs that came with two OLIVER HAZARD PERRY frigates […]

Patria Delivers First Upgraded HAMINA Missile Boat

Finland’s MoD confirmed completion of the first of four HAMINA class missile boat mid-life upgrade (MLU) project. The HAMINA class upgrade programme started in early 2018, adding new anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and surface defence capabilities, should reach completion in 2021. Prime contractor Patria’s division Systems delivered the Tornio to the Finnish Navy during a ceremony […]

MicroLite Launch in Singapore

At the Singapore Air show, that starts tomorrow, Rafael will unveil MicroLite, a lightweight, EO/IR sensor for airborne Wide-Area Persistent Surveillance missions. MicroLite is a compact, lightweight EO/IR Intelligence, Surveillance, Targeting and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) system, for small aerial platforms such as UAVs, manned aircraft, aerostats and observation balloons. By simultaneous scanning with a high-resolution MWIR […]

Current Status and Prospects for the GTK Boxer

With the order for more than 500 Boxers from the British Ministry of Defence the Armoured Transport Vehicle (GTK) Boxer is on its way becoming one of the most successful vehicles in the 8×8 (Boxer) class in the last 20 years. At the International Armoured Vehicles Conference (IAV) in London, representatives of the European procurement […]

Could Poland Enter the MGCS Project?

Poland wants to participate in the project, which will lead to the development of the next generation European main battle tank (MBT). A few days ago President, Andrzej Duda (Poland) acknowledged his country might decide to procure a large number of next generation European MBTs as a partner in the joint Franco-German Main Ground Combat […]

UK Invests £2.3 Billion in the Boxer

The UK Ministry of Defence awarded the £2.3 billion contracts for the Boxer Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV) programme. A significant portion of the manufacture of the 500 Boxer Armoured Vehicles for the Army’s Strike Brigades will take place at KMW’s UK subsidiary, WFEL. Delivery of the vehicles is expected to start from 2023. This order […]

Hungary Becomes Third WiSENT 2 User in NATO

Between 2023 and 2025 Flensburger Fahrzeugbau Gesellschaft mbH (FFG) will deliver 5 WiSENT 2 armoured recovery vehicles, as well as engineer tank kits in 40-foot containers and demining kits in 20-foot containers, to Hungary. In addition spare parts, special tools and testing equipment will be supplied. Technical documentation for the WiSENT 2 training for future […]

Protected Typhoon-K for Russian Combined Arms Army

Russian reconnaissance forces of the 41st Combined Arms Army will be equipped with eight protected Typhoon-K this year. The 41st Combined Arms Army the Novosibirsk region consists of three infantry and five support brigades (2x artillery, air defence, logistics and command) as well as an NBC defence regiment. Currently drivers are trained, after that the […]

Batteries for British Howitzer

The L118’s Light Gun Battery Power Management System (BPMS) will get an overhaul by Lincad. The company won the battery repair contract from UK Ministry of Defence. The L118 is a compact 105mm howitzer which is both helicopter portable and towable behind light vehicles at high speed over rough ground. It is fitted with an […]

The F-35 JSF is Poland’s New Eagle

After much anticipation and effort in Poland, Airbus (Eurofighter) and SAAB (Gripen-E) accepted the inevitable and much-feared conclusion: The Polish MOD chose the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter for their Harpia (Eagle) Fighter Acquisition Programme that includes the purchase of 32 multi-role fighter jets from the USA. America in Central Europe As evidenced across the region, […]

GBAD: News On Pantsir

Several news items appeared in recent weeks about Russia’s KBP-developed Pantsir ground-based air defence system, which is admittedly one of the most capable and sought after GBAD system in the world. In Demand Anywhere? Dmitry Shugaev, Head of Russia’s Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSVTS) announced during Dubai Air Show in late 2019 that Moscow […]

F-35 for Poland

Poland will acquire 32 F-35A Lightning II 5th generation multirole fighter aircraft for US$4,6 billion (€4,1 billion). Deliveries should commence in 2024-2025. The Polish Ministry of Defence (MoD) signed a contract for delivery of 32 F-35A Lightning II multirole fighter aircraft during a special ceremony held at the 4th Training Aviation Wing in Deblin last […]

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