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EDA Annual Report 2019

IMPLEMENTING THE EUROPEAN CAPABILITY DEVELOPMENT PRIORITIES The year 2019 was an important implementation year for the 11 EU Capability Development Priorities approved in 2018 as part of the revised Capability Development Plan (CDP). This covered the following domains: enabling capabilities for cyber responsive operations space-based information and communication services information superiority ground combat capabilities enhanced […]

Turkey: Fighting COVID-19

In Turkey, the fight against the spread of COVID-19 is causing restrictions. In many cities, there is no longer any local or overland transport. International flights from Turkey have been completely stopped. In addition, cities in the eastern part of the country or in the Black Sea region have been quarantined, leaving is only possible […]

Rheinmetall helps with the procurement of respiratory protection masks

Rheinmetall is supporting the German government’s coronavirus response by supplying respiratory protection masks. Thanks to its global networks, especially in China, Rheinmetall sourced urgently needed protective equipment. Around a million Chinese-made masks will be supplied to the responsible Bundeswehr procurement authorities in Koblenz. With a partner company, Rheinmetall has taken charge of the procurement, logistics […]



Loading Crane for A400M

The company Héroux-Devtek Spain has developed an autonomous motorised mobile crane equipment (CME) for the A400M long-range turboprop military transport aircraft of Airbus Defence and Space. Following successful qualification, series production has now started and the CME will be installed on the A400M in the final assembly line in Seville. With its single-rail system, the […]

Russia to Launch Msta-S SPHWZ for International Customers

Recently, several military delegations from the Middle East were able to inspect the 155 mm Msta-S self-propelled howitzer (SPHWZ). The demonstration, including a live shot, was conducted by Rosoboronexport, the Russian state defence exporter, at the Staratel test site near the Ural city of Nizhniy Tagil. The artillery system, which is based on the NATO […]

$2 Billion Standard Missile-3 Contract

The U.S. Missile Defense Agency has awarded a contract worth $2.1 billion for the production and delivery of SM-3 Block IB interceptors to Raytheon. SM-3 is a ballistic missile interceptor that can be launched on land and at sea. Full-rate production was reached in 2017. SM-3 is deployed worldwide and has achieved more than 30 […]



Sixth Batch of the German IdZ-ES Soldier System

Hensoldt announced that it delivered their share of the sixth batch of the German IdZ-ES soldier system to the Bundeswehr. The contract is worth about €1 million and contains over one hundred IRV 600 A1 infrared attachments. IRV 600 A1 was developed especially for high ranges. It is characterized by a simple operating concept and […]

Strategic Sea Transport Extended

German parliament discussed the extension of the bilateral agreement on the provision and operation of commercial strategic maritime transport capacity with the Ministry of Defence of the Kingdom of Denmark last week. Within the framework of this ARK project, the Bundeswehr has secured access to commercial roll-on-roll ships for strategic sea transport since 2006. In […]

Gripen F Fighter Production Started

Saab has performed the first metal cut for the two-seater fighter aircraft Gripen F, marking an important milestone in the programme. Gripen F is under development for the Brazilian Air Force (FAB) and shares the same advanced design and features as Gripen E, but with seat, displays and controls for a second crew member. Gripen […]



Rafael: 2019 Sales of $US 2.7 Billion

Yesterday Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. announced its financial results for FY 2019, amid the COVID-19 global crisis, with record sales of $2.7 billion, an increase of 3.9% compared to 2018. The company’s orders totaled $2.8 billion (10 billion Shekels), with record high export orders, and an order backlog of $7.2 billion (24.8 billion Shekels), […]

Rheinmetall Ammunition from Australia for Joint Strike Fighters

The joint venture Rheinmetall NIOA Munitions builds a facility at its Benalla plant in Victoria/Australia for the production of medium-calibre ammunition for the American combat aircraft Joint Strike Fighter and starts production of 25 mm Frangible Armour Piercing (FAP) projectiles. The new production line in Benalla has been designed for the production of medium-caliber ammunition […]

Eurosatory cancelled

It was announced yesterday evening that the biggest European trade show of defence technology, Eurosatory 2020, has been cancelled. “The conditions for preparing and running the exhibition, which would protect the health and safety of the 100,000 expected participants, visitors, exhibitors and organisers, cannot be met,” the organizers said in their official statement. Eurosatory takes […]



Norway’s Role in NATO’s Defence

A new RAND study concludes that Norway will take on a greater role in defending NATO’s northern flank. This conclusion results in Norway’s strong engagement with the Alliance and an “impressive mix of high-end capabilities for a nation of its size,” statements that were made by key NATO Allies who were asked for their perspective […]

Airdrop System for TheMIS Unmanned Ground Vehicle

Milrem Robotics’ THeMIS Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV) will get a new airdrop system that can be used to rapidly deploy it into warzones. Utilizing their ATAX airdrop system, IrvinGQ will integrate a pair of Milrem Robotics’ THeMIS or the Multscope Rescue UGV to be used for defence or firefighting missions, respectively. ATAX is a modular, […]

Russia’s Support for Coping with COVID 19

Hours ago, the 14th Russian Air Force transport aircraft IL-76 landed at the military base south of Rome to bring urgently needed aid to Italy. The first aircraft bearing the slogans “From Russia with Love” landed on Sunday March 22, shortly after Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte made a desperate telephone call to Vladimir Putin. […]



SIG SAUER Presents 716i TREAD

SIG SAUER introduced the 716i TREAD, a direct impingement, AR-10 platform that provides versatility for long range shooting and hunting while maintaining a lightweight design for easy carry. According to the company the 716i TREAD is easily customizable with existing TREAD branded accessories. “The TREAD brand has gained recognition for offering premium products, at a […]

Brazilian Air Force’s Surveillance Radars

Raytheon is modernizing the Brazilian Air Force’s surveillance radars across the Amazon. For this the company will upgrade seven legacy radars to the next-generation Monopulse Secondary Surveillance Radar system, Condor Mk3, increasing efficiency and reducing electric energy consumption. “This modernization effort expands our long-term partnership in Brazil with the Commission for Implementation of the Brazilian […]

Driving Simulators for Australian Boxers

The Universal Motion Simulator (UMS) in Victoria/Australia, which belongs to Deaking University, was contracted to develop and supply driving simulators for the training of the military drivers of the soon to be incoming 8×8 Boxers. The company is supplying six simulators for around €20 million, which will initially be used for training on the Boxer. […]



Retrospective: Russian Exports of Combat Aviation to Asia

Since the Soviet Union collapse in 1991, the succeeding Russian Federation is exporting defence hardware on commercial terms instead of political. Air force material remains the lion’s share of such exports, which achieved a figure near to $15 billion for the past five years. All contract sales amounts are at the US Dollar value for […]

Muzzle Velocity Radars for Mortars

Muzzle velocity radars (MVR) have been used by artillery for decades, but are still considered “exotic” when it comes to mortars. In 2019, the Danish armed forces were the first to integrate an MVR into a 120 mm mortar system (Cardom 10 from Elbit). The MVR of choice was the MVR-700 SC (Sub-Compact) from Danish […]

Stronger Motorization for the Protected Bastion

Arquus has delivered the 500th protected 4×4 liaison, reconnaissance and support vehicle Bastion (Véhicule Léger de Reconnaissance et d’Appui, VLRA). The VLRA, which has been further developed to meet the requirements of the climatic conditions in Middle East and Africa, has become the core equipment for armed forces of the G5 Sahel zone. Bastion has […]




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