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US Army’s M1A2 MBTs Receive Significant Uplift in Onboard Power 

The US Army’s M1A2 Abrams main battle tanks (MBTs) are receiving a Collins Aerospace-provided upgrade that will deliver a significant uplift to their onboard power and thus their survivability and reliability, the RTX business announced on 15 August 2023. Under a USD 24 M (EUR 22 M) contract Collins Aerospace is producing and delivering electric generators with […]

Kongsberg to Supply C-UAV Systems to Ukraine via IFU 

Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace (KDA) has signed a contract through the International Fund for Ukraine for the delivery of counter-uncrewed aerial vehicle (C-UAV) systems to be donated to Ukraine, the company announced on 14 August 2023. The contract, which is valued at GBP 56 M (EUR 65.3 M), covers the delivery of several CORTEX Typhon […]

Australia’s Newcastle Airport to be Regional MRO Hub for F-35s 

The Australian government is to build an aircraft coating facility at Newcastle Airport in Williamtown, New South Wales, to maintain the stealth of Australia’s fleet of F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters, the Australian Department of Defence announced on 15 August. The new facility is being established in partnership with BAE Systems Australia, which is […]

US DoD Announces Additional USD 200 M in Security Assistance for Ukraine 

The US Department of Defense (DoD) announced an additional security package for Ukraine valued at up to USD 200 M (EUR 183 M) on 14 August 2023. The package, the latest measure to assist Ukraine in repelling the Russian invasion of the country, includes critical munitions for US-provided Patriot air defence systems and High Mobility […]

RAF Intercepts Russian ‘Bears’ North of Shetlands 

The Royal Air Force (RAF) launched quick-reaction alert (QRA) Typhoon fighters to intercept two Russian long-range maritime patrol aircraft on the morning of 14 August 2023 as they transited within NATO’s northern air policing area, the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) reported later that day. The Russian aircraft, a Tu-142 ‘Bear-F’ and a ‘Tu-142 Bear-J’, […]

RTX’s Blue Canyon Technologies Provides Satellites for NASA Starling Mission 

Colorado-based Small-satellite manufacturer and mission services provider Blue Canyon Technologies (BCT) has successfully launched and gained contact with CubeSats for the NASA Starling mission, parent company RTX announced on 14 August 2023. The NASA Starling mission is a technology demonstration aimed at proving the success of co-operative groups of spacecraft operating in an autonomous, synchronous […]

South Korean, US Forces Conduct ‘Ulchi Freedom Shield’ Amid Usual North Korean Rhetoric 

South Korean and US forces will conduct Exercise ‘Ulchi Freedom Shield’ – an annual joint, combined, and interagency event – from 21 to 31 August 2023, the US Navy (USN) press office has reported. The exercise is designed to strengthen the combined US/South Korean defence posture on the Korean Peninsula based on scenarios that reflect […]

German Order Will See Rheinmetall LUNA NG UASs Heading to Ukraine 

Rheinmetall LUNA NG tactical reconnaissance unmanned aerial systems (UASs) ordered by the German government as part of an extensive military aid package for Ukraine initiated in July 2023 will soon be operating in the country, Rheinmetall announced on 14 August. The order, which Rheinmetall says is worth a “low double-digit-million-euro amount”, will see the systems […]

US DoD Mobilises Assets to Help Fight Maui Wildfires 

The US Department of Defense (DoD) has continued to mobilise assets to help fight the wild fires that have swept through the Hawaiian island of Maui, for which US President Joe Biden approved a national disaster declaration on 10 August 2023. As of that date the US National Guard had activated 134 troops — including […]

Romania Cancels Corvette Deal With Naval Group 

The Romania Ministry of Defence (MApN) has cancelled the long-delayed EUR 1.2 Bn deal it had with France’s Naval Group to acquire four Gowind 2500 corvettes. According to the DefenseRomania website the decision was approved on 7 August and covers the whole process, meaning that a runner-up bid by Damen of the Netherlands will not […]

Babcock Australasia Signs MoU with University of Adelaide to Accelerate AUKUS Capabilities 

Babcock Australasia has established a new partnership with the University of Adelaide to accelerate Australia’s critical defence industry workforce as it gears up for the AUKUS submarine programme, the company announced on 4 August 2023. A memorandum of understanding (MoU) outlining a commitment to work more closely closely together was signed by Babcock managing director […]

Baykar Signs Major Deal with SAMI for Saudi Akıncı UCAV Production 

Turkish unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) manufacturer Baykar has signed a comprehensive deal with state-owned Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) for the production of Bayraktar Akıncı high-altitude long-endurance unmanned combat air vehicles (UCAVs) in Saudi Arabia. The agreement was announced on X (formerly Twitter) on 6 August 2023 by Baykar CEO Haluk Bayraktar, who stated, “With […]

Russian Landing Ship Damaged in Ukrainian USV Attack 

The Ukrainian armed forces appear to have significantly damaged the Russian Ropucha-class landing ship Olenegorskiy Gornyak during an unmanned surface vehicle (USV) attack in the Russian Black Sea port of Novorossiysk on the night of 3-4 August 2023. The Russian Ministry of Defence claimed on the morning of 4 August that an attack carried out […]

RAF Baltic Air Policing Mission Racks Up 50 Russian Intercepts 

As the Royal Air Force (RAF) Eurofighter Typhoons flying NATO’s Baltic Air Policing (BAP) mission out of Ämari in Estonia ended their four-month deployment on 3 August 2023, the UK Ministry of Defence announced that the RAF fighters had intercepted 50 Russian aircraft and flown for a combined total of more than 500 hours. The […]

EUR 1 Bn NATO Innovation Fund Prepares to Invest 

Twenty-three NATO allies have officially become Limited Partners of the NATO Innovation Fund (NIF), which is preparing to make its initial investments later this year, the alliance announced on 1 August 2023. The NATO Innovation Fund, which is worth EUR 1 Bn, is the world’s first multi-sovereign venture capital fund and will invest in start-ups […]

First Two Czech Viper Attack Helicopters Arrive In Country 

The Czech Air Force has received its first two AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters, the aircraft’s manufacturer, Bell, announced on 28 July 2023. The two AH-1Zs arrived at the 22nd Helicopter Air Force Base in Náměšť nad Oslavou on 26 July on a US Air Force C-17 airlifter. By mid-September the base will receive four more […]

Ground Broken on New F-35 Centre Fuselage IAL in Germany 

Representatives from Northrop Grumman joined Rheinmetall, Lockheed Martin and German officials for a groundbreaking ceremony in Weeze, Germany, on 1 August 2023 to mark work on establishing a second centre fuselage integrated assembly line (IAL) with Rheinmetall AG for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. The IAL will help meet increased demands for the fifth-generation fighter […]

AUSMIN Talks See US, Australia Further Deepen Defence Ties 

The 33rd Australia-US Ministerial Consultations (AUSMIN), held in Brisbane on 29 July 2023, saw the two countries further deepen their defence ties, including with a more extensive US military presence in Australia. The talks, which brought together US Defense Secretary Lloyd J Austin, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Australian Deputy Prime Minister Richard Marles […]

Ukraine Ratchets Up UAV Attacks on Moscow 

In a calibrated shift in strategy by Ukraine, Moscow is increasingly being targeted with ‘kamikaze’ unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) attacks. On 30 July 2023, three such UAVs were used. Russian air defences shot down one UAV in Odintsovo, southwest of central Moscow, while two others were apparently jammed and crashed into Moscow’s business district. One […]

Contract Signed for Upgrade of French and Italian Horizon-Class Frigates 

Europe’s Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation (OCCAR) has awarded Fincantieri/Naval Group joint venture Naviris and MBDA/Thales joint venture Eurosam a contract for the mid-life upgrade (MLU) of the French and Italian navies’ Horizon-class frigates.   A 31 July 2023 press release by OCCAR noted that signing ceremony for the contract had occurred at its premises in Paris […]

NATO-Ukraine Council Condemns Russian Scrapping of Black Sea Grain Initiative, But Putin Remains Unrepentant 

The NATO-Ukraine Council met for the second time on 26 July 2023) to address the serious security situation in the Black Sea region following Russia’s unilateral termination of the Black Sea Grain Initiative brokered by the United Nations and Turkey in July 2022. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg convened the meeting following a request for […]

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