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Naval Modernisation in Southeast Asia

Although the COVID-19 pandemic and economic difficulties have limited funds available for technical modernisation, Southeast Asian states are striving to meet their priorities, among which Naval modernisation remains a key goal. Development and security of all states in Southeast Asia depend on their unhindered access to seas. No wonder that they most of them consider […]

Long-range SAMs Reshape Modern Air Tactics

For Russian and Ukrainian pilots tasked with combat missions in the current conflict between their respective counties, the Almaz-Antey S-300P (SA-10 ‘Grumble’) surface-to-air missile (SAM) system must be a constant worry. In service with both sides, it has a mobility and range that makes enemy coverage of the contested airspace hard for either side to […]

Australia’s Lethality System Project for Next-Generation Small Arms

Australia is in the midst of an extensive programme aimed at procuring the next generation of small arms for its land forces. Thus far, several new weapons at the lighter end have already been selected, but many choices remain at the heavier end of the spectrum. LAND 159, otherwise known as the ‘Lethality System Project’, […]

“A Shovel is your Best Friend” – Advice to Mobilised Russians Provides Battlefield Insights

A Russian journalist has published a list of advice for newly mobilised Russian personnel, which provides insights into the nature of the war for Russian troops, as well as the challenges facing the mobilised personnel. The article, published by Komsomolskaya Pravda on 28 September 2022 was written by Alexander Kots. Kots is a former Russian […]

CIO Centauro II ranked first in Brazilian Army’s VBV Cav – MSR 8×8 programme

On 25 November 2022, the Logistics Command (COLOG)/Diretoria de Material (DMat) of the Brazilian Army announced the final selection results of the procurement programme for the new armoured combat cavalry 8×8 wheeled medium vehicle or ‘Viatura Blindada de Combate de Cavalria – Média Sobra Rodas’ (VBC Cav – MSR 8×8). According to the statement, the […]

North Korea’s Launch of an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile is also a Threat for Europe

On 18 November 2022, North Korea conducted a test launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), which was announced the following day by North Korean news agency KCNA, with 23 photos documenting the launch. This was the second North Korean test of an ICBM in three weeks, with an earlier attempt on 3 November presumably […]

Saab Signs Contract for Two Signal Intelligence Ships for Poland

On 25 November 2022, Saab announced that it had signed a contract with the Polish State Treasury Armament Agency for design, production and support of two Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) ships for the Polish Navy. The order is valued at EUR 620 M, with deliveries scheduled for 2027. Saab stated that the contract is subject to […]

EU Moves to Establish a Common Cybersecurity Framework

On Friday 18 November 2022, the European Committee of Permanent Representatives adopted a regulation to strengthen cybersecurity within EU institutions, bodies and agencies. It includes four measures: Strengthening the mandate and funding of the Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-EU). Establishing a cross-institutional cybersecurity council to implement the new regulation Improving the exchange of information with […]

Ground Surveillance with NATO AGS Carried out in Germany for the First Time

For the first time, NATO’s Alliance Ground Surveillance Force (NAGSF) has deployed their Mobile General Ground Station (MGGS) to Germany, marking the first time it has been deployed outside Italy. This was done to test NAGSF’s expeditionary capability to exploit the data collected by the RQ-4D Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) operated under the Allied Ground […]

The Royal Navy Selects Kongsberg’s Naval Strike Missile

On 24 November 2022, Kongsberg announced that the Royal Navy had selected the Kongsberg Naval Strike Missile (NSM) anti-ship and land attack cruise missiles, to arm their Type 23 frigates and Type 45 destroyers, in a collaboration agreement reached with the Norwegian government. Kongsberg declined to provide detail on the size of the contract, however […]

Rheinmetall Joins Omnia Training Bid for the British Army’s CTTP

On 24 November 2022, Rheinmetall announced that they together with Capita, Cervus, and Improbable Defence had joined the Raytheon UK led team Omnia Training, which is bidding to become the Strategic Training Partner for the British Army’s Collective Training Transformation Programme (CTTP). The CTTP is expected to start in 2025 and is valued at GBP […]

Multinational MRTT Fleet (MMF) Refuels NATO AWACS

The Multinational Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) Fleet (MMF) and NATO’s E-3A fleet (AWACS) have laid the groundwork for future air-to-air refuelling (AAR) with a series of tests. According to the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA), the flight tests are the basis for the technical and operational AAR clearances for the certification of NATO […]

Greece has Received its First Six Marder 1A3 IFVs from German ‘Ringtausch’ Programme

The Greek Army has presented the first six of 40 Marder 1 A3 infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) on order at the National Day parade in Thessaloniki. Greece will receive the 40 IFVs in exchange for the same number of Russian-built BMP-1 infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) that the country is handing over to support the Ukraine’s […]

Norway Orders Additional Counter-Battery Radars

According to a Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency (NDMA) press release, the agency signed a contract for the delivery of an additional three Ground Master 200 Multi Mission (GM200 MM/C) digital counter-battery radars from Thales Netherlands. The contract, valued at NOK 460 M (EUR 44.3 M), has been signed with the NDMA’s Dutch counterpart, the Defense […]

Cyber Warfare in Eastern Europe

More than eight months into the Russia-Ukraine war, Europe is sailing on full speed towards a dangerous iceberg, that is now only showing its peak: the increasing concerns regarding energy supplies. A deeper dive into European affairs would reflect a challenging crisis encompassing different dimensions that are as complex as they are interrelated. While some of […]

Elbit Systems to Partner with Fokker Services Group

On 17 November 2022, Elbit Systems announced that they will team up with Fokker Services Group to provide military flight training capabilities, in order to improve Elbit´s ability to respond to Dutch military needs. Elbit Systems operates a fleet of nearly 200 elementary, basic and other training aircraft combined with 5th Generation in-flight and ground-based […]

Mid-life Upgrade of the Finnish XA-180 Pasi Completed

With the delivery of the last armoured XA-180 Pasi to the Finnish Armed Forces, Patria has completed the mid-life upgrade of its armoured personnel carriers. In 2013, Finland had contracted vehicle manufacturer Patria, in cooperation with Oricopa Oy, to modernise and upgrade 70 Pasi vehicles by 2017 and another 210 vehicles by 2021. According to […]

Canada’s Optical Powerhouse

The fortunes of Canada’s defence industry have fluctuated over the years. At one stage this industry was capable of designing and building advanced combat aircraft and their engines. It built tanks and self-propelled guns, over 800,000 military trucks and other support vehicles between 1940 and 1945. It has built: air defence systems transport aircraft helicopters […]

Eastern European Armoured Vehicle Programmes

Even before the outbreak of the current war in Ukraine, most Eastern European states had plans to acquire new armoured vehicles. Now, in a response to that war, some of them have already intensified their efforts. More purchases should be expected in the near future. The war in Ukraine came as a shock to many […]

Poland Accepts German Offer to Secure its Airspace

On 21 November 2022, Poland’s Vice President and Defense Minister, Mariusz Błaszczak, announced on twitter that he welcomed the proposed deployment of German PATRIOT air defence systems in Poland. He added that in further discussions that day he would propose stationing the PATRIOT systems near the Polish-Ukrainian border. Later the same day, the German Ministry […]

Boeing Reorganises its Defence, Space & Security Business Unit

On 17 November 2022, Boeing Defense, Space & Security (BDS) announced that, effective immediately, it would be consolidating its eight Defence, Space and Security divisions into just four divisions. According to BDS, the structural changes are intended to “simplify integration and collaboration”, however they have come following the company reporting losses of USD 2.8 Bn […]

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