UK spatial computing company Hadean announced on 28 November 2023 that it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Stockholm-headquartered training readiness and organisational resilience solutions provider 4C Strategies. The accord is designed to explore capability integration opportunities that will aim to transform training and exercising in the public, private and defence sectors. Under […]
As militaries around the world test and deploy new autonomous vehicles, commercial enterprises are developing innovative solutions which could change the battlefield in both big and small ways. In late 2022, BAE Systems Australia supplied two fully autonomous vehicles (AVs) for a ‘battlefield simulation’ demonstration for the Australian Army. This is just one more milestone […]
The US Navy is working to preserve the operational capability of a P-8A Poseidon multi-mission maritime patrol aircraft that overshot the runway at Marine Corps Base Hawaii on 20 November 2023 and ended up in Kaneohe Bay off the eastern coast of Oahu. The P-8A, which has the tail number 561 and is assigned to […]
The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has downselected for contenders for its Speed and Runway Independent Technologies (SPRINT) X-Plane project, the first phase of which was initiated on 1 November 2023. The four contenders are Aurora Flight Sciences, Bell Textron, Northrop Grumman Aeronautic Systems and Piasecki Aircraft Corporation. Phase 1A of the programme […]
The Norwegian government has announced it is starting the development of the next-generation naval strike missile in co-operation with Germany with Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace as the lead industrial partner, the Norwegian company reported on 24 November 2023. Having developed the current Naval Strike Missile (NSM), Kongsberg will take the lead role in developing the […]
Babcock International has been awarded two further contracts for work on the UK’s future Dreadnought-class nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines (SSBNs) worth a combined GBP 121 M (EUR 139.5 M), the company announced on 28 November. The first contract is a four-and-a-half year, GBP 66 M contract with the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) to provide […]
BAE Systems has teamed with modelling and simulation software house PLEXSYS and augmented-reality specialist Red 6 in an attempt to revolutionise the future of military training. The agreement – announced at the I/ITSEC 2023 global simulation and training exhibition, which took place in Orlando, Florida, in the week beginning on 27 November 2023 – will […]
The Russian invasion of Ukraine is already leading to changes in NATO’s defence concept and a reassessment of the principles of modern warfare. Ukraine’s unique experience of confronting a much larger enemy force in terms of manpower and hardware is being taken into account in this reassessment. NATO’s military strategy is changing and moving towards […]
Armed forces must reexamine their combat search and rescue (CSAR) capabilities in light of operational realities associated with the return to great power competition and peer-warfare. The acronym CSAR can stand for Combat Search and Rescue or Combat Search and Recovery. While CSAR is dedicated to finding and retrieving any military personnel who are cut […]
Israel’s Elbit Systems announced on 27 November 2023 that it has been awarded a contract by Airbus Defense and Space to supply its Direct Infrared Counter Measures (DIRCM) and infrared missile warning systems for installation on Canada’s A330-based Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft. The contract will be performed over a period of five years. Canada […]
Boeing reported on 20 November 2023 that it continues to transition towards low-rate initial production (LRIP) of the MH-139A Grey Wolf helicopter after completing the programme’s research, development, test & evaluation (RDT&E) phase. The sixth and final test aircraft was delivered to the US Air Force (USAF) in October, Boeing noted. “Delivering all of the […]
NATO allies the United Kingdom and Türkiye have signed a Statement of Intent on defence co-operation that could see closer collaboration in military aerospace technology or even fighter sales. The statement was signed on 23 November 2023 in the Turkish capital, Ankara, by UK Defence Secretary Grant Shapps and Turkish Minister of National Defense Yaşar […]
UK-based spatial computing company Hadean announced on 27 November 2023 that it has teamed with London-headquartered AI solutions provider Faculty AI to accelerate the advancement of artificial intelligence (AI) integrations for defence, security, and national or international governance. The collaboration, the company declared, “marks a significant milestone in harnessing the power of live and synthetic […]
Embraer announced on 23 November 2023 that it has delivered to the Brazilian Air Force (FAB) the fifth and final EMB 145 airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft upgraded to the E-99M standard. The first EMB 145 AEW&C aircraft upgraded under the E-99M programme was delivered to the FAB on 27 November 2020. “The […]
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and heightened tensions along NATO’s eastern flank, coupled with multi-domain operations in the Indo-Pacific Region, have placed considerable pressure on NATO members’ ageing fleets of manned Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW&C) aircraft. This has triggered an accelerated procurement drive not only by NATO members, but also from different customers with […]
International competition for hypersonic weaponry is growing more intense every day, and the US and its allies have a bit of catching up to do with the Russians and Chinese. An article recently published in the Wall Street Journal on 16 September by Sharon Weinberger clearly stated the situation: “Hypersonic Missiles Are Game-Changers, and the […]
The US Army’s Training Doctrine Command (TRADOC) has developed a deck of playing cards featuring 54 NATO weapon systems, the NATO website noted on 23 November 2023. The main purpose of the ‘NATO Proliferation Playing Cards’ is to help troops on the ground become familiar with NATO equipment that has been adopted for use in […]
Spanish defence and security manufacturer Escribano has increased its stake in Spanish technology company Indra to 8%, Escribano announced on 24 November 2023. Escribano was already Indra’s second industrial partner after acquiring 3.4% of its shares last May. Acquiring an additional 4.6%, however, has shown that it intends to continue growing within Indra to strengthen […]
PZL Mielec, Lockheed Martin’s Polish subsidiary, has delivered the first four new-generation, European-manufactured Sikorsky S-70M Black Hawk utility helicopters to Romania’s Ministry of Internal Affairs, Lockheed Martin announced on 24 November 2023. Two more Black Hawks are on schedule to arrive by the end of 2023. Purchased as part of the European Union’s Vision 2020 […]
European missile house MBDA and Korean Aerospace Industries (KAI) have signed an agreement to deepen co-operation, MBDA announced on 24 November 2023. The agreement will see the companies explore new opportunities for the integration of new MBDA weapons onto KAI platforms and the export of both together via a joint marketing approach. The agreement was […]
Air mobility and airlift capabilities represent critical assets, as they guarantee deployment and sustainability of forces, both globally as well as within the European theatre. Both assets cover a wide range of tasks, such as strategic long-range outsized cargo transport, intra-theatre logistics, special operations or medical evacuation and provide access to theatres across the globe. […]
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