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Airbus Helicopters has delivered the final H145M multi-role helicopter to German Special Forces Airbus Helicopters has delivered the 15th and final H145M multi-role helicopter to the German Armed Forces (Bundeswehr). The helicopters, stationed in Laupheim, are operated by the Bundeswehr special forces.


Modernizing Nuclear Deterrents No. 1 Priority, DoD Officials Tell Congress

Defense officials outlined the need for consistent congressional support for the critical mission of modernizing and maintaining effective nuclear deterrent systems during testimony on Capitol Hill yesterday


Saab Receives Order for Maintenance of Polish Navy's RBS15 Mk3 Missiles

Defence and security company Saab has received an order from the Naval Port Gdynia, Poland, for the maintenance and logistic support of the Polish Navy’s RBS15 Mk3 surface-to-surface missile system with deliveries taking place 2017-2018.


U.S. Army Awards Contract to Oshkosh for Recapitalisation of Heavy Vehicle Fleet

Oshkosh Defense announced on 18 April that it has been awarded multiple delivery orders from the U.S. Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM) to recapitalise its Family of Heavy Tactical Vehicles (FHTV)

  Global Defence & Security Reports

27/Jun/17 | Egyptian warplanes strike arms convoy from Libya: AFP

02/May/17 | THAAD missile defence system now operational in South Korea: AFP

23/Apr/17 | Israeli Air Force to take delivery of three F-35 stealth fighter jets today, adding to two delivered in December

20/Apr/17 | The U.S. is seeing evidence that the Chinese military is preparing for a potential North Korea contingency: U.S. Defence Official

19/Apr/17 | The Swedish Government to allocate an additional SEK 500 million to the Armed Forces and defence capability in 2017: Swedish Ministry of Defence

19/Apr/17 | China 'seriously concerned' over North Korea nuclear threats: BBC

17/Apr/17 | 'Era of strategic patience is over' by U.S. towards North Korea: U.S. Vice President

15/Apr/17 | Japan scrambles jet fighters at record pace as Chinese military activity increases: Reuters

14/Apr/17 | China warns that 'conflict could break out at any moment' as North Korea prepares 6th nuclear test: AFP

13/Apr/17 | The U.S. has for the first time dropped its largest non-nuclear bomb on Islamic State tunnel network in Afghanistan: Pentagon

11/Apr/17 | U.S. President Donald Trump signed the U.S. instrument of ratification for Montenegro's accession to NATO: Reuters

11/Apr/17 | China, US agree to high-level military consultations to head off unwanted military encounters: IHS Janes


U.S. Air Force Authorizes Extended Service Life for F-16

Following F-16 Service Life Extension Program (SLEP) structural modifications, the U.S. Air Force could safely operate Block 40-52 aircraft to 2048 and beyond. The Air Force and Lockheed Martin also reduced projected service life costs for the Block 40-52 fleet, paving the way for safe, cost-effective F-16 flight operations decades into the future


Orbital ATK Receives $92 Million in Small-Caliber Ammunition Orders from the U.S. Army

Orbital ATK, a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, announced today that it has received $92 million in small-caliber ammunition orders from the U.S. Army


US Carrier Strike Group Heads for Western Pacific as Korean Tensions Rise

Carl Vinson Strike Group, including Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) and USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112), and Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57), will operate in the Western Pacific rather than executing previously planned port visits to Australia.



 Air Forces and Aerospace  


Upcoming Defence and Security Events

DGI 2017: Defence Geospatial Intelligence | 23-25 Jan 2017 | QEII Center, London, United Kingdom |  

Maritime Reconnaissance and Surveillance Technology 2017 | 30-31 Jan 2017 | Crowne Plaza Rome-St Peters Hotel, Rome, Italy |

Maritime Reconnaissance and Surveillance Technology 2017 | 30-31 Jan 2017 | Crowne Plaza Rome-St Peters Hotel, Rome, Italy |


CAE to Deliver Comprehensive Training Services for NATO E-3A AWACS Aircrews

CAE announced on 29 March that it has signed a contract with the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) to provide comprehensive training services, including instructors, for the NATO E-3A Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircrew training program located at NATO Airbase Geilenkirchen in Germany


Pilots begin flights in new F-35 Lightning II simulator in preparation for trials on carrier

A world-leading flight engineering simulator created by BAE Systems is ready to be “flown” by F-35 Lightning II pilots for the first time as they prepare for flight trials on the UK’s new Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carrier next year


UK’s NATO Southern Air Policing Mission to Begin in May

RAF Typhoon fast jets will deploy to Romania from May for the UK's contribution to NATO’s Southern Air Policing mission, Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon announced today

 Army and Land Forces  

UK Armoured Vehicles Arrive in Estonia

The first of hundreds of UK military vehicles have arrived in Estonia to support the UK’s enhanced Forward Presence battlegroup based in Tapa, one of the largest ever NATO deployments to Eastern Europe

  UK MOD awards £46m to start Challenger 2 tank life extension project competition

The UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) has awarded new contracts to BAE Systems and Rheinmetall Land Systems GmbH to progress the Challenger 2 Life Extension Project

  UK MOD awards £46m to start Challenger 2 tank life extension project competition

The UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) has awarded new contracts to BAE Systems and Rheinmetall Land Systems GmbH to progress the Challenger 2 Life Extension Project

 Naval and Maritime Defence          

BAE Systems welcomes RFT for Australia’s SEA 5000 Future Frigate Program

BAE Systems has welcomed the release today of the SEA 5000 Request for Tender (RFT) to deliver Future Frigates to the Royal Australian Navy, describing it as a significant milestone in the development of an enduring Sovereign naval shipbuilding enterprise in Australia


Royal Fleet Auxiliary's new tanker arrives in UK

The 39,000-tonne tanker, which can carry up to 19,000 cubic meters of fuel and 1,300 cubic meters of fresh water, will join the Royal Fleet Auxiliary, a civilian-manned fleet which provides support for warships, helping the Royal Navy to maintain its operations 24/7, 365 days a year, around the world


Raytheon's Air & Missile Defense Radar successfully executes first ballistic missile test

Raytheon Company's Air and Missile Defense Radar searched for, acquired and tracked a ballistic missile test target during the radar's first dedicated Ballistic Missile Defense exercise at the U.S. Navy's Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF)

 Global Security        

Trump Orders Missile Attack in Retaliation for Syrian Chemical Strikes

The United States fired Tomahawk missiles into Syria today in retaliation for the regime of Bashar Assad using nerve agents to attack his own people. President Donald J. Trump ordered the attack on Al-Shayrat Air Base, the base from which the chemical attack on Syria's Idlib province was launched


Sweden to Re-activate Conscription

The security environment in Europe and in Sweden's vicinity has deteriorated and the all-volunteer recruitment hasn't provided the Armed Forces with enough trained personnel


Rheinmetall to supply Saxony State Police with heavily protected tactical operations vehicle

The Free State of Saxony has placed an order with Rheinmetall for two Survivor R protected tactical operations vehicles. The vehicles form part of an extensive €15 million anti-terror package

 Defence Industry        

Saab at LAAD 2017

Defense and security company Saab will attend the 2017 LAAD International Defence and Security exhibition to display its broad portfolio of land, air and sea solutions


Rheinmetall books major orders for mine clearing systems and ammunition from international customer

Rheinmetall Denel Munition of South Africa, a subsidiary of the Düsseldorf-based Rheinmetall Group, has won several major orders from an international customer for mine clearing equipment and ammunition

  Elbit Systems of America Showcases Capabilities for Enhanced Maritime Situational Awareness and Precision Lethality at Sea-Air-Space Exposition

Elbit Systems of America, LLC, will display its capabilities for maritime situational awareness and precision lethality at the Sea-Air-Space Exposition, April 3-5, 2017






Future Operating Environment 2035 | Published by the UK MoD


The Military Balance 2016 | Published by The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS)

Saab Sea Gripen: The Future of Naval Air Power 

© Saab AB

Sea Gripen will be an ideal solution for maritime nations seeking to augment, replace or generate new carrier-based fighter fleets. Very low maintenance requirements plus high availability offer the command an exceptional all-weather multi-role fighter

    AJAX: The Future of Armoured Fighting Vehicles  

General Dynamics UK will deliver AJAX to the British Army to provide essential capability to the Armoured Cavalry within Army 2020. AJAX is the replacement for the British Army’s current reconnaissance vehicle fleet







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