Japan's military is lagging in terms of its digitisation, but a smart base experiment could begin to turn the tide.
Belgium receives first A400M
The Belgian Air Component will shortly become the eighth operator of the A400M airlifter after it took delivery of its first of seven aircraft, manufacturer Airbus announced on 22 December.
A second A400M for Belgium will follow in early 2021.
The first aircraft was handed over to the customer at the A400M Final Assembly Line in Seville, Spain. It subsequently performed its ferry flight (pictured) to Belgium, where the aircraft will be based with the BELUX 15th Air Transport Wing in Melsbroek.
This is a joint unit comprising the Belgian Air Component (seven A400Ms) and the Luxembourg Army Air Force (one).
Other A400M operators include France, Germany, Malaysia, Spain, Turkey and the UK.
Alberto Gutierrez, head of military aircraft at Airbus Defence and Space, said: ‘Despite challenges due to Covid-19, our teams have achieved all 10 aircraft deliveries scheduled this year, bringing the global [A400M] fleet in operation to 98 aircraft.’
As part of our promise to deliver comprehensive coverage to our Defence Insight and Premium News subscribers, our curated defence news content provides the latest industry updates, contract awards and programme milestones.
Kuwait will use the Oshkosh Defense heavy vehicles to transport heavy equipment, including legacy and new main battle tanks.
The new bridging systems will provide new, lightweight, medium gap-crossing capability to very high readiness forces.
Bittium has received a purchase order from the Finnish Defence Forces for Bittium TAC WIN and Tough VoIP system support.
New facility will support the global fleet of Leonardo-made helicopters.
Despite plans to retire the P-3C Orion from German Navy service, the MoD is procuring MRO equipment to support the aircraft.