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News - NATO

  • Land Warfare

    Bahrain to buy 50 Abrams tanks under $2.2 billion deal

    20th March 2024

    Should the deal proceed, Bahrain would join the ranks of the US, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia in operating the M1A2 Abram tank.

  • Digital Battlespace

    NATO innovation programme doubles in size

    15th March 2024

    DIANA has been leveraging its accelerator programme and test centre network to bring end users together with start-ups, scientific researchers and technology companies for the development of dual-use technological defence and security solutions.

  • Defence Notes

    NATO outlines future challenges as Ukrainian funding from US stalls

    15th March 2024

    In 2023, defence spending increased by an unprecedented 11% across European NATO countries and Canada. Since 2014, the group has spent an additional US$600 billion on defence.

  • Air Warfare

    Serbia seeks 5,000 expandable UAVs, accelerates production

    14th March 2024

    Serbia has expressed its desire to push for a speedier military modernisation, including the acquisition of various drones and the development of domestic UAV technologies.

  • Land Warfare

    Spain orders 155mm artillery shells in $228 million contract

    13th March 2024

    Rheinmetall has become a major source of artillery ammunition across Europe, especially for Ukraine in the face of Russia’s invasion, and the German manufacturer has received orders for billions-of-dollars worth ammunition in recent years.

  • Air Warfare

    Poland secures mega missile order for $3.5 billion on 25th NATO anniversary

    13th March 2024

    Poland's military modernisation agenda has continued with the approval of multibillion-dollar missile agreements, as the country attempts to demonstrate its commitment to defence amid regional tensions.

  • Defence Notes

    US Pentagon to reduce investments in main acquisition programmes over FY2025

    12th March 2024

    The DoD requested nearly US$850 billion to fund operations over the next fiscal year. Despite the amount being 1% higher than the FY2024 budget request, it has not covered the 3% inflation rate, which could impact the DoD’s main programmes in the medium and long term.

  • Air Warfare

    Canada invests in CF-18 Hornet fighter sustainment

    8th March 2024

    Canada’s decision to sustain its CF-18 fighter fleet reflected its commitment to modernising air defence capabilities amid challenges highlighted by a critical report commissioned by the Department of National Defence and released last year, casting doubt on its ability to fulfil NATO obligations.

  • Defence Notes

    European Commission sets out first-ever European Defence Industrial strategy

    6th March 2024

    The strategy set out by the Commission will aim to bolster Europe’s defence industry, foster innovation and strengthen international alliances.

  • Air Warfare

    Canada looks to both NATO and the US for next generation helicopter beyond 2035

    6th March 2024

    Aircraft set for replacement under NATO’s Next Generation Rotorcraft Capability (NGRC) include AW101, UH-60 Black Hawk, Puma and NH90.

  • Air Warfare

    Germany expects to receive full CH-47F fleet within eight years

    5th March 2024

    On 1 June 2022, the German MoD announced that it had selected CH-47F Chinook for its €5.2 billion (US$5.6 billion) heavy-lift helicopter procurement. The helicopters will replace a fleet of CH-53G helicopters approaching a service life of 50 years.

  • Air Warfare

    Turkey inches closer to F-16 fighter deal

    4th March 2024

    The majority of US senators have declared their support for the sale of F-16s to Turkey despite concerns regarding the country’s past military behaviour, thereby emphasising the importance of the US in fulfilling its commitments to NATO allies and enhancing Turkey’s military capabilities.

  • Land Warfare

    Rheinmetall wins order for hundreds of guided artillery rockets

    4th March 2024

    Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Rheinmetall has received orders worth billions of Euro to replenish munitions of European countries supplied to Ukraine, particularly 120mm and 155mm shells, as well as replenish stocks donated by European countries.

  • Land Warfare

    BAE wins contract to support Danish CV90s

    29th February 2024

    Initially developed in the late 1980s and entering full-rate production in 1993, BAE Systems Hägglunds’ Combat Vehicle 90 (CV90) has since entered service with 10 European countries. Spanning five iterations following continuous development and upgrades, the platform’s latest variant has been the MkIV.

  • Naval Warfare

    NATO’s largest exercise for decades is shaping future transatlantic security

    27th February 2024

    Steadfast Defender 24 (STDE24), the main NATO multi-domain exercise for 2024, has seen large-scale national and multinational live exercises taking place across the whole NATO area. Among the challenges it has attempted to tackle have been the increased lethality of uncrewed systems and how to enhance amphibious landings in cold environments.

Programme Results - Defence Insight

  • AEW&C

    Alliance Future Surveillance and Control (NATO)

    Programme Background NATO’s E-3A AWACS fleet is set to retire in 2035, after 50 years of service. To plan for the required follow-on capability, NATO's ...

  • Military UAS - rotary-wing, Military UAS - small

    Small VTOL UAV (Denmark)

    Programme Background 2020 Tender In January 2018, Denmark's three main political parties signed the Danish Defence Agreement, a cross-party defence white paper covering the period ...

  • Military helicopters - multirole

    EU Next Generation Rotorcraft Technologies Project (ENGRT) - (Greece)

    Programme Background EU Next Generation Rotorcraft Technologies Project (ENGRT) EU Next Generation Rotorcraft Technologies Project (ENGRT) was announced in early 2022 and the project contract was awarded ...

  • Military helicopters - multirole

    EU Next Generation Rotorcraft Technologies Project (ENGRT) - (Italy)

    Programme Background EU Next Generation Rotorcraft Technologies Project (ENGRT) EU Next Generation Rotorcraft Technologies Project (ENGRT) was announced in early 2022 and the project contract was awarded ...

  • ISR/special mission

    EC-37B Compass Call [USAF]

    Programme Background The retirement of the EF-111A in 1990 left the USAF largely out of the operational and tactical level radar jamming business. Lockheed Martin EC-130H ...

  • Fighter - multirole

    MiG-35 (Russia)

    The MiG-35 is a new-generation derivative of the twin-engine MiG-29 (NATO code-name ‘Fulcrum’) featuring multi-role combat capabilities, significantly reworked airframe and a vastly expanded arsenal ...

  • APCs/IFVs - 4x4

    JLTV (Romania)

    Programme Background  The Oshkosh Defence Joint Light Tactical Vehicle is a 4x4 armoured vehicle manufactured in the United States. Originally intended to supplement to Humvee ...

  • Trainer

    Future Aircrew Training Program (Fixed-wing Aircraft Procurement) - Canada

    Programme Background The new procurement will result in one contract covering all the requirements, including maintenance and infrastructure services. Training services are currently provided through ...

  • Trainer

    MFI-395 Super Mushshak

    The TAF deliveries will mark the first NATO customer operating the platform. The deal is believed to be worth more than $50 million. According to the ...

  • APCs/IFVs - 4x4, APCs/IFVs - 6x6

    High Mobility Armoured 4x4 Tactical Vehicles

    Programme Background Requirement The procurement of high-mobility 4x4 armoured vehicles is part of an initiative to replace a diverse fleet of utility vehicles currently in ...

  • APCs/IFVs - 8x8

    Stryker (North Macedonia)

    Programme Background In its Long-Term Defence Capabilities Development Plan (LTDCDP) published in 2019, the North Macedonian MoD outlined plans to acquire Light Armoured Vehicles (LAVs) ...

  • Military helicopters - light/training

    Future Aircrew Training Program (Helicopter Procurement) - Canada

    The new procurement will result in one contract covering all the requirements, including maintenance and infrastructure services. Training services are currently provided through two separate ...

  • Reconnaissance/patrol vehicles

    VBR-MSR Medium Wheeled Armoured Reconnaissance Vehicle

    Technical Requirements The Brazilian Army released two documents outlining the technical and operational requirements for the VBR-MR programme in early 2020. These outlined a number ...

  • Loitering munitions

    Hero-30 [Italy]

    Programme Background Italian Budget As revealed by the Italian MoD's Multi-Year Defence Programme Document for 2021-2023, a new procurement programme to acquire a loitering munition ...

  • Reconnaissance/patrol vehicles

    Light Armoured Tactical Vehicles - Batch 1 (Romania)

    Programme Background Requirement The Romanian Armed Forces have an inventory of ageing TABC-79Ms and HMMWVs that are in need of modernisation or replacement. A programme ...

Equipment Results - Defence Insight

  • Major networking projects

    NATO DCIS

    Airbus is delivering the NATO Deployable Communication and Information System (DCIS). The project represents a major upgrade in the capability of NATO Response Forces (NRF) ...

  • Land: RWS

    Qimek NATO

    Rheinmetall's RWS family includes the Qimek single-weapon RWS and the Nanuk dual-weapon RWS. The Qimek NATO combines full stabilisation, long-range day/night all-weather sights and a ...

  • Land: RWS

    Nanuk NATO

    Rheinmetall's RWS family includes the Qimek single-weapon RWS and the Nanuk dual-weapon RWS, which was introduced in 2008. The Nanuk NATO combines full stabilisation, long-range ...

  • Major networking projects

    NATO SATCOM

    Leonardo has been awarded a turnkey contract to rationalise and upgrade NATO’s SATCOM systems and associated infrastructure. The company will design, build, test, commission and ...

  • Major networking projects

    EAC

    The NATO Communications and Information Agency awarded ACTIA Sodielec a contract in June 2013 to provide NATO with an Extended Advanced SATCOM Network Monitoring and ...

  • Air: mission management systems

    LC2IS

    The contract to supply Land Command and Control Information Services (LC2IS) for the NATO Command Structure was awarded to Thales by NATO NC3A and achieved ...

  • Major networking projects

    Air Policing

    Air Policing is a collective peacetime mission that requires NATO to take action against all violations and infringements of its airspace using agreed procedures. Supreme ...

  • Major networking projects

    Ballistic Missile Defence

    In early 2010, NATO acquired the first phase of an initial theatre ballistic missile defence capability to protect alliance forces. 

  • Land: handheld day observation, surveillance and targeting systems

    LRM 1500M/1800S/2200SI

    Laser rangefinder monoculars combine laser measurement, optics and controls. The LRM 1500M is for users requiring basic functionality. It has a measurement range of 1,500m ...

  • Major networking projects

    NCIRC

    Leonardo, together with Northrop Grumman, has undertaken a contract for the NATO Consultation, Command and Control Agency to develop, implement and support the NATO Computer ...

  • Major networking projects

    SCCOA

    ThalesRaytheonSystems is providing the French Air Force with key components of the SCCOA (Système de commandement et de conduite des opérations aériennes) programme. This provides ...

  • Crew-served assault/anti-tank weapons, Multipurpose missiles

    9M117 Bastion

    The 9M117 Bastion is an antitank missile used in a number of separate weapon systems, such as the 9K116-1 Bastion (NATO reporting name: AT-10 Stabber) and the 9K118 ...

  • Fighter - ground attack

    Su-22

    The Su-22 (NATO designation Fitter) is a swing-wing ground-attack aircraft developed by Sukhoi as the export variant of Su-17 designed to meet the Soviet military ...

  • Major networking projects

    Satcom Post-2000

    The Satcom Post-2000 programme gives the alliance improved SATCOM capabilities, which is important as NATO forces take on expeditionary missions beyond their traditional area of ...

  • Major networking projects

    Air and Missile Defence

    NATO Air and Missile Defence comprises all measures aimed at monitoring and reacting to potential air threats in NATO airspace, as well as countering hostile ...