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News - NATO

  • Air Warfare

    NATO membership’s ripple effect: Transforming Nordic air forces

    3rd April 2024

    As Sweden and Finland embrace their newfound NATO membership, alignment with alliance requirements and regional interests could herald the dawn of a reinvigorated Nordic Air Force with enhanced defence capabilities.

  • Land Warfare

    Germany commits more money to artillery for Ukraine

    3rd April 2024

    The Russia–Ukraine war has remained at a standstill testing the commitment of NATO countries, especially the US, but Germany has been stalwart as a leading source of vital munitions and other capabilities.

  • Land Warfare

    Rheinmetall wins $145 million contract for subsystems to replace howitzers sent to Ukraine

    2nd April 2024

    The Panzerhaubitze 2000 (PzH 2000) was developed in the mid-1980s to meet a German Army requirement to replace its M109 SPHs and 185 were delivered. Export orders from Greece (24), Italy (70, of which 68 were produced locally) and the Netherlands (57) increased production to more than 330 systems.

  • Air Warfare

    Netherlands upgrades MQ-9A Reaper fleet

    2nd April 2024

    The improvements the Dutch MQ-9A Reapers will receive will include maritime radars, extended-range fuel tanks and weapons.

  • Land Warfare

    Germany orders more Patriot air defence systems

    26th March 2024

    The US Army has acquired more than 1,100 launchers of which it has exported at least 200 launchers, while more than 10,000 Patriot missiles have been produced to date.

  • Land Warfare

    General Dynamics to upgrade Ukraine-bound Spanish Leopards

    26th March 2024

    The 120mm-armed Leopard 2 MBT was developed in the 1970s as a replacement for the German Army’s 105mm Leopard 1s. Spain's fleet of Leopard 2A4s were originally leased from Germany for five-years but eventually purchased in 2005.

  • Naval Warfare

    BlueWhale - A True Submarine Force Multiplier

    26th March 2024

    The seventh annual REPMUS* and Dynamic Messenger naval exercises, organized and led by the Portuguese Navy and NATO, were held over a three-week period in September 2023.

  • Naval Warfare

    What is happening with the Greek corvette competition?

    26th March 2024

    The Hellenic Navy has been in the process of replacing its nine remaining Elli-class (Kortaener/S-type) frigates with two new acquisition programmes for frigates and corvettes. The US offer of second-hand US Navy (USN) Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) as potential corvette replacement, however, has given the Greek government pause for thought.

  • Land Warfare

    NATO procurement agency orders Carl-Gustaf multi-role weapon system

    25th March 2024

    In September 2015, Saab announced Slovakia had become the launch customer for the M4 and the first weapons were delivered in July 2017. The US Army has ordered systems having conducted a foreign comparative test of the M4 for US Special Operations Command and the US Army.

  • Land Warfare

    Sweden orders $508 million worth of 6x6 vehicles

    25th March 2024

    Patria developed the Patria 6x6 APC, unveiled at Eurosatory 2018, as a successor to the XA-series Pasi APC and to complement Patria’s 8x8 Armoured Modular Vehicle family.

  • Air Warfare

    Saab charts course for next-gen Swedish fighter

    22nd March 2024

    Studies on future fighters conducted by Saab and the FMV will aim to explore technologies and operational concepts, including crewed and uncrewed systems.

  • 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.

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

    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 ...

  • Naval: shipboard communication systems

    Naval: shipboard communication systems | Multifunction Modular Ships Procurement [Lithuania]

    The Baltic republics of Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia plan to continue developing their respective navies, which are considered to be important elements in the NATO ...

  • Naval: Combat Management Systems

    Naval: Combat Management Systems | Multifunction Modular Ships Procurement [Lithuania]

    The Baltic republics of Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia plan to continue developing their respective navies, which are considered to be important elements in the NATO ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

Equipment Results - Defence Insight

  • 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

    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

    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 ...