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News - ukraine

  • Land Warfare

    Rheinmetall wins communications deal that could be worth up to €400 million

    24th April 2024

    The systems have been purchased under a special fund which has already been tapped into for the purchase of 60 CH-47F Block II Chinook helicopters worth up to €8 billion (US$8.7 billion) and thousands of Rheinmetall Caracal airmobile special operations vehicles worth €1.9 billion.

  • Land Warfare

    Italy weighs up the challenge of its tank replacement plans

    24th April 2024

    The Russia–Ukraine war has continued to be the place the world’s militaries have been watching for lessons on both the EW and uncrewed front. Its conventional war aspect, however, has also been catching the attention of leaders.

  • Naval Warfare

    Singapore launches fourth and final Type 218SG submarine

    23rd April 2024

    The era of southeast Asian submarine modernisation has been in full swing fuelled by growing tensions in the South China Sea.

  • Air Warfare

    Spain fortifies air defences with more NASAMS

    22nd April 2024

    Spain began the advancement of its air defence capabilities with the initiation of the NASAMS modernisation programme.

  • Digital Battlespace

    British Army’s ISR commander warns of new challenges facing defence forces

    22nd April 2024

    The race between using ISR and resisting the use of it by enemies has accelerated, leading to new methods and systems being required, according to the British Army’s lead on its ISR efforts.

  • Air Warfare

    NATO’s E-3A fleet more important than ever, says force commander

    18th April 2024

    NATO’s E-3A fleet will have been in service for more than half a century by the time of their expected retirement but a boost to the capability and conflict elsewhere have highlighted their importance.

  • Land Warfare

    GDELS rolls out Piranha HMC

    17th April 2024

    General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) MOWAG has introduced the Piranha Heavy Mission Carrier (10x10), an enhanced version of its Piranha armoured vehicle series, featuring increased payload capacity and specialised configurations for diverse battlefield roles.

  • Air Warfare

    NATO progresses effort to replace E-3A AWACS fleet

    17th April 2024

    NATO’s E-3A AWACS fleet has been scheduled for retirement from 2035. The NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) has been leading the Alliance Future Surveillance and Control (AFSC) project to develop new options for future surveillance and control capabilities, based on future technology and requirements.

  • Land Warfare

    NATO orders more 155mm ammunition

    17th April 2024

    The contract, in the triple-digit million euro range, includes high explosive extended range projectiles, modular charges, fuzes and primers.

  • Air Warfare

    How Russia’s declining arms sales is reshaping the global defence industry

    16th April 2024

    As Serbia considers a multi-billion-euro deal for French Rafale fighter jets, its move towards Western arms has signalled a significant departure from its reliance on Russian equipment, reflecting broader shifts in global defence procurement.

  • Air Warfare

    US Air Force plan to retire 1,000 aircraft leads Congress to raise national security concerns

    16th April 2024

    The US Air Force has planned to retire more than 1,000 helicopters and AEW&C, combat, ISR, transport and training aircraft that have been in service for more than 30 years.

  • Land Warfare

    USMC narrows down field for light loitering munition requirement

    15th April 2024

    The US Marine Corps selected a team of UVision and Mistral to meet a requirement for Organic Precision Fires Mounted (OPF-M) loitering munition in 2021. It has now awarded contracts for the soldier carried light (OPF-L) version after the success of similar systems in Ukraine highlighted the potential for such weapons.

  • Naval Warfare

    Royal Navy to receive DragonFire laser system

    12th April 2024

    The UK Ministry of Defense (MoD) made the decision to accelerate the laser programme from the demonstrational stage to an operational laser weapon.

  • Uncrewed Vehicles

    Ready for the race: Air separation drone swarms vs. air defence systems

    11th April 2024

    As the dynamics of aerial combat rapidly evolve, Chinese scientists have engineered a sophisticated air separation drone model that can fragment into up to six drones, each capable of executing distinct battlefield roles and challenging the efficacy of current anti-drone defences such as the UK’s Dragonfire laser system.

  • Land Warfare

    British Army to overhaul dismounted close combat capabilities

    11th April 2024

    The future of the British Army’s DCC capabilities will include replacement equipment for female personnel and a new procurement framework.

Programme Results - Defence Insight

  • Military UAS - fixed-wing, Military UAS - MALE

    Akinci [Ukraine]

    Programme Background Two Export Contracts In January 2022, the Daily Sabah reported that Baykar had "recently" signed its first export contract for the Akinci. Haluk Bayraktar ...

  • Loitering munitions

    Switchblade 600 (Ukraine Aid) [US]

    Programme Background $300 Million USAI (1 April 2022) On 1 April 2022, the US DoD announced a $300 million military aid package for Ukraine following ...

  • Patrol boats

    FPB 98 (Ukraine)

    Programme Background The international competition had been launched in the Spring of 2018 by the Ukrainian Ministry of Interior for the reinforcement of the State ...

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

    T-150 (Ukraine)

    Programme Background Virtual Address On 24 February 2022, Russia invaded Ukraine. On 3 May 2022, the UK's Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, virtually addressed the Ukrainian ...

  • Military UAS - fixed-wing, Military UAS - MALE

    Bayraktar TB2 (Aid & Discounted Units) [Ukraine]

    Programme Background Pre Invasion Units The Ukrainian Army purchased 12 TB2 units in January 2019 for a reported $69 million. Deliveries began in June 2019, ...

  • Military UAS - fixed-wing, Military UAS - mini

    RQ-35 Heidrun (Ukraine Aid) [Germany]

    Programme Background Delivered Units On 19 April 2022, Oryx reported that Denmark had given Ukraine 25 Sky-Watch's Heidrun mini-UAV units as aid following Russia's invasion ...

  • APCs/IFVs - tracked

    CV90 (Ukraine)

    Programme Background Announced at the NATO Defense Ministers’ Meeting in Brussels in June 2023, Ukraine formally signed a Joint Declaration on Cooperation in the Procurement and Operation ...

  • Loitering munitions

    Switchblade 300 (Ukraine Aid) [US]

    Programme Background Presidential Drawdown (16 March 2022 & 13 April 2022) On 16 March 2022, President Biden announced $800 million in security assistance to Ukraine through ...

  • Military UAS - fixed-wing, Military UAS - MALE

    GA-ASI Drone [Ukraine]

    Programme Background 2022 Russian Invasion of Ukraine On 24 February 2022, the Russian invasion of Ukraine began. Ukraine's UAVs seemingly performed well in the conflict, ...

  • Military UAS - fixed-wing, Military UAS - mini, Military UAS - rotary-wing

    Vector / Scorpion (Second Order) [Germany]

    Programme Background  Donation To Ukraine On 29 March 2022, the US Embassy in Warsaw announced that Quantum Drones had donated an unknown quantity of its ...

  • Loitering munitions

    Phoenix Ghost (Ukraine Aid) [US]

    Programme Background Presidential Drawdown (21 April 2022) Following Russia's invasion of Ukraine on 24 February 2022, on 21 April 2022, President Biden announced an $800 ...

  • Military UAS - fixed-wing, Military UAS - tactical

    One 150 (Luxembourg)

    Programme Background According to information obtained by Army Recognition from the Luxembourg Ministry of Defense, the country has delivered six One 150 UAVs to Ukraine ...

  • Military UAS - fixed-wing, Military UAS - MALE

    Bayraktar TB2 (Pre-War) [Ukraine Navy]

    Programme Background Ukrainian Army The Ukraine Army purchased 12 TB2 units in January 2019 for a reported $69 million.  Contract According to Ukrainian Navy Commander ...

  • Military UAS - micro, Military UAS - rotary-wing

    Black Hornet 3 (Ukraine Aid) [UK & Norway]

    Programme Background Russo-Ukraine War Since Russia invaded Ukraine on 24 February 2022, UAVs have proved vital to the country's defence. Consequently, as in this programme, the ...

  • Military UAS - mini, Military UAS - rotary-wing

    ISR Drone (Ukraine Aid) [Netherlands]

    Programme Background 2024 Aid The Netherlands has pledged €2 billion in military aid for Ukraine in 2024, a significant share of which will reportedly be made ...

Equipment Results - Defence Insight

  • Tanks


    The 125mm-armed T-80UD MBT is a variant of the T-80 which was in production in Ukraine when the Soviet Union broke up in 1991. An ...

  • Military UAS - fixed-wing, Military UAS - mini

    Supercam S350/S350F

    The Supercam S350/S350F is a mini fixed-wing that Supercam Unmanned Systems Group manufactures. The Russian UAV features a modular design and has been primarily designed ...

  • Military UAS - fixed-wing, Military UAS - mini

    Pro VTOL

    The Pro VTOL is a fixed-wing UAV from DeltaQuad. It is available in three models, the Map, View and Cargo variants, which primarily impact the attached payload. ...

  • Loitering munitions

    Phoenix Ghost

    Manufactured by AEVEX Aerospace with input from the USAF, the Phoenix Ghost is a VTOL capable loitering munition revealed by the 21 April 2022 announcement of ...

  • Military UAS - fixed-wing, Military UAS - mini


    The Observer-S is a UAV produced by Def C of the Intecracy Group in Ukraine. Its main purpose is aerial survey and reconnaissance. It is ...

  • Military UAS - fixed-wing, Military UAS - mini


    Manufactured by Nordic Wing, the Astero is a fixed-wing mini UAV designed for ISR missions. The drone is equipped with a NightHawk 2 camera. In the ...

  • Military UAS - micro, Military UAS - rotary-wing

    Black Hornet 3

    The Black Hornet 3 is the next generation of the PD-100 Black Hornet, the world's smallest nano-UAS. This new model of the Black Hornet provides ...

  • Military UAS - fixed-wing, Military UAS - tactical

    Patriot R2

    The new-generation Patriot R2 UAS is used for military and civil/commercial applications and provides reconnaissance support. It was designed in response to fighting that occurred ...

  • Military UAS - fixed-wing, Military UAS - tactical

    Spectator M/M1

    The Spectator is a Ukrainian UAV series jointly developed by OJSC Meridian, a subsidiary of Ukroboronprom, and the National Technical University of Ukraine (KPI). The Spectator M1 is the ...

  • Air: Helmet-mounted displays


    SURA is a helmet-mounted display system produced in Ukraine. Notably, it offers off-boresight acquisition capability to pilots and can cue the aircraft's sensor systems using ...

  • Aircraft carriers

    Liaoning (Type 001)

    Liaoning, China's first aircraft carrier, is a refurbished cold war-era aircraft carrier that was commissioned in 2012. The ship is a former Soviet Navy aircraft ...

  • Air-to-air missiles

    Vympel R-27

    The Vympel R-27 (NATO reporting name AA-10 Alamo) is a Soviet air-to-air missile. It remains in service with the Russian Air Force and is also ...

  • Military UAS - micro, Military UAS - rotary-wing

    Mini 2

    The Mini 2 is a micro rotary-wing drone from DJI. It features a 3-axis gimbaled 12MP camera for photographs and 4k/30fps for video capture. Shephard believes ...

  • Military UAS - fixed-wing, Military UAS - mini


    The Leleka-100 is an electric mini UAV manufactured by the Ukrainian company Ukrspecsystems and DeViRo. Once launched from a rubber catapult, the platform's ability to host a ...

  • Transport


    The An-140 is a light turboprop military transport aircraft developed from the An-140 regional airliner, which first flew in September 1997. It is designed to ...