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  • 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.

  • Naval Warfare

    US senators raise Russian concerns over unprepared Coast Guard fleet

    22nd April 2024

    US Congress senators have warned that the US Coast Guard’s fleet cannot protect Arctic waters against Russian naval capabilities.

  • 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

    Japan orders THeMIS UGVs

    18th April 2024

    Milrem’s Tracked Hybrid Modular Infantry System (THeMIS) is a modular, multimission, hybrid UGV. The current fifth-generation model incorporates knowledge gained during tests in the US, Europe and the Middle East, as well as during field-deployment in Mali in the French-led Operation Barkhane.

  • 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.

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 ...

  • Tanks

    T-90S (Saudi Arabia)

    Programme Background.  The status of the Saudi Arabian T-90 deal is unclear, it is possible that these tanks may be purchased to replace stocks of ...

  • Loitering munitions

    ZT-180 [Russia]

    Programme Background Claims On 23 February 2023, DER SPIEGEL reported that, according to information it had gathered, China and Russia were negotiating the purchase of 100 ZT-180 ...

  • Loitering munitions

    Shahed-136 [Russia]

    Programme Background Iran's Involvement On 11 July 2022, according to US intelligence, Jake Sullivan, US National Security Advisor, announced during a statement that the Iranian ...

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

    SkyRanger R70 (Ukraine Aid) [Canada]

    Programme Background On 19 February 2024, the Canadian Defence Minister, Bill Blair, announced that the country would donate more than 800 SkyRanger R70 UAVs to ...

  • 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 ...

  • Tanks

    Leopard 2A8+ (Germany)

    Programme Background Germany has operated the domestically produced Krauss-Maffei Wegmann Leopard 2 since its inception in the 1970s. Spanning now eight versions, the Leopard 2A8 is the ...

  • 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 - fixed-wing, Military UAS - mini

    Quantix Recon (Ukraine)

    Programme Background April Meeting In mid-April, just shy of two months after Russia invaded Ukraine on 24 February, the Ambassador and the Defence Attaché at the Embassy of Ukraine met ...

  • Military helicopters - transport/heavy lift

    Heavy Lift Helicopter [Philippines]

    Programme Background Procurement from Russia In November 2021, Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana confirmed that a contract had been signed to acquire 16 Mi-171 heavy ...

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

    FPV Drones (Ukraine Aid) [Lithuania]

    Programme Background On 5 April 2024, the Lithuanian MoD announced it would purchase around 3,000 Lithuanian-made PFV drones to give to Ukraine to support its ongoing ...

  • Tanks

    Merkava Mk3 (Cyprus)

    Programme Background Following the announced donation of 41 T-80U/UK tanks to Ukraine, Cyprus is actively seeking a replacement MBT for its Armed Forces. Cyprus offered ...

  • Frigates

    Admiral Gorshkov Class (Project 22350) (1 - 8)

    Programme Background The Admiral Gorshkov-class is to consist of between 15 to 20 stealth frigates being built the Severnaya Verf shipyard in St. Petersburg for ...

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

    Bayraktar TB2 (Latvia)

    Programme Background Factory Visit On 7 June 2021, Baykar's official Twitter account announced that the Latvian Minister of Defence, Artis Pabrikis, had visited the Baykar ...

  • Frigates

    Admiral Gorshkov Class (Project 22350) (9 – 20)

    Programme BackgroundThe Admiral Gorshkov class is to consist of between 15 to 20 stealth frigates being built the Severnaya Verf shipyard in St. Petersburg for ...

Equipment Results - Defence Insight

  • Tanks

    T-80UD

    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 ...

  • Transport

    An-140

    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 ...

  • Loitering munitions

    AQV 100 Scalpel

    The AQV 100 Scalpel, or AQV-100, is a low-cost loitering munition manufactured by One Way Aerospace.  The drone is operated using a first-person view and ...

  • 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 ...

  • Loitering munitions

    Shahed-136

    The Shahed-136 is an Iranian loitering munition. The aircraft has a delta-wing configuration and is launched through a Rocket-Assist Take-off (RATO) method. Russia operates the platform and ...

  • Fighter - ground attack

    Su-25

    The Su-25 (NATO reporting name Frogfoot) is a single-seat ground attack aircraft developed for close combat air support missions. Production of the Su-25 began in ...

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

    Orlan-10/10E

    Developed by the Russia-based Special Technology Center, the Orlan-10 is a medium-range UAS with many variants, such as the 10E, an export version introduced in 2017. The ...

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

    Matrice 300 RTK

    The Matrice 300 RTK is a rotary-wing UAV manufactured by DJI. Despite being primarily aimed at industrial applications, militaries utilise it for ISR tasks.  In ...

  • Fighter - air superiority

    MiG-29

    The MiG-29 (NATO reporting name Fulcrum) is an air superiority fighter aircraft designed to engage air targets in any weather, day and night.  The production ...

  • Air: Helmet-mounted displays

    SURA HMTDS

    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 ...

  • Transport

    An-22

    The largest transport aircraft of the time, the An-22 Antei (NATO reporting name Cock) is a heavy military transport aircraft developed by Antonov in the ...

  • Transport

    An-148

    Developed by Antonov, the An-148 is intended for passenger, mixed cargo-passenger and cargo transport operations for both military and civilian roles. Its maiden flight took ...

  • Military UAS - fixed-wing, Military UAS - small

    Eleron T-16

    The Eleron T-16, or Valdai, is a small fixed-wing Russian drone.  Multiple media outlets in August 2023 reported that the first Russian Eleron T-16 had ...

  • Military UAS - fixed-wing, Military UAS - HALE

    Shahed-149 / Gaza

    The Gaza, or the Shahed-149, is a HALE UCAV manufactured in Iran. Unveiled on 21 May 2021 by Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, commander of the Islamic Revolution ...