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Germany raises equipment readiness

Germany’s chief of defence staff (Generalinspekteur der Bundeswehr), General Eberhard Zorn, reported improvements in the readiness of the country’s military equipment to the Bundestag (parliament) defence committee, halting and in some cases reversing the...

Kongsberg awarded contract to supply JSMs for Japanese F-35s

Norwegian company Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace announced on 11 March that it has signed a contract to provide “the initial deliveries” of precision-guided Joint Strike Missiles (JSMs) for the Japan Air Self-Defense Force’s (JASDF’s)...

ASC, Schneider Electric sign Australian submarine support agreement

Australian shipbuilder ASC and France-based Schneider Electric have entered an agreement to collaborate on sustaining the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN’s) six Collins-class submarines and to “plan for Australia’s Future Submarine programme”, ASC announced on...

Northrop gets $322.5m for AARGM-ER work

The US Navy has awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation a $322.5 million contract for the Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile-Extended Range (AARGM-ER) engineering and manufacturing development (EMD)… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my...

USS Zumwalt begins first operational underway

The lead ship of US Navy’s Zumwalt-class guided-missile destroyers, the USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000), got underway from San Diego on March 8 to start its first operational underway. The underway… [[ This is a...

UK sets sights on Harpoon missile replacement

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) is set to move forward with the competitive acquisition of an interim ship-launched heavyweight anti-ship missile system to succeed the current GWS 60/Harpoon Block 1C system in Royal...

PLAAF operating ECM variant of Y-9 aircraft

State-owned broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV) has shown images of an electronic countermeasures (ECM) variant of the Shaanxi Y-9 four-engined, turboprop aircraft painted in the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) colour scheme: an...

Poland implements modernisation plan for 2017–26

Polish Defence Minister Mariusz Błaszczak signed the Armed Forces Technological Modernisation Plan (TMP) 2017–2026 on 28 February. “Security has been, is, and will be a priority for us. The plan assumes modernisation worth PLN185...

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