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Defence Press Releases & News distributed via EuropaWire

Thales Wins Neptune Contract to Enhance French Army’s Satellite Communications

(IN BRIEF) The French defence procurement agency (DGA) has awarded Thales the Neptune contract to provide 30 dual-band X/Ka satellite communication stations for the French Army. These stations will serve as OTP tactical communication nodes, supporting high-throughput satellite communications for … Read the full press release

Saudi Arabia Orders Four Additional Airbus A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport Aircraft

(IN BRIEF) Saudi Arabia has ordered four additional Airbus A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft for the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF). These aircraft will begin conversion in early 2026 and enter service by 2027, enhancing RSAF’s air-to-air refuelling … Read the full press release

Thales and Naval Group Collaborate on Advanced Sonar System for Autonomous Underwater Vehicles

(IN BRIEF) Thales and Naval Group have joined forces to test an innovative passive omnidirectional hull-mounted sonar system aimed at enhancing the safety and autonomy of extra-large unmanned underwater vehicles (XL-UUVs). This collaborative effort, under the French defense procurement agency’s … Read the full press release

Thales Boosts Rocket Production at Belgian Site to Strengthen European Defense

(IN BRIEF) Thales Belgium has inaugurated a new assembly line at its Herstal facility, marking a significant expansion in the production of 70-mm laser-guided rockets. Supported by a €20 million investment and government backing, including from the Walloon Region and … Read the full press release

Saab Secures SEK 2.6 Billion Contract for Third GlobalEye Aircraft with Swedish Defence

(IN BRIEF) Saab has finalized a contract with the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) for the delivery of a third GlobalEye airborne early warning and control aircraft, valued at approximately SEK 2.6 billion. This agreement, extending from 2024 to 2029, … Read the full press release

Thales Alenia Space Advances ASCEND Study for Space-Based Data Centers in European Green Initiative

(IN BRIEF) Thales Alenia Space has announced significant progress in the ASCEND (Advanced Space Cloud for European Net zero emission and Data sovereignty) feasibility study, funded by the European Commission under Horizon Europe. The initiative explores the viability of space-based … Read the full press release

Safran and MTU Launch EURA Alliance for Next-Gen European Military Helicopter Engine

(IN BRIEF) Safran Helicopter Engines and MTU Aero Engines have established a 50/50 joint venture named EURA (European Military Rotorcraft Engine Alliance). This alliance aims to develop a new European engine for future military helicopters by 2040, focusing on enhancing … Read the full press release

BAE Systems Hits £1 Million Donation Milestone to Royal Navy Charity

(IN BRIEF) BAE Systems has reached a significant milestone by donating £1 million to the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity (RNRMC) since its establishment in 2007. The RNRMC supports personnel from the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, and Royal Fleet … Read the full press release

Thales Secures First EASA Design Verification Report for Light UAS, Boosting Long-Range Drone Operations

(IN BRIEF) Thales has become the first company to receive a Design Verification Report (DVR) from the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for Light UAS SAIL III, using its ScaleFlyt avionics in the Aeromapper AVEM 300 CERBERE UAV. This … Read the full press release

Thales Alenia Space Launches ASTRA 1P Satellite to Enhance European Broadcast Capabilities

(IN BRIEF) Thales Alenia Space has successfully launched the ASTRA 1P communications satellite from Cape Canaveral, Florida, using a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. Designed on the Spacebus NEO platform with all-electric propulsion, ASTRA 1P aims to deliver high-definition TV content … Read the full press release

Grupo Oesía and Thales Forge Strategic Alliance to Enhance Defence and Security Technologies

(IN BRIEF) Grupo Oesía and Thales have finalized a strategic collaboration agreement at the Eurosatory fair in Paris, aimed at advancing technology development in defence, security, aerospace, naval, digital transformation, and cybersecurity sectors. The partnership seeks to integrate their respective … Read the full press release

EURENCO and Thales Forge Strategic Partnership to Enhance Defense Supply Chains at EUROSATORY 2024

(IN BRIEF) EURENCO and Thales have announced a strategic partnership at EUROSATORY 2024 to enhance their supply chains for critical energy materials and components. This agreement ensures a secure procurement of materials such as powders and explosives essential for guided … Read the full press release

Rolls-Royce Power Systems Introduces Advanced Military Vehicle Propulsion Innovations at Eurosatory

(IN BRIEF) Rolls-Royce’s Power Systems division has unveiled innovative advancements in military vehicle propulsion at the Eurosatory defense trade fair. They introduced a hybrid powerpack and a new 10-cylinder variant of the mtu Series 199 engine, designed to enhance tactical … Read the full press release

Rheinmetall Ventures Beyond Earth, Showcases Space Initiatives in Berlin Exhibition

(IN BRIEF) Rheinmetall, a leading technology group, is venturing into the space domain, presenting conceptual approaches at ILA 2024 in Berlin. With a focus on leveraging space-based reconnaissance data for military applications, the company aims to provide tailored solutions for … Read the full press release

Saab Unveils Game-Changing Compact Radar Module for Rapid Deployment

(IN BRIEF) Saab introduces the Compact Radar Module, an integrated system combining the Giraffe 1X radar with a lightweight module for enhanced mobility and rapid deployment in urgent operational scenarios. With a press of a button, the antenna folds into … Read the full press release

Orange Cybersecure Initiative to Combat Rising Cyber Threats in France

(IN BRIEF) Orange CEO Christel Heydemann announced the forthcoming launch of Orange Cybersecure, a groundbreaking cybersecurity solution set to debut on June 6th. Leveraging Orange Cyberdefense’s expertise, the initiative aims to combat internet and telephone fraud by offering accessible protection … Read the full press release

Japanese Consortium Invests USD$100m in Airbus Subsidiary AALTO to Propel HAPS Commercialization

(IN BRIEF) In a strategic move set to redefine connectivity and earth observation services in Japan and across Asia, a consortium of leading Japanese businesses and banks, spearheaded by NTT DOCOMO, Inc. and Space Compass Corporation, commits a substantial USD$100 … Read the full press release

Airbus Unveils Wingman Concept, Redefining Manned-Unmanned Teaming in Military Aviation

(IN BRIEF) Airbus introduces its pioneering Wingman concept at the International Aerospace Exhibition ILA in Berlin, showcasing a revolutionary unmanned fighter-type drone designed to operate alongside manned combat aircraft like the Eurofighter. The Wingman, guided by pilots from manned aircraft, … Read the full press release

PT Len Industri and Thales Collaborate to Propel Indonesia’s Defense Industry Forward

(IN BRIEF) PT Len Industri (Persero) and Thales sealed a momentous agreement on May 30, 2024, launching a Joint Venture (JV) aimed at elevating Indonesia’s defense capabilities. Witnessed by key officials including Mr. Kartika Wirjoatmodjo and Pascale Sourisse, the JV … Read the full press release

Rheinmetall and Borussia Dortmund Forge Strategic Partnership to Champion Social Awareness

(IN BRIEF) Rheinmetall and Borussia Dortmund announce a significant three-year partnership, marking Rheinmetall as a “Champion Partner” to the Bundesliga club. This collaboration aims to leverage wide-reaching advertising space, marketing rights, and event opportunities within the stadium and club grounds, … Read the full press release

Fincantieri Marinette Marine Secures $1 Billion Contract for US Navy Frigates

(IN BRIEF) The Department of Defense has awarded Fincantieri Marinette Marine (FMM) a significant contract exceeding 1 billion US dollars to construct the fifth and sixth Constellation-class frigates for the US Navy. This contract, part of a larger agreement signed … Read the full press release

Italian and French Navies Test Cyber Resilience in Tyrrhenian Sea

(IN BRIEF) In a groundbreaking exercise conducted during the Mare Aperto 24/Polaris operation, the Italian and French navies assessed the cyber resilience of their platform system networks aboard the Italian Navy’s aircraft carrier Cavour in the Tyrrhenian Sea. Spearheaded by … Read the full press release

Rheinmetall Secures Major NATO Order for Artillery Ammunition

(IN BRIEF) Rheinmetall announces a significant order from a NATO customer for the supply of artillery ammunition, totaling nearly €300 million. The order includes tens of thousands of artillery shells and hundreds of thousands of propellant charge modules, with deliveries … Read the full press release

Eviden Poland Experts Secure 2nd Place in Locked Shields 2024 Cyber Defense Exercise

(IN BRIEF) Eviden, a leading digital, cloud, big data, and security business under the Atos Group, announces the outstanding performance of its cybersecurity experts from Poland and Romania in the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defense Center of Excellence’s Locked Shields 2024 … Read the full press release

Safran Electrical & Power Partners with Bell Textron for U.S. Army’s FLRAA Program Starter-Generation Systems

(IN BRIEF) Safran Electrical & Power has secured a significant agreement with Bell Textron Inc. to supply high-voltage starter-generation systems for the U.S. Army’s Future Long Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA) program. This cutting-edge system, designed to meet the evolving electrical … Read the full press release

EIB Funds €300 Million Satellite Program for Dual Civil and Security Use in Poland

(IN BRIEF) The European Investment Bank (EIB) has pledged €300 million to support Poland’s venture into space technology with the development and launch of two Earth observation satellites. These satellites, financed through a loan to Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego (BGK), will … Read the full press release

Indra Unveils AI-Powered 360 Vision System for Armored Vehicles

(IN BRIEF) Indra has showcased a groundbreaking 360 vision system, enhanced by artificial intelligence, designed to equip armored vehicles with heightened situational awareness and operational efficiency. Presented to key defense authorities at the Wheeled Vehicle Maintenance Park in Córdoba, Spain, … Read the full press release

HENSOLDT AG Annual General Meeting Garners Overwhelming Shareholder Approval

(IN BRIEF) HENSOLDT AG’s Annual General Meeting, held at the Wappenhalle in Munich, witnessed significant shareholder representation with 78.36% of share capital present. All agenda items received strong endorsement, including the approval of a dividend distribution of EUR 0.40 per … Read the full press release

BAE Systems to Equip U.S. Navy’s F/A-18E/F Super Hornets with Cutting-Edge Dual Band Decoy

(IN BRIEF) BAE Systems secures a contract with the U.S. Navy to develop the Dual Band Decoy (DBD), an advanced radio frequency (RF) countermeasure system designed to protect fighter jets from enemy threats. Building on the success of the AN/ALE-55 … Read the full press release

Airbus Acquires Aerovel, Enhancing Tactical Unmanned Aerial Capabilities

(IN BRIEF) Airbus has completed the acquisition of U.S.-based Aerovel, integrating the advanced unmanned aerial system (UAS), Flexrotor, into its tactical solutions portfolio. The Flexrotor is a compact, vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) UAS designed primarily for intelligence, surveillance, target … Read the full press release

MAWS GbR Awarded Contract for Franco-German Maritime Airborne Warfare System Study

(IN BRIEF) German MAWS GbR, comprised of ESG Elektroniksystem- und Logistik-GmbH, HENSOLDT Sensors GmbH, and Diehl Defence GmbH & Co. KG, secures the contract for the second national supplementary study for the Franco-German Maritime Airborne Warfare System (MAWS) project. MAWS … Read the full press release

Brunei Boosts Air Force Capabilities with Airbus H145M Helicopters

(IN BRIEF) Airbus Helicopters has secured a contract with the Ministry of Defence of Brunei for the procurement of six H145M helicopters. The selection of the H145M underscores its reputation for high performance and versatility, with Brunei aiming to enhance … Read the full press release

BAE Systems to Develop ACX Instrument for GeoXO Environmental Monitoring Mission

(IN BRIEF) BAE Systems has been chosen by NASA to develop the Atmospheric Composition instrument (ACX) for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Geostationary Extended Observations (GeoXO) satellite constellation. ACX, a hyperspectral imager, will provide hourly air quality measurements … Read the full press release

Airbus Unveils Pléiades Neo Next Program to Enhance Earth Observation Constellation

(IN BRIEF) Airbus has announced the launch of the Pléiades Neo Next program, aimed at expanding its high-resolution Earth observation constellation. This initiative will introduce new satellite assets and capabilities, including improved native resolution, to augment the existing Pléiades Neo … Read the full press release

Saab Reports Strong Q1 2024 Performance and Upgrades Sales Outlook

(IN BRIEF) Saab, a leading defence and security company, commenced 2024 with significant achievements, including a 9% increase in order bookings, reaching SEK 18,495m. Sales saw a robust growth, amounting to SEK 14,185m, with an organic sales increase of 24%. … Read the full press release

Saab Delivers Fourth GlobalEye AEW&C Aircraft to UAE in Four Years

(IN BRIEF) Saab has successfully delivered the fourth GlobalEye Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) aircraft to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on April 18, 2024. This milestone marks the rapid delivery pace of these advanced AEW&C platforms, with four … Read the full press release

EU Commission Backs Thales-Led AI Project for Land Forces’ Optronic Systems

(IN BRIEF) The European Commission has signed a Grant Agreement for the STORE (Shared daTabase for Optronics image Recognition and Evaluation) research project, led by Thales and funded by the European Defence Fund (EDF). Involving a consortium of 20 partners … Read the full press release

GKN Aerospace Secures Contract with Swedish Defence for Future Fighter Systems Development

(IN BRIEF) GKN Aerospace has been awarded a contract by the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) to conduct conceptual studies for advanced power and propulsion systems in support of future fighter systems. The agreement, spanning two years with the possibility … Read the full press release

UK Ministry of Defence Enhances Fleet Efficiency with Airbus H145 Helicopter Order

(IN BRIEF) The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has placed an order for six Airbus H145 helicopters, marking a strategic move towards fleet modernization and consolidation. These helicopters, designated for deployment in Cyprus and Brunei, will replace existing Airbus Pumas, … Read the full press release

Eviden and CEA Unveil Next-Gen EXA1 HE Supercomputer for Military Simulation

(IN BRIEF) Eviden, an Atos business specializing in advanced computing, and CEA have jointly announced the delivery of the EXA1 HE (High Efficiency) supercomputer, marking a significant milestone in the EXA1 program. The system, based on Eviden’s BullSequana XH3000 technology, … Read the full press release