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Filling gaps in EU defences – EDA publishes its 2023 Annual Report

EDA News - Wed, 24/04/2024 - 09:52

High intensity, state-to-state war in Ukraine is forcing the European Union to reenergise its defence industrial base on a large scale to defend Western democratic values. At the same time, the EU is preparing for future challenges, developing the most innovative, high-end capabilities. The EU and the European Defence Agency (EDA) are accelerating efforts in support of Ukraine and for the defence of Europe.   


In the Agency’s annual report for 2023, we provide an overview of EDA’s milestones reached and achievements over the year. Our highlights include: 

  • Denmark joining as EDA’s 27th member 

  • Deepening ties with the United  States Department of Defense through an Administrative Arrangement 

  • Agreeing the 2023 Capability Development Priorities across the five military domains 

  • Stepping up in 2023 with EDA’s two-year fast-track procedure for the joint procurement of 155mm artillery rounds, with a project arrangement signed by all EU Member States and Norway 

  • Transferring EDA’s long-running helicopter programme to a new centre in Portugal 

  • Achieving Initial Operational Capability for the multinational fleet of Airbus A330 tanker and transport aircraft, a project established by EDA  

Overall, in 2023, the Agency managed around 94 cooperative ad-hoc projects and programmes in capability development, training, and joint procurement, as well as Research and Technology (R&T) and innovation, with a total estimated value in the range of €664 million. 

2024 marks the 20th anniversary of the European Defence Agency. Over two decades, we have helped our armed forces to cooperate and invest better together. We continue to anticipate tomorrow's defence needs. The EDA’s added value for EU defence is sharply increasing. 

Download the full 2023 Annual Report here

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Saab's Skapa initiative aims to speed technology into customers' hands

Jane's Defense News - Wed, 24/04/2024 - 08:05
Saab has established a new business function to revamp how it develops and delivers products to meet changing customer requirements. Skapa, a Swedish word that means “to...
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USN secretary calls for increased immigration to augment US shipbuilding labour

Jane's Defense News - Wed, 24/04/2024 - 06:50
To address the shortage of workers needed to build the number of ships needed to meet US Navy (USN) fleet plans, the country should seek to bring in more legal...
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XR Training-led consortium wins USMC ACV simulator contract

Jane's Defense News - Wed, 24/04/2024 - 06:05
A consortium led by XR Training has been awarded a contract by the US Marine Corps (USMC) under an Other Transaction Agreement (OTA) to produce a driver training...
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Raytheon Tapped For Zumwalt Modernization | Iran Unveiled Bavar-373 | Spain Acquires Additional NASAMS from Kongsberg

Defense Industry Daily - Wed, 24/04/2024 - 06:00
Americas Raytheon Missiles & Defense won a $212.5 million for an option exercise of combat system engineering, miscellaneous material, and travel supporting combat system installation, integration, development, testing, correction, maintenance, and modernization of ZUMWALT class mission systems and mission system equipment. Work will be performed in Portsmouth, Rhode Island (40%); Tewksbury, Massachusetts (33%); San Diego, […]
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The USA’s DDG-1000 Zumwalt Class Program: Dead Aim, Or Dead End?

Defense Industry Daily - Wed, 24/04/2024 - 05:58
67% of the fleet (click to view full) DID’s FOCUS Article for the DDG-1000 Zumwalt Class “destroyer” program covers the new ships’ capabilities and technologies, key controversies, associated contracts and costs, and related background resources. The ship’s prime missions are to provide naval gunfire support, and next-generation air defense, in near-shore areas where other large […]
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Flexible G/ATORs: The USMC’s Multi-Mission AESA Ground Radars

Defense Industry Daily - Wed, 24/04/2024 - 05:56
G/ATOR diorama (click to view full) The US military’s long run of unquestioned air superiority has led to shortcuts in mobile land-based air defenses, and the US Marines are no exception. A December 2005 release from Sen. Schumer’s office [D-NY] said that: “Current radar performance does not meet operational forces requirements… consequences could potentially allow […]
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Iraq to equip F-16s with AIDEWS EW suite

Jane's Defense News - Tue, 23/04/2024 - 18:05
Iraq is to equip its Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon combat aircraft with the L3Harris AN/ALQ-211 Advanced Integrated Defensive Electronic Warfare Suite (AIDEWS)...
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UAE seeks closer air force ties with China as leaders meet in Beijing

Jane's Defense News - Tue, 23/04/2024 - 15:50
The chief of joint operations for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Armed Forces has met with the head of China's People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) as the two...
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DoS Approved BT-67 FMS To Argentina | Lithuania To Spend $16M For Ukraine Rehabilitation | Japan Orders THeMIS

Defense Industry Daily - Tue, 23/04/2024 - 06:00
Americas Lockheed Martin won an $88.3 million Captains of Industry contract for the overhaul of B-2 digital receiver and legacy defense message system. This contract provides for overhaul, management, and material lay-in. Work will be performed at Owego, New York, and is expected to be completed by April 16, 2034. This contract was a sole […]
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USA’s B-2 Bombers Leading the Way in Contracting for Availability

Defense Industry Daily - Tue, 23/04/2024 - 05:58
All together now… (click to view full) Britain’s practice of “contracting for availability” for key equipment, rather than paying for spare parts and maintenance hours, may be its most significant defense procurement reform. In a world where older air, sea, and ground vehicle fleets are growing maintenance demands beyond countries’ available budgets, it’s an approach […]
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USN Gets First Two T-54As | Russia Received New Su-35s | Ghost Sharks Revealed By Anduril

Defense Industry Daily - Mon, 22/04/2024 - 06:00
Americas The US Navy marks a new chapter in multi-engine pilot training with the arrival of its first two T-54A trainer aircraft at Naval Air Station (NAS) Corpus Christi on Apr. 18th. The T-54A, a modified Beechcraft King Air 260 designated for the Navy, replaces the T-44C Pegasus, which has served faithfully since 1977. The […]
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France : Intelligence services keep watch as pro-Russia French fighters return from Donbas

Intelligence Online - Mon, 22/04/2024 - 06:00
Mickael Takahashi is fond of leaving Google reviews of the bars, restaurants and gyms he visits. For the past five months, the thirty-year-old, one of the first French nationals to have gone to fight for Russia during Moscow's invasion of
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China/UAE : Chinese Uspace zooms in on Middle East to expand its Earth Observation business

Intelligence Online - Mon, 22/04/2024 - 06:00
The Chinese commercial space company Uspace Technology Group, coveted by Beijing, is planning to step up its sales effort in
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UAE : AI, 6G, UAV, weapons system: Abu Dhabi's spymasters structure their tech research tools

Intelligence Online - Mon, 22/04/2024 - 06:00
The 16 April announcement of a $1.5bn investment by Microsoft in artificial intelligence (AI) company Group 42 (G42) and the
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Russia/Ukraine : Wagner recruits drone experts for Central African Republic

Intelligence Online - Mon, 22/04/2024 - 06:00
On 12 April, the Wagner militia in Africa urgently began recruiting people with experience using drones, who are prepared for immediate departure.
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United Kingdom : Former MI6 chief John Sawers returns to intelligence via private sector

Intelligence Online - Mon, 22/04/2024 - 06:00
Investigative consultancy Good Governance Group (G3) has hired former Secret Intelligence Service (aka MI6) director John Sawers to chair its
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X-62 VISTA Flew 1st AI Dogfight Against Manned F-16s | CyberTech Conference Took Place In Israel | China Bolsters Space Capabilities

Defense Industry Daily - Fri, 19/04/2024 - 06:00
Americas D-J Engineering Inc. won a $30 million deal for machine shop requirements for supplies related to EA-18G and P-8A aircraft components and related platforms/requirements for Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane. Each awardee will be awarded $10,000 obligated at time of award. These contracts include options which, if exercised, would bring the total value to […]
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Israel : New Israeli operator moves into commercial advertising intelligence

Intelligence Online - Fri, 19/04/2024 - 06:00
In early April, the multi-faceted entrepreneur Guy Gildor stepped down from the board of OpenD, an Israeli firm that specialises in
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Ukraine : Ukrainian army banks on miniaturisation for electronic warfare supremacy

Intelligence Online - Fri, 19/04/2024 - 06:00
In recent weeks, the Ukrainian electronic warfare specialist Infozahyst has been working on a compact new signals interception and jamming
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