• GRSE launches three fast attack craft for Indian Navy

    Kolkata-based shipbuilder Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers (GRSE) launched three fast attack craft (FAC) for the Indian Navy at its Rajabagan shipyard on 30 June. The vessels - Tarmugli (T 91), Tillanchang (T 92), and Tihayu (T 93) - are the first three vessels to be built under a

  • Indonesian Air Force crash prompts calls for modernisation

    The crash on 30 June of an Indonesian Air Force (TNI-AU) Lockheed Martin C-130B Hercules transport aircraft, which is estimated to have killed more than 140 people, has prompted calls for the country to review its procurement methods as well as replace its ageing military inventories. The aircraft

  • Iraq receives four more Russian combat helicopters

    The Iraqi Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 2 July that it has taken delivery of four more "advanced combat helicopters" from Russia. It did not identify the type of aircraft that has been delivered. Iraq currently has Mi-28NE Night Hunter attack helicopters and Mi-35M assault

  • Polish Armaments Group begins project Miecznik and Czapla negotiations

    The Polish Armaments Group (Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa - PGZ) has announced that it has been invited by the Polish Inspectorate of Armament military procurement authority to commence negotiations concerning the supply of three corvette-type coastal defence ships and three patrol vessels to the Polish

  • South Korea to acquire 16 PKX-B missile craft

    Key Points South Korea has ordered an initial batch of 16 PKX-B fast attack craft The vessel has been described as a more compact version of the South Korean Navy's Gumdoksuri-class fast attack missile craft The Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) is to acquire an initial batch of 16 'B' variants of

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  • RAF Typhoon force trains for maritime role

    The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) has renewed focus on the air-maritime integration (AMI) role, with the deployment of its No II(AC) Squadron Typhoons to RNAS Culdrose from 22-25 June to conduct AMI training, something the RAF accepts it had neglected in the recent past. In deploying to RNAS Culdrose in
  • Finland orders more NLAW missiles

    The Finnish Defence Forces have ordered more Next generation Light Anti-tank Weapons (NLAWs) from Saab Dynamics, the Finnish Defence Forces Logistics Department has announced. The contract, worth EUR32 million (USD35.5 million), also includes night vision devices from Millog and training tools from
  • CBO releases new triad upgrade estimate

    The United States will have to spend USD348 billion on nuclear weapons modernisation over the next 10 years if it wants to maintain a triad of nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), submarines, and bomber aircraft, according to a 22 January report from the Congressional Budget


  • Agusta-Bell 212.

    Operational speed: 120 kt (222 km/h). Service ceiling: 15,000 ft (4,373 m). Range: 270 n miles (500 km). Role/Weapon systems: Assault (seven aircraft) and ASW/ASUW (11 aircraft); mainly deployed to escorts, but also shore-based. Sensors (ASW/ASUW): APS-705 radar; ASQ 13-B sonar; STAR SAFIRE II

  • Multipurpose Patrol Ships

    Fleetlist Programmes: The Pattugliatore Polivalente d'Altura (PPA) programme is for a class of six multipurpose offshore patrol vessels, with an option for a further four ships. Five are to be in a low-end configuration (patrol) and one in high-end configuration (combat). A modular design approach

  • AM-35 and AM-50 (humanitarian anti-mine boots)

    Development Zeman's mine resistant boots are designed to provide leg protection against Anti-Personnel (AP) mines containing up to 35 g (AM-35 type) and 50 g (AM-50 type) high explosives (TNT) and have been developed by Zeman in cooperation with Aall Jiri Chladek explosives consultants (see


    Type Penetration warhead. Development In 1994 Britain's Royal Ordnance (later BAE Systems Royal Ordnance Defence, BAE Systems Land and Armaments and now BAE Global Combat Systems Munitions) released details of a new penetrating tandem warhead concept suitable for both bombs and air-to-surface