• Chinese Type 051B destroyer up for refit, or retirement

    Major work is being undertaken on the People's Liberation Army Navy's (PLAN's) only Type 051B Luhai-class destroyer. The 6,000 tonne ship was laid down in 1996 at the Dalian shipyard, commissioned in 1999, and was for a number of years the flagship of the South Sea Fleet, based in Zhanjiang.

  • Indian Coast Guard inducts patrol vessel, interceptor boats

    The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) has commissioned a 50 m Aadesh-class patrol vessel and two 28 m interceptor boats, an ICG spokesperson told IHS Jane's on 30 March. The vessels were inducted in a ceremony held at the ICG district headquarters at Puducherry on 29 March, said Commandant Ajay Kumar Pande,

  • PLAN launches frigate, corvette in further potential expansion of ASW capabilities

    Key Points Chinese shipyards have launched another frigate and corvette Apparent variable depth sonars and towed arrays will add to the PLAN's growing anti-submarine warfare capabilities Chinese shipyards launched two more ships for the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) in late March. The

  • Quad-A 2015: US Army wants to hurry rotorcraft DVE tech

    Key Points The army wants DVE mitigation long before it fields a new family of helicopters in the 2030s DVEs are a leading contributor to rotorcraft accidents and reduced operational effectiveness The US Army wants to accelerate development of technology designed to enhance safety for helicopters

  • US Army prepares for AH-6i deliveries to Saudi Arabia

    Saudi Arabia is shortly to begin receiving the first of 24 Boeing AH-6i Little Bird light attack and reconnaissance helicopters, it was disclosed on 30 March. The US Army's Non-Standard Rotary-Wing Aircraft project office (NSRWA PO) has issued a sources sought notice for the transportation of an

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  • OneSKY points the way for civil-military harmonisation

    Thales is working with Airservices Australia and the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) on the development of the Civil Military Air Traffic Management System (CMATS) under the OneSKY programme. The three principal delivery partners argue that CMATS, which costs around AUD600 million (USD468.9
  • 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