• Bharati completes third C-154 coastal interceptor for Indian Coast Guard

    Bharati Defence and Infrastructure Ltd (formerly Bharati Shipyard Ltd) has completed construction of the third C-154-class coastal interceptor craft for the Indian Coast Guard. According to the Indian Register of Shipping, building work on C-156 finished on 15 January. An order for the 15 vessels

  • Croatia reports static defence exports for 2015

    Croatian defence exports remained largely flat in 2015 with foreign sales valued at HRK1.5 billion (USD222.3 million), according to reports by national media organisations. The figure compares with a 2014 output of USD213 million. Croatian defence products were reportedly exported during 2015 to

  • EID completes BICC software integration for Portugal's BRASS communications system

    Key Points EID has completed the integration of the BRASS Initial Core Capability software solution for Portugal's Navy Broadcast and Ship Shore system The integration work has enabled BRASS to become fully operational Portuguese communications company EID has completed the integration of an

  • France reports record export orders for 2015

    France has reported that defence export orders reached an historic high in 2015 with an estimated total of EUR16 billion (USD18.14 billion). The provisional figure was disclosed by the French military procurement agency, the Delegation General de l'Armament (DGA), on 10 February. The total

  • Greek navy loses AB212 helicopter in training accident

    An Hellenic Navy Agusta-Bell 212 helicopter crashed during a training exercise taking place in the south-eastern Aegean Sea on 11 February, killing at least two of the three crew members. The helicopter was reportedly flying at low level in poor weather conditions when it came down in the early

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  • China commissions Type 082 II-class MCMV

    China's People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) has commissioned a new Type 082 II Wozang-class mine countermeasures vessel (MCMV). The ship entered service with the North Sea Fleet on 25 January at the Dalian naval base, North East China. Named Rongcheng (pennant number 811), the vessel is the fourth
  • Turkey's Anka UAV makes operational debut

    The Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) Anka unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) made its operational debut in early February, the Foundation to Strengthen the Turkish Armed Forces (TSKGV) announced. The mission, which took place on 5 February, saw a modified version of the Anka A medium-altitude
  • USAF reveals 2014 nuclear 'mishap' that damaged ICBM

    The US Air Force (USAF) stripped personnel of their nuclear certification following a mishap in which a Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) was damaged, it was revealed on 23 January. The incident, which occurred in 2014 but is only now being publically acknowledged by the USAF,


  • 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