• Bangladesh Coast Guard takes delivery of two indigenous harbour patrol boats

    The Bangladesh Coast Guard (BCG) has recently inducted two indigenous harbour patrol boats - CGS Boleshwar (pennant HPB 4903) and CGS Tentulia (HPB 4904) - into its fleet on 15 March. Constructed at the Bangladesh Navy-owned Dockyard and Engineering Works Limited in Narayanganj (DEWN), these

  • Former JMSDF head says 'ball in Australia's court' over Soryu buy

    A former head of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) who now advises the country's National Security Council has said "the ball is in Australia's court" regarding the possible acquisition by Canberra of Soryu-class submarines. Vice Admiral Yoji Koda (retd), a former commander in

  • France, UK swim ahead with MMCM demonstrator programme

    Key Points Contract signed on 27 March for MMCM demonstrator first phase Thales to lead industry team on joint France/UK unmanned offboard mine countermeasures demonstrator An industry team headed up by Thales has been selected to lead an unmanned offboard mine countermeasures (MCM) demonstrator

  • French BPC amphibious assault ships to receive remote weapon station, infra-red search-and-track system

    Key Points France to upgrade three Mistral LHDs with remote weapon and infra-red search and track The aim is to enhance autonomous protection capacity By the end of 2015, the French Navy is scheduled to have begun upgrade work on its three Mistral-class landing helicopter dock BPC (Bâtiment

  • KAI named as preferred KFX bidder

    Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) has been named as preferred bidder in the USD8 billion programme to complete development of the Korean Fighter Experimental (KFX) aircraft. South Korea's Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) announced the decision following a steering committee meeting

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  • UK to deploy Sentinel surveillance aircraft to Iraq

    The UK is to deploy a pair of Raytheon Sentinel R.1 Airborne Stand-Off Radar (ASTOR) surveillance aircraft to the Middle East to bolster its support of the international mission against the Islamic State in Iraq. The deployment, which was announced by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) on 26 March, will
  • 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