• Bangladesh Navy decommissions four Chinese-built torpedo craft

    The Bangladesh Navy decommissioned four Chinese-built Type 26 Huchuan-class torpedo boats (pennant numbers 8235, 8236, 8237, and 8238) at Chittagong on 18 June. A navy press release said that the decision to decommission these boats had been taken due to increasing challenges in maintaining their

  • Airtec Inc to conduct ISR over Colombia for US Southern Command

    The US government has contracted Airtec Inc to provide intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) services in Colombia on behalf of the US Southern Command, the Department of Defense disclosed on 26 June. The contract, which is valued at USD80.7 million, will enable the Maryland-based

  • Australia releases RfI for next-generation air-defence system

    Australia intends enhancing or replacing its existing ground-based air defence (GBAD) capability, issuing a request for information (RfI) on 22 June that is expected to be followed by a request for tender in the last quarter of 2016. The RfI published by the Defence Materiel Organisation says that

  • Australian government to launch strategic review of ASC

    Australia's ASC is to undergo a strategic review intended to strengthen the state-owned naval shipbuilder's position in meeting the future requirements of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). Confirming the move on 28 June, Australia's minister for finance Mathias Cormann reiterated that the government

  • Philippine DND denies delays to FA-50, helo procurements

    The Philippines Department of National Defense (DND) has confirmed that contracted major aircraft procurement programmes are continuing and not suspended, as claimed in local news reports. The Manila Times reported on 25 June that the government's Commission on Audit (CoA) had suspended Philippine

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  • US Army to ramp-up Hellfire production

    The US Army has ordered an increase in production of the AGM-114 Hellfire laser-guided missile from the current 500 all-up rounds (AURs) per month to 650 AURs per month, the Department of Defense (DoD) disclosed on 25 June. The USD18 million contract awarded to original equipment manufacturer
  • 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