• Australia reveals new shipbuilding industry plan to bypass 'Valley of Death'

    Key Points Australian government announces investments in shipbuilding industry, bringing forward two major procurement programmes The plan is part of a strategy to minimise disruption to the naval shipbuilding sector, caused by a lack of orders for domestically built vessels The Australian

  • Canada makes progress on interim supply ship options

    Key Points Canada has signed a letter of intent with Chantier Davie Canada Inc and Project Resolve Inc for an at-sea support services contract RCN is also investigating a ship loan from the Spanish Navy to fill its auxiliary oiler gap in the Atlantic Canadian officials have signed a letter of

  • Indonesia inducts three KCR-40 missile craft into Western Fleet

    The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Laut: TNI-AL) has inducted three KCR-40-class anti-ship missile craft into the service's Western Fleet (Komando Armada RI Kawasan Barat: KOARMABAR). The vessels, KRI Surik (645), KRI Siwar (646), KRI Parang (647), were commissioned in

  • Indonesia to upgrade naval bases near Ambalat, Papua New Guinea

    The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Laut: TNI-AL) will promote two provincial naval bases to the status of district bases, a TNI-AL source has confirmed with IHS Jane's . The bases are located on the island of Tarakan near North Kalimantan (Lantamal XIII) and Sorong (Lantamal

  • NATO to scale back enhanced Baltic Air Policing Mission

    NATO is to halve the number of combat aircraft it is committing to the Baltic Air Policing Mission despite a recent upsurge in interceptions of Russian military aircraft transiting the region, an alliance spokesperson confirmed to IHS Jane's on 4 August. The current 'enhanced' mission made up of 16


  • Picking up the pieces: Putting Project SEA 4000 back on course

    Australia's Air Warfare Destroyer programme has been blighted by schedule slippage, cost escalation, and dysfunctional management. Julian Kerr finds out how and why plans have gone awry, and looks at the efforts to put Project SEA 4000 back on an even keel
  • Asian gains

    With Asia-Pacific countries increasingly looking to develop their defence industrial capabilities through offset, the demands being placed on foreign contractors are rising to an unprecedented level. Jon Grevatt reports
  • Strike out: unmanned systems set for wider attack role

    Unmanned strike has for the most part been the preserve of larger systems, but now weapons are set to be rolled out across a range of UASs. Huw Williams examines the options
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  • UK extends reformed Tornado unit for operations over Iraq

    The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) is to sustain in service the reformed 12 (Bomber) Squadron for a further year in order to continue air strikes against the Islamic State, the defence secretary announced on 3 August. The squadron, which is currently conducting strikes over Iraq from its forward
  • Pentagon awards JAGM development contract

    Key Points Lockheed Martin has received a USD66 million EMD contract for JAGM The missile will be integrated onto the Apache and Viper attack helicopters while the production line is qualified The US Army and the US Navy on 31 July awarded Lockheed Martin a USD66 million engineering and
  • 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