• USN conducts manned-unmanned aircraft ops aboard carrier

    The US Navy (USN) has for the first time conducted manned and unmanned aircraft operations simultaneously aboard an aircraft carrier. A Northrop Grumman X-47B unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and a Boeing F/A-18 Hornet conducted flight operations aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) on 17 August,

  • Austal USA prepares to hand over fourth JHSV to US Navy

    After recently completing acceptance trials, the US Navy's (USN's) fourth Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV), Fall River (JHSV 4), is expected to be handed over to US Military Sealift Command (MSC) in the fourth quarter of 2014, shipbuilder Austal USA told IHS Jane's . Fall River is the fourth of ten

  • India commissions first-of-class destroyer Kolkata

    The Indian Navy (IN) commissioned INS Kolkata , the first of three locally designed and built 7,400-tonne Project 15A guided-missile destroyers, on 16 August in Mumbai. Two follow-on warships - Kochi and Chennai - are also under construction at Mumbai's Mazagaon Dockyard Limited and will be

  • PLAN commissions Jiangdao-class corvette into East Sea Fleet

    The People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) commissioned the Type 056 Jiangdao-class corvette Quanzhou into its East Sea Fleet on 8 August, according to Chinese state-backed media outlets. The 90 m ship, bearing the pennant number 588, was commissioned at a naval port in Xiamen, in the eastern Chinese

  • RAN's first Canberra-class LHD begins final sea trials

    The first of the Royal Australian Navy's (RAN's) two new Canberra-class landing helicopter docks (LHDs) has embarked on final contractor sea trials, officials announced on 19 August. Lead ship Canberra set sail from BAE Systems' Williamstown shipyard in Melbourne on 12 August for trials in Port

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  • Supacat wins Australian special forces vehicle contract

    Australia has awarded UK-based Supacat Group an AUD105 million (USD98 million) contract for 89 special operations vehicles based on the latest version of the Extenda high-mobility transport (HMT), the company said on 19 August. The Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) awarded the contract for what
  • USAF extends BACN mission support contract through 2015

    The US Air Force (USAF) has awarded Northrop Grumman a USD89.7 million support contract for the Battlefield Airborne Communications Node (BACN) system, the company said in a 7 August press statement. The company will continue its overseas operational support of the USAF's seven systems through
  • Analysis: The strange case of Iraq's missing uranium

    The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militant group made world headlines on 10 June when it rolled into Mosul, routing the security forces that were supposed to defend the city and robbed the bank of some USD400 million in gold. Now there is news that they also took other things:

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