• German parliament endorses new EUR8.5 bn Airbus Helicopters deal

    Germany's parliamentary budget committee endorsed a revised helicopter deal with Airbus Helicopters on 4 March. The accord, which has been brought ahead of schedule by the Ministry of Defence (MoD), covers 162 combat and transport helicopters. The new deal is said to be worth around EUR8.5 billion

  • Kuwait Coast Guard orders fast interceptors from Tampa Yacht

    The Kuwaiti Ministry of the Interior (MoI) has placed an order with Tampa Yacht Manufacturing for 29 Fast Coastal Interceptor (FCI) 44 craft for its coastguard, the Florida-based company announced on 4 March. The MoI said the FCI 44 was selected "following an extensive evaluation

  • LRS-B contract will be cost-plus, USAF says

    Key Points LRS-B will be awarded as a cost-plus contract within months The USAF worked to reign in costs on the programme by studying the mature technology available within the US industrial base before moving ahead with the acquisition The US Air Force (USAF) on 4 March revealed that the

  • BAE Systems announces funding of Malaysian cyber degree programme

    BAE Systems has announced that it will fund a Malaysia-based degree course in cyber security as part of its defence offset obligations in that country. The company said in a statement on 5 March that it has agreed to finance a new cyber security post-graduate programme at the National Defence

  • Cuban shipyard to repair Venezuelan missile frigate

    The Venezuelan Navy has contracted Cuba's Granma Military Industrial Shipyards to perform a comprehensive refit of its General Soublette (F 24) Lupo-class guided-missile frigate, according to local Venezuelan media reports. The contract includes maintenance and repair of the ship's hull and

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  • Portugal to buy 192 new 4x4 tactical armoured vehicles

    Portugal is planning to launch a tender for 192 4x4 light tactical armoured vehicles, the country's Ministry of National Defence told IHS Jane's . Several variants are planned under the Viatura Táctica Ligeira com Blindagem (VTLB) programme for the country's army. The programme will be set up
  • Iran claims to have tested 'very special weapon'

    The naval wing of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) has implied that it is working on a missile that can be launched from a submerged submarine. Iranian television showed footage of a missile being launched from below the surface during the 'Great Prophet 9' exercise that was held on
  • USN to add due-regard radar after Triton fielding

    Key Points The USN plans to add a due-regard radar to its Triton UAV after it is fielded to the fleet Aircraft will be delivered to the fleet at the end of 2017 and early in 2018 The US Navy (USN) plans to add a due-regard radar to its Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton unmanned maritime surveillance
  • 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