• Internal IAF report criticises serviceability rate for fighter fleet

    The operational availability of the Indian Air Force's (IAF's) combat, transport, and helicopter fleets has averaged about 60% over the past three years, a recent internal assessment has revealed. Of these platforms, the report disclosed that the IAF's 780-strong fighter fleet had an overall

  • Niger buys new reconnaissance aircraft in fight against Islamist militants

    Niger has purchased a reconnaissance aircraft as part of ongoing efforts to combat Islamist militants and criminal gangs operating on its territory, the Reuters news agency reported on 23 October. The aircraft, of an undisclosed type, has been procured at a cost of USD13.5 million, the report

  • Peru receives first two KT-1P trainers

    The Peruvian Air Force (Fuerza Aérea del Perú - FAP) received the first two of 20 KAI KT-1P trainers during a ceremony at Las Palmas Air Base in Peru's capital Lima, on 21 October. Both KT-1Ps have been assigned to the No.51 Air Group out of Pisco, where they will replace Embraer EMB-312

  • Swedish 'mystery submarine' hunt called off

    Sweden's Deputy Director of Operations, Rear Admiral Anders Grenstad, announced on 22 October an almost week-long hunt for a suspected foreign submarine in the Stockholm Archipelago was over. Whatever the object or objects were, if indeed they existed, they have now been deemed to have left Swedish

  • Thailand orders more Airbus helicopters

    The Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) has ordered two more EC 725 search and rescue (SAR) helicopters, manufacturer Airbus Helicopters announced on 22 October. The company also confirmed that it had signed a contract with the Royal Thai Navy (RTN) to supply five EC 645T2 medium multirole helicopters. IHS

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  • Briefing: Underwater aspirations

    While competing priorities and affordability issues have influenced a decline in submarine numbers in Europe in recent years, several of the region's nations are committing resources to recapitalising their SSK capabilities. Kate Tringham and Richard Scott report
  • Distant memories - glimpses of the past from the IHS Jane's archives

    The IHS Jane's archives hold a wealth of fascinating content. Here is page 129 of the 1918 edition of Jane's All the World's Aircraft providing the reader with a profile of the German Fokker triplane; one of the most famous fighter aircraft of World War I
  • Thinking big

    The arrival of the Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers will require a mindset change in the Royal Navy. Richard Scott reports
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  • China launches new 3,000-tonne coastguard cutter

    The Guangzhou Huangpu Shipyard has launched a new cutter for the China Coast Guard (CCG), Chinese media reported on 14 October. Zhongguo Haixun 2303 - literally 'China Sea Police 2303' - is expected to begin sea trials before the end of the year and it will be commissioned in the first quarter of
  • MBDA begins MdCN cruise missile production

    European missile house MBDA has commenced low-rate initial production (LRIP) of the French Navy's new Missile de Croisière Naval (MdCN) cruise missile at its Selles-Saint-Denis plant in central France. Delivery of the first production lot is expected early in 2015. Manufacture rates will ramp
  • Satellite imagery shows Parchin explosion aftermath

    Satellite imagery indicates that there was an explosion at Iran’s Parchin military research, development, and production facility on 5 October, raising fears about safety precautions at a site where nuclear weapons research allegedly has been carried out. The Iranian opposition website

RELEVANT PROFILE LISTINGS

  • Offshore patrol ship

    Fleetlist Comment: Former survey ship built in about 1978. Transferred to China Marine Surveillance in about 2010 and subsequently to the Coast Guard in 2013.

  • Offshore patrol ships

    Fleetlist Comment: Former survey ships built in about 1973. Transferred to China Marine Surveillance in about 2010 and subsequently to the Coast Guard in 2013.

  • U-series uncooled thermal cameras

    Type Thermal imaging camera Development The U-series of uncooled LWIR, dual-FoV cameras from General Dynamics (GD) Global Imaging Technologies (a division of General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems) are designed to replace the LANscout and RangePro series of cameras from Axsys Technologies

  • Wolei (Type 918) class

    Fleetlist Comment: Former PLAN minelayer built at Dalian Shipyard and completed in 1988. Resembles the deleted Japanese Souya class. Transferred first to China Marine Surveillance in 2012 and subsequently to the China Coast Guard in 2013.

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