• Pacific 2015: Japan offers up details for proposed Collins-class submarine replacement

    Key Points Japan has disclosed details of its proposal for the Collins-class submarine replacement programme Officials confirmed the submarine's energy source as high-capacity lithium-ion batteries with an option for air-independent propulsion to be added on request Japan for the first time has

  • Algeria's first Chinese corvette begins homeward journey

    The first of the three C-28A corvettes that China's Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding Group is building for Algeria arrived in Malaysia on 6 October having completed the first leg of its voyage to North Africa. Named Adhafer (920), the vessel docked at the Boustead Cruise Centre in Port Klang for a

  • Belarus sees rapidly growing defence sector

    Production at Belarus' state-owned Belarusian State Military-Industrial Committee (GosKomVoenProm) reached BYR3.571 billion (USD201 million) for the first eight months of 2015, the group's board announced on 5 October, marking a 56% increase compared with the same period of 2014. Exports increased

  • Indian MoD extends deadline for FICV contenders

    India's Ministry of Defence (MoD) has extended a deadline for 10 Indian companies to submit their project reports for the Indian Army's INR1 trillion (USD15.38 billion) Future Infantry Combat Vehicle (FICV) programme. Official sources said the 15 October deadline to submit an expression of interest

  • Mexico's Morelos 3 communications satellite launched

    Mexico's Morelos 3 satellite has been placed in orbit by a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V 421 rocket, Lockheed Martin announced on 2 October. ULA is a joint venture between Lockheed Martin and Boeing, and the launch was conducted by Lockheed Martin Commercial Launch Services. The vessel is

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  • Suspected Iranian missile shipment seized in Arabian Sea

    The first evidence has emerged that Iran is shipping weapons to its allies in Yemen in the form of a shipment of anti-tank guided missiles seized off Oman. The seizure was first announced on 29 September, when Saudi Foreign Minister Adel bin Ahmed al-Jubeir told the Al-Arabiya news channel that,
  • Boeing gets development deal for USAF F-15 EW suite

    Key Points The USAF has selected Boeing as the prime contractor on a new digital EW suite for the F-15 Eagle EPAWSS will replace TEWS, which has been in service since the 1980s The US Air Force (USAF) selected Boeing as the prime contractor on a new digital electronic warfare suite for its F-15


  • 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