• DEW completes keel-laying for four Bangladesh Coast Guard patrol vessels

    Dockyard and Engineering Works (DEW) Narayanganj, the Bangladesh Navy-owned shipyard, announced recently that the keel-laying ceremony for two inshore patrol vessels (IPVs) and two fast patrol boats (FPBs) for the Bangladesh Coast Guard (BCG) took place on 21 April. The vessels are expected to be

  • First of two patrol boats launched for Spain's Guardia Civil

    Spanish shipbuilder Astilleros Gondán has launched the new ocean-going patrol boat Rio Belelle , the first of two being constructed for the Servicio Maritimo, the maritime arm of Spain's Guardia Civil police force. The second 20.5 m long aluminium- and plastic-reinforced glass fibre craft is

  • House panel votes for one-year reprieve for A-10

    Key Points The HASC has voted to keep the A-10 flying for another year in the FY 2016 Pentagon policy bill The full House will vote on the bill before the Senate prepares a separate version The House Armed Services Committee (HASC) has voted to keep the Fairchild-Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II

  • Indian carrier Vikramaditya in short refit, being fitted with close-in weapon systems

    Key Points India's Vikramaditya is undergoing a short refit Work has provided the opportunity to install a CIWS capability The Indian Navy's 46,000-tonne Russian-built aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya is undergoing a short refit at the Naval Ship Repair Yard in Karwar, where it is homeported.

  • Navantia launches Australia's last LHD landing craft

    Spanish state-owned shipbuilder Navantia has launched the final LCM-1E amphibious fast landing craft ordered by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) to equip its two new Canberra-class landing helicopter dock (LHD) vessels. The landing craft is the last of 12 units ordered under a EUR99 million (USD110

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  • Saab reveals enhanced radar for Gripen C/D fighter

    Saab has revealed a new variant of the PS-05/A radar for the Gripen C/D fighter aircraft that the company claims more than doubles the detection performance of the current system, the company told reporters at its Linkoping site on 27 April. The upgraded radar, designated PS-05/A Mk4, features a
  • 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