• Austal delivers seventh Cape-class patrol vessel

    Australian shipbuilder Austal Limited has delivered the seventh Cape-class offshore patrol boat to the Australian Border Force (ABF), the company announced on 2 July. The ship, Cape Wessel , is part of an AUD330 million (USD250.7 million) contract awarded by the Australian government in August 2011

  • Brazil to receive new search and rescue C295 aircraft in 2017

    The Brazilian Air Force (Força Aérea Brasileira: FAB) is to receive three Airbus Defence and Space (DS) C295 (C-105 Amazonas in national service) transport aircraft configured for the search and rescue (SAR) mission in 2017, it disclosed on 1 July. The aircraft, designated SC-105 in the

  • Bulgaria to begin negotiations for 'new' fighter aircraft

    Bulgaria has approved the procurement of a new combat aircraft type to replace its ageing MiG-29 'Fulcrum' and Sukhoi Su-25 'Frogfoot' platforms, national media reported on 1 July. The country's cabinet approved the purchase of an as-yet-unidentified combat aircraft to replace the air force's

  • GRSE launches three fast attack craft for Indian Navy

    Kolkata-based shipbuilder Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers (GRSE) launched three fast attack craft (FAC) for the Indian Navy at its Rajabagan shipyard on 30 June. The vessels - Tarmugli (T 91), Tillanchang (T 92), and Tihayu (T 93) - are the first three vessels to be built under a

  • India resends request to US for M777 guns

    India's Ministry of Defence (MoD) re-issued its letter of request (LoR) to the US government on 23 June for 145 BAE Systems M777 towed 155 mm/39 calibre lightweight howitzers, official sources said. This followed MoD approval on 13 May of the estimated USD694 million purchase, including Selex Laser

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  • JPO counters media report that F-35 cannot dogfight

    The Joint Program Office (JPO) for the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) has taken the unusual step of publicly defending the aircraft's air-to-air capabilities following a damning media report that called into question its ability to 'dogfight' with even today's
  • Finland orders more NLAW missiles

    The Finnish Defence Forces have ordered more Next generation Light Anti-tank Weapons (NLAWs) from Saab Dynamics, the Finnish Defence Forces Logistics Department has announced. The contract, worth EUR32 million (USD35.5 million), also includes night vision devices from Millog and training tools from
  • 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