• Airtec Inc to conduct ISR over Colombia for US Southern Command

    The US government has contracted Airtec Inc to provide intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) services in Colombia on behalf of the US Southern Command, the Department of Defense disclosed on 26 June. The contract, which is valued at USD80.7 million, will enable the Maryland-based

  • Australia releases RfI for next-generation air-defence system

    Australia intends enhancing or replacing its existing ground-based air defence (GBAD) capability, issuing a request for information (RfI) on 22 June that is expected to be followed by a request for tender in the last quarter of 2016. The RfI published by the Defence Materiel Organisation says that

  • Australian government to launch strategic review of ASC

    Australia's ASC is to undergo a strategic review intended to strengthen the state-owned naval shipbuilder's position in meeting the future requirements of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). Confirming the move on 28 June, Australia's minister for finance Mathias Cormann reiterated that the government

  • Philippine DND denies delays to FA-50, helo procurements

    The Philippines Department of National Defense (DND) has confirmed that contracted major aircraft procurement programmes are continuing and not suspended, as claimed in local news reports. The Manila Times reported on 25 June that the government's Commission on Audit (CoA) had suspended Philippine

  • Thailand edges closer to Chinese submarine procurement

    The Royal Thai Navy (RTN) is edging closer to a decision to procure China's Type 041 Yuan-class (Type 041) platform to meet a long-standing requirement for up to three submarines. IHS Jane's understands that senior RTN officials favour a move to acquire the Type 041, although the navy's submarine

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  • Djibouti parades Chinese tank destroyer

    The Djiboutian Armed Forces (FAD) displayed a single Norinco WMA301 Assaulter tank destroyer during the country's independence day parade on 27 June. The Assaulter is comprised of the hull of a WZ551 6x6 armoured personnel carrier armoured with a 105 mm gun mounted in a three-person turret. It has
  • HII hands over 12th Virginia submarine to US Navy

    Huntington Ingalls Industries' (HII's) Newport News Shipbuilding division has handed over the US Navy's (USN's) 12th Virginia-class nuclear-powered attack submarine (SSN), officials announced on 25 June. John Warner (SSN 785) - named after the US senator and former secretary of the navy - was


  • 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

  • Frosch II class (Type 109)

    Fleetlist Comment: Ex-GDR ships disarmed and transferred from Germany 25 August 1993. 5 ton crane amidships. In GDR service these ships had two twin 57 mm and two twin 25 mm guns plus Muff Cob fire-control radar. Both refitted at Rostock and recommissioned 25 April 1995. 37 mm guns fitted after

  • Introduction

    Notes: (1) It was announced in November 2014 that a new Coast Guard was to be established in order to consolidate resources and to simplify the command, control, and responsibilities of existing maritime agencies, including the Sea and Coastguard, Police, and Customs. The new force took effect in