• USMC surveys US-made inflatable boats

    Key Points USMC PdM RAR has issued an RfI for a US-made inflatable raiding boat The RfI suggests that the USMC might buy 50 craft per year from mid-2016 The US Marine Corps (USMC) has invited indigenously-based inflatable boat manufacturers to demonstrate how they might fulfil the capability

  • Malaysia reveals plans for Laksamana-class corvette upgrades

    The Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) has given further details of the proposed service life extension programme (SLEP) for its Laksamana (ASSAD)-class corvettes. The plans, which include a replacement of the ships' surface-to-surface missile launchers and fire-control radar, were outlined by Commander

  • Philippines terminates Huey contract

    The Philippines Department of National Defense (DND) has terminated a contract with a US supplier over its provision of 21 refurbished UH-1 Huey utility helicopters to the Philippine Air Force (PAF). The DND's official spokesman Peter Paul G Galvez told IHS Jane's on 20 April that the contract -

  • USN official says surface ship designs must be more flexible to maximise service life

    Key Points USN seeking to increase availability of surface ships through-life by increasing flexibility in design and in upgrade approach Highlights the LCS as a step in the right direction towards flexibility The US Navy (USN) must make its surface ships more adaptable, flexible, and modular in

  • X-47B engages tanker to prepare for refuelling test next week

    Key Points X-47B connected with the fuel probe of a tanker in flight The test was the final preparation for an aerial refuelling demonstration scheduled for the next week The Northrop Grumman X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System - Demonstrator (UCAS-D) on 15 April connected with the fuel probe of a


  • Briefing: Lighter than air

    With the development of new technologies and materials aerostats are enjoying a resurgence, proving to be an inexpensive surveillance solution for military and homeland security applications. Martin Streetly reports
  • Seoul reconsiders stance on THAAD system

    The United States has expressed its desire to deploy a new ballistic missile defence system in South Korea, drawing criticism from China. Benjamin Katzeff Silberstein looks at the implications of deploying the system for South Korea and its neighbours.
  • Unmanned at sea: the advent of the maritime rotary-wing UAS

    Deploying rotary-wing UASs in the maritime environment is still in the early stages, but concepts of operation are being developed against a headwind of declining defence expenditure. Andrew Drwiega reports
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  • Indian Rafale deal to be finalised 'by end of May'

    India and France aim to finalise the deal for 36 Dassault Rafale fighters for the Indian Air Force (IAF) by the end of May, according to defence industry sources. Indian prime minister Narendra Modi is believed to have insisted on this deadline with his French counterpart Francois Hollande in
  • Lithuania seeks PzH 2000 artillery buy

    Lithuania is looking to buy 12 Panzerhaubitze 2000 (PzH 2000) 155 mm self-propelled artillery (SPA) systems from Germany, it was announced on 15 April. The news emerged during a visit by Lithuanian Defence Minister Juozas Olekas to his German counterpart Ursula von der Leyen. Olekas said he had
  • India launches first-of-class Project 15B destroyer

    Mazagon Dockyard Limited launched Vishakhapatnam , the first of four 7,300-tonne Project 15B guided missile destroyers being built for the Indian Navy (IN), in Mumbai on 20 April. IN officials said it would be commissioned in July 2018 and delivery of the three follow-on platforms at two year


  • 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