• AUSA Global 2015: Army 'warfighting challenges' meant to spur innovation

    Key Points Service planners are to use Army Warfighting Assessments to trail new systems and concepts Officials hope these can help focus industry IRAD funding The US Army hopes to spur military innovation less through systems requirements and capability gaps and more through broad 'warfighting

  • AUSA Global 2015: Army eyes light vehicles for early entry operations

    US Army planners are showing an increased interest in lighter vehicles for early entry operations, as they seek to attain 'mobile protected firepower' across all formations. The army must provide a "quick, fast, [and] light capability that can do forced entry anywhere in the world", but

  • USN awards FY 2015 LCS contracts

    Key Points USN is providing funding for three LCS plus advanced procurement for a second Freedom variant hull to be funded in FY 2016 Austal USA and Lockheed Martin also receiving priced options for an additional LCS apiece in FY 2016 The US Navy (USN) has awarded a total of USD1.053 billion to

  • Analysis: Initial Saudi air strikes lacked intensity

    Key Points Saudi Arabia and its allies failed to effectively neutralise Yemen's Al-Dulaimi Air Base on the first day of Operation 'Determined Storm' The nearby 'Scud' base was not targeted in the opening strikes and Tochka base on the southwest side of Sanaa was not hit until 30 March ANALYSIS

  • AUSA Global 2015: Unmanned combat vehicles still elusive

    The US Army is interested in robotic combat vehicles, but the technology does not yet factor into force planning, according to Brigadier General David Bassett, the army's programme executive officer for ground combat systems. Most ground robotics projects have been moved under the programme office

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  • French government support for Rafale can lower unit cost

    France's Dassault Aviation may be about to enjoy government financial support of the type that would enable its Rafale fighter to push into export markets. Both the contract announced earlier this year for 24 aircraft to be sold to Egypt, as well as a proposal made in mid-March for what is
  • Croatia displays new AFV fleets

    The Croatian Armed Forces (CAF) presented new armoured vehicles at their Gasinci training grounds on 20 March. Four variants of the Patria Armoured Modular Vehicle (AMV) were presented: medical, logistical, and command versions, plus an armoured personnel carrier variant fitted with a Kongsberg
  • Analysts cast doubt on Russian plans for supercarrier

    Key Points The commander of the Russian Navy has announced plans for a 'supercarrier' exceeding 85,000 tonnes Analysts from both East and West believe that Russia is unlikely to be able to build - or indeed meaningfully operate - such a ship Russian Navy commander Admiral Viktor Chirkov's claim


  • 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