• South Korea to acquire 16 PKX-B missile craft

    Key Points South Korea has ordered an initial batch of 16 PKX-B fast attack craft The vessel has been described as a more compact version of the South Korean Navy's Gumdoksuri-class fast attack missile craft The Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) is to acquire an initial batch of 16 'B' variants of

  • Vietnam and Airbus look to collaborative programmes

    The prime minister of Vietnam Nguyen Tan Dung and the chief executive officer of Airbus, Tom Enders, met in Hanoi on 1 July in a bid to expand aerospace industry collaboration. The meeting coincided with Airbus' delivery to Vietnam Airlines of the first of several new jet airliners, although,

  • Argentine Tucano crashes, explosion reported

    An Argentine Air Force (FAA) Embraer EMB-312 Tucano basic trainer crashed on 29 June in Arroyito, Cordoba. The aircraft was performing an instruction flight from the Military Aviation School (EMA) located in Cordoba. Both crew members - an instructor pilot and his student - were killed. EMA's

  • Australia to buy two more KC-30A tanker transports

    Australia is to purchase two more KC-30A multirole tanker/transport (MRTT) aircraft from Airbus Defence, to be delivered in 2018 at a cost of about AUD408 million (USD314 million), Defence Minister Kevin Andrews announced on 1 July. The minister said that an update that included associated

  • Brazil drops plans for Gripen C/D lease

    Plans to lease 12 Saab Gripen C/D fighters as an interim solution for the Brazilian Air Force (FAB) have been cancelled according to Brazilian media reports published on 30 June. The plan, which began to be negotiated in 2014, sought to fill an air defence gap left by the retirement of the 12

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  • Tunisia to receive four 'modified' UH-60M helos

    The Tunisian government is to receive four 'modified' Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk utility helicopters by the end of June 2019, the US Department of Defense (DoD) announced on 30 June. The contract is a USD79.7 million modification to an award for eight 'green' helicopters that was made in March.
  • UK orders CTAS 40 mm cannons for new armoured vehicles

    The UK Ministry of Defence has placed a GBP150 million (USD236 million) order for CTA International 40 mm Case Telescoped Armament System (CTAS) cannons for its future fleet of tracked armoured fighting vehicles. The contract, awarded to CTA International (CTAI), includes 515 cannons for the
  • RAF Typhoon force trains for maritime role

    The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) has renewed focus on the air-maritime integration (AMI) role, with the deployment of its No II(AC) Squadron Typhoons to RNAS Culdrose from 22-25 June to conduct AMI training, something the RAF accepts it had neglected in the recent past. In deploying to RNAS Culdrose in


  • 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