• Australian defence white paper to 'reset' relationship with industry

    Australia's delayed defence White Paper will aim to "reset" the relationship between government and the country's defence industry, Defence Minister Marise Payne said on 5 February. Speaking at the opening of a new facility owned by Canberra-based company CEA Technologies, she said the

  • Brazil details new ARV

    The Brazilian Army has firmed up the requirement for a new Armoured Reconnaissance Vehicle (ARV) which will be the long-term replacement for the ENGESA EE-9 Cascavel 6x6 armoured cars that entered service over 40 years ago. The ARV - designated VBR-MR (Viatura Blindada de Reconhecimento - Media de

  • Elbit opens up new unmanned naval front

    Key Points Elbit Systems has established a new Naval Systems Business Line within its ISTAR division Its Seagull USV is aimed at MCM and ASW missions, where Elbit sees unmanned concepts of operation offering the biggest pay-off Israel's Elbit Systems is looking to drive growth in the emerging

  • France helps Cameroon establish new special forces unit

    The Cameroonian Army's new special forces unit is now being set up and is likely to be operational before the end of 2016. The establishment of the new unit was authorised by a presidential decree in June 2005, but it is only since last year that efforts have begun to create it formally. Christine

  • Fuji Heavy Industries reports high growth in Q3 results

    Japan's Fuji Heavy Industries (FHI) has reported double-digit growth in sales and earnings during the first three quarters of fiscal year 2015-16. The corporation - one of Japan's big three defence companies alongside Mitsubishi and Kawasaki - said that sales by the end of December had reached

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  • HAL rolls out long-delayed HTT-40 trainer

    India's state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has rolled out the first prototype of its basic trainer in Bangalore after nearly six years of development. In an official statement on 2 February, HAL declined to confirm when exactly the tandem-seat Hindustan Turbo Trainer-40 (HTT-40) rolled
  • Archer SPA enters Swedish Army service

    The BAE Systems FH-77 BW L52 Archer (6x6) self-propelled artillery (SPA) system has now entered Swedish Army service, the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) announced on 3 February. The first four Archer SPAs entered service with the Swedish Army's 9 Artillery Regiment
  • The PLAN commissions fourth Type 071 LPD

    The People's Liberation Army Navy's (PLAN's) fourth Type 071/Yuzhao-class landing platform dock (LPD) vessel was commissioned at the Wusong naval base in Shanghai on 1 February. Yimengshan (pennant number 988) is the first LPD to enter service with the East Sea Fleet, the other ships of the class


  • 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