• Australian senate report slams 'politicised' nature of Future Submarine programme

    Japan's involvement in the acquisition process to determine the designer and constructor of Australia's Future Submarine is based on political imperatives rather than merit and the current approach should be scrapped, an Australian parliamentary inquiry has found. In a majority finding in a report

  • Chinese Type 041 'makes Karachi port visit'

    A Chinese submarine's recent visit to Pakistan's main naval base at Karachi is a "routine affair and nothing more", a senior Pakistani government official told IHS Jane's on 1 July. Western defence officials told IHS Jane's that the visit took place in the second half of May. Regional

  • Handover of US Navy's fifth LCS delayed due to repairs

    Key Points LCS Milwaukee will complete builder's trials in August following work to repair a damaged propulsion train The three-month delay in completing builder's trials means acceptance trials are expected for August or September Officials confirmed to IHS Jane's on 30 June that work to correct

  • Royal Thai Navy announces plan to buy Chinese Yuan-class submarines

    The Royal Thai Navy (RTN) has formally selected China's Yuan-class (Type 041) platform to meet a requirement for three submarines, RTN Commander-in-Chief Admiral Kraisorn Chansuvanich, announced on 2 July. He said the RTN's procurement committee voted unanimously in favour of purchasing the

  • Singapore confirms F-16 upgrade schedule

    Singapore has confirmed that work on the planned upgrade to its fleet of Lockheed-Martin F-16C/D Fighting Falcon jets will start in 2016, according to Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen. In an interview on 26 June, Ng also revealed that the upgrading work on the Republic of Singapore Air Force's (RSAF's)

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  • Airbus Helicopters, Mahindra announce JV plans

    Airbus Helicopters and India's Mahindra Defence have signed an agreement to form a joint venture (JV) that aims "to become the first private Indian helicopter manufacturer under the 'Make in India' initiative," the two companies announced on 2 July. The JV will be "dedicated to
  • 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
  • Italian Navy orders new amphibious assault ship

    The Italian Navy has ordered a new landing helicopter dock (LHD), with Fincantieri and Finmeccanica announcing they had been awarded a EUR1.1 billion (USD1.3 billion) contract for the vessel on 1 July. The delivery of the new ship is planned for the beginning of 2022. Design activities have already

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