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    Boeing announced on 26 August that it had signed an agreement to create a new helicopter maintenance, repair, and overhaul joint venture in Saudi Arabia. The agreement, signed by Boeing, Saudia Aerospace Engineering Industries, and the Alsalam Aircraft Company, will see the creation of the Saudi

  • India releases updated RfI for battlefield UAVs

    The Indian Army has invited responses by 9 September from indigenous manufacturers to a request for information (RfI) for mini unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) intended to provide "battlefield transparency" to its 382 infantry battalions and over 100 counter-insurgency units. The RfI,

  • Irish Defence White Paper details naval capabilities required to meet growing, more complex security threats

    Key Points Irish government's Defence White Paper identifies new security risks such as climate change, migration, resource issues, and non-state threats Navy upgrade plans include replacement of Eithne-class patrol vessel with a multirole platform The Irish government released the country's

  • Polish defence priorities under review

    The administration of newly inaugurated Polish president Andrzej Duda is likely to push for changes to the defence planning inherited from his predecessor Bronislaw Komorowski, US industry representatives and Polish defence experts in Warsaw have told IHS Jane's . Duda, who assumed office on 6

  • Saudi Arabia reportedly to get Couach interceptors

    Germany's Lürssen group has subcontracted the construction of 79 interceptor craft for the Saudi Coast Guard to the French company Couach, according to a report published by the French lemarin.fr website on 24 August. The website said the announcement was made during a Couach staff meeting

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  • MAKS 2015: Irkut showcases Yak-130 strike upgrades

    Irkut Corporation demonstrated for the first time at the MAKS 2015 air show its Yak-130 'Mitten' trainer/strike aircraft fitted with a nose-mounted laser rangefinder. An Irkut representative stated that "the laser rangefinder enables using the Yak-130 over a very irregular terrain [mountains,
  • Oshkosh Defense wins coveted JLTV programme

    Oshkosh Defense has won the US Department of Defense's Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) programme, securing one of the few major US vehicle production opportunities in the near future and continuing the company's successful run with tactical trucks. The Oshkosh, Wisconsin-based company was
  • Japan launches second Izumo-class helicopter carrier

    Japan's second and final Izumo-class helicopter carrier was launched at the Japan Marine United shipyard in Yokohama on 27 August. Named Kaga (the first Japanese naval ship to take the name since the Second World War aircraft carrier that took part in the Pearl Harbor attacks and was lost at the


  • 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