• LRS-B vital to US nuclear deterrent, STRATCOM chief says

    Completing development of the classified Long-Range Strike Bomber (LRS-B) programme is essential to the US nuclear deterrent because of the advanced age of the US Air Force's (USAF's) existing bomber fleets, the military official responsible for US strategic deterrence said on 26 February.

  • Poland seeks VIP transport aircraft

    The Polish military is planning to buy two small aircraft for VIP transportation in 2015. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has accepted a proposal to purchase two used long-range business jets for the Polish Air Force. They are due to be able to transport 12-14 passengers and to conduct transatlantic

  • IDEX 2015: UAE orders nine AW139 helicopters

    A spokesman for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) military announced at the IDEX show in Abu Dhabi that it had ordered nine helicopters from AgustaWestland: six of them for search-and-rescue purposes and three for VIP transport. AgustaWestland told IHS Jane's that all the helicopters would be its

  • RT hopeful on first customer for Skystar 100 mini-aerostat

    Israeli defence firm RT has already lined up several customers for its new Skystar 100 miniature aerostat and expects to sign production contracts soon, the company has revealed. Major Rami Shmueli (retd), the CEO of RT, said "We identified the need for an immediate and portable intelligence

  • Avalon 2015: Bell touts AH-1Z as maritime attack platform for Australia

    Bell Helicopter is pitching its AH-1Z Viper helicopter to the Australian Defence Force (ADF) to be utilised as a maritime attack platform aboard its two landing helicopter dock (LHD) amphibious assault ships, a company representative told IHS Jane's at the Avalon Airshow yesterday (24 February).

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  • Seeker 400 completes final flight tests

    The Denel Dynamics Seeker 400 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) completed its final flight tests earlier this year in the presence of observers from the unidentified launch customer, the South African company has announced. The third round of flight tests verified the aircraft's performance, including
  • UK's Scout SV reconnaissance variant passes CDR

    The British Army's upcoming Scout Specialist Vehicle (SV) tracked reconnaissance vehicle has passed its critical design review (CDR), General Dynamics UK announced on 26 February. The reconnaissance variant is the final variant of the Scout SV programme to pass its CDR. With this now complete, the
  • US Coast Guard still wrangling with ice breaker shortage

    Key Points US ice breaker capability requirements still stand at three medium and three heavy ice breakers The USCG is considering options including Polar Sea reactivation and a new acquisition As human activity in the Arctic continues to expand, the chief of the US Coast Guard (USCG) remains


  • 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

  • KCR-40 class

    Fleetlist Comment: Three patrol vessels, based on the navy's KCR-40 patrol craft were launched in 2014 and had entered service by early 2015. A class of six is planned.

  • Replenishment Tanker

    Fleetlist Comment: First steel for a new replenishment tanker was cut on 8 May 2012. There are replenishment positions on both sides.