• Afghanistan to get ScanEagle UASs

    The US Department of Defense (DoD) has awarded Boeing's Insitu subsidiary a potential USD71 million contract to produce eight ScanEagle unmanned aerial systems (UASs) for Afghanistan, the DoD announced on 25 November. The three-year deal covers 65 aerial vehicles, spares, support, and in-country

  • Brazilian Super Puma helicopters take final flight

    A Brazilian Air Force (FAB) squadron took its final flight with Airbus Helicopters AS332M Super Puma (locally designated H-34) utility/combat support helicopters on 28 November, as the fleet is being removed from service. The last two aircraft were transferred to Brazil's PAMA-SP material park in

  • Canada forges ahead with interim AOR effort

    Canadian officials have announced that the government will press on with an interim auxiliary oiler replenishment (AOR) project that was approved by the previous administration to help close a gap to support Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) warships. The interim AOR effort undertaken by Canada's former

  • Malaysian navy chief seeks support ship acquisition

    Key Points The chief of the Malaysian navy has highlighted the procurement of multirole support ships as a priority The acquisition would bolster the navy's sealift and amphibious assault capabilities The new chief of the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) is seeking to prioritise the service's plan to

  • MQ-8C Fire Scout UAS completes operational assessment

    Key Points The MQ-8C variant of Fire Scout has completed a three-week operational assessment to evaluate its performance, endurance, and reliability The operational assessment included 11 flight test events Northrop Grumman's MQ-8C variant of the US Navy's (USN's) Fire Scout vertical take-off


  • Back to the future

    As Russia flexes its military muscle, Sweden's air and naval forces find themselves adapting to a changed Baltic security environment with echoes of the Cold War. Gareth Jennings and Richard Scott report
  • Commercial UAVs pose rising security challenge

    Greater accessibility of commercial unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) has opened up new security threats. Andrew White surveys the insurgent and criminal groups showing the most interest in this new technology, and assesses the defence industry's response.
  • Keep calm and carry on: Sweden's navy seeks sustainable strategic presence

    Balancing international commitments with a growing requirement to focus on regional security is raising difficult questions for the Royal Swedish Navy. Dr Lee Willett considers how the navy is readying for today while building for tomorrow
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  • Greece funds CH-47D buy

    The Hellenic Ministry of National Defence has formally funded the acquisition of 10 ex-US Army Boeing CH-47D Chinook helicopters at a total cost of USD125.8 million. Although originally approved by the Greek government in October 2013 followed by the US State Department in December 2014, ongoing
  • SDSR 2015: British Army reform plans left vague

    Key Points A lack of detail in UK's 2015 SDSR has raised a question mark over the future of one of the British Army's three MBT-equipped armoured cavalry regiments Meanwhile, the Ajax reconnaissance vehicles purchased to support British Army's three current armoured infantry brigades are now to be


  • 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