• France offers Indonesia Rafale technology transfer

    France has pledged to transfer technologies to Indonesia to enable local involvement in the production of the Dassault Rafale multirole combat aircraft if it is selected to meet a requirement in the Indonesian Air Force (TNI-AU). The French ambassador to Indonesia Corinne Breuzé said in a

  • Italian agreement points to C-27J and M-345 procurements for Chile

    Chile looks set to sign a contract with Alenia Aermacchi for the procurement of the C-27J Spartan tactical transport aircraft and the M-345 jet trainer, it was disclosed on 26 March. The country's Defence Minister, Jorge Burgos, signed an agreement with his Italian counterpart, Roberta Pinotti, for

  • Philippines "partially terminates" contract to procure UH-1 helicopters

    The Philippines Department of National Defense (DND) has issued a notice to "partially terminate" a contract with a US supplier over the provision of 21 refurbished UH-1 Huey utility helicopters to the Philippine Air Force (PAF). The notice - published on 26 March - was addressed to a

  • Quad-A 2015: US Army receives first new-build Lakota trainer

    Key Points The first Airbus UH-72A Lakota in US Army training configuration was delivered to the Pentagon The Lakota will enter the army training curriculum this year as the Bell TH-67 Creek training fleet is divested The first Airbus UH-72A Lakota in US Army training configuration has been

  • Russia, NATO forces face off in drills from Black Sea to the Baltic

    The confrontation between Russia and NATO in Eastern Europe entered a new phase in mid-March with a series of new military exercises by both sides. On 16 March Russia began extensive 'snap' exercises involving the Northern Fleet and units from other military districts. Defence Minister Sergei

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  • UK to deploy Sentinel surveillance aircraft to Iraq

    The UK is to deploy a pair of Raytheon Sentinel R.1 Airborne Stand-Off Radar (ASTOR) surveillance aircraft to the Middle East to bolster its support of the international mission against the Islamic State in Iraq. The deployment, which was announced by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) on 26 March, will
  • Croatia displays new AFV fleets

    The Croatian Armed Forces (CAF) presented new armoured vehicles at their Gasinci training grounds on 20 March. Four variants of the Patria Armoured Modular Vehicle (AMV) were presented: medical, logistical, and command versions, plus an armoured personnel carrier variant fitted with a Kongsberg
  • Japan commissions helicopter carrier Izumo

    The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) commissioned first-in-class helicopter carrier JS Izumo (DDH 183) in a ceremony in Yokohama on 25 March. The 248 m-long vessel, which displaces 24,000 tonnes at full load, is the largest Japanese military ship built since the Second World War and can


  • 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