• Boeing announces offset agreements ahead of Danish fighter aircraft selection

    Boeing has signed a series of agreements with Danish defence companies relating to opportunities linked to Boeing's offering of the F/A-18 Super Hornet to meet Denmark's next-generation fighter aircraft requirement. The US corporation said on 30 October that agreements have been reached with Danish

  • Chilean Navy leads multinational effort to standardise embarked helicopter operations

    The Chilean Navy has announced that its 12,000-tonne Sargento Aldea LSDH (former French Foudre) is now certified to serve as a multipurpose platform on global deployments. The announcement came at the end of the Inter-American Naval Conference on Helicopter Operations from Ships other than Aircraft

  • Euronaval 2014: Algeria adds new MCMV to fleet modernisation

    Algeria has signed a contract for a new mine countermeasures vessel (MCMV), with an option for a second, as it continues a major fleet modernisation effort. As part of its undertaking the country has introduced a new landing platform dock (LPD) vessel from Italy's Fincantieri, and ordered two

  • Euronaval 2014: DCNS and Airbus DS sign agreement to develop Tanan UAS

    Key Points DCNS and Airbus team up to complete development of the Tanan VTOL UAV Collaboration intended to speed up market release of the system DCNS and Airbus Defence and Space (DS) have joined forces to complete development of the Tanan vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) ship-based unmanned

  • New Zealand receives final NH90 helo

    The Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) has received into service the last of eight operational NHIndustries NH90 Tactical Transport Helicopters (TTHs) it ordered in 2006, the defence force announced on 31 October. The final helicopter arrived at Base Ohakea on North Island on the same day as the

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  • Sky searchers

    Sometimes known as passive or optical radar, airborne infrared search-and-track capability has matured over the last 10 years. Michael J Gething reports on the systems in service and under development today
  • Briefing: Underwater aspirations

    While competing priorities and affordability issues have influenced a decline in submarine numbers in Europe in recent years, several of the region's nations are committing resources to recapitalising their SSK capabilities. Kate Tringham and Richard Scott report
  • Thinking big

    The arrival of the Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers will require a mindset change in the Royal Navy. Richard Scott reports
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  • A-10 retirement restrictions imperil F-35A IOC for USAF

    Key Points The USAF's F-35A fleet might not be operationally deployable by August 2016 as planned Experienced A-10 maintenance personnel were expected to comprise the majority of new F-35 maintainers, but lawmakers are working to block the legacy aircraft's retirement The US Air Force's (USAF's)
  • Taiwan starts trials of 'carrier killer' corvette

    Taiwan's Republic of China Navy (RoCN) began sea trials of an indigenously designed twin-hull missile corvette dubbed a 'carrier killer' on 27 October, according to naval sources as cited by local media. The 500-tonne vessel, Tuo Jiang (618), is said to have been towed from Lung Teh Shipbuilding's

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