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    The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) accepted the first of 10 Alenia Aermacchi C-27J Spartan transport aircraft on 30 June. RAAF chief Air Marshal Geoff Brown presided over a ceremony to welcome the aircraft at RAAF Base Richmond in New South Wales. The RAAF has reformed 35 Squadron to operate the

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    The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) has renewed focus on the air-maritime integration (AMI) role, with the deployment of its No II(AC) Squadron Typhoons to RNAS Culdrose from 22-25 June to conduct AMI training, something the RAF accepts it had neglected in the recent past. In deploying to RNAS Culdrose in

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  • Tunisia to receive four 'modified' UH-60M helos

    The Tunisian government is to receive four 'modified' Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk utility helicopters by the end of June 2019, the US Department of Defense (DoD) announced on 30 June. The contract is a USD79.7 million modification to an award for eight 'green' helicopters that was made in March.
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  • 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

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