• Argentine MoD confirms development of new basic trainer, UAVs

    The Brigadier San Martin Argentine Aircraft Factory (Fabrica Argentina de Aviones: FAdeA) has begun development of a new basic trainer aircraft, designated the IA-100, according to Santiago Rodriguez, president of the General Directorate of Military Manufactures (Dirección General de

  • Russian Navy receives first Project 18280 intelligence ship

    The Russian Navy formally activated its first Project 18280 intelligence ship, the Admiral Yuri Ivanov , as part of the Navy Day celebrations on 26 July. Russian President Vladimir Putin inspected the vessel at the Baltic port of Baltiysk, in the country's Kaliningrad exclave, with the formal flag

  • USN signs for more Blackjacks

    Insitu has received a USD78 million US Navy contract for six RQ-21A Blackjack unmanned aerial systems (UASs) for the US Marine Corps (USMC), according to a 27 July Pentagon announcement. The low-rate initial production (LRIP) Lot 4 award provides for air vehicles, ground control stations, launch

  • USN's final West Coast-based frigate is decommissioned

    The last Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate based on the US western coast has been decommissioned, US Navy (USN) officials announced on 24 July. USS Gary (FFG 51), homeported at Naval Base San Diego, California, was taken out of service during a ceremony on 23 July. Built by Todd

  • Israel donates Cobra helos to Jordan to combat the Islamic State

    Israel has given its surplus Bell AH-1 Cobra attack helicopters to Jordan to bolster its neighbour's defence against the Islamic State, the Reuters news agency reported on 23 July. Approximately 16 AH-1E/F Cobras that were retired from the Israeli Air Force in 2013 were refurbished and handed over


  • Asian gains

    With Asia-Pacific countries increasingly looking to develop their defence industrial capabilities through offset, the demands being placed on foreign contractors are rising to an unprecedented level. Jon Grevatt reports
  • Strike out: unmanned systems set for wider attack role

    Unmanned strike has for the most part been the preserve of larger systems, but now weapons are set to be rolled out across a range of UASs. Huw Williams examines the options
  • Leading edge: Israeli UAV development

    Israeli companies are set to remain global leaders in the development of unmanned aerial vehicles, with portfolios spurred by their country's challenging defence context, writes Andrew White
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  • F-35 Lightning II - last of the manned fighters?

    With the US Marine Corps set to declare initial operating capability for its Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) before the end of July, many are again asking if there will ever be another manned fighter, or if the JSF truly is the last of its kind. The history of military
  • Poland launches tender for 882 4x4s

    The Polish Land Forces launched a tender on 23 July to buy 882 light multipurpose 4x4 vehicles to replace its fleet of ageing Honker and UAZ469 jeeps. Poland seeks 841 soft skin vehicles and 41 armoured variants with gross vehicle mass under 3,500 kg to be delivered in 2016-2022. The new vehicles


  • 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