• Germany backs France with more military support

    Germany has moved to support France by pledging aircraft for the counter-Islamic State mission in Syria and troops for the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali (MINUSMA). "The government has decided today to take difficult but important and necessary steps … to

  • Indonesian air force selects AW101 for presidential duties

    The Indonesian Air Force (TNI-AU) has selected the AgustaWestland AW101 multirole medium helicopter to meet its requirement for a presidential transport aircraft, the Indonesian Air Force chief of staff, Air Vice Marshal Agus Supriatna, has told state-run news agency Antara. In comments reported on

  • Patria outlines offset offer to Lithuanian industry as IFV decision nears

    Finnish land systems group Patria has extended an offer of co-operation with Lithuanian industry supporting a bid based on its Armoured Modular Vehicle (AMV) as Vilnius nears a decision on the acquisition of a new 8x8 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV). Patria reiterated its offer to Lithuania in a

  • Russia receives first arctic-optimised Mi-8AMTSh-VA helicopter

    Russia's Ulan-Ude Aviation plant delivered the first of a new type of Mil Mi-8 'Hip' helicopters designed for use in the Arctic on 25 November. The first Mi-8AMTSh-VA was handed over to the country's newly formed Arctic Group of Forces. Plant managing director Leonid Belykh said that "the

  • FAdeA tests first IA-58H Pucara with new engines

    The first FAdeA IA-58H Pucara light strike aircraft equipped with new Pratt & Whitney Canada PT-6A-62 engines, after several delays, took its maiden flight on 24 November. The aircraft selected (tail number AX-561) in June received a re-modelled set of wings from Israel Aerospace Industries


  • 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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  • Elbit announces Hermes 900 deal for Switzerland

    Elbit Systems has been awarded an approximately USD200 million contract by the Swiss government for the procurement of its Hermes 900 unmanned aircraft systems (UASs), the company announced on 26 November. The contract, which was placed by the Swiss Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection
  • 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