• Philippine Navy mulling best way to upgrade Del Pilar frigates

    The Philippine Navy (PN) is having internal talks on how best to upgrade the weapon and electronic systems of its Del Pilar-class frigates. The PN has two Del Pilar-class frigates, BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (PF15) and BRP Ramon Alcaraz (PF16), which are ex-US Coast Guard Hamilton- and Hero-class

  • Update: USN awards CANES contract to five vendors

    Key Points The USN has selected five vendors to build and deliver the CANES for 180 ships, submarines, and maritime operations centres Vendors will compete continuously for delivery orders over the next eight years The US Navy (USN) has let an indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity (IDIQ)

  • US, Croatia discuss deal that would send helicopters to Ukraine

    US and Croatian officials have discussed a deal that would send American UH-60 helicopters to Croatia, while Croatia would send Mi-8MTV-1 aircraft to Ukraine. Sources said that the talks had been largely casual with no settled specifics, but that any deal would be based on the transfer of surplus

  • USAF seeks information for rocket engine replacement

    Key Points The USAF is asking industry for options on a new launch system that would replace the RD-180 that powers the Atlas V rocket Russia builds RD-180s and has threatened to stop providing them for military launches The US Air Force (USAF) has released a request for information (RfI) for a

  • Australia looks to bring forward elements of Future Frigate project

    Australian Defence Minister David Johnston has outlined a potential plan to bring forward elements of the programme to locally build eight Future Frigates for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) in a bid to bridge an anticipated gap in naval shipbuilding over the next few years. Speaking on 21 August


  • Briefing: Sailing apart

    Although Australia and New Zealand jointly procured their ANZAC frigates to a common baseline, the two nations are now following very different courses for their respective mid-life update programmes. Richard Scott reports
  • Changing landscape: transforming the UK's surface ship sector

    In the run-up to the Type 26 Global Combat Ship main investment decision, plans are taking shape for a much modernised complex warship capability on the north bank of the River Clyde. Yet there remains an element of uncertainty ahead of Scotland's forthcoming referendum on independence, reports Richard Scott
  • Drifting apart

    Military leaders have warned repeatedly that the United Kingdom risks becoming a 'hollow force' unable to offer useful help to its closest ally, the United States. So is this the end of an unusually close partnership? Matthew Bell reports
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  • Singapore quietly expanding F-15 fleet

    Singapore appears to have quietly boosted the size of its F-15SG fleet from 24 aircraft to 40, according to Boeing financial statements, aircraft registration filings, and US congressional reports. Singapore originally bought 12 F-15SGs - with an option for eight more - under a contract signed in
  • IDF wants more Namer APCs and Trophy protection systems

    Senior army officials hope that the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) will acquire better-protected armoured vehicles and more active protection systems (APS) such as Rafael's Trophy. Their comments came after seven members of the elite Golani Brigade were killed by an rocket-propelled grenade (RPG)
  • Australia begins assessment of fire-damaged HMAS Bundaberg

    The Australian Department of Defence (DoD) has begun an assessment of damage sustained by the Armidale-class patrol craft HMAS Bundaberg , following a fire that broke out while the vessel was undergoing routine maintenance in Brisbane, Australia. A DoD statement released on 20 August indicated that


  • DRDO Abhyas

    Type Expendable aerial target. Development Abhyas is an expendable high speed unmanned aerial target being developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) to meet the requirements of the Indian Armed Forces. Description Airframe High-wing monoplane with cropped-delta

  • Meggitt BTT-1 Imp

    Type Training and all-arms air defence target. Development More than 500 Imps have been produced since 1983 for a variety of customers. They are used as targets for a variety of light air defence weapons, including 0.50 in general purpose machine guns and a range of visually controlled gun

  • Orbital Sciences GQM-163A Coyote

    Type Supersonic Sea-Skimming Target (SSST). Development The Orbital Sciences Corporation's (Chandler, Arizona) GQM-163A Coyote is an analogue for supersonic, sea-skimming anti-ship cruise missiles such as the Raduga 3M80 (NATO Reporting Name 'Sunburn') and is designed to support ship defence

  • Adcom Systems Yabhon-GRN 1 and 2

    Type Advanced high performance jet turbine and long endurance airframe target. Development Designed as enhanced performance targets for air-to-air or ground-to-air missile systems, these new generation high-speed targets were displayed at the Dubai air show in November 2011. The Yabhon-GRN 2 is