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    Dockyard and Engineering Works (DEW) Narayanganj, the Bangladesh Navy-owned shipyard, announced recently that the keel-laying ceremony for two inshore patrol vessels (IPVs) and two fast patrol boats (FPBs) for the Bangladesh Coast Guard (BCG) took place on 21 April. The vessels are expected to be

  • First of two patrol boats launched for Spain's Guardia Civil

    Spanish shipbuilder Astilleros Gondán has launched the new ocean-going patrol boat Rio Belelle , the first of two being constructed for the Servicio Maritimo, the maritime arm of Spain's Guardia Civil police force. The second 20.5 m long aluminium- and plastic-reinforced glass fibre craft is

  • House panel votes for one-year reprieve for A-10

    Key Points The HASC has voted to keep the A-10 flying for another year in the FY 2016 Pentagon policy bill The full House will vote on the bill before the Senate prepares a separate version The House Armed Services Committee (HASC) has voted to keep the Fairchild-Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II

  • Indian carrier Vikramaditya in short refit, being fitted with close-in weapon systems

    Key Points India's Vikramaditya is undergoing a short refit Work has provided the opportunity to install a CIWS capability The Indian Navy's 46,000-tonne Russian-built aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya is undergoing a short refit at the Naval Ship Repair Yard in Karwar, where it is homeported.

  • Israel to upgrade more Achzarit APCs

    The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) is set to get another 100 Achzarit heavy armoured personnel carriers (APCs) with new engines. The US Department of Defense announced on 29 April a Foreign Military Sales contract covering the supply of 100 unidentified engine assembly kits and 100 transmission

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  • Denmark selects Piranha V, halts artillery buy

    Key Points The GDELS - MOWAG Piranha 5 has been selected for Denmark's M113 replacement competition Denmark has also opted to halt its planned purchase of a new 155 mm self-propelled artillery system Denmark has selected the General Dynamics European Land Systems - MOWAG Piranha 5 8x8 to be its


  • 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