• LRS-B contract will be cost-plus, USAF says

    Key Points LRS-B will be awarded as a cost-plus contract within months The USAF worked to reign in costs on the programme by studying the mature technology available within the US industrial base before moving ahead with the acquisition The US Air Force (USAF) on 4 March revealed that the

  • Sale of ex-Swedish BMP-1s to Iraq awaits German approval

    The sale of up to 350 ex-Swedish BMP-1 infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) to Iraq is awaiting German approval, a spokesperson for Excalibur Army, the Czech company that currently owns the vehicles, has told IHS Jane's . The BMP-1s were used by East Germany but sold in the mid-1990s to the Czech

  • Germany approves Sea Lion helo procurement

    Germany has approved the purchase of 18 Sea Lion-variant NH90 helicopters valued at EUR1.4 billion (USD1.6 billion), the Reuters news agency reported on 4 March. The deal, which had already been previously announced, was struck to compensate Airbus (the primary stakeholder in NHIndustries) for

  • Philippines to get first C295 early

    The first of three Airbus C295 medium-lift transports for the Philippine Air Force (PAF) will arrive by mid-March, five months ahead of schedule. The early delivery was confirmed by Philippine Department of National Defense (DND) undersecretary Fernando Manalo. The C295 was selected for the DND's

  • RAF flies first A400M mission

    The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) flew its first mission with the Airbus Defence and Space (DS) A400M Atlas airlifter during the week beginning 1 March. The first of 22 A400Ms destined for the United Kingdom flew a cargo logistics mission from its home base at RAF Brize Norton in England to RAF Akrotiri

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  • Bulgaria to be offered JF-17 fighter by Pakistan

    Bulgaria is to be offered the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex/Chengdu Aircraft Industry Corporation (PAC/CAC) JF-17 Thunder combat aircraft, according to national media reports. The single-seat, single-engined fighter is to be offered by Pakistan as an alternative to the several Western aircraft
  • Portugal to buy 192 new 4x4 tactical armoured vehicles

    Portugal is planning to launch a tender for 192 4x4 light tactical armoured vehicles, the country's Ministry of National Defence told IHS Jane's . Several variants are planned under the Viatura Táctica Ligeira com Blindagem (VTLB) programme for the country's army. The programme will be set up
  • Navy readies for UCLASS competition

    Key Points The USN has delayed a UCLASS competition until FY 2016 Fielding is planned for 2022, service officials said The US Navy (USN) is preparing to begin a competition for the Unmanned Carrier-Launched Airborne Surveillance Strike (UCLASS) programme in fiscal year 2016 (FY 2016), about two

RELEVANT PROFILE LISTINGS

  • 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

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