• RAN commissions first-of-class Canberra

    The sealift capability of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has been dramatically increased by the commissioning of the 27,800-tonne landing helicopter dock (LHD) HMAS Canberra in Sydney on 28 November. Based on the design of the Spanish Navy's aircraft carrier Juan Carlos , the 231 m Canberra can

  • USFK commander says North Korea making progress in cyber, nuclear capabilities

    The commander of the US Forces Korea (USFK) has said that North Korea is focusing on developing its cyber and nuclear capabilities rather than conventional military forces. Speaking at a meeting of the Association of the Republic of Korea Army on 25 November, General Curtis Scaparrotti said North

  • British Army tests Mastiff MRAPs in mechanised infantry role

    Key Points The British Army is conducting testing on whether the Mastiff MRAP is suitable for a conventional mechanised infantry role The UK bought over 400 Mastiff's and is keen to establish whether they have any other utility beyond counter-insurgency operations British Army units are carrying

  • Greece replaces fast attack craft Penguin SSMs with Harpoon

    The Hellenic Navy is to replace the six Kongsberg Penguin surface-to-surface missiles (SSMs) fitted to its Laskos Combattante IIIb-class fast attack craft (FAC) HS Starakis (P29) with four Boeing RGM-84G Harpoon missiles, as the Norwegian missiles have reached their service expiration date. Five

  • Peru opts for second batch of C-27Js

    The Peruvian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has released funds to procure a second batch of two Alenia C-27J Spartan medium transports for the Peruvian Air Force (FAP), according to local press reports on 25 November. The second batch of C-27J Spartans will cost USD123 million and add to the previous

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  • China launches second Kuaizhou mobile SLV

    China launched its second Kuaizhou (fast boat) mobile, solid-fuel, space launch vehicle (SLV) on 21 November, according to state media reports. The Kuaizhou-2 launch - from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center (JSLC) - is further demonstration of China's emerging rapid satellite repopulation
  • Russia's newest attack submarine tests escape chamber

    Key Points Russia tests floating escape chamber system on new SSN Severodvinsk Escape chamber operated successfully from a depth of 40 m The Russian Navy's newest nuclear-powered attack submarine (SSN) Severodvinsk tested in early November its floating escape chamber, in waters near its Zapadnaya

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