• Polish group Autosan to be acquired by PGZ

    Polish automotive and military vehicles manufacturer Autosan has been purchased by a PIT-Radwar led consortium including Huta Stalowa Wola (HSW) and Huta Stalowa Wola Grupa Kaptalowa. One of the older Polish organisations, Sanok-based Autosan was founded in 1832 and went bankrupt in 2013. It was

  • Bharati completes third C-154 coastal interceptor for Indian Coast Guard

    Bharati Defence and Infrastructure Ltd (formerly Bharati Shipyard Ltd) has completed construction of the third C-154-class coastal interceptor craft for the Indian Coast Guard. According to the Indian Register of Shipping, building work on C-156 finished on 15 January. An order for the 15 vessels

  • Brazil's Frontin corvette to be used as target

    In January 2016 Brazil's Inhauma-class corvette Frontin (V 33) was docked at Rio de Janeiro Naval Base to begin preparing the hull to be used as a navy target, IHS Jane's has learned. Sources said the ship will have its propellers, axis, weapons, sensors, engines, and all useful equipment removed,

  • Croatia reports static defence exports for 2015

    Croatian defence exports remained largely flat in 2015 with foreign sales valued at HRK1.5 billion (USD222.3 million), according to reports by national media organisations. The figure compares with a 2014 output of USD213 million. Croatian defence products were reportedly exported during 2015 to

  • France may modernise additional Leclerc MBTs

    France is considering increasing its planned main battle tank (MBT) inventory by more than a tenth, according to French defence sources. Under current plans the French Army will operate 200 Leclerc MBTs, which will be modernised by Nexter Systems. However, this may now be increased to 225.

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  • Brazilian Gripen deal pushes Saab sales to new high

    Swedish defence group Saab AB released results of its 2015 financial year on 10 February, showing a strong performance, especially in its fourth quarter. Annual sales grew 16% to SEK27,186 million (USD3,221 million) while net income rose by 20% year on year to SEK1,402 million. Saab's Security and
  • China commissions Type 082 II-class MCMV

    China's People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) has commissioned a new Type 082 II Wozang-class mine countermeasures vessel (MCMV). The ship entered service with the North Sea Fleet on 25 January at the Dalian naval base, North East China. Named Rongcheng (pennant number 811), the vessel is the fourth


  • 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