• Team Leander presses UK credentials for Type 31e bid

    Key Points Cammell Laird has teamed with BAE Systems Naval Ships under the banner of ‘Team Leander’ The Leander design is being pitched as a low-risk, low through-life cost solution for Type 31e The Cammell Laird/BAE Systems ‘Team Leander’ bidding for the UK Royal

  • Australia’s Hobart AWD completes first replenishment at sea

    The Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN’s) first of three 7,000-tonne Hobart-class air warfare destroyers (AWDs) has conducted its first-ever replenishment at sea (RAS). In an 18 February statement the RAN said HMAS Hobart carried out the move with the 3,800-tonne frigate HMAS Anzac off the

  • Lockheed Martin begins assembly of first HH-60W CRH helo

    Lockheed Martin has begun the assembly of the first Sikorsky HH-60W Combat Rescue Helicopter (CRH) for the US Air Force (USAF), ahead of the type’s maiden flight planned for the end of this year. The assembly of the Engineering Manufacturing Development (EMD) aircraft, which was announced by

  • Brazil cuts three aircraft from Skyhawk fighter upgrade

    The Brazilian Navy’s Naval Aviation Force will receive six modernised McDonnell Douglas Skyhawk (three AF-1B single-seat and three AF-1C twin-seat) fighters, instead of nine AF-1Bs and three AF-1Cs as originally planned in an April 2009 contract with Embraer. The move is due to Brazil’s

  • Romania announces new submarine programme

    The Romanian Navy is considering a new submarine programme under the strategic procurement plan, the country's defence minister has revealed. Mihai Fifor told a press conference on 20 February: "Naval forces specialists are discussing what kind of submarine we need to have. Once the technical

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  • UK confirms LPH sale to Brazil

    The UK government has confirmed the sale of the landing platform helicopter (LPH) vessel HMS Ocean to Brazil for GBP84 million (USD117 million). Under a sales agreement signed on 19 February, the Brazilian Navy will take possession of the 22,000-tonne specialist amphibious aviation ship in June
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