• China unveils ASW version of Z-18 helicopter

    A new anti-submarine warfare (ASW) helicopter for the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) is undergoing trials and testing, according to news reports and Chinese military websites. The aircraft, believed to be designated Z-18F, has been developed from the Changhe Aircraft Industry Group (CAIG)

  • Malaysian training ships delayed by manufacturer's money troubles

    The entry into service of two Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) training ships, Gagah Samudera and Teguh Samudera , remains in limbo owing to financial issues surrounding the Malaysian shipbuilder NGV Tech. RMN sources said that NGV Tech was in financial difficulties and as a result, its creditors had a

  • New Zealand buys FDS3 floating decoy

    UK-based Airborne Systems Europe is to supply its FDS3 rapid response floating corner radar decoy to the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) as part of the Anzac-class Frigate Systems (FSU) programme. An export derivative of the Outfit DLF(3b) decoy system in service with the UK Royal Navy (RN) since

  • Singapore reportedly presses India over ST Kinetics ban

    Singapore has reportedly pressed the government of India to review its decision in 2012 to place a 10-year defence trade ban on ST Kinetics (STK), the land systems arm of Singapore Technologies Engineering (ST Engineering). Citing Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) sources, the PTI news agency in

  • PLAN commissions Jiangdao-class corvette into East Sea Fleet

    The People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) commissioned the Type 056 Jiangdao-class corvette Quanzhou into its East Sea Fleet on 8 August, according to Chinese state-backed media outlets. The 90 m ship, bearing the pennant number 588, was commissioned at a naval port in Xiamen, in the eastern Chinese

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  • Drifting apart

    Military leaders have warned repeatedly that the United Kingdom risks becoming a 'hollow force' unable to offer useful help to its closest ally, the United States. So is this the end of an unusually close partnership? Matthew Bell reports
  • More than minnows? Opportunities, challenges, and prospects for smaller navies

    Small navies find themselves obliged to confront unique challenges by virtue of their limited size and finite resources. However, Professor Geoffrey Till contends that context is all-important when analysing their relative proficiency and performance
  • Rearming Russia

    Russia's rearmament ambitions envisage the replacement of some 70% of its old equipment by 2020, but current funding levels suggest it will fall well short of this goal. Karl Soper reports
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  • USN conducts manned-unmanned aircraft ops aboard carrier

    The US Navy (USN) has for the first time conducted manned and unmanned aircraft operations simultaneously aboard an aircraft carrier. A Northrop Grumman X-47B unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and a Boeing F/A-18 Hornet conducted flight operations aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) on 17 August,
  • Supacat wins Australian special forces vehicle contract

    Australia has awarded UK-based Supacat Group an AUD105 million (USD98 million) contract for 89 special operations vehicles based on the latest version of the Extenda high-mobility transport (HMT), the company said on 19 August. The Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) awarded the contract for what

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