• Brazil selects MBDA Sea Ceptor for new corvettes

    Brazil has chosen the MBDA Sea Ceptor shipborne local area air-defence system to equip the Brazilian Navy's new Tamandaré-class corvettes, it was announced on 28 November. Brazil is planning to build four of the 2,400-tonne Tamandaré-class corvettes (formerly known as the CV03 project),

  • 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

  • China clamps down on military photographers

    Chinese news media have reported that a resident of the port city of Qingdao, the location of the North Sea Fleet's headquarters, has been arrested and is awaiting trial for taking photographs of the naval base from which aircraft carrier Liaoning operates. He is accused of passing the photos to

  • Navantia to license-build MTU diesel engines for BAM patrol boats

    Spanish state-owned shipbuilder Navantia has received license approval from German engine manufacturer MTU to build three of the four diesel engines that will power the two new Buque de Acción Marítima (BAM) ocean-going patrol boats it is preparing to build for the Spanish Navy. Only the

  • Australia's Johnston says he wouldn't trust ASC 'to build a canoe'

    Key Points Australian Defence Minister David Johnston has told the Senate that he wouldn't trust state shipbuilder ASC 'to build a canoe' Johnston made the comments after being asked about the status of the AWD programme, which sources have said is up to AUD800 million over budget and rising

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