• India reacts cautiously to PLAN submarine visit to Sri Lanka

    India has reacted cautiously to the docking of a People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) submarine in Sri Lanka from 7-14 September. The Type 039 (Song)-class boat, on long-range deployment to escort PLAN warships conducting anti-piracy patrols in the Gulf of Aden, docked at the Colombo International

  • Portugal set to buy Danish patrol boats

    Portugal is expected to procure from the Royal Danish Navy (RDN) four modular patrol boats developed under Denmark's Standard Flex (or Stanflex) concept. With technical support from the Portuguese Navy (Marinha Portuguesa), the Portuguese procurement arm DGAIED (Direção-Geral de Armamento

  • USN's fifth Joint High Speed Vessel is launched

    The fifth Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV) under contract for the US Navy (USN) has entered the water for the first time, shipbuilder Austal USA of Mobile, Alabama, announced on 1 October. Trenton (JHSV 5) was floated on 30 September after being towed from Austal to BAE Systems Southeast Shipyard and

  • China sends first submarine to take part in Indian Ocean counter-piracy ops

    China's Ministry of National Defense (MND) has confirmed reports that a People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) submarine visited the Sri Lankan capital Colombo in early September: the first overt overseas port call by a Chinese submarine. A MND spokesman stated that the submarine was en route to

  • BAE Australia wins LHD support contract

    Australia's military procurement agency, the Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO), has awarded BAE Systems Australia a contract to provide support for the Royal Australian Navy's Canberra-class landing helicopter dock (LHD) vessels. A statement by the Australian Department of Defence (DoD) on 26

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  • Boeing begins delivering new MH-47Gs to SOCOM

    Key Points Boeing has delivered the first of eight new-build MH-47G Chinooks to SOCOM The G-model has larger fuel tanks, an aerial refuelling system, DAFCS, and unique electronic warfare capabilities US Army Special Operations Command (SOCOM) received its first new-build Boeing MH-47G Chinook
  • UAE requests more HIMARS, tactical ballistic missiles

    The US government has approved the sale of an additional 12 High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) launchers and 100 Army Tactical Missile Systems (ATACMS) to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the US Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on 29 September. Mounted on a Medium

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