• Cuban shipyard to repair Venezuelan missile frigate

    The Venezuelan Navy has contracted Cuba's Granma Military Industrial Shipyards to perform a comprehensive refit of its General Soublette (F 24) Lupo-class guided-missile frigate, according to local Venezuelan media reports. The contract includes maintenance and repair of the ship's hull and

  • Northrop Grumman selected to provide SEWIP Block 3 for USN ships

    Key Points SEWIP Block 3 extends the EW suite to include EA capability improvements Source selection took nearly 24 months due to the complexity of the programme Northrop Grumman announced on 5 March that it been awarded a USD267 million contract from the US Navy (USN) for the Surface Electronic

  • South African defence budget down in real terms

    South Africa's defence funding continues to shrink in real terms despite continued foreign and domestic commitments. Announced on 25 February, the 2015 defence budget of ZAR44.58 billion (USD3.8 billion) amounts to a nominal increase of 4.02%, but given an inflation rate of 5% it is actually a

  • South Korea names sixth KSS-2 submarine

    The Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) has named its sixth Type 214 KSS 2-class diesel-electric air-independent propulsion submarine. A report carried by state news agency Yonhap, citing RoKN officials, revealed the name to be Yu Gwan-sun . An official naming ceremony is understood to be scheduled for

  • Hyundai offers custom-designed submarine to Thailand

    South Korea's Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has offered for sale to the Royal Thai Navy (RTN) a submarine dubbed the HDS-500RTN. IHS Jane's understands that HHI recently presented the HDS-500RTN to the RTN's submarine procurement committee, which is continuing to evaluate platforms to meet a

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  • Portugal to buy 192 new 4x4 tactical armoured vehicles

    Portugal is planning to launch a tender for 192 4x4 light tactical armoured vehicles, the country's Ministry of National Defence told IHS Jane's . Several variants are planned under the Viatura Táctica Ligeira com Blindagem (VTLB) programme for the country's army. The programme will be set up


  • 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