• DRS gears up for electric, hybrid drive potential

    Concerns over security and long-term energy costs will still drive the equipment market despite recent dips in fuel prices that have somewhat dampened interest in developing hybrid and electric drive propulsion plants for naval ships, predicted Greg Reed, a senior business development director for

  • Mexican Navy launches new coastal patrol vessel

    The Mexican Navy (SEMAR) launched a new coastal patrol vessel (CPV), ARM Bonampak (PC 339), at Naval Shipyard N1 (ASTIMAR N1) in Tampico, Tamaulipas, on 12 January. The vessel, based on the Damen Stan Patrol 4207 series and known as the Tenochtitlan class in Mexico, is the ninth of the type to be

  • Russia clarifies military imports ban to exclude EEU partners

    Russia has clarified national defence procurement rules that prohibit the import of foreign materiel in all but exceptional circumstances by exempting products from four other countries of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU). The prohibition therefore does not apply to Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan,

  • Thai Navy to retire Ratcharit-, Prabparapak-class missile boats over next 10 years

    Key Points The Royal Thai Navy will retire its entire fleet of missile-capable patrol boats by 2026 Service is eyeing larger platforms such as LPDs and frigates in the coming years As part of its efforts to prepare the Royal Thai Navy (RTN) for future maritime security challenges, the service

  • USN's OTH missile battle heats up

    Key Points The USN's OTH RFP is expected to be published in early 2017 There is no mention of platform constraints and how the missile's size and weight will be an issue With the recent release of a draft request for proposals (RFPs) for the US Navy (USN) over-the-horizon (OTH) missile for the

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  • Japan unveils 8x8 APC prototype

    Japan's Ministry of Defense (MoD) has unveiled a prototype 8x8 armoured personnel carrier (APC) that is expected to replace the Komatsu Type 96 APC in use by the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF). Built by Japanese manufacturer Komatsu, the (Improved) Wheeled Armoured Personnel Carrier