• Legislation reveals EUR950 million cost to France of Mistral settlement

    A draft law published by the French National Assembly on 3 September has revealed that agreement with Russia on the cancellation of an order for two Mistral-class amphibious assault ship was reached at a cost of a EUR949.8 million (USD1.1 billion) refund. The negotiations, which resulted from

  • Brazilian Navy updates on KC-2 upgrade programme

    The Brazilian Navy released further details of its ongoing KC-2 carrier-on-board delivery (COD) and aerial refuelling aircraft upgrade on 1 September, as its four ex-US Navy Grumman C-1A Trader aircraft are being converted to the KC-2 Turbo Trader configuration at the Elbit Systems of America M7

  • Russian frigate hails a welcome to USN destroyer entering Black Sea

    Key Points Russian frigate hails USS Donald Cook in a rare gesture of welcome as the destroyer arrives in the Black Sea for a US-Ukraine co-hosted exercise 11 navies are participating in exercise 'Sea Breeze', of which the at-sea period commences on 8 September A Russian frigate hailed a US Navy

  • USN names 21st Littoral Combat Ship

    US secretary of the navy Ray Mabus has named a Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) after the 'Twin Cities' in the state of Minnesota. Future USS Minneapolis/St Paul (LCS 21) is the US Navy's (USN's) 11th Freedom variant LCS to be built by Marinette Marine Corp, part of the Lockheed Martin Corp-led industry

  • USN names two more Virginia submarines

    Two more US Navy (USN) Virginia-class nuclear-powered attack submarines (SSNs) were named on 2 September. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced that the 21st and 24th Virginias are to be called Montana (SSN 794) and Iowa (SSN 797). Montana and Iowa will be the third and sixth Block IV Virginias


  • Out with the old: Polish land systems modernisation

    Poland is pressing ahead with a wide-ranging military modernisation, seeking to build the capacity of its recently consolidated defence industrial sector and swiftly replace its ageing land systems amid rising regional tension. Remigiusz Wilk reports
  • Stepping forward: Type 26 Demonstration Phase picks up pace

    The UK government last year elected to adopt a more incremental approach to the procurement of the Type 26 Global Combat Ship. Richard Scott examines what this has meant for the programme, and how momentum is being maintained in advance of a full manufacture contract
  • Packing a punch

    Despite its small size, the New Zealand Defence Force takes pride in its ability to deliver a credible contribution to multinational operations and continues to grow a full spectrum of capabilities able to meet the challenges of an increasingly uncertain strategic environment both at home and abroad. Kate Tringham reports
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  • UK receives second Airseeker ISR aircraft

    The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) has received into service the second of three Boeing RC-135W Airseeker intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 4 September. The aircraft arrived at RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk the day before the


  • 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

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