• India's military struggles to spend its modernisation allocations

    India's military has been unable, up to early January, to spend 40% of its modernisation outlay of INR945.88 (USD14.55 billion) for financial year 2015/16, largely because of its inability to take timely decisions in finalising and acquiring equipment. Official sources have said that if a large

  • Latest Indian Navy doctrine stresses regional supremacy

    In its latest doctrine the Indian Navy (IN) has outlined multiple and inter-related strategies to perpetuate its constabulary role as the country's primary security provider in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) and beyond, as well as to expand its military diplomacy role. Officially released on 25

  • US warship industrial base pushing for accelerated construction of USN's LXR

    A coalition of suppliers for the US Navy's (USN's) amphibious warships urged Congress on 4 February to authorise funds in fiscal year 2017 (FY 2017) to help accelerate a dock landing ship replacement (LXR) programme. The optimum construction start for the LXR is in FY 2018 rather than the USN's

  • USN gets set for next round of SEWIP Block 2 testing

    Key Points The AN/SLQ-32(V)6 system on USS Bainbridge will undergo Phase B IOT&E testing in May 2016 A SEWIP Block 2 Full Rate Production decision is planned for August The US Navy (USN) is preparing to conduct a second round of testing on the AN/SLQ-32(V)6 electronic support (ES) system

  • Vard Marine to design new Chilean icebreaker

    Chilean shipyard ASMAR has awarded Vard Marine, a Fincatieri company, a EUR4 million (USD4.4 million) contract to design a new icebreaker for the Chilean Navy. The new icebreaker is to be 125 m long, complement 155 personnel, displace more than 13,000 tonnes, and be built at ASMAR facilities in

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  • Iranian UAV shown striking targets in Syria and Iraq

    Iran appears to have conducted strike missions over Syria and Iraq using its Shahed-129 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), according to footage released by national media on 2 February. A news report filed by media channel SimaNews shows at least two armed Shahed-129 UAVs being demonstrated at an
  • Kenya receives 30 Norinco VN4 armoured vehicles

    The Kenyan police commissioned 30 Norinco VN4 light armoured vehicles on 1 February in a ceremony attended by President Uhuru Kenyatta. The Chinese-made vehicles will be used by the paramilitary General Service Unit (GSU) of Kenya's National Police Force for anti-terrorism, international


  • 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