• Australian defence white paper to 'reset' relationship with industry

    Australia's delayed defence White Paper will aim to "reset" the relationship between government and the country's defence industry, Defence Minister Marise Payne said on 5 February. Speaking at the opening of a new facility owned by Canberra-based company CEA Technologies, she said the

  • Elbit opens up new unmanned naval front

    Key Points Elbit Systems has established a new Naval Systems Business Line within its ISTAR division Its Seagull USV is aimed at MCM and ASW missions, where Elbit sees unmanned concepts of operation offering the biggest pay-off Israel's Elbit Systems is looking to drive growth in the emerging

  • Norway completes first phase of NH90 programme

    Norway has completed the first phase of its NH90 helicopter procurement programme with the delivery of the first platform to be equipped with a dipping sonar, the NHIndustries consortium announced on 4 February. The handover of the sixth of 14 NATO Frigate Helicopter (NFH)-variant NH90s for the

  • 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

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  • HAL rolls out long-delayed HTT-40 trainer

    India's state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has rolled out the first prototype of its basic trainer in Bangalore after nearly six years of development. In an official statement on 2 February, HAL declined to confirm when exactly the tandem-seat Hindustan Turbo Trainer-40 (HTT-40) rolled
  • Archer SPA enters Swedish Army service

    The BAE Systems FH-77 BW L52 Archer (6x6) self-propelled artillery (SPA) system has now entered Swedish Army service, the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) announced on 3 February. The first four Archer SPAs entered service with the Swedish Army's 9 Artillery Regiment


  • 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