• Analysis: Syrian rebel video corroborates Iranian UAV strike claims

    ANALYSIS A video released by a Syrian rebel group on 7 February appears to show an Iranian Shahed-129 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) carrying a weapon, corroborating early Iranian claims that this type of remotely piloted aircraft is carrying out strikes in Syria. Released by Harakat Fajr al-Sham

  • Bharati completes third C-154 coastal interceptor for Indian Coast Guard

    Bharati Defence and Infrastructure Ltd (formerly Bharati Shipyard Ltd) has completed construction of the third C-154-class coastal interceptor craft for the Indian Coast Guard. According to the Indian Register of Shipping, building work on C-156 finished on 15 January. An order for the 15 vessels

  • Brazil's Frontin corvette to be used as target

    In January 2016 Brazil's Inhauma-class corvette Frontin (V 33) was docked at Rio de Janeiro Naval Base to begin preparing the hull to be used as a navy target, IHS Jane's has learned. Sources said the ship will have its propellers, axis, weapons, sensors, engines, and all useful equipment removed,

  • Indian carrier Viraat 'de-operationalised'

    The Indian Navy (IN) has 'de-operationalised' INS Viraat (ex-HMS Hermes ), its 57-year-old 23,900-tonne Centaur-class aircraft carrier, ahead of decommissioning it "soon". IN spokesman Captain D K Sharma said Viraat is currently at the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai awaiting

  • NATO looks to Poseidon to plug GIUK gap against Russian submarines

    NATO is looking to use its latest maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) to more effectively monitor the GIUK gap that runs between Greenland, Iceland, and the UK, following a dramatic increase in Russian submarine activity in the North Atlantic over recent months. With Russian submarines transiting

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  • France may modernise additional Leclerc MBTs

    France is considering increasing its planned main battle tank (MBT) inventory by more than a tenth, according to French defence sources. Under current plans the French Army will operate 200 Leclerc MBTs, which will be modernised by Nexter Systems. However, this may now be increased to 225.

RELEVANT PROFILE LISTINGS

  • 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

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