• Mexican Navy launches frigate construction programme

    The Mexican Ministry of the Navy (SEMAR) has requested MXN5.7 billion (USD350 million) to fund local construction of a new frigate-class ship from 2016, according to SEMAR documents published in mid-July by the Ministry of Treasury and Finance (Secretaría de Hacienda y Crédito

  • Dockstavarvet delivers first IC 20 M interceptor to Norway

    The Norwegian Defence Logistics Organisation (NDLO) has accepted the first of two 20 m high-speed interceptor craft from Swedish boat builder Dockstavarvet. The all-welded aluminium IC 20 M boats (hull numbers NB581 and NB582) are designated as search, rescue, and service vessels; the second is

  • Vietnam Coast Guard inducts TT400TP-class patrol boat into southern command

    The Vietnamese Coast Guard (Canh Sat Bien Vietnam, or CSBV) has inducted a 54 m patrol vessel into the service's 'Zone 4' command, local media outlets have reported. IHS Jane's understands that the command, which is based on the island of Phu Quoc, oversees Vietnam's southern territorial waters that

  • Australia drops plans to use AWD hulls for Future Frigates

    The option of using the Navantia-designed hull of Australia's Hobart-class Air Warfare Destroyers (AWDs) as the basis for the proposed Future Frigate that will replace the Royal Australian Navy's (RAN's) Anzac-class fleet has been quietly dropped, informed sources have told IHS Jane's . At the same

  • China converting old frigates into coastguard cutters

    Work appears to be underway to modify a number of Type 053H2G 'Jiangwei I'-class frigates for transfer from the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) to the China Coast Guard. Photographs show two 'Jiangwei I' frigates alongside at a naval shipyard in Pudong, Shanghai, one of which has had most of

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  • Picking up the pieces: Putting Project SEA 4000 back on course

    Australia's Air Warfare Destroyer programme has been blighted by schedule slippage, cost escalation, and dysfunctional management. Julian Kerr finds out how and why plans have gone awry, and looks at the efforts to put Project SEA 4000 back on an even keel
  • Asian gains

    With Asia-Pacific countries increasingly looking to develop their defence industrial capabilities through offset, the demands being placed on foreign contractors are rising to an unprecedented level. Jon Grevatt reports
  • Steady course: Naval capability development in Sub- Saharan Africa

    Whether combating piracy at sea, securing coastlines and trade routes, or navigating relationships with extra-regional powers, the navies of the Sub-Saharan Africa region face varied challenges over the next decade. Martin Ewence assesses how some of these navies are meeting these challenges
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  • AFSOC receives first Ghostrider gunship

    The US Air Force's Special Operations Command (AFSOC) has received the first of 37 Lockheed Martin AC-130J Ghostrider gunships, it was announced on 30 July. The aircraft arrived at Hurlburt Field in Florida the day prior to the announcement, ahead of initial developmental test and evaluation
  • Croatia receives first PzH 2000

    Croatia has received its first Panzerhaubitze 2000 (PzH 2000) 155 mm self-propelled artillery (SPA) systems, the country's Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced. The MoD paraded the first vehicle at the Repair Office of the Armed Forces in Jankomir on 29 July, ahead of their public debut during the

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