• India, US extend strategic partnership, agree on joint development of four defence systems

    India and the US extended bilateral defence co-operation for another decade and agreed to jointly develop and build four defence systems during President Barack Obama's three-day New Delhi visit that ends on 27 January. "We have renewed our Defence Framework Agreement and decided to take our

  • Taiwan commissions 20,000-tonne combat support ship

    The Republic of China Navy (RoCN) took delivery on 23 January of a newly completed fast combat support ship. Panshih was built by state-owned Kaohsiung-based shipbuilder CSBC Corporation at a cost of USD130 million. Construction began in 2011 and the ship was launched in 2013. According to the

  • Damen draws attention to Cape Town shipyard's construction capabilities

    Damen announced on 15 January that its Cape Town yard had completed the construction of two 50 m FSC 5009 vessels without an order, saying they can be delivered as either armed patrol or fast crew supply vessels in a matter of weeks. It said the vessels were the same class as the Stan Patrol 5009

  • Early gains being made on USN's future SSBN, submarine builder says

    Key Points General Dynamics Electric Boat (GDEB) is responding to the US Navy's request for input on its SSBN replacement acquisition strategy GDEB is working on ship arrangements, 3-D models, and missile tube assembly plans US submarine builder General Dynamics Electric Boat (GDEB) is making

  • GRSE launches third Mk IV LCU for Indian Navy

    Key Points The vessel will bolster the Indian Navy's amphibious capabilities India's future landing craft capability may be deployed in regions where it can be used to offset the presence of other navies India's state-owned company, Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE), has launched the

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  • Boeing awarded Indonesian AH-64E contract

    Boeing has been awarded a USD295.8 million firm-fixed-price foreign military sales contract for eight AH64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters for Indonesia, the Department of Defence (DoD) disclosed on 27 January. The contract will be complete by 28 February 2018. When the deal was first


  • AH-IIA Westland Super Lynx.

    Operational speed: 125 kt (232 km/h). Service ceiling: 12,000 ft (3,650 m). Range: 130 n miles (240 km). Role/Weapon systems: ASW/ASV roles. First batch upgraded in 1994-97 to Super Lynx standard with Mk 3 radar and Racal Kestrel EW suite. Further modifications (2010-15) include installation

  • Amorim do Valle (River) class

    Fleetlist Comment: Three ships transferred from the UK on 31 January 1995. The contract was signed on 18 November 1994. Steel hulled. All minesweeping gear and the 40 mm gun removed on transfer. Used as hydrographic ships. H 35 and H 36 fitted with a stern gantry and second crane amidships for

  • EDCG 1610 class

    Fleetlist Comment: Based at Niteroi. Three similar EDCG-41 craft are to be built at AMRJ, Rio de Janeiro. The first two were laid down in December 2013 and are to be commissioned in 2015. A third craft is to be laid down in 2015.

  • Helibras/Eurocopter EC-725 UH-15 Super Cougar Mk II.

    Operational speed: 175 kt (324 km/h). Service ceiling: 20,000 ft (6,095 m). Range: 463 n miles (857 km). Role/Weapon systems: Contract awarded on 7 September 2009 for 16 aircraft being built by Helibras. Eight aircraft for ASuW and eight for combat SAR, troop transport and utility roles. The