• NASA picks 7 technologies for advanced research programme

    US space agency NASA has picked a handful of technologies for the second phase of its Innovative Advanced Concepts Program, it announced on 6 July. Second phase awards, worth up to USD0.5 million for two years of research, are designed to advance projects that NASA does not expect would appear on

  • Paramount teaming with Austal, Navantia for South African ships

    Paramount Group, a South African defence company that is one of the largest privately held on the continent, is teaming with Austal and Navantia to bid on the South African Navy's Project Biro, the company said in a press release. Profit sharing and other details of the teaming were not released.

  • DCNS expects Brazilian aircraft carrier upgrade contract soon

    French shipbuilder DCNS is expected to secure a contract to deliver a detailed study for the refit of Brazilian Navy aircraft carrier NAe São Paulo (A 12). A contract was expected for before mid-2015 but is still awaiting signature, Nathalie Smirnov, senior vice-president of services at DCNS,

  • Australian senate report slams 'politicised' nature of Future Submarine programme

    Japan's involvement in the acquisition process to determine the designer and constructor of Australia's Future Submarine is based on political imperatives rather than merit and the current approach should be scrapped, an Australian parliamentary inquiry has found. In a majority finding in a report

  • Briefing: QinetiQ pursues growth agenda for maritime business

    QinetiQ has focused on growth in its maritime business, despite the sale of its UK underwater systems interests in 2009. Richard Scott reports. Back in 2009, QinetiQ took the decision to dispose of its UK-based underwater systems business after the company's management, struggling to reposition the

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  • Seeker UAV crashes in Yemen

    An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) was shot down near the Saudi border in Yemen's northern Sadah province, the Al-Masirah news channel reported on 5 July. It broadcast footage showing the wreckage of a UAV that appeared to be a Denel Dynamics Seeker 200 (previously known as the Seeker II). Like the
  • UK orders CTAS 40 mm cannons for new armoured vehicles

    The UK Ministry of Defence has placed a GBP150 million (USD236 million) order for CTA International 40 mm Case Telescoped Armament System (CTAS) cannons for its future fleet of tracked armoured fighting vehicles. The contract, awarded to CTA International (CTAI), includes 515 cannons for the


  • 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