• 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

  • Colombian Navy patrol boat completes combat certification for anti-piracy duty off Somalia

    The Colombian Navy's ocean-going patrol boat, ARC 7 de Agosto (PZE-46), has undergone a combat certification session in southern Spain to prepare the crew for joining the European Union's 'Atalanta' and NATO's 'Ocean Shield' missions off Somalia. Tests were carried out at the southern port of Rota

  • US Army eyes electromagnetic railgun as navy test plans unfold

    The US Navy's (USN's) electromagnetic railgun (EMRG) programme is moving ahead through several lines of effort, and officials are considering ways to apply the system to land-based air defence. In the near term, the USN's fifth and newest Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV), USNS Trenton , is to host

  • US border protection force selects Safe Boats interceptor

    Safe Boats International has been contracted by the United States' Department of Homeland Security to provide up to 52 high-speed interdiction craft for its Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency. A 41 ft (12.5 m) deep-V aluminium monohull design will fulfil the requirement for the CBP's new

  • Russian Navy receives first Project 18280 intelligence ship

    The Russian Navy formally activated its first Project 18280 intelligence ship, the Admiral Yuri Ivanov , as part of the Navy Day celebrations on 26 July. Russian President Vladimir Putin inspected the vessel at the Baltic port of Baltiysk, in the country's Kaliningrad exclave, with the formal flag


  • 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
  • Carrier face off: India and China build up their naval aviation

    Asia's two most powerful navies have taken to the skies from completely revitalised Russian aircraft carriers and are building their own capabilities. Rahul Bedi and Andrew Tate assess the developments and programmes.
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  • F-35 Lightning II - last of the manned fighters?

    With the US Marine Corps set to declare initial operating capability for its Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) before the end of July, many are again asking if there will ever be another manned fighter, or if the JSF truly is the last of its kind. The history of military
  • Poland launches tender for 882 4x4s

    The Polish Land Forces launched a tender on 23 July to buy 882 light multipurpose 4x4 vehicles to replace its fleet of ageing Honker and UAZ469 jeeps. Poland seeks 841 soft skin vehicles and 41 armoured variants with gross vehicle mass under 3,500 kg to be delivered in 2016-2022. The new vehicles


  • 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