• Russian rail-mobile ICBM project set to be axed

    Key Points Russia's Barguzin rail-mobile ICBM project looks set to be axed Pressures on the Russian defence budget and the strong position of Russia's other ICBM programmes are behind the expected move Russia's plan to develop a new rail-mobile intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) looks set

  • Latest Indian Navy doctrine stresses regional supremacy

    In its latest doctrine the Indian Navy (IN) has outlined multiple and inter-related strategies to perpetuate its constabulary role as the country's primary security provider in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) and beyond, as well as to expand its military diplomacy role. Officially released on 25

  • US warship industrial base pushing for accelerated construction of USN's LXR

    A coalition of suppliers for the US Navy's (USN's) amphibious warships urged Congress on 4 February to authorise funds in fiscal year 2017 (FY 2017) to help accelerate a dock landing ship replacement (LXR) programme. The optimum construction start for the LXR is in FY 2018 rather than the USN's

  • USN gets set for next round of SEWIP Block 2 testing

    Key Points The AN/SLQ-32(V)6 system on USS Bainbridge will undergo Phase B IOT&E testing in May 2016 A SEWIP Block 2 Full Rate Production decision is planned for August The US Navy (USN) is preparing to conduct a second round of testing on the AN/SLQ-32(V)6 electronic support (ES) system

  • Vard Marine to design new Chilean icebreaker

    Chilean shipyard ASMAR has awarded Vard Marine, a Fincatieri company, a EUR4 million (USD4.4 million) contract to design a new icebreaker for the Chilean Navy. The new icebreaker is to be 125 m long, complement 155 personnel, displace more than 13,000 tonnes, and be built at ASMAR facilities in

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  • Norway completes first phase of NH90 programme

    Norway has completed the first phase of its NH90 helicopter procurement programme with the delivery of the first platform to be equipped with a dipping sonar, the NHIndustries consortium announced on 4 February. The handover of the sixth of 14 NATO Frigate Helicopter (NFH)-variant NH90s for the
  • Brazil details new ARV

    The Brazilian Army has firmed up the requirement for a new Armoured Reconnaissance Vehicle (ARV) which will be the long-term replacement for the ENGESA EE-9 Cascavel 6x6 armoured cars that entered service over 40 years ago. The ARV - designated VBR-MR (Viatura Blindada de Reconhecimento - Media de


  • 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