• Austal delivers Australia's final Cape-class patrol vessel

    Australian shipbuilder Austal has delivered the last of eight Cape-class offshore patrol vessels on order for the Australian Border Force (ABF). The vessel, Cape York , is being supplied under an AUD330 million (USD234 million) contract awarded by the Australian government in August 2011, the order

  • Taiwanese MND asks for funds to design indigenous submarine

    Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense (MND) on 31 August submitted a USD89.32 million budgetary proposal for an indigenous submarine design contract to the island's legislative Yuan. According to the MND, the Republic of China Navy (RoCN) plans to launch the four-year programme in 2016. Taiwan's

  • Spanish navy and DCNS to discuss feasibility of further life extension for S 70 submarines

    Key Points Delays to the S 80 submarine programme prompt Spanish navy to ask DCNS about the suitability of further S 70 life extension Work would seek to extend the boats' service lives by five years, with S 80 in-service date not yet known The delays in building Spain's new S 80 diesel electric

  • Saudi Arabia reportedly to get Couach interceptors

    Germany's Lürssen group has subcontracted the construction of 79 interceptor craft for the Saudi Coast Guard to the French company Couach, according to a report published by the French lemarin.fr website on 24 August. The website said the announcement was made during a Couach staff meeting

  • Saudi shipyard launches Kuwaiti Coast Guard vessels

    Saudi Arabia's Zamil Offshore Services launched the first of four logistics ships it is building for the Kuwaiti Coast Guard on 26 August, according to local media reports. The 46 m Al-Zour 10 was launched during a ceremony at the Zamil yard in Dammam that was attended by Major General Sheikh

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  • Out with the old: Polish land systems modernisation

    Poland is pressing ahead with a wide-ranging military modernisation, seeking to build the capacity of its recently consolidated defence industrial sector and swiftly replace its ageing land systems amid rising regional tension. Remigiusz Wilk reports
  • Stepping forward: Type 26 Demonstration Phase picks up pace

    The UK government last year elected to adopt a more incremental approach to the procurement of the Type 26 Global Combat Ship. Richard Scott examines what this has meant for the programme, and how momentum is being maintained in advance of a full manufacture contract
  • Packing a punch

    Despite its small size, the New Zealand Defence Force takes pride in its ability to deliver a credible contribution to multinational operations and continues to grow a full spectrum of capabilities able to meet the challenges of an increasingly uncertain strategic environment both at home and abroad. Kate Tringham reports
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  • F-22s arrive in Germany for training

    Key Points Four USAF F-22s arrived at Spangdahlem Air Base in Germany on 28 August The aircraft are part of the ERI to assuage allies' concerns of recent Russian activity Four US Air Force (USAF) Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor combat aircraft arrived at Spangdahlem Air Base in Germany on 28 August,

RELEVANT PROFILE LISTINGS

  • 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

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