• Japan asks France to stop Mistral sale to Russia

    Japanese Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera on 29 July expressed "strong concerns" over France's plan to sell two Mistral-class landing helicopter dock (LHD) ships to Moscow, citing the ongoing Ukraine crisis and Russia's recent military buildup in the Asia-Pacific region. In his fourth

  • RAN MH-60R fires first Hellfire

    The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has completed its first test firings of the AGM-114 Hellfire air-to-surface missile from an MH-60R Seahawk maritime helicopter, the Department of Defence said on 30 July. The test firings - of two ATM-114Q-1 training missiles - were conducted at the US Navy's (USN's)

  • Russia lays keels for three nuclear subs

    Russia laid the keels of three new nuclear submarines to celebrate Russian Navy Day on 27 July. The boats laid down were the fifth Dolgoruky (Borey)-class (Project 955A) nuclear powered ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) Knyaz Oleg and the fourth and fifth Severodvinsk (Yasen)-class nuclear-powered

  • RIMPAC 2014: Canada's frigate to employ 'astronavigation' on transit home from Hawaii

    The Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) frigate participating in the 'Rim of the Pacific' ('RIMPAC') exercise in Hawaii is outfitted with the force's latest kit, however, the ship's crew will transit home without the benefit of relying on the new technology. Commander John K Wilson, the commanding officer of

  • Spain's Guardia Civil police force orders two patrol boats for anti-piracy missions

    Spain's paramilitary Guardia Civil police force has ordered two 20.5 m long patrol boats from the Astilleros Gondán yards, mainly to be used for anti-piracy patrols. The vessels will be built at the company's Vegadeo plant in the northern region of Asturias. No price was given for the

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  • Briefing: Tense transitions

    Transitions in East Asia's security and geopolitical landscape are introducing new challenges into longstanding competitions and increasing the range of plausible scenarios for miscalculation, escalation and crises across the Western pacific. Tate Nurkin reports
  • Briefing: Into Africa

    The growth in co-operation between West African states and Brazil is reaching new heights, reports Janet Tappin Coelho
  • Back to the jungle: tactical communications in disadvantaged areas

    Ground troops have been spoiled for communications choices in Afghanistan and elsewhere, but jungle communications remain as much an art as they are a science and need regular practice. Rupert Pengelley investigates the options
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  • Fourth known J-20 prototype makes first flight

    The fourth known prototype of the Chengdu Aircraft Corporation (CAC) J-20 fifth-generation fighter made its first flight on the morning of 26 July, according to Chinese aviation websites. According to online postings by local spotters, the prototype flew for nearly two hours after having undertaken
  • Update: Lithuania seeks new armoured vehicles

    Lithuania is looking to buy wheeled infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs), the Ministry of Defence (MoD) revealed on 21 July. The new vehicles are intended to replace the country's existing fleet of 300 M113 tracked armoured personnel carriers (APCs), according to the MoD. However, the new vehicles

RELEVANT PROFILE LISTINGS

  • Bay class

    Fleetlist Comment: Built by Austal Ships and delivered to the Australian Customs Service 1999-2000. Both craft transferred to the Sri Lanka Navy in 2014. The vessels are capable of carrying two RHIBs.

  • Bung Tomo class

    Fleetlist Programmes: Yarrow Shipbuilders (now BAE Systems Marine) selected in August 1995 for the construction of three frigates for the Royal Brunei Navy. The final contract was signed 14 January 1998. All three ships were completed in 2004 but, following a contractual dispute, the vessels were

  • CASA CN-235 D/K MPA.

    Operational speed: 240 kt (445 km/h). Service ceiling: 26,600 ft (8,110 m). Range: 669 n miles (1,240 km). Role/Weapon systems: Initial batch of two delivered in 2001 and a further four in 2002. First flight with mission systems took place on 18 June 2007. The programme was completed on 28

  • Huangpu class

    Fleetlist Comment: Delivered from China on 20 April 2002.

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