• 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

  • Taiwan conducts first Apache live-firings

    The Republic of China Army (RoCA) confirmed on 27 August that it has conducted the first live-fire drills of its recently acquired Boeing AH-64E Apache attack helicopters. According to the RoCA, the drill included test-firing AGM-114L Hellfire missiles and AIM-92 Stinger air-to-air missiles. The

  • 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

  • Singapore, Indonesia co-host WP MCMEX multilateral mine countermeasures exercise

    Key Points The 6th WP MCMEX multilateral mine countermeasures exercise, co-hosted by Singapore and Indonesia, got under way on 25 August With 16 nations participating in sea- and shore-based phases, firsts in the 6th exercise of the series include deploying the ECA K-ster expendable mine disposal

  • PLAN task group embarks on global deployment

    The 20th Counter-Piracy Task Group of China's People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) handed over its role to the ships of the 21st Task Group on 23 August and has now embarked on a global deployment, according to the Chinese Ministry of National Defence. The 20th Counter-Piracy Task Group had been on

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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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  • UK requests remanufacture of Apaches to AH-64E standard

    The United Kingdom has requested from the US government the remanufacture of 50 of its AgustaWestland-Boeing WAH-64D Block I Apache Longbow AH.1 helicopters to the latest AH-64E Guardian standard. The request, which was announced by the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) on 27 August,

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