• China adding towed sonars to Type 054A, Type 056 vessels

    Photographs of two People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) Type 054A (Jiangkai II) frigates being fitted out at Huangpu shipyard in Guangzhou province, China, strongly suggest that variable-depth sonars (VDSs) are being installed. The images, published on the cjdby.net website, show a large aperture

  • Indian MoD approves USD2.91 bn worth of acquisitions, cancels LUH tender

    Key Points India's Ministry of Defence has approved USD2.91 billion of acquisitions, including more Arjun MBTs and self-propelled guns The MoD also cancelled the planned acquisition of 197 light utility helicopters, instead opting to relaunch the tender with a licence-build stipulation India's

  • Japanese MoD requests largest ever budget

    The Japanese Ministry of Defense (MoD) on 29 August asked for JPY5.05 trillion (USD48.6 billion) for fiscal year 2015, its largest ever budget request. The request is up 3.5% from the current fiscal year budget and is the third consecutive rise under the administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe,

  • Kazakh coast guard to receive first Aybar patrol boat

    Kazakhstan's coast guard shortly is to receive its first-in-class Project 0210 Aybar patrol boat. Lead vessel Karaganda (pennant 308) was launched at the Zenit Uralsk Shipyard on 11 July 2014, and is undergoing sea trials ahead of a planned delivery in September. Reports suggest that build work

  • Kazakh Navy to get new MCMVs, patrol craft in near future

    The Kazakh Navy will gain a mine countermeasures (MCM) capability towards the end of 2015 when the first of two Project 1750E small inshore MCM vessels (MCMVs) is delivered by Russia's Sredne-Nevsky Shipyard. The second vessel is tentatively slated for a 2017 delivery, pending contract

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  • A400M acts as tanker aircraft for first time

    The Airbus A400M Atlas transporter has successfully acted as an air-to-air refuelling tanker aircraft for the first time, Airbus Defence and Space announced on 28 August. A company-owned A400M refuelled a Spanish Air Force Boeing EF-18A Hornet fighter aircraft. Airbus said that the tanker test
  • Dutch to withdraw Patriots from Turkey

    The Netherlands is to withdraw its Raytheon Patriot surface-to-air (SAM) missile batteries from Turkey in January 2015, citing strain on personnel and a pending technical modification. The Dutch deployed two of its three Patriot Fire Units from the Defence Ground-Based Air Defence Command (DGBADC),


  • Pluto

    Type Mine-countermeasures vehicle. Description Pluto is available in three configurations: battery powered with a 6 mm, 500 m-long umbilical cable; battery powered with a 3 mm, 2,000 m-long fibre-optic umbilical cable; or remotely powered with unlimited endurance and an 8 mm, 500 m-long umbilical

  • Pluto Gigas

    Type Remotely controlled mine-disposal vehicle. Development The Pluto Gigas has been designed and developed to meet increasingly stringent operational requirements such as the ability to operate in sea currents up to 7 kt at great depths (down to 1,000 m), and at long ranges. Description The

  • Pluto Plus

    Type Remotely controlled mine-disposal vehicle. Description The Pluto Plus vehicle is designed to operate from all kinds of vessel without special or expensive handling equipment. It is battery operated and carries a set of specialised sensors ranging from TV cameras to sonar. It is propelled by

  • Archimed

    Type Remotely operated tethered AUV Description Archimed is a remotely operated autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) designed for operating at depths of 500 m even in low clarity waters. The AUV is used for exploration of seabed and underwater objects by means of visual, hydro-acoustic and