• Looming shadow: Australian naval shipbuilding and the 'Valley of Death'

    With overseas companies well-positioned for many of Australia's planned major naval programmes, domestic shipbuilders are awaiting strategic guidance and practical direction from government on how to navigate a way out of an arid industrial landscape. Julian Kerr reports Australia's naval

  • Brazil receives advanced research ship

    The Brazilian Navy officially received hydrographic multipurpose research vessel (Navio de Pesquisa Hidroceanográfico: NPqHo) Vital de Oliveira (H39) in Rio de Janeiro on 23 July. The ship was built in China by Guangzhou Hantong Shipbuilding and Shipping, according to an approximately BRL162

  • South African Navy gets new tug

    The South African Navy took delivery of a new tug on 9 July. The vessel was the first of two tugs ordered from Damen Shipyards in Cape Town in January. The vessels are based on the commercial ATD Tug 2909 design. The second is expected to be delivered in the first part of 2016. The new tugs will

  • China commissions second Type 052D DDG, pushes ahead with frigate, corvette launches

    People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) watchers report that the second of the Type 052D 'Luyang III' class destroyers, Yangsha (pennant number 173), was commissioned in mid-July and joined China's South Sea Fleet. Yangsha is likely to operate from the PLAN base at Yalong Bay on Hainan Island. Although

  • China debuts Zubr LCAC in show of amphibious force in South China Sea

    The People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) featured one of its Zubr-class landing craft air cushion (LCAC) for the first time in an amphibious landing exercise, Chinese state television CCTV reported on 20 July. IHS Jane's understands that the drill was conducted on Hainan Island, which is in the


  • Asian gains

    With Asia-Pacific countries increasingly looking to develop their defence industrial capabilities through offset, the demands being placed on foreign contractors are rising to an unprecedented level. Jon Grevatt reports
  • Steady course: Naval capability development in Sub- Saharan Africa

    Whether combating piracy at sea, securing coastlines and trade routes, or navigating relationships with extra-regional powers, the navies of the Sub-Saharan Africa region face varied challenges over the next decade. Martin Ewence assesses how some of these navies are meeting these challenges
  • Carrier face off: India and China build up their naval aviation

    Asia's two most powerful navies have taken to the skies from completely revitalised Russian aircraft carriers and are building their own capabilities. Rahul Bedi and Andrew Tate assess the developments and programmes.
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  • Poland launches tender for 882 4x4s

    The Polish Land Forces launched a tender on 23 July to buy 882 light multipurpose 4x4 vehicles to replace its fleet of ageing Honker and UAZ469 jeeps. Poland seeks 841 soft skin vehicles and 41 armoured variants with gross vehicle mass under 3,500 kg to be delivered in 2016-2022. The new vehicles


  • 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