• IDEX 2017: Abu Dhabi Ship Building hands over vessels

    Abu Dhabi Ship Building (ADSB) formally handed over the 42 m Sabhan (L 4201), one of eight landing ships that it is building for the Kuwait Naval Force, during the NAVDEX show in Abu Dhabi. The company marked another milestone during NAVDEX when the UAE Navy formally commissioned Al-Hili (P 176),

  • IDEX 2017: Austal exhibits new lengthened armed transport vessel

    Australia's Austal has exhibited a conceptual model of a new 113 m high-speed support vessel at the NAVDEX trade show in Abu Dhabi. Speaking to Jane's , Austal vice-president Michael McCourt said that the vessel was being developed in conjunction with a customer, and built on experience gained from

  • DCNS profit up by 50% in FY 2016

    State-controlled French naval shipbuilder DCNS published the results of its 2016 financial year on 24 February, showing improvements in both revenue generation and profit. Annual sale rose by 5.0% to just under EUR3.2 billion (USD3.4 billion), while earnings before interest, taxes and amortisation

  • IDEX 2017: Navantia outlines Middle East expansion plans

    Key Points The company believes that a deal for corvette with Saudi Arabia could be imminent Spanish state-owned shipbuilder Navantia has confirmed details of its plans to secure a bigger foothold in the Middle East naval market, working on projects for Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United

  • INS Betwa to be fully operational by April 2018

    INS Betwa , the Indian Navy (IN) guided missile frigate that tipped over during undocking in early December 2016, is back on an even keel and expected to be fully operational by April 2018, India's Press Information Bureau (PIB) said in a 23 February statement. The complete salvage operation


  • Turning the tide in the South China Sea

    Despite an international court ruling invalidating China's 'nine-dash line' claim in the South China Sea, Beijing has managed to boost its influence in the disputed waters by strengthening commercial and defence ties with neighbouring countries, bolstering its military capabilities and repeatedly putting on a show of force. Gabriel Dominguez reports
  • Gulf challenges

    Modernisation and deployment on military operations are driving a number of programmes in the GCC states, as the region continues to face increasingly complex challenges to its security. Charles Forrester reports on the threats and capabilities in the region
  • Strengthening partnerships: Nordic defence collaboration amid regional security concerns

    While still nascent, Nordic defence co-operation within the NORDEFCO framework has been increasing in recent years, driven in large part by the growing tensions with Russia and encouraged by the United States and NATO. Erik Brattberg reports
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  • IDEX 2017: UAE confirms order for third Saab GlobalEye

    It was confirmed during the IDEX show in Abu Dhabi that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has ordered a third Saab GlobalEye aircraft. The UAE military's General Headquarters (GHQ) announced that it had awarded an AED866 million (USD238 million) to Saab for "new airborne G6000 SRSS [Swing Role
  • IDEX 2017: UAE selects Rabdan 8x8 IFV

    The United Arab Emirates' (UAE's) military announced during the IDEX show in Abu Dhabi that it had ordered 400 8x8 vehicles from the local company Al-Jasoor, a joint venture between the Emirati company Heavy Vehicles industries (HVI) and the Turkish armoured vehicle manufacturer Otokar Land systems.