• Israel upgrading older Dolphin subs

    Israel has recently upgraded the weapons and communications systems of its first three German-manufactured Dolphin submarines to bring them up to the same standard as the three new submarines, which have air-independent propulsion systems, an Israeli Navy source told journalists on 29 March.

  • African country orders Super Dvora Mk 3 craft

    Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) announced on 31 March that it had received a contract worth "tens of millions of dollars" to supply four Super Dvora Mk 3 fast patrol boats to an African military customer. It said the craft would be built at its Ramta facility in Israel and delivered in

  • Australia needs continuous shipbuilding, defence minister says

    Australia is looking at a continuous build strategy for new warships but this will require a major improvement in productivity to be feasible, Defence Minister Kevin Andrews said on 31 March. Addressing a future surface fleet conference in Canberra organised by the Australian Strategic Policy

  • Boustead-DCNS joint venture secures submarine service

    Boustead DCNS Naval Corporation (BDNC) - a joint venture between BHIC Defence Technologies and French shipbuilder DCNS - has been notified of a contract extension to provide in-service support to the Royal Malaysian Navy's (RMN's) two Scorpene attack submarines. The majority owner of BDNC, Boustead

  • Chinese Type 051B destroyer up for refit, or retirement

    Major work is being undertaken on the People's Liberation Army Navy's (PLAN's) only Type 051B Luhai-class destroyer. The 6,000 tonne ship was laid down in 1996 at the Dalian shipyard, commissioned in 1999, and was for a number of years the flagship of the South Sea Fleet, based in Zhanjiang.

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  • US Army to modify MC-12W into EMARSS-M multirole platform

    The US Army is to modify a government-owned Quick Reaction Capability Liberty Project aircraft into an Enhanced Medium Altitude Reconnaissance and Surveillance System - Multi-Intelligence (EMARSS-M) platform under a USD31.8 million contract it was announced on 31 March. The contract, which was
  • Croatia displays new AFV fleets

    The Croatian Armed Forces (CAF) presented new armoured vehicles at their Gasinci training grounds on 20 March. Four variants of the Patria Armoured Modular Vehicle (AMV) were presented: medical, logistical, and command versions, plus an armoured personnel carrier variant fitted with a Kongsberg

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