• Bahamas inducts first vessels in fleet renewal effort

    Dutch company Damen Shipyards has begun delivering nine vessels ordered by the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) as part of a BSD232 million (USD228 million) fleet recapitalisation and port facilities enhancement programme. The first of four 42 m Legend-class (Stan Patrol 4207) offshore patrol

  • India, Japan, US kick off naval drills in North Pacific

    Japan, India, and the United States began week-long naval exercises in the North Pacific on 24 July. The trilateral 'Malabar' manoeuvres, which have previously triggered adverse Chinese reaction, began at Sasebo in western Japan and were intended to concentrate on joint operations for disaster

  • Indian Navy receives fourth Saryu-class OPV

    The Indian Navy (IN) has taken delivery of a Saryu-class offshore patrol vessel (OPV), INS Sumitra on 16 July March, according to a statement by shipbuilder Goa Shipyard Limited. The vessel was received by Sumitra 's commanding officer designate, Commander Milind Mokashi. Sumitra is the fourth

  • Philippine DND calls tender for two RHIBs

    The Philippine Department of National Defense (DND) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines issued a joint invitation on 23 July to bid for a PHP63.1 million (USD141,000) rigid hull inflatable boat (RHIB) contract. The two RHIBs are meant for the Philippine Navy's Naval Special Operations Group and

  • Tomahawk could be offered to FMS customers

    Given the high cost of integrating an all-new tactical cruise missile weapon on surface ships and submarines, Raytheon sees a strong case for upgrading the Block IV Tactical Tomahawk systems in service with the United States and United Kingdom and making the missile available for "many other

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  • Briefing: Tense transitions

    Transitions in East Asia's security and geopolitical landscape are introducing new challenges into longstanding competitions and increasing the range of plausible scenarios for miscalculation, escalation and crises across the Western pacific. Tate Nurkin reports
  • Briefing: Into Africa

    The growth in co-operation between West African states and Brazil is reaching new heights, reports Janet Tappin Coelho
  • Back to the jungle: tactical communications in disadvantaged areas

    Ground troops have been spoiled for communications choices in Afghanistan and elsewhere, but jungle communications remain as much an art as they are a science and need regular practice. Rupert Pengelley investigates the options
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  • First two F-35s for Australia rolled-out

    The first two Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters (JSFs) for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) were rolled-out at the company's Fort Worth production facility in Texas on 24 July. The ceremony, which was attended by the chief of the RAAF Air Marshal Geoff Brown and other
  • Lithuania seeks new armoured vehicles

    Lithuania is looking to buy wheeled infantry combat vehicles, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) revealed on 21 July. The new vehicles are intended to replace the country's existing fleet of M113 wheeled armoured personnel carriers (APC) according to the MoD. However, the new vehicles are intended to

RELEVANT PROFILE LISTINGS

  • Bay class

    Fleetlist Comment: Built by Austal Ships and delivered to the Australian Customs Service 1999-2000. Both craft transferred to the Sri Lanka Navy in 2014. The vessels are capable of carrying two RHIBs.

  • Bung Tomo class

    Fleetlist Programmes: Yarrow Shipbuilders (now BAE Systems Marine) selected in August 1995 for the construction of three frigates for the Royal Brunei Navy. The final contract was signed 14 January 1998. All three ships were completed in 2004 but, following a contractual dispute, the vessels were

  • CASA CN-235 D/K MPA.

    Operational speed: 240 kt (445 km/h). Service ceiling: 26,600 ft (8,110 m). Range: 669 n miles (1,240 km). Role/Weapon systems: Initial batch of two delivered in 2001 and a further four in 2002. First flight with mission systems took place on 18 June 2007. The programme was completed on 28

  • Huangpu class

    Fleetlist Comment: Delivered from China on 20 April 2002.

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