• France and Russia close to severing Mistral contract

    France and Russia plan to come to an agreement in late May on terms for severing the contract for supply of Mistral-class helicopter carriers to Russia, a source in the Russian military-technical sphere has said, according to the RIA Novosti news agency. "Paris has not yet replied to the

  • IMDEX 2015: RSN warns of risks in submarine proliferation in Asia, proposes operational framework

    Key Points Recent proliferation of submarines poses security risks for the Asia-Pacific region, says Singapore The RSN has proposed four areas for navies to collaborate in enhancing regional underwater safety Singapore has warned that the recent proliferation of submarines in the Asia-Pacific

  • Kazakh Coast Guard gets new FC-19 patrol craft

    Kazakhstan's Zenit Uralsk Shipyard has launched a new FC-19 interceptor craft for the Kazakh Coast Guard. Mergen (pennant 509) is the 20th vessel to be built for the coastguard by Zenit since the early 1990s, according to Vyacheslav Valiyev, the shipyard's director general. The 27-29-tonne FC-19

  • Philippine Navy commissions refurbished product tanker as fleet oiler

    The Philippine Navy (PN) has commissioned a former product tanker donated by state-owned Philippine National Oil Company (PNOC) as the service's fleet oiler. The 98 m vessel, named BRP Lake Caliraya (AF-81), was commissioned on 23 May at the PN's base in Cavite City, according to government news

  • Rheinmetall expands into Kazakhstan

    German defence equipment manufacturer Rheinmetall has signed an agreement to begin collaboration with Kazakhstan's state-owned defence manufacturer Kazakhstan Engineering, the latter announced on 22 May. Little about the agreement was revealed by Kazakhstan Engineering, but the firm said that the

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  • India to review safety of Su-30MKI fighter fleet

    India is to conduct a safety assessment of its fleet of Sukhoi S030MKI 'Flanker' fighters following the loss of an aircraft on 19 May, national media has reported. A high-level review of the more than 200 Su-30MKI aircraft fielded by the Indian Air Force (IAF) is due to be held in the coming days,
  • IDF armoured brigade adopts Humvees for reconnaissance

    An Israel Defense Forces (IDF) reconnaissance company supporting a Merkava Mk 4 tank brigade has adopted unarmoured Humvees as its preferred mode of transport in combat zones. The 401st Armored Brigade's reconnaissance company made the transition in recent months after using Humvees armed with FN


  • 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