• LAAD 2015: PROSUB programme makes steady, strategic progress

    French shipbuilder DCNS describes its contract under Brazil's PROSUB programme, under which it will oversee the construction of four Scorpene-class (SBR) diesel-electric submarines for the Brazilian Navy and provide technical assistance relating to the non-nuclear parts of Brazil's first

  • Pakistan cuts steel on third Azmat-class missile patrol craft

    State-owned shipbuilder Karachi Shipyard & Engineering Works Limited (KSEW) held a steel-cutting ceremony for the Pakistan Navy's third Azmat-class missile patrol craft on 16 April. In a statement marking the occasion, KSEW said that the vessel - which derives its design from the People's

  • Spain extends US lease on Morón airbase

    The Spanish government has agreed to a further year's extension on the use of a southern air force base by the United States' Africa rapid reaction force while negotiations continue on it being made a permanent deployment. Under the terms of a bilateral defence accord originally signed in 1988, up

  • China decommissions two Hainan-class patrol craft

    The People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) has decommissioned two 58 m patrol craft, according to state-owned television news channel CCTV. CCTV news footage, which was also published by a local defence blog on 12 April, showed a banner stating that vessels with pennant number 728 and 729 were being

  • RoKN announces disaster management measures following ferry tragedy

    The Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) has revealed measures that it has and will be taking to improve its rescue capabilities, the Yonhap news agency reported on 14 April, citing RoKN vice-spokesperson Choi Tae-bok. The measures were announced close to the first anniversary of the Sewol ferry tragedy.

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  • USAF study shows Global Hawk can carry U-2 sensors

    Key Points The USAF says it can integrate key U-2 sensors onto Global Hawk UAVs The Pentagon is planning to retire the manned aircraft if it can make the UAVs fully mission-capable The US Air Force (USAF) has determined that integration of key sensors from its manned Lockheed Martin U-2


  • 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