• Vessel readiness checks cut into USN ship operations in Western Pacific

    The new US Navy (USN) focus on surface-ship safety and readiness in the Western Pacific is creating a better-prepared – but less available – fleet of ships, Vice Admiral Andrew Lewis, deputy chief of naval operations for operations, plans, and strategy, said. The more-vigorous ship

  • Italy to develop evolved Otomat ‘MK2E’ variant anti-ship missile

    The Italian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has allocated funding for the development and acquisition of an evolved-range variant of the MBDA Otomat MK2 Block IV (also designated Teseo MK2/A) long-range ship-borne high-subsonic anti-ship missile. The MK2E development programme will be launched by the end

  • Pentagon mulling new submarine- or surface-based nuclear cruise missile

    The Pentagon is mulling either a new submarine- or surface ship-based nuclear cruise missile and low-yield nuclear ballistic missiles in response to Russian and Chinese capabilities, according to the top US nuclear officer. The US Navy formerly had a nuclear-armed submarine-launched cruise missile

  • Spain invests in urgent requirements

    Spain is preparing to commit more than EUR10.8 billion (EUR13.3 billion) to cover a new cycle of investment programmes to meet the armed forces’ most urgent needs. Sources told Jane’s on 19 March that the figures were presented to a meeting of politicians addressed earlier this month by

  • Turkey-Qatar cement defence ties with DIMDEX deals

    Turkey announced that its defence companies were awarded contracts worth more than USD700 million by Qatar during the DIMDEX show held in Doha on 12-14 March, further deepening the ties between the two countries. Turkey’s Undersecretariat for Defence Industries (SSM) announced the USD700

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  • Australia declares IOC for P-8A ahead of schedule

    The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) has declared initial operating capability (IOC) for the Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime multimission aircraft (MMA), five months ahead of schedule. The milestone, which was announced by the service on 20 March, comes with six of the 12 aircraft currently under