• Kazakh Navy to get new MCMVs, patrol craft in near future

    The Kazakh Navy will gain a mine countermeasures (MCM) capability towards the end of 2015 when the first of two Project 1750E small inshore MCM vessels (MCMVs) is delivered by Russia's Sredne-Nevsky Shipyard. The second vessel is tentatively slated for a 2017 delivery, pending contract

  • Philippines sets aside USD57 million to arm new frigates

    The Philippine Department of National Defense (DND) has set aside PHP2.5 billion (USD57 million) to procure weapon systems and armaments for its two new-build light frigates, according to Patrick Velez, the assistant defence secretary for acquisition, installations, and logistics. According to

  • RIMPAC 2014: Royal Brunei Navy fires missiles in first SINKEX

    The Royal Brunei Navy (RBN) has successfully fired two anti-ship missiles at an ex-US Navy (USN) ship during the sinking exercise (SINKEX) phase of the 2014 Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise, the RIMPAC maritime force commander confirmed to IHS Jane's on 15 July. With the RBN making its debut at

  • RIMPAC 2014: RCN's modernised frigate to test ESSM integration in live-fire trials

    As one of the Royal Canadian Navy's first modernised Halifax-class frigates, HMCS Calgary (FFH 335) will test the integration of its Evolved SeaSparrow Missiles (ESSMs) through a live-fire exercise in the Pacific Ocean, the ship's commanding officer told IHS Jane's on 14 July. Calgary , currently

  • Live fire tests demonstrate Aegis Baseline 9, NIFC-CA capability

    The US Navy's (USN's) Baseline 9C Aegis Combat System has completed a series of exercises designed to demonstrate the over-the-horizon Naval Integrated Fire Control-Counter Air (NIFC-CA) capability. Undertaken in mid-June, live fire testing performed from the DDG 51 Flight I guided-missile


  • Steady strategy, contingent capability: NATO tackles emerging maritime challenges and increasing instability

    With withdrawal from Afghanistan imminent, NATO is now turning to face a raft of challenges in the maritime environment. Martin Ewence examines the shift in focus away from land campaigns, and considers how the Alliance Maritime Strategy can enable NATO to respond to strategic changes and emerging threats at and from the sea
  • Briefing: Sailing apart

    Although Australia and New Zealand jointly procured their ANZAC frigates to a common baseline, the two nations are now following very different courses for their respective mid-life update programmes. Richard Scott reports
  • Drifting apart

    Military leaders have warned repeatedly that the United Kingdom risks becoming a 'hollow force' unable to offer useful help to its closest ally, the United States. So is this the end of an unusually close partnership? Matthew Bell reports
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  • China unveils Type 11 sidearm

    China's Type 11 (QSZ-11) 5.8 mm self-loading pistol was given its first public showing at Hong Kong Garrison open days at the end of June and beginning of July. Accepted into service in 2011, the Type 11 is intended for use as a personal protection sidearm for senior officers and officials. It is


  • 20 mm F2 Type A; Type 15 A and B; Narwhal 20 A and B

    Type Multipurpose cannon. Development In the late 1950s Groupement Industriel des Armements Terrestres (Giat, but renamed Nexter in 2006) began to develop a 20 mm cannon using the US M56 cartridge for light armoured vehicles. The prototype Canon Mitrailleur de 20 mm M621 gun appeared in 1962 and

  • 37 mm (70-K/V-11M/Type 61/74/76) mountings

    Type Close-in weapon system, anti-missile. Development In the 1930s the Soviet Navy, in common with other navies, faced the problem of protecting its ships from low-level air attack. The problem was partly solved by the introduction of the 25 mm 84-KM mounting but this weapon was later scaled up

  • AK-130 (130 mm L/54 Twin); SM-2 (130 mm L/58 Twin); A-192

    Type Medium-calibre dual-purpose guns. Development Shortly after the conclusion of the Second World War, the Soviet Navy began building new destroyers to replace its heavy losses. To arm them it developed a twin 130 mm mounting (B-2LM), apparently based on the Soviet Army's M-46 field gun. The

  • Oerlikon 35 mm KDA/KDC guns (GDM-A/GDM-C mountings)

    Type Air defence cannon (secondary surface role). Development In the late 1950s, Oerlikon-Buhrle began development of a twin automatic 35 mm gun, which was essentially a scaled-up Oerlikon 204GK. The prototype appeared in 1959 as the 353 MK on the 1 ZLA/353 MK mounting. A modified version, 2