IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

  • Thailand aims to operate fleet of three submarines by 2026

    The Royal Thai Navy (RTN) has outlined a requirement to operationalise its planned fleet of three submarines by 2026, and is currently in the process of submitting this proposal to the country's military government. The matter was disclosed by Captain Prawoot Rodmanee, chief of the RTN's submarine

  • Hungary purchases light aircraft from Zlin

    Hungary's ministry of defence (MoD) has purchased four light training and reconnaissance aircraft from Zlin Aircraft, the MoD told IHS Jane's. The piston engine aircraft, two Z-242L two-seat basic training and two Z-143LSi four-seat reconnaissance/utility aircraft, are scheduled to arrive at the

  • Indonesia hints at submarine fleet mix that includes midget boats

    The Indonesian Navy's (Tentera Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Laut: TNI-AL's) plans to operate a fleet of 12 submarines by 2024 may include a number of midget boats, said Commodore Muhammad Ali, commander of the service's maritime security task force, on 17 January. The commodore was speaking at the

  • Japan to provide six patrol vessels to Vietnam

    Japan will provide six patrol vessels to Vietnam as part of a loan offered to the Southeast Asian country totalling about JPY117 billion (USD1 billion) to enhance bilateral co-operation, Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe was quoted by Kyodo news agency as saying on 16 January during a two-day visit

  • Kuwaiti RFI points to wider naval acquisition plan

    A request for information (RFI) released on behalf of the Kuwaiti Navy suggests it is considering acquiring new fast attack craft (FAC) armed with MBDA Exocet MM40 anti-ship missiles. Released by the US Federal Business Opportunities website on 10 January, the RFI said the US Naval Sea Systems


  • Spending drive: Military ground vehicle developments

    Spending on military ground vehicles is expected to keep rising as Russia's aggressive stance spurs Western investment across the whole spectrum of combat armoured fighting vehicles. Jon Hawkes reports on the IHS Jane's Market Forecast - Military Ground Vehicles 10-year forecast
  • Coastal conquests: USMC and USN look to build amphibious fleet to match threats

    Facing increasing enemy threats in the littoral, the US Navy and US Marine Corps are looking to extend their reach, power and punch, relying more on ship-launched aviation operations and studying onboard missile systems to change the scope of traditional amphibious missions. Michael Fabey reports
  • Flying high: High-altitude long-endurance UAVs

    As armed forces struggle to handle expeditionary operations across vast areas of interest, they are beginning to consider the use of HALE UAVs to assist in the execution of specialist reconnaissance, communications relay, and logistics support missions. Andrew White explores the latest moves in this market
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  • Textron nears completion of SSC prototype

    Key Points Subsystem testing of LCAC 100, the SSC prototype, is now underway LCAC replacement promises greater efficiency and other improvements over the legacy design Textron Marine & Land Systems expects the prototype Ship-to-Shore Connector (SSC) air-cushion landing craft to begin afloat