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Euronaval 2014 - Piriou hangs 'for sale' sign on second-hand P400 patrol craft

French shipbuilding and repair company Piriou is marketing a former French Navy P400 patrol craft

30th Oct 2014 | Read more

Israeli company showcases manned/unmanned patrol boat

A manned/unmanned patrol boat for homeland security and other applications is being highlighted in France

30th Oct 2014 | Read more

Sagem selected to supply KSS-III optronic masts

Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering has awarded a contract to Sagem

30th Oct 2014 | Read more

Euronaval 2014: FN Herstal launches Sea deFNder, secures first order

Belgian firearms group FN Herstal has secured a launch customer for its new Sea deFNder

30th Oct 2014 | Read more

A powerful surface navy lacks sub punch

Naval warfare experts agree the Indian Navy is capable of obtaining "sea control"

3rd Oct 2014 | Read more

India's navy: Strong on aircraft carriers, short of submarines

Over the last six weeks, the Indian Navy commissioned three frontline warships

3rd Oct 2014 | Read more

North Korea 'Developing Submarine-based Ballistic Missile System'

North Korea is suspected to be building a new missile-launching system

17th Sep 2014 | Read more

Japan gives Vietnam six ships to boost maritime patrols

Japan said Friday it would give Vietnam six vessels

8th Aug 2014 | Read more

Exercise RIMPAC Draws Australia Closer to Amphibious Future

More than 800 Australian Navy, Army and Air Force personnel are on their way home

8th Aug 2014 | Read more

China's aircraft carrier puts naval ambitions on show

Dalian (China) (AFP) - At a northern quayside China's first aircraft carrier dwarfs nearby vesselsy

26th Jul 2014 | Read more

Naval Ships From US, India and Japan To Start War Games

TOKYO — The United States, India and Japan are set to kick off week-long war games in the Pacific

26th Jul 2014 | Read more

China Says Spy Ship Operations at RIMPAC 'In Line With International Law'

BEIJING — Beijing has defended its dispatch of a spy ship to international waters

26th Jul 2014 | Read more

Change in Chief of Navy

Rear-Admiral (RADM) Lai Chung Han, currently Deputy Secretary (Policy) at the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF)

4th Jul 2014 | Read more

Raytheon awarded $115.5 million Phalanx upgrade contract

Raytheon announced on June 11 that the U.S. Navy awarded the company a $115.5 million contract

19th Jun 2014 | Read more

Saab receives underwater technology orders from FMV

Defence and security company Saab announced on June 9 that it has received orders

19th Jun 2014 | Read more

Philippine Navy to Get Ship, Boats from South Korea

South Korea is giving the Philippine Navy a transport ship,

4th Jun 2014 | Read more

Old Taiwanese submarine to get new pressure hull

The Navy Command Headquarters of the Ministry of National Defense (MND)

4th Jun 2014 | Read more

INS Vikramaditya awaits induction

Country's biggest warship, INS Vikramaditya, is still awaiting its formal induction into the Indian Navy

14th May 2014 | Read more

Tomorrow’s Stealthy Subs Could Sink America’s Navy

The U.S. military is relying on sub-hunting tech that’s decades old.

14th May 2014 | Read more

China, Russia to combine in naval drill in East China Sea

China and Vietnam, among others, claim the South China Sea.

14th May 2014 | Read more

Japan Warns China Over Ship Seizure

Tokyo warned Monday that the seizure of a Japanese ship in Shanghai over pre-war debts

24th Apr 2014 | Read more

UPDATE 6-North, South Korea trade artillery rounds into the sea - Seoul

North Korea fired more than 100 artillery rounds into South Korean waters as part of a drill on Monday

31st Mar 2014 | Read more

China's Xi ramps up military spending in face of worried region

China announced its biggest rise in military spending in three years on Wednesday

7th Mar 2014 | Read more

Italian marines will be tried as per law of land: Defence minister

KOCHI: Defence minister A K Antony said that the government will not make any compromises in the Italian marines case

24th Feb 2014 | Read more

Thales has clear industrial footprint plan for India'

Global technology leader Thales has a clear industrial footprint plan for India that is not a "conceptual idea",

1st Feb 2014 | Read more

U.S. Aircraft Carrier Moves Underscore Pacific Rebalance Strategy

The U.S. Navy announced on January 14 that the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) will replace USS George Washington (CVN 73)

19th Jan 2014 | Read more

INS Vikramaditya, arrived at its home port of Karwar in Karnataka

India's newest and biggest ever warship, the INS Vikramaditya, arrived at its home port of Karwar

9th Jan 2014 | Read more

Procurement issues for Indian Navy continues

The Indian Navy has commanded the headlines in recent months, for good reasons and for bad

8th Jan 2014 | Read more

Indo-S. Korean Defence Ties Deepen with Minesweeper Purchase.

India’s Defence Ministry has decided to award a US $1.2 billion contract to Kangnam Corp. for eight mine-countermeasure vessels in India’s first big-ticket defense program with South Korea.

29th Oct 2013 | Read more

Israel Aerospace Industries will Supply Three New Super Dvora Fast Patrol Boats to the Israel Navy

IAI's President & CEO Joseph Weiss: "IAI's commitment to the Israel Navy is amongst the deepest of Israeli and international defense industries"

1st Oct 2013 | Read more

USS Lake Erie, Chinese Ships Conduct Search and Rescue Training

The United States Navy announced on September 10 that as part of a broader advancement in cooperation between the United States and China the guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Erie (CG 70) and the People's Liberation Army-Navy [PLA(N)] participated in training scenarios off the coast of Oahu, Hawaii.

11th Sep 2013 | Read more

Republic of Singapore Navy and Vietnam People's Navy Sign Submarine Rescue Memorandum of Agreement

Singapore Navy announced on September 6 that Chief of Navy Rear-Admiral Ng Chee Peng has signed a Submarine Rescue Memorandum of Agreement with Vietnam Navy

11th Sep 2013 | Read more

India Commenses Trials of Indigenously-built Nuclear Submarine

What are the implications of the induction of a nuclear submarine into the Indian fleet and the effects it can cause in its area of operations?

9th Sep 2013 | Read more

Indian Navy's quest for deep sea rescue vehicle almost over

The Indian Navy's much delayed plan to acquire the Deep Submergence Rescue Vehicle (DSRV), a pressurised capsule meant to rescue sailors from disaster-struck submarines at sea,

27th Aug 2013 | Read more

St. Andrew’s flag flies high - IMDS

The 6th International Maritime Defence Show (IMDS-2013) was held in July between the 3th and 7th in Russia’s naval capital St. Petersburg with strong support from the main federal structures and the local government.

3rd Aug 2013 | Read more

The Israeli Defence Industries

The problem faced by Israeli defence industries is simple or complicated, depending on the angle of sight. On one hand the Israeli defence budget limits the purchase of locally made systems and on the other, the export market has become very difficult mainly because of budget constraints.

2nd Aug 2013 | Read more

KOREAN PENINSULA TENSIONS REACH BOILING POINT

Like behemoths rising from the deep, the amphibians burst forth from beneath the waves, water splashing in all directions. The ‘creatures’ smoothly completed the transition from ocean to land as water cascaded from their backs.

6th Jun 2013 | Read more

Pakistan’s Naval Future

The Pakistan Navy (PN) faces a future with narrowing options and prospects, just as the country finds itself being moved closer into the Chinese orbit by the developing strategic shape of central, north and south Asia.

6th Jun 2013 | Read more

U.S. Defense Acquisition Board approves Standard Missile-6 full-rate production

On May 22 a Defense Acquisition Board approved full-rate production of Raytheon’s Standard Missile-6. Once operational in 2013, the SM-6 will provide U.S. Navy vessels extended range protection against fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles and cruise missiles.

6th Jun 2013 | Read more

Conventional submarine centre of gravity moves East

In a reflection of global economic and technological changes since the Second World War, some nations have given up the ability to produce conventional submarines and new players are emerging. Countries that are no longer in the game are the United States and Britain – concentrating exclusively on nuclear boats – as well as Italy and the Netherlands

6th May 2013 | Read more

Indian Defence Budget 2013-14

While presenting the Annual Budget to the Parliament on February 28th, India’s Finance Minister hiked the defence allocation by 5.3% to $37.4 billion to be spent during the financial year 2013-14 starting from April 1st.

6th May 2013 | Read more

Malaysian military leaders on recent conflict in Sabah

Top military leaders have confirmed the employment of Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) combat jets in the recent events in north east of Sabah province, which is located on north Borneo.

6th May 2013 | Read more

Vice Admiral R.Interview J. Griggs, Chief of the Royal Australian Navy.

The Royal Australian Navy is part of a joint force, and thus the RAN’s role has to be seen against a backdrop - which not only encompasses the Australian Defence Force but also the whole of the government’s approach to security, states RAN Chief VAdm Ray Griggs.

6th May 2013 | Read more

KEEPING THE ENEMY AT BAY – WARSHIP ANTI-MISSILE DEFENCE

Perhaps the greatest danger to a warship is an anti-ship missile (AShM) streaking towards it at supersonic speed over the wave tops. A ship has mere seconds to react to an incoming missile fired by submarine, surface combatant, coastal battery or released from aircraft at long range, although it does have several tricks up its sleeve to defeat such attacks.

6th May 2013 | Read more

SOFTWARE-DEFINED RAD

Military communications have come a long way from heliographs, flags and smoke signals. The past century has witnessed a phenomenal explosion in communication

14th Mar 2013 | Read more

Malaysia is a country split into two halves

Malaysia is a country split into two halves: Peninsular Malaysia and East Malaysia - which are separated by a large body of water, much of which is controlled by neighbouring countries.

7th Mar 2013 | Read more

Cobra Gold

In the distance through the tropical haze, large Thai and US naval vessels could be seen in the Gulf of Thailand. Suddenly the morning calm was punctuated by a huge underwater explosion

7th Mar 2013 | Read more

Indo Defence

Protestors in the Norwegian capital Oslo recently demonstrated against Europe being collectively awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on the basis that the continent is the world’s second largest defence spender, after the United States.

14th Dec 2012 | Read more

China's J-15 Success

China said it has successfully landed a J-15 fighter jet on its first aircraft carrier, a move that would help project its growing military power amid simmering maritime disputes with some of its key neighbours.

1st Dec 2012 | Read more

Russia starts new submarines, upgrades Indian Kilos

The recent European summer witnessed two keel-laying ceremonies for Russian submarines. The first one, held on 30 July 2012 in Severodvinsk, was for the Duke Vladimir (named after the Kievan Rus ruler, 978-1015)

22nd Oct 2012 | Read more

REGIONAL ‘SURGE’ IN SUBMARINES & TECHNOLOGIES

One of the more poorly equipped Asia-Pacific militaries is the Philippines, but even this money-starved force is calling for submarines to be fielded for deterrence effect.

22nd Oct 2012 | Read more

Vietnam - A delicate balancing act

If any country in the region should have an awareness of its security environment, it should be Vietnam.

22nd Oct 2012 | Read more

“WINNING THE PEACE” IN WESTERN MINDANAO

Asia’s ‘second front’ in the US-led Global War on Terror has not been grabbing news headlines in recent months, especially in light of continued high-profile operations in Afghanistan and Pakistani border areas.

19th Sep 2012 | Read more

TACTICAL RADIOS – IT’S TIME TO DO MORE THAN JUST TALK!

The US is a leader in terms of military radio technology, and its Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) was slated to be the crème de la crème with its wide-ranging multipurpose communication capabilities.

19th Sep 2012 | Read more

India’s Defence Offset Guidelines 2012

In a major review of the Defence Procurement Procedures (DPP), the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has recently announced its revised Defence Offset Guidelines (DOG), which have come into effect from August 01, 2012. The guidelines have included several new provisions besides modifying and clarifying some of the existing ones.

13th Sep 2012 | Read more

CHINA & RUSSIA – COMRADES OR COMPETITORS IN ARMS?

On the basis of their communist heritage, one might expect Russia and China to be allies. However, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) possesses unhappy relations with fellow ideologically driven neighbours such as Russia and Vietnam. In April, though, a significant event in the pathway of Sino-Russian cooperation took place - an unprecedented exercise between the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) and Russian Navy. The bilateral exercise in the Yellow Sea involved 18 Chinese and seven Russian vessels. In this article we outline the scope of the exercise, and also some strategic implications. Oddly, the exercise name was not widely publicised, but “Maritime Cooperation 2012” seems the best fit.

24th Jul 2012 | Read more

Carrier killers for the Russian Navy: Part II

According to official statistics, in 1955-1993 the Soviet Union [and then Russia] constructed 234 nuclear powered submarines falling into three generations. These included 123 n-subs made in Severodvinsk, 56 in Komsomolsk, 39 in St. Petersburg and 25 in Nizhny Novgorod.

24th Jul 2012 | Read more

Strong growth for Israel in Asia

In recent years the presence of Asian visitors in the facilities of major Israeli defence industries has become almost a daily occurrence. But without any doubt, Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is the main beneficiary from the appetite of some Asian countries for very advanced weapon systems. In some cases the development of systems is being partially funded by these customers.

3rd Jun 2012 | Read more

Carrier killers for Russian navy – Part I The Strategic Environment

The growing military potential of Japan and China - and continuing territorial disputes over the Kuril island chain and Arctic Shelf - is causing Russia to increase spending on her naval nuclear deterrent and blue-water forces.

3rd Jun 2012 | Read more

India’s Defence Budget 2012-13

The Union Budget 2012-13, presented to the Indian Parliament in March 2012, has allocated US $40.3 billion for the Defence Services that include the three armed forces (Army, Navy and Air Force), the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Ordnance Factories. The allocation - which constitutes India’s official defence budget - is an increase of 17.6 per cent over the previous amount.

3rd Jun 2012 | Read more

Modernisation of the PLA(N) Submarine Fleet – Gaps in the Capability

There has been a lot of discussion over the past five years regarding the rapid and impressive build up of the PLA(Navy). They have added new classes of frigates, destroyers, submarines, amphibious ships and even their first large aircraft carrier is now conducting her sea trials. Ostensibly, this is a navy on the move. These are the clear signs of a nation undergoing an economic evolution unprecedented in its history. China, traditionally an autarky, must now trade with the rest of the world. China has gone from a net energy exporter in 1990 to a major energy importer now, and domestic sources are not able to cope with ever-increasing demand for energy. In 2010, Chinese oil imports passed 5,000,000 barrels a day.

27th Apr 2012 | Read more

SUBMARINES GAIN BUOYANCY IN ASIA-PACIFIC REGION

The destruction of a South Korean corvette by a CHT-02D torpedo in March 2010 provided ample testament to the practicality of submarine warfare in this day and age. This incident is made even more dramatic when we consider the responsible party was an elderly North Korean mini-submarine. The Asia-Pacific is witnessing an explosion in submarine acquisitions, and indeed by 2025 the region could host as many as 150 diesel-electric submarines. This article provides a roundup of extremely buoyant regional submarine programmes.

27th Apr 2012 | Read more

Malaysia Funding problems continue

While all three services of the Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) have been hoping to extensively replace some of their aging capital equipment - along with improving and upgrading existing hardware - the existing financial and political realities have stalled many plans. Fiscally the Malaysian Armed Forces struggle with the fact that since the 1980s, it has been subjected to an irregular development pace with a number of programs postponed or abandoned at the Malaysian government’s convenience. This is despite such programs being initially agreed to and budgeted for.

19th Mar 2012 | Read more

NEW EQUIPMENT IN HONG KONG

China’s military continues to expand in capability, and the country’s level of assertiveness over South China Sea and East China Sea territorial claims is causing alarm in many Asian neighbours.

19th Mar 2012 | Read more

Unmanned Surface Vessles

The past few decades have seen electronics make radical changes in almost every aspect of human endeavour - including the way naval operations are conducted. Indeed the changes are as revolutionary as those in the equivalent period of the late 19th and early 20th Centuries, but one of the most intriguing must be the emergence of the robot warship.

19th Mar 2012 | Read more

Anti-Submarine Warfare

he ability to detect, track and destroy submarines is returning as a primary mission for modern naval forces in the Asia-Pacific region. Many nations are currently reinforcing their submarine fleets for the first time in many decades;

19th Mar 2012 | Read more

EADS North America awarded $212 million production contract for 39 UH-72A Lakota helicopters

Lakota program remains on budget and schedule as it enters its seventh program year The U.S. Army has awarded EADS North America a $212.7 million contract on January 10 to deliver 39 UH-72A Lakota Light Utility Helicopters (LUH) as part of its total acquisition plan. Thirty-two of these Lakotas will be produced in the Army’s Security and Support (S&S) Battalion configuration. EADS North America has already delivered 198 UH-72A Lakotas to the U.S. Army, on time and within budget, along with five H-72A versions to the U.S. Navy for test pilot training.

17th Jan 2012 | Read more

Slow progress on capability growth

Despite the fact that Malaysia is a country consisting of two halves, namely Peninsular and East Malaysia, which are separated by the South China Sea, the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) is fairly undersized for the scale of its tasks - consisting of only 39 surface ships and 2 submarines. The smallness of the RMN becomes even more acute when given the fact that Malaysia forms one half of the vital Straits of Malacca and the scale of Malaysia’s 200 NM EEZ claims - which includes portions of the disputed Spratly Islands that are also claimed by China, Taiwan, Vietnam, the Philippines and Brunei. Matters for the RMN are not helped by the fact that a significant portion of the surface fleet have seen more than 20 years of service with the result that these ships spend more and more time undergoing maintenance and repair. Since the 1990s, the RMN has been planning continuously to increase it’s fleet size and capabilities, but much of its plans have been stymied or set back by the approach of the Malaysian government towards defence development, where planned defence programs are either carried out or postponed based on political convenience.

22nd Nov 2011 | Read more

DSEi: Asian region activities.

The United Kingdom held its Defence Security and Equipment International (DSEi) defence exhibition at the Excel Centre in London’s Docklands in September and it proved another successful event. The show is one of Europe’s largest displays of defence equipment and is unusual in covering land, sea and air aspects. There were more than 1,300 exhibitors and numerous delegations including those from the Pacific Rim.

17th Nov 2011 | Read more

NAVAL COMBAT HELICOPTERS IN ASIA-PACIFIC

With the proliferation of submarine capability in the Asia-Pacific region in recent years, there is an increasing urgency for weapons systems to counter the threat. The need for an organic shipboard Anti Submarine Warfare (ASW) capability was brutally highlighted in May last year, with the sinking of the South Korean naval corvette ROKS Cheonan by a North Korean midget submarine off the island of Baengnyeong. The threat posed to surface combatants and merchant shipping alike in the region has now brought forward programmes to acquire or renew existing ASW capabilities in several countries.

15th Nov 2011 | Read more

A LOOK ON THE SURFACE – ASIA-PACIFIC WARSHIP PROGRAMMES

A number of simmering naval tensions exist in the Asia-Pacific region, with the most obvious ones being the Korean peninsula, Taiwan Strait, East China Sea and South China Sea. Naval confrontations have occurred, and in the worst case a South Korean corvette was sunk last year. This article examines the important topic of regional surface warship programmes.

14th Nov 2011 | Read more

India’s Defence Production Policy

Over recent years India has created a vast defence industrial base which presently consists of 40-odd Ordnance Factories (OFs), nine Defence Public Sector Undertakings (DPSUs), 50-odd R&D labs and a small but growing private sector. The industry as a whole is responsible for producing a vast variety of items, ranging from small arms and ammunition all the way through to tanks, fighter aircraft, warships - plus radars and other electronic items. Although long overdue, the Indian Ministry of Defence unveiled in early 2011 the first ever Defence Production Policy (DPrP), intended to give a focussed direction to industry. The policy document, which came into force since 1st January, lists four broad objectives: (1) “to achieve substantive self reliance in the design, development and production of equipment / weapon systems / platforms required for defence in as early a time frame as possible”; (2) “to create conditions conducive for the private industry to take an active role in this endeavour”; (3) “to broaden the defence research and development (R&D) base of the country”; and (4) “to enhance potential of SMEs [Small and Medium Enterprises] in indigenization”. To achieve these objectives the policy document has included various enabling provisions, with the broader aim to create a self-sufficient domestic defence industry that would be able to meet most of armed forces’ hardware requirements.

27th Oct 2011 | Read more

Achieving an Equilibrium in the South China Sea: An Air and Space Perspective

Recent skirmishes between China, Vietnam and the Philippines have threatened to reignite the long-standing and protracted dispute in the South China Sea. The potentially resource-rich islands in the South China Sea remains a source of friction and instability between the claimant states of the Asia-Pacific region. A peaceful resolution to the South China Sea dispute is imperative for the stability and security of the region.

14th Sep 2011 | Read more

Elbit Systems to Supply Asian Countries with Electro-Optical Payloads for Maritime Applications Under Contracts Valued at Approximately $20 Million

Elbit announced on August 17 that it was awarded contracts by several customers in Asia to supply many dozens of observation systems for maritime patrol aircraft, vessels and observation towers. The total value of these new contracts is approximately $20 million, to be supplied over three years.

9th Sep 2011 | Read more

L-3 Link Simulation & Training Awarded Contract to Upgrade CF-18 Simulators

L-3 Link Simulation & Training (L-3 Link) announced on September 6 that it has been awarded a foreign military sale contract from the U.S. Navy Naval Air Systems Command’s Training Systems Division to upgrade Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) CF-18 flight simulators located at Cold Lake, Bagotville and Ottawa. “This upgrade effort will enable Canada to rapidly gain training system concurrency with its CF-18 aircraft while increasing simulation fidelity at the lowest risk and cost,” said Leonard Genna, president of L-3 Link. “By sharing a common F/A-18 training solution with the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps, our allied forces will be able to leverage future solutions and improvements that seamlessly benefit force readiness in both countries.”

9th Sep 2011 | Read more

Airbus Military delivers First A330 for Conversion into MRTT to Cobham in the UK

On September 2,Airbus Military delivered the first Airbus A330-200 aircraft to Bournemouth, UK-based Cobham Aviation Services for conversion into the Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft (FSTA) configuration for the Royal Air Force (RAF). This aircraft is the third of the 14 A330 MRTTs the Royal Air Force has contracted through AirTanker, a joint venture company also in charge of operating the aircraft. The first two aircraft have already been converted at Airbus Military´s facility in Getafe (Madrid), Spain.

9th Sep 2011 | Read more

MARITIME PATROL AIRCRAFT IN THE ASIA-PACIFIC REGION

The Cold War years pitted submarine forces of the United States and the Soviet Union against one another and spurned the development of sophisticated Anti-Submarine Warfare aircraft to counter the undersea threat. Vast expanses of the Indian and Pacific Oceans provided ideal submarine operating grounds and the Asia-Pacific region played an important part in the battle plans of both American and Soviet Navies.

7th Sep 2011 | Read more

SOUTH KOREA – ASSUMING SUPERIORITY IN THE AIR?

With its T-50 Golden Eagle, South Korea joined a select club of nations to have successfully developed a supersonic aircraft. Quite apart from breaking the sound barrier, South Korea is hoping to also break into new export markets with its advanced jet trainer. This article looks at the growing maturity of the Republic of Korea’s (ROK) aerospace industry, with a particular emphasis on specific platforms it is pinning its domestic and international hopes on. The remarkable growth of South Korea’s aerospace industry can be observed in the statistic that the 7,800 workers employed in this field in 2007 had burgeoned to 10,000+ just three years later.

6th Sep 2011 | Read more

Indonesia strengthens links with South Korea

The Indonesia Ministry of Defence has significantly expanded defence cooperation with its Republic of Korea (ROK) counterpart. While the two countries have long enjoyed close diplomatic and military ties, the two defence establishments are moving toward much expanded ties. The primary field of interest is in defence industry and import/export of defence systems and equipment.

27th Jul 2011 | Read more

Israeli defence industry.

Some cynics in Israel say that it's not that the country has defence industries but the other way round. This saying is of course an exaggeration but one fact is solid - Israeli defence industries are big, advanced and versatile. With defence exports of more than US $6 billion a year, Israel has become a member of the " big 5" club of top exporters. All estimates show that the export of defence items from Israel will continue to grow into the foreseeable future.

22nd Jul 2011 | Read more

India - The Indian Air Force Takes Off

MMRCA competition. The shortlisting of the Dassault Rafale and Eurofighter Typhoon in India’s Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft competition highlights the lofty ambitions of the Indian Air Force, the fourth largest in the world. With the order for 126 aircraft, India will have more than 800 combat aircraft in its 1,700 aircraft inventory. Such purchases are part of the Air Force’s biggest expansion in thirty years and are transforming India into one of the leading air powers in Asia.

22nd Jul 2011 | Read more

Naval construction - Asia’s naval expansion.

As in many other areas of defence spending Asia is now becoming a major force in naval development with a number of high profile shipbuilding projects underway in and for the region. The modernisation of these fleets is leading to new capabilities both in terms of the industrial base and the armed forces and the pace of change is expected to increase as the economic influence of the region continues to grow.

22nd Jul 2011 | Read more

Boeing has announced that it has delivered two F-15K Slam Eagle aircraft

Boeing has announced that it has delivered two F-15K Slam Eagle aircraft -- designated F-15K49 and F-15K50 -- to the Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) at Daegu Air Base on May 30. The aircraft departed the Boeing St. Louis facility on May 25 and made stops in Palmdale, Calif., Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, and Anderson Air Force Base, Guam, before arriving in Korea.

9th Jun 2011 | Read more

CASSIDIAN to protect Canadian Naval Vessels against laser-based Attacks

Cassidian, the defence and security division of EADS, announced on May 31 that it will develop innovative solutions to protect ships of the Canadian Navy against new types of asymmetric threats. Under the designation LOCATES (= Laser Optical Countermeasures and Surveilllance Against Threat Environment Scenarios), the Defence Research Development Canada (DRDC), Valcartier, Québec, awarded Cassidian a contract to apply new technologies to detect and counter laser-based threats in harbors and littoral waters.

9th Jun 2011 | Read more

ANTI-SHIP MISSILES

A guided missile that can be safely launched from dozens of kilometres away, and then skims across the sea surface with unerring accuracy and supersonic speed before striking with deadly effect, is a weapon every navy sailor fears. Within mere seconds of being fired, such a precision weapon can sink a multi-million-dollar warship. This type of deadly asset is known as the anti-ship missile (AShM), a weapon Germany pioneered in 1943. Today’s advanced AShMs are obviously far more lethal than Germany’s primitive designs, and they can be launched from aircraft, surface vessel, submarine or land-based platforms. This weapon class poses a direct and serious threat to ships of all sizes, and Russia is one nation that has developed an array of AShMs. This brief article “skims the surface”, if you will excuse the pun, of Russian systems that are available, plus it looks at their use in the Asian context.

8th Jun 2011 | Read more

USS CARL VINSON – “STRENGTH FROM THE SEA”

USS CARL VINSON – “STRENGTH FROM THE SEA”

8th Jun 2011 | Read more

Osama Bin Laden – an earlier intelligence failure?

The death of Osama Bin Laden is now being analysed, with new information emerging almost by the hour. He had been on the run for almost a decade and was able to frustrate US and allied intelligence agencies in their attempts to track him down, which added to his mythical status. In an extraordinary comment three minutes into his address to the nation, President Barak Obama revealed: “Shortly after taking office, I directed Leon Panetta, the Director of the CIA to make the killing or capture of Bin Laden the top priority in our war against Al-Qaeda.”

5th May 2011 | Read more

Submarine numbers growing.

The Asian-led recovery in the world economy is reflected by a burst of activity in the region’s submarine market where currently only Cambodia, Myanmar (Burma), New Zealand, the Philippines and Sri Lanka appear to have either no interest in - or resources for - these platforms.

3rd May 2011 | Read more

Russian Submarines

Over its 110-year history, the Rubin bureau has produced dozens of submarine designs. Over 950 submarines have been built to Rubin drawings, from the 1901 ‘Delfin’ which took part in the Russo-Japanese war, to the nuclear- powered intercontinental ballistic missile firing submarines such as the Project 667 and 941 which now formi the backbone of the Russian nuclear deterrent force. Asia-Pacific nations operate Rubin-developed Project 877EKM and 636 diesel submarines and are interested in the even more advanced Amur 1650. Defence Review Asia’s Vladimir Karnazov was privileged to spoke to general director Andrei Dyachkov, who kindly shared his views on current state of naval warfare and future prospects of Russian submarines.

3rd May 2011 | Read more

Naval Helicopters

iven the helicopter’s versatility, it is not surprising that they form a key component of a number of navies in the region. This is particularly so with the helicopter’s vertical takeoff ability - allowing it to operate from a ship deckpad, in contrast to an aircraft carrier flightdeck or land based runway. These are required by naval fixed wing aircraft - but the helicopter’s hover capabilities allows it conduct at-sea retrieval or ship boarding even where no suitable landing area exists.

3rd May 2011 | Read more

Flexing Its Muscles - Chinese Power Projection Capabilities

A Russian was recently imprisoned for six years in Ukraine after being convicted of spying for China. The target of his nefarious activities was the Land-based Naval Aviation Testing and Training Complex (NITKA) in the Crimea, a facility for training Russian pilots to operate fighters aboard aircraft carriers.

24th Mar 2011 | Read more

Middle East troubles.

The latest wave of internal unrest in the Middle East – Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya – is an indicator of the threats faced by all totalitarian regimes. Whether regimes survive in the face of popular protests is largely a factor of whether they can retain the loyalty of their security apparatus. When the military switches sides, as they did in Iran in 1979, Romania in 1989 and Egypt in 2011, regimes fall. When they remain loyal to their leaders in cases such as Iraq under Saddam Hussein, North Korea under the Kim Dynasty and – as seems increasingly likely – Libya under the Gaddafi clan, the regime survives.

24th Mar 2011 | Read more

Visible milestone for UK aircraft carriers

The arrival on March 4 of the massive Goliath crane at Babcock’s Rosyth dockyard in the UK, where the new aircraft carriers are being constructed, is a visible milestone in the programme.

24th Mar 2011 | Read more

ThalesRaytheonSystems to supply NATO with Active Layered Theatre Ballistic Missile Defence capabilities

TRS Prime, a subsidiary of ThalesRaytheonSystems announced on March 4th that it was awarded a contract by the NATO ACCS Management Agency (NACMA) for enhancements to the NATO Air Command and Control System as part of the Active Layered Theatre Ballistic Missile Defence programme1 being developed for the protection of deployed troops inside and outside of NATO Territory.

24th Mar 2011 | Read more

India's New Defence Procurement Procedure

In January, India’s Ministry of Defence issued the Defence Procurement Procedure 2011 (DPP-2011). The 262-page document, which came into force from the first day of 2011, would guide Defence Ministry’s multi billion dollar capital acquisitions till 2013 when the next DPP is due. The revised document, which is based on “experience of procurement agencies” and feedback from a cross section of industrial stakeholders, has made a number of changes. According to the Defence Minister, AK Antony, the changes in the new DPP are aimed at “ expediting decision making, simplification of connatural and financial provisions and also to establish a level playing field for the Indian defence industry, both public sector and private sector.”

24th Mar 2011 | Read more

Sagem’s shipborne Sigma 40 inertial navigation systems exceed 5 million hours of operation

The Sigma 40 inertial navigation system by Sagem has passed the milestone of 5 million hours of operation in service

1st Nov 2010 | Read more

Netherlands' Navy orders additional Gatekeeper system

The Dutch Defence Materiel Organization and Thales Nederland announced on October 5 that it has signed a contract for the delivery of one additional Gatekeeper electro-optic surveillance system

1st Nov 2010 | Read more

ISUS-90 Powers Ahead

Submarine combat systems

1st Oct 2010 | Read more

Regional expansion plans

Submarines

1st Oct 2010 | Read more

Maritime Security After the Conflict

Sri Lanka’s maritime environment has seen a significant transformation to peacetime conditions

1st Oct 2010 | Read more

Raytheon-Boeing Team Goes 3 for 3 During Government-Funded JAGM Testing

On 23 September Raytheon and Boeing announced that they have completed the final of three government-sponsored firings of the Joint Air-to-Ground Missile. During the Sept. 3 test, the JAGM used its millimeter wave radar guidance system to hit a moving target at 6 kilometers (3.75 miles).

1st Oct 2010 | Read more

Charting a course for continued success: Rheinmetall’s MASS naval countermeasure system

According to Germany’s Rheinmetall, the navies of many nations know they can count on the company’s MASS countermeasure system to protect their fleets from enemy missile attacks

1st Jul 2010 | Read more

Saab’s submarine combat management contract.

Swedish defence and security company Saab has received an order from Kockums AB for the overall design of the combat management system as well as solutions for integrating the system aboard next-generation submarines

1st Jul 2010 | Read more

Delivery of the first Class 209PN Submarine for the Portuguese Navy

On June 17, N.R.P. TRIDENTE, the first of two Class 209PN submarines for the Portuguese Navy, was delivered on the premises of Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft – a company of ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) – in Kiel, Germany. The new submarine has a combined diesel-electric fuel cell propulsion system. TKMS say that the Class 209PN combines the proven design principles of the Class 209 family with the innovative features of Class 214. Equipped with ultra-modern sensors and an integrated Command and Weapon Control System, the company says that it is optimally suited to its future reconnaissance and surveillance tasks.

1st Jul 2010 | Read more

Struggling to contain the submarine threat

The recent discovery of the remains of the Australian hospital ship Centaur, torpedoed by a Japanese submarine during the Second World War that ignored her clearly displayed markings (markings spotted immediately by the remotely operated vehicle which discovered the wreck), is a poignant reminder of the importance of dominating the underwater battlespace.

26th May 2010 | Read more

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