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Taiwan Prepares to Take 2 US Perry-class Frigates

The R.O.C. Navy said that it will send personnel to the United States later this year to prepare to take delivery of two of four Perry-class guided missile frigates the United States has agreed...

SES to Launch Dedicated Satellite for Governmental Use

SES announced on January 13th that it plans to launch a dedicated satellite for governmental use in partnership with the Luxembourg Government in late 2017. A Luxembourg-based company jointly held by… [[ This is...

Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 Docks in Barcelona

Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2) ships arrived in Barcelona yesterday for a port visit and to prepare to join forces with France’s Charles de Gaulle Carrier Strike Group for a short period of…...

US Defense Secretary Pays Visit to USS America

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel visited officers and crew aboard the amphibious assault ship USS America on Wednesday, January 13th, 2015. The ship is “one of the most sophisticated Navy platforms… [[ This is...

USS Sampson, USS Fort Worth Detach from AirAsia Search

After contributing more than 650 search hours to the Indonesian-led search effort for AirAsia flight QZ8501, USS Sampson (DDG 102) and USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) concluded their assistance efforts Jan… [[ This is...

VIDEO: US Navy Approves SM-6 for More Ships

The U.S. Navy authorized ships in the Aegis Combat Weapon System baselines 5.3 and 3.A.0 series to carry the Raytheon Company Standard Missile-6. The authorization expands the missile’s use… [[ This is a content...

Tokyo to Move On with Ambitious Defence Acquisition Plans

Money is Expected to go Towards Patrol Aircraft and Ships PRIME Minister Shinzo Abe’s cabinet has approved Japan’s largest ever defence budget of 4.98 trillion yen (US$42Bn; £28Bn). Ambitious procurement programmes to be funded...

USS Nimitz Arrives at Naval Base Kitsap Bremerton

The aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) arrived at Naval Base Kitsap Bremerton Jan. 13 after successfully transiting from Everett, Washington to Bremerton, Washington. Though only a relatively short… [[ This is a content...

French Aircraft Carrier to Join Fight Against ISIS

The flagship of the French fleet, the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Charles DeGaulle, has been ordered to the Gulf region to support the mission against ISIS and possibly join the U.S. carrier Carl Vinson in...

STRATCOM seeks to sustain, modernise arsenal

Key Points STRATCOM’s commander wants to balance investments among sensors and communications as well as weapons platforms and sustainment The new LRS-B is expected to be featured in FY 2016 acquisition plans US Strategic...

UK orders next-generation air defence system from MBDA

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has ordered a new ground based surface-to-air missile (SAM) system from MBDA, IHS Jane’s can confirm. Known as the Future Local Area Air Defence System (FLAADS) Land, the...

Analysis: Cameroon defence budget gets only modest increase

Information obtained by IHS Jane’s shows Cameroon’s defence budget will only get a modest real-terms boost in 2015, despite increased procurement and operational costs. The Ministry of Defence’s (MoD’s) budget will grow from CFA198.5...

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