Norwegian Frigate Modernisation

Fridtjof Nansen class
Kongsberg will perform an overarching upgrade of the Combat Management Systems (CMSs) equipping the Sjøforsvaret (Royal Norwegian Navy) ‘Fridtjof Nansen’ class frigates. Following the announcement by the company in November 2016 that it would modernise the CMSs onboard these ships, Kongsberg shared details with...

Cleaning up the Sea Bed

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The recent Euronaval exhibition held this October in Paris saw France and the UK officially launch the Maritime Mine Counter Measures (MMCM) project. The project is being managed under the auspices of OCCAR (Organisation Conjointe de Cooperation en Matiere d’Armement/Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation) which...

Poland’s Leopard Upgrade Advances

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Rheinmetall expects to complete its programme to upgrade Poland’s Rheinmetall Leopard-2A4 Main Battle Tanks by October 2020, the company has disclosed. On 28 December 2015, Rheinmetall signed a contract with Poland for the upgrade of 128 Leopard-2A4 MBTs which will include the option for an...

Zodiac Mindwarp

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French Navy commandos have already received ten of their 15 new commando craft on order with Zodiac Milpro. How are these new craft comparing to their predecessors? A source speaks to armadainternational.com. In 2014, the French General Armaments Directorate, which overseas the country’s military procurement,...

Italian Navy PPA Update

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Fincantieri is currently building two multipurpose Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV) for the Italian Navy as part of the navy’s modernisation initiative. Armadainternational.com discussed the new OPV with Fincantieri’s head of platform development. The future Pattugliatori Polifunzionali d’Altura (PPA/Multipurpose OPV): “is designed to be able to...

Apocalypse UK

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The December 2016/January 2017 edition of Armada International will feature an article on the Royal Navy’s BAE Systems ‘Dreadnought’ class Nuclear-Powered Ballistic Missile Submarine (SSBN). These new submarines will carry the British nuclear deterrent in the form of their Lockheed Martin UGM-133A Trident-D5 submarine-launched ballistic...

Ukrspecexport Bullish on Future Prospects

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The Director General of Ukraine’s state-owned defence export company Ukrspecexport Pavel Bukin, says that the firm has enjoyed a healthy order book in 2014/15, and is looking forward to increased sales in 2016. The company, which is headquartered in the Ukrainian capital Kiev, provides...

Nuclear Assualt

Nuclear Weapons
“Heck, I reckon you wouldn’t even be human beings it you didn’t have some pretty strong personal feelings about nuclear combat.” So stated Major TJ ‘King’ Kong, commander of the Boeing B-52G Stratofortress strategic bomber, in the Oscar-winning 1964 satire Dr. Strangelove or: How...

Aegean Tensions

It was revealed that on 9 December 2015, two Türk Hava Kuvvetleri (TAF/Turkish Air Force) General Dynamics/Lockheed Martin F-16C multi-role combat aircrafts were placed under radar lock by a Russian Navy destroyer sailing close to the Greek island of Lemnos in the Aegean Sea. The incident follows...

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