World defence update

Hellenic Navy’s submarine successfully completes sea trials
The Hellenic Navy’s Type 214 submarine HS Papanikolis successfully completed further sea trials at the end of September. Currently berthed at its German shipbuilder ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems’ (TKMS) shipyard in Kiel, Germany, Papanikolis is the first vessel to be built as part of a contract for three Type 214 boats signed between the company and the Greek Ministry of Defence (MoD) in February 2000; subsequently a further boat was ordered in May 2002

 

 

 

 

Rheinmetall Defence increases Yak production for German Army
Rheinmetall Defence’s facility in Kassel is ramping up production of its Yak 6×6 Multi-Role Vehicle (MRV) following the award of a German Army contract late in 2005, which was originally worth EUR84 million (USD114 million). The contract covered the supply of 100 Yak 6×6 chassis and a total of 114 mission modules in the following configurations: 31 for mobile medical teams; eight for prisoner transport; six with water cannons; 23 as command posts for military police; 23 for air base security; two for military geography; and 21 for explosive ordnance disposal
 

 

 

NATO, EU forces crack down on maritime piracy
NATO and EU naval forces are stepping up the pressure against maritime piracy off the Horn of Africa and the Arabian Peninsula with a small flotilla of allied ships enroute through the Suez Canal toward the region. Separately, the EU is standing up a new operational headquarters to co-ordinate an anti-piracy mission by the end of 2008

 

 

 

North Korea may be planning Taepodong 2 trials
North Korea may be preparing to conduct further flight tests of its Taepodong 2 long-range ballistic missile. The only known test firing of the Taepodong 2 was conducted in July 2006 and ended after only 42 seconds of powered flight due to a catastrophic failure, apparently of the first stage. Satellite images suggested that the missile’s first-stage engine was tested at North Korea’s new missile test centre at Pongdong-ni during May or June, unnamed sources told the South Korean Yonhap news agency in mid-September

 

 

 

 

 
Tata plans new facility for central India
Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL) – the defence subsidiary of the Tata Group conglomerate – is planning to construct a new military and aerospace manufacturing facility near to Hyderabad in central India. Under the company’s proposal, confirmed to Jane’s on 16 October, the new facilities will be constructed in a special economic zone located in Andhra Pradesh and cost around USD100 million

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