• USS Wasp withdrawn from Libya operation

    US air support for anti-Islamic State militia forces in the Libyan city of Sirte has been re-configured after the amphibious warfare ship USS Wasp handed over to USS San Antonio on 21 October. Unlike Wasp, the landing platform dock (LPD) San Antonio cannot operate the US Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier

  • Brazilian Niterói-class frigates to receive weapon system improvements

    Brazilian privately run company CONSUB Defesa e Tecnologia is to modernise the Brazilian Navy's six Niterói-class frigates' SICONTA Mk2 (Sistema de Controle Tático e de Armas) tactical and weapon control system, the company told IHS Jane's. Under Project 'Phoenix', the current

  • HHI launches third LST-II for South Korea

    South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) launched on 25 October the third of four planned LST-II tank landing ships for the Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) at its Ulsan dockyard, the company said in a press release. The vessel, which has been named Ilchulbong , will join the fleet in

  • IA to induct Excalibur as interim assault rifle

    The Indian Army (IA) plans to temporarily induct locally developed Excalibur assault rifles into service until it shortlists a 7.62x39 mm rifle for import over the next few years, sources told IHS Jane's on 24 October. Officials said the IA recently asked the state-run Ordnance Factory Board (OFB)

  • MMCM programme advances but France, UK, set different headings

    Key Points An industry team led by Thales is leading the MMCM programme Two prototype systems are due for delivery in 2019 France and the United Kingdom have formally committed to proceed with the next stages of the joint Maritime Mine Countermeasures (MMCM) programme, covering the development,

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  • India to lease second Russian 'Akula'-class SSN

    New Delhi has furthered its plans to lease another Russian nuclear-powered attack submarine (SSN) for the Indian Navy (IN) for around 10 years at a cost of around USD1.5-2 billion. Official sources told IHS Jane's that Moscow and New Delhi agreed at this year's India-Russia summit in Goa on 15
  • Lithuania and Norway agree NASAMS deal

    Lithuania has agreed to buy the Norwegian Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System (NASAMS) from Norway, the Lithuanian Ministry of National Defence (MND) announced on 21 October. In total Lithuania is looking to purchase two batteries of the air-defence system for around EUR100 million (USD109


  • Mk 20 Electro-Optical Sensor System (EOSS)

    Type Naval Fire-Control System (FCS). Development In 2005, following a competitive procurement process, Kollmorgen Electro-Optical (acquired by L-3 Communications in February 2012 and now operating as L-3 KEO) was chosen to provide the US Navy (USN) with an EOSS as part of the CG-47