• Surface Navy 2018: Saab’s MuMNS extends MCM operations

    Saab’s Multi-Shot Mine Neutralisation System [MuMNS] is expected to enter into test and evaluation with the French Navy and the UK Royal Navy (RN) toward the end of 2018. MuMNS is a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) that will be deployed from an unmanned surface vehicle (USV) built by ASV for

  • Surface Navy 2018: Austal USA, Lockheed Martin detail frigate derivatives

    Austal USA and Lockheed Martin officials said they are offering basic designs for the new US Navy (USN) guided-missile frigate FFG(X) that closely match those of their Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) templates with some key differences to increase lethality, survivability, and multimission potential.

  • Surface Navy 2018: US Navy needs common bridges and radars, Fleet Forces commander says

    The US Navy (USN) has created confusion with the plethora of bridge-control configurations and commercial navigation radars it uses on its surface ships, Admiral Philip Davidson, commander of the US Fleet Forces Command, said. Speaking at the 30th annual Surface Navy Association conference on 11

  • Poland ends grounding of MiG-29 fighters

    On 5 January, the Polish Air Force ended the grounding of its MiG-29 jet fighters. All MiG-29s except those on quick reaction alert were grounded on 18 December, when a MiG-29A crash landed in a forest at the end of a low-visibility training flight in bad weather. The 28-year-old pilot, who has

  • At least three more Y-20 transports enter PLAAF service

    Commercial satellite imagery captured on 9 December 2017 suggests that at least three more Xian Aircraft Corporation Y-20 Kunpeng transport aircraft have entered service with China’s People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF). The image shows five such platforms lined up at Qionglai

  • RoCAF doubles capacity of F-CK-1 fighter to carry Tien Chien II AAMs

    The Republic of China Air Force (RoCAF) has doubled the number of Tien Chien II (Sky Sword 2, TC-2) medium-range, radar-guided air-to-air missiles (AAMs) its Aerospace Industrial Development Corporation (AIDC) F-CK-1 Ching Kuo aircraft can carry as a result of a recently completed upgrade programme

  • Surface Navy 2018: Lockheed Martin connects LRDR, Aegis Ashore

    Lockheed Martin connected key components of its Aegis Ashore and solid-state-based Long Range Discrimination Radar (LRDR) missile defence technologies, the company said in a statement on 11 January. Connecting the two systems will provide “earlier intelligence and expanded situational

  • Surface Navy 2018: USN to test Saab’s ASW training system in 2018

    The US Navy (USN) will begin a three-month evaluation of Saab’s anti-submarine warfare (ASW) training system later this year. The demonstration will take place at the Atlantic Undersea Test and Evaluation Center (AUTEC) in the Bahamas using the company’s AUV62-AT, an artificial acoustic

  • ConSec targets COTS security

    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has launched a new programme aimed at addressing the security challenges associated with using commercial devices. The Configuration Security (ConSec) programme is designed to tackle “the challenges created by the proliferation of COTS

  • Iran’s Caspian frigate hits breakwater

    Iran’s only frigate on the Caspian, Damavand , suffered minor damage when it collided with a breakwater as it entered its home port of Bandar-e Anzali due to a storm, according to a military statement reported by the Iranian media. Amateur video footage showed the vessel grounded near the

  • US gifts Greece Kiowa scout helicopters

    The Greek Government Council for Foreign Affairs and Defence (KYSEA) has accepted a US donation of 70 retired OH-58D Kiowa Warrior reconnaissance helicopters for the Hellenic Army. KYSEA authorised the Ministry of Defence to receive EUR44.16 million (USD52.8 million) for restoring the helicopters

  • BAE Systems contracted to integrate APKWS II onto USMC legacy Hornets

    The US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) has awarded BAE Systems a USD577,300 contract to integrate the WGU-59/B Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System II (APKWS II) onto F/A-18A-D Hornet strike fighters. The contract, which was awarded on 3 October 2017 but not disclosed until 10 January,

  • Indonesia commissions second Martadinata-class frigate

    Key Points The Indonesian Navy has commissioned its second Sigma 10514 frigate Programme to acquire further vessels in the class is now expected to pick-up momentum The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Laut, or TNI-AL) has inducted its second Martadinata (Sigma 10514) class

  • Russian MoD announces procurement of Czech-designed L-410 aircraft

    The Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has announced it will procure 18 Czech-designed L-410 Turbolet short-range, twin-engined, short take-off and landing (STOL) capable transport aircraft for an undisclosed price from the Ural Works of Civil Aviation (UZGA) in Yekaterinburg, where the aircraft are

  • Surface Navy 2018: NAVSEA gets set to kick off FFG(X) conceptual design phase

    Key Points Between four and six FFG(X) conceptual design awards are planned before the end of March Average threshold cost of USD950 million per ship after the first of class Just six months after signalling a change of course on its requirement for a more lethal and survivable small surface

  • Surface Navy 2018: Orbital ATK joins efforts to develop US Navy’s next 5-inch round

    Orbital ATK has unveiled its Precision Guidance Kit (PGK)-Aft Guided 5-inch projectile concept for navy guns, which uses similar technology to the company's 155 mm M1156 PGK. The US Navy (USN) has a need, although not a specific requirement yet, for adding a precision-guidance capability for its

  • Surface Navy 2018: Orbital ATK plans to test 6 lb air-dropped Hatchet munition in 2018

    In 2018 Orbital ATK plans to conduct live-fire guide-to-hit trials with an all-up Hatchet air-launched munition, an internally funded effort to develop a 6 lb (2.72 kg) precision-guided weapon. Company officials told Jane’s that, although it has a small explosive charge, Hatchet’s

  • Surface Navy 2018: Construction to begin in May for USN’s first Arleigh Burke Flight III destroyer

    The next-generation of the US Navy’s (USN's) guided missile destroyers, the DDG 51 Arleigh Burke-class Flight III, is finishing a final design phase and shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) is scheduled to start construction in May. Final 3D ‘zone’ modelling was

  • Surface Navy 2018: New combat system baseline remains AMDR focus

    Despite recent proposed US funding cuts for the Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) 6.0 software package for the AN/SPY-6(V) Air and Missile Defence Radar (AMDR) system, Raytheon and Lockheed Martin are focusing on developing and integrating the Baseline 10 combat system software that will be the

  • Surface Navy 2018: US officials believe they will field 38 amphibious ships

    The US Navy (USN) believes it is on track to provide the US Marine Corps with the 38 amphibious ships the marines say they need. The USN’s fleet includes so-called big-deck amphibious assault ships – landing helicopter assaults (LHAs) and landing helicopter docks (LHDs) – and

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