• Ukrainian state firm Ukrinmash details design bid for Brazilian corvette competition

    Ukrainian state-owned company Ukrinmash, part of the Ukroboronprom conglomerate, is proposing a version of its Project 58250 corvette for the Brazilian Navy’s Tamandaré-class corvette acquisition programme. The Brazilian bid, known as the Project 58300 ‘Amazonas’ corvette, is

  • Singapore decommissions two more Fearless-class patrol vessels

    Key Points Singapore has retired two more Fearless-class patrol vessels Class is progressively being retired to make way for the new Littoral Mission Vessels The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) has decommissioned two more Fearless-class patrol vessels. The 55 m ships, which were formerly in

  • SMWDC expands to address additional USN surface warfare needs

    The US Navy’s (USN’s) Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC) is looking to expand its reach to surface needs for better training aboard other ship types and in other warfare areas. The SMWDC has already started to train crews on minesweepers and is looking to

  • Indonesia equips second KCR-60M attack craft with Chinese-made naval weapon

    Key Points Indonesia has removed missile launchers from its second KCR-60M fast attack craft, and replaced these with a Chinese-made naval gun The vessel has also been equipped with Chinese-made fire-control sensors and a combat management system The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia

  • First BQM-177A target delivered to US Navy

    The Unmanned Systems Division of Kratos Defense & Security Solutions has handed over the first production BQM-177A Subsonic Aerial Target (SSAT) to the US Navy (USN). A formal rollout event was performed on 11 July in McClellan, California, in conjunction with the USN. Actual handover of the

  • MQ-8C Fire Scout participates in first USN fleet exercise

    The US Navy (USN) has incorporated its MQ-8C Fire Scout vertical-lift unmanned aircraft system (UAS) into fleet operations, using the aircraft for countermine (MCM) drills as part of the 2018 ‘Rim of Pacific’ (‘RIMPAC’) exercise during the second week of July off the coast of

  • OCEA launches third FPB 72 Mk II patrol vessel for the Philippines

    Key Points A third FPB 72 Mk II boat on order for the Philippine Coast Guard has been launched The service is expected to operate all four vessels in the class by 2019 French shipbuilder OCEA has launched the third FPB 72 Mk II patrol boat on order for the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG). The

  • USMC proves out forward maintenance capabilities at RIMPAC 2018

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) has proven out its forward amphibious assault vehicles’ (AAVs’) maintenance capabilities during coastal assault operations conducted as part of ‘Rim of Pacific’ (‘RIMPAC’) 2018 . As USMC AAV drivers and crew were getting ready to

  • Indonesian Navy to establish new unmanned aviation squadron

    Key Points The Indonesian Navy is establishing a new unmanned naval aviation squadron Formation will initially operate the ScanEagle system that is being provided under a US assistance package The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Laut: TNI-AL) is establishing a new

  • Portuguese Navy inducts third OPV

    The Portuguese Navy commissioned its third Viana do Castelo-class offshore patrol vessel (OPV), NRP Sines (P 362), on 6 July. NRP Sines and fourth ship NRP Setúbal (P 363) form a second batch of OPVs ordered from a consortium comprising West Sea-Estaleiros Navais and Thales subsidiary EDISOFT

  • China lodges protests at New Zealand’s comments on future South China Sea strategy

    The Chinese government has lodged diplomatic representations to protest comments made in a new defence strategy paper released by New Zealand The New Zealand Defence Ministry released the country’s defence policy statement for 2018 on 6 July. The document, which outlines Wellington’s

  • First Estonian minehunter enters refit

    The first of the Estonian Navy’s three ex-UK Royal Navy Sandown-class mine countermeasures vessels (MCMVs), EML Admiral Cowan (ex-HMS Sandown ), arrived at Babcock Shipyard in Rosyth, Scotland, on 3 July, to begin upgrade work as part of the country’s naval minesweeper capacity building

  • USN hones modular MCM mindset

    The US Navy (USN) is developing operational concepts for a more modular approach for mine countermeasures (MCM) mission packages initially scheduled for its Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) fleet that expands those missions across a greater range of platforms. The USN has already started to broaden its

  • Indonesia commissions seventh PC-40-class patrol vessel

    Key Points The Indonesian Navy has commissioned its seventh PC-40-class patrol boat The vessel will bolster security in the Gulf of Youtefa, and along Indonesia’s maritime border with Papua New Guinea The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Laut: TNI-AL) has commissioned

  • Australia appoints new navy chief amid continued modernisation efforts

    The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has appointed Vice Admiral Michael Joseph Noonan as its new chief. He takes over from Vice Adm Tim Barrett, who has led the service since July 2014. Vice Adm Noonan’s most recent appointment before assuming leadership of the RAN was as its deputy chief. In his

  • Plans for India’s second indigenous aircraft carrier continue to stall

    The Indian Navy’s (IN’s) longstanding plan to build and commission its second indigenous aircraft carrier (IAC-2) into service by 2030–32 has been further postponed due to steadily declining budgets, technological hurdles, and, above all, enduring delays by the Ministry of Defence

  • MQ-8C Fire Scout completes initial operational test and evaluation

    Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 1 (VX 1) has concluded initial operational test and evaluation (IOT&E) of the US Navy’s (USN’s) MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned air system (UAS) from the Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) USS Coronado (LCS 4). Based on a modified commercial

  • USN seeks close-range armed UAVs

    The US Navy (USN) is looking to field small- and medium-sized armed unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that can carry an assortment of weapons, including small arms, rockets, grenades, and less-than-lethal weapons and devices. A request for information (RFI) issued by the Naval Sea Systems Command on

  • Argentina considers resuming nuclear submarine project

    Following the loss of Argentina’s TR 1700-class diesel-electric submarine (SSK) ARA San Juan in November 2017, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) is considering restarting construction of sister vessel ARA Santa Fe and competing it as a nuclear variant, the Argentine Congress was informed on 3

  • Indian Navy destroyer INS Delhi receives extensive combat systems makeover during MLU

    The Indian Navy’s Project 15 destroyer INS Delhi is receiving a major combat system upgrade as part of its ongoing mid-life upgrade (MLU). Imagery analysis suggests Delhi had entered its MLU cycle at Naval Dockyard Mumbai by May 2017 and work is currently ongoing. Under the destroyer’s

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