• Italian MoD approves initial funding for evolved Type 212As

    Italian defence minister Roberta Pinotti has confirmed that initial funding for a third batch of Type 212A diesel-electric submarines for the Italian Navy has been approved for 2018. “Italy’s MoD [Ministry of Defence] will allocate the initial funding for the procurement of two

  • Romania’s new defence minister outlines plans for locally built submarines

    Romania is progressing plans to equip its navy with new submarines under a modernisation programme intended to take effect in 2020, the country’s new defence minister has said. "We want to present to the Supreme Council of National Defense and to parliament a new medium- to long-term

  • Singapore Airshow 2018: Leonardo touts ATR 72MP’s regional network as advantage in Malaysian MPA contest

    Key Points Leonardo is positioning its ATR 72MP as a platform with an established regional logistics support network Malaysia has shortlisted the aircraft type for its four-unit maritime patrol aircraft acquisition programme Leonardo is highlighting the network of commercial ATR 72 operators in

  • USCG to deploy cutter to East China Sea

    The US Coast Guard (USCG) plans to deploy a national security cutter (NSC) to the Western Pacific in the coming year to help build better relations with smaller maritime nations, enhance security, and provide another tool to signal US commitment to the region. “In the East China Sea

  • Singapore Airshow 2018: Thailand enters ‘pre-contract’ negotiations for three MPA

    Key Points Thailand and Indonesia are in advanced negotiations over the acquisition of three maritime patrol aircraft Platforms will improve Thailand’s maritime surveillance capabilities in the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand The Royal Thai Navy (RTN) and Indonesian state-owned

  • UK carrier sails for helicopter trials

    The UK Royal Navy’s (RN's) new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth departed from its homeport in Portsmouth, Hampshire, on 2 February to begin helicopter trials. The trials, which will be carried out with two Royal Air Force Boeing Chinook transport helicopters and two AgustaWestland Merlin

  • UK sees no increase in Arctic security risk, but concern remains over North Atlantic naval activity

    Key Points The United Kingdom views the Arctic as a low-tension region, but sees increasing security risk in North Atlantic waters Co-operation with Norway and the United States in particular is helping the United Kingdom meet its security requirements in both regions The United Kingdom sees

  • Argentina restarts talks with Naval Group for Gowind OPVs

    The Argentine Navy has been given the green light to restart and complete negotiations with French shipbuilder Naval Group, formerly DCNS, to procure four Gowind-class offshore patrol vessels (OPVs). The decision to return to negotiations came after a recent meeting between Argentine President

  • Thailand’s future submarines to have a mix of Chinese, western weapons

    Key Points Thailand is likely to have a mix of Chinese and western-made weapons across its future fleet of three submarines Move is reminiscent of a similar arrangement made for the country’s China-made Naresuan-class frigates, which can deploy advanced western weapon systems The Royal Thai

  • Swedish Navy at ‘crossroad’ for Gavle corvette replacement concept

    Key Points As it considers replacement options for its Gavle class, Sweden is seeking to balance the requirement for capability across the operational spectrum with numbers needed to provide presence across its areas of interest With the two corvettes operating out to 2026, new platforms will need

  • CHF sets out Merlin aerial refuelling ambitions

    The UK Commando Helicopter Force (CHF) has a requirement and a desire to reconstitute the latent air-to-air refuelling (AAR) capability of its AgustaWestland Merlin HC4/4A troop transport and assault helicopters, but currently lacks to funds to do so, a senior service official told Jane’s on 1

  • USS Gerald R Ford hones flight operations amid development concerns

    Facing continued development questions over its next-generation aircraft carrier USS Gerald R Ford (CVN 78), the US Navy (USN) has been able to prove the Ford class can maintain sustained flight operations with its mainstay carrier combat aircraft. "We continue to see progress in the testing

  • 40 Mk 4 gun selected for Finland’s Hamina MLU

    BAE Systems Weapon Systems – Sweden is to supply Bofors 40 Mk 4 naval guns to equip the Finnish Navy’s Hamina-class fast attack craft (FAC) as part of the Squadron 2000 mid-life upgrade (MLU) programme. The company revealed on 30 January that it had been contracted by Squadron 2000 MLU

  • Leonardo reveals new ‘weapons-wing’ for Lynx Wildcat

    Leonardo has revealed a new weapons-carriage wing for the AW159 Lynx Wildcat helicopter to be used by the Royal Navy (RN). The new stub-wing to replace the current pylons fitted to the RN’s 28 Lynx Wildcat HMA2 maritime helicopters was shown for the first time at the IQPC Military Helicopter

  • Indonesia acquires 57 mm naval gun for KCR-60M vessel

    Key Points The Indonesian Navy is awaiting delivery of a 57 mm gun for its lead KCR-60M vessel Service is also considering acquisition of Russian-made A-220M cannons for further boats in the class Indonesia has acquired a new Bofors 57 Mk 3 naval gun system from BAE Systems for its first KCR-60M

  • Malaysia to deploy Kedah class, Littoral Mission Ships in Sabah

    Key Points Malaysia will homeport its Kedah-class corvettes and Littoral Mission Ships in Sabah Move will improve the Royal Malaysian Navy’s presence in the South China Sea, and tri-border maritime region with Indonesia and the Philippines The Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) will homeport its

  • US Coast Guard evaluating ScanEagle ocean surface anomaly detector payload

    The US Coast Guard (USCG) is assessing and evaluating a payload on its fleet of Insitu ScanEagle tactical unmanned aerial systems (UASs) that takes photos of the ocean surface, checks for anomalies, and alerts the aircraft’s operator for further investigation, according to a key official.

  • Lockheed Martin to develop HELIOS laser weapon for DDG 51 Flight IIA destroyer

    Key Points HELIOS will leverage proven mature technology to field a 60-150 kW class high-energy laser weapon system The project plans to deliver two test units in FY 2020: one for a DDG 51 Flight IIA destroyer and one at a land-based test site The US Navy (USN) has selected Lockheed

  • Denmark funds naval AAW, ASW upgrades in new defence agreement

    Denmark’s cross-party Defence Agreement for 2018–23 has earmarked funding for the Royal Danish Navy (RDN) to invest in significant upgrades to its anti-air warfare (AAW) and anti-submarine warfare (ASW) capabilities. Under the new six-year plan, published on 28 January, the Danish

  • New RN sonar training facility opens

    A new submarine sonar training facility has opened at HM Naval Base Clyde, Faslane, to deliver realistic training for Royal Navy (RN) submariners operating the Thales Sonar 2076 submarine active/passive integrated sonar system. The Thales-supplied trainer, known as the Rapidly Reconfigurable

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