• USN’s first F-35B-capable forward deployed warship arrives in Japan

    Key Points A US Navy warship that is capable of embarking Joint Strike Fighter aircraft has arrived in Japan Vessel significantly increases US military capabilities, and range of options in the Asia-Pacific region amid tensions on the Korean peninsula The US Navy’s (USN’s) first

  • 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

  • UK deploys Wildcat to Oman

    Two UK Royal Navy (RN) Wildcat HMA.2 helicopters have been deployed to Oman to replace a shore-based detachment of Merlin HMA.2 helicopters in the Middle Eastern country. The RN has had shore-based Merlin maritime helicopters in Oman for more than a decade to monitor shipping movements in the

  • 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

  • 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: 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: SEWIP Lite set for first deliveries

    Key Points AN/SLQ-32(V)6C – also known as SEWIP Lite – is a scaled, lower-cost version of the AN/SLQ-32(V)6 SEWIP Block 2 system Initial deliveries are supporting the USCG Offshore Patrol Cutter programme Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems has completed build of the first two

  • South Korea marines receives two utility helicopters

    The Republic of Korea Marine Corps (RoKMC) has received two amphibious support variant of the KUH-1 Surion light utility twin-engine helicopter from country’s Defense Acquisition Procurement Agency (DAPA). The aircraft, which has been referred to by official news agency Yonhap as the MUH-1 or

  • Indonesian Navy commissions CN-235 MPA, AS565 anti-submarine helicopters

    Key Points Indonesia has inducted another CN-235-220 maritime patrol aircraft, and two more AS565 helicopters Aircraft will enhance the service’s maritime surveillance and anti-submarine warfare capabilities The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Laut, or TNI-AL) has

  • Indonesia’s lead KCR-60M craft loses missile attack capabilities

    Key Points The Indonesian Navy has removed missile launchers from its lead KCR-60M fast attack craft The move is the latest in a series of plans to equip the smaller Indonesian naval vessels with Chinese weapons The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Laut, or TNI-AL) has

  • Surface Navy 2018: USN expected speedier Zumwalt progress

    Additional testing and associated development of the guided-missile destroyer USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) is going more slowly than anticipated, said Vice Admiral Tom Rowden, commander of Naval Surface Forces. The ship is still going through shipboard and combat systems testing and is in the middle of

  • First laser scanner delivered for Norwegian MCM

    The first of four new laser scanners destined for the Royal Norwegian Navy (RNoN) has been delivered to Kongsberg Maritime by Canada-based company 2G Robotics ahead of integration on one of the RnoN’s new mine countermeasure (MCM) autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs). Four Hugin AUVs were

  • SNA 2018: AN/ALQ-248 AOEW pod set for mid-2018 CDR milestone

    Key Points The AN/ALQ-248 AMP will be integrated with MH-60R and MH-60S multi-mission helicopters to provide a long-endurance electronic attack capability Lockheed Martin has now been contracted for the build of AN/ALQ-248 engineering development models Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems

  • SNA 2018: Lockheed continues Aegis improvements for missiles, UAVs

    Lockheed Martin is bolstering its Aegis combat system’s ability to better perform ballistic missile defence (BMD) operations and provide protection against unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), according to James Sheridan, Aegis programme director for the company. Lockheed Martin is looking to

  • SNA 2018: USN wants better Aegis diagnostics

    The US Navy (USN) wants to be able to better gauge the condition of its shipboard Aegis combat systems, said James Sheridan, Aegis director for Lockheed Martin, the main contractor for the system. “There’s pressure on us to provide better diagnostics for the [Aegis] systems,”

  • SNA 2018: Aegis director cites importance of BMD training

    The US Navy (USN) continues to face questions about its ability to deploy a surface fleet that can provide adequate ballistic missile defence (BMD). James Sheridan, Lockheed Martin director of Aegis, the combat system on those ships, said Aegis BMD success is mostly a matter of adequate training.

  • SNA 2018: Destroyer mishaps disrupt USN Aegis BMD upgrade plans

    The recent collisions that damaged two guided-missile destroyers will likely affect US Navy (USN) efforts to modernise and deploy the surface combatants with upgraded Aegis combat systems for ballistic missile defence (BMD), according to James Sheridan, Aegis director for Lockheed Martin. The

  • Australia begins installation of CEC system components on Hobart-class destroyers

    Key Points Australia has begun installing components of the CEC system on its first two Air Warfare Destroyers First platform is on track for initial operational tasking, including against anti-air warfare threats, by late-2018 The Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN’s) first and second

  • Russia to acquire 10 minesweepers in new arms programme

    The Russian Federation Navy is planning to acquire 10 Alexandrit-class (Project 12700) minesweepers by 2027 and 30 by 2035, according to Deputy Chief of the Naval Shipbuilding Directorate Captain Mikhail Krasnopeyev. The timetable for the 10 minesweepers coincides with Russia’s impending

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