• Greece replaces fast attack craft Penguin SSMs with Harpoon

    The Hellenic Navy is to replace the six Kongsberg Penguin surface-to-surface missiles (SSMs) fitted to its Laskos Combattante IIIb-class fast attack craft (FAC) HS Starakis (P29) with four Boeing RGM-84G Harpoon missiles, as the Norwegian missiles have reached their service expiration date. Five

  • China clamps down on military photographers

    Chinese news media have reported that a resident of the port city of Qingdao, the location of the North Sea Fleet's headquarters, has been arrested and is awaiting trial for taking photographs of the naval base from which aircraft carrier Liaoning operates. He is accused of passing the photos to

  • Navantia to license-build MTU diesel engines for BAM patrol boats

    Spanish state-owned shipbuilder Navantia has received license approval from German engine manufacturer MTU to build three of the four diesel engines that will power the two new Buque de Acción Marítima (BAM) ocean-going patrol boats it is preparing to build for the Spanish Navy. Only the

  • Australia's Johnston says he wouldn't trust ASC 'to build a canoe'

    Key Points Australian Defence Minister David Johnston has told the Senate that he wouldn't trust state shipbuilder ASC 'to build a canoe' Johnston made the comments after being asked about the status of the AWD programme, which sources have said is up to AUD800 million over budget and rising

  • ARES on track to deliver Qatar patrol boats

    Key Points ARES Shipyard is on track to supply 17 patrol craft to Qatar Production of vessels is scheduled to begin in 2015 Turkish shipbuilder ARES Shipyard is on track to supply the Qatari Coasts and Borders Security Department with 17 craft from the company's Hercules range of multirole patrol

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  • China launches second Kuaizhou mobile SLV

    China launched its second Kuaizhou (fast boat) mobile, solid-fuel, space launch vehicle (SLV) on 21 November, according to state media reports. The Kuaizhou-2 launch - from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center (JSLC) - is further demonstration of China's emerging rapid satellite repopulation


  • Haixun 166

    Type Unmanned surface vehicle Development Haixun 166 is being developed by Qingdao Beihai Shipbuilding Heavy Industry Co Ltd (BSIC), a subsidiary of the China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC), in co-operation with the China Ocean University and the Naval Institute of Marine Surveying and

  • Nereus

    Type Hybrid remotely operated vehicle Development The Nereus was built in 2008 by the Deep Submergence Laboratory at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) with primary funding from the US National Science Foundation (NSF), with additional support from the Office of Naval Research, the

  • SeaBat 8128

    Type Focused forward-looking sonar Description SeaBat 8128 is a wide-sector, wideband, focused multibeam sonar. It utilises 240 dynamically focused receive beams and the system measures a 120° horizontal sector. The backscatter intensity image is displayed in real time on the sonar display.

  • SeaBED

    Type Hover-capable autonomous underwater vehicle Development SeaBED was developed at the WHOI Deep Submergence Laboratory, with funding provided by the National Science Foundation, the Office of Naval Research and the Unger Vetlesen Foundation. SeaBED is designed for mapping and monitoring coral