• Indonesia cuts steel on second SIGMA frigate

    Indonesian state-owned shipbuilder PT PAL held a steel-cutting ceremony for the Indonesian Navy's (Tentara Nasional Indonesia-Angkatan Laut's/TNI-AL's) second SIGMA 10514 Perusak Kawal Rudal (PKR) guided-missile frigate in Surabaya, Indonesia, on 17 September. The vessel is being built jointly with

  • Austal delivers fourth Joint High Speed Vessel to US Navy

    Shipbuilder Austal USA handed over the fourth of 10 Joint High Speed Vessels (JHSV) to the US Navy on 15 September. Completing its acceptance trials in July, USNS Fall River (JHSV 4) joins three sister vessels currently being operated by the US Military Sealift Command. A crew of 22 civilian

  • Indonesia commissions third KCR-60M missile craft

    The Indonesian Navy's (Tentera Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Laut, or TNI-AL's) third KCR-60M missile attack craft, KRI Halasan (630), was commissioned in a 17 September ceremony presided over by defence minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro. The commissioning was conducted at PT PAL's shipyard in Surabaya,

  • Thales Nederland awarded contract for RNZN frigate upgrade

    Thales Nederland has been contracted by Lockheed Martin Canada (LMC) to supply its SMART-S Mk 2 E/F-band medium-range 3D radar for New Zealand's ANZAC Frigate Systems Upgrade (FSU) programme. Under the contract, the value of which has not been disclosed, Thales Nederland will supply two SMART-S Mk

  • Colombia conducts first DART firings

    The Colombian Navy has completed the first firings of DART (Driven Ammunition Reduced Time of flight) guided ammunition from the 76/62 Strales inner-layer defence system fitted to its modernised FS 1500 Padilla-class frigates. Testing was undertaken from the frigate ARC Caldas on 29 August 2014 in

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  • Lebanon to receive additional Huey II helicopters

    The sale of 18 Bell UH-1H 'Huey' II helicopters to Lebanon has been approved by the US State Department, it was disclosed on 19 September. Valued at USD180 million, including parts, support, and training, the sale was cleared two days before the announcement by the US Defense Security and
  • Dutch to increase defence spending

    The Dutch government has decided to increase the Netherlands' defence spending, reversing 24 years of declining defence expenditure. Dutch Defence Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert said on 16 September that the funds would be used generally to "enhance the clout" of the armed forces.

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