• Malaysia lays keel for third Littoral Combat Ship

    Malaysia’s Boustead Naval Shipyard (BNS) has laid down the third Maharaja Lela (Gowind)-class Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) on order for the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN). Keel for the 111 m vessel was laid down on 18 December at BNS’ facility at Lumut, Perak, in a ceremony officiated by the

  • China displays new armed unmanned surface vehicle

    China unveiled what it claims to be the world’s fastest armed unmanned surface vehicle (USV) during the All China Maritime Conference and Exhibition (Marintec China) held between 5 and 8 December in Shanghai. Citing the Science and Technology Daily , Chinese news website ecns.cn reported on

  • France orders third Caribbean patrol ship

    The French defence procurement agency (DGA) has ordered a third light patrol vessel (Patrouilleur Léger Guyanais: PLG) from French shipbuilder Socarenam. The vessel will be delivered in 2019 for operation from Fort-de-France in Martinique to cover the Antilles archipelago. The vessel will join

  • Spanish sub Galerna set for major overhaul

    Spanish S 70-class submarine Galerna is to undergo a fifth major overhaul as the navy continues to maintain the boats to cover the long-delayed arrival of the new S 80s. Financing for the project was approved by the government on 8 December, with the EUR43.2 million (USD50.8 million) costs planned

  • Born again: DDG 51 restart on course as Flight III approaches

    With DDG 51 guided-missile destroyer build lines now re-established in two shipyards, attention is now turning to the transition to an evolved Flight III design incorporating the AN/SPY-6(V) Air and Missile Defense Radar. Christopher P Cavas examines how the US Navy is going back to the future

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  • Punching up: Russia's smaller surface fleet builds bigger impact

    Russia is renewing its major surface combatant force structure with a number of new classes. While such procurement programmes face enduring challenges, Dr Lee Willett discusses how key equipment is adding greater effect
  • China heads for a step change in naval capabilities

    In recent months there have been a number of indicators that China’s military technology is on the verge of entering an era of innovation, rather than cloning or reverse engineering overseas designs. Andrew Tate considers developments within the naval environment and looks at what may be over the horizon
  • Beefing up the Baltics

    The Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania are increasing their defence budgets and beefing up their armed forces in response to the Russian threat, but still rely on their NATO allies for vital capabilities. Nicholas Fiorenza reports on how the three countries are improving their military effectiveness and how the NATO enhanced Forward Presence strategy is aiding this effort
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  • Singapore Army enhances rocket artillery capabilities

    Singapore Army artillery forces operating the Lockheed Martin M142 227 mm High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) have been given a boost with the fielding of a new and more capable mobile battery command post (CP) as well as the introduction of the company’s Universal Fire Control
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