• Russian defence minister announces Kremlin's strategic plans for next three years

    On 24 May Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu outlined to the Russian Senate increases in the country's nuclear and strategic capabilities over the next three years, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has reported. "Tensions are growing in regions strategically important to Russia," Shoigu

  • Singapore Army's commando VSV breaks cover

    Although its existence was officially announced as far back as 2009, the Singapore Army's Very Slender Vessel (VSV) finally made its debut public appearance as a static exhibit at its Army Open House 2017 event that is being held from 27 May to 28 May. According to army specifications, the VSV is a

  • Gerald R Ford heads to acceptance trials, prepares for delivery

    The US Navy's (USN's) first-of-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Gerald R Ford (CVN 78) departed Naval Station Norfolk in Norfolk, Virginia and is under way for acceptance trials with the Navy's Board of Inspections and Survey (INSURV) for delivery to the USN, Naval Sea Systems Command

  • Algeria commissions second Meko frigate

    Algeria commissioned the second of its two new A-200 MEKO frigates on 24 May in a ceremony attended by Lieutenant General Ahmed Gaid Salah, who serves as both the chief-of-staff of the military and deputy defence minister. The two frigates were built in Kiel by ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS),

  • Malaysia investigates breakdown that saw RHIB adrift in South China Sea

    Key Points The Malaysian navy chief has called for investigations into why a RHIB was lost at sea for more than 48 hours Radio equipment failure has been identified as a possible cause that may have led to the incident The Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) will begin investigations into possible

  • Australian Border Force makes inaugural deployment to Sri Lanka, India

    The Australian Border Force (ABF) has dispatched the largest ship in its fleet to Sri Lanka and India in a bid to enhance co-operation and improve capabilities of maritime security agencies in the region. The vessel, Australian Border Force Cutter (ABFC) Ocean Shield , made the visit to both

  • Pentagon budget 2018: USMC requests production funding for new ACV amtrak

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) has requested initial procurement funding for its Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV) 1.1 programme for the first time in fiscal year 2018 (FY 2018). ACV, an offshoot of the former Marine Personnel Carrier programme, was requested to receive USD340.5 million in FY 2018:

  • Problems with azimuth propulsion pods keep RAN LHDs unavailable for service

    More than a month after propulsion problems were first experienced with the Royal Australian Navy's (RAN's) two 27,500-tonne Canberra-class landing helicopter docks (LHDs), both ships remain unavailable for service as tests continue on irregularities within their external azimuth pods. Chief of

  • US NUWC tests biomimetic minehunting UUV prototype

    US Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) is testing a new minehunting unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) that uses biomimetics that imitate sea life. Initially designed to interdict swimmer/diver threats, the Razor mine-hunting UUV is enabled with low-speed manoeuvrability and higher speed cruising

  • ONR enhances human-machine teaming with prototype undersea ROV

    The US Office of Naval Research (ONR) and Naval Surface Warfare Command (NAVSEA) Panama City, Florida, division have developed a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) to increase diver survivability and limit diver undersea exposure. The Dive Buddy ROV project has designed, prototyped, and tested a

  • IMDEX 2017: GRSE lays keel for eighth Rajshee-class patrol boat

    Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE) has recently laid down the keel for a Rajshree-class inshore patrol vessel (IPV) on order for the Indian Coast Guard (ICG), company officials told Jane's at the IMDEX 2017 maritime and defence exhibition in Singapore. The vessel was laid down on 15 May

  • IMDEX 2017: Singapore displays latest special forces RHIB

    The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) took the opportunity at the International Maritime Defence Exhibition (IMDEX) Asia 2017 in Singapore to showcase a new type of rigid hull inflatable boat (RHIB) currently undergoing operational test and evaluation (OT&E) and destined for the service's elite

  • IMDEX 2017: China's Yunzhou-Tech showcases latest USVs

    China's Zhuhai Yunzhou Intelligence Technology (Yunzhou-Tech), a company specialising in the design and development of unmanned surface vehicles (USVs), has showcased its latest indigenous USV systems at the IMDEX Asia 2017 exhibition in Singapore. Yunzhou-Tech displayed a model of its latest M75

  • IMDEX 2017: Vigilant-class IUSV completes long-endurance trial

    Singapore-based Zycraft, a company specialising in the design and manufacture of unmanned surface vessels (USVs) for commercial and government applications, has announced that it had completed the longest deployment of its Vigilant-class Independent USV (IUSV) prototype to date. According to

  • IMDEX 2017: Singapore allocates SGD10 million towards upgrading of submarine rescue ship

    The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) has set aside SGD10 million (USD7.1 million) towards upgrades of its submarine rescue ship and its related sub-systems. The matter was revealed by the RSN chief, Rear Admiral Lai Chung Han during his presentation at the International Maritime Security

  • IMDEX 2017: Singapore signs for two additional Type 218SG submarines

    Key Points Singapore has confirmed an order for a third and fourth Type 218SG submarine Acquisition is likely to further fuel the perception of an underwater arms race in the Southeast Asian region The Singapore Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) has acquired two additional Type 218SG air-independent

  • IMDEX 2017: ST Marine introduces Vanguard series of modular vessels

    Singapore shipbuilder ST Marine has launched an array of surface vessels, which it calls the Vanguard series, and is showcasing them at the IMDEX 2017 maritime and defence exhibition. Although it comes with four different classes, each class has been designed with a common hull form, which reduces

  • IMDEX 2017: Thales prepares AUSS for specific payload trials

    Thales has completed initial sea trials of a new 6 m unmanned maritime platform known as the AUSS (Autonomous Underwater and Surface System), and is now preparing to verify specific mission capabilities of the platform. The matter was revealed by a Thales spokesperson, during an interview with

  • IMDEX 2017: ST Electronics completes development of Mercury AUV

    Singapore Technologies (ST) Electronics completed development of its Mercury autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) in mid-2016, Jane's has learnt during the IMDEX 2017 exhibition in Singapore. Formerly known by its development name of Meredith, the 500 kg-class Mercury AUV is a modular, mid-weight

  • IMDEX 2017: ST Electronics Venus 16 USV development enters the final lap

    Singapore Technologies (ST) Electronics, the advanced electronics and communication development arm of defence prime ST Engineering, is inching closer to production of its Venus 16 unmanned surface vessel (USV) with full scale development of two mine countermeasure (MCM) variants expected to be

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