• China bolstering defences along border with North Korea, says report

    China has been bolstering defences along its border with North Korea in preparation for a potential crisis in the region, including the possibility of a US military strike, T he Wall Street Journal newspaper reported on 24 July Based on a review of official Chinese military and government websites,

  • Cochin Shipyard prepares for share listing

    State-owned Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL) – the constructor of the Indian Navy’s (IN’s) Project 71 Indigenous Aircraft Carrier-1 (IAC-1) – will launch an initial public offering (IPO) on 1 August, the company has announced. Through the listing CSL aims to generate about

  • High frontiers: Maritime BMD developments in Europe

    European navies are viewing maritime ballistic missile defence requirements through a number of different prisms. Richard Scott reports History was made on 20 October 2015 when a US Navy (USN) Aegis guided-missile destroyer became the first ship to perform a live intercept of an exo-atmospheric

  • Naval Group buoyed by major projects

    France’s Naval Group (formerly DCNS) has revealed significant increases in its figures following on from a number of programme successes. Order intake for the first half of 2017 more than doubled year-on-year from EUR1.26 billion (USD1.47 billion) in 2016 to EUR2.61 billion, with sales

  • RDEL launches first two Project 21 NOPVs for Indian Navy

    The first two of five Project 21 naval offshore patrol vessels (NOPVs) on order for the Indian Navy (IN) for INR25 billion (USD388 million) were launched by Reliance Defence and Engineering Limited (RDEL) on 25 July at the company’s Pipavav shipyard in India's westernmost state of Gujarat.

  • Thales H1 figures continue upward drive

    France’s Thales Group revealed its 2017 half-year results on 26 July, with the company continuing to record solid results compared with 2016. Group sales in the first half of the year amounted to EUR7.24 billion (USD8.44 billion), up 5.8% on 2016. Defence and security sales accounted for

  • US researches heavy icebreakers designs at Canadian NRC

    The Canadian National Research Council (NRC) hosted senior personnel from a variety of US agencies involved in the acquisition programme for US heavy polar icebreakers. Representatives from the US Navy (USN), Coast Guard (USCG), and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology

  • USAF, USN still considering nuclear weapons commonality, but cautiously

    The US Air Force (USAF) and US Navy (USN) are still mulling ways to make their nuclear-armed missiles more common, but are wary of creating single points of failure, according to Pentagon’s top nuclear officer. USAF-USN nuclear weapons commonality is “certainly not probably as visible

  • KTRV modifies Kh-38ME missile for improved PAK 50 fit

    Russia’s Tactical Missiles Corporation (KTRV) has modified its Kh-38ME direct attack air-to-surface guided missile to enable improved integration with the internal weapons bay of the Sukhoi PAK FA fifth-generation fighter aircraft. The Kh-38-family of air-launched short-range modular guided

  • USN commissions first Ford-class aircraft carrier

    Key Points The commission officially places new US aircraft carrier into active service Next steps will see first at-sea testing of EMALS and AAG technology and possible elimination of full ship shock trials The US Navy (USN) and President Donald Trump commissioned the first-of-class future

  • USN fires warning shots near Iranian vessel in Gulf

    Key Points An IRGCN vessel made a close approach to a USN coastal patrol ship, which fired after collision warnings were ignored The interaction was one in a recent string of close approaches between IRGCN and USN vessels An Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Navy (IRGCN) vessel made a close

  • USN says EMALS concerns linked to software issues

    Key Points USN stated EMALS issues were solved by updating control software New software will be incorporated with CVN 78 systems following the aircraft carrier’s post-shakedown availability US Navy (USN) used its General Atomics-built Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) to

  • Brazilian Navy re-considering Skyhawk modernisation programme

    The Brazilian Navy is re-considering the number of Boeing (Douglas) AF-1/AF-1A Skyhawk (A-4KU and TA-4KU) fighters to be modernised by Embraer Defesa & Segurança to the AF-1B/C standard, the service told Jane’s . The final total number of modernised jets is being re-evaluated due to

  • Hardened German stance towards Turkey includes closer scrutiny of arms exports

    Germany is reviewing relations with Ankara in a wide range of areas, including arms exports. Asked for confirmation of a 21 July report in the tabloid newspaper Bild that arms exports to Turkey were being frozen, a German Economics Ministry spokesman told Jane's on 24 July that all licences for such

  • Indian Navy lacks safety structures, says India's CAG

    India’s Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) said in a report that the absence of a central structure in the Indian Navy (IN) to deal with safety issues resulted in 38 accidents between 2007 and 2016 in which 33 naval personnel, including officers, died. Tabled in the Indian Parliament on 21

  • USN introduces S&T framework to field decisive capabilities

    Key Points CNR introduces new strategic direction for naval research and innovation Framework pinpoints outdated cultural mindsets and current acquisition challenges The US Office of Naval Research released a new framework for science and technology (S&T) development on 20 July 2017 that is

  • Brazilian Navy to receive four KC-2 COD/AAR aircraft in 2021

    The Brazilian Navy is to receive all of its four KC-2 carrier-on-board delivery/air-to-air refuelling (COD/AAR) aircraft in 2021, the service told Jane’s . Deliveries for that year are to run in April and July, with the final two aircraft being delivered in October, it added. The first flight

  • China commissions sixth Type 052D-class destroyer into East Sea fleet

    Key Points China has commissioned its sixth Type 052D destroyer, according an official statement Platform will bolster Beijing’s anti-access capabilities in the East China Sea China commissioned its sixth Type 052D destroyer on 17 July, according to a statement posted on the Xiamen

  • Pentagon pegs next-gen strategic missile submarine cost at USD127 billion

    The Pentagon estimates its Columbia-class submarine programme, to replace ageing Ohio-class ballistic missile submarines (SSBNs), will cost USD127.036 billion. In its latest Selected Acquisition Reports the Department of Defense said Colombia-class programme costs decreased by USD1.202 billion from

  • Côte d'Ivoire receives patrol boat donated by China

    China has donated a patrol boat to Côte d'Ivoire to help in the fight against piracy in the Gulf of Guinea, the Xinhau news agency reported on 15 July. "This donation will allow the navy of Côte d'Ivoire to take off,” Xinhau reported the Ivorian defence minister Alain Donwahi

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