• IDEX 2017: Al Fattan to deliver 27 additional fast interceptors to the UAE

    UAE shipbuilder Al Fattan is to supply 27 fast interceptor boats to the UAE Coast Guard, the company told Jane's at the NAVDEX naval exhibition in Abu Dhabi. "We have a well-established relationship with them," an Al Fattan source said. "In January 2017 we completed deliveries for a

  • ARCIMS wins first order for ASW surveillance

    Key Points Atlas Elektronik UK will supply two ASW-configured ARCIMS autonomous mission systems to a customer in the Middle East The ASW mission package will feature a compact active/passive variable depth sonar Atlas Elektronik UK (AEUK) has secured a first order for its ARCIMS maritime

  • IDEX 2017: China unveils MSS-01 Mobile Submarine Simulator and decoy

    The China Shipbuilding and Offshore International Corporation (CSOC) used the 2017 IDEX show in Abu Dhabi to reveal its new MSS-01 Mobile Submarine Simulator. The simulator, which also serves as a decoy, is in service with the Chinese navy according to a company official. The MSS-1 is described as

  • IDEX 2017: China offers S-26 conventional submarine with Stirling engine AIP

    The China Shipbuilding and Offshore International Corporation (CSOC) used the IDEX show in Abu Dhabi to market its S-26 conventional submarine for the first time with what it calls a "unique" version of the Stirling cycle engine air-independent propulsion (AIP) system. Stirling cycle AIP

  • Kelvin Hughes to provide SharpEye radars for Pakistan's Khalid-class submarines

    Kelvin Hughes has been contracted by the Pakistan Navy (PN) to supply the company's I-Band SharpEye Doppler submarine radar system as part of a mid-life upgrade programme for the PN's Khalid-class (Agosta 90B) submarines, the UK-based manufacturer of maritime navigation, surveillance, and security

  • IDEX 2017: Riviera Boat displays new interceptor craft

    The United Arab Emirates (UAE)-based Riviera Boat is showcasing its new generation of fast interceptor craft at NAVDEX 2017 held in Abu Dhabi, with one featuring in a live demonstration. "The Seaguard 33 craft has been adapted to meet the requests that we were presented by our customers in the

  • IDEX 2017: Chinese Navy to acquire new trimaran hull frigate

    The China Shipbuilding Trading Corporation (CSSC) has revealed a new trimaran-hulled frigate concept at the IDEX show held in Abu Dhabi, telling Jane's that a version was being built for China's People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN). The specifications provided by CSSC for the trimaran vessel state

  • Key equipment for Australia's Future Submarine programme to be agreed by early 2018

    Suppliers for the five main sub-components for Australia's Future Submarine requirement are expected to be under contract by early 2018, programme head Rear Admiral Greg Sammut disclosed on 16 February. Speaking at an industry day in Sydney, Rear Adm Sammut listed the top five items as being the

  • Italy begins construction of new PPA patrol craft

    Key Points Event marks the start of construction work for the new class of multipurpose patrol vessels Details have emerged on programme timelines and configurations, including a potential BMD capability Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri cut steel for the first of seven multipurpose offshore patrol

  • USCG will not re-activate Polar Sea icebreaker

    Key Points The 2016 Material Condition Assessment inspections concluded that re-activating the inactive Polar Sea icebreaker would be cost-prohibitive Polar Sea will not be scrapped and will retain its inactive commissioned status as a source of replacement parts for the active Polar Star The US

  • Adding value: Danish frigate looks to make a difference for USN CSG

    The Royal Danish Navy frigate HDMS Peter Willemoes is deploying with a US Navy carrier strike group. Dr Lee Willett visited the ship to investigate what it offers to CSG operations Only a small number of navies operating at the highest levels of the conventional capability spectrum deploy

  • Brazil cancels aircraft carrier modernisation plans

    Brazil will abandon plans to modernise its São Paulo (A 12) aircraft carrier and the ship will be demobilised over the next three years, Brazilian Navy announced on 14 February. The decision came after navy feasibility studies indicated that it would take about 10 years to upgrade the ship,

  • German defence minister keen on accelerating MKS 180 frigate programme

    Germany intends to accelerate the procurement of its navy's planned multi-role combat ships (MKS 180), a Ministry of Defence (MoD) spokesperson confirmed to Jane's on 13 February. The navy had been planning to buy four of the frigate-sized vessels beginning in 2023 at a cost of EUR4.2 billion

  • North Koreans test Trump administration with ballistic missile test

    A North Korean ballistic missile test conducted on 12 February has been widely condemned by the international community. The missile was launched at 0755 h local time (2255 h GMT 11 February) from a location 9 km north of Panghyon in North Pyongan province on the west side of the Korean peninsula

  • RDEL secures repair, maintenance contract for US Seventh Fleet

    India's private-sector Reliance Defence and Engineering Ltd (RDEL) has signed a contract with the US Navy (USN) to provide repair and maintenance services to ships from its Seventh Fleet, headquartered at Yokosuka in Japan. In an official statement on 13 February, RDEL declared that it had signed

  • Bombed Saudi frigate returns to base

    The Saudi military held a media event on 5 February to welcome home the frigate Al-Madina (702) that was attacked off the coast of Yemen on 31 January. "The warship has managed to reach Jiddah on schedule, without any delay due to the Houthi terrorist attack," the official Saudi Press

  • Brazil pushes Scorpene programme forward

    Nuclebrás Equipamentos Pesados (NUCLEP) delivered the first section of the third Scorpene-class submarine, the future S-42 Tonelero (SBR-3), on 17 January 2017. On 11 January NUCLEP also delivered the final hull section of S-41 Humanitá (SBR-2). Construction of the boats is the result of

  • Argentine icebreaker to begin testing

    Argentine Navy icebreaker ARA Almirante Irízar is due to start sailing trials 10 years after it almost sank owing to a fire while returning from Antarctica. The ship's repair took much longer than expected owing to budget delays, discussions of modernising the ship, and because it had

  • Future USS Rafael Peralta delivered to the USN

    The US Navy (USN) accepted delivery of the Flight IIA Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer the future USS Rafael Peralta (DDG 115) during a ceremony on 3 February. Rafael Peralta is the first Arleigh Burke-class destroyer constructed at the General Dynamics Bath Iron Works (GDBIW) shipyard

  • USN to debut expeditionary fast transport ship as lead vessel at Pacific Partnership 2017

    Key Points The USN will debut an expeditionary fast transport ship as lead platform at an annual HADR exercise with Asia-Pacific partners The exercise will prove out the platform's range of mission sets In a demonstration of the platform's wider range of capabilities, the US Navy (USN) will debut

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