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  • India's first SSBN embarks on sea trials

    India's indigenously designed 6,000-ton nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) began sea acceptance trials off the country's east coast on 15 December, defence minister Manohar Parrikar said. Parrikar presided over the start of Arihant 's classified trials from the jetty of the Ship

  • Australia's Johnston says he wouldn't trust ASC 'to build a canoe'

    Key Points Australian Defence Minister David Johnston has told the Senate that he wouldn't trust state shipbuilder ASC 'to build a canoe' Johnston made the comments after being asked about the status of the AWD programme, which sources have said is up to AUD800 million over budget and rising

  • Atlas buys Marine Sonic Technology business

    The US subsidiary of Germany's Atlas Elektronik announced on 24 November that it has reached a deal to acquire the business of Marine Sonic Technology Limited (MSTL). The companies did not release the terms of the deal. Yorktown, Virginia-based MSTL specialises in high-resolution side scan sonar

  • Budget concerns hold up UCLASS RfP public release

    Key Points The DoD is carefully considering how much funding to allocate for UCLASS before allowing the navy to solicit bids for the effort. The USN has reportedly been studying two UCLASS alternatives-a smaller, more affordable ISR asset and a larger, heavily-armed vehicle capable penetrating

  • Australia leaning towards buying Soryu-class subs

    Key Points Australian officials are leaning towards replacing the Collins-class submarine fleet with Soryu-class boats bought from Japan The purchase would end submarine construction in Australia and the opposition Labor Party has said it would cancel the deal if it won the 2016 general election

  • Mk VI Patrol Boat promises greater reach for US coastal forces

    The US Navy (USN) is preparing to receive its first Mk VI Patrol Boat (PB), in a move that will significantly enhance the blue-water capabilities of the service's riverine and coastal forces. Designed and manufactured by Safe Boats International, the 85 ft (26 m) aluminium-hulled Mk VI PB is

  • Royal Navy's new flagship named in Rosyth

    Key Points The UK's first Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carrier has been formally named in Rosyth Queen Elizabeth will be handed over to the Royal Navy in 2017 The first of the United Kingdom’s two new Queen Elizabeth-class (QEC) aircraft carriers was formally named by head of state HM

  • South Korea to resume production of indigenous ASW missile

    South Korea's Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) announced on 25 May that it has improved the accuracy of a homegrown ship-launched anti-submarine missile and is on track towards restarting its mass production. The Korean Anti-Submarine Rocket (K-ASROC), or Hongsangeo as it is

  • Putin outlines future military developments in Crimea and Arctic

    Russian President Vladimir Putin set out development plans for the country's armed forces this year during a multi-service senior promotion ceremony on 28 March. Putin also stated that there is a pressing need to modernise military infrastructures in Crimea and to form new Interior Ministry and

  • Spanish Army helicopters conduct first ever landing on US warship

    Spanish Army helicopters have landed on board a US warship for the first time, in an exercise on board USS Gunston Hall . The 16,195 tonne full load Whidbey Island-class landing ship dock (LSD) vessel was transiting the Strait of Gibraltar when the compatibility exercise took place at the end of

  • Singapore commits to 'steady' defence investment to 2030

    Singapore's Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen has outlined a commitment to continue the country's "steady" investment in defence as part of its bid to achieve by 2030 a "highly connected" military force. In February Singapore announced a 2014 defence budget of SGD12.56 billion

  • Djibouti, China agree 'strategic partnership'

    Djibouti and China signed a "security and defence strategic partnership" agreement on 25 February, according to the Horn of Africa's Sabahi news service. Sabahi cited Djiboutian Defence Minister Hassan Darar Houffaneh as saying he had signed an agreement with his Chinese counterpart,

  • Boeing targets Asia, Middle East for combat aircraft sales

    On the heels of two international losses in combat aircraft competitions last year, Boeing remains hopeful that its offerings will be chosen by new international customers over the next two decades. The company sees demand outside the US for another 500-1,000 combat aircraft over the next 10-15

  • Lockheed Martin withdraws AMDR contract award protest

    Key Points The USN will rescind its stop work order on 10 January Raytheon will now begin the EMD phase of the next-generation radar Lockheed Martin on 10 January announced it was withdrawing its protest of the US Navy (USN) awarding a contract to Raytheon for the Air and Missile Defense Radar

  • Spanish military to be hit by further cuts

    The Spanish Ministry of Defence (MoD) is to base its future operability on a deployable 'action' force of only 10,000 personnel across all three services, according to local media reports. Although the MoD declined to comment on the reports, military sources confirmed to IHS Jane's on 7 January

  • Bangladesh reported to have signed submarine deal with China

    Bangladesh has concluded an agreement with China to purchase two Type 035G Ming-class diesel-electric submarines, a Dhaka-based news agency reported on 21 December. The deal, said the New Age newspaper, is valued at BTD16 billion (USD206 million) and will call for the submarines to be delivered to

  • UK donates RHIB to Kenya

    The Kenyan Navy has been donated a rigid-hulled inflatable boat (RHIB) from the UK as part of a wider effort to improve the African country's maritime security. "The boat is an interceptor, capable of quick reaction and rapid interdiction of suspect vessels," the British High Commission

  • Indonesia inducts new maritime patrol craft

    Indonesia launched two 48 m offshore patrol vessels, KN Bintang Laut (Pennant number 4801) and KN Singha Laut (4802) in early June. Both patrol boats, built by Batam-based shipyards, are expected to enter operational service in July, according to a press release by the country's Central Committee

  • Electric Boat to assist in Spanish S 80 submarine programme

    General Dynamics Electric Boat (GDEB) has been called in to help resolve design problems in the Spanish Navy's new S 80 submarine programme. As reported by IHS Jane's on 14 May, the design problems have generated expected delays of up to two years in the

  • With three nuclear-powered submarines returning to service, Russia seeks to maintain fleet numbers

    Three Russian nuclear-powered submarines will return to operations in 2013 following periods of maintenance, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has announced. Following post-maintenance sea trials to test "technical readiness", the Oscar II-class

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