HEADLINES

  • China, US clash over South China Sea at ASEAN Regional Forum

    Chinese island-building in the South China Sea dominated discussions at a regional security summit held in Kuala Lumpur in the first week of August, with US secretary of state John Kerry accusing Beijing of preventing freedom of navigation and the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN)

  • Malaysian Starstreak deal to feature trade-in of Starburst missiles

    Malaysia's Weststar Group has been appointed prime contractor by the Malaysian Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) to supply the Thales UK Starstreak high-velocity missile ground-based air-defence system to the Malaysian Army, it was announced on 3 August. Weststar did not reveal the value of the contract

  • Think tank questions Abbott's plans for 'rolling' shipbuilding programme

    The rolling production in Australia of major surface warships as foreshadowed by Prime Minister Tony Abbott will produce several contentious issues, a leading think tank has warned. In a report released on 13 July, the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) described continuous production as

  • South Korean prosecutors investigate HHI

    South Korean naval shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has confirmed to IHS Jane's that public prosecutors have investigated the company's offices in Seoul as part of an inquiry into alleged corruption. A spokesman said on 24 June that "prosecutors investigated the HHI office"

  • USN secures funding stream for innovations to reduce carrier acquisition costs

    Key Points USD25 million R&D funding will be made available to the Ford-class carrier programme in FY 2017 Investments will be made at ONR, HII to streamline production and reduce costs on the third and subsequent carriers The officer in charge of acquiring the US Navy's (USN's) new

  • SH-60B ends 30 years of service as USN transitions to MH-60R

    The US Navy (USN) on 11 May marked the retirement of the Sikorsky SH-60B Sea Hawk anti-submarine warfare (ASW) helicopter at Naval Air Station North Island in Coronado, California. The SH-60B fleet is ending 30 years of service, with more than 3.6 million flight hours completed in support of

  • RoKN announces disaster management measures following ferry tragedy

    The Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) has revealed measures that it has and will be taking to improve its rescue capabilities, the Yonhap news agency reported on 14 April, citing RoKN vice-spokesperson Choi Tae-bok. The measures were announced close to the first anniversary of the Sewol ferry tragedy.

  • Navy League 2015: Acquisition framework for USN's future frigate taking shape

    Key Points The USN's frigate acquisition strategy remains agnostic on the number of shipyards to be involved Officials are circulating the strategy with USN acquisition leadership ahead of a 1 May submission deadline to the Pentagon As the US Navy (USN) finalises its acquisition strategy for

  • USN testing and installing new arresting gear in tandem for CVN 78

    Key Points HII installs AAG in USS Gerald R Ford , while the USN begins testing of the system at NAWC Aircraft Division Lakehurst The navy deems parallel testing and installation as necessary in order to maintain the ship's delivery schedule Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) has begun

  • Two Hellenic Navy submarines set for service

    Two Hellenic Navy submarines participated in a tactical exercise at sea and are expected to join fleet operations soon, augmenting the navy's presence in the Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean seas. HS Pipinos (S-121), the first of the three Hellenic Shipyards-built Type 214 Papanikolis-class

  • India, US extend strategic partnership, agree on joint development of four defence systems

    India and the US extended bilateral defence co-operation for another decade and agreed to jointly develop and build four defence systems during President Barack Obama's three-day New Delhi visit that ends on 27 January. "We have renewed our Defence Framework Agreement and decided to take our

  • 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

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