• Fourth OPV for Portugal floated out

    Portuguese shipbuilder West Sea-Estaleiros Navais floated out a fourth new Viana do Castelo-class NPO (Navio de Patrulha Oceanica) offshore patrol vessel (OPV) on 13 September. The OPV, designated Setúbal (P363) , is the second of an additional two OPVs under construction in a contract worth

  • Vietnam’s third Gepard frigate departs Russia on voyage home

    Key Points The People’s Army of Vietnam Navy is on track to receive its third Gepard 3.9-class frigate in 2017 Platform will significantly improve the service’s anti-submarine warfare capabilities A Russian-built Modified Gepard 3.9 (Project 11661E)-class guided-missile frigate

  • China’s CASC unveils D3000 unmanned oceanic combat vessel concept

    China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) has revealed plans for an autonomous multirole surface vessel designed specifically for high-end naval operations at the 2017 International Ocean Science and Technology (OST) Exhibition in Qingdao. Under development by the Beijing-based 13th

  • Egypt to receive South Korean naval vessel

    Egypt will receive at least one South Korean naval vessel, the Egyptian Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 15 September. The MoD said that, during a visit to South Korea to boost bilateral co-operation, Defence Minister Sedki Sobhi had inspected “one of the naval pieces that will be

  • Finland extends Merikarhu Mediterranean deployment

    The Finnish Border Guard’s (FBG’s) Improved Tursas-class offshore patrol vessel (OPV) Merikarhu will remain at its Greek Adriatic station for another six months, stretching into the beginning of 2018. The coastguard patrol vessel departed Helsinki in February to join, for the second

  • PLAN’s new training ship embarks on maiden voyage

    A new training ship that was commissioned in February 2017 for the People’s Liberation Army Navy’s (PLAN’s) Dalian Naval Academy has set sail for its maiden oceangoing voyage, the PLA-linked China Military Online website reported on 18 September. The vessel, Qi Jiguang (pennant

  • Indonesian Navy outlines specifications for seventh LPD

    Key Points The Indonesian Navy is finalising parameters for a seventh landing platform dock ship Vessel is projected to be the most complex LPD yet, given its secondary role as a command ship The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Laut, or TNI-AL) is in the process of

  • DSEI 2017: ARES steams ahead with Qatari patrol craft deliveries

    Turkish shipbuilder ARES Shipyard delivered the 10th of 17 fast patrol craft to Qatar's coast guard in late August and is poised to deliver three more before the end of the year. Speaking to Jane’s at DSEI on 13 September, Utku Alanc, Deputy General Manager for Business Development at ARES,

  • DSEI 2017: BAE Systems launches NAUTIS 5 mine warfare combat system

    BAE Systems launched a fifth-generation version of its NAUTIS mine countermeasures (MCM) command-and-control system at the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) 2017 conference in London. Dubbed NAUTIS 5, the system incorporates a number of new features, including new and improved

  • DSEI 2017: final configuration of Land Ceptor displayed

    Key Points The British Army's Land Ceptor debuted at DSEI in its final configuration Land Ceptor will replace the British Army's Rapier FSC system The final configuration of the British Army's Land Ceptor air defence system made its public debut at DSEI 2017. Land Ceptor is to replace the

  • DSEI 2017: Mid-2020 is hard backstop date for adopting Mode 5 IFF

    Allied armed forces around the world are scrambling to adopt Mode 5 identification friend or foe (IFF) systems, Hensoldt said at the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) 2017 defence exhibition. This is because the US National Security Agency will stop generating keys for unsecure

  • DSEI 2017: UK defers Harpoon retirement

    Key Points The RN has deferred a decision to retire its Harpoon anti-ship missiles The move will partially alleviate a capability gap in RN anti-ship missile capabilities Boeing Harpoon heavy anti-ship missiles will remain in service on Royal Navy (RN) Type 23 frigates after the UK Ministry of

  • German Navy orders second batch of five corvettes

    The German Navy is now set to receive a second batch of Braunschweig-class corvettes, also commonly referred to as the K130 class, from 2022. The German defence procurement agency BAAINBw announced on 12 September 2017 that it had awarded a contract worth EUR2 billion (USD2.4 billion) to a

  • L3 acquires Doss Aviation

    L3 Technologies has announced the acquisition of US air training services company Doss Aviation. The purchase of Doss – terms of which were not disclosed – was announced on 14 September. L3 said the company is expected to generate sales of USD50 million this year and will be renamed L3

  • Royal Thai Navy takes delivery of four M21-class patrol boats

    Key Points Thailand has taken delivery of four new M21 patrol boats from a local shipbuilder Vessels will improve the service’s constabulary capabilities in the Andaman Sea, Gulf of Thailand The Royal Thai Navy (RTN) has taken delivery of four new M21-class patrol boats from local shipyard

  • Indonesian Navy commissions 111 m training ship

    Key Points Indonesia has commissioned a new Spanish-built three-masted training vessel Platform will significantly enhance the service’s ab initio practical training capabilities The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Laut: TNI-AL) has taken delivery of, and

  • China launches seventh Type 815A AGI

    The seventh improved Dongdiao-class (Type 815A) intelligence collection ship (AGI) on order for China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) was launched on 8 September at the Hudong-Zhonghua Shipyard in Shanghai. The ship is the sixth of the class to be launched since March 2014, with

  • DSEI 2017: SubSea high-speed submersible begins underwater trials

    Key Points New speedboat/submarine hybrid has begun testing on and below the surface The DDU promises faster and longer ranging insertion capabilities for special forces SubSea Craft has confirmed to Jane’s that its innovative special forces Diver Delivery Unit (DDU) vehicle has begun

  • Bahrain lining up Swiftships FPBs

    Bahrain has requested two of Swiftships’ new 35 m Fast Patrol Boats (FPBs). The proposed sale was announced on 8 September, when the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) formally notified Congress that the US State Department had approved the sale of the two vessels at an estimated cost

  • DSEI 2017: SEA unveils second-generation thin-line towed KraitArray sonar

    Systems engineering and sensors house SEA launched a new, enhanced version of its KraitArray thin-line passive towed array sonar at DSEI 2017 in London that the company claims offers 10 times the performance of the original system. Speaking to Jane’s on 12 September, KraitArray product

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