• India to buy four upgraded Krivak III frigates for USD3 billion

    India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has concluded price negotiations with Russia for the procurement of four upgraded Krivak III guided-missile frigates for the Indian Navy (IN) for INR200 billion (USD3.08 billion). Official sources told Jane’s that the first two frigates are set to be

  • UK MoD details progress on submarine dismantling ‘demonstrator’

    Key Points Ex-HMS Swiftsure is the first retired RN nuclear-powered submarine to be dismantled and recycled Stage 1 dismantling is expected to complete before the end of this year Removal of low-level nuclear waste from the decommissioned Royal Navy (RN) nuclear-powered attack submarine (SSN)

  • Pentagon budget 2019: USCG strategy pays off with ship buys

    A three-year US Coast Guard (USCG) strategy to better market itself and its missions has continued to pay off with a fiscal year 2019 (FY 2019) budget request that includes about USD1.4 billion for another offshore patrol cutter (OPC), four fast response cutters (FRCs), and the nation’s first

  • Missile tests help USN validate, accredit Aegis combat system test bed

    The US Navy (USN) is using missile tests to help prove out a combat system test bed (CSTB) for its Aegis combat system, the service told Jane’s . “The navy is currently validating and accrediting the CSTB with live missile shots that have been performed on the BL [Baseline] 9

  • South Africa orders patrol boats from Damen

    The South African defence procurement organisation Armscor has ordered three 62 m inshore patrol vessels (IPVs) from Damen Shipyards Cape Town, it was announced on 26 February. The Damen Shipyards Group did not say when its South African subsidiary would deliver the vessels, but noted that they

  • Kongsberg to test Eelume unmanned subsea residency vehicle

    Kongsberg is preparing for a month-long residency test on its Eelume remotely operated vehicle (ROV)/autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) hybrid. The Eelume is a modular, flexible robot designed for inspection, maintenance, and repair (IMR) of subsea infrastructure. Although primarily designed for

  • LHA 6 testing proves ability to move marines ashore as needed, USN says

    Amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) has proved in recent tests it can put marines on the beach as needed. During initial operational test and evaluation (IOT&E) exercises held in December 2017, America proved it can move “marines ashore in an adequate timeline to meet power

  • UK defence secretary seeks new Dreadnought spending plan

    UK Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson is seeking a rescheduling of spending on four Dreadnought-class ballistic missile submarines as part of his Modernising Defence Programme (MDP) review. Williamson revealed his pitch to the UK Treasury (finance ministry) in testimony to the House of Commons

  • New Zealand decommissions diver support ship

    The Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) has decommissioned its diver support ship, HMNZS Manawanui . The vessel was officially retired in a decommissioning ceremony held at Devonport Naval Base on the morning of 23 February. Manawanui was built in the United Kingdom in 1979 as a diving support vessel

  • USN awards contract for LPD, but concerns grow over amphib force size

    The US Navy (USN) awarded Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) a USD1.4 billion contract on 16 February to start building amphibious ship landing platform dock (LPD) 29, but federal lawmakers, defence analysts, and the country's top marine have voiced concerns about the size of the amphibious force.

  • Romania announces new submarine programme

    The Romanian Navy is considering a new submarine programme under the strategic procurement plan, the country's defence minister has revealed. Mihai Fifor told a press conference on 20 February: "Naval forces specialists are discussing what kind of submarine we need to have. Once the technical

  • Team Leander presses UK credentials for Type 31e bid

    Key Points Cammell Laird has teamed with BAE Systems Naval Ships under the banner of ‘Team Leander’ The Leander design is being pitched as a low-risk, low through-life cost solution for Type 31e The Cammell Laird/BAE Systems ‘Team Leander’ bidding for the UK Royal

  • Australia’s Hobart AWD completes first replenishment at sea

    The Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN’s) first of three 7,000-tonne Hobart-class air warfare destroyers (AWDs) has conducted its first-ever replenishment at sea (RAS). In an 18 February statement the RAN said HMAS Hobart carried out the move with the 3,800-tonne frigate HMAS Anzac off the

  • UK confirms LPH sale to Brazil

    The UK government has confirmed the sale of the landing platform helicopter (LPH) vessel HMS Ocean to Brazil for GBP84 million (USD117 million). Under a sales agreement signed on 19 February, the Brazilian Navy will take possession of the 22,000-tonne specialist amphibious aviation ship in June

  • Five yards secure FFG(X) concept design contracts

    Key Points Austal USA, General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, Fincantieri Marine Group, Huntington Ingalls Industries, and Lockheed Martin have each received 16-month contracts The 16-month contracts will allow the navy to better understand cost and capability drivers and inform the final

  • Marsun launches five M21-class patrol boats for Royal Thai Navy

    Key Points Thailand has launched another five M21-class patrol boats Vessels are expected to be deployed with the Royal Thai Navy’s coastguard squadron once commissioned Thailand shipbuilder Marsun Company Limited has launched another five M21-class patrol boats on order for the Royal Thai

  • Russian naval vessels continue to suffer fires while alongside

    A fire that broke out on 16 February on Marshal Shaposhnikov , a destroyer attached to the Russian Navy’s Pacific Fleet, was the latest in a series of fires that have afflicted Russian naval vessels while in port undergoing regular repairs. As reported by Russian news agency Sputnik, Marshal

  • Romanian government approves purchase of HIMARS, corvettes

    Romania’s commitment to raise its defence budget to the NATO-stipulated target of 2% of GDP has led to the new Romanian government approving on 15 February the procurement of a number of previously requested US-sourced land systems – notably artillery rocket systems – as well as

  • Saab reports strong 2017 figures

    Saab has reported higher sales across all business units and a double digit rise in order bookings in 2017 on the back of what it described as “strong” interest in its products. The Swedish defence and security group reported sales of SEK31.4 billion (USD3.95 billion) for the year; 10%

  • China launches third Type C13B corvette for Bangladesh Navy

    China’s Wuchang Shipbuilding Industry Group has launched the third of four Shadhinota-class (Type C13B) corvettes on order for the Bangladesh Navy (BN), according to a news report published on the sina.com website. The launch ceremony for the 90 m-long warship – with pennant number F113

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