• Thailand conducts first ESSM firing from Chinese-made frigate at 'CARAT' 2015

    Key Points Thailand has successfully fired the Evolved SeaSparrow Missile (ESSM) from a Naresuan-class frigate for the first time The firing significantly improves the platform's anti-air capabilities The Royal Thai Navy (RTN) Type 25T Naresuan-class guided-missile frigate HTMS Naresuan has

  • Israeli corvette gets counter-rocket capability

    The Israeli Navy has configured the air defence system on board the Saar 5 corvette INS Lahav so that it can use its Barak 1 surface-to-air missiles (SAMs) to intercept rockets fired out to sea by militant groups. A senior naval source made the revelation during a 2 September media briefing on

  • ANZAC frigate HMAS Ballarat completes anti-ship missile defence upgrades

    The Royal Australian Navy ANZAC-class frigate HMAS Ballarat has completed dock work related to the Project SEA 1448 Phase 2 Anti-Ship Missile Defence (ASMD) upgrade and will be commencing sea trials with its newly installed equipments, BAE Systems Australia announced on 2 September. The upgrades

  • IN to get more Mk 54 lightweight torpedo kits

    The US Department of Defense (DoD) has awarded Raytheon a USD29.75 million contract that includes the delivery of Mk 54 Mod 0 Lightweight Torpedo (LWT) kits to the Indian Navy. The contract, which was announced on 31 August, covers the manufacture and delivery (plus engineering and repair services

  • Iran unveils extended range Fateh ballistic missile

    ANALYSIS Iran has made significant progress in its ballistic missile programme if its new Fateh-313 ballistic missile has a range of 500 km as claimed. The missile was unveiled during a 22 August Defence Industry Day ceremony attended by President Hassan Rouhani. The Iranian media reported that it

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  • DSEI 2015: Beretta unveils ARX-200 battle rifle

    Beretta Defense Technologies showed off its awaited ARX-200 7.62x51 mm combat rifle at DSEI 2015 in London. Developed to the requirements of the Italian Army, the ARX 200 is currently being qualified according to NATO AC 225/LCG1 rules. The new rifle draws on the experience acquired with the


  • HHQ-16

    Type Medium-range surface-to-air defence missile. Development The vertically launched HHQ-16 is a version of the Russian Shtil-1 (SA-N-7) series of missiles (with origins in the 9M38) already in service with the Peoples Liberation Army (Navy). It was developed under a joint venture, which

  • TVT-300

    Type Electro-optic/Infrared (EO/IR)/laser fire-control director Development The TVT-300 system was developed in the mid-1960s, most likely to meet a joint Swedish-Norwegian requirement. It appears to have entered service with the Norwegian frigate Oslo in January 1966, followed by the Swedish

  • 12.7 mm (and above) heavy calibre machine gun mountings

    Type Air-defence and surface-engagement mountings. Description Guns Heavy calibre (12.7 mm and above air-cooled) automatic weapons have been used both for surface engagements and air defence since the Second World War and can be installed in a variety of mountings (see Mountings). For example

  • Executive overview: IHS Jane's Weapons: Naval

    Above-water weapons Many leading world economies still face stagnation and in some cases deflation. Accordingly, defence spending remains generally low and cheaper equipment solutions are always being sought by governments. Nevertheless, technological advances are still being made involving a range