• Philippines sets aside USD57 million to arm new frigates

    The Philippine Department of National Defense (DND) has set aside PHP2.5 billion (USD57 million) to procure weapon systems and armaments for its two new-build light frigates, according to Patrick Velez, the assistant defence secretary for acquisition, installations, and logistics. According to

  • UK casts doubt on Harpoon future beyond 2018

    The UK could remove the GWS60/Harpoon Block 1C anti-ship missile from Royal Navy (RN) service as early as 2018, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has disclosed. Withdrawal of Harpoon would leave RN warships without a heavyweight surface-to-surface guided weapon (SSGW), opening up a gap in long-range

  • RAN conducts tests of Mk 54 torpedoes from naval helicopter

    The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has completed three test firings of the Mk 54 lightweight torpedo from an MH-60R Seahawk maritime helicopter, a Department of Defence spokesperson confirmed on 21 July. The test firings were conducted at the US Navy's (USN's) Atlantic Undersea Test and Evaluation

  • RIMPAC 2014: Royal Brunei Navy fires missiles in first SINKEX

    The Royal Brunei Navy (RBN) has successfully fired two anti-ship missiles at an ex-US Navy (USN) ship during the sinking exercise (SINKEX) phase of the 2014 Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise, the RIMPAC maritime force commander confirmed to IHS Jane's on 15 July. With the RBN making its debut at

  • RIMPAC 2014: RCN's modernised frigate to test ESSM integration in live-fire trials

    As one of the Royal Canadian Navy's first modernised Halifax-class frigates, HMCS Calgary (FFH 335) will test the integration of its Evolved SeaSparrow Missiles (ESSMs) through a live-fire exercise in the Pacific Ocean, the ship's commanding officer told IHS Jane's on 14 July. Calgary , currently

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