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  • Navantia releases more details of Saudi corvette deal

    The Spanish shipbuilding company Navantia released more details of its deal to build five corvettes for Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) announced in April that it and Navantia had signed letters of intent covering the design and construction of five Avante 2200 corvettes, but

  • Indonesia equips second KCR-60M attack craft with Chinese-made naval weapon

    Key Points Indonesia has removed missile launchers from its second KCR-60M fast attack craft, and replaced these with a Chinese-made naval gun The vessel has also been equipped with Chinese-made fire-control sensors and a combat management system The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia

  • Farnborough 2018: Saab unveils next-generation RBS15 anti-ship missile system

    Saab Dynamics has unveiled the next-generation evolution of its RBS15 family of anti-ship missile systems: the RBS15 Mk4. The RBS15 Mk4 will be the principal effector for what Saab is now marketing as the RBS15 ‘Gungnir’ (Odin’s Spear) system. Gungnir is the system level

  • RAMSYS contracted for MK 49 Guided Missile Launching Systems

    RAM-System GmbH (RAMSYS), a consortium of Diehl Defence and MBDA Deutschland, has been awarded a EUR79.5 million (USD92.9 million) contract for the delivery of 10 Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) MK 49 Guided Missile Launching Systems (GMLSs) to equip the German Navy’s second batch of five K 130

  • Finnish Navy to acquire Gabriel anti-ship missile

    The Finnish Ministry of Defence (MoD) has authorised the Finnish Defence Force’s Logistic Command to proceed with an acquisition of the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) Gabriel anti-ship missile to equip the Finnish Navy’s Squadron 2000 Hamina-class missile fast attack craft and future

  • Soft-kill uplift for Canadian frigates

    Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) Halifax-class frigates are to receive a third Multi-Ammunition Softkill System (MASS) decoy launcher under a CAD20 million (USD15 million) contract awarded to Rheinmetall. Halifax-class frigates are already fitted with two MASS launcher systems (installed on the bridge

  • Israel takes new torpedo into service

    The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) announced on 19 June that is has acquired a new type of torpedo that it calls the Kaved (heavy) for its submarines. “The torpedo systems possess advanced capabilities and characteristics, including increased precision and range,” the IDF said in a

  • Images show possible YJ-18 ASCM in Chinese Shang-class submarine

    Video footage of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s inspection of a modified Type 093 (Shang-class) nuclear-powered attack submarine on 11 June shows what appears to be a canister for the submarine-launched version of China’s YJ-18 anti-ship cruise missile (ASCM). The images, which

  • Raytheon, Kongsberg clinch US Navy Over-the-Horizon missile contract

    Raytheon Missile Systems, partnered with Kongsberg Defence and Aerospace, is to supply the Naval Strike Missile (NSM) to meet the US Navy’s Over-The-Horizon Weapon System (OTH-WS) requirement. The US Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) on 31 May awarded Raytheon an initial USD14.8 million

  • US Navy progresses HAAWC high-altitude ASW capability for Poseidon

    The US Navy (USN) is pushing ahead with plans to field the High Altitude Anti-Submarine Warfare Weapon Capability (HAAWC) on the Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime multimission aircraft (MMA), despite recent comments made to the contrary by some senior service officials. The aircraft original equipment

  • No changes planned for USN version of NSM

    The US Navy (USN) will essentially be using the same version of the Naval Strike Missile (NSM) on its Littoral Combat Ships (LCSs) as is deployed in Norway, said Chris Daily, senior director of the NSM, the Joint Strike Missile (JSM), and the Tomahawk for Raytheon Missile Systems. There are no

  • Second Sea Venom/ANL missile test firing successful

    A Panther test helicopter of the Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA), the French defence procurement agency, conducted the second successful test firing of the MBDA Sea Venom/Missile Antinavire Léger (ANL) light anti-ship missile on 18 April, the European missile house and

  • Australia launches first Pacific Patrol Boat

    Key Points Australia has launched the first vessel under its Pacific Patrol Boat security assistance initiative First vessel is on track for delivery to Papua New Guinea in October 2018 Australian shipbuilder Austal has launched the first vessel ordered under Canberra’s SEA 3036 Pacific

  • LRASM completes second dual-missile flight test

    Lockheed Martin’s AGM-158C Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) has successfully completed a second ‘dual-LRASM’ flight test event ahead of achieving Early Operational Capability (EOC) on US Air Force (USAF) B-1B Lancer bomber later this year. The test, performed on 22 May on the

  • Sea Ceptor enters UK Royal Navy service

    The GWS 35 Sea Ceptor local area anti-air missile has been declared operational with the Royal Navy (RN), UK secretary of state for defence Gavin Williamson has announced. Developed and manufactured by MBDA under the umbrella of the company’s Portfolio Management Agreement with the Ministry

  • Continuing Resolution impacts Maritime Strike Tomahawk schedule

    Delays attributed to the US government’s fiscal year 2017 (FY 2017) Continuing Resolution mean that initial operational capability (IOC) for the US Navy’s (USN’s) Maritime Strike Tomahawk (MST) missile will slip into the third quarter of FY 2022, documentation released by the Naval

  • India's L&T develops inclined launcher for BrahMos cruise missile

    India’s private-sector defence manufacturer Larsen & Toubro (L&T) has developed a launcher prototype for the BrahMos (PJ-10) supersonic cruise missile for fitment onto frontline Indian Navy (IN) warships. L&T said in a statement that the Quadruple Canisterised Inclined Launcher

  • India's MoD approves procurement of naval guns, Nag ATGMs

    India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has approved procurements worth more than INR36.87 billion (USD554.52 million) that include guns for Indian Navy (IN) warships and indigenously developed Nag anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs) for the Indian Army (IA). Officials told Jane’s that the

  • DSA 2018: Malaysia confirms NSM choice with missile order

    Kongsberg Defence Systems has confirmed receipt of a EUR125 million (USD155 million) contract to supply Naval Strike Missile (NSM) rounds to the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN). Announced on 18 April at the Defence Services Asia (DSA) 2018 show in Kuala Lumpur, the sale comes three years after Kongsberg

  • DSA 2018: Kongsberg to supply NSM for RMN’s Littoral Combat Ships

    Norwegian company Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace has signed a EUR124 million (USD153 million) contract for the supply of an undisclosed number of Naval Strike Missile (NSM) anti-ship missiles for the six Littoral Combat Ships (LCSs) currently being built for the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN). The

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