• 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

  • USN sets out path for Nixie torpedo decoy upgrade

    The US Navy (USN) has laid out plans for the long-term recapitalisation of the AN/SLQ-25 Nixie torpedo countermeasures system fitted fleet-wide across USN surface ships. Under plans laid out in an industry day on 27 March, the navy intends to transition most of its inventory to an updated and

  • MdCN missile makes operational debut in allied strikes on Syrian CW sites

    The French Navy's new Missile de Croisière Navale (MdCN) land attack cruise missile made its operational debut as part of allied strikes against Syrian chemical weapon sites during the night of 13-14 April. Three MdCN missiles were launched from the Aquitaine-class FREMM multimission frigate

  • Navy League 2018: BAE Systems wins LCS naval gun contract

    BAE Systems has been awarded a contract by General Dynamics to provide two additional Mk110 Naval Gun Systems for the Independence variant of the US Navy’s (USN's) Littoral Combat Ship (LCS). With this follow-on deal, BAE Systems is now under contract to provide 15 Mk110 systems for the

  • Pakistan test-fires Babur SLCM

    Pakistan has conducted another test-firing of its Babur-3 nuclear-capable, submarine-launched cruise missile (SLCM), according to a 29 March statement by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the media wing of the Pakistani military. The locally built SLCM was fired to a range of 450 km from an

  • MBDA studies Sea Venom for surface-launched coastal defence role

    MBDA has launched an internal study to evaluate the application of its Sea Venom/Anti-Navire Léger (ANL) lightweight medium-range anti-ship missile in a surface-launched role, as part of a networked multilayered coastal defence solution. Co-funded by the governments of France and the United

  • Russian Navy to receive 73 UET-1 torpedoes by 2023

    JSC Zavod Dagdizel, Russia’s oldest producer of underwater weapons, has been contracted to supply the Russian Navy with 73 UET-1 multipurpose electric torpedoes. A five-year contract for the weapons worth RUB7.2 billion (USD126.5 million) and running until 2023 was announced by the Russian

  • PN, PAF successfully test-fire C-802 anti-ship cruise missiles

    The Pakistan Navy (PN) and the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) have successfully test-fired various Chinese-built radar-guided anti-ship cruise missiles to demonstrate the services’ “firepower and combat readiness”, according to a 5 March statement by Inter-Services Public Relations

  • Raytheon to embody Maritime Targeting Capability in Tomahawk Block IV

    Raytheon Missile Systems has been contracted by the US Navy to embody a new maritime targeting software load into the Tomahawk Block IV cruise missile to support a flight test and subsequent fleet release. Awarded on 25 January, the USD627,000 contract introduces a Maritime Targeting Capability

  • Sweden to reintroduce ASW 600 anti-submarine grenade launcher

    The Royal Swedish Navy (RSwN) is to return the ASW 600 Elma anti-submarine grenade launching system to frontline service as part of efforts to bolster its anti-submarine warfare (ASW) capabilities. According to Sweden’s Defence Materiel Administration (FMV), the ASW-600 Elma systems –

  • 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%

  • Harpoon Block II+ seeker upgrade included in US FY 2019 budget

    The US Navy (USN) is planning to introduce an upgraded active radar seeker for the service’s Boeing AGM-84N Harpoon Block II+ air-launched anti-ship missile. According to the fiscal year 2019 (FY 2019) budget request, the improved seeker is required to improve the ability of the Harpoon II+

  • Trump’s Nuclear Posture Review calls for low-yield SLBMs, new nuclear cruise missiles

    The Pentagon plans to pursue a nuclear modernisation similar to its pervious plan, but with ‘supplements’ such as low-yield submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs) and a new nuclear sea-launched cruise missile (SLCM), according to the Trump administration’s Nuclear Posture

  • 40 Mk 4 gun selected for Finland’s Hamina MLU

    BAE Systems Weapon Systems – Sweden is to supply Bofors 40 Mk 4 naval guns to equip the Finnish Navy’s Hamina-class fast attack craft (FAC) as part of the Squadron 2000 mid-life upgrade (MLU) programme. The company revealed on 30 January that it had been contracted by Squadron 2000 MLU

  • Indonesia acquires 57 mm naval gun for KCR-60M vessel

    Key Points The Indonesian Navy is awaiting delivery of a 57 mm gun for its lead KCR-60M vessel Service is also considering acquisition of Russian-made A-220M cannons for further boats in the class Indonesia has acquired a new Bofors 57 Mk 3 naval gun system from BAE Systems for its first KCR-60M

  • Lockheed Martin to develop HELIOS laser weapon for DDG 51 Flight IIA destroyer

    Key Points HELIOS will leverage proven mature technology to field a 60-150 kW class high-energy laser weapon system The project plans to deliver two test units in FY 2020: one for a DDG 51 Flight IIA destroyer and one at a land-based test site The US Navy (USN) has selected Lockheed

  • Raytheon to upgrade Royal Canadian Navy’s close-in weapon systems

    Raytheon Canada will upgrade and support 21 of the Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN’s) close-in weapon systems (CIWS), Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan announced on 26 January. The RCN currently operates the Raytheon Phalanx Block 1B aboard its Halifax-class frigates. The 20 mm

  • SSMM module set for LCS testing

    The US Navy (USN) is preparing to complete testing of the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Surface-to-Surface Missile Module (SSMM) during 2018, hence giving the green light for this new anti-surface warfare capability to transition to production. The SSMM utilises the US Army’s AGM-114L-8A Longbow

  • Surface Navy 2018: BAE Systems offers a single missile launcher for US surface fleet

    Key Points BAE Systems’ ADL can launch the same missiles as the Mk 41 VLS ADL could enable LCS and FFG(X) to fire multiple variants of missiles BAE Systems is offering an adaptable deck launcher (ADL) to enable US Navy (USN) surface combatants, aircraft carriers, and large deck amphibious

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