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  • Turkey carries out first test firing of Atmaca anti-ship missile

    Admiral Ahmet Çakir, navy technical commander of the Turkish Naval Forces Command, officially confirmed on 16 October that the Atmaca (Hawk) anti-ship guided missile developed by Roketsan had been test fired for the first time, without giving a date. Addressing a naval systems seminar in

  • Integrated air and missile defence tested in ‘Formidable Shield 2017’

    Key Points An SM-3 Block IB missile launched from USS Donald Cook intercepted a Terrier Oriole medium-range ballistic missile target vehicle in the exo-atmosphere The MDA and the USN subsequently conducted a flight test of a SM-6 missile controlled test vehicle from USS McFaul A Standard

  • USN JSOW C-1 achieves full operational capability

    The US Navy (USN) Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW) C-1 has achieved full operational capability, USN officials announced on 11 October. The JSOW C-1 is the latest variant of the AGM-154, the stalwart USN weapon. It is designed to provide fleet forces with the capability and flexibility to engage

  • AUSA 2017: Minigun developer Dillon Aero extends marinisation to all M134D weapons

    Key Points Dillon Aero is standardising marinisation on all of its M134D miniguns This will improve the lifespan of the guns, reducing customer costs for spare parts Arizona-based minigun developer Dillon Aero is incurring cost to extend marinisation coatings to all of its M134D variants,

  • Pacific 2017: Rafael launches Typhoon Mk-30c naval gun system

    Key Points Rafael has officially launched the next generation of its Typhoon range of naval weapon systems Product is positioned as a compact weapon system with improved accuracy and stabilisation, and lowest sustainability costs in its class Israeli company Rafael Advanced Defense Systems

  • Pacific 2017: Peru selects Typhoon Mk-30c for Rio Pativilca class

    Key Points Peru has selected the Typhoon Mk-30c as a primary weapon for its Rio Pativilca class Weapon will provide the platform with defence against swarm boat tactics and emerging aerial threats The Peruvian Coast Guard has selected the latest variant of the Typhoon stabilised naval gun from

  • Images show possible submarine-launched variant of China’s YJ-18 missile

    Images have emerged on Chinese online forums showing what could be a submarine-launched variant of the YJ-18 anti-ship cruise missile. The low-resolution images show a missile displayed on presentation slides believed to have been used for a university lecture given by former Rear Admiral Zhao

  • Pakistan Navy test-fires anti-ship missile from Sea King helo

    The Pakistan Navy (PN) successfully test-fired an anti-ship missile (ASM) from one of its Sea King helicopters on 23 September. The missile “hit the intended target with pinpoint accuracy, reaffirming [the] weapon’s lethality and the offensive punch of the PN fleet”, said the

  • New SEAHAWK LW variants unveiled

    MSI-Defence Systems has unveiled two new lightweight (LW) variants of its SEAHAWK family of small-calibre naval gun systems. The SEAHAWK LW mounting has been specifically designed by MSI-Defence to provide smaller patrol craft and security vessels with a stabilised remote control weapon system

  • NAVSEA awards Columbia-class SSBN development contract

    The US Naval Sea Systems (NAVSEA) Command has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat Corporation a sole-source USD5.071 billion contract for the Integrated Product and Process Development design completion for the US Navy’s (USN’s) Columbia-class ballistic missile submarines (SSBNs). The

  • Leonardo to modernise Portuguese Black Shark torpedoes

    The Portuguese Ministry of National Defence granted approval for the Portuguese Navy to award Leonardo a maximum EUR7.1 million (USD8.4 million) contract to modernise its Black Shark heavyweight torpedoes on 21 September. Upgrade work will take place during the 2017-2019 timeframe. Portugal

  • Thailand to acquire Mk 54 lightweight torpedo array kits

    Northtrop Grumman has been awarded a USD18.6 million contract to produce Mk 54 Mod 0 lightweight torpedo array kits for operators of the weapon including Thailand, according to information published by the US Department of Defense (DoD) on 19 September. The contract combines purchases for the US

  • DSEI 2017: IAI unveils maritime version of Harop loitering munition

    Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) unveiled a new maritime version of its Harop long-endurance loitering munition at Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) 2017 in London. The weapon can be launched from a variety of ships, ranging from offshore patrol vessels to naval frigates, and can

  • DSEI 2017: BAE Systems launches NAUTIS 5 mine warfare combat system

    BAE Systems launched a fifth-generation version of its NAUTIS mine countermeasures (MCM) command-and-control system at the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) 2017 conference in London. Dubbed NAUTIS 5, the system incorporates a number of new features, including new and improved

  • DSEI 2017: UK defers Harpoon retirement

    Key Points The RN has deferred a decision to retire its Harpoon anti-ship missiles The move will partially alleviate a capability gap in RN anti-ship missile capabilities Boeing Harpoon heavy anti-ship missiles will remain in service on Royal Navy (RN) Type 23 frigates after the UK Ministry of

  • German Navy orders second batch of five corvettes

    The German Navy is now set to receive a second batch of Braunschweig-class corvettes, also commonly referred to as the K130 class, from 2022. The German defence procurement agency BAAINBw announced on 12 September 2017 that it had awarded a contract worth EUR2 billion (USD2.4 billion) to a

  • Image suggests YJ-18 anti-ship missile has entered PLAN service

    China has released the first photograph of its YJ-18 anti-ship missile (ASM) being launched from a People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) Type 052D destroyer: an indication that the ASM has entered service with the fleet. Published in the Chinese military magazine Modern Ships , the image

  • HMS Argyll performs first Sea Ceptor firings

    The UK Royal Navy (RN) Type 23 frigate HMS Argyll has successfully conducted first shipborne firings of the GWS 35 Sea Ceptor local area anti-air missile system. GWS 35 is being retrofitted to all 13 RN Type 23 frigates to replace the GWS 26 Mod 1 VL Seawolf (VLSW) point-defence missile system as

  • First Sea Ceptor firings from Type 23

    Key Points HMS Argyll undertook first-of-class firings of the GWS 35 Sea Ceptor local area air defence system in July Sea Ceptor will replace the GWS 26 Mod 1 VL Seawolf point defence missile system The Royal Navy (RN) Type 23 Duke-class frigate HMS Argyll has completed initial firings of the new

  • Brazil ratifies defence agreement with Sweden

    The Brazilian Federal Senate on 22 August ratified a defence agreement signed by the governments of Brazil and Sweden in April 2014 for bilateral co-operation in research and development, logistics support, training, military exercises, and hardware acquisition. Sweden’s Saab is playing a

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