• 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

  • USN flexes LCS’ missile capabilities off Guam amid threats from North Korea

    Key Points The US Navy has demonstrated the Littoral Combat Ship’s anti-surface capabilities near Guam Missile firing comes in the wake of threats by North Korea to launch missiles at the Western Pacific island, and demonstrates the LCS’ lethal capabilities even while on overseas

  • Chile eyes new shipborne long-range land attack capability

    Chile may become the first South American nation to deploy a shipborne cruise missile with the capability to reach targets deep in land, as its navy is eyeing IAI/Malam’s Long Range Attack (LORA) hybrid missile and ballistic weapon, military sources in Santiago told Jane's . Interest in LORA,

  • Indonesia eyes Black Shark torpedoes for Type 209/1400 submarines

    Key Points Indonesia is looking to acquire the Black Shark torpedo for its Type 209/1400 submarines from South Korea Move will equip the new submarines with the same capability as regional submarine operators Indonesia will acquire the Black Shark fibre optic wire-guided heavyweight torpedo for

  • Indonesia to homeport newly commissioned Type 209/1400 submarine in Central Sulawesi

    Key Points The Indonesian Navy has commissioned its first new submarine in 36 years The diesel-electric platform’s base in Central Sulawesi will give it better access to disputed maritime areas in the region The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Laut: TNI-AL) will

  • LRASM firing demonstrates canister launch

    Lockheed Martin has completed a first launch of its Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) surface-launch variant from a topside canister installation. Performed at the White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, on 26 July, the flight test “proved the missile’s ability to conduct an angled

  • DoD awards first LRASM production contract

    The US military is to receive its first air-launched Lockheed Martin AGM-158C Long-Range Anti-Ship Missiles (LRASMs) in the third quarter of 2019, under a Department of Defense (DoD) contract awarded on 25 July. The contract, which is valued at USD86.5 million, will see Lockheed Martin Missiles and

  • MAKS 2017: Russia unveils export-oriented APR-3ME anti-submarine torpedo

    JSC Region state research and manufacturing enterprise, a subsidiary of Tactical Missiles Corporation (KTRV), unveiled its APR-3ME Orel (Vulture) air-launched anti-submarine torpedo at the Moscow Air Show (MAKS) 2017. The APR-3ME is an upgraded and lighter variant of the APR-3E torpedo, featuring

  • USN conducts first Tomahawk missile launch from the VPT

    Key Points The test examined the impact of a launch on submarine systems By adding the VPT a Block III-class sub will increase its missile capacity The US Navy (USN) has demonstrated the ability to carry and launch Tomahawk cruise missiles from a Block III Virginia-class submarine fitted with the

  • IAI trials Green Dragon naval variant

    Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has introduced a new naval application for its Green Dragon loitering munition to address "the unique requirements of the naval arena". Weighing 15 kg, Green Dragon is a sealed canister-launched tactical loitering munition/intelligence, surveillance, and

  • Indonesia selects MARLIN WS 30 mm gun system for PC-40 class

    The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Laut, or TNI-AL) has selected the MARLIN - WS remote-controlled gun mount system equipped with a 30 mm cannon for its PC-40 class of patrol vessels. Confirmation from the TNI-AL on this weapon choice came with the commissioning of the sixth

  • Rostec develops new anti-submarine weapon

    Russian state corporation Rostec unveiled an export version of the Techmash-designed Zagon-2 guided anti-submarine weapon, designated the Zagon-2E, at the International Maritime Defence Show (IMDS), which took place in St Petersburg from 28 June to 2 July. The Zagon-2/2E is an air-launched

  • IMDS 2017: Rostec unveils Pantsir-ME naval weapon, adds details on the system

    Rostec unveiled an export version of the Russian Instrument Design Bureau (KBP)-designed integrated gun and surface-to-air missile (SAM) naval weapon system Pantsir-M, designated Pantsir-ME, at the International Maritime Defence Show (IMDS) in St Petersburg. Pantsir-ME is a fully automated

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