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  • Project 949A submarines to get Kalibr missiles

    The Russian Navy's Project 949A Antey ('Oscar II')-class nuclear-powered attack submarines will be re-armed with the Kalibr-PL missile system during an extensive overhaul at the Zvezda shipyard in the country's Far East, Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov said while visiting the facility on 7

  • SSMM module completes LCS structural test firing

    Key Points The SSMM utilises the AGM-114L-8A Longbow Hellfire missile in a vertical launch configuration IOC of SSMM Increment 1 is planned for 2018 The US Navy (USN) has conducted a successful structural test firing of the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Surface to Surface Missile Module (SSMM) from

  • Rafael launches Spike missiles from Protector USV

    Rafael has conducted live firing trials of its Spike missile system from the Protector unmanned surface vessel (USV). A Rafael spokesperson told Jane's that the trials, which took place off the coast of Israel, involved multiple launches of an undisclosed variant of the missile against what were

  • USN plans accelerated laser weapon fit on DDG 51 Flight IIA destroyer

    Key Points Seasaber Increment 1 will consist of a minimum 60 kW-class High Energy Laser along with counter-ISR dazzling capability The USN plans to fit Seasaber Increment 1 on board a DDG 51 Flight IIA destroyer in the fiscal year 2020 timeframe A fast-track plan is being developed by the US Navy

  • India test-fires anti-ship missile from lead Kalvari-class submarine

    The Indian Navy has successfully conducted the first test-firing of an anti-ship missile from its lead Kalvari (Scorpène)-class submarine, the country's defence ministry announced on 2 March. The firing, believed to have been conducted with an MBDA Exocet SM39 Block 2 missile based on

  • RN completes last Sea Skua high seas firing

    Key Points Three Sea Skua missiles were successfully fired on 25 February from a Lynx HMA.8 operating from the frigate HMS Portland This was the RN's last high seas firing before the Lynx and Sea Skua are retired from RN service A UK Royal Navy (RN) Lynx HMA.8 helicopter from 815 Naval Air

  • F 110: Profiling Spain's multirole frigate plans

    The F 110 frigate is intended to provide the Armada Española with a versatile and flexible surface combatant, able to perform a range of missions. Dr Lee Willett and Richard Scott assess a hugely significant programme for the navy and Spanish industry The Spanish Navy (Armada Española)

  • IDEX 2017: Leonardo's Vulcano 155 mm guided ammunition to be tested by USN

    Key Points The USN is to explore Vulcano munitions for compatibility with DDG 1000s Leonardo and DRS Technologies will conduct fire trials during 2017 Italy-based Leonardo has been invited by the US Navy (USN) to verify and test its Vulcano guided ammunition for potential application to the DDG

  • IDEX 2017: MBDA receives UAE contract for additional Marte Mk 2/N missiles

    Key Points The UAE placed its original contract for Marte Mk 2/N in 2009 Marte Mk 2/N revealed sold to Turkmenistan European missile company MBDA has secured a follow-on order from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for the supply of additional Marte Mk 2/N anti-ship missiles to the UAE Naval Forces.

  • IDEX 2017: Taiwan works to expand AAW capability

    Key Points Future Tuo Jiang corvettes will be modified to integrate the new Sea TC-2N Missile System and Sea Oryx SAM Work is progressing to also introduce a new, larger, more AAW-capable ship in the future The Taiwanese navy is looking to expand the anti-air warfare (AAW) capability of its next

  • IDEX 2017: UAE signs up for the RAM Block 2

    Key Points The Direct Commercial Sale contract marks the first sale of the RAM Block 2 in the Middle East region The missiles will equip the UAE Naval Forces' six Baynunah-class corvettes, plus two new Project Arialah offshore patrol vessels due for delivery to CICPA Raytheon Missile Systems is

  • USN begins loading first Trident II D5 LE missiles into SSBNs

    Key Points The USN tested two Trident II D5 missiles on 14 and 16 February SSP to begin looking at follow-on to Trident II D5 The US Navy (USN) has concluded testing of its submarine launched Trident II D5 missile, conducted over a three-day period in the Pacific Missile Range off the coast of

  • RAN Future Frigates to carry SM-2 Block IIIA anti-air missiles

    The Standard SM-2 Block IIIA medium-range anti-air missile has been mandated for the nine Future Frigates to be acquired for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) under Project Sea 5000, informed sources have confirmed to Jane's . The SM-2, along with the long-range active phased-array CEAFAR2-S/X/L

  • Adding value: Danish frigate looks to make a difference for USN CSG

    The Royal Danish Navy frigate HDMS Peter Willemoes is deploying with a US Navy carrier strike group. Dr Lee Willett visited the ship to investigate what it offers to CSG operations Only a small number of navies operating at the highest levels of the conventional capability spectrum deploy

  • Indian Navy Il-38SD MPA successfully fires Kh-35 anti-ship missile

    An Indian Navy (IN) Ilyushin Il-38SD maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) has fired a Russian-built Kh-35 radar-guided anti-ship missile against a target ship in a demonstration of its long-range sea denial capability, IN spokesperson Captain D K Sharma announced on 8 February. The successful 'maiden'

  • NAVSEA presses launch button on Over-The-Horizon missile competition

    Industry has three months to turn around responses for the US Navy's (USN's) Over-The-Horizon Weapon System (OTH-WS) after the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) released a Request for Proposals (RFP) on 8 February. Boeing, Lockheed Martin, and Raytheon (teamed with Kongsberg) are all expected to

  • ONR to examine Otto fuel, Al-Ago battery technologies for extended range Mk 48 torpedo

    Both Otto fuel turbine engine and aluminium silver-oxide (Al-AgO) electric propulsion technologies are to be examined under an Office of Naval Research (ONR) Future Naval Capability (FNC) programme intended to increase the range of the US Navy's (USN's) Mk 48 Mod 7 heavyweight torpedo. However, the

  • Russia, India developing lightweight BrahMos variant, says report

    India and Russia are developing a new lightweight variant of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile for use on submarines and the Sukhoi T-50 PAK-FA (Perspektivny Aviatsionny Kompleks Frontovoy Aviatsii) fifth-generation fighter, Russia's TASS news agency reported on 27 January. "We are working

  • USN seeks to come up to speed with electric weapons, DEWs

    Key Points USN leadership want to gage how quickly electric and laser weapons technology can be integrated into the fleet The navy may emphasise modernisation investments and weapons systems upgrades US Navy (USN) leadership is investigating how quickly electronic weapons and lasers can be

  • Raytheon evaluates seeker options for Maritime Strike Tomahawk

    Key Points The US Navy plans that the Maritime Strike Tomahawk will introduce an anti-ship seeker The upgrade will provide in-flight terminal guidance for Tomahawk Block IV against moving maritime targets Raytheon Missile Systems is exploring seeker options to meet the requirements of the US

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