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  • 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

  • F21 torpedo enters final development phase

    Key Points DCNS is under contract to deliver just under 100 F21 heavyweight torpedoes, as well as to undertake integration into the French Navy’s existing and new submarines The F21 will replace the existing F17 Mod 2 torpedo in French service The French Navy’s new F21 heavyweight

  • IDAS partners look to re-plan submarine development firing

    The IDAS Consortium of Diehl Defence and thyssenkrupp Marine Systems (tkMS) is working to reschedule an engineering development firing of the IDAS (Interactive Defence and Attack System for Submarines) missile system from a submarine before the end of 2017. This follows the identification of a

  • USN eyes HELIOS for laser weapon fit on DDG 51 Flight IIA destroyer

    The US Navy (USN) is advancing a fast-track plan to test a high-energy laser weapon system on a DDG-51 Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer. A request for proposal (RFP) for what the navy now refers to as the High Energy Laser with Integrated Optical-dazzler and Surveillance (HELIOS) system

  • Soft-kill technologies could address gap in low-cost naval countermeasures

    Lack of investment in maritime soft-kill countermeasures from the 1980s has stagnated development of affordable countermeasures for the naval arena, limiting the spectrum of responses, a Chemring Countermeasures official told Jane's at the MAST Asia 2017 exhibition in Tokyo. Senior business manager

  • French Navy HIL helicopters to carry Sea Venom/ANL missile

    Key Points MBDA's Sea Venom/ANL anti-ship missile will be carried by the new HIL in French Navy service The Airbus Helicopters H160 forms the basis for the HIL programme The French Navy is planning to arm its new Hélicoptère Interarmées Léger (HIL) helicopters with MBDA's Sea

  • New ramjet engine to enhance range, speed of China's air-launched missiles

    China has successfully tested a solid-fuel, variable-flow ramjet engine designed to enhance the firing range and speed of air-launched missiles, the state-owned Global Times newspaper reported on 5 June. The paper quoted a report by the Science and Technology Daily of China's Ministry of Science

  • Iran reportedly tests supercavitating torpedo

    Iran test fired its Hoot high-speed torpedo near the Strait of Hormuz on 7 May, NBC News reported three senior US defence officials as saying on the following day. The sources said the Hoot is still in its testing phase and could not say whether the test was successful. They said the weapon should

  • Images emerge of possible new Chinese anti-ship weapon

    China may be developing a new anti-ship weapon that combines technologies derived from developments in cruise missiles and ground-effect vehicles (GEVs). An image of a brochure marketing the weapon, the latter of which is shown painted in blue Chinese navy camouflage, appeared on Chinese online

  • Iranian midget submarine missile test reportedly fails

    Iran's attempt to test launch a missile from one of its midget submarines has failed, Fox News reported two US officials as saying on 3 May. The officials said the test was carried out in the Strait of Hormuz using a Yono-class submarine: a North Korean design that is produced in Iran as the

  • Aselsan develops advanced naval STAMP RWS

    Turkey's Aselsan has released details of a new remotely operated weapon station (RWS) designed for mounting on naval vessels. The Stabilised Machine gun Platform-2 (STAMP-2) features several improvements to the original STAMP design, and was developed in conjunction with TUBITAK, the Scientific and

  • US performs new SM-6 tests ahead of FOC milestone

    The US Navy (USN) has successfully executed four flight tests of the Standard Missile-6 Block I (SM-6 Block I) missile off Hawaii in testing, supporting planned achievement of full operational capability (FOC) at the end of this year. The live firings, performed from the Aegis Baseline 9.C1 guided

  • Malaysia conducts trials of 30 mm naval gun from first-of-class NGPC

    Key Points The Malaysian Coast Guard has conducted test firings of a 30 mm Turkish-made naval gun system from a newly inducted platform Tests brings the first-of-class New Generation Patrol Craft closer towards full operational capability with the service The Malaysian Coast Guard has conducted

  • As China ascends, PACOM chief wants more lethal weapons, submarines

    The US military in the Asia-Pacific region wants longer-range weapons and more submarines, Admiral Harry Harris, head of US Pacific Command (PACOM), told the House Armed Services Committee on 26 April. "China has developed and fielded capability and capacity to challenge our regional maritime

  • IRGC Navy receives Nasir anti-ship missiles

    The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Navy (IRGCN) formally took delivery of the first consignment of the new Nasir anti-ship missile during a ceremony held on 22 April. Defence Minister Hossein Dehghan said the Nasir can be mounted on speedboats, prepared quickly for launch, flies at a low flight

  • US Navy SSGN completes repairs after grounding

    A US Navy (USN) guided-missile nuclear-powered submarine (SSGN) has completed repairs following a grounding in late 2015 and is expected to re-enter the water this week, officials told IHS Jane's on 5 January. The Ohio-class SSGN USS Georgia (SSGN 729) has been in dry dock for repairs following an

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