• Surface Navy 2017: SM-6 upgrade to begin flight testing in 2017

    Key Points At-sea testing of the SM-6 Block IA missile is expected to start later in 2017 Full-rate production is due to commence in 2018 Flight testing of an improved Standard Missile-6 (SM-6) all-up-round for the US Navy (USN) will start later in 2017, ahead of planned full-rate production in

  • Surface Navy 2017: Carrier, destroyer eyed for solid-state laser weapon system testing

    Key Points LWSD is scheduled to be tested on SDTS in 2018 Plans are being explored for installation on a carrier or destroyer The US Navy (USN) is drawing up plans to a put a prototype 100-150 kW class solid-state laser weapon on an operational warship, the service's director of surface warfare

  • Pakistan test-fires first nuclear-capable submarine-launched cruise missile

    Pakistan has successfully test-fired its first nuclear-capable submarine-launched cruise missile (SLCM), according to a 9 January statement by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the media wing of the Pakistani military. Named Babur-3, the SLCM was fired to a range of 450 km from an underwater,

  • MBDA scopes two-phase Sea Viper IAMD implementation

    Key Points The two-stage roadmap envisages an initial capability to defeat ASBMs, to be followed by an evolved capability to counter medium-range ballistic missile threats Work performed by MBDA has included examination of the contribution of both the Aster Block 1 and Aster Block 1NT missiles

  • Report claims North Korea's SLBM could have a 600 km strike range carrying a one-tonne warhead

    North Korea's submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) is capable of carrying a 1.5-tonne warhead nearly 450 km or a 1-tonne warhead at least 600 km, Yonhap news agency quoted a report by the Seoul-based Institute of Korean Studies (IKS) as saying. Published in the December edition of the IKS'

  • RoKN accidentally discharges missiles, torpedo into Sea of Japan

    A Republic of Korean Navy (RoKN) P-3CK maritime patrol aircraft has accidentally discharged a number of weapons into the Sea of Japan approximately 26 n miles off South Korea' s Yangyang County. The weapons discharged are namely three Harpoon anti-ship missiles, a depth charge, and a torpedo, the

  • Sweden reactivates RBS15-based mobile coastal defence systems

    Key Points System reconstituted to RBS15 Mk 2 standard First firing trials of a land-based RBS15 Mk 2missile conducted in the Baltic Sea in early 2016. The Swedish Armed Forces has reactivated a land-based mobile RBS15 coastal defence capability on the Baltic coast, some 16 years after it was

  • USN considers options for replacing Zumwalt's LRLAP projectile

    Key Points Three possible solutions exist for a LRLAP replacement: Excalibur, MS-SGP, and the Hyper Velocity Projectile Replacing LRLAP, which was developed specifically for AGS, could add further costs to Zumwalt's price tag The Long Range Land Attack Projectile (LRLAP), originally designed for

  • China's Liaoning carrier battle group conducts first live-fire drill

    China's People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) has conducted its first live-fire exercise for its aircraft carrier battle group, the China Daily newspaper quoted the PLAN as saying in a statement. Liaoning , the country's first aircraft carrier, performed "various drills with several destroyers

  • Algerian Navy set to trial Umkhonto Block 2

    Key Points Denel Dynamics expects to complete deliveries of 100 Umkhonto Block 2 missiles by the end of January 2017 A ground-launched version of Umkhonto is proposed for the South African Army's Ground-Based Air Defence System Phase II (GBADS II) project The Algerian Navy intends to conduct a

  • USN primes industry for OTH-WS RfP

    Key Points Draft RfP issue on 9 December 2016 NAVSEA intends to award one production contract for the Fiscal Year 2018-2024 OTH-WS offtake After several months of delay, the US Navy (USN) is poised to move forward with a competition to acquire a new surface-to-surface guided weapon to equip its

  • Images emerge of possible new Chinese anti-submarine missile

    Video footage from Chinese broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV) posted on Chinese online forums around 20 November shows what appears to be a new torpedo-carrying missile being test-fired from a land-based inclined containerised launcher: an indication that the People's Liberation Army Navy

  • Italian Navy conducts first live-firing of SAAM ESD from FREMM frigate

    Key Points The first SAAM ESD qualification firing was performed on 22 November from ITS Bergamini on the Salto di Quirra range A second firing is planned for April 2017 The Italian Navy has successfully conducted the first live firing with MBDA Italia's Surface-to-Air Anti-Missile System

  • Algerian MEKOs to test Umkhonto air defence in 2017

    The Denel group said on 30 November that "extensive testing" of the Umkhonto air defence systems installed on Algeria's two new MEKO A200 frigates is scheduled to take place in 2017. The Denel statement did not name Algeria as the operator of the frigates, but described the two vessels

  • MBDA studies Sea Venom/ANL surface launch variant

    Key Points Initial feasibility studies have examined modifications to the Sea Venom/ANL missile round, and the design of a box launcher MBDA has conceptualised a containerised 'bolt-on' surface launcher installation accommodating up to 12 canistered missiles MBDA has begun early engineering

  • Royal Danish Navy sets SM-2 buy as priority, mulls frigate BMD upgrade

    Key Points SM-2 purchase is the top priority for the service, but funding remains the challenge The navy will also make a decision on a planned frigate BMD upgrade path in 2018 Funding to acquire a stock of Standard Missile-2 (SM-2) Block IIIA medium-range missiles for its Iver Huitfeldt-class

  • Negotiations under way on additional equipment package for Indonesia's PKR frigate

    Key Points Damen has been contracted by Indonesia to procure a range of 'fitted for but not with' systems Specific equipments include MBDA's VL Mica point defence missile system and its MM 40 Block 3 Exocet anti-ship missile system, and the Rheinmetall Millennium 35 mm cannon Damen Schelde Naval

  • USN considers alternatives to LRLAP for Zumwalt gun system

    Key Points USN and industry officials have acknowledged that alternatives to LRLAP are being considered as projectiles for the Zumwalt destroyers' main guns The navy says no official decision has been made on whether to cancel the LRLAP buy for Zumwalt The US Navy (USN) and industry are

  • UK to retire GWS 60 Harpoon at end of 2018

    Key Points Retirement of Harpoon will leave RN warships without a heavyweight surface-to-surface guided weapon The United Kingdom currently has no funded programme for a Harpoon replacement The United Kingdom will withdraw the GWS 60/Harpoon Block 1C anti-ship missile from Royal Navy (RN) service

  • UK confirms Sea Ceptor order for Type 26 programme

    Key Points The GWS 35 Sea Ceptor fit for Type 26 will have separate magazines forward and aft for a total of 48 CAMM missiles GWS 35 is due to become operational in the RN in 2017 The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has confirmed a GBP100 million (USD124 million) Demonstration and Manufacture

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