• 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Helibras concludes first Exocet missile integration tests for Brazilian AH-15B

    Brazilian helicopter specialist Helibras, a local operation of Airbus Helicopters, has concluded a three-week testing phase for integration of MBDA's Exocet AM 39 Block 2 Mod 2 anti-ship missile and tactical data management system that is to equip the reconnaissance and anti-surface warfare variant

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