• USN awards contracts for USMC cyber, IT training

    Key Points USN issues four contracts to support USMC cyber and IT training The total value for all four contracts combined is USD61 million, although this figure could rise to more than USD100 million if options within the contracts are taken up The US Navy (USN) has issued four contracts for

  • Ukraine commissions two new Gurza-M patrol craft as it rebuilds naval combat capability

    Key Points Ukraine set to commission first two of nine planned Gurza-M patrol craft Navy is seeking to re-constitute its force in the wake of the 2014 Crimea crisis The Ukrainian Navy commissioned two Project 58155 Gurza-M missile-capable riverine patrol boats on 6 December, following lengthy

  • US Navy to contract further E-2D production lots

    The US Navy (USN) is to contract Northrop Grumman for the full-rate production of Lots 7-11 of the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft. The proposed fixed-price contract, which was posted on the Federal Business Opportunities website on 6 December, will

  • Bangladesh Navy issues new helicopter tender

    The Bangladesh Navy (BN) has issued a tender for the procurement of two new maritime helicopters to be delivered in the coming months. The tender specification seen by IHS Jane's in early December calls for the procurement of two helicopters to be used for anti-submarine warfare (ASW), anti-surface

  • Exponaval 2016: ASMAR close to completing build on fourth Chilean OPV, prepares to build Antarctic support ship

    Key Points ASMAR concluding build work on Chile's fourth OPV Company preparing for potential build work on future Antarctic support ship ASMAR shipyard is currently completing construction of a fourth offshore patrol vessel (OPV) for the Chilean Navy and is gearing up to build a 110 m Antarctic

  • 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

  • International naval contribution to New Zealand earthquake relief operation concludes

    Key Points Maritime element of the HADR operation draws to end Seven ships, from the Australian, Canadian, and US navies as well as the Royal New Zealand Navy, supported the operation An international naval force has largely concluded its role in Operation 'Ahwina', the humanitarian assistance

  • NAVSEA to host industry day as it seeks 'intimidating' PB-X boat

    Key Points NAVSEA plans to award a production contract for 18 or more PB-X patrol craft in 2017 A draft RFP says that 120 boats could be ordered over 15-years The US Navy (USN) is pressing ahead with plans to acquire a "visually intimidating" and significantly larger patrol boat. The

  • Independent report sets out transformation plan for UK shipbuilding

    Key Points Report suggests that the new Type 31 General Purpose Frigate could be delivered by other than BAE Systems, currently the UK's only builder of complex warships It also calls for a major shake-up of the MoD's management and governance of RN ship procurement A new report has recommended

  • Singapore enhances aerial, maritime surveillance capabilities with 55 m aerostat

    Key Points The Singapore Armed Forces has taken delivery of a 55 m tethered aerostat System will enhance the republic's persistent aerial and maritime surveillance capabilities The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) has begun local tests of a 55 m tethered aerostat system that was acquired to enhance

  • Spain's SAES reveals automated sonar system designed to detect small surface craft

    Key Points SAES has developed a sonar system focusing on the automated detection, tracking, and classification of small surface craft. The work is derived from the EU-backed CLOSEYE project, with maritime trafficking via small craft being a prominent security issue for Europe. Spanish underwater

  • USCG polar icebreaker plan picks up speed

    Key Points A new heavy icebreaker is expected to replace USCGC Polar Star in 2023; two follow-on ships are also planned. The USCG is seeking proven vessel designs and mature technology with a focus on affordability. The US Coast Guard (USCG) has asked for industry help in refining the

  • Airbus delivers first three TNI-AL AS565 MBe Panther helicopters to PTDI

    Key Points Airbus Helicopters is building the 'green' AS565 MBe Panther, while PTDI will outfit the helicopters in-country at its Bandung facility The 11 helicopters will receive an ASW mission suite co-developed by PTDI and Rotorcraft Services Group PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) has received

  • Asian navies must go beyond operating 'token' fleets to ensure conventional submarine deterrent capability, says former RAN admiral

    Key Points Operators of smaller submarine fleets in the Asia-Pacific region are likely to expand fleet numbers for scalability, as submarine warfare becomes a significant feature of regional maritime rivalry Navies will need larger submarine fleet numbers to ensure conventional deterrent

  • 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

  • Thailand conducts deck landing trials of H145M helicopter on LPD

    A Royal Thai Navy (RTN) H145M helicopter has successfully completed a series of deck landing trials on board the service's Endurance-class landing platform dock (LPD) platform, HTMS Angthong (791). The trials were conducted on 22 November off the coast of Pattaya, and involved a single airframe

  • HCDC report challenges UK surface fleet recapitalisation plans

    Key Points The UK's forthcoming National Shipbuilding Strategy is planned to set out the framework within which the Type 26 GCS and the Type 31 GPFF will be delivered The HCDC warns that 'woefully low' escort force levels could fall further An ageing frigate force, delays to replacement

  • India bolsters Western Fleet ASW capability with Kolkata destroyer

    Key Points India has assigned its latest destroyer to the country's Western Naval Command The ship's arrival comes amid rising tensions with Pakistan The Indian Navy will assign the newly inducted Project 15A Kolkata-class guided-missile destroyer, INS Chennai, to the service's Western Naval

  • Northrop Grumman contracted for C4ISR, machinery control systems for new USCG cutter

    Key Points In September, Eastern Shipbuilding Group was selected for the OPC detailed design and production phase Northrop Grumman's scope of supply includes integrated bridge systems, C2 consoles, navigation and combat data distribution systems, ship-wide computer network systems, and machinery

  • International navies respond to provide New Zealand earthquake relief

    Key Points RNZN and other navies deploy to provide disaster relief The seven naval ships present have ferried supplies ashore and have evacuated people The Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) and a number of other navies gathered in the region for international engagement have deployed to provide

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