• Pacific 2017: Ultra Electronics positions new torpedo countermeasures for SEA 1000

    Ultra Electronics is showcasing the latest models of its Defender and Deceptor series of torpedo countermeasures, with an eye on Australia’s SEA 1000 programme. The new series, which are due for commercial production in 2018, feature programmable motion and acoustic plans that can better

  • Saab to supply Multi-Mode Radar for USCG Offshore Patrol Cutter

    Key Points Saab’s Sea Giraffe AMB radar has been selected for the USCG Offshore Patrol Cutter Multi-Mode Radar requirement An initial two Sea Giraffe AMB radars will be provided by Saab Defense and Security USA Defence and security company Saab has strengthened its position in the US

  • Pacific 2017: Australia begins deployment of ViDAR-equipped ScanEagles in operational roles

    Key Points Australia has begun operational deployments of ScanEagle units equipped with ViDAR System has enhanced the service's maritime surveillance capabilities while reducing operator workload The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has begun deploying units of the ScanEagle unmanned aerial system

  • Pacific 2017: Ultra Electronics introduces sonobuoy mission pod concept to Asia-Pacific region

    Key Points Ultra Electronics is showcasing a mission pod concept that allows fixed- and rotary-winged UAVs to deploy sonobuoys Concept is expected to gain traction given the rapid proliferation of unmanned aerial systems, said the company Ultra Electronics is showcasing the company’s

  • Singapore retires three Fearless-class patrol vessels

    The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) has decommissioned three more 55 m Fearless-class patrol vessels. The locally built platforms, which were formerly in service as RSS Sovereignty , RSS Unity , and RSS Justice , were retired in a ceremony officiated by RSN Chief Rear Admiral Lew Chuen Hong at

  • UK rolls out new framework for warship support

    Key Points The first 10 contracts signed under the Common Support Model are worth GBP794 million in total Establishing a single support system is aimed at improving the performance and delivery of support, as well as making savings in equipment costs The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has revealed

  • Pacific 2017: Lacroix strengthens presence in Southeast Asian region with new office

    French defence company Lacroix has opened a new office in Kuala Lumpur to strengthen its presence in the Southeast Asian region, the company announced at the Pacific 2017 exhibition in Sydney. The office is operational from October 2017, and represents the company’s strategy to get closer to

  • Pacific 2017: Australia to deploy target designators on S-100 rotary-winged UAS

    Key Points The Royal Australian Navy is looking to expand on the range of MUM-T operations beyond maritime surveillance Plans come as a greater number of unmanned systems are deployed within the service In the wake of successful first ever man-unmanned teaming (MUM-T) operation, the Royal

  • Pacific 2017: Aegis picked to bolster anti-missile capabilities of Australia’s Future Frigate

    Australia has selected Lockheed Martin’s Aegis combat management system (CMS) for the nine Future Frigates to be acquired for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) under Project Sea 5000, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced on 3 October. The capability will be supplied under the US Foreign

  • Pacific 2017: Peru selects Typhoon Mk-30c for Rio Pativilca class

    Key Points Peru has selected the Typhoon Mk-30c as a primary weapon for its Rio Pativilca class Weapon will provide the platform with defence against swarm boat tactics and emerging aerial threats The Peruvian Coast Guard has selected the latest variant of the Typhoon stabilised naval gun from

  • Boeing, Lockheed Martin secure XLUUV design contracts

    Key Points The Orca XLUUV programme is intended to develop a modular, open architecture long-range unmanned underwater vehicle Boeing and Lockheed Martin will complete Phase I design activities by the end of 2018, with a single contractor to be downselected for manufacture under Phase II Boeing

  • Metal Shark clinches US Navy PB(X) patrol boat contract

    Key Points Metal Shark is to build new PB(X) patrol boats for the US Naval Expeditionary Combat Command The initial order, valued at USD29.8 million, covers the delivery of 11 craft Louisiana-based shipbuilder Metal Shark has won out in a seven-way competition to build a new fleet of patrol boats

  • USS Ponce returns to homeport to retire

    Key Points AFSB(I)15 was the first ship to be fully realised and dedicated as an afloat forward staging base The ship will decommission in Norfolk, Virginia, on 14 October The US Navy (USN) afloat forward staging base-interim USS Ponce (AFSB(I) 15) has returned to Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia,

  • ‘Formidable Shield 2017’ exercises NATO integrated air and missile defence capabilities

    Key Points Exercise ‘Formidable Shield 2017’ is being conducted on the MoD Hebrides range off northwest Scotland Ships from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States are participating Eight NATO navies have begun a first

  • Upgraded Brazilian Super Lynx makes maiden flight

    The first modernised AH-11B Super Lynx multirole helicopter for the Brazilian Navy made its maiden flight from Leonardo Helicopters’ Yeovil facility in the United Kingdom on 28 September. Leonardo is upgrading eight AH-11As to AH-11B standard under a EUR117 million (USD138 million) contract

  • Report calls for Australia to acquire modified off-the-shelf submarines to offset possible delays in future fleet construction

    An independent report into Australia’s Sea 1000 programme has criticised the selection process and calls for the urgent acquisition of six modified military-off-the shelf (MMOTS) boats to avoid any capability gap caused by possible delays in construction of the Shortfin Barracuda Future

  • Australia participates in inaugural trilateral submarine exercise with US, Japan

    Key Points An Australian submarine has taken part in an exercise with US and Japanese boats for the first time Participation improves the three naval services’ submarine interoperability The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has for the first time taken part in a trilateral submarine exercise

  • Australia further flexes HADR capabilities in exercise with Timor-Leste

    Key Points An Australian amphibious assault ship has completed an amphibious dispatch operation of deployable medical equipment, including a mobile hospital, to Timor-Leste Payload further demonstrates the range of humanitarian assistance operations that can be undertaken by the platform In a

  • Babcock, BMT team as start gun fires for Type 31e programme

    Key Points Babcock and BMT Defence Services have teamed to bid for the UK’s Type 31e frigate programme A RFI to support Type 31e market testing was released on 11 September, with responses due back by 16 October A first teaming for the UK Royal Navy's (RN's) Type 31e frigate programme has

  • India deploys Magar-class amphibious ship to Bangladesh on Rohingya relief mission

    The Indian Navy has deployed a Magar-class amphibious ship to the port of Chittagong, Bangladesh in support of a humanitarian relief mission for Rohingya refugees. The ship, INS Gharial , departed India on 25 September with 1,000 tonnes of humanitarian supplies, said an Indian Navy spokesperson via

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