• Philippine Navy fires on Vietnamese fishing boats, two dead

    Key Points The Philippine Navy has opened fire on a Vietnamese fishing boat, killing two persons Increasing cases of IUU fishing in the region are showing signs of potentially escalating maritime conflicts The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has assured Hanoi that a thorough

  • ST Marine launches Singapore’s fifth Littoral Mission Vessel

    Key Points Singapore has launched the country’s fifth Littoral Mission Vessel Republic is on track to operate its class of eight Independence-class ships by 2020 Singapore shipbuilder ST Marine has launched the country’s fifth Littoral Mission Vessel. The vessel, which will be in

  • Leonardo to modernise Portuguese Black Shark torpedoes

    The Portuguese Ministry of National Defence granted approval for the Portuguese Navy to award Leonardo a maximum EUR7.1 million (USD8.4 million) contract to modernise its Black Shark heavyweight torpedoes on 21 September. Upgrade work will take place during the 2017-2019 timeframe. Portugal

  • AOEW transitions to EMD phase

    Key Points The AOEW AMP, designated AN/ALQ-248, is a self-contained EW pod hosting both high-sensitivity receiver and electronic attack subsystems for anti-ship missile defence NAVSEA has exercised a USD23.6 million option with Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems for the EMD phase Lockheed

  • Indra demonstrates prototype USV

    Indra conducted a first public sea trial demonstrating the capabilities of its new prototype unmanned surface vessel (USV) off northwest Spain on 17 September. Although built as part of the Galicia regional government-backed Civil UAV Initiative, the vessel is targeted to perform a variety of key

  • Fourth OPV for Portugal floated out

    Portuguese shipbuilder West Sea-Estaleiros Navais floated out a fourth new Viana do Castelo-class NPO (Navio de Patrulha Oceanica) offshore patrol vessel (OPV) on 13 September. The OPV, designated Setúbal (P363) , is the second of an additional two OPVs under construction in a contract worth

  • EUNAVFOR provides additional training modules for the Libyan Coastguard and Navy

    A cadre of 87 Libyan Coastguard and Navy personnel arrived in Italy on 17 September to attend new training modules at the Italian Navy Petty Officer Academy in Taranto. The group, comprising officers and petty officers and including three supporting tutors, will attend two different training

  • Royal Navy outlines plans for RWUAS Phase 2 flight trials on board Type 23 frigate

    The UK Royal Navy (RN) has outlined plans to trial a vertical unmanned aerial system (VUAS) on board a Type 23 frigate in 2018 as part of the UK Rotary-Wing Unmanned Air System Capability Concept Demonstrator (RWUAS CCD) Phase 2 effort. Speaking at the DSEI in London on 12 September, First Sea Lord

  • Safran secures first order for Paseo NS surveillance and fire-control system

    French defence company Safran has received a first ever order for its Paseo NS (naval system) shipborne multifunction EO surveillance and fire-control system. The system will be supplied for the new frigates of an undisclosed Asian navy, the company said in a media release issued on its website.

  • Vietnam’s third Gepard frigate departs Russia on voyage home

    Key Points The People’s Army of Vietnam Navy is on track to receive its third Gepard 3.9-class frigate in 2017 Platform will significantly improve the service’s anti-submarine warfare capabilities A Russian-built Modified Gepard 3.9 (Project 11661E)-class guided-missile frigate

  • Australian frigate conducts first MUM-T operations with MH-60R helicopter, ScanEagle UAS

    The Royal Australian Navy’ (RAN’s) Adelaide (Oliver Hazard Perry)-class guided missile frigate HMAS Newcastle (06) has completed the service’s first ever man-unmanned teaming (MUM-T) integrated flying serials. The operations, which involved Newcastle’s embarked MH-60R

  • Finland extends Merikarhu Mediterranean deployment

    The Finnish Border Guard’s (FBG’s) Improved Tursas-class offshore patrol vessel (OPV) Merikarhu will remain at its Greek Adriatic station for another six months, stretching into the beginning of 2018. The coastguard patrol vessel departed Helsinki in February to join, for the second

  • Indonesian Navy outlines specifications for seventh LPD

    Key Points The Indonesian Navy is finalising parameters for a seventh landing platform dock ship Vessel is projected to be the most complex LPD yet, given its secondary role as a command ship The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Laut, or TNI-AL) is in the process of

  • DSEI 2017: IAI unveils maritime version of Harop loitering munition

    Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) unveiled a new maritime version of its Harop long-endurance loitering munition at Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) 2017 in London. The weapon can be launched from a variety of ships, ranging from offshore patrol vessels to naval frigates, and can

  • Hyundai selects Kelvin Hughes bridge system for New Zealand Navy’s fleet tanker

    Key Points The Royal New Zealand Navy’s new fleet tanker will feature a navigation bridge system from Kelvin Hughes System also eliminates the need for helicopter transponders, and allows for better awareness against potentially hostile small targets in the air, and on the surface British

  • South Korea selects submarine weapons systems from Babcock for KSS-3 class

    South Korea has awarded a seven-year contract to produce and deliver weapons handling and launch equipment for the country’s third KSS-3-class diesel-electric submarines (SSKs) to Babcock. This follows an earlier deal in which Babcock was contracted to supply a similar type of equipment set,

  • Australian, Singaporean navies enhance amphibious interoperability for HADR missions

    Key Points Australia's newest amphibious ship has conducted helicopter cross-deck operations and LCU dockings with a Singapore Navy LPD Exercise validates the two platforms' ability to interoperate, and respond jointly to regional humanitarian incidents In preparing for the eventuality of a

  • DSEI 2017: ARES steams ahead with Qatari patrol craft deliveries

    Turkish shipbuilder ARES Shipyard delivered the 10th of 17 fast patrol craft to Qatar's coast guard in late August and is poised to deliver three more before the end of the year. Speaking to Jane’s at DSEI on 13 September, Utku Alanc, Deputy General Manager for Business Development at ARES,

  • DSEI 2017: BAE Systems launches NAUTIS 5 mine warfare combat system

    BAE Systems launched a fifth-generation version of its NAUTIS mine countermeasures (MCM) command-and-control system at the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) 2017 conference in London. Dubbed NAUTIS 5, the system incorporates a number of new features, including new and improved

  • German Navy orders second batch of five corvettes

    The German Navy is now set to receive a second batch of Braunschweig-class corvettes, also commonly referred to as the K130 class, from 2022. The German defence procurement agency BAAINBw announced on 12 September 2017 that it had awarded a contract worth EUR2 billion (USD2.4 billion) to a

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