• DSEI 2017: SubSea high-speed submersible begins underwater trials

    Key Points New speedboat/submarine hybrid has begun testing on and below the surface The DDU promises faster and longer ranging insertion capabilities for special forces SubSea Craft has confirmed to Jane’s that its innovative special forces Diver Delivery Unit (DDU) vehicle has begun

  • DSEI 2017: SEA unveils second-generation thin-line towed KraitArray sonar

    Systems engineering and sensors house SEA launched a new, enhanced version of its KraitArray thin-line passive towed array sonar at DSEI 2017 in London that the company claims offers 10 times the performance of the original system. Speaking to Jane’s on 12 September, KraitArray product

  • Indonesia allocates USD204 million for navy's minesweepers replacement programme

    Key Points Indonesia has revised funding allocations for the acquisition of two new mine-countermeasure vessels A variant of the German Navy's Frankenthal class has been named as a frontrunner in the acquisition programme The Indonesian government has approved funds totalling USD204 million to

  • DSEI 2017: ASMAR completes basic engineering for new icebreaker, gears up for construction

    Chile's state-run shipyard ASMAR is nearing completion of the design and basic engineering of a new icebreaker for the Chilean Navy. The new Polar PC5 ice-class Antarctic support ship, dubbed Antártica 1 , is intended to replace the Chilean Navy’s Type 1200 survey ship Contre-Almirante

  • UK lays down markers for Type 31e frigate

    Key Points The Type 31e design philosophy is of a standard ‘core’ platform offered with a matrix of ‘adaptable’ options to meet potential export requirements A design and build contract award is planned for early 2019 following a fast-track competition Details released by

  • Brazilian Navy to purchase simulator for Sea Hawk helicopters

    The Brazilian Navy is acquiring a containerised flight training device (CFTD) to train the crew of its six Sikorsky S-70B (designated SH-16 in Brazil) Seahawk helicopters. The simulator is being purchased under the Brazilian Navy’s Helicóptero de Multi-Emprego (multipurpose helicopter)

  • Swedish order for Trackfire remote weapon station

    Saab has been contracted by the Swedish Defence Material Administration (FMV) to supply its Trackfire remote weapon station (RWS) for Royal Swedish Navy assault craft. The Trackfire RWS will equip the new Combat Boat 90 (CB90 HSM) on order for the Amphibious Corps. Dockstavarvet is under contract

  • US Navy awards Lot 1 contract for CH-53K heavy lift helicopter

    Key Points The US Navy awarded Sikorsky its first CH-53K LRIP contract This moves the programme from test aircraft to production aircraft The US Navy (USN) on 31 August awarded Sikorsky a contract for its first low-rate initial production (LRIP) lot of two CH-53K King Stallion heavy lift

  • First Sea Ceptor firings from Type 23

    Key Points HMS Argyll undertook first-of-class firings of the GWS 35 Sea Ceptor local area air defence system in July Sea Ceptor will replace the GWS 26 Mod 1 VL Seawolf point defence missile system The Royal Navy (RN) Type 23 Duke-class frigate HMS Argyll has completed initial firings of the new

  • Singapore completes inaugural bilateral naval exercise with USN off Guam

    Key Points The Singapore and US navies have completed a series of complex warfighting drills off Guam Besides building interoperability, exercise provides Singapore with opportunity to fire longer-range weapons such as the Harpoon anti-ship missiles In a sign of growing naval interoperability

  • Hyundai selects Servowatch ship management system for Philippine Navy frigates

    Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has selected the Integrated Platform Management System (IPMS) from UK-based company Servowatch Systems for two new frigates that the former will deliver to the Philippine Navy (PN). HHI signed a PHP15,744,571,584 (USD307 million) contract with the Philippine

  • ONR plans technology maturation effort for future X-band radar

    Key Points The FXR is planned to assume the functional capabilities of the current AN/SPQ-9B radar including surface Search, horizon search, and periscope detection and discrimination The ONR’s planned Technology Advancement and Risk Reduction phase is intended to mature technologies that

  • Special forces RIBs receive NiDAR X C2 system

    Key Points MARSS Group has been awarded a USD2-million-plus contract by Zodiac Milpro for the NiDAR X C2 system NiDAR X is being fitted to a flotilla of Zodiac Hurricane RIBs MARSS Group has disclosed a new contract with Zodiac Milpro for the installation of its NiDAR command and control (C2)

  • UK poised to change gear on Type 31 frigate acquisition programme

    Key Points The Type 31 acquisition strategy is to be briefed at an industry engagement event in London on 7 September It is expected that the long-awaited National Shipbuilding Strategy will be announced just prior to the event The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) is set publish an "innovative

  • India issues RFIs for more than 230 naval helicopters

    Key Points India has issued RFIs for utility and multirole naval helicopters Procurement is in line with the induction of new helicopter-capable surface combatants The Indian Ministry of Defence has issued two separate requests for information (RFIs) in a bid to equip the Indian Navy with

  • USN flexes LCS’ missile capabilities off Guam amid threats from North Korea

    Key Points The US Navy has demonstrated the Littoral Combat Ship’s anti-surface capabilities near Guam Missile firing comes in the wake of threats by North Korea to launch missiles at the Western Pacific island, and demonstrates the LCS’ lethal capabilities even while on overseas

  • Regional navies intensify search for missing sailors in Singapore waters after USS John S McCain collision

    Key Points A search for 10 missing US sailors off Singapore has intensified, even as the US Navy announces a review of its operations Accident and subsequent search operations have raised concerns in Beijing, given the area's close proximity to its claims in the South China Sea In the wake of a

  • Indian Coast Guard receives two high-speed interceptor ships

    On 17 August 2017, Larsen and Toubro (L&T) issued a press release confirming the delivery of two high-speed interceptor boats to the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) at Kattupalli Shipyard near Chennai. The delivery comes seven months ahead of schedule. The boats are a part of two contracts signed by

  • Proteus dual-mode undersea vehicle demonstrated at ANTX

    Key Points Proteus has been designed and built to serve as a large-diameter undersea vehicle prototype for both manned and unmanned missions During ANTX, Proteus was used to ingress contested battlespace and launch three micro-UUVs Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII’s) Proteus

  • UK explores Multi-Role Support Ship concept

    Key Points The MRSS pre-concept study is due to report in 2018 MRSS will address future amphibious, forward repair, and medical capability requirements The UK Royal Navy (RN) has instigated a package of studies to explore a future multi-role platform that could potentially address a range of

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