• Keel laid for Mexican SIGMA 10514 frigate

    Key Points Contract for a single SIGMA 10514 ‘Long Range Patrol Vessel’ was signed earlier in 2017 Module construction to be split between the Netherlands and Mexico A keel laying ceremony has been performed at Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding’s Vlissingen shipyard in the

  • Indonesia eyes Black Shark torpedoes for Type 209/1400 submarines

    Key Points Indonesia is looking to acquire the Black Shark torpedo for its Type 209/1400 submarines from South Korea Move will equip the new submarines with the same capability as regional submarine operators Indonesia will acquire the Black Shark fibre optic wire-guided heavyweight torpedo for

  • QinetiQ wins 'customer friend' role for UK Fleet Solid Support project

    Key Points QinetiQ will provide engineering and project support for the UK's Fleet Solid Support ship programme QinetiQ secured the FEPS award in the face of competition from BMT Defence Services and Frazer-Nash Consultancy UK science and technology group QinetiQ has been awarded a GBP10-million

  • Australia approves plan to extend service life of Huon-class minesweepers

    The Australian government has granted first pass approval on plans to extend the service life of the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN’s) Huon (Gaeta)-class coastal mine countermeasure vessels (MCMVs). Rear Admiral Jonathan Mead, head of navy capability at the RAN, described the plans as one

  • Indonesia shortlists BT-3F amphibious tracked vehicle from Russia for marines corps

    Key Points Indonesia has shortlisted the Russian developed BT-3F amphibious tracked vehicle to replace its marines corps’ ageing BTR-50PKs Contract may see Indonesia become the first international customer of the BT-3F A request by the Indonesian Marines (Korps Marinir – KORMAR) to

  • Fincantieri, MBDA contracts for Qatar naval expansion take effect

    Contracts signed by Fincantieri and MBDA for Qatar’s fleet expansion programme and coastal defence system became effective at the end of July, Jane’s understands. The programme achieved a significant milestone when approval was granted for the export finance package at the end of June

  • Philippines receives fifth multirole response vessel from Japan

    Key Points The Philippine Coast Guard has taken delivery of its fifth multirole response vessel Vessel is being delivered as tempo of operations for the service increases The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has taken delivery of the fifth multirole response vessel (MRRV) on order from Japanese

  • USN surveys market for new supersonic target

    Key Points The AQM-37 is a medium-to-high altitude supersonic target powered by a liquid bi-propellant rocket motor NAVAIR is seeking details of systems that currently exist or would be available in the FY 2019 timeframe The US Navy (USN) is planning the acquisition of a new supersonic aerial

  • Indonesia to homeport newly commissioned Type 209/1400 submarine in Central Sulawesi

    Key Points The Indonesian Navy has commissioned its first new submarine in 36 years The diesel-electric platform’s base in Central Sulawesi will give it better access to disputed maritime areas in the region The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Laut: TNI-AL) will

  • Indonesia to acquire acoustic underwater monitors with eye on possible foreign submarine incursions

    To deter foreign submarines from sailing undetected in Indonesian waters, the government is looking to install fixed underwater acoustic monitors at several locations across the archipelago, Rear Admiral Aan Kurnia, commander of the Indonesian Navy’s (Tentara Nasional Indonesia –

  • ST Marine cuts steel for Singapore’s final Littoral Mission Vessels

    Key Points ST Marine has cut steel for Singapore’s seventh and eighth Littoral Mission Vessels The Republic of Singapore Navy is on track to operate all eight vessels by 2020 Singapore Technologies (ST) Marine has held a steel-cutting ceremony for the final two Littoral Mission Vessels

  • Russia updates its maritime doctrine to reflect Syria experience

    Long-range, high-precision sea-launched cruise missiles (SLCMs) will be the principal armament of the Russian Federation Navy’s surface ships and submarines until 2025, according to a new naval doctrine approved by Russian President Vladimir Putin and published on 20 July 2017. After 2025,

  • Russia’s Navy Day sets international strategic markers

    Usually held in Arctic waters, Russia’s annual Navy Day parade was this year staged for the first time in the Baltic Sea. More than 50 surface vessels and submarines, in addition to 40 aircraft, took part in the parade, which was held at Kronshtadt naval base in St Petersburg on 30 July.

  • EID awarded contract to supply communications for new Portuguese ships

    Portuguese electronic and communications company EID has been awarded a contract to equip the Portuguese Navy’s four Tejo-class coastal patrol vessels with its integrated communication systems (ICS). Under the terms of the contract, worth EUR4.6 million (USD5.4 million) and announced on 31

  • India revises submarine fleet requirements

    Key Points India is believed to have evolved its submarine fleet requirements It remains unclear if India will adopt new submarine designs along with this evolution in numbers The Indian Navy is expected to revise its submarine fleet goal, Jane’s understands. Previously, the country

  • USMC moves to bring APKWS onto F/A-18 Hornet

    Key Points APKWS II is to be integrated on USMC F/A-18 Hornet fighters A sole-source award to BAE Systems is planned The US Marine Corps (USMC) is moving ahead with plans to integrate the BAE Systems Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System II (APKWS II) on F/A-18A-D Hornet strike fighters. A

  • Less speed means more capable USN frigates, says CNO

    By cutting back on the speed required for the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), the US Navy (USN) will gain more capability for the successor multimission guided-missile frigate (FFG[X]), Admiral John Richardson, chief of naval operations (CNO), told Jane’s . “It doesn’t have to go as

  • Maritime Systems wins contract to supply torpedo defence systems for Indian Navy

    Ultra Electronics’ Canadian-based Maritime Systems has been contracted by the Indian Ministry of Defence to provide surface ship torpedo defence systems to the Indian Navy. Under the three-year contract, Maritime Systems, supported by UK-based Ultra Electronics Command and Sonar Systems and

  • DSME prepares to handover Indonesia’s first Type 209/1400 submarine after initial delays

    Key Points Indonesia is about to receive its first South Korean-made submarine, after a delay of more than four months Delays have been caused by modifications made to the platform after its initial sea trials, said DSME The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Laut, or

  • Indonesia in talks to procure first mini-submarine

    Key Points Indonesia is currently in the process of acquiring its first mini-submarine Platform may partly fulfil Indonesia’s requirement to operate a fleet of 12 submarines by 2024 The Indonesian Ministry of Defence (MoD) is currently finalising a contract with Batam-based shipbuilder PT

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