• Team Leander presses UK credentials for Type 31e bid

    Key Points Cammell Laird has teamed with BAE Systems Naval Ships under the banner of ‘Team Leander’ The Leander design is being pitched as a low-risk, low through-life cost solution for Type 31e The Cammell Laird/BAE Systems ‘Team Leander’ bidding for the UK Royal

  • Russian Navy begins aerial refuelling training for its combat pilots

    The Russian Navy is training its combat pilots in the techniques of aerial refuelling for the first time in recent history, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) disclosed on 19 February. Pilots from the Naval Aviation Directorate and the Baltic and Black Sea Fleets flying Sukhoi Su-30SM

  • Five yards secure FFG(X) concept design contracts

    Key Points Austal USA, General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, Fincantieri Marine Group, Huntington Ingalls Industries, and Lockheed Martin have each received 16-month contracts The 16-month contracts will allow the navy to better understand cost and capability drivers and inform the final

  • Malaysia Coast Guard eyes additional base on country’s peninsular

    The Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) is planning to establish an additional base on the country’s peninsular to facilitate its operations in the region. The service, which is also known officially as the Malaysia Coast Guard, currently operates out of two bases on the eastern coast

  • Marsun launches five M21-class patrol boats for Royal Thai Navy

    Key Points Thailand has launched another five M21-class patrol boats Vessels are expected to be deployed with the Royal Thai Navy’s coastguard squadron once commissioned Thailand shipbuilder Marsun Company Limited has launched another five M21-class patrol boats on order for the Royal Thai

  • Sweden to reintroduce ASW 600 anti-submarine grenade launcher

    The Royal Swedish Navy (RSwN) is to return the ASW 600 Elma anti-submarine grenade launching system to frontline service as part of efforts to bolster its anti-submarine warfare (ASW) capabilities. According to Sweden’s Defence Materiel Administration (FMV), the ASW-600 Elma systems –

  • Amphibious ships need new C2 suites to pace aircraft, USMC commandant says

    With the increasing use of MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft and the advent of F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter deployments on US Navy (USN) large-deck amphibious assault ships, the US Marine Corps (USMC) sees a need for more advanced communications networks on the vessels. “We’re

  • US Navy finds renewed life in legacy programmes

    As the US Navy (USN) looks to deploy Lockheed Martin F-35C Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters and develop next-generation missiles, the service is finding ways to stretch the service lives of its existing combat jets and cruise missiles. The USN is extending the lives of its Boeing F/A-18 A-D

  • NATO adds Canada and Poland to multinational maritime multimission aircraft effort

    Canada and Poland have become the latest NATO members to sign up to the development of a future maritime multimission aircraft (MMA), the alliance announced on 15 February. The two nations join France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Spain, and Turkey in the multinational effort to develop a replacement

  • Italy approves full-class in-service support for FREMM frigates

    The Italian minister of defence has approved initial funding to extend Temporary Global Support (TGS) for the Bergamini-class FREMM frigates to include all ships in the class until 2024. The TGS programme has been carried out by Orizzonte Sistemi Navali since 2014 and includes the participation of

  • Italian MoD approves initial funding for evolved Type 212As

    Italian defence minister Roberta Pinotti has confirmed that initial funding for a third batch of Type 212A diesel-electric submarines for the Italian Navy has been approved for 2018. “Italy’s MoD [Ministry of Defence] will allocate the initial funding for the procurement of two

  • Romania’s new defence minister outlines plans for locally built submarines

    Romania is progressing plans to equip its navy with new submarines under a modernisation programme intended to take effect in 2020, the country’s new defence minister has said. "We want to present to the Supreme Council of National Defense and to parliament a new medium- to long-term

  • Singapore Airshow 2018: Leonardo touts ATR 72MP’s regional network as advantage in Malaysian MPA contest

    Key Points Leonardo is positioning its ATR 72MP as a platform with an established regional logistics support network Malaysia has shortlisted the aircraft type for its four-unit maritime patrol aircraft acquisition programme Leonardo is highlighting the network of commercial ATR 72 operators in

  • USCG to deploy cutter to East China Sea

    The US Coast Guard (USCG) plans to deploy a national security cutter (NSC) to the Western Pacific in the coming year to help build better relations with smaller maritime nations, enhance security, and provide another tool to signal US commitment to the region. “In the East China Sea

  • Singapore Airshow 2018: Thailand enters ‘pre-contract’ negotiations for three MPA

    Key Points Thailand and Indonesia are in advanced negotiations over the acquisition of three maritime patrol aircraft Platforms will improve Thailand’s maritime surveillance capabilities in the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand The Royal Thai Navy (RTN) and Indonesian state-owned

  • UK carrier sails for helicopter trials

    The UK Royal Navy’s (RN's) new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth departed from its homeport in Portsmouth, Hampshire, on 2 February to begin helicopter trials. The trials, which will be carried out with two Royal Air Force Boeing Chinook transport helicopters and two AgustaWestland Merlin

  • UK sees no increase in Arctic security risk, but concern remains over North Atlantic naval activity

    Key Points The United Kingdom views the Arctic as a low-tension region, but sees increasing security risk in North Atlantic waters Co-operation with Norway and the United States in particular is helping the United Kingdom meet its security requirements in both regions The United Kingdom sees

  • Argentina restarts talks with Naval Group for Gowind OPVs

    The Argentine Navy has been given the green light to restart and complete negotiations with French shipbuilder Naval Group, formerly DCNS, to procure four Gowind-class offshore patrol vessels (OPVs). The decision to return to negotiations came after a recent meeting between Argentine President

  • Thailand’s future submarines to have a mix of Chinese, western weapons

    Key Points Thailand is likely to have a mix of Chinese and western-made weapons across its future fleet of three submarines Move is reminiscent of a similar arrangement made for the country’s China-made Naresuan-class frigates, which can deploy advanced western weapon systems The Royal Thai

  • Swedish Navy at ‘crossroad’ for Gavle corvette replacement concept

    Key Points As it considers replacement options for its Gavle class, Sweden is seeking to balance the requirement for capability across the operational spectrum with numbers needed to provide presence across its areas of interest With the two corvettes operating out to 2026, new platforms will need

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