• Surface Navy 2017: SM-6 upgrade to begin flight testing in 2017

    Key Points At-sea testing of the SM-6 Block IA missile is expected to start later in 2017 Full-rate production is due to commence in 2018 Flight testing of an improved Standard Missile-6 (SM-6) all-up-round for the US Navy (USN) will start later in 2017, ahead of planned full-rate production in

  • Surface Navy 2017: USN's flexible ship concept to be implemented into Future Surface Combatant

    Key Points USN will pursue flexible ship concept to ensure future surface fleet remains combat relevant Flexibility in design will be a key component of the navy's Future Surface Combatant The US Navy (USN) needs to pursue the concept of flexible ships to ensure that its surface fleet remains

  • Surface Navy 2017: Sea Hunter trials to inform unmanned debate for next surface combatant

    Key Points Testing of the Sea Hunter MDUSV will help the USN understand how unmanned systems may play in its thinking for the future surface combatant DARPA and ONR are funding a two-year test and trials programme for Sea Hunter Trials of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA's)

  • Surface Navy 2017: Lockheed Martin pushes solid-state SPY-1 radar upgrade plan

    Key Points Lockheed Martin is proposing a solid-state upgrade for the USN's AN/SPY-1(V) radars The company says that the plan could be applicable to over 30 DDG 51 destroyers Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems is proposing a solid-state upgrade for the AN/SPY-1(V) radars fitted to the US

  • New Zealand discloses further details of navy's new fleet tanker

    The Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) has given further details, including winterisation features, of the new 24,000-tonne fleet tanker that will replace HMNZS Endeavour, which is due to retire in 2019. The details were revealed in an interview with IHS Jane's in November 2016 during a visit to

  • China commissions 23rd Type 054A frigate into East Sea Fleet

    Key Points China has commissioned its 23rd Type 054A frigate Induction bolsters anti-surface, anti-submarine capabilities of East Sea Fleet The People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) has commissioned its 23rd Type 054A Jiangkai II-class guided-missile frigate into the service's East Sea Fleet. The

  • Pakistan's maritime patrol vessels begin voyage home from China

    A pair of 600-tonne Maritime Patrol Vessels (MPVs) newly commissioned by the Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA) have begun their voyage home, the service confirmed with IHS Jane's on 29 December. The vessels, PMSS Hingol and PMSS Basol with pennant numbers 1070 and 1071 respectively, were

  • USN wants a 459-ship force, will settle for 355

    Key Points The USN has called for a 355-ship future planned force level (47 additional ships), highlighting additional cruisers, destroyers, and nuclear-powered attack submarines (SSNs) That projection is in line with the incoming Trump administration's call for a 350-ship navy Navy leaders'

  • HC-27J reactivation helps USCG plug maritime surveillance gap

    Key Points The USCG has regenerated 10 of a planned 14 HC-27J Spartan medium-range surveillance aircraft Installation of a prototype mission system - integrating a surface search radar and electro-optical/infrared sensors - is planned for 2018 The US Coast Guard (USCG) is making significant

  • Italian FREMM sails for Asia-Pacific deployment

    Key Points Main focus of FREMM frigate's deployment is to support operations, international naval co-operation, and diplomacy and industrial relations tasks Deployment will also enable Italy to showcase FREMM's design and capabilities, with the frigate being a candidate in Australia's SEA 5000

  • UK details Dreadnought SSBN build and programme management plans

    Key Points The Dreadnought SSBN will be built in 16 units, further consolidated into three so-called 'mega-units' DE&S personnel working on submarine-related activity will begin to transfer across to a new Executive Agency from 1 April 2017 The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has disclosed first

  • Lead Ford-class carrier nears completion of system testing

    Key Points System testing on USS Gerald R Ford is more than 75% complete, says shipbuilder Less than 10% of overall test programme remains to be finished Systems testing aboard the US Navy's (USN's) new nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, lead ship the future USS Gerald R Ford , is more than

  • Aerial refuelling upgrade for E-2D makes maiden flight

    Northrop Grumman has flight-trialled a new aerial refuelling capability for the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft, the company announced on 16 December. A probe-equipped E-2D made the flight the day prior to the announcement as part of a wider

  • GDBIW contracted for continued DDG 51 Flight III design work

    Key Points GDBIW contracted to continue DDG 51 Flight III design and development work The company will be laying down its first Flight III hull in 2017 The US Navy (USN) has awarded General Dynamics Bath Iron Works (GDBIW) a USD59 million contract for the continuation of DDG 51 Arleigh

  • French SSN through-life support arrangements deliver increased availability

    Key Points Nuclear-powered attack submarine through-life support is being delivered by DCNS under a five-year contract (effective as of April 2015) Operational Rubis-class boats are achieving availability levels above 80%, despite the youngest boat now being almost 25 years old The French Navy's

  • LCS overruns may lead Congress to tighten reigns on naval acquisition

    Key Points Lawmakers continue to worry about the LCS' cost as auditors call for increased testing The USN expressed concern that restraining spending on the LCS may reduce navy leverage for negotiating contracts competitively Cost overruns for the US Navy's (USN's) Littoral Combat Ship (LCS)

  • USN awards contracts for USMC cyber, IT training

    Key Points USN issues four contracts to support USMC cyber and IT training The total value for all four contracts combined is USD61 million, although this figure could rise to more than USD100 million if options within the contracts are taken up The US Navy (USN) has issued four contracts for

  • South Korea names seventh KSS-2 submarine, targets launch for April

    Key Points South Korea is preparing to launch its seventh KSS-2 submarine Vessel will bolster the country's ability to conduct extended underwater operations The Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) has named its seventh Type 214 KSS 2-class diesel-electric submarine (SSK) with air-independent

  • US Navy SSGN completes repairs after grounding

    A US Navy (USN) guided-missile nuclear-powered submarine (SSGN) has completed repairs following a grounding in late 2015 and is expected to re-enter the water this week, officials told IHS Jane's on 5 January. The Ohio-class SSGN USS Georgia (SSGN 729) has been in dry dock for repairs following an

  • Russia lays keels for first Project 22800-class small missile corvettes

    The keels of the first two ships in Russia's new Project 22800-class small missile corvettes are to be laid on 24 December at Pella Shipyard in St Petersburg. Designed by the Almaz Central Marine Design Bureau, the vessels - Uragan and Taifun - are scheduled to enter service in 2017 and 2018,

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