• US Navy deploys E-2Ds to Japan as part of Pacific re-balance

    The US Navy (USN) has deployed its latest variant Northrop Grumman E-2D Advanced Hawkeye airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft to Japan for the first time, the service announced on 2 February. Five E-2Ds assigned to the 'Tiger Tails' of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron

  • USN to debut expeditionary fast transport ship as lead vessel at Pacific Partnership 2017

    Key Points The USN will debut an expeditionary fast transport ship as lead platform at an annual HADR exercise with Asia-Pacific partners The exercise will prove out the platform's range of mission sets In a demonstration of the platform's wider range of capabilities, the US Navy (USN) will debut

  • Pakistan makes progress on first locally built 95 m patrol vessel

    A locally-built 1,500-tonne maritime patrol vessel (MPV) on order for the Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA) is currently on track for delivery by 2019, a Karachi Shipyard & Engineering Works (KSEW) Limited public relations official confirmed with Jane's on 2 February. The vessel, which

  • Romania sets out timeline and requirement for corvette replacement

    Key Points Romania plans to receive four corvettes by 2023 The corvettes are key to underpinning Romania's increased activity in the Black Sea and beyond The Romanian Navy is looking to acquire four new multirole corvettes by 2023. Captain Dan Ciocoiu, the navy's deputy chief of the Naval

  • USN seeks to come up to speed with electric weapons, DEWs

    Key Points USN leadership want to gage how quickly electric and laser weapons technology can be integrated into the fleet The navy may emphasise modernisation investments and weapons systems upgrades US Navy (USN) leadership is investigating how quickly electronic weapons and lasers can be

  • Russian submarine construction set for progress in 2017

    The general director of Sevmash has announced that the shipyard will launch Russia's first Borey-A nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) and Yasen-M nuclear-powered attack submarine (SSN) in 2017. The report appeared in the Interfax-AVN news agency, adding that neither submarine will

  • Italian Navy receives first MH90

    The Italian Navy's 5th Helicopter Group received the service's first navalised NH Industries NH90TTH (known as the MH90 in Italian service) on 23 January. The MH90 was specifically modified to support the San Marco amphibious brigade and special forces operations, but retains the basic capabilities

  • NATO official highlights improved Russian surface ship capabilities and calls for balancing growth

    Key Points NATO has been taking stock of Russia's increasingly capable and overtly deployed naval forces The activity is raising the question of whether NATO needs more platforms and commitment Russia is delivering a range of surface warships that are significantly improving its naval

  • Lockheed Martin to develop and integrate new soft-kill pod into USN helicopters

    Business units within Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems have been awarded parallel contracts to develop and integrate a new persistent anti-ship missile decoy payload on US Navy (USN) MH-60R and MH-60S helicopters. A USD5.5 million contract covering the preliminary design of the Advanced

  • India seeks new naval fighter to replace rejected Tejas LCA

    The Indian Navy (IN) has issued a request for information (RFI) for a new carrier-based multirole combat aircraft after the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) was rejected as being unsuitable for service. The RFI, issued on 17 January but disclosed publically on

  • USN stands up F-35C West Coast Fleet Replacement Squadron

    The US Navy (USN) has stood up its West Coast Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) for the Lockheed Martin F-35C Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), with the announcement on 26 January that the first aircraft from Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA)-125 'Rough Raiders' had arrived at Naval Air Station

  • Pakistan bolsters Gwadar port security with two new patrol vessels from China

    Key Points Pakistan has inducted, and will soon bring into operation, two 600-tonne vessels it ordered from China Vessels will bolster maritime security at Gwadar port, an important node along an infrastructure project with Beijing The Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA) has held a local

  • UK and US agree Poseidon cooperation in Europe and the North Atlantic

    The United Kingdom and United States signed an agreement on 25 January for increased cooperation in operating and supporting the Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime multimission aircraft in Europe and the North Atlantic region. The agreement, which was signed by UK Minister for Defence Procurement

  • USN seeks to stay the course on MCM transition

    Key Points The USN plans to retain its 11 remaining Avenger-class MCMVs between 2019 and 2024 Work continues to mature and certify airborne and unmanned MCM systems for operation from the LCS The US Navy (USN) is still planning to start retiring its remaining MCM-1 Avenger class mine

  • MMEA to bolster surveillance capabilities with three new OPVs, ex-Ojika-class boat from Japan

    The Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency's (MMEA's) patrol and surveillance capabilities will soon be boosted with the delivery of three new offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) supplied by a local company, and an ex-Ojika-class ship from the Japan Coast Guard (JCG). Malaysian company THHE Destini has

  • 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,

  • UPDATE: SM-3 Block IIA interceptor completes second flight test

    Key Points Second control test vehicle flight success paves way for SM-3 Block IIA intercept test in 2016 Raytheon Missile Systems has been contracted to build a further 17 SM-3 Block IIA all-up rounds for operational testing and initial deployment The US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and the

  • NAVSEA seeks information from LCU 1700 design and build candidates

    Key Points NAVSEA released a special notice for the LCU 1700 programme on 25 November Interested parties have been asked to submit information relating to their ability to develop a detailed design for LCU 1700, followed by the build of the lead and follow-on craft The Naval Sea Systems Command

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