• USN expects to meet Columbia-class sub-motor delivery schedule

    Despite some earlier problems with a prototype main propulsion motor for its Columbia-class strategic submarine replacement fleet, the US Navy (USN) expects to keep to the proposed delivery schedule for that equipment, Admiral James Caldwell, director of naval nuclear propulsion, said.

  • Kongsberg, thyssenkrupp tie knot on submarine joint venture

    Kongsberg and thyssenkrupp, together with thyssenkrupp subsidiary Atlas Elektronik, have formally established their new Norwegian-German submarine combat systems joint venture (JV). The new company, given the name kta Naval Systems, will develop, produce and maintain combat systems as an exclusive

  • NAO report highlights increase in ‘store rob’ for RN fleet

    Key Points The RN is increasingly being forced to cannibalise equipment because of a lack of spare parts The NAO says the MoD has failed to understand the reasons for, and consequences of, equipment cannibalisation Spares shortages mean that the UK Royal Navy (RN) is increasingly being forced to

  • New Zealand to retire replenishment ship in December 2017

    The Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) will retire its 138 m replenishment ship, HMNZS Endeavour (A 11), on 15 December. The vessel, which has been in service since April 1988, will be retired in a decommissioning ceremony that will be held at the Devonport Naval Base in Auckland, said the service.

  • Singapore receives fourth Littoral Mission Vessel

    Key Points The Republic of Singapore Navy has taken delivery of its fourth Littoral Mission Vessel Service will commission two more vessels by end-2017, and is on track to operate all eight ships in the class by 2020 The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) has taken delivery of its fourth Littoral

  • USMC can ‘print’ UAVs with expedition forces

    The US Marine Corps can manufacture small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) using highly portable 3D printing systems, Gunnery Sergeant Douglas McCue told Jane’s during the Bold Alligator amphibious exercise along the North Carolina coast. McCue said his expeditionary 3D printing systems can

  • USMC puts breacher vehicles on landing craft

    After years of successfully operating its Assault Breacher Vehicle (ABV) in overseas conflicts, the US Marine Corps (USMC) has found a way to fit the mine-clearing modified tanks on Landing Craft Utility (LCU) vessels. The USMC tested the revamped ABVs during the last week of October as it stormed

  • USMC sees need for different unmanned undersea littoral systems

    The US Marine Corps is discovering not one-size-fits-all for effective operations of unmanned undersea vehicles in the littorals. “We’ve found out a lot of different environments need different systems,” Major Justin Gogel told Jane’s during a break in unmanned operations

  • Malaysia allocates MYR50 million towards acquisition of coastal radars in 2018 budget

    The Malaysian government will set aside MYR250 million (USD59 million) from its 2018 national budget to enhance security within the Eastern Sabah Security Zone (ESSZONE), the country’s Prime Minister Najib Razak announced via a parliamentary speech on 27 October. The funds will include MYR50

  • Singapore enhances complexity of major maritime security exercise amid terror threat level

    Key Points Singapore has enhanced the complexity of a major biennial maritime security exercise Exercise tests ability of navy, coastguard to work with new land-based response elements in the event of a terror attack Amid facing its highest terrorism threat level in recent years, Singapore has

  • Sri Lanka Coast Guard inducts Vikram-class OPV from India

    The Sri Lanka Coast Guard (SLCG) has inducted its first Vikram-class offshore patrol vessel (OPV). The 74.1 m vessel, which has been named Suraksha with pennant number 60, was commissioned into the SLCG on 21 October at a ceremony in Colombo port. Suraksha was previously in service with the Indian

  • New Zealand set to start search for ANZAC frigate replacement

    Key Points The Future Surface Combatant project is being established to identify options for the replacement of the RNZN’s ANZAC frigates HMNZS Te Kaha and HMNZS Te Mana Cross-decking FSU systems to a new platform is one option being studied The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) is looking

  • RAN to receive first heavy-fuel-powered S-100 Camcopters by end-2017

    The first heavy-fuel-powered versions of the Schiebel S-100 Camcopter rotary-winged unmanned aircraft system (UAS) will be delivered to the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) – the vehicle’s launch customer – by the end of 2017, Schiebel’s Australia sales representative, Phil

  • Brazil, Chile eye potential second-hand acquisitions from UK

    Key Points Brazil and Chile have quietly been given notice of the potential availability of RN frigates and amphibious ships Brazil sees a second-hand Type 23 acquisition as an opportunity to modernise its surface force The navies of Brazil and Chile are assessing the potential acquisition of UK

  • Hyundai selects SharpEye navigation radar system for Philippine Navy frigates

    South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has contracted Kelvin Hughes to supply its I-band and E/F-band SharpEye navigation radars, along with associated bridge displays, for two new frigates that will be delivered to the Philippine Navy (PN). HHI signed a PHP15,744,571,584 (USD307

  • Navantia reaches agreement with General Electric on LM2500 engine maintenance, repairs

    Spanish shipbuilder Navantia has been accorded a licence by General Electric (GE) to carry out repairs and maintenance on the latter’s LM2500 marine gas turbines at its engine plant at Ría de Ferrol, Spain. The deal, which was signed on 20 October by Navantia president Esteban

  • Cammell Laird, BAE Systems tie knot for Type 31e frigate bid

    Commercial engineering, shiprepair, and shipbuilding group Cammell Laird has teamed with BAE Systems to bid for the UK Royal Navy’s (RN’s) GBP1.25 billion (USD1.65 billion) Type 31e general purpose frigate requirement. The move, announced on 18 October, positions Birkenhead-based

  • Australia enhances HADR interoperability with Philippine Marine Corps

    Key Points The Royal Australian Navy has conducted a beach landing exercise from its amphibious warship with the Philippine Marine Corps for the first time Exercise improves the forces’ ability to interoperate, and to jointly respond to humanitarian incidents The Royal Australian Navy (RAN)

  • Kongsberg ASW sonar selected for Swedish corvette upgrade

    Key Points Kongsberg Maritime’s ST2400 compact active variable depth sonar is to be retrofitted to the RSwN Göteborg-class corvettes HMS Gävle and HMS Sundsvall Gävle and Sundsvall will be redelivered to the RSwN in 2020 Kongsberg Maritime has been contracted by Saab to

  • Ecuadorian Navy commissions first Damen Stan Patrol 5009 OPV

    The Ecuadorian Navy commissioned Isla San Cristobal (LG 30) on 15 October at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, on San Cristobal Island, in the Galapagos Archipelago, the navy said. The new vessel is the first of two Dutch designed Damen Stan Patrol 5009 offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) produced by Ecuadorian

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