Japan detects suspected Chinese submarine near southern island

by Kosuke Takahashi & Gabriel Dominguez

Japan's Ministry of Defense (MoD) announced on 12 September that it detected a submarine believed to belong to China's People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) navigating in the contiguous zone east of the island of Amami Oshima in southern Japan's Kagoshima Prefecture on the morning of 10 September.

The MoD said in a statement that, although the submarine remained submerged, it believes that the boat is Chinese because a PLAN Luyang III (Type 052D)-class guided-missile destroyer was spotted navigating near the submarine.


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USN shipbuilding plan could cut total number of missile VLS cells, CBO says

by Michael Fabey

The 30-year US Navy (USN) shipbuilding plan released in June could reduce the number of missile vertical launch system (VLS) cells, according to a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report, which was released on 16 September.

“The force structure goals expressed in the navy's [fiscal year (FY)] 2022 plan have a significant implication for how the distribution of VLS cells on the navy's surface could evolve,” the report noted.


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DSEI 2021: Sweden modernises its CB90 fast attack craft fleet

by Nicholas Fiorenza

Saab leased one of Sweden's CB90 NG fast attack craft to show it at DSEI 2021. (Saab)

Sweden is modernising its fast attack craft fleet with the Combat Boat 90 Next Generation, which Saab is showcasing for the first time abroad at Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) 2021, being held in London from 14 to 17 September.


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DSEI 2021: Babcock, PT PAL ink licence deal for Arrowhead 140 design

by Richard Scott & Ridzwan Rahmat

UK defence group Babcock has signed a design licence agreement with Indonesian shipbuilder PT PAL providing for the build of two Arrowhead 140 frigates at PT PAL's facilities in Surabaya, Indonesia.

Babcock said the deal – signed on board the UK Royal Navy (RN) Type 23 frigate HMS Argyll at the DSEI exhibition in London on 16 September – marked the first export success for the Arrowhead 140 design. However, UK officials concede that PT PAL has yet to receive a construction contract from the Indonesian Ministry of Defence (MoD).


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