Thai partnership looks to meet Philippine OPV requirement

by Jon Grevatt

Naval shipbuilder Bangkok Dock and the Thai Ministry of Defence’s (MoD’s) Defence Technology Institute (DTI) have signed an agreement to collaborate on meeting a requirement in the Philippines to procure offshore patrol vessels (OPVs), Jane’s has learned.

Under the memorandum of agreement (MOA), which reflects growing efforts to expand defence industrial collaboration across Southeast Asia, the Thai partners will look to position for the Philippine Navy (PN) a modified version of the 90 m OPV that Bangkok Dock is building for the Royal Thai Navy (RTN).


        Thailand’s Bangkok Dock and Defence Technology Institute (DTI) have teamed up to offer the Philippines a 90 m offshore patrol vessel (OPV), with a design similar to the Royal Thai Navy’s HTMS
        Krabi
        (pictured here).
       (BAE Systems)

Thailand’s Bangkok Dock and Defence Technology Institute (DTI) have teamed up to offer the Philippines a 90 m offshore patrol vessel (OPV), with a design similar to the Royal Thai Navy’s HTMS Krabi (pictured here). (BAE Systems)

This vessel is based on BAE Systems’ 90 m OPV, the design for which the RTN acquired from the UK-headquartered defence group in 2009.

According to a statement provided to Jane’s


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Update: UK's first future subsea surveillance ship arrives in Merseyside for conversion

by Kate Tringham & Richard Scott

The UK's newly acquired future Multi-Role Ocean Surveillance ship sails into Cammell Laird shipyard, Birkenhead, Liverpool, on 19 January. (Royal Navy)

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has purchased a second-hand commercial offshore patrol vessel from P&O Maritime Logistics' subsidiary Topaz Energy and Marinefor conversion into a specialist ship dedicated to protecting the country's critical subsea infrastructure.

The vessel, which is currently named MV Topaz Tangaroa, arrived at Cammell Laird shipyard in Birkenhead, Merseyside, for refitting on 19 January.

Topaz Tangaroa will be converted into the first of two plannedMulti-Role Ocean Surveillance (MROS) ships for underwater surveillance and seabed warfare, to be operated by the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA). According to the MoD, the vessel will be formally handed over to control of the RFA in the coming days. Following the completion of its conversion activities, the vessel is planned to join the fleet around mid-2023.

Topaz Tangaroa, which will be renamed for the RFA service, was built by


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Ukraine conflict: General Atomics offers to donate two UAVs to Ukraine

by Marc Selinger

An MQ-9A Reaper. (US Air Force)

US-based General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) has offered to transfer two company-owned MQ-9A Reaper unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), a ground-control station, and related equipment to Ukraine for the symbolic price of USD1 to help the war-torn country improve its airborne intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities, according to GA-ASI's chief executive.

US and allied forces have used Reapers extensively in combat, and providing such aircraft to Ukraine would have an “immediate impact” on the country's war with Russia, CEO Linden Blue said in a 1 February statement.

The offer includes free training for the first cadre of Ukrainian pilots and maintainers. It excludes the cost of readying the aircraft for combat, transporting them to Ukraine, setting them up in that country, obtaining satellite bandwidth, or providing additional supporting labour, all of which are “outside of our control”, according to Blue.

GA-ASI made its proposal public amid months-long US government resistance to sending the company's UAVs to Ukraine. While Ukraine has received artillery, tanks, and other much-needed military support from the West, it continues to lack “high-quality” UAVs, GA-ASI spokesperson C Mark Brinkley told Janes


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Royal Thai Navy unveils FK-3 air-defence system

by Kapil Kajal

The FK-3 air-defence system, an example pictured above in service with the Serbian Armed Forces, was unveiled by the Royal Thai Navy's Air and Coastal Defence Command. The FK-3 is the export variant of China's HQ-22 medium- to long-range semi-active radar homing/radio command guidance air-defence system. (Serbian MoD)

The Royal Thai Navy (RTN) has unveiled its Chinese-made FK-3 air-defence system during a visit by Commander-in-Chief Admiral Choengchai Chomchoengphaet to the Air and Coastal Defense Command (ACDC) stationed in Chonburi province.

In a social media post shared by the RTN, the service was seen displaying the weapon to Adm Chomchoengphaet. The FK-3 is manufactured by China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation Limited (CASIC).

The FK-3 is the export variant of the CASIC's HQ-22 medium- to long-range semi-active radar homing/radio command guidance air-defence system. It retains the domestic version's top speed of Mach 6, although its maximum range of 100 km is significantly shorter than the Chinese HQ-22's maximum range of 170 km.

The FK-3 was inducted into the RTN in 2022 and serves as an offensive combat missile and an air-defence shield.

According to Janes Intelligence Review,


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