AUKUS countries ink agreement to share nuclear propulsion information
23 November 2021
by Ridzwan Rahmat
Royal Australian Navy Collins-class submarines HMAS
. Australia is planning to replace the class with a fleet of nuclear-powered boats.
(Royal Australian Navy)
The UK and the US have signed an agreement to share naval nuclear propulsion information with a third country for the first time.
The pact was signed with Australia, and it is known as the Exchange of Naval Nuclear Propulsion Information Agreement (ENNPIA). It allows Washington and London to provide Canberra with sensitive and classified information on the propulsion systems of nuclear submarines.
Australian Minister of Defence Peter Dutton, in his statement on the agreement on 22 November, described the agreement as “another important step in Australia's pursuit of conventionally armed, nuclear-powered submarines”.
“This agreement will support Australia in completing the 18 months of intensive and comprehensive examination of the requirements underpinning the delivery of nuclear-powered submarines,” said Dutton.
A total of 24 ships of this class were built and commissioned by the Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) in four batches between 1984 and 1993. Of these, 10 are still in service with the RoKN, while several others have been transferred to countries including Egypt, Peru, Vietnam, and Colombia.
The Philippine Navy (PN) appears to be moving ahead with plans to acquire another retired South Korean Pohang-class corvette.
The vessel under consideration is ex-ROKS
(ex-PCC 771), which was withdrawn from RoKN service in December 2020.
If the transfer goes ahead, it will be the second Pohang-class corvette acquired by the PN from South Korea. The first, ex-ROKS
Chungju (ex-PCC 762)
, was transferred in 2019 and is now in Philippine service as BRP
(PS 39). According to local Filipino news outlet
, a PN delegation visited South Korea in early November and conducted a joint visual inspection of ex-
Ukraine receives two former US Coast Guard Island-class patrol vessels
26 November 2021
by Cem Devrim Yaylali
passes through the Bosphorus en route to Odessa with the delivery of two ex-USCG Island-class patrol boats,
), on board.
Two decommissioned US Coast Guard (USCG) Island-class patrol boats, destined for the Ukrainian Navy, arrived in Odessa onboard the US-flagged cargo ship M/V Ocean Grand on 23 November.
The two vessels, renamed Sumy (ex-Ocracoke) and Fastiv (ex-Washington), were gifted to Ukraine under Washington's Excess Defense Articles (EDA) programme. They will be used for maritime security operations in the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov. In preparation to operate the vessels, their Ukrainian crew completed a six-week training course provided by the USCG.
A total of five Island-class patrol boats are being supplied to Ukraine under the EDA. The first pair, Slavyansk (ex-Drummond) and Starobilsk (ex- Cushing), were commissioned into Ukrainian Navy in 2019.
Indra to supply upgraded Pegaso defence system for Korean KSS-lll SSK
26 November 2021
by David Ing
Indra is to supply South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering with an upgraded version of its Pegaso electronic support measures (ESM) system for fitting to the Republic of Korea Navy's (RoKN's) first
KSS-III-class diesel-electric submarine (SSK) of the second batch.
Announcing the contract on 25 November, the Spanish group said its system “offered the probability of intercepting enemy signals in its working band close to 100%”.
Indra has already supplied the system for the first batch of the 3,750 tonne (dived), 83.5 m Dosan An Chang-ho-class submarines, and is hoping to secure the orders for the remainder in the scheduled nine-ship programme.
An Indra spokesman told
the latest version has been improved in that it combines the systems for monitoring electromagnetic signals for signals intelligence (SIGINT) with radar and communications electronic support measures (RESM/CESM).
“The solution integrates both sensors in a single antenna to increase its efficacy, saving on space and reducing the radar section of the submarine, making it more difficult to be detected by the enemy,” Indra said.
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