30 March 2023
by Michael Fabey
An artist's rendition of the Flight III DDG 51 shows the new AN/SPY-6(V) radar antenna array. (Huntington Ingalls Industries)
The US Navy (USN) awarded Raytheon Technologies a USD619 million contract to continue producing AN/SPY-6(V) radars, the company confirmed on 29 March, exercising the second option from the March 2022 hardware, production, and sustainment contract that is valued up to USD3 billion over five years.
The work is expected to be completed by September 2026, the Department of Defense (DoD) said. About USD470.6 million in fiscal year (FY) 2023 USN shipbuilding and conversion funds and another USD148.6 million in other FY 2023 navy procurement funds will be obligated at the time of award, the DoD said.
“[AN/SPY-6(V)] integration into the US fleet is well under way, with SPY-6 operating on the navy's first, new Flight III destroyer,” Kim Ernzen, president of Naval Power at Raytheon Missiles & Defense, said in a statement. “This contract enables the radar to be added to more ships including the first of existing Flight IIA destroyers that will be modernised.”
02 June 2023
by Kate Tringham
A graphic depiction of the Italian Navy's Near Future Submarine. (Fincantieri)
The Italian parliament has approved construction of the third Type 212 Near Future Submarine (NFS), marking another milestone in the programme.
The Italian Navy is planning to procure four boats under the NFS programme, which passed its critical design review in early 2023.
The first unit was laid down at Fincantieri's Muggiano shipyard in La Spezia in January 2022 and the boat is expected to be launched in 2026. Meanwhile, a steel-cutting ceremony for the second boat is scheduled for 6 June, the shipbuilder said. Fincantieri is building the first pair under a contract awarded via the Organisation for Joint Armament Co-operation (Organisation Conjointe de Coopération en matière d'Armement: OCCAR) on behalf of the Italian Ministry of Defence in February 2021 that includes options for two more boats.
Under current timelines the units of the first pair are expected to be delivered to the navy in 2027 and 2029. The third submarine is planned to be delivered at the end of 2030.
01 June 2023
by Victor Barreira
Portugal is acquiring an additional six Viana do Castelo-class OPVs to complement its four existing units. (Janes/Victor Barreira)
Portugal's Ministry of Defence (MoD) has issued a tender for the acquisition and construction of six additional Viana do Castelo-class Navio de Patrulha Oceanico (NPO) offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) for the Portuguese Navy.
The tender, which includes a review of the engineering project, construction of the ships, and integrated logistics support (ILS), is open to shipyards or consortiums from the European Union and NATO.
Interested competitors have 33 days once the tender is sent for publication in the Official Journal of the European Union to deliver their proposals for the NPO3S programme, which is worth EUR300 million (USD320.5 million).
Three bidders will be then downselected for the negotiations phase, which is expected to culminate with a contract awarded to one of them.
The construction of the first ship must start no more than 12 months after the contract becomes effective.
The Portuguese Navy intends to commission the six OPVs between 2026 and 2030, the service told Janes
30 May 2023
by Ridzwan Rahmat
A computer-generated image of what Singapore's multirole combat vessel might look like. (Singapore Ministry of Defence)
For much of its existence since it was established in 1967 the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) – then known as the Singapore Naval Volunteer Force – was concerned with securing the country's territorial waters against threats such as smugglers and pirates.
However, beginning in the 1970s the service underwent a major introspection of its roles and responsibilities. At that time, the relatively tiny island at the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula was growing rapidly as a major port and transhipment hub and there was an urgent need for the country to ensure that ships calling at and departing from its shores were well protected against conventional and non-conventional maritime threats.
Policymakers of the time decided that to continue thriving as a major port of call for ships plying the east-west maritime routes the country's navy needed to break out of its mould as a coastguard-like service into a maritime power that projects its forces into the country's sea lines of communication (SLOCs) including those that run through the Strait of Malacca and the South China Sea.
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