Australian submariners to train on RN Astute-class submarines under AUKUS

by Kate Tringham & Richard Scott

The UK Royal Navy's fifth Astute-class nuclear-powered attack submarine, HMS Anson , was commissioned into service at BAE Systems' yard in Barrow-in-Furness, North West England, on 31 August. Australian submariners will join RN crews to train on Anson and other Astute-class boats under the AUKUS security partnership. (Royal Navy)

Australian submariners are set to train onboard the UK Royal Navy's (RN's) newest Astute-class nuclear-powered attack submarine (SSN) under the trilateral AUKUS security pact, which also includes the US.

HMS Anson , the fifth of seven Astute-class SSNs on order for the RN, was commissioned into service at BAE Systems' shipyard in Barrow-in-Furness, North West England, on 31 August.

The ceremony was attended by Australian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence Richard Marles, alongside the UK's outgoing Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Secretary of State for Defence Ben Wallace. Marles was making a visit to the UK to strengthen defence ties in light of the AUKUS partnership.

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Indian MoD orders additional BrahMos missiles for navy

by Oishee Majumdar

A BrahMos PJ-10 missile is launched from the vertical launching system (VLS) of the Rajput-class destroyer INS Ranvir . (Defence Research and Development Organisation)

India's Ministry of Defence (MoD) has decided to acquire more BrahMos PJ-10 supersonic cruise missiles for the Indian Navy.

The MoD signed a contract worth about INR17 billion (USD213.3 million) with BrahMos Aerospace Private Limited (BAPL) on 22 September for procuring “additional dual-role”-capable BrahMos PJ-10 missiles to “enhance the operational capability of [the] Indian Navy fleet assets”, the MoD said in a media release.

The Indian Navy will be acquiring the “extended-range variant” of the BrahMos missile under this contract, a source in the MoD cognisant of the matter told Janes on 23 September.

According to the source, the expected range of the BrahMos missiles that will be delivered under this contract is about 350−400 km.

The BrahMos missiles are being primarily acquired for ‘Project 15 Bravo' or the new Visakhapatnam-class destroyers of the Indian Navy, the source said.

In January, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) tweeted that the first Visakhapatnam-class vessel, INS Visakhapatnam

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Malaysian navy tables MYR2.4 billion proposal for three more Littoral Mission Ships

by Ridzwan Rahmat

A Royal Malaysian Navy Keris-class LMS. The service has proposed a MYR2.4 billion plan to procure three improved variants of this class under its 2023 budget. (Pieter Sinke)

The Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) has laid out a MYR2.4 billion (USD524.84 million) proposal to procure an initial batch of three improved Littoral Mission Ship (LMS) vessels under the country's next defence budget.

Documents provided to Janes indicate that the plan is being proposed under the RMN's ‘Rolling Plan 3' of the 12th Malaysia Plan, which runs from 2021 to 2025. ‘Rolling Plan 3' covers proposals that will be funded in the country's national budget for 2023.

The vessels will be known as the ‘LMS Second Batch' and the three units that have been proposed for funding under its 2023 budget will be the first vessels in a class of eight ships.

Malaysian Minister of Defence Hishammuddin Hussein first disclosed in January 2022 during an annual ministerial address that the country will procure eight more ‘LMS Second Batch' vessels for the RMN as a follow-on to the Keris-class LMS. However, no further details were provided.

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DX Korea 2022: DAPA lines up new industry quota system

by Jon Grevatt

Total military expenditure in South Korea is forecast by Janes Defence Budgets to climb from USD52 billion in 2022 to USD62 billion in 2030. In this timeframe, funding for procurement is forecast to grow from about USD9 billion to USD11 billion. (Janes Defence Budgets)

South Korea's Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) is preparing to launch a new system to encourage collaboration between domestic small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and foreign suppliers to the Republic of Korea (RoK) Armed Forces.

A DAPA spokesperson told Janes on 22 September at the DX Korea 2022 exhibition in Goyang that the new ‘industrial co-operation quota system' will be launched once an amendment to its framework legislation – the Defence Program Act– is approved by the National Assembly of South Korea.

While a specific timeline for this approval has not been confirmed, DAPA has indicated that this could be soon. “The national assembly is internally reviewing the industrial quota system. When the related law is amended, we can implement this instrument,” the DAPA spokesperson said. The proposal to amend the Defence Program Act was submitted by DAPA in 2021.

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