Indian Army orders locally produced loitering munitions
06 September 2021
by Rahul Bedi
The Indian Army (IA) has signed two contracts worth a combined INR2 billion (USD27.4 million) to acquire a total of 200 locally produced loitering munitions to meet urgent operational requirements.
The first contract, worth INR1 billion, was awarded on 31 August to a joint venture (JV) between local company Alpha Design Technologies Limited (ADTL) and Israel's Elbit Systems for the supply of 100 SkyStriker light munition systems.
Elbit Systems' SkyStriker is a precision-guided loitering munition designed to seek, locate, and acquire operator-marked targets and targets of opportunity in tactical-level engagements.
The IA has ordered a total of 200 locally produced loitering munitions, including100 SkyStrikers (similar to this one), to meet urgent operational requirements. (Elbit Systems)
According to the company, the SkyStriker can cover a distance of 20 km within 10 minutes. Upon reaching the target area, it can loiter and pursue the target for up to 2 hours when fitted with a 5 km warhead and for up to one hour with a 10 kg warhead.
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(ex-PCC 771), which was withdrawn from RoKN service in December 2020.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.
is one of four Lithuanian OPVs that will receive a GEM Elettronica Columbus Mk2 3D navigation radar from Leonardo.
Lithuania has ordered GEM Elettronica Columbus Mk2 3D navigation radars from Leonardo for its offshore patrol vessels (OPVs), the Ministry of National Defence (MND) confirmed to
on 19 November.
The ministry announced on its website on 27 October that the EUR7.9 million (USD8.9 million) contract was signed the previous week, with its Defence Resource Agency carrying out the procurement. Leonardo will install and integrate the radars, provide technical documentation, and train their operators by the end of 2023.
The radars will be installed on Lithuania's former Royal Danish Navy (RDN) Flyvefisken‐class (Standard Flex 300)
OPVs. Identification friend or foe antennas will also be integrated into the radars.
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