• South Korea adopts new locally developed port surveillance system

    South Korea has begun adopting a new locally developed port surveillance system that can “more effectively” detect, identify, and respond to low-noise underwater objects, including divers and increasingly quiet submarines, approaching its ports, the country’s Defense Acquisition

  • Second Indonesian PKR frigate completes testing for combat systems upgrade

    Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding (DSNS) and its Indonesian partner PT PAL have completed the integration and test of a package of combat system enhancements to the second of the Indonesian Navy’s ((Tentara Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Laut: TNI-AL) two SIGMA 10514 Perusak Kawal Rudal (PKR)

  • Naval Group Australia signs subcontracts for Attack-class submarine batteries

    Naval Group Australia has signed subcontracts with Australian company PMB Defence Pty Ltd, and Greek company Systems Sunlight, for the design of the main storage batteries that will go onboard the Royal Australian Navy's (RAN's) future Attack-class submarines. The subcontracts were signed following

  • Thales, PT Len Industri to upgrade mission systems on TNI-AL’s Usman-Harun frigate

    Thales and PT Len Industri signed a contract on 10 March to modernise the mission systems on the Indonesian Navy’s (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Laut: TNI-AL) KRI Usman-Harun (pennant number 359) multirole frigate. In a statement issued that same day Thales said that the

  • US Navy moves ahead with surface-fleet laser plans

    The US Navy (USN) remains on course with programmes to outfit its surface fleet with laser weapons with a recent installation of one system aboard a guided-missile destroyer, plans to put another system aboard a Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), and proposed budget funding for shipboard lasers in the

  • Thales awarded sensor contracts for Dreadnought submarine programme

    Thales UK has been awarded contracts worth around GBP330 million to develop the sonar suite and above-water sensor systems for the new Royal Navy (RN) Dreadnought-class nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines (SSBNs). Previously known as Successor, the GBP 31 billion Dreadnought submarine

  • US Navy’s Unmanned Influence Sweep System programme reaches Milestone C

    The US Navy’s Unmanned Influence Sweep System (UISS) programme – part of the service’s counter-mine mission packages designed to be deployed from Littoral Combat Ships (LCSs) and vessels of opportunity – has reached Milestone C, contractor Textron Systems said on 26 February.

  • India’s technology demonstration vessel receives new radar as it nears completion

    A technology demonstration vessel (TDV) being built for India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) at Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL) has been fitted with a housing for a new type of dual-panel long-range radar system. There is limited publicly available information on the

  • Spanish S 80 AIP system passes final tests

    The air-independent propulsion (AIP) system for Spain’s new S 80-class submarines has now passed its final tests, with Abengoa being chosen as the supplier, Navantia announced on 26 February. The AIP system was originally due to be integrated into all four ships during their construction, but

  • Cambridge Pixel to provide SPx radar technology for RoKN vessels

    UK-based company Cambridge Pixel announced on 19 February that it has been selected by South Korean defence company Hanwha Systems to supply its SPx radar technology for installation on the Republic of Korea Navy’s (RoKN’s) fleet of Chamsuri II (also known as Patrol Killer Experimental-B

  • JFD receives contract extension for RAN submarine rescue service

    JFD Australia has been contracted to continue the provision of submarine escape-and-rescue services to the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) through to the end of 2023. Valued at approximately AUD70 million (USD46.2 million) the deal is intended to ensure a seamless transition to a new submarine rescue

  • DDG 1000 testing awaits validation test on SDTS

    The US Navy (USN) will conduct a critical engineering validation test on its Self Defense Test Ship (SDTS) next month which, if successful, will pave the way for the resumption of live fire testing in support of the DDG 1000 Zumwalt-class destroyer programme. This follows investigations determining

  • Israeli Navy close to completing radar upgrades for ships

    The Israeli Navy is set to complete all radar upgrades on its Sa’ar 4.5 and Sa’ar 5 ships in less than a year, a senior naval official has told Jane's . The navy is currently upgrading its Sa’ar 4.5s with the IAI Elta ELM-2258 Advanced Lightweight Phased Array (ALPHA) radar. This

  • Saab to provide next-generation CMSs for RAN’s major surface ships

    Saab Australia has signed an Enterprise Partnering Agreement (EPA) with the Department of Defence (DoD) in Canberra to provide its ‘next-generation’ combat management systems (CMSs) across all the major surface ships of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). Defence Minister Linda Reynolds

  • Russian frigate Admiral Kasatonov conducts trials before commissioning

    Russia’s second Project 22350 Gorshkov-class frigate, Admiral Kasatonov, is conducting trials before commissioning, the Northern Fleet press service reported on the Ministry of Defence website. The service announced on 11 February that Admiral Kasatonov had arrived in Severomorsk following

  • Pentagon budget 2021: US Navy, Marine Corps see uptick in network, EW and information warfare capabilities

    US Navy and Marine Corps procurement accounts maintained current levels or saw upticks in investments for network upgrades, electronic and information warfare capabilities aboard the sea service’s warship fleet and the Marines’ ground-based communication and electronic equipment

  • DOT&E warns on DDG 1000 self-defence capability

    Test events conducted on the US Navy's (USN's) Self-Defense Test Ship (SDTS) have revealed significant problems affecting the ship self-defence capability of the new DDG 1000 Zumwalt-class destroyer, according to the Pentagon's Director, Operational Test and Evaluation (DOT&E). The poor results

  • JMSDF despatches destroyer to Middle East on intelligence-gathering mission

    Amid tensions between Washington and Tehran, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) destroyer JS Takanami left for the Middle East on 2 February to take part in an 11-month intelligence-gathering mission aimed at helping ensure the safety of vessels conducting commercial operations with Japan.

  • US Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center looks to expand live-fire training

    The US Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC) wants to expand its live-fire training events to better mimic real-life scenarios, Rear Admiral Scott Robertson, the SMWDC’s commander told Jane’s . “We’re looking to add additional realism into those

  • US Navy has no plans for MMP, despite NGA study

    The US Navy (USN) said it has no plans to field Boeing’s Multi-Mission Pod (MMP) aboard any of its intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) platforms or to support efforts to develop an exportable version of the pod to allied nations, despite a 2019 National Geospatial-Intelligence

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