HEADLINES

  • Indian Navy unveils virtual reality centre to boost local ship designing

    The Indian Navy (IN) has inaugurated a virtual reality centre (VRC) to augment its domestic warship design capabilities and boost the government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative, which is aimed at achieving greater self-reliance. Unveiled on 12 April by IN Chief of Staff Admiral Sunil

  • US Navy completes developmental testing of AN/AQS-20C towed mine-hunting sonar

    The US Navy has completed developmental testing of the AN/AQS-20C mine-hunting towed sonar, bringing the system closer to being inducted into the fleet. “AN/AQS-20C is ready for integration to mine countermeasures unmanned surface vehicle unmanned surface vehicle (MCM USV) in 2020”,

  • Jamaica orders Thales’s coastal surveillance system

    The Jamaican Government has ordered several Thales’s Coast Watcher 100 coastal surveillance systems to strengthen its capabilities. Under the USD30 million contract, the company will supply the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) with a turnkey system built around several Coast Watcher 100 radars,

  • Japanese Aegis Ashore will not feature CEC system

    Japan’s two Lockheed Martin Aegis Ashore ballistic missile defence (BMD) systems will not be equipped with the US-developed Cooperative Engagement Capability (CEC) real-time sensor netting system, according to the Ministry of Defense (MoD) in Tokyo. “We have decided not to equip the

  • Australian navy to overhaul IT equipment

    The IT equipment used on Royal Australian Navy (RAN) ships will receive a major overhaul worth about AUD600 million (USD429 million), Australian Defence Minister Christopher Pyne and Defence Industry Minister Linda Reynolds announced on 9 April. The government plans to strengthen the RAN’s

  • Saab to deliver Sea Giraffe AMB radars for Canada’s Joint Support Ships

    Saab has been contracted by Lockheed Martin Canada to supply Sea Giraffe AMB 3-D surveillance radars for the Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN’s) two new Protecteur-class Joint Support Ships (JSS). Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards Co. Ltd is prime contractor for the JSS programme under the

  • South Korea names seventh KSS-2 submarine, targets launch for April

    Key Points South Korea is preparing to launch its seventh KSS-2 submarine Vessel will bolster the country's ability to conduct extended underwater operations The Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) has named its seventh Type 214 KSS 2-class diesel-electric submarine (SSK) with air-independent

  • NATO allies to review possible naval mission in Eastern Mediterranean

    NATO is to review an appeal from its members Turkey and Germany for allied naval intervention to monitor the flow of migrants across the Aegean Sea, according to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. "The ministers will address this issue because the migration crisis is of great concern to

  • India expands defence collaboration with Malaysia and Singapore

    India has agreed to expand defence industrial co-operation with Malaysia and Singapore. The accords were announced during Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's four-day visit to Southeast Asia, which concluded on 24 November. During Modi's visit to Malaysia he pledged to enhance defence ties across

  • China, France sign technology co-operation agreements

    China and France have signed agreements to foster collaboration across a range of hi-tech sectors with many linked to defence. According to official statements on 30 January, the two countries will pursue co-operation programmes in sectors including commercial aerospace, nuclear technologies and

  • Atlas buys Marine Sonic Technology business

    The US subsidiary of Germany's Atlas Elektronik announced on 24 November that it has reached a deal to acquire the business of Marine Sonic Technology Limited (MSTL). The companies did not release the terms of the deal. Yorktown, Virginia-based MSTL specialises in high-resolution side scan sonar

  • US Navy trials Fire Scout with new maritime search radar

    The US Navy has begun trials of the Northrop Grumman MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned helicopter fitted with a new maritime surface search radar, the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) disclosed on 16 June. Test sorties of the Fire Scout equipped with the Telephonics AN/ZPY-4(V)1 maritime search radar

  • South Korea to resume production of indigenous ASW missile

    South Korea's Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) announced on 25 May that it has improved the accuracy of a homegrown ship-launched anti-submarine missile and is on track towards restarting its mass production. The Korean Anti-Submarine Rocket (K-ASROC), or Hongsangeo as it is

  • Boeing conducts maiden flight of MSA

    Boeing has conducted the first flight of its business jet-based Maritime Surveillance Aircraft (MSA), the company announced on 5 March. The four-hour flight, from Toronto's Pearson International Airport on 28 February, involved a Bombardier Challenger 604 testbed platform with structural and system

  • Update: Australia signs up for Poseidon

    The Australian government has approved the acquisition of eight Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime multimission aircraft, the Department of Defence (DoD) announced on 21 February. The first aircraft will be delivered in 2017, with all eight aircraft to be fully operational by 2021. The government has

  • Dubai Air Show 2013: Boeing selects Challenger 600 biz-jet to host MSA capability

    Boeing unveiled the Bombardier Challenger 605 business jet as the host platform for its new maritime surveillance aircraft (MSA) at the Dubai Air Show on 18 November. Speaking at the show, Tim Peters, Boeing vice-president and general manager, Mobility, Surveillance & Engagement, said that the

  • Electric Boat to assist in Spanish S 80 submarine programme

    General Dynamics Electric Boat (GDEB) has been called in to help resolve design problems in the Spanish Navy's new S 80 submarine programme. As reported by IHS Jane's on 14 May, the design problems have generated expected delays of up to two years in the

  • Thales awarded GBP600 million contract to support "eyes and ears" of Royal Navy fleet

    The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded Thales UK a contract worth up to GBP600 million (USD905 million) to provide in-service support for the major sensor systems of the Royal Navy's surface and underwater fleets for the next decade. The new

  • Thales awarded contracts for Astute-class sonars

    Contracts have been awarded for the supply of the integrated active/passive search and attack sonar suite for the UK Royal Navy's (RN's) last two Astute-class nuclear-powered attack submarines (SSNs). Under awards announced on 25 February, Thales UK will

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