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  • Australia awards interdiction boats contract for Arafura-class OPVs

    The Australian government has signed a contract for interdiction rigid-hull inflatable boats (RHIBs) that will be operated from the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN’s) future Arafura-class offshore patrol vessels (OPVs). A contract for vessels, which has been awarded to Finland-based

  • Indonesia lays keel for second purpose-built hospital ship

    Key Points Indonesia has laid down the keel for a second purpose-built hospital ship The vessel is on track to be delivered to the navy by October 2021 Indonesian state-owned shipbuilder PT PAL has laid down the keel for the country’s second purpose-built naval hospital ship. The vessel,

  • Navantia offers block work to UK yards as part of FSS bid

    Navantia has said that UK shipbuilders could still play a part in the construction of the UK’s new Fleet Solid Support (FSS) ships if the Spanish shipbuilder wins the GBP1.5 billion (USD1.8 billion) contract. Up to three FSS ships are planned to replace the Royal Fleet Auxiliary’s

  • US Coast Guard, DHS plans to modify OPC deal, possibly recompete some ships

    To address shipyard issues caused by Hurricane Michael in 2018, the US Coast Guard (USCG) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) now plan to modify the USCG contract with Eastern Shipbuilding in Panama City, Florida, to build the Heritage-class Offshore Patrol Cutters (OPCs) with some of the

  • Philippines equips lead Parola-class vessel with Israeli-made weapon system

    The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has equipped its lead Parola-class patrol vessel, BRP Tubbataha (4401), with a stabilised remote-controlled weapon station (RCWS) from Israeli company Elbit Systems. The system, which has been incorporated with a 12.7 mm machine gun, is installed in the forward

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  • US Army advances robotics development

    The US Army Research Laboratory (ARL) is pursuing a range of upgrades to its Legged Locomotion and Movement Adaptation (LLAMA) robot, including an effort to boost speed and mobility through system weight reduction, researchers told Jane’s . The autonomous quadruped system was revealed in