• Norway set to write off salvaged frigate

    Norway is set to write-off the damaged Fridtjof Nansen-class frigate KNM Helge Ingstad after a report found that repairing the salvaged ship would cost more than buying a new-build replacement. Released on 15 May, the analysis prepared by the Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency (Forsvarsmateriell)

  • Russian Navy opts for underwater weapon and sensor upgrades

    Newly developed torpedoes, torpedo defence systems, and mine countermeasures systems are to be fitted to Russian Navy warships, according to a series of announcements by an executive of the JSC Tactical Missiles Corporation. The Russian Navy’s two Project 11442 cruisers, Admiral Nakhimov and

  • UDT 2019: BAE Systems posits new approach to unmanned underwater systems on submarines

    BAE Systems presented a paper at the 2019 Undersea Defence Technology (UDT) exhibition, which was held in Stockholm from 13 to 15 May, that hopes to provoke thought before decisions on next-generation weapons handling and stowage systems and layouts are taken. According to the authors, Alan Watson,

  • UDT 2019: Swedish navy chief outlines future equipment priorities

    Sweden’s naval chief has spelled out his ambitions for the future fleet as the government weighs its priorities for the forthcoming 2021-2025 defence bill. Speaking at the UDT Europe conference in Stockholm on 13 May, Rear Admiral Jens Nykvist, chief of navy, said he wanted to see the Royal

  • IMDEX 2019: Indonesia to reinstate missile capabilities on KCR-60M fast attack craft

    Key Points Indonesia plans to reinstate missile capabilities on two of its KCR-60M vessels in the long term First- and second-of-class were earlier stripped of their missile launchers after receiving Chinese-made CIWS turrets Slightly more than a year after removing missile launchers from two of

  • Spain withdraws frigate from US Gulf mission

    Spain has withdrawn its F-100-class frigate from a prolonged exercise with the USS Abraham Lincoln -led carrier group after it was ordered to the Gulf in a stand-off with Iran. Acting Defence Minister Margarita Robles said on 14 May that Méndez Núñez (F-104) had been pulled out

  • IMDEX 2019: Israel Shipyards integrates SPIKE ER missile system on Shaldag Mk II

    Key Points The Shaldag Mk II fast interceptor craft has been integrated with missile capabilities The vessel is now one of the most capable interceptor types within its class in terms of firepower The Shaldag Mk II fast patrol craft can now be armed with Spike Extended Range (ER)

  • IMDEX 2019: ST Engineering introduces Super Swift series of air-cavitating boats

    The marine division of ST Engineering unveiled a new series of high-speed patrol boats for maritime interdiction, and law enforcement operations at the IMDEX 2019 exhibition. The line-up is known as the Super Swift series and each vessel in the family has been designed with an air cavitation hull,

  • IMDEX 2019: ST Engineering offers naval simulation system for international customers

    Key Points ST Engineering is offering an integrated naval ship simulator system to international customers for the first time The system incorporates virtual reality headsets, which allow for greater depth perception and situational awareness A naval vessel simulation system that was originally

  • IMDEX 2019: ST Engineering unveils Vanguard 130 multi-role combatant concept

    Key Points ST Engineering has unveiled a new variant in its Vanguard series of modular naval ships The concept has been optimised for unmanned vehicle operations The marine division of ST Engineering has unveiled the latest iteration of its Vanguard series of modular surface vessels. Known as

  • Update: Russia appoints new commander-in-chief for navy

    Admiral Nikolay Anatolyevich Evmenov, a career submariner, has been appointed commander-in-chief of the Russian Navy. His promotion by President Vladimir Putin was announced by defence minister Sergei Shoigu on 8 May. Adm Evmenov commanded the Russian Navy’s Northern Fleet from 2016 and has

  • US Navy secretary says USN will soon be using unmanned systems for logistics

    Unmanned aerial systems will soon be delivering parts and logistical supplies for US Navy (USN) and US Marine Corps (USMC) operations, USN Secretary Richard Spencer said. “I saw some of the exercises they [USMC operators] are doing in unmanned aerial delivery,” Spencer said on 16 May

  • UDT 2019: DRASS Defence presents compact affordable submarine options

    Italy’s DRASS Defence has entered the submarine market and aims to deliver compact and affordable solutions for smaller navies in particular. DRASS, with a long history of building diving systems, presented its range of small submarines, comprising boats from 120 tonnes displacement and 28.2

  • UDT 2019: Type 26 sonar domes take shape

    Tods Defence has commenced initial production of sonar domes for the UK Royal Navy’s (RN’s) Type 26 City-class frigates, the company told Jane’s at UDT 2019. The contract for three domes was awarded in 2016, and delivery is expected from mid-2020. Initial production activity so

  • USN seeks path for unmanned systems operational concepts

    While the US Navy (USN) is investing more heavily in unmanned systems the service is seeking to develop operational concepts for how those systems can be integrated into service operations and be counted as USN assets, said Vice Admiral William Merz, deputy chief of naval operations for Warfare

  • UDT 2019: Lockheed Martin touts ExLS success

    Lockheed Martin’s Extensible Launcher System (ExLS) three-cell stand-alone launcher has been selected for two naval surface combatant programmes, the company has confirmed. Speaking to Jane’s at Undersea Defence Technology 2019 (UDT 2019), a company spokesperson said the ExLS launcher

  • IMDEX 2019: Israel Shipyards unveils new OPV for multi-mission operations

    Key Points Israel Shipyards has unveiled a new offshore patrol vessel design at a defence and maritime exhibition in Singapore The design is being marketed as a low-cost, yet highly configurable vessel type for a wide range of mission sets Israel Shipyards Limited has unveiled a new type of

  • IMDEX 2019: Philippine Coast Guard in talks with Israel Shipyards for Shaldag Mk II

    Key Points The Philippine Coast Guard is in talks with Israel Shipyards on the Shaldag Mk II patrol craft The service has requirements for a new class of fast interceptors within the 25–35 m range The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) is considering the Shaldag Mk II patrol craft to fulfil the

  • GAO questions USN’s estimated carrier labour-cost reductions

    US Navy (USN) officials have been praising the ability of Newport News Shipbuilding to reduce the costs for the second Ford-class aircraft carrier, John F. Kennedy (CVN 79), but a recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report disputes those reductions and further calls into question the

  • GeoSpectrum Technologies prepares for new TRAPS sonar trials

    Canada-based marine acoustics house GeoSpectrum Technologies is preparing to conduct new at-sea trials of its Towed Reelable Active Passive Sonar (TRAPS) anti-submarine warfare (ASW) sonar system with the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN). Trials from a Kingston-class coastal defence vessel are planned to

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