• UK prepares for ‘Wilton’ peacetime route survey capability

    The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) is moving forward with plans to deliver a new unmanned autonomous capability for peacetime mine countermeasures (MCM) tasks in UK waters under Project ‘Wilton’. The programme – seen as a trailblazer for the Royal Navy’s (RN’s)

  • Australia’s third air warfare destroyer completes sea trials

    Key Points Australia’s third air warfare destroyer has concluded its sea trials The vessel will be delivered to the Royal Australian Navy in February 2020 The third Hobart-class air warfare destroyer (AWD) on order for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has completed its sea trials, the

  • GRSE lays keel for Indian Navy’s first 110 m survey vessel

    Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE) has laid down the first of four survey vessels on order for the Indian Navy. Keel for the vessel was laid down on 8 November at GRSE’s facilities known as the main works shipyard in Kolkata, West Bengal. The ship is part of an INR24.35 billion

  • UK Royal Navy begins mini-UAV training

    UK Royal Navy (RN) personnel have begun flying mini-unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) from an airfield in Cornwall as part of the service’s experimentation drive. The AeroVironment RQ-20 Puma and Wasp III UAV systems were purchased off the shelf earlier this year for use by the RN’s UAV

  • Keel authenticated for first Flight III Arleigh Burke-class destroyer

    The keel for the first planned US Navy (USN) Flight III Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer Jack H Lucas (DDG 125) was ceremoniously laid and authenticated on 7 November at Huntington Ingalls Shipyard in Pascagoula, Mississippi. The yard officially started construction on the ship in May

  • South Korea launches Philippine Navy’s second José Rizal-class frigate

    Key Points South Korea has launched a second José Rizal-class frigate on order for the Philippine Navy The vessel is on track for delivery in 2021 South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has launched the second José Rizal-class frigate on order for the Philippine Navy.

  • UK calls a halt to fleet support ship competition

    The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has abruptly halted the international competition for up to three new Fleet Solid Support (FSS) ships for the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA), citing concerns over value for money and commercial non-compliance. The 5 November move, which has been welcomed by UK trade

  • Singapore’s final Littoral Mission Vessel arrives at home port

    Key Points The Republic of Singapore Navy has received its final Independence-class Littoral Mission Vessel Progress of all eight vessels are on schedule, and the class is on track to be operationalised by 2020 The eighth and final Independence-class Littoral Mission Vessel (LMV) on order for the

  • USN begins AN/SPN-50 radar testing

    The US Navy (USN) has begun land-based testing of its new AN/SPN-50(V)1 Shipboard Air Traffic Radar (SATR) at the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division Webster Outlying Field (NAWCAD WOLF) facility in St Inigoes, Maryland, the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) has disclosed. Managed by

  • India marks milestone in indigenous development of submarine AIP system

    India has successfully operationalised a land-based prototype (LBP) of an indigenously developed air independent propulsion (AIP) system, the country’s defence ministry announced on 30 October. The LBP, which has been developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation’s

  • Gap remains between France and UK on FCASW requirements

    France and the United Kingdom remain apart on their respective operational requirements for the projected Future Cruise/Anti-Ship Weapon (FCASW) programme, according to a French parliamentary report. The two governments plan to agree the next phase of the FCASW programme by the end of next year,

  • China cuts steel for Pakistan’s third, fourth Type 054A frigates

    Key Points China has begun work on a third, and fourth Type 054A frigates on order for the Pakistan Navy Once inducted, the vessels could significantly enhance the service’s anti-air warfare capabilities China’s Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding held a steel cutting ceremony for the

  • Malaysia’s littoral combat ship project faces MYR1.4 billion cost overrun, delays

    Key Points The delivery of Malaysia’s first Maharaja Lela-class littoral combat ship has been delayed to 2023 The troubled programme is also facing a cost overrun of about MYR1.4 billion Malaysia’s Maharaja Lela (Gowind)-class littoral combat ship (LCS) programme is facing a cost

  • Russian Naval Aviation to form new combat headquarters

    Two new air division headquarters are to be formed by the Russian Naval Aviation in the Kaliningrad and Crimea regions. The new headquarters, dubbed ‘combat hubs’ by Russian Navy sources, will control air operations in real time over the sensitive Black and Baltic seas. Details of the

  • Northrop Grumman begins testing of SEWIP Block 3 hardware

    Northrop Grumman has revealed that it has begun testing of engineering development model (EDM) hardware developed under the US Navy’s (USN’s) Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program (SEWIP) Block 3 programme. The company said it is “on track” for the targeted

  • Australia’s second Hobart-class destroyer flexes collaborative combat capabilities

    Key Points Australia’s second Hobart-class destroyer has held further demonstrations of its ability to engage in co-operative combat with a key ally Vessels will also be an instrumental component of Australia’s Joint Integrated Fires Capability The Royal Australian Navy’s

  • KraitSense ASW towed sonar tested in NATO REP(MUS) experiment

    UK-based maritime systems group SEA has successfully completed sea trials of its KraitSense thin-line passive sonar system as part of the recent NATO Recognized Environmental Picture augmented by Maritime Unmanned Systems REP(MUS) 2019 experiment. Installed on board a Portuguese Navy offshore

  • Carrier Ford completes post-shakedown availability

    The aircraft carrier USS Gerald R Ford (CVN 78) finished its post-shakedown availability/selected restricted availability (PSA/SRA) on 30 October, returning to its Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia, home port. Marking a significant shipbuilding milestone, the carrier PSA enables the US Navy (USN) and

  • First missile-armed icebreaker launched for Russian Navy

    The Russian Navy’s lead Project 23550 ice-class patrol ship, Ivan Papanin , was launched at Admiralty Shipyard in St Petersburg on 25 October. Displacing 8,500 tonnes at full load, the new ship is intended to patrol Russia’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) in the Arctic region and

  • South Korea deploys indigenously developed coastal radar

    South Korea has operationalised the first example of an indigenously developed coastal surveillance radar, the country’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) announced on 30 October. The system, which has been referred to by DAPA as the Maritime Surveillance Radar-II, was

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