• Indonesia lays keel for eighth, ninth PC-40-class patrol vessels

    Key Points An Indonesian shipbuilder has laid down two more PC-40-class patrol vessels for the Indonesian Navy The service is further bolstering its patrol boat programmes amid the rise of non-conventional maritime threats in the region Indonesian shipbuilder PT Caputra Mitra Sejati (CMS) has

  • SKASaC takes final bow ahead of retirement

    The UK Royal Navy (RN) is preparing to retire its last Sea King ASaC.7 (SKASaC) helicopters, bringing to an end the Sea King’s near 50-year career in UK military service. Two of the remaining SKASaC aircraft from 849 Naval Air Squadron (NAS) flew a farewell flypast around southwest England on

  • USN, JFD develop combat-navigation module for divers

    The US Navy (USN) Naval Surface Warfare Center – Panama City Division and subsea-capability provider James Fisher and Sons’ JFD have developed an advanced hands-free combat diver navigation module called Shadow Nav. Designed to help divers conduct accurate underwater navigation missions

  • Hyundai cuts steel for Philippine Navy’s second 107 m frigate

    Key Points Hyundai Heavy Industries has begun construction work on a second HDF-3000 frigate on order for the Philippine Navy The service is on track to receive both vessels by 2021 South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has held a steel-cutting ceremony for the second 107 m

  • Shifting priorities: Indonesia rethinks missile capabilities of the KCR-60M class

    The KCR-60M programme has deviated significantly from its original concept of a missile-capable fast attack craft that is able to deter larger adversaries from operating within Indonesia’s vast archipelago. Ridzwan Rahmat examines how budgetary considerations have significantly evolved the

  • Elbit wins USD173 million naval weapons contract for Asia-Pacific country

    Elbit Systems has received a USD173 million contract to supply naval remote-controlled weapon stations (RCWSs) to an unspecified country in the Asia-Pacific region. The systems, which comprise lightweight and fully stabilised setups each incorporating a 12.7 mm machine gun, will be installed

  • USN starts programme for mine warfare instructors

    Acknowledging the growing importance of mine countermeasures (MCM) operations with the increasing focus on littoral missions, the Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC) has started a new Mine Warfare (MIW) Warfare Tactics Instructor (WTI) programme. The new MIW WTI programme

  • Ukraine reinforces its presence in Azov Sea

    The Ukrainian Armed Forces has begun strengthening its naval presence in the Sea of Azov, local media report. The first of three Project 58155 ‘Gyurza-M’ armoured gun boats was transferred by road transporter (there are no connecting inland waterways) to the Azov Port of Berdyansk,

  • Japan Aegis BMD flight test successful through intercept

    The Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF) and the US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) confirmed on 12 September the successful completion of an Aegis ballistic missile defence (BMD) intercept flight test, in co-operation with the US Navy (USN), off the coast of Kauai in Hawaii. The event,

  • Indonesia loses Dagger-class attack craft in shipboard fire

    An Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Laut: TNI-AL) Dagger-class fast attack craft has sunk after succumbing to a shipboard fire on 11 September. The vessel, KRI Rencong (622), sunk at about 13:00 h local time in waters off the West Papuan city of Sorong, in Eastern

  • Naval Group competes for corvette contract in Brazil

    The French shipbuilder Naval Group is competing to build four Tamandaré-class corvettes for the Brazilian Navy, offering the existing multimission vessel Gowind 2500 and significant technology-transfer (ToT) package and offsets. The corvette project is the second-highest acquisition priority

  • NAVAIR receives modified G550 ahead of range support telemetry installation

    The US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) has taken delivery of a modified Gulfstream G550 business jet that will now be further customised by Raytheon to serve as a telemetry range support aircraft (TRSA) on the Point Mugu Sea Range off California. Accepted on 30 July by NAVAIR’s Tactical

  • Naval Group establishes local subsidiary in Egypt

    France’s Naval Group is establishing a permanent local presence in Egypt as part of efforts to establish a long-term support presence in-country. CEO Hervé Guillou announced the formation of the new subsidiary on 6 September just prior to the launch of the Gowind 2500 corvette Port Said

  • Nigerian Navy commissions Ocea fast patrol boats

    The Nigerian Navy commissioned six new Ocea fast patrol boats during an official ceremony held at the Naval Dockyard in Lagos on 3 September. The patrol boats include two FPB 110 MKII hulls – Nguru (P 187) and Ekulu (P 188) – and four smaller FPB 72 MKII hulls – Shiroro (P 185),

  • Vigy Engage selected for Project SEA 1180 OPVs

    Safran Electronics & Defense Australasia has been selected by Saab Australia to provide the latest version of its Vigy Engage electro-optical surveillance and fire control multisensor system as part of the situational awareness suite to equip 12 new offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) being procured

  • China cuts steel for Thailand’s first S26T submarine

    China’s Wuchang Shipbuilding has held a first steel cutting ceremony for the Royal Thai Navy’s (RTN’s) first S26T (Thailand) diesel-electric submarine (SSK). Steel for the vessel was cut on 4 September at Wuhan, China, in a ceremony attended by senior officials from the RTN. The

  • First wideband Sonar 2093 minehunting sonar accepted by RN

    The UK Royal Navy (RN) has formally accepted into service a new wideband version of the Sonar 2093 variable depth minehunting sonar following the successful completion of first-of-class sea trials on the Sandown-class minehunter HMS Grimsby. Thales UK was in 2015 awarded a GBP33.5 million (USD43.1

  • Philippines frees stricken frigate from South China Sea

    Key Points A Philippine Navy frigate that ran aground in the South China Sea has been rescued The vessel will undergo further assessments, and may be out of service for several weeks A Philippine Navy (PN) frigate that ran aground near Half Moon Shoal in the South China Sea on 29 August has been

  • USN focuses on unmanned platforms to help anchor future surface force

    The US Navy (USN) is working towards developing common unmanned surface platforms that could provide the service with augmented weapon-launching potential and logistics, as well as traditional intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR), Rear Admiral Ronald Boxall, USN Surface Warfare

  • USN sees integrated combat systems as key for future surface force

    A key element for a successful future surface fleet will be commonality, Rear Admiral Ronald Boxall, US Navy (USN) Surface Warfare director told Jane’s . In particular, the USN will rely on a common integrated combat system for the various ship types to stitch together its surface fleet,

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