• Australia hands over Guardian-class patrol vessel to Samoa

    The Australian government has handed over a Guardian-class patrol vessel to Samoa. The boat, which has been named Nafanua II , was handed over to representatives from the Samoan government at Henderson, Western Australia on 16 August.

  • Lockheed Martin wins US Navy Ship Self Defense System contract

    The US Navy (USN) has awarded Lockheed Martin a USD56 million cost-plus-incentive fee, cost-only, firm-fixed-price contract on 15 August for combat system engineering support on the Ship Self-Defense System (SSDS). Under the contract, the SSDS combat system engineering agent and software design

  • USN reaches milestones with Ford propulsion plant, AAG

    Work on the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) propulsion plant has been completed as the US Navy (USN) confirmed the Ford-class Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG) system received the green light to recover all “props and jets” aircraft, according to the Aircraft Recovery Bulletin

  • USN sets out headmarks for T-AGOS(X)

    The US Navy (USN) is moving forward with plans to recapitalise its fleet of ocean surveillance ships (T-AGOS) with a new class of large Small Waterplane Area Twin Hull (SWATH) vessels. Designed to gather underwater acoustical data over a wide area using Surveillance Towed-Array Sensor System

  • NAVAIR contracts BAE Systems to integrate CV-22 HMD with Forward Defensive Weapon System

    BAE Systems Controls has been contracted by Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) for the software development associated with the integration of Defensive Weapon System (DWS) enhancements with the CV-22 tiltrotor helmet-mounted display (HMD). The DWS, which is also known as AN/AWG-35(V), is a

  • USN scans for replacement AN/SPS-49 radar antenna

    The US Navy (USN) is examining the possibility of acquiring a replacement rotating antenna system for the Raytheon AN/SPS-49(V) L-band 2D air search radar. In a sources sort notice published on 9 August, the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Crane Division said it was “conducting market

  • Colombian Navy test-fires Hae Seong anti-ship missile and DM2A3 torpedo on live targets

    The Colombian Navy test-fired the South Korean-made SSM-700K Hae Seong anti-ship missile and the German-made Seehecht DM2A3 torpedo against live targets for the first time in Colombian waters during the sinking exercises (SINKEX) as part of the ‘Neptune III’ naval exercises. A

  • US GAO says USN should provide FFG(X) independent cost estimate

    The US Navy (USN) should provide Congress with an independent cost estimate for the service’s proposed new guided-missile frigate (FFG[X]) before awarding the detail design-and-construction contract for the ship and also seek ship warranty-cost information from industry as part of the request

  • Moscow-Tehran intensify naval co-operation

    Iran and Russia have announced plans to step up naval co-operation efforts. Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi, commander of the Iranian Navy, and Russian Navy chief Admiral Nikolai Anatolevich Evmenov, signed a memorandum of understanding on 29 July to expand bilateral ties. The agreement was signed

  • Philippine Navy revives ASW capabilities with commissioning of ex-South Korean corvette

    Key Points The Philippine Navy is reviving a long-absent ability to hunt submarines with the commissioning of an ex-South Korean corvette The vessel will build up anti-submarine competencies and transition the service over to its new José Rizal-class frigates The Philippine Navy has revived

  • US approves sale of MH-60R helicopters to South Korean navy

    Key Points Washington has approved the potential sale of 12 MH-60R helicopters to South Korea The aircraft will strengthen the service’s anti-submarine and anti-surface capabilities The US State Department has approved a potential foreign military sale of 12 MH-60R multi-mission helicopters

  • HII CEO notes opportunities with US Navy renewed focus on readiness

    The US Navy is looking to increase readiness, particularly in its submarine force, and the maintenance needs at government yards could create a capacity crunch and therefore opportunity for private yards, according to Michael Petters, CEO of Huntington Ingalls Industries, whose Newport News

  • Brazil expected to start sea trials for first-of-class Riachuelo submarine

    The Brazilian shipbuilder Itaguaí Construções Navais (ICN) – a joint venture between Naval Group and Odebrecht Engenharia e Construção – and the Brazilian Navy will begin sea trials of the first of four Riachuelo-class diesel-electric attack submarines, Riachuelo

  • PT PAL cuts steel for Indonesian Navy’s fifth, sixth KCR-60M vessels

    Key Points PT PAL has begun work on Indonesia’s fifth and sixth KCR-60M fast attack craft The vessels are expected to join the Indonesian Navy fleet in 2022 State-owned shipbuilder PT PAL has held a steel-cutting ceremony for two more KCR-60M fast attack craft on order for the Indonesian

  • SERO 400 periscopes selected for Preveze-class submarine upgrade

    The Turkish Naval Forces Command’s four Type 209/1400 Preveze-class diesel-electric submarines are to receive dual Hensoldt SERO 400 series periscopes as part of their mid-life upgrade. Under contract to Savunma Teknolojileri Mühendislik ve Ticaret (STM), which has overall responsibility

  • Thailand conducts ceremonial launch for second Krabi-class OPV

    Key Points The Royal Thai Navy has launched its second Krabi-class offshore patrol vessel The vessel will strengthen the service’s maritime border control and marine resources protection capabilities The Royal Thai Navy (RTN) has held a ceremonial launch ceremony for its second Krabi-class

  • UK begins search for future EW countermeasures

    The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) is canvassing industry for electronic warfare countermeasures (EWCM) systems and technologies that could address the Royal Navy’s (RN’s) needs for future soft-kill anti-ship missile defence. Forming the second component of the overarching Maritime

  • Turkey’s Aselsan develops communication system for indigenous submarine

    Turkish systems and sensors house Aselsan has completed the development of an integrated communication system for the country’s New Type Submarine Project (NTSP). This is the first time the company has produced a submarine communication system, Turkey’s state-owned Anatolia news agency

  • Russia kicks off Baltic naval exercise

    Russian naval and air forces began the second in a new series of power projection exercises in the Baltic Sea on 1 August. The exercise, dubbed ‘Ocean Shield 2019’, involves 49 combat ships, 20 support vessels, and 58 aircraft drawn from the Baltic, Black Sea, and Northern fleets and

  • Malaysia will benefit from revised Littoral Mission Ship contract, assures defence ministry

    Key Points Putrajaya has rebutted allegations that its decision to the Littoral Mission Ship contract would be detrimental towards the country’s defence industry The government is facing criticism for its decision to construct all four warships in China Putrajaya’s decision to revise

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