• India launches third Project 15B destroyer

    Key Points India has launched its third Project 15B guided-missile destroyer The warship will improve the Indian Navy’s ability to conduct task-group-based operations once it is in service India’s Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) has launched the country’s third Project

  • Brazil eyes first MANSUP missile acquisition

    The Brazilian Navy is looking to purchase a pre-production batch of 10 MANSUP (Míssil Antinavio Nacional de Superfície) combat surface-to-surface anti-ship missiles, an industry source familiar with the programme recently told Jane’s . The navy wants to sign a contract in late 2019

  • Budget shows USN charting course away from big-ship fleet mentality

    While most US defence analysts say it is likely Congress will reinstate budget funding to refuel and overhaul the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) and reverse a US Navy (USN) decision to retire the ship early, there is a growing consensus that US lawmakers and the USN are moving away

  • Industry, USN teams help accelerate Fitzgerald restoration and overhaul

    The US Navy (USN) launched the guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) on 16 April and moored the ship pier-side at Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII’s) Ingalls Shipbuilding shipyard, hitting a major milestone in the ship’s complex repair and restoration. The relatively

  • New Swedish SIGINT ship launched

    Sweden’s new signals intelligence (SIGINT) vessel was launched from the Nauta Shiprepair Yard in Gdynia, Poland, on 17 April. To be named HMS Artemis , the ship is to replace the Royal Swedish Navy’s (RSwN’s) current intelligence-gathering vessel HMS Orion , which entered service

  • Turkey positions Type 209, 214 submarines for Indonesia’s third Nagapasa batch

    Key Points Turkey’s STM has made a presentation on its Type 209 and Type 214 boats to the Indonesian Navy The service has further requirements for at least four more submarines beyond 2024 Turkish naval shipbuilder Savunma Teknolojileri Mühendislik ve Ticaret (STM) has made a formal

  • Chinese shipyard launches Malaysia’s first Littoral Mission Ship

    Key Points The first Littoral Mission Ship on order for the Royal Malaysian Navy has been launched Service is on track to receive the first-of-class by end-2019 China’s Wuchang Shipbuilding has launched the first Littoral Mission Ship (LMS) on order for the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN). The

  • Indonesia bolsters amphibious assault capabilities with two more landing ships

    Key Points Indonesia has acquired two more amphibious landing ships for its navy The vessels will improve the mobility of Indonesia’s armoured vehicles, including its main battle tanks Indonesia’s Ministry of Defence has awarded an IDR360 billion (USD25.5 million) contract to supply

  • USN justifies carrier cuts even as the service awaits further study

    Pushed to justify proposed cuts in the aircraft carrier force during a recent Congressional budget hearing, top US Navy (USN) officials reiterated a plan to shift funds to other programmes, but they still noted current studies could change the service’s plans. Not only is the USN conducting a

  • Indonesia signs USD1 billion contract for three follow-on SSKs to Nagapasa class

    Key Points Indonesia has signed a USD1 billion contract with South Korean shipbuilding company DSME for three more diesel-electric submarines The Indonesian shipbuilder PT PAL will play a larger role in the construction of these vessels The Indonesian Ministry of Defence has signed a USD1 billion

  • Indonesia launches first locally assembled submarine

    Key Points Indonesia has finally launched its first-ever locally assembled naval submarine Launch has been long-delayed by silting issues at PT PAL’s facilities in Surabaya Indonesian shipbuilder PT PAL has launched the country’s third Nagapasa (Type 209/1400)-class diesel-electric

  • MoD transformation fund primes RN autonomy initiatives

    The UK Royal Navy (RN) has secured a GBP75 million (USD98 million) injection from the Ministry of Defence’s (MoD’s) Defence Transformation Fund to advance initiatives intended to ‘mainstream’ the introduction of autonomous technologies into the fleet, and bring forward the

  • Indonesia prepares to launch third Nagapasa-class submarine

    Indonesian state-owned shipbuilder PT PAL will launch the country’s third Nagapasa (Type 209/1400)-class diesel-electric submarine (SSK) on 11 April. According to details provided in an invitation card of the event that was forwarded to Jane’s , the vessel, Alugoro (405), will be

  • USN deploys destroyer, P-8A aircraft in search for downed Japanese F-35A pilot

    The US Navy (USN) has deployed an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, USS Stethem (63) and a P-8A maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) to assist in the Japanese-led search for a missing Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) pilot. The pilot was in the stricken F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike

  • Hydrogen could unlock UAV endurance boost, say US Navy academics

    Key Points Researchers are to test claims that Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) powered by hydrogen fuel cells have six times the endurance of battery-only models If the claims are verified, the roll-out of fuel cell technologies will have “wide ranging operational impacts” for the US

  • Saab downselected for Finland’s Squadron 2020 corvette

    Saab has been downselected to supply the combat system for Finland’s Squadron 2020 corvette programme, with rivals Atlas Elektronik and Lockheed Martin Canada eliminated from the competition. Announcing the decision on 8 April, the Finnish Ministry of Defence (MoD) said defence minister Jussi

  • Thailand flexes anti-ship missile capabilities in Andaman Sea with C-802A firing

    Key Points Thailand has demonstrated its anti-ship missile capabilities in the Andaman Sea by firing the C-802A The firing comes amid an increase in naval activities and developments in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands region The Royal Thai Navy (RTN) conducted its first test-firing of the C-802A

  • Tuvalu receives Guardian-class patrol boat from Australia

    Key Points Tuvalu has received a Guardian-class patrol vessel donation from Australia Vessel will be in service with the maritime surveillance unit of the Tuvalu Police Force Tuvalu has received its first Guardian-class patrol boat, which is a gift from Canberra as part of Australia’s

  • Digital twin modeling anchors USN nuclear yard overhauls

    The US Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) Shipyard Infrastructure Optimization Plan (SIOP) Program Office is creating “digital twins” of the four US Navy (USN) nuclear shipyards to help revamp those facilities, USN officials said. A digital twin is virtual copy – in this case, of

  • Saab to deliver Sea Giraffe AMB radars for Canada’s Joint Support Ships

    Saab has been contracted by Lockheed Martin Canada to supply Sea Giraffe AMB 3-D surveillance radars for the Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN’s) two new Protecteur-class Joint Support Ships (JSS). Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards Co. Ltd is prime contractor for the JSS programme under the

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