• US Navy rotates European-based BMD warships

    More capable warships will be deployed to Europe by the US Navy (USN) to replace four Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers that have been based in Spain since 2014. The four ships of the Forward Deployed Naval Force-Europe (FDNF-E) are also planned to be supported by the basing in Rota,

  • RNZN to re-set for future challenges in 2020s

    The Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) is set to enhance its capabilities over the next decade to meet a growing number of commitments and increase engagement in the Pacific and Southern Oceans. A new Defence Capability Plan (DCP) launched by defence minister Ron Mark on 11 June has identified a need

  • US Navy awards Sikorsky first production contract for VH-92A presidential helicopter

    The US Navy (USN) on 10 June awarded Sikorsky its first low-rate initial production (LRIP) contract for the VH-92A presidential helicopter. The contract, worth USD542 million, is for six aircraft, spares, and support equipment, according to a USN statement. Government testing will continue to

  • USN’s focus on unmanned systems seen as aimed at China

    The increased, accelerated US Navy (USN) investment in unmanned systems appears to be geared for facing future threats from China and other potential peer competitors, according to a recent report by the Congressional Research Service (CRS). The navy wants to develop and procure three new types of

  • Malaysia to deploy donated ScanEagle UAVs with navy

    Key Points Malaysia will deploy all 12 ScanEagle UAVs it is receiving from the US with the Royal Malaysian Navy The UAVs will be deployed to assist with maritime surveillance operations All 12 units of the ScanEagle unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that Putrajaya is receiving from the US will be

  • USN readies carrier fleet for F-35Cs

    The US Navy (USN) is designing modifications for its next Ford-class carriers to accommodate operational Lockheed Martin F-35C Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) squadrons, service officials said, and the USN remains on schedule for changes to existing Ford- and Nimitz-class ships.

  • Unmanned and aerial MCM testing slated for ‘BALTOPS’

    The Baltic Operations (‘BALTOPS’) Mine Warfare Task Group will be testing unmanned and aerial countermine (MCM) systems during the exercise, which began 9 June, according to US Navy (USN) Rear Admiral Scott Robertson, ‘BALTOPS’ Mine Warfare commander and commander of the US

  • USN eyes technologies for future multi-mission fire control radar

    The US Navy has outlined plans for a new multi-mission fire-control radar (MMFCR) that would combine horizon search functions with fire control for missile and gun engagements. In a request for information (RFI) issued on 30 May, the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), on behalf of the Program

  • NAVSEA awards industry studies for future common-hull auxiliary ship

    Four US shipyards have received contracts to explore options for a future Common Hull Auxiliary Multi-Mission Platform (CHAMP) that could potentially replace several ageing classes of US Navy (USN) auxiliary and sealift vessels. Bollinger Shipyards, General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding

  • Update: DoD IG finds US Navy mismanaged backup aircraft and depot maintenance float allowance

    The US Navy (USN) and US Marine Corps (USMC) mismanaged their backup aircraft and depot maintenance float allowance (DMFA), affecting the readiness of a portion of its fighter and helicopter fleets, according to the Department of Defense Inspector General (DoD IG). The IG, in its semiannual report

  • Russia intercepts US Navy P-8A aircraft over Mediterranean Sea

    A US Navy (USN) Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime surveillance twin-jet flying in international airspace over the Mediterranean Sea on 4 June was intercepted by a Russian Sukhoi Su-35 multirole fighter three times over the course of 175 minutes, according to the USN. The navy deemed the first and third

  • USN plans to cut carrier-building man-hours by a third for planned Ford-class ships

    The US Navy (USN) intends to cut the number of man-hours it takes to build the current planned fleet of Ford-class ships now slated for construction by about a third by the fourth ship of that class, according to USN spokesperson Captain Danny Hernandez. "To keep costs down, the navy is

  • US Indo-Pacific Command completes Quickstrike-ER mine demonstration

    The US Indo-Pacific Command (USINDOPACOM) has performed the final and largest demonstration of the Quickstrike 64-ER (QS64-ER) 2,000lb aerial maritime mine. A US Air Force B-52H Stratofortress bomber, assigned to the 49th Test and Evaluation Squadron at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana,

  • Baglietto to build fast attack craft for Italian Navy

    Baglietto Navy, the military division of Italian yacht builder Baglietto, has been awarded a contract by Fincantieri on behalf of the Italian Navy to build two fast attack craft for the service’s new landing helicopter dock (LHD). Based on Baglietto’s FFC 15 design, the fast attack

  • CVN 78 integrated combat system completes final developmental test

    The Ship Self Defense System (SSDS) Integrated Combat System for the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) completed its final developmental test recently, SSDS contractor Raytheon confirmed on 4 June. The testing was done from the US Navy (USN) unmanned Self Defense Test Ship off the coast

  • NRL introduces UV-18 Twin Otter aircraft into test fleet

    The US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) science and technology research squadron has added a new aircraft to its fleet in the guise of a De Havilland DHC-6 Twin Otter. Unveiled by Scientific Development Squadron One (VXS-1) on 11 May, the Twin Otter is designated as the UV-18 in US military service.

  • Thales’ Gecko system to combat pirates in the Caribbean

    The Jamaica Defence Force is to acquire a Thales Gecko electro-optical tracking sensor system as part of a wider national programme to counter sea pirates, the company announced on 30 May. The system will be used in conjunction with the Coast Watcher 100 radar, which is also being supplied by

  • US Army to retrofit Apache helos with underwater crew escape system

    The US Army is to retrofit its Boeing AH-64D/E Apache attack helicopters with an underwater escape system for the crew as part of a wider rollout of the aircraft’s maritime capabilities. The service disclosed on 31 May that it is to issue Boeing with a sole-source contract to fit its AH-64D

  • Vietnam to receive ScanEagle unmanned aircraft

    The Socialist Republic of Vietnam is to field the Insitu ScanEagle unmanned aircraft system (UAS) as part of a wider ramp-up of its airborne maritime surveillance capabilities. The procurement of six unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) was announced by the US Department of Defense (DoD) on 31 May in a

  • Indonesia launches fourth Teluk Bintuni-class landing ship

    Key Points An Indonesian shipbuilder has launched the country’s fourth Teluk Bintuni-class landing ship The vessel will further improve mobility of the Indonesian Armed Forces’ armoured vehicles Indonesian shipbuilder PT Daya Radar Utama (DRU) has launched another landing ship tank

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