• Kalibr cruise missile fired from Northern Fleet port

    A Kalibr cruise missile has been successfully test fired for the first time from a Russian submarine moored in a port. The test launch of the Novator 3M-14 Kalibr land-attack cruise missiles from the Project 885 Yasen-class submarine Severodvinsk was reported by Russian newspaper Izvestia , citing

  • NAO hits out at UK MoD over nuclear submarine disposal

    The UK’s independent spending watchdog has criticised the Ministry of Defence (MoD) for its failure to dispose of any of the 20 nuclear-powered submarines decommissioned from Royal Navy (RN) service since 1980. In a report published on 3 April, the National Audit Office (NAO) said the costs

  • Spain gives green light for five F-110 frigates

    The Spanish cabinet has finally given the order to go-ahead with the construction of five multi-purpose F-110 class frigates for the Spanish Navy (Armada Española) at a cost of EUR4.31 billion (USD4.83 billion). It will be the biggest-ever order for the Ferrol yard of state-owned shipbuilder

  • Indian Navy commissions sixth Mk IV LCU

    Key Points The Indian Navy has inducted another Mk IV LCU into service The vessel will further bolster the service’s presence in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands region The Indian Navy has commissioned its sixth Mk IV landing craft utility (LCU). The vessel (L 56), which was launched by

  • UK carrier to enter dry dock for first time

    The UK Royal Navy’s first-of-class aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth has sailed from Portsmouth naval base to Babcock International’s Rosyth facility to begin a six-week maintenance period. This will be the first time the 65,000-ton carrier has undergone dry-dock maintenance since entering

  • Admiralty Shipyards launches first Project 636.3 submarine for Russia's Pacific Fleet

    Admiralty Shipyards launched the first Project 636.3 Improved Kilo-class diesel-electric submarine (SSK) bound for the Russian Navy’s Pacific Fleet on 28 March. The vessel, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy , was laid down in July 2017 and will be delivered to the naval service before end-2019, said

  • Indonesia moves third Nagapasa submarine to alternative site for long-delayed launch

    Key Points PT PAL has successfully completed a risky operation to transfer the third Nagapasa-class submarine to an alternative launch site Vessel will be the first-ever submarine to be launched in Indonesia once it takes to the water Indonesian state-owned shipbuilder PT PAL has successfully

  • Indian sailor dies during firing drills on Godavari-class frigate

    An Indian Navy personnel has died onboard the Godavari (Project 16)-class frigate, INS Gomati (F21). The incident happened while the personnel was carrying out weapon firing drills at sea, India’s Ministry of Defence said in a release on 28 March. The ministry did not reveal the weapon type

  • Australia’s second AWD undergoes weapons trials

    Key Points Australia’s second Hobart-class destroyer has undergone a series of trials to verify the integrity of selected weapon systems Trials pave the way for further evaluations of its co-operative combat capabilities, in higher tempo settings The Royal Australian Navy’s

  • NAVAIR orders MQ-8C Fire Scout weapons studies

    The US Navy’s (USN’s) aviation support arm has embarked on a series of studies examining options for the possible weaponisation of its MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopters. Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) will ask Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems to investigate the addition of

  • Australia flexes defence industry capabilities in naval tour of South, Southeast Asia

    Key Points Australia is showcasing products such as the Bushmaster and Hawkei military vehicles as part of a seven-country visit by its naval ships Showcase is being done as part of wider objectives to enhance Australia’s position as a defence equipment exporter A multiport Australian

  • SMART-L MM/N BMD radar installed on first LCF frigate

    The Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN) air defence and command frigate (LCF) HNLMS De Zeven Provinciën has become the first ship of its class to receive the new SMART-L MM/N L-band long-range radar. Developed and manufactured by Thales Nederland, the SMART-L MM/N radar (previously known as SMART-L

  • USCG highlights need for OPCs and polar security cutters

    The US Coast Guard (USCG) fiscal year 2020 (FY 2020) budget proposal underscores the importance of the service’s offshore patrol cutter (OPC) and heavy polar security cutter (PSC) acquisition programmes. “Our planned program of record for 25 OPCs will be the backbone of the Coast

  • Australia’s third Hobart-class destroyer set to be operationalised earlier

    Key Points Australia will incorporate structural upgrades to the country’s third Air Warfare Destroyer as it is being built The vessel will be operational with the Royal Australian Navy 12 months earlier than originally planned The Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN’s) third

  • Australia completes keel section of first Arafura-class OPV

    Key Points ASC has completed the keel section of the first Sea 1180 vessel on time, and within budget The Royal Australian Navy is on track to receive its first Arafura-class OPV in 2021 Australian shipyard ASC has completed the keel of the first Arafura-class offshore patrol vessel (OPV), the

  • Safran bags five-year Royal Australian Navy support contract

    Safran Electronics & Defense Australasia (SEDA) has received a contract for in-service support on the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN’s) infrared search and track systems. The contract will run for an initial period of five years, with options to extend the service for up to 15 years.

  • Brazil launches the second locally developed anti-ship missile

    The Brazilian Navy successfully launched the second prototype of the MANSUP (Míssil Antinavio Nacional de Superfície) surface-to-surface anti-ship missile from Niterói-class frigate Independência (F44) on 20 March. The corvette Barroso (V34) launched the first MANSUP on 27

  • Thales builds up UK naval combat facility in support of Type 31e bid

    Thales is to open a UK centre of excellence to develop its TACTICOS naval combat management system (CMS) in support of the Royal Navy’s (RN’s) future Type 31e frigate programme. As part of the Babcock-led Team 31, which is proposing the Arrowhead 140 ship design to meet the Type 31e

  • Arleigh Burke destroyer life extensions accelerate US Navy’s shipbuilding plan

    The US Navy (USN) plan to extend the lives of its guided-missile Arleigh Burke-class destroyers (DDGs) anchors the service’s efforts to reach its 355-ship-fleet goal decades ahead of initially scheduled. The USN’s 2020 30-year shipbuilding plan, released on 21 March, includes

  • US Marine Corps modifies weapons loader adapter for F-35B

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) modified support equipment to allow the guided bomb unit (GBU)-49 munition to be used on the Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL) variant. When the USMC chose GBU-49 for the F-35B, it needed a piece of

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