• Flight trials begin for Philippine Lynx Wildcats

    Leonardo has begun flight trials at its Yeovil production facility in southern England on the first of two AgustaWestland AW159 Lynx Wildcat maritime helicopters destined for the Philippines. The start of the trials, which was announced by the Philippine Department of National Defense (DND) on 6

  • Indo Defence 2018: Indonesia prepares to launch first locally assembled submarine

    Key Points Indonesia has successfully completed the assembly of its third Nagapasa-class submarine On-time completion validates the state-owned shipbuilder’s recently built submarine building facilities in Surabaya Assembly of the third Nagapasa-class diesel-electric submarine (SSK) on

  • Indo Defence 2018: Indonesia’s lead Cakra class undergoes USD40 million upgrade

    Key Points Indonesia has begun a USD40 million upgrade on its first German-built submarine The upgrade will extend the boat’s service life beyond 2024 The Indonesian Navy’s (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Laut: TNI-AL’s) lead Cakra-class diesel-electric submarine

  • Canada buys sixth Arctic patrol ship

    Canada is acquiring a sixth Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship (AOPS) for the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN), Minister for Defence Harjit Sajjan said during a presentation on 2 November at Irving shipyard in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The AOPS acquisition programme started in 2015 with a contract for CAD3.5

  • India inducts new submarine rescue system

    Key Points India has inducted a newly acquired deep submergence rescue vehicle Induction has significantly improved submarine rescue options available to the Indian Navy, and those of its partner services The Indian Navy has inducted a newly acquired submarine rescue system capability that

  • ‘Trident Juncture’ enters tactical phase

    NATO’s ‘Trident Juncture’ has entered its tactical phase, with naval elements forming a key focus of the alliance’s largest exercise since the Cold War. ‘Trident Juncture’ is being held in Norway, covering the land, sea, and air domains, and involving more than

  • Italian MoD set to launch submarine, rescue ship, and anti-ship missile upgrade programmes

    Italy’s planned multiyear defence programming document covering the 2018–2020 timeframe includes funding to launch new shipbuilding and guided weapon programmes for the Italian Navy. According to the document, publicly released on 2 November, the Italian Ministry of Defence (MoD) plans

  • Concept design for Australia’s Future Submarine project nears completion

    The concept design for Australia’s Future Submarine project, including its dimensions, should be finalised by the end of this year, according to Rear Admiral Greg Sammut, head of the AUD50 billion (USD36 billion) programme. The first of 12 4,700-tonne Shortfin Barracuda conventionally-powered

  • South Korea begins training Philippine Marine Corps personnel on KAAV

    Key Points The Philippine Marine Corps has begun training on the Korean Amphibious Assault Vehicle ahead of an anticipated delivery Vehicles will further expand on the range of operations that can be conducted by the Philippine Navy’s strategic sealift vessels The Republic of Korea Marine

  • Malaysia lays keel for fourth Maharaja Lela class as concerns over delays emerge

    Key Points Malaysia’s Boustead Naval Shipyard has laid down the country’s fourth Maharaja Lela-class Littoral Combat Ship The shipyard’s plan to handover the first-of-class by 2019 may be at risk of delays Malaysia’s Boustead Naval Shipyard (BNS) has laid down the fourth

  • Canada debuts warship at biennial military drills between Japan, US

    Key Points The Royal Canadian Navy is participating in a biennial Japan-US military exercise for the first time Move is in line with the Canadian government’s new defence policy, which calls for a more active role in the Asia-Pacific region The Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) is taking part in

  • India approves upgrade of coastguard’s maritime aircraft

    India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has approved the mid-life upgrade (MLU) of 17 licence-built Dornier Do-228 maritime reconnaissance aircraft (MRA) belonging to the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) for INR9.50 billion (USD129.10 million). The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) headed by Defence

  • ReCAAP warns of imminent attack on ships in Sulu and Celebes seas

    Key Points An inter-governmental body has warned of an imminent attack on merchant shipping by gunmen in waters off Sabah, and the Southern Philippines Warning underlines the need for continued vigilance in the tri-border maritime region Militants linked to the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) are planning

  • Bangladesh Navy seeks new patrol craft, anti-aircraft missiles for corvettes

    Bangladesh’s Defence Ministry is seeking responses to a tender for five patrol craft for the country’s navy. According to the tender, the patrol craft should have a proven design with a length of approximately 50–52 m, a beam of 7–8 m, a maximum draught of 2 m, and a

  • Indonesian Navy deploys LPD, hydrographic vessels in search for crashed airliner

    Key Points The Indonesian Navy has deployed two vessels, including an oceanographic survey ship, to search for a crashed commercial airliner Mission provides opportunity for the service to validate its newly operationalised hydrographic capabilities The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia

  • Leonardo readies AWHero UAS for OCEAN2020

    Leonardo’s helicopter division is preparing to deploy its AWHero rotary-wing unmanned aircraft system (UAS) in late 2019 as part of the OCEAN2020 programme’s first at-sea demonstration. The first series production AWHero rotary-wing platform will become available next month, said Marco

  • HGH Infrared secures SPYNEL sale for African warship order

    French electro-optics house HGH Infrared Systems has won a multimillion Euro contract from an undisclosed shipyard to supply its SPYNEL-X panoramic infrared search-and-track system for three new warships on order for an African navy. Designed to provide wide area passive surveillance, SPYNEL-X can

  • L3, Northrop Grumman receive NGJ low-band technology contracts

    L3 Technologies and Northrop Grumman have each received contracts to explore technology options for the low band increment of the US Navy’s (USN’s) AN/ALQ-249 Next Generation Jammer (NGJ) programme. The 20-month Demonstration of Existing Technologies (DET) contract awards, announced on

  • Aegis-equipped SM-3 Block IIA successfully intercepts MRBM target in test

    A Raytheon Standard Missile (SM)-3 Block IIA missile fired from a US Navy (USN) guided-missile destroyer (DDG) equipped with an upgraded Lockheed Martin Aegis combat system successfully intercepted and “obliterated” a medium range ballistic missile (MRBM) target during a test on 26

  • Australia commissions second Hobart-class destroyer

    Key Points The Royal Australia Navy has commissioned its second Hobart-class air warfare destroyer Vessel bolsters the service’s collaborative defence capabilities against hostile aircraft, and precision-guided munitions The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has taken another step towards

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