HEADLINES

  • China on faster pace to develop nuclear triad, according to Pentagon, analysts

    Thanks to an accelerated development of its Jin-class nuclear ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) fleet, China is closer to creating a nuclear triad force than had been previously believed, according to the Pentagon and defence analysts. “We’re certainly tracking what they’re doing

  • ONR frames requirement for Advanced Targeting Concepts Development

    The Office of Naval Research (ONR) is canvassing industry for ideas and concepts to help the US Navy (USN) develop future over-the-horizon (OTH) targeting networks. Study activity is intended to inform the ONR and USN on how to best overcome technology limitations and provide recommendations to

  • Sevmash lays keel for new deep-ocean spy submarine dry dock

    Russian shipbuilder Sevmash laid the keel for a new floating dry dock for the Ministry of Defence (MoD) on 24 April. The Project 22570 vessel, to be named Kvaker-2D (DK-4382), will have an overall length 134 m, a 14 m beam, and a 2.67 m draft, with a carrying capacity of 3,300 tonnes. The floating

  • Pentagon report highlights Chinese submarine and aircraft carrier forces

    While the speed of growth of the Chinese submarine force has slowed, modernisation remains a high priority for the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN), the Pentagon says in its report, ‘Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China 2019’,

  • Thales selected by UK for ORCA upgrade

    Thales UK has won out in the race to replace the command information facilities fitted to the UK Royal Navy’s (RN’s) mine countermeasures (MCM) fleet, beating off competition from incumbent BAE Systems and a QinetiQ/Saab team. Under the Oceanographic Reconnaissance Combat Architecture

  • Trump administration changes course on early Truman retirement

    After presenting a proposed fiscal year 2020 (FY 2020) budget earlier this year that eliminated a mid-life overhaul for the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) to retire the ship early, the Trump administration has shifted gears, and the US Navy (USN) is ready to make the proper budgetary

  • India restarts work on coastal radars in Maldives

    India has resumed the installation of coastal surveillance radar stations across the Maldives to enhance the Indian Navy’s (IN’s) maritime domain awareness (MDA) in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR). Official sources in New Delhi said India had restarted work on Phase II of the INR6 billion

  • USS America forward deploys to Japan as USMC faces F-35B parts issues

    The amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) is slated to join US Navy (USN) 7th Fleet forward-deployed naval forces (FDNF) in Sasebo, Japan, to replace the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1), which will head to Norfolk, Virginia, to undergo scheduled maintenance, USN officials confirmed.

  • Indonesian corvette clashes with Vietnamese fishery agency vessels in South China Sea

    Key Points Government vessels from Indonesia and Vietnam were involved in a deliberate collision incident in the South China Sea The incident threatens to further escalate maritime tensions between the two neighbouring countries An Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan

  • India commissions first Priyadarshini-class patrol vessel

    The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) has commissioned the first fast patrol vessel (FPV) that has been designed and built by local government-affiliated company Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE) Limited. The 50 m boat, which has been named Priyadarshini with pennant number 221, was

  • Ukraine launches new reconnaissance ship

    Kiev shipbuilder PSC Kuznya on Rybalsky launched a new medium reconnaissance ship for the Ukrainian Navy at its yard on the Dnieper River on 23 April. The vessel forms part of the Programme for the Development of Arms and Military Equipment, running through 2020, to meet the needs of

  • The Bahamas commissions new radar to improve maritime security

    The Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) commissioned a new radar on 17 April as part of its new maritime security strategy, which focuses on decentralising the RBDF and acquiring new technologies to improve monitoring and surveillance operations. The newly commissioned long-range coastal radar was

  • Spanish Navy signs contract for F-110 frigates

    A contract for the construction of five new F-110 frigates for the Spanish Navy was signed by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and state-owned shipbuilder Navantia on 23 April. Work is due to “start shortly” at its northwestern yard in Ferrol, Navantia said in a statement, emphasising the

  • NAVAIR eyes magnetic anomaly detector fit for MH-60R

    Plans are being developed to introduce magnetic anomaly detection equipment onto US Navy (USN) and Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Lockheed Martin/Sikorsky MH-60R helicopters, the US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) has revealed. In a sources sought notice issued on 17 April, NAVAIR advised that it

  • US Navy to roll out further E-2D upgrades

    The US Navy (USN) is looking to equip the Northrop Grumman E-2D Advanced Hawkeye airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft with beyond line-of-sight (BLOS) networking and GPS-protection capabilities for operating in an electronic attack (EA) environment. The Naval Air Systems Command

  • India commissions coastal interception craft

    The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) has commissioned two more 28 m coastal interception craft, the service announced via its official social media account on 24 April. The two vessels, which the service refers to as ICGS C-444 and ICGS C-446 respectively, were commissioned the day before in a ceremony at

  • Indonesia acquires BMP-3F, BT-3F amphibious vehicles for Marines Corps

    Key Points The Indonesian Ministry of Defence has signed a contract for BMP-3F and BT-3F vehicles The vehicles will be in service with cavalry units across the Indonesian Marines Corps’ three divisions Indonesia’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has acquired its first batch of BT-3F

  • Pakistan Navy flexes land attack capabilities in Arabian Sea

    Key Points The Pakistan Navy has conducted another test-firing of an indigenously developed cruise missile The weapon is being tested amid heightened tensions with India over the long-standing Kashmir dispute The Pakistan Navy has conducted another test-firing of what appears to be a shipborne

  • 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

  • Uruguayan Naval Aviation develops and builds Beechcraft T-34C-1 simulator

    After months of development and modifications, the Uruguayan Naval Aviation unit publicly unveiled its own Beechcraft T-34C-1 Turbo Mentor simulator recently. The system was built using an old T-34A airframe, modified to perfectly simulate the cockpit of a T-34C-1. The software can reproduce all

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