• Spain opts for ESSM Block 2 for future F-110 frigates

    Spain has opted for Raytheon’s Evolved Seasparrow Missile (ESSM) Block 2 missile as the primary ship self-defence system for its five new F-110 frigates. The decision was confirmed to Jane’s by Spain’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) on 20 September. The long-awaited decision –

  • Philippines sets aside USD25 million for naval amphibious aircraft

    The Philippine Department of National Defense (DND) has allocated some PHP1.3 trillion (USD25 million) towards the acquisition of one multi-purpose amphibious aircraft, and has invited eligible contractors to bid for the project. The airframe, which will be operated by the Philippine Navy, is being

  • Russia restarts naval exercises off Syria

    Russian naval forces have launched a new series of exercises across the eastern Mediterranean in a move that could limit the ability of Israeli aircraft to strike at targets in Syria. The Russian military issued a notice to airmen (NOTAMs) on 18 September closing off nine exercise areas of airspace

  • Second Project 677 Lada-class submarine launches

    The Russian Navy’s second Project 677 Lada-class submarine diesel-electric attack submarine, Kronshtadt , was launched in a ceremony at Admiralty Shipyards on 20 September. Kronshtadt and third boat Velikiye Luki (ex- Sevastopol ) were laid down in 2005 and 2006 respectively, but construction

  • UK looks to buy new combat submersibles

    The United Kingdom is planning to acquire new US-built manned combat submersibles to replace the current Mk 8 Mod 1 SEAL Delivery Vehicles (SDVs) used by its Special Boat Service (SBS). Disclosing the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) case on 20 September, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency

  • Indonesia lays keel for eighth, ninth PC-40-class patrol vessels

    Key Points An Indonesian shipbuilder has laid down two more PC-40-class patrol vessels for the Indonesian Navy The service is further bolstering its patrol boat programmes amid the rise of non-conventional maritime threats in the region Indonesian shipbuilder PT Caputra Mitra Sejati (CMS) has

  • SKASaC takes final bow ahead of retirement

    The UK Royal Navy (RN) is preparing to retire its last Sea King ASaC.7 (SKASaC) helicopters, bringing to an end the Sea King’s near 50-year career in UK military service. Two of the remaining SKASaC aircraft from 849 Naval Air Squadron (NAS) flew a farewell flypast around southwest England on

  • USN, JFD develop combat-navigation module for divers

    The US Navy (USN) Naval Surface Warfare Center – Panama City Division and subsea-capability provider James Fisher and Sons’ JFD have developed an advanced hands-free combat diver navigation module called Shadow Nav. Designed to help divers conduct accurate underwater navigation missions

  • Hyundai cuts steel for Philippine Navy’s second 107 m frigate

    Key Points Hyundai Heavy Industries has begun construction work on a second HDF-3000 frigate on order for the Philippine Navy The service is on track to receive both vessels by 2021 South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has held a steel-cutting ceremony for the second 107 m

  • Elbit wins USD173 million naval weapons contract for Asia-Pacific country

    Elbit Systems has received a USD173 million contract to supply naval remote-controlled weapon stations (RCWSs) to an unspecified country in the Asia-Pacific region. The systems, which comprise lightweight and fully stabilised setups each incorporating a 12.7 mm machine gun, will be installed

  • USN starts programme for mine warfare instructors

    Acknowledging the growing importance of mine countermeasures (MCM) operations with the increasing focus on littoral missions, the Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC) has started a new Mine Warfare (MIW) Warfare Tactics Instructor (WTI) programme. The new MIW WTI programme

  • Ukraine reinforces its presence in Azov Sea

    The Ukrainian Armed Forces has begun strengthening its naval presence in the Sea of Azov, local media report. The first of three Project 58155 ‘Gyurza-M’ armoured gun boats was transferred by road transporter (there are no connecting inland waterways) to the Azov Port of Berdyansk,

  • Japan Aegis BMD flight test successful through intercept

    The Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF) and the US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) confirmed on 12 September the successful completion of an Aegis ballistic missile defence (BMD) intercept flight test, in co-operation with the US Navy (USN), off the coast of Kauai in Hawaii. The event,

  • Indonesia loses Dagger-class attack craft in shipboard fire

    An Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Laut: TNI-AL) Dagger-class fast attack craft has sunk after succumbing to a shipboard fire on 11 September. The vessel, KRI Rencong (622), sunk at about 13:00 h local time in waters off the West Papuan city of Sorong, in Eastern

  • Naval Group competes for corvette contract in Brazil

    The French shipbuilder Naval Group is competing to build four Tamandaré-class corvettes for the Brazilian Navy, offering the existing multimission vessel Gowind 2500 and significant technology-transfer (ToT) package and offsets. The corvette project is the second-highest acquisition priority

  • NAVAIR receives modified G550 ahead of range support telemetry installation

    The US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) has taken delivery of a modified Gulfstream G550 business jet that will now be further customised by Raytheon to serve as a telemetry range support aircraft (TRSA) on the Point Mugu Sea Range off California. Accepted on 30 July by NAVAIR’s Tactical

  • Naval Group establishes local subsidiary in Egypt

    France’s Naval Group is establishing a permanent local presence in Egypt as part of efforts to establish a long-term support presence in-country. CEO Hervé Guillou announced the formation of the new subsidiary on 6 September just prior to the launch of the Gowind 2500 corvette Port Said

  • Nigerian Navy commissions Ocea fast patrol boats

    The Nigerian Navy commissioned six new Ocea fast patrol boats during an official ceremony held at the Naval Dockyard in Lagos on 3 September. The patrol boats include two FPB 110 MKII hulls – Nguru (P 187) and Ekulu (P 188) – and four smaller FPB 72 MKII hulls – Shiroro (P 185),

  • Vigy Engage selected for Project SEA 1180 OPVs

    Safran Electronics & Defense Australasia has been selected by Saab Australia to provide the latest version of its Vigy Engage electro-optical surveillance and fire control multisensor system as part of the situational awareness suite to equip 12 new offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) being procured

  • China cuts steel for Thailand’s first S26T submarine

    China’s Wuchang Shipbuilding has held a first steel cutting ceremony for the Royal Thai Navy’s (RTN’s) first S26T (Thailand) diesel-electric submarine (SSK). Steel for the vessel was cut on 4 September at Wuhan, China, in a ceremony attended by senior officials from the RTN. The

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