• 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

  • Brazil considers helicopter carrier modernisation

    The Brazilian Navy has started initial studies for the installation of new systems meant to improve its PHM Atlantico (A140) multipurpose helicopter carrier. The potential modernisation would improve key capabilities of the navy’s flagship vessel, including navigation and protection systems.

  • Malaysia revises contract for Littoral Mission Ships

    Key Points Malaysia has revised its four warship contract with a Chinese shipbuilder The revision is latest in a series of Sino-Malaysia emendations undertaken by the new government since taking power in mid-2018 A contract to build Littoral Mission Ships (LMSs) for the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN)

  • Brazil to modernise CMS of three frigates

    The Brazilian Navy will significantly improve the command-and-control capability of three of its six Niterói-class Mk 10 frigates as part of the strategic Achieving Full Operational Capacity project. The local privately owned company CONSUB Defesa e Tecnologia will modernise the ship’s

  • Elbit Systems wins Hellenic Coast Guard patrol vessels combat systems contract

    Elbit Systems has been awarded a contract from Italian shipyard Cantiere Navale Vittoria SpA to supply combat suites and systems integration on three new patrol vessels for the Hellenic Coast Guard, the Israeli company said. The contract calls for Elbit to deliver the systems in two years and

  • Naval Group team selected for BE/NL MCM programme

    An industry team led by France’s Naval Group has been selected to provide Belgium and the Netherlands (BE/NL) with a next generation stand-off mine countermeasures (MCM) capability based on mother ships employing a ‘toolbox’ of offboard MCM systems. The selection of the Belgian

  • US Navy awards contract to Raytheon for three AN/SPY-6(V)1 radar systems

    US Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) awarded Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems a USD402.7 million fixed-price-incentive, firm-target contract modification, exercising options for the Air and Missile Defense Radar Program (AMDR) for low-rate initial production (LRIP) AN/SPY-6(V)1 radar systems.

  • Indonesia to receive ZOKA torpedo countermeasures for Nagapasa submarines

    Key Points Indonesia’s Nagapasa-class submarines will be equipped with jammers and decoys from Turkish company Aselsan The equipment will provide the vessels with protection and deception capabilities against hostile torpedoes Turkish defence electronics company Aselsan is supplying its

  • Japan, US, UK navies further strengthen ASW interoperability in Western Pacific

    The navies of Japan, the US, and the UK have taken steps to further enhance anti-submarine warfare (ASW) interoperability between the three services by conducting another trilateral exercise in the Western Pacific region. The drills, which are only the second of such to be conducted between the

  • New Zealand’s future hydrography ship begins sea trials

    Key Points A hydrographic and diving support vessel meant for the Royal New Zealand Navy has begun trials to validate its naval equipment The service is on track to operate the ship by November The Royal New Zealand Navy’s (RNZN’s) future hydrographic and diving support vessel, which

  • Singapore, Malaysia suspend overlapping maritime claims in waters off Tuas

    Key Points The governments of Malaysia and Singapore have agreed to not anchor any government vessels in the disputed maritime region However, Malaysia has yet to withdraw a buoy-laying tender from the area as of 15 March, casting uncertainties over diplomatic progress made The Malaysian and

  • Brazil plans to acquire a new support vessel to expand Antarctic operations

    The Brazilian Navy has issued a request for information for a support vessel that will assist the nation’s Antarctic operations, according to a recent announcement in the Brazilian government’s Diário Oficial da União (DOU). Brazil’s Antarctic campaigns (OPERANTAR) are

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