• Portugal adds VTOL UAS capability to OPVs

    The Portuguese Navy is introducing a vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) unmanned aerial system (UAS) operating capability to its Viana do Castelo-class offshore patrol vessels (OPVs), the service has told Jane’s . The four OPVs are operated by the navy’s Surface Ships Squadron in a

  • Carrier Eisenhower deploys after completing COMPTUEX

    US Navy (USN) aircraft carrier USS Dwight D Eisenhower (CVN 69), as well as the ships and aircraft of Carrier Strike Group 10 (CSG-10), departed earlier this month for deployment in the Atlantic Ocean after successfully completing the Composite Unit Training Exercise (COMPTUEX), the US 2nd Fleet

  • Russian Navy ocean-going warship numbers to be radically reduced

    The number of Russian large ocean-going warships is to decrease significantly by 2027. This development and the prospects for large naval vessel construction were discussed at the end of 2019, at a special meeting of the Naval High Command, local military media disclosed on 14 February. At the end

  • Taking aim: Mk 45 Mod 4 evolves to meet naval gunnery requirements

    Alongside a new generation of extended-range munitions, BAE Systems is introducing an automated ammunition handling system for its 5-inch/62-calibre Mk 45 Mod 4 naval gun. Richard Scott reports More than half a century after the development of the original Mk 45 lightweight, single-barrel 5-inch

  • South Korea to donate a Pohang Class Corvette to the Colombian Navy

    South Korea plans to donate a corvette to the Colombian Navy by the end of 2020 to help bolster the naval relations between the two navies. The agreement was closed last year during a bilateral meeting in Bogota between Colombian President Iván Duque and South Korea Prime Minister, Lee

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  • French Navy NH90 Caiman availability rates improving

    While the overall availability of the French Navy’s NHIndustries NH90 Caïman NATO Frigate Helicopters (NFHs) remains a problem, rates are beginning to improve, a senior service official has said. Speaking to Jane’s, the commanding officer of the French Naval Aviation
  • Romania orders Iveco tactical trucks

    The Romanian Ministry of Defence (MoD) on 31 December 2019 awarded Iveco Defence Vehicles a seven-year frame-type contract to supply 2,902 tactical trucks. According to a company statement, an initial delivery order for 942 trucks is in place and these are to be delivered over four years beginning
  • nEUROn UCAV informing FCAS/SCAF development

    France is using the pan-European nEUROn unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) technology demonstrator to progress the Future Combat Air System (FCAS)/Système de Combat Aérien Futur (SCAF) programme that it is developing with Germany and Spain. The French Directorate General of Armaments