• Chile ready to finalise frigate acquisitions

    The Chilean Navy is set to finalise the procurement of two Adelaide-class frigates by the end of May. HMAS Melbourne and HMAS Newcastle , built in Australia in the early 1990s, would be acquired as a stop-gap measure to replace two of three Dutch- and British-built frigates currently in service in

  • SOUTHCOM commander stresses need for more naval, aerial assets

    US Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) needs additional platforms to properly carry out its multiple missions, according to Admiral Craig Faller, the new SOUTHCOM commander. “We need more ships [and] we need more intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance assets,” the admiral said during a

  • US Senate defence policy bill bans F-35 transfers to Turkey

    Key Points The SASC FY 2020 defence bill bans F-35 transfers to Turkey if the nation moves forward with acquiring the Russian S-400 system This is the first step in a process that, if approved by the president, could formally ban sending F-35s to Turkey The US fiscal year 2020 (FY 2020) defence

  • HII cuts first steel for Columbia submarine

    Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) made the first steel cut on 23 May to officially begin advance construction for USS Columbia , the first-of-class ballistic-missile submarine (SSBN) slated to replace the ageing Ohio-class ships performing nuclear deterrence patrols. Columbia (SSBN 826) and the

  • US Navy establishes new command for USVs, Zumwalt destroyer development

    The US Navy officially established the Surface Development Squadron ONE (SURFDEVRON ONE) on 22 May to integrate unmanned surface vessels (USV) and support fleet experimentation, especially for the guided-missile destroyer (DDG 1000) Zuwmalt-class fleet, to accelerate delivery of new warfighting

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  • RAF F-35Bs decamp to Cyprus for first overseas deployment

    Key Points Six RAF F-35Bs have flown to RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus The training mission is the type’s first overseas deployment in UK service British Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning combat aircraft flew to the Royal Air Force (RAF) base on Cyprus on 21 May for the type’s first overseas
  • MILEX 2019: Belarus upgrades mid-range MRL inventory

    The Belarusian military has launched an initiative to modernise its inventory of 9P140 Uragan (Whirlwind) 220 mm medium-range multiple rocket launchers (MRLs), a source from the country’s defence industry told Jane’s at the MILEX 2019 show, which was held in Minsk from 15–18 May.