• Babcock awarded contract for UK Type 31 frigate programme

    The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has confirmed a contract award to Babcock for the design and build of the Royal Navy’s new Type 31 general-purpose frigate. Signed on 15 November, the deal covers the delivery of five ships at an average production cost of GBP250 million (nearly USD323

  • Camcopter S-100 UAV completes integration on board French LHD

    France’s Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA) procurement agency has qualified the integration of Schiebel’s S-100 Camcopter rotary-wing unmanned aerial system (UAS) on board the French Navy’s Mistral-class amphibious assault (LHD) ship Dixmude . The S-100 UAV is

  • First Italian PPA starts sea trials

    The first of the Italian Navy’s new multirole offshore patrol ships (Pattugliatore Polivalente d’Altura: PPA), Paolo Thaon di Revel (P 430), started initial sea trials on 12 November. The trials are being carried out from Fincantieri’s Muggiano shipyard, near La Spezia, where the

  • Israeli Navy’s Saar 4.5 replacement announced

    Israel Shipyards will design the Israeli Navy’s new Reshef class to replace its ageing Saar 4.5 vessels, the company announced on 13 November. It said the class will be based on the S-72, which it described as a “proven design”, even though none have been ordered as yet, and would

  • Angola to send naval vessels to Namibia for maintenance

    The Angolan Navy is to send two naval vessels to Namibia’s Walvis Bay for dry dock maintenance and support. Namibian company Namdock will perform undisclosed work on the vessels in a contract that has been under negotiation since 2017. The company is hoping to extend the services contract

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  • UAE using new raiding craft

    The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Armed Forces is using what appears to be the 11 m Offshore Raiding Craft (ORC) made by the British company Holyhead Marine, it was revealed during its Union Fortress 6 public demonstration. Held on the coast of Ras al-Khaimah on 1 November, the demonstration featured
  • FLIR Systems enhances tethered UAS operations

    FLIR Systems will use the recently acquired intellectual property (IP) and assets of Aria Insights to enhance its Tether Kit system and further expand its tethered capabilities, the company has told Jane’s . The company announced that it had acquired the tethered drone assets of Aria
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