• DDG 1000 to start navigation certification, crew qualifications

    The guided-missile destroyer USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) is getting ready to conduct navigational certifications and crew qualifications, the US Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) told Jane’s . The ship is getting ready to get under way for the certifications and qualifications after having

  • Ecuadorian Navy receives two modernised Corvettes

    The Ecuadorian Navy received corvettes Manabi (CM 12) and Loja (CM 16) from the state-run shipyard Astilleros Navales Ecuatorianos (ASTINAVE) on 15 November, following extensive modernisation of the ships. ASTINAVE’s Project Jupiter included upgrades to three Esmeralda-class corvettes. The

  • NATO’s maritime research centre at risk for lack of stable funding model, says report

    NATO’s structure, funding, and approach to science and technology (S&T) research activities need a fundamental rethink to maintain the alliance’s technological edge for the future, according to a new draft report for the NATO Parliamentary Assembly (NPA). Of particular worry is

  • UK invests in Ashchurch vehicle depot

    Plans to run down the UK’s main armoured vehicle maintenance and storage depot have been halted, following the announcement by the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) of investment plans to expand the site at Ashchurch in Gloucestershire. The GBP101 million (USD130 million) investment

  • Portugal retires NRP Jacinto Candido

    The Portuguese Navy officially withdrew its João Coutinho-class corvette NRP Jacinto Candido (F 476) from service on 15 November. The decommissioning leaves just two remaining corvettes in service: the Baptista de Andrade-class ship NRP João Roby (F 487) and João Coutinho-class

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  • FNSS to show Marine Assault Vehicle in 2019

    The first examples of the Turkish Marine Assault Vehicle (MAV) – called the Zaha project – are to be unveiled at the IDEF Defence Exhibition to be held in Istanbul, Turkey, in May 2019, Jane’s has learnt. FNSS Savunma Sistemleri and the Undersecretariat of Defence Industries (SSM)
  • Rheinmetall puts Mission Master UGV to the test

    Rheinmetall’s Mission Master unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) was put through its paces in the European Land Robot (ELROB) trials held from 24–27 September in Lens, Belgium. The annual competition is held in different locations in Europe and is designed to demonstrate and compare the