• IDEX 2019: SAMI, Naval Group sign collaboration agreement

    French naval firm Naval Group and Saudi Arabia’s Saudi Arabia Military Industries (SAMI) signed a memorandum of agreement (MoA) on 17 February to create a joint venture (JV) in the kingdom focused on the naval sector. Under the proposed joint venture, the two companies will work on supporting

  • Russian Navy looks to extend Akula SSN life

    The Russia Federation Navy is aiming to keep its Project 971 Shchuka-B (NATO reporting name ‘Akula’) nuclear attack submarines (SSNs) in service for another 25–30 years, according to a senior Northern Fleet officer. Speaking to the Russian Ministry of Defence’s Zvezda

  • Dutch Caribbean commissions four patrol boats

    The Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard (DCCG) has commissioned four 38 ft Defiant-class patrol boats in the DCCG’s Station Aruba. The vessels, which were constructed by US shipbuilder Metal Shark, will be used to patrol the waters around the Dutch islands of Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, St

  • NAVSEA asks boatbuilders for Force Protection proposals

    The US Navy (USN) has asked industry to submit blueprints for a fleet of Force Protection Medium (FPM) boats capable of guarding high-value ships, ports, and anchorages against terrorist attacks and other security threats. As many as 113 boats could be ordered under a planned five-year

  • Turkey’s Preveze-class submarines to be modernised

    On 8 February, Turkey’s Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB) signed a contract with local business partners STM, Havelsan, Aselsan, and Asfat on the mid-life upgrade of four Preveze-class (Type 209/1400) submarines. The modernised submarines will return to service in 2023–27.

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  • Ukraine receives upgraded T-64s

    The Ukrainian Army has received at least 100 upgraded T-64s from the Kharkiv Armour Plant since 2018, according to an 11 February Facebook post by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. The post reads, “The best combat capabilities, modern thermal imagers, secure digital communications,
  • UK removes one Reaper from service

    The UK has reduced its number of operational General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc MQ-9 Reaper medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), with one of the 10 aircraft currently in the US for decommissioning. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) made the disclosure in a
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