• China quietly increasing warship numbers

    Analysis of commercial satellite imagery indicates that the number of warships launched and commissioned in China in 2018 is significantly greater than has been officially confirmed. Until recently, the launch of ships for the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) has been accompanied by

  • UK looks to buy new combat submersibles

    The United Kingdom is planning to acquire new US-built manned combat submersibles to replace the current Mk 8 Mod 1 SEAL Delivery Vehicles (SDVs) used by its Special Boat Service (SBS). Disclosing the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) case on 20 September, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency

  • Indonesia lays keel for eighth, ninth PC-40-class patrol vessels

    Key Points An Indonesian shipbuilder has laid down two more PC-40-class patrol vessels for the Indonesian Navy The service is further bolstering its patrol boat programmes amid the rise of non-conventional maritime threats in the region Indonesian shipbuilder PT Caputra Mitra Sejati (CMS) has

  • USN acquires three more LCSs, considers more buys

    As expected, the US Navy (USN) signed deals to buy three more Littoral Combat Ships (LCSs) under fiscal year 2018 (FY 2018) funding. However, the service will not release the price for the ships because it is considering acquiring additional ships through the FY 2019 budget. The three LCSs awarded

  • Hyundai cuts steel for Philippine Navy’s second 107 m frigate

    Key Points Hyundai Heavy Industries has begun construction work on a second HDF-3000 frigate on order for the Philippine Navy The service is on track to receive both vessels by 2021 South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has held a steel-cutting ceremony for the second 107 m

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  • DVD 2018: UK proceeds with Boxer procurement

    UK Defence Minister Stuart Andrew has “given the green light to bring forward concrete plans for the project” to procure the Boxer armoured vehicle for the British Army, he said during a speech on the first day of the DVD 2018 defence exhibition held at the United Kingdom’s
  • DVD 2018: HIPPO ATSV gains autonomy

    Hippo Multipower displayed an autonomous variant of its amphibious HIPPO All Terrain Support Vehicle (ATSV) at Defence Vehicle Dynamics (DVD) 2018, Millbrook, Bedfordshire, UK, fitted with a robotic applique kit. Hippo Multipower has teamed with Digital Concepts Engineering (DCE) to demonstrate the
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