• PLA Navy commissions amphibious assault ship, destroyer

    China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) has commissioned its sixth Type 071 (Yuzhao)-class amphibious assault ship and another Type 052D (Luyang III)-class destroyer. Although there has been no evident coverage of the commissioning in Chinese state-owned news media, photographs

  • Surface Navy 2019: HELIOS preliminary design review expected this year

    Lockheed Martin expects to have its High Energy Laser and Integrated Optical-dazzler with Surveillance (HELIOS) system ready for preliminary design review this year, Paul Lemmo, Lockheed Martin vice-president and general manager, Integrated Warfare Systems and Sensors, said on 15 January during a

  • Surface Navy 2019: US Navy moving out on new FVL light- to medium-helicopter fleet

    Although the US Navy (USN) is moving out on requirements to develop a new, light- to medium-helicopter fleet, currently the army says it is tracking progress but will not be investing in the effort. Speaking with Jane’s on 4 January, Future Vertical Lift (FVL) Cross Functional Team director

  • Japan to deploy five more coastguard vessels in 2019

    The Japan Coast Guard (JCG) plans to deploy five more large patrol vessels in 2019 to bolster its present fleet of 62 at-sea boats. The additional deployment will consist of one 6,500-tonne, two 6,000-tonne, one 3,500-tonne, and one 1,500-tonne patrol vessels. The 6,500- and 6,000-tonne vessels

  • Philippine’s lead Del Pilar-class frigate out of service till end 2019

    A Philippine Navy frigate that ran aground near Half Moon Shoal in August 2018 will be out of service till the end of 2019, according to the service’s chief. The frigate, BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (FF 15), ran aground while it was on routine patrol operations in the South China Sea. All 117 of

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  • Update: France launches F4 upgrade for Rafale

    France has formally launched the development of the F4-standard for the Dassault Rafale combat aircraft, the manufacturer announced on 14 January. Eric Trappier, chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation, received the F4-standard development contract for the Rafale during a visit by French defence
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