• IDEX 2019: SANNI pitching LPD to Saudi navy

    SAMI Navantia Naval Industries (SANNI) has proposed building landing platform dock (LPD) amphibious assault ships for the Royal Saudi Naval Forces (RSNF), the company’s CEO said during the IDEX show held in Abu Dhabi, UAE, from 17 to 21 February. SANNI was formed as a joint venture between

  • Argentina restarts work on ARA Santa Cruz

    Maintenance work on the Argentine TR-1700-class submarine ARA Santa Cruz has resumed, according to Argentine Defence Minister Oscar Aguad. Work on the boat was halted by the Argentine Defence Ministry following the loss at sea of sister submarine ARA San Juan on 15 November 2017 to determine

  • IDEX 2019: Mirach 40 conducts first live training missions

    Leonardo announced in a press release on 17 February that its Mirach 40 (M-40) target drone had flown its first live missions during a recent training exercise, simulating missile attacks against naval vessels and fighter jets in air-to-air combat scenarios. The exercise involved the Italian Navy

  • Russia completes testing of ‘Poseidon’ thermonuclear torpedo

    Russian President Vladimir Putin announced at the beginning of February the successful completion of underwater tests of its ‘Poseidon’ unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV). Factory trials are expected to begin in the summer of 2019. First revealed in late 2015, the since named

  • Germany’s TKMS holds launch ceremony for Singapore’s first Type 218SG submarine

    Key Points TKMS has held a launch ceremony for the first Type 218SG boat on order for Singapore The country is on track to receiving its first-ever custom-built naval submarine in 2021 German shipbuilder ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) has held a launch ceremony for the first of four Type

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  • 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