• NAVSEA funds Raytheon for development of SM-2 Block IIIC active upgrade

    The US Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) has awarded Raytheon Missile Systems a sole-source contract for engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) of the new Block IIIC variant of the Standard Missile-2 (SM-2) anti-air warfare missile. Being developed under the SM-2 Improvement programme,

  • PROSUB achieves key milestone with launch of first S-BR submarine

    The first of four Scorpène diesel-electric (S-BR) submarines being built under Brazil’s PROSUB (Programa de Desenvolvimento de Submarinos) programme has been launched by Itaguaí Construções Navais (ICN). Riachuelo was lowered into the water at the Itaguaí naval

  • Update: Singapore’s new stealth combatant craft breaks cover

    Key Points The Singapore Armed Forces is testing a stealthy new combatant craft that appears to be optimised for special operations The combatant craft could be a replacement for the Singapore Army’s Very Slender Vessel (VSV) The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) is quietly testing a stealthy

  • Spain gives green light for frigate, IFV orders

    The Spanish cabinet gave the official go-ahead on 14 December for three major new military programmes worth more than EUR7.3 billion (USD8.2 billion) over 15 years. The largest programme is a five-ship order for the navy for the long-planned F-110 frigate, worth EUR4.32 billion. A further EUR2.1

  • Pakistan Navy commissions one ATR-72 MPA, two Sea King helicopters

    The Pakistan Navy (PN) has inducted two ex-British Westland Sea King helicopters and the first of two ATR-72 maritime patrol aircraft (MPAs) on order for the service. The platforms entered service in a ceremony held on 12 December at naval air station PNS Mehran that was attended by Chief of the

  • Canadian Coast Guard adds first new icebreaker in 25 years

    The Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) icebreaker CCGS Captain Molly Kool officially joined the fleet on 14 December, becoming the first new icebreaker for the CCG in 25 years. Captain Molly Kool is the first of three icebreakers procured by the Canadian government under a CAD610 million (USD457 million)

  • Carrier USS John C Stennis establishes temporary Sri Lanka air logistics hub

    The US Navy (USN) Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C Stennis (CVN 74) has established a temporary air logistics hub in Sri Lanka to receive support, supplies, and services at sea. The hub includes an airstrip and storage facilities to provide logistics support to USN ships operating in the

  • Japan’s ruling coalition approves modification of Izumo-class helicopter carriers for F-35B ops

    Japan’s ruling coalition has approved a new defence policy outline that includes the conversion of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force’s (JMSDF’s) two Izumo-class helicopter carriers into multirole aircraft carriers from which short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL) aircraft,

  • Russian Navy to acquire 12 new Lada-class submarines

    The Russian Navy plans to procure 12 more Project 677 Lada-class diesel-electric submarines (SSKs). “We will continue to build the Project 636.3 Varshavyanka-class [Improved Kilo-class] SSKs and at least 12 of the newest Lada-class submarines,” the navy’s commander-in-chief,

  • Cost and scheduling of Australia’s Future Submarine programme prompt calls for alternative

    Four retired Australian naval officers of flag rank, all with substantial submarine experience, have taken the unusual step of writing directly to Prime Minister Scott Morrison seeking an urgent study into the option of a cheaper, more quickly available alternative to the design already selected for

  • Agreement close on SPA for Australia’s Future Submarine programme

    Agreement in principle between Australia’s Department of Defence (DoD) and French submarine builder Naval Group on a vital Strategic Partnering Agreement (SPA) for Australia’s Future Submarine programme is anticipated by 21 December, according to sources close to the protracted

  • Canadian Coast Guard receives new vessels for west coast operations

    The Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) received two new Bay-class high-endurance search-and-rescue (SAR) lifeboats and a second emergency offshore towing vessel (EOTV) for operations on the west coast on 6 December. The delivery of Bay-class vessels Pachena Bay and McIntyre Bay coincided with a government

  • Last Zumwalt-class ship launched as USN considers fate of destroyers’ guns

    The third and final planned Zumwalt-class guided-missile destroyer Lyndon B Johnson was launched on 9 December at General Dynamics’ Bath Iron Works (BIW) shipyard. Second ship Michael Monsoor , meanwhile, departed BIW on 9 November for Coronado, California, where it will be commissioned into

  • UK funds Type 31e frigate Competitive Design Phase

    Industry teams led by Atlas Elektronik UK, Babcock, and BAE Systems have been shortlisted by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to compete for the UK Royal Navy’s (RN’s) Type 31e frigate programme. All three have been funded by the MoD’s Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S)

  • DSME awarded contract to build ASR-II submarine rescue ship

    South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) has been awarded a contract for the construction of a new auxiliary submarine rescue ship (ASR-II) for the Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN), the company announced on 7 December. The 5,200-tonne vessel is expected to be

  • US Coast Guard commandant wants SUAS capability on future offshore patrol cutters

    Key Points The USCG commandant wants SUAS capability on its future offshore patrol cutters The service plans a programme of record of 25 vessels US Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Karl Schultz wants small unmanned aircraft system (SUAS) capability similar to Insitu’s ScanEagle on the

  • Brazil prepares to launch first Riachuelo-class submarine

    The first-of-class Riachuelo-class (Modified Scorpene-class) S-BR diesel-electric submarine Riachuelo (S40) is scheduled to be launched on 14 December at the Itaguaí Naval Complex in Itaguaí, where the ship was built by Itaguaí Construções Navais (ICN). The boat is

  • Legal challenge postpones CSC frigate contract

    The Canadian government’s selection of a preferred design for the Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN's) future frigate has been put on hold due to a legal challenge. Lockheed Martin Canada’s Type 26 frigate was chosen as the winning design on 19 October 2018 for the Canadian Surface

  • New frigate joins Iranian navy

    The frigate Sahand officially joined the Islamic Republic of Iran Navy (IRIN) during a ceremony held at the main naval base at Bandar Abbas on 1 December, more than five years after it was ostensibly launched. Classified as a destroyer by the IRIN, the vessel is the third of the navy’s Mowj

  • Latest Peruvian patrol boats to receive Escribano turrets

    The Peruvian Navy has selected turret systems from Spanish company Escribano Mechanical and Engineering for its next two PGCP-50 coastguard patrol boats. The turrets will equip the fifth and sixth vessels of the Rio Pativilca class, which are being built by state-run Peruvian shipyard Servicios

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