• Australia hands over Guardian-class patrol vessel to Samoa

    The Australian government has handed over a Guardian-class patrol vessel to Samoa. The boat, which has been named Nafanua II , was handed over to representatives from the Samoan government at Henderson, Western Australia on 16 August.

  • Lockheed Martin wins US Navy Ship Self Defense System contract

    The US Navy (USN) has awarded Lockheed Martin a USD56 million cost-plus-incentive fee, cost-only, firm-fixed-price contract on 15 August for combat system engineering support on the Ship Self-Defense System (SSDS). Under the contract, the SSDS combat system engineering agent and software design

  • Israeli corvette upgraded with ALPHA radar

    At least one of the Israeli Navy’s three Saar-5 corvettes now has the new IAI-Elta ELM-2258 Advanced Lightweight Phased Array (ALPHA) radar, images emerging from the multinational Exercise ‘Mighty Waves’ have shown. The ALPHA is a multi-function active electronically scanned array

  • USN reaches milestones with Ford propulsion plant, AAG

    Work on the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) propulsion plant has been completed as the US Navy (USN) confirmed the Ford-class Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG) system received the green light to recover all “props and jets” aircraft, according to the Aircraft Recovery Bulletin

  • USN sets out headmarks for T-AGOS(X)

    The US Navy (USN) is moving forward with plans to recapitalise its fleet of ocean surveillance ships (T-AGOS) with a new class of large Small Waterplane Area Twin Hull (SWATH) vessels. Designed to gather underwater acoustical data over a wide area using Surveillance Towed-Array Sensor System

  • TADTE 2019: Taiwan displays its latest weapon systems

    Key Points Taiwan’s TADTE defence exhibition saw a number of new systems put on display Apart from developing its own systems, Taiwan is looking to secure more significant procurements of US weapons systems Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) showcased some of its latest

  • USN scans for replacement AN/SPS-49 radar antenna

    The US Navy (USN) is examining the possibility of acquiring a replacement rotating antenna system for the Raytheon AN/SPS-49(V) L-band 2D air search radar. In a sources sort notice published on 9 August, the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Crane Division said it was “conducting market

  • Australia launches defence industry skills initiative

    The Australian Department of Defence (DoD) has published a strategy to support the development of defence industry skills over the coming decade and beyond. The Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Workforce Strategic Vision 2019–2030 was released on 13 August. The DoD said the

  • Chinese shipbuilding merger geared toward technology development

    The planned merger between China’s two biggest shipbuilding corporations – the China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC) and China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) – will enable the country to achieve further technological advancement, Hu Wenming, the chairman of CSIC has

  • Colombian Navy test-fires Hae Seong anti-ship missile and DM2A3 torpedo on live targets

    The Colombian Navy test-fired the South Korean-made SSM-700K Hae Seong anti-ship missile and the German-made Seehecht DM2A3 torpedo against live targets for the first time in Colombian waters during the sinking exercises (SINKEX) as part of the ‘Neptune III’ naval exercises. A

  • US GAO says USN should provide FFG(X) independent cost estimate

    The US Navy (USN) should provide Congress with an independent cost estimate for the service’s proposed new guided-missile frigate (FFG[X]) before awarding the detail design-and-construction contract for the ship and also seek ship warranty-cost information from industry as part of the request

  • Update: F-35 test fleet struggles with low readiness rates as key deadline approaches

    Key Points The F-35 programme’s test fleet has a fully mission-capable rating that is roughly 10% of its goal This could make it difficult for the Pentagon to make an educated decision on whether to enter full-rate production The Pentagon’s Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint

  • Indian MoD approves procurement of coastal batteries armed with BrahMos missiles

    India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has approved the procurement of locally developed Next Generation Maritime Mobile Coastal Batteries (NGMMCBs) and software-defined radios (SDRs) for the Indian Navy (IN). The MoD’s Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), which is headed by Defence Minister

  • Rheinmetall, MBDA to develop laser for German Navy

    Rheinmetall and MBDA Deutschland announced in a press release on 8 August that they would co-operate in the development of a high-energy laser (HEL) for the German Navy. The two companies agreed to build, integrate, and test a laser demonstrator for the German Navy’s K130 corvette. The

  • Malaysia commits to LMS technology transfers

    The Malaysian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has outlined the scope of some of the offsets it will secure through its contract with China to procure four Keris-class Littoral Mission Ships (LMSs) for the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN). The MoD said in a statement in early August that local shipbuilder

  • Ultra H1 sales increase with defence contract wins

    Ultra Electronics announced a double-digit percentage sales increase on 7 August, as well as a higher orderbook for the first six months of 2019. Revenues increased by 10.4% compared with the first half (H1) of 2018 with organic growth in all three of its divisions (Aerospace & Infrastructure,

  • HII CEO notes opportunities with US Navy renewed focus on readiness

    The US Navy is looking to increase readiness, particularly in its submarine force, and the maintenance needs at government yards could create a capacity crunch and therefore opportunity for private yards, according to Michael Petters, CEO of Huntington Ingalls Industries, whose Newport News

  • Brazil expected to start sea trials for first-of-class Riachuelo submarine

    The Brazilian shipbuilder Itaguaí Construções Navais (ICN) – a joint venture between Naval Group and Odebrecht Engenharia e Construção – and the Brazilian Navy will begin sea trials of the first of four Riachuelo-class diesel-electric attack submarines, Riachuelo

  • HII CEO details progress on US Navy carrier programmes

    The Newport News Shipbuilding shipyard of Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) is on track for major milestones for both Ford- and Nimitz-class carriers, according to Michael Petters, HII CEO. Petters noted the turnaround by the Trump Administration to proceed with refueling and complex overhaul

  • PT PAL cuts steel for Indonesian Navy’s fifth, sixth KCR-60M vessels

    Key Points PT PAL has begun work on Indonesia’s fifth and sixth KCR-60M fast attack craft The vessels are expected to join the Indonesian Navy fleet in 2022 State-owned shipbuilder PT PAL has held a steel-cutting ceremony for two more KCR-60M fast attack craft on order for the Indonesian

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