• India launches third Project 15B destroyer

    Key Points India has launched its third Project 15B guided-missile destroyer The warship will improve the Indian Navy’s ability to conduct task-group-based operations once it is in service India’s Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) has launched the country’s third Project

  • UK MoD launches autonomous UUV competition

    The UK government’s Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) mechanism has launched a new multi-year themed competition, seeking proposals to develop an autonomous version of an existing large underwater vehicle. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) aims to address the Royal Navy’s need to

  • Industry, USN teams help accelerate Fitzgerald restoration and overhaul

    The US Navy (USN) launched the guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) on 16 April and moored the ship pier-side at Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII’s) Ingalls Shipbuilding shipyard, hitting a major milestone in the ship’s complex repair and restoration. The relatively

  • New Swedish SIGINT ship launched

    Sweden’s new signals intelligence (SIGINT) vessel was launched from the Nauta Shiprepair Yard in Gdynia, Poland, on 17 April. To be named HMS Artemis , the ship is to replace the Royal Swedish Navy’s (RSwN’s) current intelligence-gathering vessel HMS Orion , which entered service

  • Turkey positions Type 209, 214 submarines for Indonesia’s third Nagapasa batch

    Key Points Turkey’s STM has made a presentation on its Type 209 and Type 214 boats to the Indonesian Navy The service has further requirements for at least four more submarines beyond 2024 Turkish naval shipbuilder Savunma Teknolojileri Mühendislik ve Ticaret (STM) has made a formal

  • Brazil readies new fluvial hospital ship for commissioning

    A new Brazilian fluvial hospital ship, to be managed by the St. Francis of Assisi Fraternity, is scheduled to be commissioned in late April, the Brazilian Navy (Marinha do Brasil) said. The vessel, named Papa Francisco in honor of Pope Francis, has a length of 35 m, displaces 190 tonnes, and has a

  • China’s amphibious USV emerges

    The state-owned China Shipbuilding Industry Company (CSIC) announced on its Weibo social media account on 8 April that its Wuchang Shipbuilding subsidiary in Wuhan has successfully completed factory acceptance tests of the Marine Lizard amphibious combat unmanned surface vessel (USV) prototype.

  • RFI response deadline approaches for Brazilian polar support ship project

    Contractors have until 13 May to respond to the Brazilian Navy’s request for information (RFI) for the service’s new proposed Antarctic support ship, Navio de Apoio Antártico (NApAnt). Published on 22 February in the Brazilian official gazette and sent to several companies, the

  • Chinese shipyard launches Malaysia’s first Littoral Mission Ship

    Key Points The first Littoral Mission Ship on order for the Royal Malaysian Navy has been launched Service is on track to receive the first-of-class by end-2019 China’s Wuchang Shipbuilding has launched the first Littoral Mission Ship (LMS) on order for the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN). The

  • Indonesia bolsters amphibious assault capabilities with two more landing ships

    Key Points Indonesia has acquired two more amphibious landing ships for its navy The vessels will improve the mobility of Indonesia’s armoured vehicles, including its main battle tanks Indonesia’s Ministry of Defence has awarded an IDR360 billion (USD25.5 million) contract to supply

  • China advances Marine Lizard amphibious USV development

    Wuchang Shipbuilding Industry Group, a Wuhan-based subsidiary of the state-owned China Shipbuilding Industry Company (CSIC), has delivered the first pre-production hull for the Marine Lizard amphibious combat unmanned surface vessel (USV) following successful factory acceptance tests at its

  • USN expands MQ-8C Fire Scout capability

    The US Navy (USN) is continuing to evolve the MQ-8C variant of the Fire Scout vertical take-off and landing unmanned aerial vehicle (VTOL UAV), service officials told Jane’s . Capability is currently spread across the two variants of the Fire Scout – the Schweizer 333-derived MQ-8B and

  • Indonesia signs USD1 billion contract for three follow-on SSKs to Nagapasa class

    Key Points Indonesia has signed a USD1 billion contract with South Korean shipbuilding company DSME for three more diesel-electric submarines The Indonesian shipbuilder PT PAL will play a larger role in the construction of these vessels The Indonesian Ministry of Defence has signed a USD1 billion

  • Indonesia launches first locally assembled submarine

    Key Points Indonesia has finally launched its first-ever locally assembled naval submarine Launch has been long-delayed by silting issues at PT PAL’s facilities in Surabaya Indonesian shipbuilder PT PAL has launched the country’s third Nagapasa (Type 209/1400)-class diesel-electric

  • Indonesia prepares to launch third Nagapasa-class submarine

    Indonesian state-owned shipbuilder PT PAL will launch the country’s third Nagapasa (Type 209/1400)-class diesel-electric submarine (SSK) on 11 April. According to details provided in an invitation card of the event that was forwarded to Jane’s , the vessel, Alugoro (405), will be

  • Thales highlights BRAIN modular unmanned system

    Thales used the Special Operations Forces Innovation Network Seminal (SOFINS) at Camp de Souge on 2–4 April to unveil a modular autonomous vehicle that can be configured to support a variety of air, ground, and maritime mission sets conducted by special operations forces (SOF). The company

  • USN would overhaul Truman with more funding

    While the US Navy (USN) now plans to shift money slated for the nuclear overhaul of aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) for other programmes, it would do the work on the carrier if Congress provided additional funding to cover the ship work, service Secretary Richard Spencer said. The

  • Tuvalu receives Guardian-class patrol boat from Australia

    Key Points Tuvalu has received a Guardian-class patrol vessel donation from Australia Vessel will be in service with the maritime surveillance unit of the Tuvalu Police Force Tuvalu has received its first Guardian-class patrol boat, which is a gift from Canberra as part of Australia’s

  • GAO questions USN Columbia-class submarine cost estimates

    The US Navy (USN) is overly optimistic about the estimated costs to design and build its proposed fleet of Columbia-class ballistic missile submarines and needs to update those projections, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) reported. The Pentagon concurred with the GAO recommendations, and

  • Tuvalu receives Guardian-class patrol boat

    The government of Tuvalu received a Guardian-class patrol boat from Australia in a ceremony held on 5 April at the facilities of shipbuilder Austal in Henderson, Western Australia. The vessel, which has been named Te Mataili II , is the second of 21 boats of the class to be given by Canberra to 12

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