• HHI awarded contract to design STOVL-aircraft-capable LPX-II amphibious assault ship

    South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) announced on 16 October that it has been awarded a contract for the conceptual design of a next-generation, large-deck amphibious assault ship for the Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) capable of supporting operations of short take-off and vertical

  • Former PLAN frigates almost ready for handover to Bangladesh Navy

    Two Type 053H3 (Jiangwei II)-class frigates decommissioned by China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) appear close to being transferred to the Bangladesh Navy (BN), judging from photographs that have appeared in Chinese online forums. The 2,200-ton diesel-powered ships, formerly

  • UK F-35Bs embark HMS Queen Elizabeth for operational test

    UK-owned F-35B Lightning aircraft have joined the Royal Navy (RN) aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth for the first time to start a period of Operational Testing (OT-1) off the eastern seaboard of the United States. Four aircraft embarked on Queen Elizabeth on 13 October, to be followed by two

  • Poland launches second Kormoran II-class MCMV

    Remontowa Shipbuilding in Gdansk launched Albatros , the second Project 258 Kormoran II mine countermeasures vessel (MCMV) and laid the keel of the third MCMV, Mewa , on 10 October. The keel of the Albatros was laid on 5 December 2018, and work to equip it is to be completed in January 2020.

  • BMT to offer Caimen 90 landing craft for Australian Army’s Project Land 8710

    UK engineering group BMT announced on 10 October that it will offer the Caimen 90 landing craft as its bid vessel for the Australian Army’s Project Land 8710. “We are delighted to be able to offer this vessel to Australia,” BMT Defence and Security managing director Peter Behrendt

  • Australia awards interdiction boats contract for Arafura-class OPVs

    The Australian government has signed a contract for interdiction rigid-hull inflatable boats (RHIBs) that will be operated from the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN’s) future Arafura-class offshore patrol vessels (OPVs). A contract for vessels, which has been awarded to Finland-based

  • Indonesia lays keel for second purpose-built hospital ship

    Key Points Indonesia has laid down the keel for a second purpose-built hospital ship The vessel is on track to be delivered to the navy by October 2021 Indonesian state-owned shipbuilder PT PAL has laid down the keel for the country’s second purpose-built naval hospital ship. The vessel,

  • Greece signs letter of intent with France for two FDI frigates

    French Armed Forces (Defence) Minister Florence Parly tweeted on 10 October that she had signed a letter of intent with her Greek counterpart, Nikolaos Panagiotopoulos, for the acquisition of two Frégate de Défense et d’Intervention (FDI) defence and intervention frigates to equip

  • Navantia offers block work to UK yards as part of FSS bid

    Navantia has said that UK shipbuilders could still play a part in the construction of the UK’s new Fleet Solid Support (FSS) ships if the Spanish shipbuilder wins the GBP1.5 billion (USD1.8 billion) contract. Up to three FSS ships are planned to replace the Royal Fleet Auxiliary’s

  • Images emerge of naval variant of China's Z-20 helicopter

    The first clear images of a naval variant of China’s Z-20 tactical helicopter have emerged on Chinese online forums. The platform features several significant differences from the variant used by the People’s Liberation Army Ground Force (PLAGF), more details of which emerged during the

  • OCEA begins sea trials for Philippine Coast Guard’s 84 m OPV

    French shipbuilder OCEA has begun preliminary sea trials of a new 84 m offshore patrol vessel (OPV) on order for the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG). The trials, which involved members of the vessel’s pioneering crew from the PCG, began on 11 October. The vessel was launched in Les Sables

  • Russia links maritime patrol aircraft to UAV

    Russian maritime patrol aircraft (MPAs) are being equipped with datalinks to enable them to receive targeting feeds from unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The aim of the upgrade is to enable Russian Naval Aviation Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) Forpost UAVs to directly communicate with airborne

  • HHI to build first of second batch of KDX-III destroyers for RoKN

    South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) announced on 10 October that it has been awarded a KRW676.6 billion (USD573.5 million) contract for the “detailed design” and construction of the first of a second batch of three Sejong Daewang (KDX-III)-class guided-missile

  • Peruvian President Vizcarra plans to authorise new ships for navy

    President Martín Vizcarra plans to authorise, soon, the construction of four new auxiliary transport vessels for the Peruvian Navy (Marina de Guerra del Perú: MGP). In a speech on 8 October detailing those plans, Vizcarra did not specify the class of vessels that will be manufactured, but

  • Pacific 2019: Leonardo postures AWHero for Australia’s SEA 129 Phase 5

    Key Points Leonardo Helicopters is proposing its AWHero rotor-wing UAS for Australia’s SEA 129 Phase 5 project The system is being touted as the only contender that is backed by a helicopter manufacturer Leonardo Helicopters is positioning its AWHero rotary-wing unmanned aircraft system

  • RoKN task force examines potential construction of nuclear-powered submarines

    The Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) revealed in a report presented to lawmakers on 10 October that it has been running a task force on the potential construction of nuclear-powered submarines, South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency reported the same day. South Korea’s Chief of Naval Operations

  • Pacific 2019: Austal introduces line of autonomous ships to Asia-Pacific

    Austal is making an inaugural showcase of its autonomous ships in the Asia-Pacific region at the Pacific 2019 international maritime exposition in Sydney. Speaking to Jane’s at the exposition, Paul Sparke, Austal’s marketing manager, described the line as concepts that have been

  • Bahrain receives RB-M patrol boats

    The United States has delivered three coastal patrol boats to the Bahraini Coast Guard, the US Embassy in Manama confirmed on 7 October. It said David Pekoske, the acting deputy secretary of the US Department of Homeland Security, had visited the three boats at Muharraq Coast Guard Base and

  • Pacific 2019: Austal unveils proposal for Philippine OPV programme

    Key Points Austal has provided more details of its proposal for the Philippine Navy’s offshore patrol vessel procurement programme The company is hopeful that the programme will be exempted from a ban on aid from countries that supported an inquiry into President Duterte’s war on drugs

  • Pacific 2019: Australia progresses crew workflow design for Attack class

    Key Points Lockheed Martin Australia is employing a proprietary modelling software to design workspaces on board the Attack-class submarines The software will assist in flagging potential areas where crew overload could occur under various operational scenarios Lockheed Martin Australia has

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