• UK readies to re-start Type 31e frigate competition

    Key Points The MoD is preparing to re-start the competitive process for its five-ship Type 31e frigate programme A short period of market engagement will start after 20 August ahead of a new competition The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) is preparing to begin a new competition for the Royal

  • Damen to supply parts for Chile’s new Antarctic vessel

    Damen Marine Components, part of Damen Shipyard, recently signed a contract to supply propulsion parts, systems, and equipment to Chile for the country’s new Antarctic research vessel, the company said. Damen will provide twin Commander Ram-Type electro-hydraulic steering gear units, twin

  • Ocean Infinity selected to assist in ARA San Juan search

    Argentina has selected US-based seabed survey company Ocean Infinity to bolster the search for the nation’s submarine ARA San Juan (S-42). The Argentine Ministry of Modernisation (Ministerio de la Modernización) accepted Ocean Infinity’s USD7.5 million bid on 6 August to assist the

  • Hyundai lays keel for New Zealand’s naval fleet tanker

    Key Points Hyundai has laid down a 173 m fleet tanker on order for the Royal New Zealand Navy Country is on track to receive the vessel, which will support global deployments of the New Zealand Defence Force, by 2020 South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has laid down the fleet

  • New Delhi approves procurement of six next-generation OPVs for Indian Navy

    India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has approved the procurement of six indigenously designed and built next-generation offshore patrol vessels (NGOPVs) for the Indian Navy (IN) for INR49.41 billion (USD706.4 million) to enhance maritime security. The MoD’s Defence Acquisition Council

  • Brazil takes delivery of locally built armoured attack boat

    The Command of the 8th Naval District (Com8DN) of the Brazilian Navy took delivery in July of its first DGS 888 Raptor fast attack multi-mission armoured craft, called Poraquê , from local firm DGS Defense. The boat, the first heavily armoured craft of its size for Brazil, primarily reinforces

  • First Guardian-class PPB starts sea trials

    Australian shipbuilder Austal announced on 9 August that the first Guardian-class Pacific Patrol Boat (PPB) had begun sea trials. The vessel is one of 21 Austal-designed and -built patrol boats that are to be gifted by Canberra to Pacific Island states as part of Australia’s security

  • Columbia construction still slated to start on schedule despite tube-welding issues

    Despite welding defects discovered in missile tubes slated for the US Navy’s (USN’s) attack and ballistic-missile submarine forces, the service says its Columbia-class submarines meant to replace the Ohio-class ballistic-missile fleet is still on schedule to start construction in fiscal

  • USN sees greater possible savings with two-carrier deal

    The US Navy (USN) could save about USD2.5 billion if it were to fund the third and fourth Ford-class aircraft carriers under a single contract, according to USN Secretary Richard Spencer. That is about USD500 million more than shipbuilding industry officials had estimated earlier this year. There

  • Japan confirms development of electromagnetic railgun

    The Japanese Ministry of Defense’s Acquisition, Technology & Logistics Agency (ATLA) released video footage on 31 July showing a small-calibre developmental electromagnetic (EM) railgun along with related support and test equipment. ATLA said in a report that it will spend JPY1 billion

  • Brazil releases design details for new patrol boat

    Brazilian state-owned Empresa Gerencial de Projetos Navais (EMGEPRON) intends to issue a local tender soon for building one NPa500BR patrol boat for the Brazilian Navy, worth around USD40 million, using the recently locally established Merchant Marine Fund that provides funding to vessels and

  • PT PAL launches Indonesian Navy’s sixth LPD

    Key Points Indonesian shipbuilder PT PAL has launched the country’s sixth landing platform dock The Indonesian Navy is on track to operate the vessel by 2019 State-owned shipbuilder PT PAL has launched the Indonesian Navy’s (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Laut:

  • USMC takes delivery of first GaN G/ATOR

    Northrop Grumman has delivered the first US Marine Corps (USMC) AN/TPS-80 Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar (G/ATOR) fitted with gallium nitride (GaN) radar technology. The delivery of the latest variant of G/ATOR, marks the transition from gallium arsenide (GaAs) transmit and receive (T/R) modules to

  • GAO calls for more reporting on Enterprise dismantling and disposal

    The US Navy (USN) will need to do a better job providing budgeting information and other reports for the dismantling and disposal of aircraft carrier former USS Enterprise (CVN 65), the Government Accountability Office (GAO) said. “The budget documentation and reporting that the Navy

  • USN trying to balance quantity with quality with Flight III destroyers, HII CEO says

    The US Navy (USN) is looking to find the right mix of quantity and quality with its guided-missile destroyer DDG 51 Flight III, which will include the AN/SPY-6(V) Air and Missile Defence Radar (AMDR), Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) CEO Michael Petters said. “The navy came to this

  • Naval, merchant navigation experts develop first joint ‘RIMPAC’ SOCAL maritime domain picture

    Naval and merchant maritime experts partnered to deliver enhanced maritime domain awareness (MDA) for the first time during the ‘Rim of the Pacific’ (‘RIMPAC’) exercise 2018 drills during the month of July, US Navy (USN) officials said. MDA is the ability to maintain

  • China cuts steel for Malaysia’s first Littoral Mission Ship

    Chinese state-owned company Wuchang Shipbuilding has begun constructing the first Littoral Mission Ship (LMS) on order for the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN). First steel for the vessel was cut at Wuhan, China on 31 July, formally marking the start of the four-ship programme’s production phase.

  • Russian FACs receive Uprava-Kord RCWS

    The Russian Navy’s newest fast attack craft (FAC) are being fitted with the Uprava-Kord marinised remote controlled weapon station (RCWS), a military source told Jane’s. “The cutting-edge Russian FACs, namely, Project 03160 Raptor and Project 12150 Mangust [Mongoose], are being

  • Russian Navy commissions Project 22350 frigate Admiral Gorshkov

    On 28 July the Russian Navy (VMF) commissioned the Project 22350 frigate Admiral Gorshkov , the day before its debut during the Naval Day parade. The ship is the first in class of new blue water frigates for the VMF, according to Vice Admiral Viktor Bursuk, deputy chief of naval armaments. “We

  • China launches first stretched Type 052D destroyer

    The first stretched variant of China’s Luyang III (Type 052D) destroyer class was launched in early July at the Jiangnan Changxingdao shipyard near Shanghai. The ship, which is the 14th Type 052D to be built overall, is 4 m longer than its predecessors, resulting in a 4 m larger flight deck.

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