HEADLINES

  • Tunisian Navy receives third Damen OPV

    The Tunisian Navy has received the third of four new Damen-built Multi Service Offshore Patrol Vessel 1400 (MSOPV 1400) series offshore patrol vessels (OPVs). Hannon (P 612) set sail from Galati in Romania on 11 August, according to AIS data, and arrived in Tunisia one week later on 17 August.

  • Brazil postpones decisions again for its new corvettes

    The Brazilian Navy has postponed by about two months the short list and best and final offer (BAFO) decisions for its ambitious Tamandaré-class corvette project, the second leading priority within the force. The newly established schedule calls for the short list and BAFO announcements to

  • HMS Queen Elizabeth sets sail for F-35 trials

    The Royal Navy’s (RN's) new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth sailed from its home port of Portsmouth for the United States for the first time on 18 August to carry out flight trials with F-35B Lightning combat aircraft. The 65,000-tonne carrier is expected to arrive off the US east coast

  • Ocean Infinity to join search for San Juan in September

    US-based seabed survey company Ocean Infinity hopes to begin searching for the missing Argentine submarine ARA San Juan (S-42) in September, a company spokesman told Jane’s in a 17 August email. The company will deploy five untethered autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) “capable of

  • RoKN considering F-35Bs for carrier operations

    The Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) has issued a tender for a research project to explore the possibility of operating the short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL) variant of the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) from its recently launched Dokdo-class landing platform

  • Singapore launches seventh Littoral Mission Vessel

    Key Points The Republic of Singapore Navy’s third helicopter-capable Littoral Mission Vessel has been launched The warship, which is the seventh in class overall, is on track to achieve operational status by 2020 ST Engineering Marine has launched the seventh Littoral Mission Vessel (LMV)

  • Boeing completes autonomous testing in Australia

    Boeing announced on 17 August that it had completed the first series of test flights under a partnership between the company and the Australian state of Queensland to develop autonomous technologies. In partnership with the Queensland government under Boeing’s Advance Queensland Autonomous

  • 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

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