• Spain opts for ESSM Block 2 for future F-110 frigates

    Spain has opted for Raytheon’s Evolved Seasparrow Missile (ESSM) Block 2 missile as the primary ship self-defence system for its five new F-110 frigates. The decision was confirmed to Jane’s by Spain’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) on 20 September. The long-awaited decision –

  • US coastal patrol ships complete Griffin missile shoot

    Five Cyclone-class coastal patrol ships from the US Navy’s (USN’s) Bahrain-based 5th Fleet Combined Task Force (CTF) 55 have completed a series of Mk 60 Griffin Missile System (GMS) live firings against high-speed manoeuvring targets during an exercise in the Gulf. USS Hurricane (PC 3),

  • Japan, US successfully conduct BMD intercept flight test from JS Atago

    The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) and the US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) successfully carried out an Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) intercept flight test from Japanese guided-missile destroyer JS Atago (DDG 177) off the coast of Kauai in Hawaii on 11 September. Designated the

  • Japan Aegis BMD flight test successful through intercept

    The Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF) and the US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) confirmed on 12 September the successful completion of an Aegis ballistic missile defence (BMD) intercept flight test, in co-operation with the US Navy (USN), off the coast of Kauai in Hawaii. The event,

  • Barak-8 to equip Israeli Sa’ar 6 corvettes

    Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has been awarded a contract by the Israeli Ministry of Defence (MoD) to supply the Barak-8 weapon system for the Israeli Navy’s four future Magen-class corvettes. Designated Sa’ar 6 in Israeli service, the new corvettes are being acquired under the

  • Danish SM-2 missile buy edges closer

    Denmark is moving closer to completing a long-planned buy of Standard Missile-2 (SM-2) area air-defence missiles to equip its three Iver Huitfeldt-class anti-air warfare (AAW) frigates. The US Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) advised Congress on 31 July that the State Department had

  • Philippine Navy completes sea acceptance test of Spike ER missile system

    Key Points The Philippine Navy has conducted a successful acceptance firing of the Spike ER missile Weapon significantly improves the service’s anti-surface warfare capabilities Representatives from Rafael Defense Systems and the Philippine Navy (PN) have concluded sea acceptance test of

  • US Naval Special Warfare targets precision engagement capability

    The US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) is looking to equip Naval Special Warfare (NSW) combatant craft with a Maritime Precision Engagement (MPE) capability to defeat asymmetric threats on land and at sea. Giving a briefing on 23 May at the Special Operations Forces Industry Conference (SOFIC)

  • UK considers options for possible off-the-shelf Harpoon replacement

    The United Kingdom may look to acquire an off-the-shelf surface-to-surface guided weapon (SSGW) to bridge the gap between the retirement of Harpoon and the planned introduction of a Future Cruise/Anti-Ship Weapon (FC/ASW). Providing evidence on 11 July to the joint UK House of Commons Defence

  • Russian MoD details second quarter military equipment deliveries

    Russian Deputy Defence Minister Alexey Krivoruchko has detailed the military equipment accepted by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) during the second quarter of 2018. “Within the prescribed period, the land forces and the airborne troops have accepted 62 new and 70 overhauled main battle tanks

  • Indonesia equips second KCR-60M attack craft with Chinese-made naval weapon

    Key Points Indonesia has removed missile launchers from its second KCR-60M fast attack craft, and replaced these with a Chinese-made naval gun The vessel has also been equipped with Chinese-made fire-control sensors and a combat management system The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia

  • Farnborough 2018: Saab unveils next-generation RBS15 anti-ship missile system

    Saab Dynamics has unveiled the next-generation evolution of its RBS15 family of anti-ship missile systems: the RBS15 Mk4. The RBS15 Mk4 will be the principal effector for what Saab is now marketing as the RBS15 ‘Gungnir’ (Odin’s Spear) system. Gungnir is the system level

  • RAMSYS contracted for MK 49 Guided Missile Launching Systems

    RAM-System GmbH (RAMSYS), a consortium of Diehl Defence and MBDA Deutschland, has been awarded a EUR79.5 million (USD92.9 million) contract for the delivery of 10 Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) MK 49 Guided Missile Launching Systems (GMLSs) to equip the German Navy’s second batch of five K 130

  • Finnish Navy to acquire Gabriel anti-ship missile

    The Finnish Ministry of Defence (MoD) has authorised the Finnish Defence Force’s Logistic Command to proceed with an acquisition of the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) Gabriel anti-ship missile to equip the Finnish Navy’s Squadron 2000 Hamina-class missile fast attack craft and future

  • Soft-kill uplift for Canadian frigates

    Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) Halifax-class frigates are to receive a third Multi-Ammunition Softkill System (MASS) decoy launcher under a CAD20 million (USD15 million) contract awarded to Rheinmetall. Halifax-class frigates are already fitted with two MASS launcher systems (installed on the bridge

  • Israel takes new torpedo into service

    The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) announced on 19 June that is has acquired a new type of torpedo that it calls the Kaved (heavy) for its submarines. “The torpedo systems possess advanced capabilities and characteristics, including increased precision and range,” the IDF said in a

  • Images show possible YJ-18 ASCM in Chinese Shang-class submarine

    Video footage of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s inspection of a modified Type 093 (Shang-class) nuclear-powered attack submarine on 11 June shows what appears to be a canister for the submarine-launched version of China’s YJ-18 anti-ship cruise missile (ASCM). The images, which

  • Raytheon, Kongsberg clinch US Navy Over-the-Horizon missile contract

    Raytheon Missile Systems, partnered with Kongsberg Defence and Aerospace, is to supply the Naval Strike Missile (NSM) to meet the US Navy’s Over-The-Horizon Weapon System (OTH-WS) requirement. The US Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) on 31 May awarded Raytheon an initial USD14.8 million

  • US Navy progresses HAAWC high-altitude ASW capability for Poseidon

    The US Navy (USN) is pushing ahead with plans to field the High Altitude Anti-Submarine Warfare Weapon Capability (HAAWC) on the Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime multimission aircraft (MMA), despite recent comments made to the contrary by some senior service officials. The aircraft original equipment

  • No changes planned for USN version of NSM

    The US Navy (USN) will essentially be using the same version of the Naval Strike Missile (NSM) on its Littoral Combat Ships (LCSs) as is deployed in Norway, said Chris Daily, senior director of the NSM, the Joint Strike Missile (JSM), and the Tomahawk for Raytheon Missile Systems. There are no

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