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  • Second Sea Venom/ANL missile test firing successful

    A Panther test helicopter of the Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA), the French defence procurement agency, conducted the second successful test firing of the MBDA Sea Venom/Missile Antinavire Léger (ANL) light anti-ship missile on 18 April, the European missile house and

  • Australia launches first Pacific Patrol Boat

    Key Points Australia has launched the first vessel under its Pacific Patrol Boat security assistance initiative First vessel is on track for delivery to Papua New Guinea in October 2018 Australian shipbuilder Austal has launched the first vessel ordered under Canberra’s SEA 3036 Pacific

  • LRASM completes second dual-missile flight test

    Lockheed Martin’s AGM-158C Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) has successfully completed a second ‘dual-LRASM’ flight test event ahead of achieving Early Operational Capability (EOC) on US Air Force (USAF) B-1B Lancer bomber later this year. The test, performed on 22 May on the

  • Sea Ceptor enters UK Royal Navy service

    The GWS 35 Sea Ceptor local area anti-air missile has been declared operational with the Royal Navy (RN), UK secretary of state for defence Gavin Williamson has announced. Developed and manufactured by MBDA under the umbrella of the company’s Portfolio Management Agreement with the Ministry

  • Continuing Resolution impacts Maritime Strike Tomahawk schedule

    Delays attributed to the US government’s fiscal year 2017 (FY 2017) Continuing Resolution mean that initial operational capability (IOC) for the US Navy’s (USN’s) Maritime Strike Tomahawk (MST) missile will slip into the third quarter of FY 2022, documentation released by the Naval

  • India's L&T develops inclined launcher for BrahMos cruise missile

    India’s private-sector defence manufacturer Larsen & Toubro (L&T) has developed a launcher prototype for the BrahMos (PJ-10) supersonic cruise missile for fitment onto frontline Indian Navy (IN) warships. L&T said in a statement that the Quadruple Canisterised Inclined Launcher

  • India's MoD approves procurement of naval guns, Nag ATGMs

    India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has approved procurements worth more than INR36.87 billion (USD554.52 million) that include guns for Indian Navy (IN) warships and indigenously developed Nag anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs) for the Indian Army (IA). Officials told Jane’s that the

  • DSA 2018: Malaysia confirms NSM choice with missile order

    Kongsberg Defence Systems has confirmed receipt of a EUR125 million (USD155 million) contract to supply Naval Strike Missile (NSM) rounds to the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN). Announced on 18 April at the Defence Services Asia (DSA) 2018 show in Kuala Lumpur, the sale comes three years after Kongsberg

  • DSA 2018: Kongsberg to supply NSM for RMN’s Littoral Combat Ships

    Norwegian company Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace has signed a EUR124 million (USD153 million) contract for the supply of an undisclosed number of Naval Strike Missile (NSM) anti-ship missiles for the six Littoral Combat Ships (LCSs) currently being built for the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN). The

  • USN sets out path for Nixie torpedo decoy upgrade

    The US Navy (USN) has laid out plans for the long-term recapitalisation of the AN/SLQ-25 Nixie torpedo countermeasures system fitted fleet-wide across USN surface ships. Under plans laid out in an industry day on 27 March, the navy intends to transition most of its inventory to an updated and

  • MdCN missile makes operational debut in allied strikes on Syrian CW sites

    The French Navy's new Missile de Croisière Navale (MdCN) land attack cruise missile made its operational debut as part of allied strikes against Syrian chemical weapon sites during the night of 13-14 April. Three MdCN missiles were launched from the Aquitaine-class FREMM multimission frigate

  • Navy League 2018: BAE Systems wins LCS naval gun contract

    BAE Systems has been awarded a contract by General Dynamics to provide two additional Mk110 Naval Gun Systems for the Independence variant of the US Navy’s (USN's) Littoral Combat Ship (LCS). With this follow-on deal, BAE Systems is now under contract to provide 15 Mk110 systems for the

  • Pakistan test-fires Babur SLCM

    Pakistan has conducted another test-firing of its Babur-3 nuclear-capable, submarine-launched cruise missile (SLCM), according to a 29 March statement by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the media wing of the Pakistani military. The locally built SLCM was fired to a range of 450 km from an

  • MBDA studies Sea Venom for surface-launched coastal defence role

    MBDA has launched an internal study to evaluate the application of its Sea Venom/Anti-Navire Léger (ANL) lightweight medium-range anti-ship missile in a surface-launched role, as part of a networked multilayered coastal defence solution. Co-funded by the governments of France and the United

  • Russian Navy to receive 73 UET-1 torpedoes by 2023

    JSC Zavod Dagdizel, Russia’s oldest producer of underwater weapons, has been contracted to supply the Russian Navy with 73 UET-1 multipurpose electric torpedoes. A five-year contract for the weapons worth RUB7.2 billion (USD126.5 million) and running until 2023 was announced by the Russian

  • PN, PAF successfully test-fire C-802 anti-ship cruise missiles

    The Pakistan Navy (PN) and the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) have successfully test-fired various Chinese-built radar-guided anti-ship cruise missiles to demonstrate the services’ “firepower and combat readiness”, according to a 5 March statement by Inter-Services Public Relations

  • Raytheon to embody Maritime Targeting Capability in Tomahawk Block IV

    Raytheon Missile Systems has been contracted by the US Navy to embody a new maritime targeting software load into the Tomahawk Block IV cruise missile to support a flight test and subsequent fleet release. Awarded on 25 January, the USD627,000 contract introduces a Maritime Targeting Capability

  • Sweden to reintroduce ASW 600 anti-submarine grenade launcher

    The Royal Swedish Navy (RSwN) is to return the ASW 600 Elma anti-submarine grenade launching system to frontline service as part of efforts to bolster its anti-submarine warfare (ASW) capabilities. According to Sweden’s Defence Materiel Administration (FMV), the ASW-600 Elma systems –

  • Saab reports strong 2017 figures

    Saab has reported higher sales across all business units and a double digit rise in order bookings in 2017 on the back of what it described as “strong” interest in its products. The Swedish defence and security group reported sales of SEK31.4 billion (USD3.95 billion) for the year; 10%

  • Harpoon Block II+ seeker upgrade included in US FY 2019 budget

    The US Navy (USN) is planning to introduce an upgraded active radar seeker for the service’s Boeing AGM-84N Harpoon Block II+ air-launched anti-ship missile. According to the fiscal year 2019 (FY 2019) budget request, the improved seeker is required to improve the ability of the Harpoon II+

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