• 40 Mk 4 gun selected for Finland’s Hamina MLU

    BAE Systems Weapon Systems – Sweden is to supply Bofors 40 Mk 4 naval guns to equip the Finnish Navy’s Hamina-class fast attack craft (FAC) as part of the Squadron 2000 mid-life upgrade (MLU) programme. The company revealed on 30 January that it had been contracted by Squadron 2000 MLU

  • Indonesia acquires 57 mm naval gun for KCR-60M vessel

    Key Points The Indonesian Navy is awaiting delivery of a 57 mm gun for its lead KCR-60M vessel Service is also considering acquisition of Russian-made A-220M cannons for further boats in the class Indonesia has acquired a new Bofors 57 Mk 3 naval gun system from BAE Systems for its first KCR-60M

  • Lockheed Martin to develop HELIOS laser weapon for DDG 51 Flight IIA destroyer

    Key Points HELIOS will leverage proven mature technology to field a 60-150 kW class high-energy laser weapon system The project plans to deliver two test units in FY 2020: one for a DDG 51 Flight IIA destroyer and one at a land-based test site The US Navy (USN) has selected Lockheed

  • Raytheon to upgrade Royal Canadian Navy’s close-in weapon systems

    Raytheon Canada will upgrade and support 21 of the Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN’s) close-in weapon systems (CIWS), Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan announced on 26 January. The RCN currently operates the Raytheon Phalanx Block 1B aboard its Halifax-class frigates. The 20 mm

  • SSMM module set for LCS testing

    The US Navy (USN) is preparing to complete testing of the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Surface-to-Surface Missile Module (SSMM) during 2018, hence giving the green light for this new anti-surface warfare capability to transition to production. The SSMM utilises the US Army’s AGM-114L-8A Longbow

  • Surface Navy 2018: BAE Systems offers a single missile launcher for US surface fleet

    Key Points BAE Systems’ ADL can launch the same missiles as the Mk 41 VLS ADL could enable LCS and FFG(X) to fire multiple variants of missiles BAE Systems is offering an adaptable deck launcher (ADL) to enable US Navy (USN) surface combatants, aircraft carriers, and large deck amphibious

  • Surface Navy 2018: Orbital ATK joins efforts to develop US Navy’s next 5-inch round

    Orbital ATK has unveiled its Precision Guidance Kit (PGK)-Aft Guided 5-inch projectile concept for navy guns, which uses similar technology to the company's 155 mm M1156 PGK. The US Navy (USN) has a need, although not a specific requirement yet, for adding a precision-guidance capability for its

  • Mexico to acquire Harpoon Block II, RAM Block 2 for new patrol vessel

    The US State Department has authorised the sale of a number of missiles and torpedoes to Mexico to equip a new long-range ocean patrol vessel (Patrulla Oceánica de Largo Alcance: POLA), currently under construction for the Mexican Navy (Armada de México). According to the Defense Security

  • Saab to supply New Lightweight Torpedo to Finnish Navy

    Key Points Finland is to refit Saab’s New Lightweight Torpedo to its four Hamina-class FACs The NLT award forms part of a larger contract awarded to Saab for the modernisation of the four FACs under the Squadron 2000 mid-life upgrade programme Finland has become the first export customer

  • Pakistan conducts firing of cruise missile from Azmat-class boat

    Key Points Pakistan has launched a new type of cruise missile from its latest Azmat-class vessel Event further demonstrates the platform’s range of anti-surface capabilities The Pakistan Navy has launched what appears to be a shipborne variant of an indigenously developed cruise missile

  • Vietnam’s ex-US Coast Guard cutter arrives home

    Key Points The Vietnam Coast Guard’s largest vessel has now arrived in-country The platform, which was once deployed by the United States to provide gunfire support in the Vietnam War, will now enforce Hanoi’s claims in the South China Sea The Vietnam Coast Guard’s (Canh

  • Type 23 frigate HMS Argyll completes Sea Ceptor firings

    The UK Royal Navy (RN) Type 23 frigate HMS Argyll has successfully completed final first of class firing trials of the GWS 35 Sea Ceptor local area anti-air missile system ahead of formal acceptance into service planned for early 2018. Two salvo firings were performed from Argyll during a two-week

  • IDF declares C-Dome operational

    The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) announced on 27 November that the Rafael C-Dome naval point defense system – the maritime version of the Iron Dome anti-rocket system – is fully operational. The declaration came after intensive sea trials during which a C-Dome system installed on the

  • Hyundai selects Turkish 30 mm naval gun system for Philippine Navy frigates

    Key Points The Philippine Navy’s new frigates will each feature a 30 mm gun system from Aselsan The Turkish company is gaining a foothold in the region, and is also in talks with the Philippine government regarding further orders The Philippine Navy’s (PN’s) new frigates will be

  • USN plans Vulcano GLR firing tests

    The US Navy (USN) has revealed plans to fund BAE Systems Land & Armaments to conduct firing tests of the Vulcano guided long-range (GLR) 5 inch (127 mm) projectile from a Mk 45 gun. Developed by Leonardo Defence Systems (formerly OTO Melara), the Vulcano GLR projectile is designed to achieve

  • BAE Systems commences production of LRASM sensor

    BAE Systems has commenced series production of the advanced passive radio frequency (RF) mid-course sensor equipping the US Navy’s (USN’s) new air-launched AGM-158C Long-Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) following receipt of a USD40 million Lot 1 contract from LRASM prime contractor

  • MBDA studies passive radar localisation technique under PAMIR II study

    MBDA, working in conjunction with the University of Birmingham, is exploring a novel bi-static sensing technique for future long-range anti-ship missile systems that would use communications satellite constellations as ‘transmitters of opportunity’ to improve target localisation at

  • Yemeni rebels unveil anti-ship missiles

    Key Points Yemen’s rebels have unveiled an anti-ship missile they claim to be producing. The event confirmed they have Chinese C-801 missiles. Yemen’s rebels unveiled what they said was an indigenously produced anti-ship missile called the Al-Mandab 1 on 6 November. The event was

  • HIMARS test advances USN surface-ship lethality potential

    Recent shipboard testing of the M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) further advances the US Navy (USN) plans for distributed lethality and also shows further portable missile capability for US forces. HIMARS was fired 22 October from the flight deck of the San Antonio-class

  • Turkey carries out first test firing of Atmaca anti-ship missile

    Admiral Ahmet Çakir, navy technical commander of the Turkish Naval Forces Command, officially confirmed on 16 October that the Atmaca (Hawk) anti-ship guided missile developed by Roketsan had been test fired for the first time, without giving a date. Addressing a naval systems seminar in

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