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NSWC Dahlgren develops decision aid for high-energy laser fire control

By Richard Scott 03 August 2021
Engineers at the US Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) have designed an artificial intelligence (AI)-based decision aid designed to assist sailors operating high-energy laser (HEL) weapon systems.  An artist's rendering of Lockheed Martin's HELIOS system: one of several first-generation HEL weapons being introduced by the US Navy into frontline service. (Lockheed Martin)  The High Energy Laser Fire Control Decision Aid (HEL FCDA) is intended to improve response time and accuracy. Development has been informed by a NSWCDD...

Barracuda unveils 747MM USV

By Dimitrios Mitsopoulos 03 August 2021
Athens-based commercial and military rigid inflatable boat (RIB) manufacturer Barracuda has showcased its indigenously developed Barracuda 747 Multi-Mission (747MM) unmanned surface vehicle (USV) in public for the first time at the DEFEA 2021 exhibition in mid-July.  The 747MM, developed using internal funding, features a specially designed glass reinforced plastic hull joined to side-forming air-tubes with six air chambers. The hull measures 7.65 m long, 2.9 m wide, and has a draft of 0.52 m.  Barracuda 747 Multi-Mission USV shown at DEFEA 2...

Navy League 2021: Newport News Shipbuilding reports progress on carrier Kennedy as yard returns to mask requirements

By Michael Fabey 03 August 2021
Huntington Ingalls Industries' Newport News Shipbuilding highlighted recent progress on aircraft carrier   John F Kennedy  (CVN 79) on 2 August, as shipyard President Jennifer Boykin confirmed the facility was again implementing m...

German frigate begins seven-month deployment to Indo-Pacific region

By Gabriel Dominguez 02 August 2021
The Germany Navy has despatched Brandenburg (Type 123)-class frigate   Bayern   (F 217) on an almost seven month-long deployment to the Indo-Pacific region as part of efforts by Berlin to show an ‘increased presence' in the region and demonstrate solidarity with allies and ‘like-minded' partners.   The guided-missile frigate left its home port of Wilhelmshaven on 2 August following a ceremony that was also attended by German Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer. The deployment to the Indo-Pacific region, which is e...

Indonesia increases amount of foreign defence loans approved for 2021

By Ridzwan Rahmat & Andrew MacDonald 02 August 2021
The Indonesian Ministry of Finance (MoF) has granted approval for the country's armed forces (Tentara Nasional Indonesia: TNI) and defence ministry to obtain up to USD5.8 billion in foreign loans for the 2021 financial year.  Permissions to source for foreign loans have been approved for a total of 31 procurement, upgrades, and maintenance programmes across all three services of the TNI, according to documents and circulars that have been provided to Janes by Indonesian government sources.  The approvals have been granted after consultations...

TKMS aims to demonstrate MUM XLUUV prototype from mid-2024

By Nishant Kumar 02 August 2021
ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) is planning to build a large unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) demonstrator in the second phase of its Modifiable Underwater Mothership (MUM) project, which is expected to enter trials from mid-2024.  MUM is a modular UUV being developed for various applications such as deep-sea exploration, scientific research, and maritime security. The modular design of the UUV supports the integration of third-party modules and other customisations to address a range of mission requirements.  Conceptual art of ThyssenKru...

RAN's third and final Hobart-class destroyer is ready for operational duty

By Gabriel Dominguez 02 August 2021
The Royal Australian Navy's (RAN's) third and final Hobart-class Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) returned to Garden Island in Sydney on 30 July following a four-and-a-half month-long deployment to the United States and Canada in which it qualified for operational duty.    The Department of Defence (DoD) in Canberra said in a news release that, while away, HMAS  Sydney  (pennant number 42) and its 174-strong crew conducted combat system sea qualification trials, including weapons firings off the western coast of the United States...

Vanuatu receives Guardian-class patrol boat from Australia

By Gabriel Dominguez 30 July 2021
Australia handed over a Guardian-class patrol boat to the government of Vanuatu in a ceremony held at the facilities of shipbuilder Austal in Henderson, Western Australia, on 30 July: the Pacific island nation's Independence Day.    The vessel...

US naval leaders note USS America benefits in ‘Talisman Sabre 21'

By Michael Fabey 29 July 2021
Amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) is shining in its first ‘Talisman Sabre' exercise off the Australian coast, according to US naval officials.  The ship “brings a wide variety of additional options, speed, logistics, flight deck space, an...

UK to nationalise naval steel firm Sheffield Forgemasters

By Marc Selinger 29 July 2021
Sheffield Forgemasters is located in Sheffield, England. (Sheffield Forgemasters)  The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has agreed to acquire steel producer Sheffield Forgemasters International Limited (SFIL) to shore up a key supplier to the UK Royal Navy, both entities announced on 28 July.  In addition to paying GBP2.6 million (USD3.6 million) to purchase SFIL, the MoD plans to spend up to GBP400 million over the next 10 years to upgrade the company's facilities and equipment in Sheffield, England, ensuring SFIL remains a reliable source of na...

US pursuing ‘integrated deterrence' strategy in Asia-Pacific region, says Austin

By Gabriel Dominguez 28 July 2021
US Secretary of Defense Lloyd J Austin has said the United States is pursuing an “integrated deterrence” strategy in the Asia-Pacific region that will rely on stronger defence co-operation and enhanced co-ordination with allies and partners to better meet a range of regional challenges, including “the spectre of coercion from rising powers”.  In a speech given on 27 July in Singapore as part of a tour of Southeast Asian countries including Vietnam and the Philippines, Lloyd described ‘integrated deterrence' as Washington's “new, 21st-century...

Taiwanese navy receives first improved Tuo Chiang-class corvette

By J Michael Cole & Gabriel Dominguez 27 July 2021
The Republic of China Navy (RoCN) has received its first improved Tuo Chiang (also spelled Tuo Jiang)-class fast missile corvette.    Named   Ta Chiang   (pennant number 619), the vessel was formally handed over in a ceremony held on 27 July at the facilities of Lungteh Shipbuilding in Suao, in north-eastern Taiwan's Yilan County, that was presided over by Defence Minister Chiu Kuo-cheng.   The corvette, which was launched on 15 December 2020, is set to be commissioned in August.  Taipei aims to build a total of six of thes...

Surface Force commander cites payload and unmanned deployment potential of Independence LCS vessels

By Michael Fabey 27 July 2021
The Surface Force plans to take advantage of the payload and unmanned system deployment capability of the Independence variant of the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), according to Vice Admiral Roy Kitchener, US Naval Surface Forces commander.  “That mis...

Indian Navy conducts maiden exercise with Carrier Strike Group 21

By Gabriel Dominguez 23 July 2021
The Indian Navy (IN) participated in a bilateral passage exercise with Carrier Strike Group 21 (CSG21) – led by Royal Navy (RN) aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth – in the Bay of Bengal from 21–22 July.  The exercise, which was aimed at enhancing...

INS Tabar seen with new combat system upgrades

By Mrityunjoy Mazumdar 23 July 2021
INS   Tabar  is seen here in an image provided by the Hellenic Navy.   (Hellenic Navy)  The Indian Navy's Project 1135.6 (P1135.6) guided-missile frigate, INS Tabar (F44), has been upgraded with new combat systems.  These systems include a new electronic warfare (EW) suite, radars and sonars, and are visible in recent images of the ship taken throughout its ongoing deployment in the Mediterranean and Europe.  Among equipment seen on the frigate include a Bharat Electronics (BEL)-built EW system that has been inst...

India's DRDO conducts test launches of indigenously developed manportable ATGM and SAM systems

By Gabriel Dominguez & Rahul Udoshi & Mark Cazalet 22 July 2021
India's government-owned Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) test-fired on 21 July a manportable anti-tank guided missile (MPATGM) being developed for the Indian Army (IA).  In a statement issued the same day, the Indian government's Press Information Bureau (PIB) said that the low-weight, fire-and-forget weapon was launched in direct-attack mode from a manportable launcher integrated with a thermal sight, adding that it successfully hit a mock tank target.  On 21 July India's DRDO test-fired a new manportable ATGM being deve...

Blighter to supply B402 radars for international AFV fleet

By Samuel Cranny-Evans 22 July 2021
The Blighter Surveillance Systems B402 ground-based target acquisition radar as part of a mast-mounted system with an electro-optical suite above it. (Blighter Surveillance Systems)  The UK's Blighter Surveillance Systems has been contracted to provide at least 25 of its B402 target acquisition radars to a European armoured fighting vehicle (AFV) manufacturer as part of an order for a non-European customer, the company's Chief Operations Officer, James Long, told Janes on 21 July.  “The contract will be performed over five years, but may be e...

Israel, TKMS agree schedule for offset discharge

By Charles Forrester 22 July 2021
The Israeli Ministry of Economy and Industry (MoEI) announced on 20 July that it had reached an agreement with Germany's Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) over the discharge of offset and counter-trade obligations related to the country's acquisition of submarines and corvettes.  The new agreement will mean that the company will discharge EUR300 million (USD353 million) in offset and counter-trade projects over a five-year period. The MoEI said in a release that the agreement covered “extensive investments in projects, knowledge transfer, an...

Taliban seeking to isolate major population centres in Afghanistan, says US JCS chairman

By Gabriel Dominguez 22 July 2021
The Taliban are putting pressure on the outskirts of provincial centres in Afghanistan in a bid to isolate the country's major population areas from the government in Kabul, US Army General Mark Milley, the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), told reporters at the Pentagon on 21 July.  Although none of country's 34 provincial capitals have fallen, the “strategic momentum” appears to be with the Taliban, said Gen Milley, pointing out that the group currently controls about half of Afghanistan's 419 district centres and is currently...

Navy League 2021: Ford provides US Navy lessons for other programmes

By Michael Fabey 22 July 2021
The growing costs and broken schedules the US Navy (USN) experienced in developing and building aircraft carrier USS Gerald R Ford (CVN 78) have provided lessons for other ship programmes, said Admiral Michael Gilday, chief of naval operations.  “O...
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