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Philippine Navy interested in acquiring ex-USN Cyclone-class patrol vessels

By Gabriel Dominguez & Matteo Scarano 13 April 2021
The Philippine Navy (PN) has expressed interest in acquiring some of the Cyclone-class patrol vessels recently decommissioned by the US Navy (USN), according to a 9 April report by the state-owned Philippine News Agency (PNA).  “The PN has manifes...

Royal Australian Navy commissions first Supply-class AOR vessel

By Gabriel Dominguez 10 April 2021
The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) commissioned its first of two Supply-class auxiliary oiler replenishment (AOR) ships in a ceremony held on 10 April at Fleet Base East in Sydney, New South Wales.  Named HMAS Supply (II) (with pennant number A195), the 19,500-tonne vessel had arrived at the naval base on 15 January, only a few days after the Australian Department of Defence (DoD) formally accepted it from Spanish shipbuilder Navantia.  Launched in November 2018, Supply completed sea acceptance trials off the Spanish coast in August 2020 before...

Taiwanese shipbuilder CSBC Corporation launches first locally built LPD for RoCN

By Gabriel Dominguez 13 April 2021
Taiwanese shipbuilder CSBC Corporation has launched the first of a planned class of four landing platform dock (LPD) vessels for the Republic of China Navy (RoCN).  Named Yu Shan (also spelled Yushan) (with pennant number 1401), the 153 m-long amphibious transport ship, construction of which began in May 2019, entered the water on 13 April in a ceremony held at the company’s facilities in the southern Taiwanese city of Kaohsiung and presided over by President Tsai Ing-wen.  A keel-laying ceremony for the vessel, which is being built under...

US Navy deployments end for LCS Freedom

By Michael Fabey 13 April 2021
The Littoral Combat Ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) returned to port on 12 April from what the US Navy (USN) identified as the ship’s final deployment.  Freedom had been deployed as part of the US 4th Fleet, where it supported Joint Interagency Task Force...

South Korea monitoring Pyongyang's moves amid signs of activity at Sinpo shipyard

By Gabriel Dominguez 12 April 2021
South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) revealed on 12 April that they are closely monitoring the moves of the North Korean military amid signs of activity at Sinpo South Shipyard and speculation that Pyongyang could launch a new submarine and/or test a new submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) in the near future.  “Our military has been closely tracking and monitoring North Korea’s military moves, while the South Korean and the US intelligence authorities have been maintaining close co-operation,” JCS spokesperson Colonel Kim Jun-ra...

Dive Technologies pushes 3D printing for AUV manufacturing

By Nishant Kumar 12 April 2021
Massachusetts-based startup Dive Technologies is looking to leverage additive manufacturing (AM) technologies, commonly referred to as 3D printing, for large and extra-large unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) applications.  Dive Technologies utilised a Cincinnati Incorporated Big Area Additive Manufacturing (BAAM) 3D printer for the external hull fairings and smaller 3D printers for the internal components of their DIVE-LD autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV). BAAM is an industrial-grade 3D printer that uses an extruder placed on a gantry syste...

US Navy seeks GPS alternatives for hypersonic weapons

By Carlo Munoz 10 April 2021
The Department of the Navy is seeking prototype proposals for a non-GPS-based position, navigation, and timing (PNT) system, that will eventually be integrated into the sea service’s future arsenal of hypersonic weapons and platforms.  The solicitation, issued by the navy via a Request for Solutions (RFS) notice by the Strategic & Spectrum Missions Advanced Resilient Trusted Systems (S2MARTS) other transactional authority (OTA), has yet to be formally released to industry for response. But programme officials noted in the presolicitation not...

Russian Caspian Flotilla amphibious vessels transfer to Black Sea

By Bruce Jones 09 April 2021
Russian threat capabilities against Ukraine were added to on 7 April when Moscow’s Ministry of Defence announced that more than 10 amphibious landing and artillery ships are to be transferred from the Caspian Flotilla to the Black Sea Fleet headqua...

Pentagon budget 2022: White House reveals USD715 billion topline request

By Ashley Roque & Michael Fabey 09 April 2021
The Biden administration has notified Congress that it will request USD715 billion in discretionary funds for the Department of Defense (DoD) next year, an increase over this year’s enacted topline budget.  On 9 April the White House’s Office Management and Budget (OMB) announced that it will request USD753 billion in national defence funding for fiscal year (FY) 2022, with the bulk of which is for the DoD. The Pentagon’s coffer would get a 1.6% increase over the FY 2021 enacted funding level of USD704 billion. However, with roughly a 1.7% 12...

US Navy looks to tackle LCS reliability and sustainability

By Michael Fabey 08 April 2021
Seeking to integrate its Littoral Combat Ships (LCSs) into the overall fleet, the US Navy (USN) is working towards solving issues with LCS reliability and sustainability, said Admiral Michael Gilday, chief of naval operations (CNO), during a media...

Type 055 destroyer joins PLA Navy carrier group for first time in deployment east of Taiwan

By Andrew Tate 07 April 2021
The People’s Liberation Army Navy’s (PLAN’s) lead Type 055 (Renhai)-class destroyer, Nanchang (pennant number 101), has for the first time joined the escort group for the aircraft carrier Liaoning and, according to Japan’s Ministry of Defense, deployed into the Pacific Ocean east of Taiwan on 3 April.  Japan Self-Defense Force aircraft and a destroyer identified the other Chinese supporting ships as the Type 052D (Luyang III)-class destroyers Chengdu (120) and Taiyuan (131), the Type 054A (Jiangkai II)-class frigate Huanggang (577), and the...

Indonesia begins construction of submarine base in South China Sea

By Ridzwan Rahmat 07 April 2021
The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Laut: TNI-AL) has held a ceremony to mark the start of construction of a submarine ‘support station’ in the South China Sea.  The TNI-AL’s second Cakra-class submarine, KRI   Nanggala, seen here near Surabaya during a demonstration of its abilities.   (Janes/Ridzwan Rahmat)  A foundation stone for the facility was ceremonially laid down on 5 April by the service’s chief, Admiral Yudo Margono, on Pulau Natuna Besar, the biggest of the Natuna Islands cluster, which is loca...

US CNO welcomes fleet-plan debate

By Michael Fabey 07 April 2021
Addressing recent criticism by US lawmakers about the US Navy (USN) shipbuilding and future-fleet plans, Admiral Michael Gilday, the chief of naval operations (CNO), said he would welcome further discussion on those plans.  “I’m not critical of the...

Bundeswehr receives Sachsen-Anhalt frigate

By Nicholas Fiorenza 06 April 2021
The Bundesamt für Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik, und Nutzung der Bundeswehr (BAAINBw), Germany’s Federal Office for Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support, received the F125 frigate Sachsen-Anhalt from Thyssenkrupp Ma...

Russia readies Kashalot submarine for Belgorod role

By Bruce Jones 01 April 2021
Russia is set to return the Project 1910 Kashalot (NATO reporting name ‘Uniform’) nuclear-powered special-mission submarine AS-15 to service for operations from the Project 09852 nuclear-powered research mother submarine Belgorod, according to loca...

US Navy, CENTCOM seek solutions for stratospheric ISR operations

By Carlo Munoz 05 April 2021
The US Navy and US Central Command (CENTCOM) are seeking industry solutions to leverage artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning capabilities to enhance the use of unmanned aerial systems (UASs) for stratospheric intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) operations, according to a joint solicitation.  The Strategic Command, Control, Communications, Computers and ISR (C4ISR) to Operationalize the Stratosphere (SCOS) programme will be led out of CENTCOM and the Naval Surface Warfare Center – Crane Division (NSWC-Crane). The...

North Korea showcasing ‘developing capability' to deliver ‘tactical and strategic nuclear weapons', says UN expert panel

By Gabriel Dominguez 01 April 2021
The ballistic missile systems paraded by North Korea in October 2020 and January 2021 have confirmed the country’s “developing capability” to deliver “tactical and strategic nuclear weapons”, according to a report by a United Nations panel of experts for the UN Security Council (UNSC).  The military parades also showcased “diversity and innovation, as well as the renewal of the [country’s] missile arsenal, with solid-fuel missiles replacing liquid-propellant short-range ballistic missiles (SRBMs) and medium-range ballistic missiles (MRBMs)”,...

South Korea reveals more details about plans to buy additional attack helicopters

By Gabriel Dominguez & Dae Young Kim & Alessandra Giovanzanti 31 March 2021
South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) revealed on 31 March more details about the country’s plans to acquire an additional 36 foreign-made attack helicopters for the Republic of Korea Army (RoKA).  The country’s Defense Project Promotion Committee decided that the rotorcraft, which are intended to replace the RoKA’s Bell AH-1S attack helicopters, are to be acquired under the second phase of the ‘Large Attack Helicopter Project’. This programme phase, which has been budgeted at KRW3.17 trillion (USD2.81 billion), is s...

Australia to set up facility to manufacture guided missiles

By Julian Kerr 31 March 2021
Australia will move to manufacture its own missiles and guided weapons under an AUD1 billion (USD750 million) plan to establish a new weapons facility with a strategic industry partner, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced on 31 March.  Morrison...

MHI, Thales to collaborate on sonar technologies for use on MCM AUVs

By Gabriel Dominguez & Kosuke Takahashi 30 March 2021
Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) announced on 30 March that it has signed a research and prototype production contract with Japan’s Ministry of Defense (MoD) as part of a five-year French-Japanese project aimed at enhancing the capabilities of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) used for mine countermeasure (MCM) operations.  The project, which follows the signing of the defence co-operation agreement between Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA – France’s defence procurement agency) – and Japan’s Acquisition, Technology & Logist...
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