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New Dutch expeditionary survey vessel enters service

By Kate Tringham 25 November 2022
The Dutch navy's new ESB   Hydrograaf   entered service on 21 November.  (RNLN)    The Royal Netherlands Navy's (RNLN's) new expeditionary survey boat (ESB), HrMs   Hydrograaf  (H 8021), has officially entered service.   The mini hydrographic survey vessel was formally handed over to the RNLN by the Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) on 21 November.  Hydrograaf  was designed and built by Damen Shipyards Den Helder (DSDH) under a contract awarded by the DMO in 2019. Laid down in February...

ZEUS scopes combat system retrofit for DDG 1000 destroyers

By Richard Scott 24 November 2022
USS   Zumwalt   arrives in Yokosuka, Japan, in September 2022. The ZEUS programme is considering opportunities to improve supportability and interoperability of the DDG 1000 destroyers by replacing unique components and systems with analogous systems common with other USN surface combatants.   (US Navy)  Plans are being developed by the US Navy (USN) that would see key parts of the combat suite equipping the three DDG 1000 Zumwalt-class destroyers swapped out for command and sensor systems common to other US surfa...

Making it big: Asia-Pacific's increasing focus on large and extra-large UUVs

By Oishee Majumdar & Nishant Kumar 22 November 2022
This graphic shows some of the LUUVs and XLUUVs under various stages of development in the Asia-Pacific. (Janes)  Navies in the Asia-Pacific are increasingly deploying unmanned systems to overcome the challenge of limited resources in personnel. Technological advancement in digitisation and artificial intelligence (AI) has supported such efforts. This has led to the emergence of new concepts of operations (CONOPs) such as fully unmanned mine countermeasures (MCM) formations.  The growing military competition in the Asia-Pacific, the militaris...

JMSDF demonstrates enhanced BMD capabilities with first SM-3 Block IIA firing

By Ridzwan Rahmat 22 November 2022
JS   Maya  , seen here firing the SM-3 Block IIA interceptor against a ballistic target in waters near Hawaii on 16 November 2022.  (JMSDF)  The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) has demonstrated its ability to engage in enhanced co-operative ballistic missile defence (BMD) operations by test-firing two sea-based variants of the SM-3 interceptor.  The firings were carried out by the Maya-class destroyers, JS Maya and JS Haguro, in waters near Hawaii on 16 and 19 November, respectively, the service disclose...

Indian Army progresses integrated warfare strategy

By Kapil Kajal 22 November 2022
The Indian Army exercised with the K9 Vajra-T self-propelled howitzer along the border with Pakistan. (Janes/Kapil Kajal)  The South Western Command (SWC) of the Indian Army has conducted an Integrated Battle Group (IBG) exercise along the country's western border with Pakistan.  The integrated firepower exercise took place on 21 November and was conducted by the SWC's Chetak Corps (X Corps) at the Mahajan Field Firing Range (MFFR) in the Thar Desert, Rajasthan.    During the exercise, attended by   Janes  , the Indian Army pe...

PA-Ng carrier design matures ahead of definition phase transition

By Richard Scott & Xavier Vavasseur 21 November 2022
A helicopter operating spot has been introduced on the starboard quarter. In addition, a maintenance area – occupied by an E-2D Advanced Hawkeye on the model – has been added aft of the island. (Richard Scott/NAVYPIX)  The design of the French Navy's next-generation nuclear-powered aircraft carrier (CVN) is continuing to evolve, with the latest iteration revealing a series of refinements to the ship's flight deck layout and island superstructure.    The Porte-Avions Nouvelle Génération (PA-Ng) programme, intended to replace the French Na...

Thales, PT Len to upgrade Indonesian corvettes

By Oishee Majumdar 21 November 2022
KRI   Diponegoro  (pictured above) and the Indonesian Navy's three other Diponegoro (Sigma)-class corvettes will be upgraded with Thales' TACTICOS Baseline 2 CMS and the NS50 radar.  (US Navy)  The Indonesian Navy's (Tentara Nasional Indonesia Angkatan Laut: TNI-AL's) four Diponegoro-class corvettes will be equipped with the Thales' TACTICOS Baseline 2 combat management system (CMS) and the Naval Smarter (NS) 50 radar, the company confirmed to Janes.  The upgradation will take place under a contract signed in ear...

Naval Group delivers final French FREMM frigate

By Kate Tringham 21 November 2022
Naval Group handed over   Lorraine  , the French Navy's second FREMM DA frigate and eighth overall, on 16 November.  (Naval Group)  Naval Group handed over Lorraine – the eighth Aquitaine-class FREMM (frégate européenne multi-mission) frigate for the French Navy – to France's defence procurement agency Direction générale de l'armement (DGA) during a ceremony at the French naval base in Toulon on 16 November.  Lorraine is the final frigate in the class to be built by Naval Group for the French Navy and the second o...

Rheinmetall awarded contract to supply light naval guns for German Type 126 class frigates

By Kate Tringham 21 November 2022
Rheinmetall's state-of-the-art MLG27-4.0 defence system. (Rheinmetall)  German technology group Rheinmetall has been awarded a contract by Damen Naval to supply its next-generation MLG27-4.0 light naval gun for the German Navy's new Type 126 frigates.  Under the contract, announced on 17 November, Rheinmetall will initially supply eight MLG27-4.0 weapon systems – two for each of the four frigates on order. The contract includes an option to equip two additional frigates with the weapon system.  Dutch-owned Damen Shipyards was awarded a design...

RN looks to explore uncrewed ASW surveillance under Project Charybdis

By Richard Scott 18 November 2022
Indicative problem space of Charybdis relative to in-service ASW systems. (SDA-AU)  The UK Royal Navy (RN) has kicked off a programme to explore how its anti-submarine warfare (ASW) capability could be improved through the employment of future capabilities based on unmanned, persistent, deployable ASW surveillance systems.  The initiative, known as Project Charybdis, seeks to leverage advances in autonomy, robotics, and machine learning to explore new solutions beyond the current mixture of fixed infrastructure, short-life sonobuoys, and high...

Navantia team selected for UK Fleet Solid Support programme

By Richard Scott 17 November 2022
Team Resolute will deliver three new FSS vessels to be operated by the civilian-manned Royal Fleet Auxiliary. (Team Resolute)  A Spanish/UK industry team has been selected to deliver the UK's three-ship Fleet Solid Support (FSS) ship programme, with the consortium proposing to assemble the vessels at a recapitalised Harland & Wolff shipyard in Belfast.  Team Resolute – comprising BMT, Harland & Wolff, and Navantia UK – was announced as preferred bidder for the GBP1.6 billion (USD1.9 billion) programme by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) on 16 No...

China displays transportable SLC-18 space surveillance radar

By Naqi Wasif 16 November 2022
China Electronics Technology Group Corporation (CETC) unveiled the SLC-18 space surveillance radar (pictured above) during Airshow China 2022 in Zhuhai in November. (Future Publishing via Getty Images)  China unveiled a space surveillance radar that can also be used to track anti-ballistic missiles (ABMs), during the Airshow China 2022 exhibition held in Zhuhai from 8 to 13 November.  Janes analysis of SLC-18 images suggests the radar is approximately 9 m tall and 8 m wide. The antenna face of the low-frequency radar array is covered with 960...

BAE Systems awarded contract for Royal Navy Batch 2 Type 26 frigates

By Kate Tringham 16 November 2022
An artist's impression of all eight Type 26 frigates at sea. (Royal Navy/Crown Copyright)  UK defence prime BAE Systems has been awarded a UK Ministry of Defence contract to build the second batch of Type 26 City-class frigates for the Royal Navy (RN).  Under the GBP4.2 billion (USD4.97 billion) deal, announced on 15 November, the company's Naval Ships business will build five additional Type 26 frigates to complement three that are under construction and complete the eight-ship class.  The manufacture phase for the Batch 2 frigates is planne...

Six MH-60R multirole helicopters delivered to Indian Navy

By Akhil Kadidal 15 November 2022
Lockheed Martin/Sikorski MH-60Rs destined for the Indian Navy have specialised equipment to fit Indian requirements. This includes domestic IFF and other systems. (Lockheed Martin/Sikorski)  The Indian Navy (IN) has received six Lockheed Martin/Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawk anti-submarine warfare and anti-surface warfare helicopters.  William Blair, chief executive for Lockheed Martin India, told Janes that the first three MH-60R multirole helicopters have been delivered to the Indian Navy. The company said that these aircraft are operating at nava...

China unveils air-defence missile systems

By Kapil Kajal & Rahul Udoshi 15 November 2022
China showcased the HQ-9B surface-to-air missile weapon system at Airshow China 2022. The country has upgraded the system with eight smaller missiles. (Future Publishing via Getty Images)  China has unveiled various surface-to-air missile (SAM) weapon systems for the People's Liberation Army (PLA) at the Airshow China 2022 exhibition held in Zhuhai from 8 to 13 November.  The country showcased the FK-3000 air-defence missile weapon system, the HQ-16FE mid- to long-range air-defence missile weapon system, and the Red-11 (also called HQ-11) uni...

Airshow China 2022: China unveils Red-11 terminal defence system

By Kapil Kajal & Rahul Udoshi 11 November 2022
China displays the Red-11 universal terminal defence weapon system at Airshow China 2022. The system provides short-range terminal defence at mid-to-low altitudes. (Future Publishing via Getty Images)  China has unveiled the Red-11 universal terminal defence weapon system at the Airshow China 2022 exhibition taking place in Zhuhai from 8 to 13 November.  Janes learnt that the Red-11 system includes ammunition and artillery in addition to air-defence weapons. It can intercept air-to-air missiles, guided bombs, cruise missiles, fixed-wing comba...

HII unveils new medium-class underwater drone

By Carlo Munoz 11 November 2022
HII's new REMUS 620 UUV. (HII)  US shipbuilder HII has pulled the curtain back on its newest unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV), a platform that company officials say represents the “most capable medium-class” UUV on the market.  The basic platform specifications for the new REMUS 620, such as size and weight, mirror those of the navy's Littoral Battleship Sensing-Autonomous Undersea Vehicle (LBS-AUV) and the LBS-Razorback systems, according to a company statement. The former is used by the navy's mine-countermeasures squadrons, while the latt...

French Navy outlines Indo-Pacific commitment

By Kosuke Takahashi & Ridzwan Rahmat 10 November 2022
The French Navy's aircraft carrier   Charles de Gaulle  (pictured) will soon deploy to the Indian Ocean, according to Admiral Pierre Vandier, chief of staff of the French Navy.  (US Navy)  Admiral Pierre Vandier, chief of staff of the French Navy, has outlined France's commitment to expand deployments in the Indo-Pacific in a bid to bolster regional security.    In a briefing at the French embassy in Tokyo on 7 November with selected media including   Janes  , Adm Vandier said the French Navy is ge...

North Korea launches ballistic missiles towards Sea of Japan (East Sea)

By Jon Grevatt 10 November 2022
This Japanese MoD graphic shows the estimated launch site and trajectory of North Korean missiles fired on 5 June. The MoD said it detected the launch of at least six ballistic missiles, all of which landed outside Japan's exclusive economic zone. (Japan MoD)  North Korea launched a series of ballistic missiles towards the Sea of Japan (East Sea) on 5 June, defence officials in South Korea and Japan have said. It represents Pyongyang's 18th missile-launch event in 2022 and what is thought to be its largest number of launches on a single day....

Naval Group launches first French FDI frigate

By Kate Tringham 08 November 2022
The first FDI frigate on order for the French Navy was floated out at Naval Group's Lorient facility on 7 November. (Naval Group)  Naval Group launched the French Navy's first new defence and intervention frigate (Frégate de défense et d'intervention: FDI) , Amiral Ronarc'h, at its yard in Lorient on 7 November.  Amiral Ronarc'h is one of five FDI frigates being built by Naval Group for France under a contract awarded by the French defence procurement agency (DGA) in April 2017.  Under current planning, the first of class will start its first...
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