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Fast Response Cutters prove to be a ‘game-changer' in Alaska for USCG

By Michael Fabey 22 July 2022
US Coast Guard officials says Fast Response Cutters are augmenting operations in Alaskan waters. (US Coast Guard)  The relatively new Fast Response Cutters (FRCs) are starting to change the way the US Coast Guard (USCG) serves Alaskan waters, according to service officials.  Introduced to the region about four years ago, the FRCs are broadening the scope of USCG operations in the region, service officials told Janes.  “These Fast Response Cutters are a game-changer,” Lieutenant Bridget Hendrix, a USCG enforcement division officer, told Janes....

Fincantieri cuts steel for second new LSS for Italian Navy

By Kate Tringham 22 July 2022
The steel cutting ceremony of the second Logistic Support Ship destined for the Italian Navy took place at Fincantieri's Castellammare di Stabia shipyard on 20 July. (Fincantieri)  Fincantieri held a steel cutting ceremony for the second Logistic Support Ship (LSS) on order for the Italian Navy at its yard in Castellammare di Stabia shipyard near Naples on 20 July.  Fincantieri is building the second LSS under a EUR410 million (USD418 million) contract awarded by the Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation (OCCAR) on behalf of the Italian...

CEA Technologies to build air-defence radars for ADF

By Oishee Majumdar 22 July 2022
CEA Technologies is building four new air-defence radars (pictured above) for the ADF. (Commonwealth of Australia)  Canberra-based CEA Technologies has secured a “multimillion-dollar” contract from the Australian Department of Defence (DoD) to build four new air-defence radars, Australia's Minister for Defence Industry Pat Conroy announced on 21 July.  “The new sensors will be able to detect aircraft and missile threats at greater ranges and with increased accuracy than our current systems, allowing for real-time critical information to be re...

HMS Vanguard returns to service

By Kate Tringham 21 July 2022
The UK Royal Navy's (RN's) nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) HMS Vanguard (S 28) has returned to service following the completion of its planned deep maintenance and refuelling programme.  A rededication ceremony was held at Devonp...

DroneShield, AMC partner on Australian missiles

By Jon Grevatt 21 July 2022
According to Janes Markets Forecast, Australia's missile and precision-guided weapons market will be worth, on average, about USD1.3 billion a year between 2022 and 2031. (Janes Markets Forecast)  Sydney-headquartered DroneShield and the Australian Missile Corporation (AMC) announced on 21 July an agreement to co-operate on capabilities to support Australia's Guided Weapons and Explosive Ordnance (GWEO) enterprise programme.    DroneShield's CEO Oleg Vornik told   Janes  that the scope of collaboration will be focused on count...

Australia's Canberra class improves interoperability with USMC via MV-22 embarks

By Ridzwan Rahmat 21 July 2022
A USMC MV-22B Osprey prepares to land on the flight deck of HMAS  Canberra  during flying operations at RIMPAC 2022.  (Australia Department of Defence)  A Royal Australian Navy's (RAN's) Canberra-class amphibious assault ship has embarked US Marine Corps (USMC) MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft in an at-sea phase of a naval exercise for the first time, marking improved interoperability between the two services.  The embarkation took place as part of the US Navy (USN)-hosted Rim of the Pacific ('RIMPAC') 2022 interna...

Thinking aloud: Adaptable Strike Frigate sells ‘system of systems' vision for Type 32

By Richard Scott 20 July 2022
The Adaptable Strike Frigate has been guided by the headmarks of open architecture, modularity, automation, and reduced crewing expected to underpin Type 32. (BAE Systems)  As the UK Royal Navy (RN) continues to mature the concept of operations an...

German Navy's fourth and final Type 125 frigate enters service

By Kate Tringham 19 July 2022
The German Navy's fourth and final Baden-Württemberg (Type 125) frigate,   Rheinland-Pfalz  (F 225), commissioned into service.  (Bundeswehr/Kim Couling)    The German Navy has commissioned the fourth Baden-Württemberg (Type 125)-class frigate  , Rheinland-Pfalz  (F 225), into service.   A commissioning ceremony was held at the German naval base in Wilhelmshaven on 13 July.  Rheinland-Pfalz  is the final Type 125 frigate to be built by the ARGE F125 consortium, comprising ThyssenKrupp Ma...

Iranian navy shows off UAV capabilities

By Jeremy Binnie 19 July 2022
The Hengam-class landing ship   Lavan   with numerous UAVs on launch rails during the 15 January event.  (Mehr News Agency)  The Islamic Republic of Iran Navy (IRIN) displayed support ships equipped with unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in a 15 July event attended by its Commander Rear Admiral Shahram Irani, and armed forces Commander Major General Abdolrahim Mousavi.  “Using drones adds a significant capacity to our naval units and expands our dominance for hundreds of kilometres,” Rear Adm Irani said in a televis...

Irish Naval Service decommissions three patrol ships as part of modernisation effort

By Kate Tringham 19 July 2022
Following its decommissioning from Irish Naval Service, plans under consideration for LÉ   Eithne  include retaining it in Cork Harbour as a visitor attraction or a museum piece.  (Michael Nitz/Naval Press Service )  The Irish Naval Service (INS) has formally retired three patrol vessels from service in a move that will temporarily reduce the fleet's inventory to six ships.  The service's 80.8 m helicopter-capable fleet flagship LÉ Eithne (P 31) and two 62.6 m Peacock-class coastal patrol ships, LÉ Orla (P 41) an...

Harland & Wolff to regenerate ex-RN Hunt-class MCMV for Lithuania

By Richard Scott 14 July 2022
Lithuania signed a sales agreement with the UK for ex-  Quorn   in April 2020, which includes the upgrade and regeneration of the vessel. The ship was decommissioned from the Royal Navy in December 2017 and is laid up afloat in Portsmouth.  (Michael Nitz/Naval Press Service)  An ex-UK Royal Navy (RN) Hunt-class mine-countermeasures vessel (MCMV) is to undergo a regeneration and upgrade at the Harland & Wolff-owned Appledore shipyard in southwest England ahead of a new career with the Lithuanian Navy.    The U...

F/A-18 demonstrates ability to launch from Indian carriers with ‘upsized' loadout

By Ridzwan Rahmat 14 July 2022
A US Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet seen here during a demonstration flight at the Farnborough International Air Show. Boeing recently concluded a trial of the aircraft type at the Indian Navy's Shore Based Test Facility. (Janes/Patrick Allen)  Boeing has concluded a demonstration of the F/A-18 Super Hornet's ability to launch from Indian aircraft carriers with two Boeing AGM-84 Harpoon missiles, which exceeds New Delhi's requirement for its multirole carrier-borne fighters (MRCBF) programme.    The capability was demonstrated at the Indian...

Naval Group cuts steel for second Greek FDI frigate

By Kate Tringham 14 July 2022
Naval Group cuts steel for the second FDI HN at its yard in Lorient on 13 July. (Naval Group)  French shipbuilder Naval Group has started construction of the second Frégate de Défense et d'Intervention (FDI) multimission frigate for the Hellenic Navy (HN).  A steel-cutting ceremony for the second FDI HN was held at Naval Group's shipyard in Lorient on 13 July. It follows the start of construction of the first frigate in September 2021.  Naval Group is building three FDI frigates – with an option for a fourth – for the HN under a contract sign...

East Tech 2022: TASL's new surveillance system to be tested by Indian Army in August

By Oishee Majumdar 13 July 2022
TASL's Rajak-XLR surveillance system (pictured above) will be tested by the Indian Army in August. (Janes/Oishee Majumdar)  Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL) has developed a new surveillance system – named Rajak-XLR (extra-long range) – that will be tested by the Indian Army in August, a source at TASL told Janes at East Tech 2022, held in Kolkata by the Indian Army's Eastern Command on 7 and 8 July.  Rajak-XLR consists of “a long-range continuous zoom-type thermal camera, long-range continuous zoom-type day camera, and a laser rangefinder...

East Tech 2022: Indian security forces to test IDR's nano UAV

By Oishee Majumdar & Amit Kalra 11 July 2022
An in-flight Doot MK-I nano UAV with ISR package being exhibited at East Tech 2022. The UAV has been tested by NSG and is currently being tested by Assam Rifles in Manipur. (Janes/Amit Kalra)    Noida-based Indian Defence Reforms' (IDR's) Doot MK-I, a nano unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) – designed for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) – has undergone initial tests by India's National Security Guard (NSG) in June, Mayank Pratap Singh, co-founder and CEO of IDR, told  Janes   at East Tech 2022, held in Kolkata...

East Tech 2022: Saif Seas delivers rescue and surveillance USV to Indian Navy

By Oishee Majumdar 11 July 2022
Saif Seas has delivered 50 “remote-operated buoys” (pictured above), which can be used for rescue and surveillance operations, to the Indian Navy. (Janes/Oishee Majumdar)    Kolkata-based Saif Seas has delivered “50 pieces” of its “remote-operated buoy” to the Indian Navy and will be delivering 50 more by the end of 2022, Taher Calcuttawala, co-founder and chief operating officer of the company, told  Janes  at East Tech 2022, held in Kolkata by the Indian Army's Eastern Command on 7 and 8 July.   The battery-operated unm...

South Korea to establish ‘strategic command' to respond to Pyongyang

By Jon Grevatt 11 July 2022
South Korea's proposed strategic command is expected to oversee implementation of the RoK Armed Forces' three-axis defence system, which includes capabilities such as the Cheongung II medium-range surface-to-air missile system (pictured above). (DAPA)  South Korea's Ministry of National Defense (MND) is planning to establish a new command unit to co-ordinate deployment of some of the country's critical military assets. The move is part of the new administration's effort to bolster capability against North Korea.    An MND spokesperson to...

Qatar receives Turkish-made landing ships

By Lale Sariibrahimoglu & Jeremy Binnie 08 July 2022
The 80 m LST and 15.7 m LCVP that Turkey's Anadolu Shipyard delivered to Qatar. (Anadolu Shipyard)  The Qatar Emiri Naval Forces (QENF) received a landing ship and three landing craft in a ceremony held at Anadolu Shipyard's Tuzla facility on 6 July, the Qatari Ministry of Defence and the Turkish company announced.    The vessels were identified as the 80 m landing ship tank (LST)   Fuwairit  (QL 80), the two 40 m landing craft mechanised (LCMs)   Ishat  (QL 40) and   Broog  (QL 41), and the 15.7 m landin...

UK reveals Iranian weapon interdictions

By Jeremy Binnie 08 July 2022
A photograph of the weapons found by HMS   Montrose,   released by the UK MoD,    shows a 358 SAM laid out at the front, with the sections for several more behind, and the engines for 351 cruise missiles on the table, rear right.   (Crown Copyright)  A Royal Navy frigate seized Iranian weapons from speedboats operated by smugglers earlier this year, the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 7 July.  It said the seizures were made by HMS Montrose in international waters south of Iran in the early...

Germany approves 2023 defence budget

07 July 2022
German defence spending trend, 2022−33. (Janes)  On 1 July Germany's federal government approved the draft 2023 federal budget, as well as finance plan 2022−26 and the Bundeswehr special fund announced following Russia's invasion of Ukraine.  Military spending for the next four years reflects the benchmarks decided by the federal cabinet in March, having been revised upwards by only a few million euros. Core defence spending in 2023 will amount to EUR50.1 billion (USD55.4 billion), a 0.6% nominal decrease from 2022 but a EUR2.76 billion incre...
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