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SubSea Craft's Victa diver delivery craft enters the water

By Peter Felstead 08 September 2021
The first prototype of SubSea Craft's innovative Victa-class diver delivery unit (DDU) will enter the water for the first time on 9 September.  Initial testing of the vessel is being conducted adjacent to the company's headquarters in Portsmouth, Hampshire, and focused on checking the vessel's equilibrium: a key first stage given that, unlike other diver insertion boats, the Victa concept combines a fast surface craft and a submersible within the same platform. The vessel can therefore approach its target at speed from offshore before submerg...

South Korea conducts SLBM underwater ejection test from KSS-III-class submarine

By Gabriel Dominguez 07 September 2021
South Korea has for the first time conducted underwater ejection tests of a locally developed submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) from an in-service submarine, according to local media reports.  The Yonhap News Agency reported on 7 September that the SLBM tests, which were carried out the previous week by the Agency for Defense Development (ADD) from KSS-III-class submarine Dosan An Chang-ho (pennant number SS 083), follow similar tests conducted in recent months from an underwater barge.  The media outlet quoted unnamed military sour...

Australia to decommission HMAS Sirius in December 2021

By Ridzwan Rahmat 07 September 2021
Royal Australian Navy's replenishment tanker HMAS   Sirius  . The vessel will be retired in December 2021.   (Chris Sattler)  The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) will retire its supply vessel HMAS Sirius in December 2021.  The service announced on 3 September via an official social media channel that Sirius has begun its final deployment before it is decommissioned at the end of the year. It will operate in Southeast Asia and the Southwest Pacific during this deployment.  Prior to its service with the RAN in 2006, Sir...

USMC F-35Bs to operate off JS Izumo by November 2021

By Kosuke Takahashi 06 September 2021
The US Marine Corps (USMC) plans to operate its Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II multirole fighter aircraft from one of Japan's two Izumo-class helicopter carriers by November 2021, USMC Commandant General David Berger said on 1 September.  “We'r...

China begins work on third aircraft carrier's catapult system

By Ridzwan Rahmat 01 September 2021
Recent images from China's Jiangnan Changxingdao shipyard in Shanghai suggest that work on the People's Liberation Army Navy's (PLAN's) third aircraft carrier's catapult system is now under way.  The images also strengthen previous suppositions tha...

Army 2021: Russian MoD procures equipment, Rosoboronexport signs export contracts

By Dmitry Fediushko & Nikolai Novichkov 01 September 2021
The Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) signed 41 contracts worth RUB500 billion (USD6.8 billion) with 27 defence enterprises during Army 2021 for the delivery of 1,300 new weapon systems and the refurbishment of 150 existing systems, while Rostec's...

Rafael to supply warfare systems suite for Shaldag Mk V boats ordered by Southeast Asian country

By Gabriel Dominguez 01 September 2021
Israeli company Rafael Advanced Defense Systems announced on 1 September that it has secured a contract worth about USD80 million to supply a “comprehensive naval warfare systems suite” for Shaldag Mk V fast patrol boats being built by Israel Shipyards for a Southeast Asian country.  The Tel Aviv-based firm said in a statement that the contract, which is to be fulfilled over the course of three years, includes the supply of a combat management system (CMS), Typhoon and Mini-Typhoon remotely controlled weapon systems (RWCS), Naval Spike Non-Li...

Indian Coast Guard commissions final 97 m Vikram-class OPV

By Ridzwan Rahmat 31 August 2021
The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) has commissioned its final 97 m Vikram-class offshore patrol vessel (OPV).    The vessel, ICGS  Vigraha  (39), was inducted into service at a commissioning ceremony in Chennai on 28 August. It was launche...

Saab, FMV, renegotiate A 26 submarine contract as costs rise, schedule slips

By Richard Scott 31 August 2021
The Swedish government and Saab have agreed a rebaselined contract for the A 26 Blekinge-class submarine programme amid schedule delays and escalating costs.  Sweden's A 26 Blekinge-class submarine programme has been renegotiated to take into account schedule delays and escalating costs. (Saab Kockums)    Under the renegotiated terms, the delivery of the two boats – to be named HMS  Blekinge  and HMS  Skåne  – has been pushed back by three years and a further SEK5.2 billion (USD600 million) injected into the programme...

Mahindra Defence contracted to supply 14 IADSs to Indian Navy

By Gabriel Dominguez & Rahul Bedi 31 August 2021
India's Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 27 August that it awarded local company Mahindra Defence Systems Limited an INR13.5 billion (USD184.1 million) contract for the supply of 14 ‘Integrated Anti-Submarine warfare Defence Suites' (IADSs) f...

US Navy launches autonomous technologies strategy

By Carlo Munoz 31 August 2021
The US Navy's (USN's) new autonomous technologies strategy seeks to accelerate development and deployment of intelligent platforms, linked through a highly distributed command-and-control (C2) architecture, to provide the necessary combat hardware to enable the sea service's Project Overmatch requirements.  The Intelligent Autonomous Systems (IAS) strategy, as per senior service leaders, will be a “confluence of autonomy with unmanned systems and artificial intelligence (AI) ” – from technology development and acquisition management to system...

Brazil's ARES developing new lightweight RCWS

By Victor Barreira 27 August 2021
Brazil's ARES Aeroespacial e Defesa, a local operation of Elbit Systems, is finalising a prototype of its new-generation REMAX (Reparo de Metralhadora Automatizado X) family of stabilised remote-controlled weapon stations (RCWS) for tracked and wheeled armoured vehicles.  The REMAX 4, in development since late 2019 together with the Brazilian Army Technological Center, is suited for M2HB 12.7 × 99 mm and MAG58 7.62 × 51 mm machine guns.  ARES is finalising development of the REMAX 4 RCWS. (ARES)    The new RCWS is to be trialled at the A...

USN's UISS unmanned minehunting system completes IOT&E

By Richard Scott 27 August 2021
The US Navy (USN) has completed ship-based Initial Operational Test and Evaluation (IOT&E) for its Unmanned Influence Sweep System (UISS) programme.  Part of the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) mine countermeasures (MCM) mission package, the UISS comprises an influence minesweeping payload – pairing a modified Mk 104 acoustic generator and a magnetic minesweeping cable – deployed from the MCM Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV). It provides a remote minesweeping capability for influence sweeping of magnetic, acoustic, and magnetic/acoustic combination...

Indonesian shipbuilder cuts steel for new class of 90 m OPVs

By Ridzwan Rahmat 27 August 2021
Shipbuilder PT Daya Radar Utama (DRU) has carried out a first steel-cutting ceremony for two new 90 m offshore patrol vessels that will be operated by the Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Laut: TNI-AL).  The steel sections wer...

China's armed forces conduct over 120 maritime exercises in three months

By Andrew Tate 26 August 2021
China's naval, air, and army amphibious forces have conducted more than 120 maritime exercises during the past three months, the state-owned Global Times newspaper reported on 24 August, an indication that the country's maritime forces are striving...

Vietnam's request for third ex-USCG cutter receives support of Biden administration

By Ridzwan Rahmat 26 August 2021
The Vietnam Coast Guard's (Canh Sát Bien Viet Nam: CSBV's) request for a third ex-Hamilton-class, high-endurance cutter has received the endorsement of the Biden administration.  The news was disclosed by US Vice-President Kamala Harris during her...

New Delhi issues RFI for four locally made LPDs for Indian Navy

By Rahul Bedi 26 August 2021
India's Ministry of Defence (MoD) has invited responses from domestic shipyards by 21 October to its request for information (RFI) regarding the planned procurement of four landing platform dock (LPD) vessels for the Indian Navy (IN).  Issued on 24...

US approves potential sale to Australia of services for SM-6 and SM-2 IIIC missiles

By Julian Kerr 26 August 2021
The US State Department has approved a potential USD350 million Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to Australia of services related to the future acquisition of SM-6 Block I and SM-2 Block IIIC air-defence missiles for the Royal Australian Navy's (RAN's) yet-to-be-built Hunter-class frigates.  The US Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress on 25 August that the services featured in the proposed deal include development; engineering, integration, and testing (EI&T); obsolescence engineering activities required to ensure readiness...

Queen Elizabeth cancels planned stop in Busan amid Covid-19 concerns

By Ridzwan Rahmat 26 August 2021
The UK Royal Navy's aircraft carrier, HMS   Queen Elizabeth  , has cancelled its planned port call in Busan amid concerns over the growing number of Covid-19 cases across South Korea.   The matter was confirmed by the South Kor...

Germany orders radars for F124 frigates from Hensoldt and IAI

By Nicholas Fiorenza 25 August 2021
The Bundesamt für Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik und Nutzung der Bundeswehr (BAAINBw), Germany's Federal Office for Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support, has ordered radars from Hensoldt and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) for the German Navy's F124 air-defence frigates, IAI announced in a press release on 24 August.  The BAAINBw has ordered radars from Hensoldt and IAI for the German Navy's F124 air defence frigates. (Hensoldt)  The Israeli company said the EUR200 million (USD235 million) contract covers the...
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