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Israeli defence minister says Iran increasing presence in Red Sea

By Jeremy Binnie 07 July 2022
The satellite images of Iranian naval vessels that Israeli Minister of Defense Benny Gantz showed at the 26th Annual Economist Government Roundtable in Athens. (Office of Benny Gantz)  Iran's naval presence in the Red Sea is the largest it has been for ten years, Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz told a conference in Greece on 5 July.  “Today, we can confirm that Iran is methodically basing itself in the Red Sea with warships patrolling the southern region,” he said. “In the last months, we have identified the most significant Iranian mi...

Finnish Border Guard orders two OPVs from Meyer Turku

By John Pagni 06 July 2022
The new vessels will be an improved version of the OPV   Turva,   which entered service in 2014.  (Janes/John Pagni)  The Finnish Border Guard (FBG) has awarded a contract to Meyer Turku for two new liquefied natural gas (LNG)-powered offshore patrol vessels (OPVs).  The new vessels will be an improved variant of the OPV Turva, which was commissioned into FBG service in 2014 as the world's first LNG coastguard ship.  Under the terms of the contract, signed on 29 June, the first new OPV is expected to be completed...

Russian Project 885M submarine Krasnoyarsk starts sea trials

By Tony Roper 04 July 2022
Imagery of Severodvinsk harbour in the Arkhangelsk Oblast, Russia, dated 24 June, shows the Project 885M Severodvinsk (Yasen)-class SSGN   Krasnoyarsk  (centre) being prepared to commence sea trials on 26 June.   Krasnoyarsk  is flanked by the Project 885M submarine   Novosibirsk   (right) and the Project 955A Dolgorukiy (Borey)-class SSBN   Generalissimus Suvorov   (left).  (©CNES 2002, Distribution AIRBUSDS/SkyWatch Space Applications Inc/Tony Roper)  The Project 885M...

Portugal develops armed USV

By Victor Barreira 04 July 2022
The X-2701 is being developed by the Portuguese Navy to play a variety of roles. (Janes/Victor Barreira)  The Portuguese Navy's Unmanned Vehicles Experimentation Cell (CEOV) is developing a multimission armed unmanned surface vehicle (USV) for operational experimentation, CEOV Commander Marco Pinto Guimarães told Janes.  The USV, called X-2701, is being developed with the support of the Portuguese Navy Ships Support Service for training missions in conditions up to Sea State 4. It will be used to replicate asymmetric threat attacks from small...

Australia to assess potential defects of Guardian-class patrol boats

By Julian Kerr 01 July 2022
Australia's DoD said it will assess potential defects of Guardian-class patrol vessels donated to Pacific Island countries.   Ted Diro   (pictured above) is the first of four vessels for Papua New Guinea.  (Austal)    Australia's Department of Defence (DoD) and shipbuilder Austal are flying specialists to several Pacific Island countries to assess possible technical defects of Guardian-class patrol boats designed, built, and donated by Canberra, the DoD disclosed on    1 July.   The DoD said in...

Lockheed Martin, US Navy seek to develop operational concepts for ship-board laser

By Michael Fabey 30 June 2022
HELIOS is being installed on the guided-missile destroyer USS   Preble  .  (Lockheed Martin)  As the US Navy (USN) and Lockheed Martin work through the installation of the company's High Energy Laser with Integrated Optical-dazzler and Surveillance (HELIOS) on guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88), the service and the company are also working on integration and developing concepts of operations (CONOPS) for the new weapon system.  “What does integration mean,” Tyler Griffin, director of Lockheed Martin adva...

Vestdavit receives contract to supply telescopic davits for Royal Danish Navy frigates

By Kate Tringham 29 June 2022
Vestdavit will deliver eight TDBS 8000 systems to equip four Royal Danish Navy frigates. (Vestdavit )  Norwegian manufacturer Vestdavit has developed a new telescopic davit system that will be retrofitted onboard four of the Royal Danish Navy's (RDN's) Absalon- and Iver-Huitfeldt-class frigates.  Under a contract announced on 27 June, Vestdavit will supply eight of its TDBS 8000 advanced telescopic systems – two for each ship.  The TDBS 8000 system is designed to launch and recover multiple sizes of fast rescue craft and future boat types in...

Japanese minesweepers collide in waters off Iwo Jima

By Ridzwan Rahmat 29 June 2022
A file image of JS   Bungo  (464). The vessel is one of two mine-countermeasures vessels involved in a 23 June collision near Iwo Jima island.   (Janes/Hachiro Nakai)  Two Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) mine countermeasure vessels (MCMVs) have collided in waters around Iwo Jima island in the North Pacific Ocean.  Janes has been informed by a source close to the matter that the vessels involved are namely the Sugashima-class coastal minesweeper JS Aishima with pennant number 688 and the Uraga-class mine...

Spanish F-110 frigate passes critical design review milestone

By Kate Tringham 28 June 2022
An artist's rendering of the F-110 frigate design. (Navantia)  Navantia has successfully completed the critical design review (CDR) for the Spanish Navy's new F-110 frigate programme.  Announcing the milestone on 24 June, Navantia said this signified that the F-110 design met all the capability requirements requested by the Spanish Ministry of Defence (MoD) and paved the way for the shipbuilder to ramp up production activities at its yard in Ferrol.  Navantia will build five multi-purpose F-110 frigates for the Spanish Navy under a EUR4.31 bi...

Hyundai to supply Philippine Navy with six OPVs in USD573 million contract

By Ridzwan Rahmat 28 June 2022
A computer-generated image of the OPV that will be built by Hyundai Heavy Industries for the Philippine Navy. (Hyundai Heavy Industries)  Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has secured a contract to supply the Philippine Navy with six new 2,400-tonne offshore patrol vessels (OPVs).  The contract, which was signed with the Philippine Department of National Defense (DND) on 27 June, is valued at USD573 million, HHI disclosed in a media statement on the same day.  The OPV will have an overall length of 94.4 m and a width of 14.3 m. It will have a ma...

Poland signs contract for additional Kormoran II MCMVs

By Kate Tringham 28 June 2022
Mewa  (603), the third Polish Kormoran II MCMV, is expected to be delivered later in 2022. The Polish Navy has ordered a second batch of three Kormoran IIs, which are planned to be delivered in 2026–27.  (Polish Armaments Agency)  Poland's Ministry of Defence (MoD) signed a contract for three additional Kormoran II (Project 258)-class mine-countermeasures vessels (MCMVs) on 26 June, the Polish Armaments Agency has announced.  Under the terms of the contract, valued at around PLN2.5 billion (USD563 million), the new ships are exp...

US Navy funding for Zumwalt CPS meets only ‘fraction' of overall need, programme official says

By Michael Fabey 28 June 2022
The US Navy will need to provide substantially more funding to incorporate a hypersonic missile system on Zumwalt-class destroyers. (US Navy)  The US Navy (USN) will need to substantially increase the amount of future funding to incorporate the Conventional Prompt Strike (CPS) hypersonic weapon system in its DDG 1000 Zumwalt-class guided-missile destroyers, according to a senior programme official.  “The [Zumwalt] programme manager … stated that the funding provided constitutes a fraction of the total expected funding necessary for complete C...

Turkish LPD Anadolu starts sea acceptance tests

By Cem Devrim Yaylali 28 June 2022
Anadolu  is pictured being towed out of Sedef Shipyard for the first time on 27 February. The LPD has started SATs and is on track to be commissioned in December.  (Cem Devrim Yaylali)    The Turkish Navy's landing platform dock (LPD)   Anadolu  has started its official sea acceptance tests (SATs), İsmail Demir, head of Turkey's Presidency of Defense Industries (SSB), announced on his official Twitter account on 25 June.   Following the completion of its SATs, the future flagship of the Turkish Navy and the l...

Future Naval Training System: Royal Canadian Navy expands its training enterprise

By Julie Tilson 27 June 2022
The RCN is assessing new training requirements for a slate of forthcoming platforms, including its AOPS, JSS, and CSC. (Royal Canadian Navy )  The Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) Strategic Plan 2017–2022 referenced the modernisation and recapitalisation...

Construction for guided-missile frigate Constellation set to begin

By Michael Fabey 23 June 2022
The US Navy recently exercised an option to acquire the guided-missile frigate   Chesapeake   (FFG 64).  (US Navy)  Fincantieri Marinette Marine (FMM) is set to start building the first Constellation-class guided-missile frigate (FFG 62) close to the scheduled construction-start time, programme sources confirmed.  FMM and US Navy (USN) sources say Constellation work will begin during the US summer – that started 21 June and ends 22 September – but a source familiar with the programme told Janes the shipbuilder wil...

Indonesian shipyard begins work on new missile-capable ‘president ship'

By Ridzwan Rahmat 22 June 2022
Indonesian private shipyard PT Karimun Anugrah Sejati (KAS) has begun work on a new guided-missile corvette that will double up as transport for dignitaries such as the Indonesian president.  A ceremony to mark the vessel's “first steel-cutting” an...

Keel laid for first new Bulgarian MMPV

By Aleksandar Mladenov & Krasimir Grozev 22 June 2022
The keel-laying ceremony for the first of two Multipurpose Modular Patrol Vessels to be built for the Bulgarian Navy was held on 17 June at MTG Dolphin's shipyard near Varna, in the attendance of country's president, Rumen Radev, and the minister of defence, Dragomir Zakov. (Bulgarian Navy)  German shipbuilder NVL Group (formerly Lürssen Werft) held a keel-laying ceremony for the first of two Multipurpose Modular Patrol Vessels (MMPVs) on order for the Bulgarian Navy at the yard of its local shipbuilding partner MTG Dolphin in Varna,   Bul...

Ukraine conflict: Ukraine claims attack on another Russian ship in Black Sea

By Prathamesh Karle 20 June 2022
The Russian Navy tug   Spasatel Vasily Bekh  was operated by the Black Sea Fleet. It entered service in 2017.   (Yoruk Isik)    The Ukrainian Navy claims that it has struck the Russian Navy Project 22870 salvage tugboat   Spasatel Vasily Bekh (  SB 739) in a missile strike in the Black Sea.   In a statement on its official Twitter acount on 17 June, the Ukrainian Navy said the vessel was attacked while transporting personnel, weapons, and ammunition to the Zmiinyi (Snake) Island with a Tor surf...

US Army conducts first firing of Patriot missiles from Palau

By Ridzwan Rahmat 17 June 2022
The first firings of the Patriot missile system on Palau. This capability demonstration was carried out by the US Army's 1st Air Defense Artillery Regiment on 15 June 2022. (The 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command)  The US Army has demonstrated its ability to engage a simulated cruise missile with targeting data provided by a US Air Force (USAF) F-35A Lightning II fighter aircraft.  The exercise marked the first time that the weapon system was fired from the Pacific Island country of Palau.  The demonstration was carried out on 15 June...

Eurosatory 2022: Terramil develops AP mine for Estonian military

By Huw Williams 17 June 2022
Terramil M-13 anti-personnel mine. (Terramil)  Estonian munitions specialist Terramil will shortly commence production of a new anti-personnel (AP) mine and is developing an anti-tank (AT) mine, Janes has learnt.  Speaking to Janes at Eurosatory 2022 in Paris, Kristo Kirs, a member of Terramil's board, said that the company had developed its M-13 AP mine in response to a request from the Estonian military.  Work on the mine began about a year ago and production is scheduled to start in August, Kirs said, adding that the M-13 is the largest AP...
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