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Dubai Airshow 2021: UAE announces development of new naval CMS

By Charles Forrester 18 November 2021
The adoption of a new indigenous combat management system could involve upgrades to vessels such as the UAE Navy's Baynunah-class multirole corvettes. (CMN)  The United Arab Emirates' defence procurement and research organisation, the Tawazun Economic Council, announced on 18 November that it had launched a new project to develop a new combat management system (CMS) for use by the country's navy and coastguard.  Known as the National Combat Management System (NCMS), the system is being jointly developed with the UAE's Marakeb Technologies, as...

Dubai Airshow 2021: IAI launches USV, EO/IR projects with Edge

By Charles Forrester 18 November 2021
IAI's POP300D is one of the sensor systems Edge and IAI will be collaborating on in the Gulf region. (Janes/Patrick Allen)  Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) announced on 18 November that it had signed two agreements with Emirati defence conglomerate Edge at the Dubai Airshow covering unmanned surface vessels (USVs) and electro-optic/infrared (EO/IR) system maintenance.  The first agreement covers the development of a new USV between IAI and Abu Dhabi Ship Building (ADSB), with ADSB to be responsible for platform design, control system and pa...

EU defence ministers approve new PESCO projects, launch talks with Washington

By Brooks Tigner 17 November 2021
EU defence ministers approved 14 new Permanent Cooperation in Defence (PESCO) projects to jointly develop capabilities among the 25 participating member states (all EU nations except Denmark and Malta) during a meeting in Brussels on 16 November. T...

Update: Damen submits proposal for Greek Navy corvette programme

By Dimitrios Mitsopoulos 17 November 2021
Damen's SIGMA 10514HN proposal for the Hellenic Navy's corvette programme. (Damen)    Dutch shipbuilder Damen has submitted a proposal based on its proven SIGMA 10514 design to the General Directorate for Defense Investments and Armaments (GDDIA) for the Hellenic Navy's (HN) corvette programme, industry sources have confirmed to   Janes.  Key specifications for the SIGMA 10514HN design include an overall length of 107.5 m, a beam of 14 m, and a maximum displacement of 3,000 tonnes. The ship will have a top speed of more than 27 kt...

HII, US Navy reach agreement on cost, schedule impact on single-phase carrier Kennedy delivery

By Michael Fabey 17 November 2021
Huntington Ingalls Industries and the US Navy expect to finalise a single-phase delivery contract modification for aircraft carrier  John F Kennedy  by early 2022.  (Michael Fabey)    Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) and the US Navy (USN) should finalise the single-phase delivery contract modification for aircraft carrier   John F Kennedy  (CVN 79) by early next year, according to Chris Kastner, HII chief operating officer.   “Regarding the sensitisation of a single-phase delivery contract...

UK awards two contracts for Heavy Lift Challenge

By Richard Scott 16 November 2021
The T400 VTOL UAS (left) and Windracers ULTRA fixed-wing UAS were trialled at Predannack. Malloy Aeronautics and W Autonomous Systems have both been awarded contracts to advance their respective solutions under the Heavy Lift Challenge. (MoD/Crown Copyright)  Malloy Aeronautics and W Autonomous Systems have been selected by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) to participate in a Heavy Lift Challenge intended to lead to the accelerated development of an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) primarily designed for payload transport in the maritime domai...

Australia, Japan mark new level of naval interoperability in JMSDF escort mission

By Kosuke Takahashi & Ridzwan Rahmat 16 November 2021
The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force's Murasame-class destroyer JS   Inazuma  . The vessel undertook an escort mission of HMAS   Warramunga  in November 2021.   (Hachiro Nakai)  The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) has dispatched Murasame-class destroyer JS Inazuma to escort the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Anzac-class frigate HMAS Warramunga, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) in Tokyo has announced.  The escort mission marks the first time that Japanese forces have protected warships other tha...

Havelsan teams up with Thales on Indonesia's 90 m OPV programme

By Ridzwan Rahmat 16 November 2021
A computer-generated imagery of Indonesia's 90 m OPVs that are being built by PT Daya Radar Utama. (PT Daya Radar Utama)  Turkish defence systems company Havelsan is working with Thales Nederland to equip Indonesia's new class of two 90 m offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) with its combat sensors.  Backed by documentary evidence, an industry source has informed Janes that while Havelsan has received the primary contract to equip these vessels with its Advent combat management system (CMS) and associated sensors, it is subcontracting the hardware...

US submarine builders gear up for next-block boats

By Michael Fabey 16 November 2021
Fast-attack submarine   New Jersey  is scheduled to be delivered in 2022.  (Michael Fabey)    The US Navy (USN) christened fast-attack submarine   New Jersey  (SSN 796) on 13 November at Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) Newport News Shipbuilding yard in Virginia. HII is building the ships with General Dynamics' Electric Boat in Groton, Connecticut.   The vessel is the fifth of the 10 submarine Block IV configuration buy and is scheduled for delivery in 2022, after a delay in earlier milesto...

Australia commissions second Supply-class replenishment vessel

By Ridzwan Rahmat 15 November 2021
HMAS   Stalwart  , seen here as it arrives in Australia in June 2021. The vessel was eventually commissioned on 13 November 2021.   (Commonwealth of Australia)  The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has commissioned its second and final Supply-class auxiliary oiler replenishment (AOR) vessel.    The ship, HMAS   Stalwart  (A304), was inducted at its home port of HMAS Stirling in Perth, Western Australia, on 13 November.   Stalwart  is the second of two 19,500-tonne AOR vessels ordered under an...

ST Engineering bags contract to supply equipment, services for UAE's Falaj 3 OPV

By Ridzwan Rahmat 15 November 2021
ST Engineering's marine division has been awarded a subcontract to supply platform equipment, and design and technical assistance services for UAE Navy's Falaj 3 offshore patrol vessel (OPV) programme.  The subcontract was issued by Abu Dhabi Ship...

Dubai Airshow 2021: SDF increases stake in Marakeb Technologies

By Charles Forrester 15 November 2021
Tawazun's Strategic Development Fund has increased its stake in Marakeb Technologies, maker of the B7 unmanned surface vessel. (Al Marakeb)  The UAE's Strategic Development Fund (SDF) announced on 13 November that it had increased its stake in naval systems technology firm Marakeb Technologies from 30% to 50%.  The SDF, which is administered by the UAE's Tawazun, announced at the 2019 edition of the IDEX trade show that it had acquired a 30% stake in Marakeb Technologies for an undisclosed amount.  “Our further investment in Marakeb hopes to...

Dubai Airshow 2021: Altadrea, Teledyne FLIR announce teaming agreement

By Charles Forrester 15 November 2021
Saudi Arabia's Altadrea Manufacturing Company (TMC) and Teledyne FLIR announced on 14 November that they had signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to support research and development, as well as strategic co-operation between the two companies...

USN demonstrates future cargo resupply UAS prototypes

By Richard Scott 12 November 2021
A TRV-150 Tactical Resupply UAS flies over Webster Outlying Field. TRUAS is a marine-focused platform for tactical resupply primarily on shore. (NAVAIR)  The US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) has undertaken demonstrations of two prototype unmanned logistics supply aircraft – the Blue Water Maritime Logistics UAS (BWUAS) and the Tactical Resupply Unmanned Aircraft System (TRUAS) – that could be used to resupply US Navy and US Marine Corps forces on the frontline.  NAVAIR's Navy and Marine Corps Small Tactical Unmanned Aircraft Systems prog...

Damen submits proposal for Greek Navy corvette programme

By Dimitrios Mitsopoulos 12 November 2021
An image of Damen's previous SIGMA 10514HN proposal, which it offered as an intermin solution for the Greek Navy's frigate programme. (Damen)    Dutch shipbuilder Damen has submitted a proposal based on its proven SIGMA 10514 design to the General Directorate for Defense Investments and Armaments (GDDIA) for the Hellenic Navy's (HN) corvette programme, industry sources have confirmed to  Janes.  Key specifications for the SIGMA 10514HN design include an overall length of 107.5 m, a beam of 14 m, and a maximum displacement of 3,000 t...

Babcock/Elbit team captures MEWSIC prize

By Richard Scott 11 November 2021
A team of Babcock, Elbit Systems UK, and QinetiQ has won out in the race to deliver the UK Royal Navy's (RN's) next-generation electronic surveillance system, breaking the stranglehold of Thales in the UK maritime electronic-warfare (EW) sector.  T...

Life-of-type extension for RAN's Collins subs will not include AIP system

By Julian Kerr 11 November 2021
An air-independent propulsion (AIP) system will not be installed in the Royal Australian Navy's (RAN's) six Collins-class submarines as part of their future ‘Life-of-Type Extension (LOTE)' programme, Commodore Tom Phillips, the RAN's Director-Gener...

Indian Navy receives fourth Kalvari-class submarine from MDL

By Rahul Bedi 10 November 2021
The Indian Navy received   Vela  , its fourth of six Kalvari-class SSKs on order from MDL, in a ceremony held on 9 November in Mumbai.  (Indian Navy)  The Indian Navy (IN) has received the fourth of six Kalvari (Scorpène)-class diesel-electric attack submarines (SSKs) ordered from Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL).    INS   Vela  , which was built in collaboration with France's Naval Group, was handed over during a ceremony held on 9 November in Mumbai and is expected to be commissioned ‘soon'...

PT PAL reprimanded over delays in construction of naval hospital ship

By Ridzwan Rahmat 10 November 2021
The Indonesian Navy's sole purpose-built hospital ship, KRI   Dr Soeharso  (990). The service is anticipating the delivery of two more similar vessels from PT PAL.   (Michael Nitz/Naval Press Service)  State-owned Indonesian shipbuilder PT PAL has received another letter of reprimand from the Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia Angkatan Laut, TNI-AL) given delays to the service's second purpose-built hospital ship.    A copy of the letter that was forwarded to   Janes  indicates that the v...

Tokyo retracts claim North Korea test-launched two ballistic missiles on 19 October

By Kosuke Takahashi 10 November 2021
The Japanese Ministry of Defense (MoD) has retracted its initial claim that North Korea test-launched two ballistic missiles rather than one on 19 October, saying that a radar system mistook a manmade object in space for a ballistic missile.  The a...
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