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US Navy targets Ohio-class submarines for possible life extensions

By Michael Fabey 08 November 2022
The US Navy is considering whether to further extend the life of the strategic submarine USS   Alaska  .  (US Navy)  The US Navy (USN) is planning to target five Ohio-class strategic submarines (SSBNs) for possible life extensions to help ease the transition to Columbia-class vessels, Rear Admiral Scott Pappano, USN executive officer of Strategic Submarines, said.  “We'll need two or three, [and] plan to go up to five [Ohio-class submarines for possible life extensions],” Rear Adm Pappano said on 1 November during...

Prototyping keeps Columbia submarine programme on track, USN officials say

By Michael Fabey 08 November 2022
US Navy officials say land-based prototype testing is helping keep the Columbia-class submarine system on track. (US Navy)  Land-based prototyping has helped keep the Columbia-class strategic missile submarine programme on track for development and delivery, according to US Navy (USN) submarine officials.  “Nearly everything on the ship” has been tried or tested either through prototyping or installation on the Virginia-class attack submarines, Rear Admiral Douglas Perry, US Navy (USN) director of Undersea Warfare, said on 1 November during a...

Indo Defence 2022: Indonesian company discloses details of country's new MCMVs

By Ridzwan Rahmat 07 November 2022
A model of the new MCMV that is being built by for the Indonesian Navy, on display at Indo Defence 2022. (Janes/Ridzwan Rahmat)  A local representative of Abeking & Rasmussen in Indonesia has disclosed further details of the two new mine countermeasure vessels (MCMVs) that are on order for the Indonesian Navy.    The Indonesian government signed a contract with Abeking & Rasmussen to design and construct two MCMVs in January 2019. A steel-cutting ceremony for the programme was held in November 2020, and the first vessel,   Pulau Fa...

IAI unveils new compact electronic support measure solution

By Olivia Savage 07 November 2022
IAI TacSense is a new tactical low-SWaP ESM solution, which weighs approximately 16 kg. A manportable version is also available. (Israel Aerospace Industries)  Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has unveiled TacSense, a new compact electronic support measure (ESM) system.  TacSense is a compact, low-SWaP (size, weight, and power) ESM system that can intercept, classify, track, and analyse radars across the radar-frequency spectrum, including the latest low-probability-of-intercept (LPI) emitters, the company announced on 3 November.  Intended...

Indo Defence 2022: Indonesia prepares to cut steel on first ‘Red White' frigate

By Ridzwan Rahmat 07 November 2022
A computer-generated rendering of the Arrowhead 140 design, which is the basis for Indonesia's 'Red White' frigate programme. (Babcock)  Indonesian state-owned shipbuilder PT PAL is preparing to start work on the country's first Iver Huitfeldt-class frigate and will hold a steel-cutting ceremony for the ship in November 2022, the company has confirmed.    Speaking to   Janes  at the Indo Defence 2022 exhibition in Jakarta, CEO of PT PAL Kaharuddin Djenod said that the project has been branded as the ‘Red White' frigate progra...

Indo Defence 2022: ADSB unveils new offshore patrol vessel concept

By Ridzwan Rahmat 07 November 2022
The 510 OPV, a 51 m offshore patrol vessel concept that was unveiled by ADSB at Indo Defence 2022. (EDGE Group)  Abu Dhabi Ship Building (ADSB) has unveiled a new 51 m offshore patrol vessel (OPV) concept that can be configured to carry a variety of modular mission sets.  The concept is known as the 510 OPV, and it has been designed in collaboration with Turkish shipbuilder Ares Shipyard.  The 510 OPV design incorporates a modular deck that can accommodate various mission systems.  Depending on its mission configuration, equipment that can be...

Indo Defence 2022: PT PAL lays out challenges faced in follow-on contract for Philippine Navy

By Ridzwan Rahmat 07 November 2022
The Philippine Navy's first strategic sealift vessel BRP   Tarlac  (LD 601), which was built by PT PAL in Surabaya, is pictured here. The company has since secured a contract to build two more vessels of the type for the service.   (US Navy)  Indonesian state-owned shipbuilder PT PAL has laid out the challenges that it is facing with the follow-on contract to supply the Philippines with two more landing platform dock (LPD)-like strategic sealift vessels (SSVs).    These challenges include supply-chain disrup...

Indo Defence 2022: PT PAL unveils autonomous submarine concept

By Ridzwan Rahmat 07 November 2022
A model of the KSOT unmanned submarine concept at Indo Defence 2022. (Janes/Ridzwan Rahmat)  Indonesian state-owned shipbuilder PT PAL has unveiled a locally designed autonomous submarine concept at the Indo Defence 2022 exhibition.    Speaking to   Janes  at the exhibition, PT PAL described the concept as a testament of the shipbuilder's latest capabilities and said it has been conceived with support from the Indonesian Ministry of Defense (MoD).   The concept is known as the Kapal Selam Autonomous (KSOT) and it has an ov...

Indo Defence 2022: Indonesian Army orders new class of fast interdiction craft

By Ridzwan Rahmat 04 November 2022
A model of the new fast interceptor craft that has been ordered for the Indonesian Army on display at Indo Defence 2022. (Janes/Ridzwan Rahmat)  The Indonesian Army has placed an order for a new type of water-jet-propelled fast interdiction craft (FIC) with private shipbuilder PT Tesco Indomaritim (Tesco).  Speaking to   Janes  at the Indo Defence 2022 exhibition in Jakarta, Tesco's director for defence and government sales  Jasni Basuki confirmed that a contract for the vessel was signed with the Indonesian government in 2021....

New Swedish SIGINT ship starts sea trials

By Kate Tringham 04 November 2022
Artemis  is pictured on sea trials.  (Saab)    Sweden's new signals intelligence (SIGINT) vessel, the future HSwMS   Artemis  (A 202), has started sea trials from Saab Kockums' shipyard in Karlskrona.     Saab was awarded a contract to design and build the new SIGINT ship by the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) in 2017. It is intended to replace the Royal Swedish Navy's (RSwN's) intelligence-gathering vessel, HSwMS   Orion  (A 201), which was built in the early 1980s.   Under...

India test-flies indigenous AD-1 missile

By Kapil Kajal & Rahul Udoshi 04 November 2022
India's DRDO conducted a maiden flight test of the Phase-II Ballistic Missile Defence interceptor known as the AD-1 missile from APJ Abdul Kalam Island off the coast of Odisha on 2 November. The DRDO said that the missile has the ability to intercept targets within a range of 5,000 km. (Indian MoD)  India's Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has conducted a maiden flight test of the Phase-II Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) interceptor known as the AD-1 missile, the Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has said.  According to a p...

Indo Defence 2022: PT Tesco launches water-jet-propelled variant of KCR-60M attack craft

By Ridzwan Rahmat 04 November 2022
A model of PT Tesco's KCR-60M fast attack craft was first unveiled at the Indo Defence 2022 exhibition in Jakarta. (Janes/Ridzwan Rahmat)  Indonesian private shipbuilder PT Tesco Indomaritim (Tesco) has launched a water-jet-propelled variant of the Kapal Cepat Rudal 60 Metre (KCR-60M) fast attack craft (FAC) for the Indonesian Navy.    The matter was confirmed with   Janes  at the Indo Defence 2022 exhibition, which is taking place in Jakarta from 2 to 5 November.   A contract to build the vessel was awarded by the Indone...

IOC for UK Royal Navy's first-in-class Type 26 frigate to be delayed by 12 months

By Kate Tringham 04 November 2022
The future HMS   Glasgow  under construction at BAE Systems' Govan yard in Scotland.  (Richard Scott/NAVYPIX)  UK Secretary of State for Defence Ben Wallace has confirmed that initial operating capability (IOC) for the Royal Navy's first Type 26 City-class frigate has slipped by one year to October 2028. The ship is being built by BAE Systems at its Govan facility in Scotland.  In a written statement to Parliament on 2 November, Wallace said the delay was mainly due to the impacts of the Covid pandemic, as well a...

Navantia develops new multimission USV

By Victor Barreira 02 November 2022
Poniente  will be Navantia's test platform for future development of capabilities in the field of unmanned vehicles.  (Navantia)  Navantia is scheduled to start the construction of a new multimission modular unmanned surface vehicle (USV) in early 2023.  The shipbuilder is finalising the detailed design of the platform and embarked systems, its programme director for Europe, Angelina Cajade Frías, told Janes.  The USV, called Poniente, is part of the company's Viento family of multimission USVs. It is being developed as a self-f...

Japan plans SM-6 deployment from 2026

By Jon Grevatt 02 November 2022
Japan has confirmed plans to integrate SM-6 air-defence missiles onto its two JMSDF Maya-class destroyers. Pictured above is the second of these two vessels, JS  Haguro  , which was commissioned in March 2021.  (Japanese MoD)    The Japanese Ministry of Defense (MoD) has disclosed to  Janes  plans to integrate Standard Missile 6 (SM-6) air-defence missiles onto Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) Maya-class destroyers from 2026.   The plans were revealed nearly two weeks after the US Defen...

Steel berth: Austal USA wins more navy work with new production line

By Michael Fabey 31 October 2022
Austal USA is winning US naval contracts with its new steel production capability. (Austal USA)  With the sunsetting of US Navy (USN) programmes such as the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) and the Spearhead-class Expeditionary Fast Transports (EPFs), the American naval shipbuilding future looked grim for the rest of the decade.  To bolster its flagging USN shipbuilding chances, Austal USA supplemented its existing aluminium shipbuilding operations with a new steel production line to battle for USN and US Coast Guard (USCG) contracts – diversifying...

Update: Laser weapon testing under way from F124 frigate

By Richard Scott 31 October 2022
The laser weapon demonstrator, co-developed by MBDA Deutschland and Rheinmetall Waffe Munition, has been installed on   Sachsen  inside a 20 ft container.   (Rheinmetall)  A German industry partnership (ARGE) comprising MBDA Deutschland and Rheinmetall Waffe Munition has revealed the first operational tests of a laser weapon from a German warship.    Announcing the milestone on 27 October, Rheinmetall said that initial testing of the High-Energy Laser Naval Demonstrator against unmanned air vehicle (UAV) tar...

In command: USS Ford deploys as US Navy retools strike group dynamics

By Michael Fabey 31 October 2022
The Ford  -  class design features changes meant to improve carrier operations.  (HII)    As the aircraft carrier USS   Gerald R Ford  made its arduous journey from development towards US Navy (USN) fleet operations, the spotlight always shone brightest on the ship's futuristic launching, recovery, and weapons-elevators systems.   However, now that the ship unmoored in the first week of October 2022 for its first deployment to lead the USN's inaugural Gerald R Ford Carrier Strike Group (CSG), U...

Ukraine conflict: Ukrainian kamikaze USVs target Russian naval base

By Shaurav Gairola & Alex Pape 31 October 2022
Ukrainian unmanned surface vessels (USVs) targeted naval units from Russia's Black Sea Fleet at Russia's naval base in Sevastopol during a ‘kamikaze' attack on 29 October.  According to video footage circulating widely on social media, a Project 11...

Prototype US Army watercraft launched

By Tim Fish 27 October 2022
The MSV(L) will replace US Army LCM-8s. (US Army)  The first Manoeuvre Support Vessel (Light), MSV(L), for the US Army was launched on 10 October following delays to the project, army officials confirmed.  Contracted shipbuilder Vigor has built the MSV(L) according to the 117 ft (35.66 m)-long Caimen-90 design from British naval architect firm BMT.    The prototype will be delivered during the second quarter of fiscal year (FY) 2023, and will be followed by an order for four low-rate initial production (LRIP) vessels, US Army's Program E...
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