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UK Spearhead plans accelerated capability insertion for Sonar 2087

By Richard Scott 27 October 2022
Sonar 2087 – the four-ring towed body pictured here on HMS   Westminster   – equips eight RN Type 23 frigates.   (Richard Scott/NAVYPIX)  The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) and the Royal Navy (RN) have unveiled plans to fast-track a series of enhancements into the Sonar 2087 low-frequency active/passive variable depth sonar fitted to the RN's eight anti-submarine warfare (ASW)-optimised Type 23 frigates.  A Request for Information (RFI) released on 24 October has outlined a capability insertion project (CIP), which,...

Lockheed Martin pitches surface-launched LRASM for Australian maritime strike programmes

By Robin Hughes 26 October 2022
A 1/4 scale model of a canistered LRASM-SL configuration for use with Mk 41 Strike Length VLS. Note the booster. To the immediate left of the LRASM-SL is a smaller-scale model of Mk 41 VLS configured with four LRASM-SL effectors. (Robin Hughes)  Lockheed Martin Australia, teamed with Thales Australia, is advancing a surface-launched (SL) derivative of the AGM-158C Long-Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) for the Australian Department of Defence's (DoD's) future land- and sea-based maritime strike requirements.  Canberra is preparing to acquire up...

Kongsberg showcases high-speed craft simulator

By Giles Ebbutt 26 October 2022
The Kongsberg K-Sim Fast Craft simulator on display at Euronaval 22. (Giles Ebbutt  )  Kongsberg has expanded the utility of its K-Sim Navigation bridge simulator, with the development of a high-speed craft variant.  The new K-Sim Fast Craft simulator, which was showcased at the Euronaval 2022 maritime exhibition in Paris, is designed for realistic and immersive training in high-speed navigation, boat handling, and tactical operations.  Speaking to Janes at Euronaval, Owen Brine, Kongsberg's director of defence sales Canada, said the fast cra...

Lithuania orders RBS 70 missiles

By Nicholas Fiorenza 26 October 2022
The Lithuanian Ministry of National Defence's Defence Materiel Agency has signed a contract with Saab Dynamics for Bolide and Mk 2 missiles for the RBS 70 short-range air-defence system. (Lithuanian Army)  The Lithuanian Ministry of National Defence (MND) announced on its website on 21 October that its Defence Materiel Agency had signed a EUR45 million (USD45.1 million) contract with Sweden's Saab Dynamics for Bolide and Mk 2 missiles for the RBS 70 short-range air-defence system. Saab said in a press release published on 24 October that the...

Saudi Arabia receives first Couach FPB 2200 patrol boats

By Jeremy Binnie 26 October 2022
The Royal Saudi Naval Forces received its first Couach FPB 2200 patrol boats at the Jeddah naval base on 25 October. (Saudi Press Agency)  Saudi Arabia has confirmed that its new FPB 2200 patrol boats that the French shipyard Couach is delivering are armed with LIG Nex1's Low-Cost Guided Imaging Rocket (LOGIR) missile launcher for countering small attack boats.  The Saudi Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 25 October that the first batch of Couach patrol boats had been delivered to the Western Fleet. It did not mention how many had been d...

Euronaval 2022: Herne XLUAV concept surfaces

By Richard Scott 25 October 2022
The Herne XLAUV, displayed in public for the first time at Euronaval 2022. (Kate Tringham/Janes)  BAE Systems has lifted the lid on a new modular, highly configurable extra-large autonomous underwater vehicle (XLAUV) concept being developed to address a range of emerging missions in the future underwater battlespace.  The Herne XLAUV, displayed in public for the first time at the Euronaval 2022 maritime exhibition in Paris, draws together experience in payload integration, sensors, mission planning, electronic architecture, and whole-boat in...

BAE Systems debuts new Adaptable Strike Frigate concept design

By Kate Tringham & Richard Scott 25 October 2022
BAE Systems' Adaptable Strike Frigate on display at Euronaval 2022. (BAE Systems)  BAE Systems Naval Ships publicly displayed its Adaptable Strike Frigate (ASF) concept design for the first time at the Euronaval 2022 maritime exhibition in Paris.  Developed by the company in partnership with industry partners in anticipation of the UK Royal Navy's (RN's) projected Type 32 programme, the ASF offers a “system of systems” approach with a strong emphasis on modulatory and flexibility, said the company.  The Type 32 programme – confirmed in the UK...

Naval Group lays keel for first Greek FDI frigate

By Kate Tringham 25 October 2022
The first block of the first FDI HN frigate is laid down in dry dock at Naval Group's shipyard in Lorient on 21 October. (Naval Group)  French shipbuilder Naval Group has laid down the keel for the first Frégate de Défense et d'Intervention (FDI) multimission frigate on order for the Hellenic Navy (HN).    The first block of the first FDI HN, to be named  Kimon  , was officially laid down in dry dock during a ceremony held at Naval Group's shipyard in Lorient on 21 October. The keel-laying follows a steel-cutting ceremony for t...

Euronaval 2022: Naval Group's Blue Shark concept ship combines combat power and reduced environmental impact

By Alex Pape 24 October 2022
Naval Group's Blue Shark environmentally responsible surface combatant design was presented at Euronaval 2022. (Naval Group)  Environmental concerns feature heavily in Naval Group's latest concept ship, dubbed ‘Blue Shark', which was unveiled at the Euronaval 2022 maritime exhibition in Paris.  The concept considers both environmental impact through life and delivery of a highly capable surface combatant through the adaptation of 20 technologies.  This includes designing the 5,500 tonne, 160 m ship as a stabilised steel monohull to reduce hyd...

Euronaval 2022: Sylena SEAMOSC launched to provide optronic screening

By Richard Scott 24 October 2022
SEAMOSC launcher sets configured for either six (pictured) or nine munitions are being proposed by Lacroix Defense. (Richard Scott/NAVYPIX)  French countermeasures and pyrotechnic specialist Lacroix Defense has debuted a new shipborne masking/obscurant dispenser to serve as a complement to its existing Sylena soft-kill decoy launcher system (DLS).  The Sylena SEAMOSC masking optronic screening system, unveiled at the Euronaval 2022 maritime exhibition in Paris, has been designed to counter visible range or laser-guided threats by deploying a...

Euronaval 2022: MilSOFT showcases new datalink

By Giles Ebbutt 24 October 2022
The graphic shows Link-M integrated with other tactical datalinks. (Giles Ebbutt)  Turkish company MilSOFT showcased its new indigenous tactical datalink system (TDLS) at the Euronaval 2022 maritime exhibition in Paris in October.  According to the company, the new Link-M enables information-sharing between land, sea, and air platforms using existing or new high, very-high, ultra-high frequency (H/V/UHF) radios and digital satellite communications (satcom) channels.  With an electronic counter-countermeasures (ECCM) capability provided by fr...

Turkmenistan parades latest military equipment

By Vishal Sengupta & Ganimat Kaur Sidhu 24 October 2022
Among the land platforms were Titan-DS vehicles. (Watan Habarlary)  The Armed Forces of Turkmenistan displayed a wide range of military equipment at a parade held in Ashgabat to commemorate the 31st anniversary of Turkmenistan's independence.  Video footage released by the state-run TV channel, Watan Habarlary, showed Chinese, Emirati, Israeli, Italian, Russian, South Korean, and Turkish equipment.    Highlights included footage of the newly inducted Turkmen-class corvette   Deniz Han  , Cavalon two-seat autogyro, StormRider li...

Euronaval 2022: Seahawk A3 mounting breaks cover

By Richard Scott 24 October 2022
The sensor cluster for Seahawk A3 combines the RADA MHR radar (using fixed AESA panels) and MSI-Defence Systems' own SATOS electro-optical director. (Richard Scott/NAVYPIX)  UK-based MSI-Defence Systems unveiled the latest addition to its Seahawk family of shipborne stabilised gun mountings at the Euronaval 2022 maritime exhibition in Paris.  The new Seahawk A3 builds on the existing A2 variant but introduces a RADA-supplied Multi-mission Hemispheric Radar (MHR) cluster to provide detection and cueing for the proprietary Surveillance Acquisi...

New Zealand to replace small boat fleet

By Tim Fish 24 October 2022
The RNZN's RHIB operate from ships including two frigates, a multirole vessel, two OPVs, two inshore patrol vessels, a tanker, and a hydrographic/diving support vessel. (NZDF)  The Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) is set to acquire new Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats (RHIBs) to both modernise and standardise its fleet.  The New Zealand Ministry of Defence (MoD) released a request for tender (RFT) on 24 October for a Naval Small Craft (NSC) project that is part of a wider RHIB Replacement programme that will acquire a common fleet of craft to mainta...

US approves SM-6 sale to Japan

By Jon Grevatt 21 October 2022
An SM-6 Block I missile arcs skywards following launch from a US Navy DDG-51 guided-missile destroyer. Japan plans to integrate the missile-defence system onto its Atago-class destroyers. (US Navy)  The US Department of State has approved a request by Japan to procure Standard Missile 6 (SM-6) air-defence missiles for an estimated USD450 million, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has announced.  It said on 20 October that the proposed Foreign Military Sales (FMS), which requires approval from the Congress, includes 32 SM-6 Blo...

Euronaval 2022: OCEA unveils OSV 315 multirole offshore support vessel

By Kate Tringham 21 October 2022
A scale model of OCEA's new OSV 315 offshore multirole support vessel on display at Euronoval 2022. (Kate Tringham/OCEA)  French shipbuilder OCEA unveiled a new multirole offshore support vessel (OSV) at the Euronaval 2022 maritime exhibition in Paris.  Derived from the shipbuilder's 60 m Rigel (OSV 190)-class survey ship, which is in service with the Indonesian Navy, OSV 315 is designed for offshore oceanographic research and hydrographic survey missions as well as search-and-rescue and maritime security operations in coastal and offshore wa...

Defexpo 2022: TASL displays new land and naval surveillance systems

By Oishee Majumdar 21 October 2022
TASL's Rajak TGC-DNL-2 (pictured above) is a stabilised gimbal for land platforms. It has been purpose-built for certain platforms used by the Indian Army such as the BMP that are undergoing upgrades. (Janes/Oishee Majumdar)    Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL) has been developing a stabilised gimbal for land platforms to enable “stabilised sight, both for the gunner and commander”, a source at TASL told   Janes  at Defexpo 2022 being held at Gandhinagar, Gujarat, from 18 to 22 October.   The product – named Rajak TGC-D...

Euronaval 2022: Nexter and Thales display RapidFire Naval turret in final configuration

By Kate Tringham 21 October 2022
A full-scale mock-up of the Thales and Nexter RapidFire turret is pictured on display in its final configuration at the Nexter stand at Euronaval 2022, Paris. (Janes/Kate Tringham)  Nexter and Thales displayed a full-scale version of their 40 mm RapidFire Naval gun in its final design configuration at the Euronaval 2022 maritime exhibition in Paris.  RapidFire Naval is a multirole, artillery, medium-calibre 40 mm gun developed by Thales and Nexter to meet the French Navy's requirement for a close-in self-defence capability against air and sur...

Euronaval 2022: Hensoldt prepares Quadome multimission 3D radar for production

By Alex Pape 21 October 2022
Hensoldt's Quadome solid-state multimission C-band (NATO G-band) radar. (Janes/Alex Pape)    Hensoldt is readying its new Quadome lightweight, affordable, multimission 3D radar for production, with the objective of being able to deliver the first units in 2024 once orders are received, Hensoldt told   Janes  at the Euronaval 2022 maritime exhibition in Paris.   First unveiled in September 2021, the new radar has an above-deck weight of less than 850 kg and is intended for offshore patrol vessels and corvettes.  The Quadome...

Peruvian Navy plans frigate upgrades in wake of other vessel retirements

By Cesar Cruz Tantalean 20 October 2022
The Peruvian Navy decomissioned its corvette   Velarde  .  (The Peruvian Navy)  The Peruvian Navy plans to upgrade four of the six frigates remaining in service as a stopgap measure until new frigates and offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) are acquired, according to navy sources.    Along with general repairs and maintenance work, the frigates will receive new electronic support measures (ESM) systems and a new electro-optical surveillance and fire-control system. International tenders for such acquisitions are e...
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