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LIG Nex1 selected for RoKN's CIWS-II programme

By Gabriel Dominguez & Dae Young Kim 29 October 2021
Computer-generated imagery provided by South Korea's DAPA showing the future CIWS system set to be developed by LIG Nex1 for RoKN warships. (DAPA)  South Korean company LIG Nex1 has won a bid to locally develop and produce a new close-in weapon system (CIWS) to be deployed with Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) warships.  Officials from the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) in Seoul told Janes on 29 October that LIG Nex1's proposal was selected over that of rival Hanwha Systems, adding that a contract is expected to be awarded in...

Russia's Yantar shipyard launches first Talwar-class ‘Batch III' frigate for Indian Navy

By Rahul Bedi & Gabriel Dominguez 29 October 2021
Russia's Yantar Shipyard in Kaliningrad launched on 28 October the first of four follow-on (Batch III) Talwar (Project 1135.6)-class guided-missile frigates for the Indian Navy. (Indian Navy)  Russia's Yantar Shipyard has launched the first of four follow-on Talwar (Project 1135.6)-class guided-missile frigates being acquired by the Indian Navy (IN) as part of inter-governmental agreements (IGAs) signed between New Delhi and Moscow in late 2018.    Named  Tushil  , the 124.8 m-long vessel – which will be the seventh ship of the...

Israeli Navy's Reshef class to carry C-Dome air-defence system

By Yaakov Lappin & Jeremy Binnie 28 October 2021
A computer-generated image of the Reshef class that Israel Shipyards released in November 2019. (Israel Shipyards)    The Reshef-class vessel that will replace the Israeli Navy's Sa'ar 4.5 (Nirit) missile ships will be equipped with Rafael's C-Dome air-defence system, Captain Y (full name withheld), the head of the Naval Vessels Department, told  Janes  on 24 October.   Israel Shipyards announced on 26 August that it had signed an agreement with the Israeli Ministry of Defense to begin detailed design work for the Reshef cl...

China tests hypersonic weapon, US JCS chairman confirms

By Gabriel Dominguez & Mark Cazalet 28 October 2021
US Army General Mark Milley, the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), confirmed on 27 October that China has tested a new hypersonic weapon system, describing the test launch as a “very concerning” and “very significant” development.  In...

US Coast Guard icebreaker captain notes increase in human and vessel traffic in Arctic waters

By Michael Fabey 28 October 2021
US Coast Guard Cutter   Healy  (WAGB-20) recently transited the Northwest Passage while the icebreaker was on an Arctic deployment.  (US Coast Guard)    The increase in human activity, sea life, and vessel traffic because of climate change is having an impact on US Coast Guard (USCG) Arctic operations, according to Captain Ken Boda, commanding officer of USCG Cutter   Healy  (WAGB-20), the service's medium icebreaker, which recently completed a transit of the North American Northwest Passage....

US 5th Fleet vessels operate USVs for the first time

By Jeremy Binnie 27 October 2021
A MANTAS T-12 USV operates alongside the Bahraini fast-attack craft RBNS   Abdul Rahman al-Fadel  (P 22) during Exercise ‘New Horizon' on 26 October.   (US Naval Forces Central Command)  The new task force that the US Navy's 5th Fleet set up to pioneer unmanned systems demonstrated its role during an exercise that included Bahraini naval and coastguard vessels.  The 5th Fleet announced on 26 October that the two-day Exercise ‘New Horizon' involved Task Force 59 integrating unmanned surface vehicles (USVs) with ma...

Indonesian Navy receives two more Teluk Bintuni-class landing ships

By Ridzwan Rahmat 27 October 2021
The Indonesian Navy has taken the delivery of two more Teluk Bintuni-class landing ships.    The vessels were handed over to the service by Indonesian shipyard PT Bandar Abadi on 26 October in Batam, the Indonesian Ministry of Defense (MoD) an...

Australia to base second Supply-class oiler in Western Australia

By Ridzwan Rahmat 27 October 2021
The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) will base its second Supply-class replenishment vessel HMAS Stalwart (A304) with Fleet Base West's HMAS Stirling in Garden Island, Western Australia, the service announced on 27 October.  The vessel, which was handed...

Chinese, Russian navies conclude first joint patrols in Western Pacific

By Gabriel Dominguez & Kosuke Takahashi 27 October 2021
An image captured by the JMSDF showing the Russian and Chinese warships that took part in the first Sino-Russian naval patrols in the Western Pacific, which concluded on 23 October. (Japan's Joint Staff)  The Chinese and Russian navies have concluded their first-ever joint patrols in international waters east of Japan in the Western Pacific: a further indication of the growing defence co-operation between the two countries that has been raising concerns among the United States and its allies.  The Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) said in a s...

Netherlands replaces or upgrades FRISCs

By Nicholas Fiorenza 27 October 2021
The Netherlands plans to upgrade its FRISCs or replace them with Future Fast Interceptors. (Dutch Ministry of Defence)  The Netherlands is replacing or upgrading its 50 fast raiding, interception and special forces craft (FRISCs), Defence Minister Henk Kamp told the Dutch parliament on 25 October.  The boats are scheduled to reach the end of their service lives in 2024, which will be extended by 10 years for the ones that are upgraded, the Dutch Ministry of Defence (MoD) said on its website the same day. Other FRISCs are to be replaced by 13...

Venezuelan shipyards maintain repair deliveries for Venezuelan naval fleet

By Alejandro Sanchez 27 October 2021
Venezuelan shipyards have fixed and returned four ships to the Venezuelan navy since late September.    The interceptor craft AB   Capaya  (LI-05) and AB   Catatumbo  (LI-03) were delivered back to the Venezuelan navy on...

Maintenance data helps US Navy guarantee LCS operational availability

By Michael Fabey 27 October 2021
USS   Charleston  (LCS 18) transits the Philippine Sea during routine operations for Destroyer Squadron 7.  (US Navy)  The US Navy (USN) is using data analytics to “find and target” specific areas and systems that have previously caused Littoral Combat Ships (LCSs) to lose operational availability, according to Captain Tom Ogden, commodore of Destroyer Squadron 7 in Singapore.  “With the same amount of time committed to doing maintenance, we've increased the operational availability of the LCS in the Pacific, hig...

US Navy, US Marine Corps hone Expeditionary Advance Base concepts in Pacific

By Michael Fabey 26 October 2021
The US Marine Corps' Navy/Marine Corps Expeditionary Ship Interdiction System launcher can be combined with the US Navy's Naval Strike Missile. (US Marine Corps)  The US Navy (USN) and US Marine Corps (USMC) are sharpening Expeditionary Advance Base Operations (EABOs) concepts in the Pacific with existing platforms and units, according to Captain Tom Ogden, commodore of Destroyer Squadron 7 in Singapore.  “The marines are moving fast on it,” Capt Ogden said during an 18 October media roundtable briefing. “They're experimenting, trying to find...

Australia aims to acquire sea mine capability

By Julian Kerr 26 October 2021
Australia is considering the acquisition of a maritime mining capability that would initially be available from the mid-2020s, according to a Department of Defence (DoD) Request for Information (RFI) that closed on 25 October.  Project Sea 2000 (Ma...

Russian airborne forces retool for expanded role

By Mark Galeotti 25 October 2021
Russian Airborne Forces (VDV) order of battle, 2025 (Janes/Mark Galeotti)    The ‘winged infantry' of Russia's Air Assault Troops (Vozdushno Desantniye Voyska: VDV) is an arm of service in its own right, with a strength of 45,000 paratroopers and rising, as well as a distinctive culture and  esprit de corps  . With its blue berets and blue striped telnyashka vests, the VDV is a fixture of parades and military open days, but it has long suffered from a tension in its roles.   Historically, parachute divisions were envisaged...

Malaysia commissions third Keris-class Littoral Mission Ship

By Ridzwan Rahmat 25 October 2021
The Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) has commissioned its third Keris-class Littoral Mission Ship (LMS).    The vessel has been named KD   Badik  with pennant number 113. It was commissioned on 22 October at the RMN's base near Kota Kinab...

Papua New Guinea receives third of four Guardian-class patrol boats

By Gabriel Dominguez 25 October 2021
Australia handed over   Francis Agwi  , the third of four Guardian-class patrol boats built for the PNGDF under Canberra's Sea 3036 project, in a ceremony held on 22 October at Austal's facilities in Henderson, Western Australia.  (Austal)  Australia has handed over the third of four Guardian-class patrol boats built for the Maritime Element of the Papua New Guinea Defence Force (PNGDF) as part of Canberra's Pacific Maritime Security Programme.  The vessel, which has been named Francis Agwi (pennant number 403), w...

Series of ‘causal factors' resulted in fire risk and damage to amphibious assault ship Bonhomme Richard, US Navy report finds

By Michael Fabey 22 October 2021
A series of “causal factors” led to the fire risk and damage of the amphibious assault ship USS  Bonhomme Richard  (LHD 6), a US Navy investigation found.  (US Navy)    Different categories of “causal factors … allowed for the accumulation of significant risk and led to an ineffective fire response” for the 12 July 2020 blaze that caused the damage and eventual decommissioning of the amphibious assault ship USS  Bonhomme Richard  (LHD 6), according to the US Pacific Fleet Command Investigation relea...

Naval Group hands over third OPV to Argentine Navy

By Vinod Kumar CV 22 October 2021
Storny  (P 53) was delivered to the Argentine Navy during a ceremony held in Concarneau, France, on 14 October.  (Naval Group, France)    The Argentine Navy's multimission offshore patrol vessel (OPV) programme marked another milestone on 14 October when French shipbuilder Naval Group handed over the third Bouchard (OPV 87)-class vessel,   Storny  (P 53), in Concarneau, Brittany.     The delivery is part of a EUR319 million (USD380 million) contract signed by Naval Group with Argentina in 2018 to deliver...

France qualifies Sea Fire radar ahead of FDI combat system integration

By Richard Scott 22 October 2021
A dual-face Sea Fire system is installed at SESDA in a replica of the FDI integrated mast. (Thales)  France's Direction générale de l'armement (DGA) has formally qualified the Thales Sea Fire S-band multifunction active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar ahead of integration into the combat system of the new Amiral Ronarc'h-class Frégate de défense et d'intervention (FDI) frigates.  Announced on 21 October 2021, the qualification milestone follows 18 months of land-based testing performed at the DGA's Site d'expérimentation des systèm...
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