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Australia lays out scope of ‘life-of-type extension‘ for Collins-class submarines

By Ridzwan Rahmat 20 October 2022
Collins-class submarines HMAS   Collins  , HMAS   Farncomb  , HMAS   Dechaineux  , and HMAS   Sheean  are seen here in formation. The boats will be upgraded from 2026 under the ‘life-of-type extension' programme.   (Commonwealth of Australia)  The Australian Department of Defence (DoD) has given further details on the major ‘life-of-type extension' (LOTE) activities that will be conducted on the Royal Australian Navy's (RAN's) fleet of Collins-class diesel-electric submar...

Euronaval 2022: First Spanish S-80 Plus submarine prepares for sea acceptance trials

By Kate Tringham 20 October 2022
Isaac Peral   is preparing to conduct its first static immersion test in early 2023.  (Navantia)  The Spanish Navy's first new S-80 Plus diesel-electric submarine (SSK) is on track for delivery by mid-2023 as the boat prepares to start its final phase of sea trials in 2023.    Speaking to   Janes  at Euronaval 2022, Juan de la Cueva, commercial director for shipbuilding, said that following the completion of its surface navigation trials, first-of-class   Isaac Peral  (S-81) is in dry dock being readied...

Euronaval 2022: Israel Shipyards unveils new S-80 corvette design

By Alex Pape 20 October 2022
Israel Shipyards' S-80 corvette design, which was unveiled at Euronaval 2022. (Janes/Alex Pape)  Israel Shipyards unveiled its latest design, the S-80 corvette, at the Euronaval 2022 maritime exhibition in Paris.  The ship will be the largest yet to be designed by the company, which has to date specialised on patrol boats, offshore patrol vessels, and missile craft.  The S-80 design is derived from the Israeli Navy's new Reshef class, which will replace the Sa'ar 4.5 Nirit-class missile craft. With a displacement of just more than 1,000 tonne...

Euronaval 2022: Canadian Surface Combatant preliminary design review nears completion

By Kate Tringham 20 October 2022
Lockheed Martin is expecting to start delivering the first Canadian Surface Combatants in the early 2030s. (BAE Systems)  Lockheed Martin Canada is expecting to complete the preliminary design review (PDR) for the country's next-generation surface combatant in the coming months – marking another milestone for the programme.  Speaking to media at the Euronaval 2022 maritime exhibition in Paris, on 18 October, Glenn Copeland, general manager of Rotary and Mission Systems, Canada, said the company had entered into the PDR phase for the Canadian...

Defexpo 2022: India showcases Akash-NG mobile missile launcher

By Kapil Kajal 19 October 2022
DRDO's Akash-NG mobile missile launcher (pictured here) at Defexpo 2022 in Gandhinagar, Gujarat. (Janes/Kapil Kajal)  India's Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has showcased the Akash-New Generation (Akash-NG) mobile missile launcher at Defexpo 2022 being held in Gandhinagar, Gujarat, from 18 to 22 October.  The Akash-NG is a short-range mobile surface-to-air missile system (SRSAM) with a range of up to 30 km. The system is designed and developed by the DRDO and manufactured by Pune-based Electropneumatics and Hydraulics (I...

Serco awarded contract extension for UK BMD system

By Olivia Savage 19 October 2022
Pictured is RAF Fylingdales Raytheon AN/FPS-132 UEWR SSPAR, capable of detecting ballistic missile attacks and conducting general space surveillance and satellite tracking. (DVIDS/Robert Lingley)  The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded Serco a contract extension for the Solid State Phased Array Radar (SSPAR) at Royal Air Force (RAF) Fylingdales, North Yorkshire.  This contract extension is the second of two three-year options, which will run from 2023 to 2026, the company stated on 18 October.  SSPAR forms part of the UK and US ballisti...

General Robotics launches naval RCWS

By Olivia Savage 19 October 2022
General Robotics launches Shark, a lightweight RCWS suited for small vessels. (General Robotics )  Israel-based General Robotics has launched a naval version of its Remote Controlled Weapon Station (RCWS).  Known as Shark, the RCWS is designed for small manned and unmanned naval vessels, the company said on 18 October.  Specifically designed for naval forces, coastguards, naval special warfare (NSW), and raiding crafts, it can integrate all machine guns up to .50 calibre, the company added.  Shark is based on the company's Pitbull RCWS, desig...

Indonesia rejects proposal to procure ex-South Korean corvette

By Ridzwan Rahmat 18 October 2022
An ex-South Korean Pohang-class corvette that is now in service with the People's Army of Vietnam Navy. Indonesia had plans to acquire a similar vessel with foreign-sourced loans. (Michael Nitz/Naval Press Service)  The Indonesian Ministry of Finance (MoF) has declined a proposal for the country to fund a possible purchase of an ex-Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) Pohang-class corvette with foreign loans in 2022.  The declination was confirmed in a notice made out by the MoF to the Indonesian Ministry of National Development Planning (BAPPENAS)...

TKMS hands over first MEKO A-200EN frigate to Egyptian Navy

By Kate Tringham 18 October 2022
The Egyptian Navy's first MEKO A-200-type frigate,   Al-Aziz  (F 904), was handed over on 14 October.  (Michael Nitz)  German shipbuilder Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) has handed over the first of four MEKO A-200EN frigates to the Egyptian Navy.    First-of-class   Al-Aziz  (F 904) was formally delivered to the Egyptian Navy during a ceremony held in Bremerhaven, Germany, on 14 October. Following the handover, the ship will set sail for its home port in Alexandria in the coming days, TKMS sai...

Euronaval 2022: Rohde & Schwarz to launch new naval electronic support solution

By Olivia Savage 17 October 2022
The F222 Baden-Württemberg-class frigate of the German Navy is pictured here. An earlier variant of the R&S electronic solution can be seen on top of the vessel. (CPIZ Marine/Gottschalk)  Rohde & Schwarz (R&S) will launch its new naval electronic support (ES) solution at Euronaval 2022, which will be held from 18 to 21 October 2022 in Paris.  The solution uniquely combines radar electronic support measures (R-ESM) and communication ESM (C-ESM) into a single antenna, increasing reaction time and enhancing situational awareness, the company sa...

ADSB eyes OPV opportunities

By Huw Williams 14 October 2022
ADSB has been contracted to build the UAE Navy's Falaj 3 OPVs. (Abu Dhabi Ship Building (ADSB))  The offshore patrol vessel (OPV) market is a natural progression for Abu Dhabi Ship Building (ADSB) following recent work to develop inshore patrol vessels, according to the company's CEO, David Massey.  Speaking during a media briefing, Massey said that the development of a wholly ADSB-designed OPV is a logical step for the company, which has earlier largely been focused on work on vessels designed by other yards and undertaking systems integrati...

Saab to base Australia's next-gen combat system on 9LV architecture

By Oishee Majumdar 14 October 2022
A view of the operations room of the RAN Anzac-class frigate HMAS   Perth  displaying Saab's 9LV Mk 3E.   (Commonwealth of Australia)  The next-generation sovereign combat management system (CMS) to be delivered by Saab to the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) under an ‘Enterprise Partnering Agreement' (EPA) with the Australian Department of Defence (DoD) will be based on the company's 9LV CMS, a spokesperson for Saab told Janes in late September.  “In time, [this Australian CMS (AusCMS)] will be fitted to all RAN ship...

SEA contracted for RN launcher upgrades

By Richard Scott 13 October 2022
SEA will undertake an electronics refresh for both the MTLS (pictured during a Sting Ray firing test) and the NATO Sea Gnat/Outfit DLH decoy launch system. (Royal Navy/Crown Copyright)  UK systems and engineering group Systems Engineering & Assessment Ltd (SEA), part of the Cohort Group, has secured a GBP34 million (USD37.5 million) contract with the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) covering the technical refresh and through-life support of torpedo-launch equipment and decoy launchers fitted to Royal Navy (RN) warships.  The five-year contract,...

AUSA 2022: Hellfires find life-support as US Navy surface-ship weapon

By Michael Fabey 10 October 2022
The US Navy is putting Hellfire missiles on its Littoral Combat Ships for surface warfare operations. (US Navy)  As the US Army moves away from its stalwart AGM-114 Longbow Hellfire missile to make way for the Lockheed Martin AGM-179 Joint Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM), the Hellfire is finding continued life in the US Navy (USN) Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) programme.    While the army approved the JAGM for full-rate production on 30 August, Northrop Grumman has remained on track to deliver weapons package sets to the USN LCS programme that...

US Forces Korea upgrades THAAD

By Kapil Kajal 10 October 2022
South Korea's Ministry of National Defense said that the US is incorporating a new equipment into the THAAD system located in Seongju, which lies about 200 km south of Seoul. (US Missile Defense Agency)  The United States is equipping South Korea's Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system with performance improvement equipment, South Korea's Ministry of National Defense (MND) said in a press release on October 7.  According to the press release, the US is incorporating the new equipment into the THAAD system located in Seongju, whic...

Japan, South Korean, US navies conduct ballistic missile exercise after Pyongyang's show of force

By Ridzwan Rahmat 07 October 2022
The Ticonderoga-class cruiser USS   Chancellorsville  (foreground) along with the JMSDF destroyer JS   Chokai  (background) and Republic of Korea Navy guided-missile destroyer ROKS   Sejong Daewang  conduct a trilateral ballistic missile defence exercise in the Sea of Japan on 6 October.   (US Navy)  The navies of Japan, South Korea, and the US have conducted a joint ballistic missile defence (BMD) exercise in response to Pyongyang's recent show of force.  The drills were conducted i...

Babcock selected to deliver RN's new Ardent Wolf CESM suite

By Richard Scott 07 October 2022
HMS   Northumberland  seen during Exercise ‘Cold Response' in March 2022. The new Ardent Wolf CESM capability will replace the current Hammerhead system on RN Type 23 frigates.  (Royal Navy/Crown copyright)  UK engineering and services group Babcock has been contracted by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) to provide a new maritime communications electronic support measures (CESM) capability to replace the Hammerhead CESM suite fitted to Royal Navy (RN) Type 23 frigates.  The company announced on 6 October that the...

Leonardo DRS to equip Australian ABVs with electro-optical sensors

By Kapil Kajal & Sonny Butterworth 06 October 2022
In January 2022, Australia announced the procurement of 29 Assault Breacher Vehicles from the US. (US Marine Corps)  The United States Army has awarded a contract to Leonardo DRS for equipping Australia's Assault Breacher Vehicles (ABVs) with thermal integrated vision systems (IVSs), Leonardo DRS said.  According to a press release by Leonardo DRS on 4 October, the contract is worth USD9.6 million.  The company added that the IVS combines state-of-the-art uncooled thermal technology into a small two-axis stabilised gimbal in addition to a sit...

Namibia and Cameroon naval forces participate in UNITAS for first time

By Alejandro Sanchez 06 October 2022
Namibia's NS   Elephant   docked in the Port of Rio de Janeiro during the Exercise ‘UNITAS'.  (Brazilian Navy's News Service)  For the first time since the inception of the event in 1960, the Namibian and Cameroonian navies participated in the multinational exercise UNITAS this year off the coast of Brazil.    Namibia's NS   Elephant   (A11), a Chinese-made multi-purpose ship, and two Cameroonian patrol boats, CNS   Le Ntem  (P108) and CNS   La Sanaga  (P109), took part in UNIT...

US Coast Guard Cutter Healy reaches the North Pole

By Michael Fabey 05 October 2022
US Coast Guard icebreaker   Healy  calls in Seward, Alaska, while embarking on North Pole deployment.  (Janes/Michael Fabey)  The US Coast Guard (USCG) Cutter Healy (WAGB-20) reached the North Pole on 30 September after traversing the frozen Arctic Ocean, marking only the second time a US ship has reached the location unaccompanied, the USCG confirmed on 4 October.  Healy first accomplished that feat in 2015. This is the third time Healy has travelled to the North Pole since its commissioning in 1999.  The medium...
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