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Malaysian navy makes rare appeal for more funds in 2023 defence budget

By Ridzwan Rahmat 05 October 2022
Malaysian defence budget from 2010 to 2030. (Janes)  The Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) has issued rare appeals to the government for more funds to be made available under the country's 2023 national budget.  The appeals were detailed in two media releases issued by the Strategic Communications Divisions of the RMN's Western and Eastern armadas on 3 and 4 October, respectively.  “Three decades ago, the RMN proudly operated a total of 16 combatants with missile capabilities, but this number has reduced drastically today due to ageing equipment,” s...

Russia's Pacific Fleet receives newest nuclear-powered submarines

By Tony Roper 05 October 2022
Airbus NEO satellite imagery shows the Project 885M Severodvinsk (Yasen)-class SSGN   Novosibirsk  and Project 955A Dolgorukiy (Borey)-class SSBN   Knyaz Oleg  at the Pacific Fleet's Rybachiy naval base in Kamchatka Krai, Russia, on 28 September 2022.  (©Airbus DS 2022/SkyWatch Space Applications Inc/Tony Roper)  The Russian Navy's Pacific Fleet has received two submarines in one day at the Rybachiy naval base in Kamchatka Krai, Russia.  The Project 885M Severodvinsk (Yasen)-class nuclear-powered guided-mis...

Carrier Ford departs on first official deployment

By Michael Fabey 05 October 2022
Aircraft carrier USS   Gerald R Ford  departed Norfolk, Virginia, on 4 October for its first official deployment.  (Janes/Michael Fabey)    The US aircraft carrier USS   Gerald R Ford  (CVN 78) departed Norfolk, Virginia, a bit after 1300 h local time on 4 October for its first official deployment.   The deployment was scheduled for 3 October, but had to be delayed because foul weather forced the halting and curtailment of port operations in Hampton Roads, US Navy (USN) officials said.  Ford...

Final Hellenic Navy Roussen-class FAC enters service

By Kate Tringham 04 October 2022
The Hellenic Navy commissioned its seventh and final Roussen-class (Super Vita) FAC-M, HS   Ypoploiarchos Vlahakos  , on 29 September.  (Dimitrios Mitsopoulos)    The Hellenic Navy's (HN's) seventh Roussen (Super Vita)-class fast attack craft-missile (FAC-M), HS   Ypoploiarchos Vlahakos  (P 79), was commissioned into service during a ceremony held at Amfiali Naval Base on 29 September.   Ypoploiarchos Vlahakos  is the final ship in the much-delayed Roussen-class construction programme, wh...

Land Forces 2022: Kongsberg, Thales launch StrikeMaster

By Julian Kerr 04 October 2022
The StrikeMaster marries two NSMs and their launch missile modules with an armoured single-cab version of the Bushmaster military vehicle. (Julian Kerr)  A new land-based maritime strike capability centred on Norway's Naval Strike Missile (NSM) was launched by Kongsberg Australia and Thales Australia at the Land Forces 2022 exhibition in Brisbane on 4 October.  The new StrikeMaster system involves two NSMs and their launch missile modules mounted on an armoured single-cab utility version of Thales Australia's Bushmaster protected mobility ve...

North Korea fires IRBM over Japan

By Jon Grevatt 04 October 2022
This graphic issued by Japan's MoD shows the trajectory of the IRBM launched by North Korea on 4 October. According to the MoD, the missile travelled 4,600 km – and over Japan's northernmost Aomori prefecture – before landing in the Pacific Ocean, outside Japan's exclusive economic zone. (Japan Ministry of Defense)  North Korea launched an intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) over Japan on 4 October, according to neighbouring countries.  It is the first time that North Korea has fired a missile over Japan since 2017. Data also show tha...

Weather shuts down port, delays Ford deployment

By Michael Fabey 04 October 2022
Poor weather has delayed the first official deployment of the aircraft carrier USS   Gerald R Ford  .  (Michael Fabey)    High winds and generally poor weather have halted or curtailed port operations throughout the Hampton Roads, Virginia area, delaying the planned first official deployment for aircraft carrier USS   Gerald R Ford  (CVN 78) on 3 October, US Navy (USN) officials confirmed.     “Due to changing weather conditions, USS   Gerald R Ford  (CVN 78) will not be getting...

Sweden to receive thermal cameras to bolster littoral surveillance

By Olivia Savage 04 October 2022
The Jaegar Searcher 300 mm cooled MWIR thermal zoom lens camera. (Silent Sentinel)  Silent Sentinel will provide its long-range thermal cameras to the Swedish Armed Forces.  The British threat-detection company was awarded a contract by Kongsberg Norcontrol to deliver its Jaegar multisensor platforms to the Swedish Armed Forces to bolster littoral security along the country's coastline, Silent Sentinel announced on 3 October.    A Silent Sentinel spokesperson told   Janes   that the company would deliver its Jaegar Searcher the...

Turkey launches first Ada-class corvette for Ukraine

By Kate Tringham 03 October 2022
The first Ada-class corvette on order for Ukraine,   Hetman Ivan Mazepa,  during its launch in Istanbul, Turkey, on 2 October.  (Olena Zelenska/President's Office)  Turkish shipbuilder RMK Marine launched the first MilGem (Ada)-class corvette on order for Ukraine,   Hetman Ivan Mazepa  (F 211), at its shipyard in Tuzla, Istanbul, on 2 October.   The launch ceremony – attended by the First Lady of Ukraine, Olena Zelenska, and Commander of the Ukrainian Navy, Oleksiy Neyizhpapa – was announced on their respective t...

HMS Dauntless completes PIP upgrade

By Kate Tringham 03 October 2022
Dauntless  sails through a calm Irish Sea on trials.  (UK Royal Navy)    The UK Royal Navy's (RN's) second Daring (Type 45)-class destroyer, HMS   Dauntless  , has returned to its home port in Portsmouth after successfully completing engine trials at sea as part of a major power generation upgrade.   Dauntless  is the first in class to complete the upgrade, known as the Power Improvement Project (PIP), which seeks to improve resilience of the destroyers' power and propulsion system. It forms one element...

Damen signs with COTECMAR for Colombian frigate design phase

By Richard Scott 03 October 2022
A computer render released by Damen of a notional SIGMA 10514 design matched to the Colombian Navy's PES requirement. The final configuration will be determined during the contractual design phase. (Damen)  Damen Shipyards Group has been selected to partner with Colombia's state-owned COTECMAR (Corporación de Ciencia y Tecnología para el Desarrollo de la Industria Naval Marítima y Fluvial) shipyard to design a new generation of multirole frigates for the Colombian Navy.    A contract for co-development of the contractual design for the n...

Carrier Ford ready to make its first official deployment in Atlantic

By Michael Fabey 30 September 2022
US Navy aircraft carrier USS   Gerald R Ford   is scheduled to leave for its first deployment during the first week of October.  (Janes/Michael Fabey)    US Navy aircraft carrier USS   Gerald R Ford  (CVN 78) is scheduled to leave Norfolk, Virginia, for its first official deployment on 3 October, the US Navy (USN) confirmed on 9 September.     However,   Ford   will not be deployed as part of the USN's Global Force Management deployment like most of the other service ships...

DTDT 2022: Royal Navy official calls for new experimentation facility

By Olivia Savage 30 September 2022
A Royal Navy (RN) official has called for a digital experimentation facility for the service. Pictured is XV   Patrick Blackett  , which was noted as potentially playing an important role if the facility came to fruition.   (Damen Shipyards)  A Royal Navy (RN) official has called for an experimentation facility for autonomous naval systems.  Speaking at the Disruptive Technology for Defence Transformation (DTDT 2022) conference in London, held from 27 to 29 September, the official said that following the success...

India's DRDO tests indigenous VSHORADS

By Kapil Kajal & Christopher Petrov 30 September 2022
The Indian MoD said that VSHORADS is a manportable air defence system (MANPAD) designed and developed by the DRDO and Indian industry partners. (Indian Ministry of Defence)  India's Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has completed two flight tests of its very short-range air-defence system (VSHORADS) missiles, the Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) said.  According to a press release by the MoD on 27 September, the tests were conducted from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) in Chandipur off India's northeastern coast in Odisha....

DTDT 2022: Preferred bidders announced for systems and data roles for UK machine teaming project

By Olivia Savage 29 September 2022
Two companies – Rowden Technologies and IBM – have been announced as the preferred bidders for two separate contracts under the broader British Army Human Machine Teaming (HMT) programme.  Speaking at the 2022 Disruptive Technology for Defence Tran...

Australia, Singapore enhance joint amphibious assault capabilities at Exercise ‘Trident'

By Ridzwan Rahmat 29 September 2022
The Royal Australian Navy's HMAS  Adelaide  seen here with Republic of Singapore Navy's lead Endurance-class LPD. Both vessels took part in a joint amphibious assault operation at Exercise ‘Trident' in September 2022.  (Royal Australian Navy)  The Australian Defence Force (ADF) and the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) have validated their ability to conduct large-scale joint amphibious assault operations.  This capability was demonstrated at the 2022 iteration of Exercise ‘Trident', which is taking place at the Shoalw...

Routine USCG patrol notes presence of Russian and Chinese naval vessels in US Alaskan EEZ

By Michael Fabey 28 September 2022
HC-130J aircraft based in Kodiak, Alaska, provide support for surface-ship patrols in the waters off the western part of the state, where Chinese and Russian vessels have been sighted. (Michael Fabey)  US Coast Guard (USCG) Legend-class National Security Cutter (NSC) USCGC Kimball (WMSL-756) sighted Chinese and Russian naval vessels on a routine patrol in the Bering Sea about 75 n miles north of Kiska Island, Alaska, on 19 September, USCG officials confirmed on 26 September.  The Kimball crew identified three Chinese naval vessels, including...

New Saudi corvette patrolling Bab al-Mandab

By Jeremy Binnie 28 September 2022
Al-Jubail  arrives at King Faisal Naval Base in Jeddah on 25 August.  (SAMI)    The Royal Saudi Naval Forces' (RSNF's) new corvette   Al-Jubail  is conducting patrols near the Bab al-Mandab Strait as part of an enlarged Saudi commitment to Coalition Task Force (CTF) Sentinel, the US 5th Fleet announced on 28 September.   It said that the RSNF's Western Fleet, which is based at Jeddah and operates in the Red Sea, has joined CTF Sentinel, which is the operational arm of the International Maritime Security Const...

Hanwha signs ‘conditional' deal to acquire DSME for USD1.4 billion

By Jon Grevatt 27 September 2022
DSME's existing programmes include the construction of KSS-III diesel-electric submarines for the Republic of Korea Navy. The second submarine in this class is pictured above at its launch in November 2020. (Republic of Korea Navy)  South Korea's Hanwha Group has signed a preliminary agreement to acquire a controlling stake in Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME), one of the country's biggest naval shipbuilders.  Hanwha said on 26 September that its conditional memorandum of understanding (MOU) with DSME enables the group to secur...

Royal Canadian Navy marks first port call in Cambodia

By Ridzwan Rahmat 27 September 2022
A file image of HMCS   Winnipeg  , which made a port call in Cambodia in September 2022, marking the Royal Canadian Navy's first visit to the country.  (Michael Nitz – Naval Press Service)  The Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) Halifax-class guided-missile frigate HMCS Winnipeg has concluded its visit to Cambodia, which marked the service's inaugural port call in the country.  The vessel arrived in Cambodia on 25 September and departed the country on 27 September after hosting a series of ship visits, according to informa...
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