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South Korean navy receives second upgraded KDX-I-class destroyer

By Gabriel Dominguez 22 October 2021
South Korea's DAPA announced on 22 October that KDX-I-class destroyer  Gwanggaeto Daewang  was returned to RoKN after completing an upgrade programme.  (RoKN)  The second upgraded Gwanggaeto Daewang (KDX-I)-class destroyer has been returned to the Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) after completing a modernisation programme aimed at improving the vessel's combat management system (CMS) and other sensors.    South Korea's Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) said in a statement that  Gwanggaeto Da...

Russia to extend service life of UR-100N ‘Stiletto' ICBM to 2023

By Samuel Cranny-Evans 21 October 2021
The service life of Russia's UR-100N (SS-19 ‘Stiletto') intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) is to be extended to 2023, NPO Mashinostroyenia general director Alexander Leonov told the RIA Novosti news agency on 18 October.  The last UR-100N mi...

Update: North Korea says it test-launched new SLBM on 19 October

By Gabriel Dominguez & Mark Cazalet 21 October 2021
Images released by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) indicate that Pyongyang tested what appears to have been a new short-range submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) on 19 October.  The weapon's design appears to be similar to that of the...

France upgrades La Fayette-class frigates

By Nicholas Fiorenza 20 October 2021
The DGA received the first upgraded FLF,   Courbet,  on 13 September.  (Ministère des Armées)  Upgrade work on the first-of-class Frégate de type La Fayette (FLF) La Fayette-class frigate began on 4 October, the Direction Générale de l'Armement (DGA), the French defence procurement agency, announced on its website on 15 October.    Three of the French Navy's five FLFs are being upgraded:   Courbet, La Fayette,  and   Aconit.  The DGA received the first upgraded FLF frigate,   Courb...

Arnold Defense unveils ‘Trident' 2.75-inch rocket air launcher concept

By Robin Hughes 20 October 2021
The Arnold Defense ‘Trident' three-round launcher prototype concept demonstrator mounted on Moog Space and Defense Group's Lightweight Dual Rail Launcher. (Arnold Defense)  Arnold Defense has unveiled a three-round air launcher concept protoytpe for 2.75 inch/70 mm laser-guided rockets. Developed in partnership with Moog Space and Defense Group, the concept demonstrator – designated ‘Trident' – was unveiled at the AUSA 2021 exhibition in Washington, mounted on a Moog Lightweight Dual Rail Launcher.  Weighing approximately 14.5–16.3 kg (unload...

North Korea says it test-launched new SLBM on 19 October

By Gabriel Dominguez & Mark Cazalet 20 October 2021
Images released by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) indicate that Pyongyang tested what appears to have been a new short-range submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) on 19 October.  The weapon's design appears to be similar to that of the...

US Navy Naval Information Warfare Systems commander notes need for software development cultural shift

By Michael Fabey 20 October 2021
The US Navy (USN) shift towards the development, security, and operations (DevSecOps) mindset of updating software used in the commercial world will require a “cultural change”, according to Rear Admiral Douglas Small, commander of the Naval Inform...

Austal launches first ‘evolved' Cape-class patrol boat

By Ridzwan Rahmat 20 October 2021
Australia's first ‘evolved' Cape-class patrol boat seen after its launch. (Austal)  Australian shipbuilder Austal has launched the first of six ‘evolved' Cape-class patrol boats on order for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN).  The vessel was launched at the company's shipyard in Henderson, Western Australia on 22 September, the Australian Department of Defence (DoD) disclosed on 19 October. The vessel has been given the pennant number 314.  Austal has signed an AUD350 million (USD262 million) contract with the DoD for six 58 m vessels. The new...

Lithuania increases defence spending

By Nicholas Fiorenza 19 October 2021
The Lithuanian Army's most important projects include equipping units declared to NATO and the army's rapid reaction force with IFVs. Seen here is a Lithuanian Boxer armoured vehicle. (Lithuanian MND/ARTEC)  The Lithuanian government presented a draft state budget for 2022, increasing national defence spending to EUR1.176 billion (USD1.367 billion), the Ministry of National Defence (MND) announced on its website on 12 October.  Finance Minister Gintarė Skaistė told a press conference the day before that this would raise defence spending from...

Japan spots Chinese and Russian warships sailing through the Tsugaru Strait for the first time

By Kosuke Takahashi & Gabriel Dominguez 19 October 2021
Chinese and Russian warships have been spotted for the first time sailing through international waters at the Tsugaru Strait located between Japan's main islands of Honshu and Hokkaido, the Japanese Ministry of Defense (MoD) announced on 18 October...

ADEX 2021: LIG Nex1 showcases elements of new VSHORAD and C-RAM system

By Dae Young Kim & Mark Cazalet 19 October 2021
At ADEX 2021 LIG Nex1 displayed scale models of a number of battery components related to the LIG Artillery Missile Defense VSHORAD and C-RAM system it is developing for the South Korean military. (Dae Young Kim)  South Korean company LIG Nex1 has displayed scale models of a number of battery components related to the LIG Artillery Missile Defense (LAMD) very short-range air-defence (VSHORAD) and counter-rocket, artillery, and mortar (C-RAM) system it is developing for the South Korean military.  Showcased at the Seoul International Aerospace...

North Korea test-launches at least one possible SLBM

By Gabriel Dominguez & Kosuke Takahashi & Dae Young Kim 19 October 2021
North Korea test-launched what appeared to be at least one submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) into the East Sea (also Sea of Japan) on 19 October, marking the first launch of such a missile type since October 2019.  The weapon, which was l...

ADEX 2021: KAI and Hyundai Heavy Industries sign MOU on CVX co-operation

By Alessandra Giovanzanti 19 October 2021
Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) and Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to co-operate in the development of a light aircraft carrier for the Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN).  Announced on 19 October during...

US Naval Surface Forces commander looks to expand condition-based maintenance

By Michael Fabey 19 October 2021
Having required the inclusion of condition-based maintenance plus (CBM+) in the development of the US Navy (USN) Constellation-class guided-missile frigate (FFG 62), the service is looking to expand CBM+ principles to other surface ships, according...

Japan's LDP vows to double defence spending amid ‘increasingly severe security environment'

By Kosuke Takahashi & Gabriel Dominguez 18 October 2021
Ahead of Japan's upcoming general election on 31 October, the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) has pledged in its manifesto to double the country's defence spending from 1% to 2% of GDP in reaction to what it described as an “increasingly seve...

Nigeria orders second OCEA survey vessel

By Chinmay Kohad 15 October 2021
A schematic of the OCEA OSV 115 survey ship ordered by Nigeria. (OCEA)  French shipyard OCEA has confirmed that the Nigerian Navy has awarded it a contract to build a second hydrographic survey vessel.    It announced on 12 October that the new OSV 115 SC-WB survey vessel will be 35 m long, making it smaller than NNS   Lana  , the 60 m OSV 190 SC-WB it delivered to the Nigerian Navy earlier this year.   The OSV 115 is a new design that the company said would be equipped with multi- and single-beam echosounders, water sampli...

Chinese, Russian navies conduct co-ordinated anti-submarine drill in Sea of Japan

By Ridzwan Rahmat 15 October 2021
The People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) and the Russian Navy are carrying out a co-ordinated anti-submarine drill in the Sea of Japan (East Sea) in a sign of growing interoperability between the two services.  The drill is being carried out as par...

AUSA 2021: Australian multi-mission reconnaissance watercraft unveiled at AUSA

By Julian Kerr 15 October 2021
Australian maritime design and manufacturing company The Whiskey Project unveiled a new 9.5 m multi-mission reconnaissance craft (MMRC) to US government and military attendees at the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) annual conven...

Canada upgrades maritime COMINT/SIGINT capability under Project Strongbow

By Richard Scott 15 October 2021
Under Project Strongbow, the Halifax-class frigates will receive a tactical radio direction finding and signals collection, analysis, fusion, and exploitation strategic capability. (Canadian DoD)  Canada is investing in an improved communications intelligence (COMINT) and signals intelligence (SIGINT) capability, known as Project Strongbow, for the Royal Canadian Navy's (RCN's) 12 Halifax-class frigates.  Under a CAD40.9 million (USD32.5 million) contract, Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) is to supply a new COMINT/SIGINT solution that will...

Peruvian Navy successfully test-fires Exocet Block 3 missiles for the first time

By Cesar Cruz Tantalean 14 October 2021
Peruvian Navy frigate FM-57 BAP   Bolognesi   recently conducted first test-fire of an Exocet MM40 Block 3 missile.  (Peruvian Navy)  The Peruvian Navy (Marina de Guerra del Peru: MGP) recently conducted its first live-fire exercises with its surface-to-surface MBDA Exocet MM40 Block 3 and air-to-surface MBDA Exocet AM-39 missiles, navy officials said.  The successful live-fire test of the Exocet MM40 Block 3 missile firing – the first since this weapon was introduced in the service five years ago – was conducted...
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