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Searanger naval guns ordered for Egypt

By Jeremy Binnie 05 October 2021
The Searanger is in service with the Egyptian Navy's new Lürssen patrol vessels. (Egyptian Ministry of Defence)  The US Department of Defense announced on 29 September that it has placed a USD20 million contract on Egypt's behalf for an undisclosed number of Rheinmetall Oerlikon Searanger 20 mm naval gun systems.  It said 90% of the work will be performed at American Rheinmetall Systems' facility in Biddeford, Maine, while the rest will take place in Egypt. The contract is expected to be completed by March 2024.  The Searanger is a lightwei...

Exports delay modernisation of French armed forces

By Jean-Marc Tanguy 05 October 2021
The delivery of 12 used Rafale fighters to Greece began on 21 July, for which the French air force will be compensated with 12 new ones. (Dassault Aviation/C Cosmao)  France has been increasing the number of export contracts in recent months, favouring transfers of equipment promised to the French air force and navy.  For example, the sale of 24 Rafale fighters to Greece and Croatia has resulted in their removal from operational service with French air force squadrons. These second-hand aircraft will take a year to be upgraded for export cust...

Indonesia to implement Arrowhead 140 design on Iver Huitfeldt-variant contract

By Ridzwan Rahmat 05 October 2021
PT PAL is implementing the Arrowhead 140 design on a two-ship contract it signed with the Indonesian MoD in April 2020. (Babcock)  Indonesian shipbuilder PT PAL will implement the Arrowhead 140 design on a contract it secured from Jakarta in April 2020 for two Iver Huitfeldt class-variant frigates.  In response to questions from Janes, PT PAL's public affairs office confirmed that the two-ship contract worth USD720 million is officially in force, and work is under way in Surabaya, Indonesia, to prepare for the first build.  However, Janes al...

Philippines begins another attempt to acquire two more LPDs

By Ridzwan Rahmat 04 October 2021
Manila has begun another attempt to procure two more landing platform docks (LPDs) for the Philippine Navy.  The Philippine Department of National Defense (DND) published its latest invitation to bid (ITB) for the project on 30 September. The ITB o...

North Korea conducts test-firing of new anti-air missile

By Ridzwan Rahmat 01 October 2021
North Korea conducted a launch of what appears to be the new Pon'gae-6 SAM system on 30 September. (KCNA)  North Korea's Academy of Defence Science (ADS) has test-fired what it claims to be a newly developed anti-air missile.  The test-firing was conducted on 30 September to confirm the “general combat functions” of the missile and its accompanying radar, launch system, and commanding vehicle, reads a report from the state-run North Korean news outlet Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on 1 October.  Further information from the ADS in the re...

General Dynamics Mission Systems to prototype Hammerhead encapsulated mine

By Richard Scott 01 October 2021
General Dynamics Mission Systems has been selected to develop and prototype the US Navy's (USN's) new Hammerhead encapsulated anti-submarine warfare (ASW) mine system.  Being procured as a Maritime Accelerated Acquisition programme, and forming par...

MK VI patrol boat order for Ukraine confirmed

By Richard Scott 01 October 2021
SAFE Boats International has been awarded a contract to deliver six MK VI patrol boats to Ukraine. (SAFE Boats International)  Plans to rebuild Ukraine's naval capability have taken a further step forward after US company SAFE Boats International received an USD84.2 million contract to deliver six MK VI patrol boats.  The award, confirmed by the US Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) on 30 September, combines Building Partner Capacity (BPC) and Foreign Military Financing (FMF) funds. The contract includes an option for a further two MK VI craf...

NAVSEA award takes ESSM Block 2 into full-rate production

By Richard Scott 01 October 2021
The US Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) has awarded Raytheon Missiles & Defense a contract worth up to USD1.28 billion for full-rate production (FRP) of the Block 2 variant of the Evolved SeaSparrow Missile (ESSM) ship self-defence missile.  An e...

Taiwan moves forward with Harpoon Coastal Defense System acquisition

By Richard Scott 30 September 2021
Taiwan is moving forward with the acquisition of coastal missile batteries equipped with Harpoon Block II anti-ship missiles under a US Foreign Military Sales (FMS) case.  Boeing was awarded a USD220 million contract by the US Naval Air Systems Com...

Airshow China 2021: CASC unveils airdrop AUV concept

By Kelvin Wong 30 September 2021
CASC has unveiled its new Multi-mission Reconfigurable Autonomous Underwater Vehicle at Airshow China 2021. (wanquanfoto/CAAA)  Chinese defence prime China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) is showcasing for the first time its airdroppable autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) concept at Airshow China 2021, which is being held in Zhuhai from 28 September to 3 October.  Developed by CASC subsidiary China Academy of Aerospace Aerodynamics (CAAA, also known as the 11th Academy) in Beijing, the Multi-mission Reconfigurable Autonom...

RN performs first UAS trials from carrier Prince of Wales

By Richard Scott 30 September 2021
A QinetiQ Banshee Jet 80+ target vehicle pictured on its launcher on HMS   Prince of Wales's  flight deck.  (Crown Copyright)  The UK Royal Navy (RN) has completed initial trials designed to explore the operation of uncrewed air systems (UASs) from its new Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers.  Undertaken from HMS Prince of Wales, the demonstration saw QinetiQ Banshee Jet 80+ aerial target vehicles launched from a pneumatic launcher on the ship's flight deck and then operated to allow an evaluation of how they...

Indonesia configures 90 m OPVs for anti-submarine, anti-ship operations

By Ridzwan Rahmat 29 September 2021
A computer-generated image of Indonesia's 90 m OPVs that are being built by PT Daya Radar Utama. (PT Daya Radar Utama)  The Indonesian Navy is equipping its new class of two 90 m offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) with a Turkish combat management system (CMS) and weapons for anti-submarine and anti-ship operations.  Schematic diagrams and other official documents forwarded to Janes by an industry source confirm that the Indonesian Navy has selected the Advent combat system from Turkish software company Havelsan.  The system will be supplied with...

North Korea claims to have tested newly developed ‘hypersonic' missile

By Gabriel Dominguez & Gabriel Dominguez 29 September 2021
North Korea has claimed that the weapon it test-launched into the East Sea (also known as Sea of Japan) on 28 September was a newly developed ‘hypersonic' missile called Hwasong-8 (also spelled Hwaseong-8).  Pyongyang's state-run Korean Central New...

Airshow China 2021: China showcases export variant of YJ-18 submarine-launched cruise missile

By Ridzwan Rahmat 29 September 2021
China Aerospace Science and Industry Corp (CASIC) is showcasing an export variant of the YJ-18 submarine-launched anti-ship cruise missile at Airshow China 2021, which is being held from 28 September to 3 October in Zhuhai.  The missile has been de...

HHI launches third KSS-III-class submarine for South Korean navy

By Gabriel Dominguez & Dae Young Kim 28 September 2021
South Korea's HHI launched  Shin Chae-h  o, the third KSS-III-class submarine on order for the RoKN, in a ceremony held on 28 September at Ulsan.  (RoKN)  South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has launched the third KSS-III (also known as Dosan Ahn Chang-ho)-class diesel-electric attack submarine (SSK) on order for the Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN).  The event took place during a ceremony held on 28 September at the company's facilities in Ulsan.    Named  Shin Chae-ho  , the boat...

Exercises teach US Navy how to ‘blind' adversaries

By Michael Fabey 28 September 2021
An MQ-9 Sea Guardian unmanned maritime surveillance aircraft system flies over Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Coronado (LCS-4), during the US Pacific Fleet's ‘Unmanned Systems Integrated Battle Problem (UxS IBP) 21'. (US Navy)  Recent large-scale exercises are helping the US Navy (USN) learn how to keep adversaries in the dark about operations, according to Admiral Michael Gilday, chief of naval operations.  “How do we blind the adversary so that they can't see us?” Adm Gilday asked, rhetorically, during his keynote discussion...

Greece set to buy new frigates from France

By Richard Scott 28 September 2021
The FDI HN frigate specific to the Hellenic Navy (pictured) will share significant commonality with the French parent design (Naval Group)  Greece has signed an agreement with Naval Group and MBDA to begin negotiations on the acquisition of three Frégate de défense et d'intervention (FDI) multimission frigates.  The memorandum of understanding, signed by Greek defence minister Nikólaos Panayotópoulos, Naval Group CEO Pierre Eric Pommellet, and MBDA CEO Eric Béranger, covers the potential sale of three FDI HN vessels for the Hellenic Navy, wi...

India conducts maiden test firing of Akash Prime missile

By Ridzwan Rahmat 28 September 2021
An Akash Prime missile seen here in a test firing at the DRDO's integrated test range in Odisha on 27 September 2021. (Ministry of Defence, India.)  India has carried out the maiden test firing of its new Akash Prime surface-to-air missile (SAM).  The weapon was fired from the Defence Research and Development Organisation's (DRDO's) integrated test range at Chandipur, Odisha, on 27 September 2021.  The missile intercepted and successfully destroyed an unmanned aerial target that mimicked enemy aircraft, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced...

North Korea conducts another missile test

By Gabriel Dominguez 28 September 2021
North Korea launched what appeared to be a short-range missile into the East Sea (also known as Sea of Japan) on 28 September, just over two weeks after the country had tested a new railway-based launch system for short-range ballistic missiles (SR...

Greece and France sign defence co-operation agreement

By Euthymius Petrou 28 September 2021
French President Emmanuel Macron and Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis signed a defence co-operation agreement between their two countries in Paris on 28 September.  Concurrently, Greek Defence Minister Nicos Panagiotopoulos signed a memora...
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