Sea news

MSPO 2022: Hanwha showcases TAipers ATGM land platform integration kit

By Christopher Petrov 12 September 2022
Hanwha unveiled a land platform integration kit for the TAipers ATGM, which it co-developed with South Korea's Agency for Defense Development at MSPO 2022. (Janes/Christopher Petrov)  Hanwha unveiled a land platform integration kit for the TAipers anti-tank guided missile (ATGM), that it co-developed with South Korea's Agency for Defense Development at the International Defence Industry Exhibition MSPO 2022 held in Kielce from 6 to 9 September. The missile, formerly called the Chungum, was originally developed as a helicopter-launched ATGM. I...

MSPO 2022: OSU-35K weapon system breaks cover

By Jakub Link-Lenczowski 12 September 2022
The Polish Navy's MCMVs are to be fitted with the OSU-35K by the end of 2022. (Jakub Link-Lenczowski)  PIT-Radwar presented the OSU-35K naval weapon system for the first time at MSPO 2022 in Kielce.  The OSU-35K is armed with the 35 mm calibre AM-35K automatic cannon – a licenced version of Oerlikon's KDA cannon – and features a dedicated opto-electronic tracking sensor. The system is capable of engaging both naval and aerial targets with various types of ammunition.    The prototype OSU-35K is under factory trials and is scheduled to be...

Lockheed Martin UK offers up Ampthill site for UK M270 MLRS upgrade

By Olivia Savage 09 September 2022
The British Army's M270 Multiple Rocket Launcher (pictured above). Once upgraded, the launchers will be able to fire the US Precision Strike Missile (PrSM), which has a range of 499 km. (Crown Copyright)    Lockheed Martin UK (LMUK) is exploring options to upgrade the British Army's M270 Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (MLRS) in the UK, company officials told   Janes  .     Eve Holding, head of Strategy and Business Development at LMUK, informed   Janes   at a company briefing on 7 September that LMUK had pro...

MSPO 2022: Russian invasion forces Ukraine to disperse Neptune anti-ship missile production

By Nicholas Fiorenza 09 September 2022
Luch displayed a full-scale mock-up of a Neptune anti-ship missile at MSPO 2022. (State Kyiv Design Bureau ‘Luch')    The Russian invasion of Ukraine has forced State Kyiv Design Bureau ‘Luch' to disperse production of the Neptune anti-ship missile, a Luch representative told   Janes  on the first day of the International Defence Industry Exhibition MSPO 2022 being held in Kielce from 6 to 9 September.   Production of the missile has been dispersed to undisclosed locations outside Kyiv, he said.    He denied when aske...

Icebreaker Healy completes Arctic mission for ONR observation system

By Michael Fabey 09 September 2022
US Coast Guard icebreaker   Healy   is hosting a series of Arctic-related research and scientific experimentation off the Alaskan coast.  (Michael Fabey)  US Coast Guard medium icebreaker Healy (WAGB-20) recently completed operations in the Beaufort Sea in support of the Arctic Mobile Observing System (AMOS) programme being developed and tested by the Office of Naval Research (ONR), Healy'sCaptain Ken Boda told Janes.  AMOS is a collection of buoys designed for use in the Arctic, as well as unmanned underwater veh...

‘Quick reaction' SAM set for Indian Army induction

By Kapil Kajal & Rahul Udoshi 09 September 2022
DRDO and the Indian Army have completed six flight tests of the indigenously developed QRSAM. (Indian Ministry of Defence)  India's Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and the Indian Army have completed six flight tests of the indigenously developed Quick Reaction Surface-to-Air Missile System (QRSAM), the Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has said.  According to a press release by the MoD on 8 September, the tests were conducted from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) in Chandipur off the northeastern coast in Odisha. The flight...

Japan outlines funding proposal for new OPVs, anti-submarine helicopters in 2023

By Ridzwan Rahmat 08 September 2022
The Mitsubishi Heavy Industries XSH-60L prototype, seen here in a test flight, took to the skies for the first time on 12 May 2021 from Nagoya Airport. Japan has proposed an acquisition programme for six SH-60L airframes, which is based on the XSH-60L, for its 2023 defence budget. (MHI)  The Japanese Ministry of Defense (MoD) has requested funding for a new class of offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) and a new type of anti-submarine warfare (ASW) helicopter in its 2023 defence budget proposal.  Besides these new platforms, the MoD has also inclu...

‘Human factors' caused loss of UK F-35B, MoD finds

By Gareth Jennings 08 September 2022
A file photo of an F-35B launching from the deck of HMS   Queen Elizabeth  . On 17 November 2021 aircraft ZM152 crashed because of a loss of power caused by a protective engine blank not being removed before take-off.  (Crown Copyright)  The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has determined that human factors most likely caused the loss of a Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning combat aircraft in November 2021.  The interim report into the loss of the short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL) F-35B from HMS Queen Elizabeth...

Russia planning North Korean rockets purchase, claims US

By Jon Grevatt 07 September 2022
This graphic shows some of the KN-23 SRBM variants developed and tested by North Korea since 2019. The KN-23 is assessed as a derivative of the 9K720 Iskander-M (SS-26 ‘Stone') SRBM introduced into Russian service in 2006. (Janes)    Russia plans to procure “millions” of rockets and artillery shells from North Korea to support its war effort in Ukraine, a US administration official told   Janes   on 6 September.   The development signals Pyongyang's deepening defence ties with Moscow and, the official said, possible Russian...

Arctic Experts: US Coast Guard bolsters force for enhanced high-latitude operations

By Michael Fabey 07 September 2022
The US Coast Guard is experiencing    greater demand for operations in the higher latitudes.  (Janes/Michael Fabey)  Russian President Vladimir Putin authorised a new Russian naval doctrine on 31 July, which underscored the importance of the Arctic for Russia's geopolitical future and the growing tension between Moscow and Washington, including on the high seas and in the higher latitudes.    The Pentagon is looking for guidance on how to operate in the Arctic and higher latitudes, seeking advice from the one...

New Babcock contracts advance Poland's Miecznik frigate programme

By Richard Scott 07 September 2022
A computer-generated rendering of the Miecznik (Swordfish) frigate. (Babcock)  UK-based engineering and services group Babcock has been awarded two new contracts intended to pave the way for in-country build of Poland's Miecznik (Swordfish) frigates to start in 2023.  Babcock – bidding a variant of its Arrowhead 140 design – was selected earlier in 2022 as the platform design provider and technology partner for the three-ship Miecznik programme. Arrowhead 140 forms the basis for the UK Royal Navy's (RN's) new Type 31 frigate.  In a 7 Septembe...

Iran's IRGCN unveils Shahid Soleimani catamaran

By Jeremy Binnie 07 September 2022
A still from an Iranian TV shows   Shahid Soleimani  . No photographs were released of the new vessel.  (IRIB News)  Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy (IRGCN) officially took delivery of the first of its new class of catamarans during a ceremony held at its base in Bandar Abbas on 5 September, making the heavily armed vessel the largest combatant it has in service.  Shahid Soleimani  is the first of three catamarans with a length of approximately 65 m that satellite imagery shows being built at d...

Second incident highlights Iranian threat to US unmanned fleet

By Jeremy Binnie 07 September 2022
A Saildrone Explorer sails in the Gulf of Aqaba off Jordan during testing in December 2021. The latest incident confirmed that the 5th Fleet is using the type for very long-range patrols in the Red Sea. (US Naval Forces Central Command / US 5th Fleet)  Iran's naval forces have highlighted the vulnerability of the US 5th Fleet's new fleet of unmanned surface vessels (USVs) by seizing at least three in less than a week, claiming they were a threat to navigation.  Iranian television broadcasted footage on 2 September showing two Saildrone Explo...

Damen discloses further details of Pakistan's OPV 2600 vessels

By Ridzwan Rahmat 05 September 2022
A computer-generated image of the Pakistan Navy's OPV 2600 vessels, which are being built by Damen. (Damen)  Netherlands-based shipbuilder Damen has disclosed further details of the vessels it is building for the Pakistan Navy, which are derived from the company's OPV 2600 design.  The first of the two vessels, which are a follow-on order to the country's Yarmook-class patrol vessels, was laid down on 15 July at the Damen shipyard in Galati, Romania.  The Pakistan Navy has not disclosed details of the contract it has signed with Damen for th...

Brazil commissions first Riachuelo-class S-BR submarine

By Victor Barreira 02 September 2022
The Brazilian Navy commissioned the first-of-class Riachuelo-class conventional submarine, S Riachuelo, on 1 September. (Brazilian Navy)  The Brazilian Navy commissioned its first-of-class Riachuelo-class diesel-electric attack submarine, S Riachuelo (S-40), on 1 September.  The general director of the Directorate-General for Nuclear and Technological Development of the Navy (DGDNTM), Fleet Admiral Petrónio Augusto Siqueira de Aguiar, signed with Itaguaí Construções Navais (ICN) and Naval Group the provisional receipt and acceptance confirmat...

Australian submariners to train on RN Astute-class submarines under AUKUS

By Kate Tringham & Richard Scott 02 September 2022
The UK Royal Navy's fifth Astute-class nuclear-powered attack submarine, HMS   Anson  , was commissioned into service at BAE Systems' yard in Barrow-in-Furness, North West England, on 31 August. Australian submariners will join RN crews to train on   Anson  and other Astute-class boats under the AUKUS security partnership.  (Royal Navy)  Australian submariners are set to train onboard the UK Royal Navy's (RN's) newest Astute-class nuclear-powered attack submarine (SSN) under the trilateral AUKUS sec...

USCG starts to shift some Marine Protector-class vessels to Alaska

By Michael Fabey 02 September 2022
The relatively large Marine Protector-class pilot house features an integrated bridge system with an electronic chart display system. (Michael Fabey)  To augment its naval force in the American higher latitudes, the US Coast Guard (USCG) decided to shift some of its 87-foot (23.8-m) Marine Protector-class vessels to Alaska.  “This year we brought uptwo 87 [-foot] patrol boats, which will now be permanently stationed in Alaska,” Boatswain's Mate Chief Petty Officer (BMC) Sean Crocker, officer in charge (OIC), Juneau Station, told Janes.  This...

India commissions Indigenous Aircraft Carrier

By Ridzwan Rahmat 02 September 2022
The Indian Navy's Indigenous Aircraft Carrier, seen here during its sea trials. The vessel was commissioned as INS   Vikrant  on 2 September 2022.  (Indian Navy)    The Indian Navy has commissioned its Indigenous Aircraft Carrier (IAC) as INS   Vikrant  .   The vessel was commissioned on 2 September by the country's Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, who also unveiled a new naval ensign at the event that was held on the premises of the programme's shipbuilder, Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL).  Vikran...

Fincantieri Marinette Marine starts construction of frigate Constellation

By Michael Fabey 01 September 2022
Construction began on the Constellation-class US Navy guided-missile frigates. (US Navy)    Fincantieri Marinette Marine (FMM) officially started construction on the first US Navy (USN) Constellation-class guided missile frigate,   Constellation  (FFG 62), on 31 August at the FMM shipyard in Marinette, Wisconsin, with the first steel cut on the ship.     The USN awarded FMM the   Constellation  detail design and construction contract in April 2020. The service approved the start of construction after FMM su...

Ukraine conflict: UK to donate AUVs to Ukraine for mine clearance

By Kate Tringham & Alex Pape 01 September 2022
The UK is donating six AUVs to Ukraine to help with mine clearance. (UK MoD/Crown Copyright)  The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has announced plans to donate mine-hunting autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) to Ukraine to help the country clear its coastline of Russian mines.  Ahead of delivery, Ukrainian personnel are also being trained to operate the systems, the MoD said.  Since the United Nations brokered a deal with Russia and Ukraine in July to enable commercial ships to safely export foodstuffs from Ukraine through the Black Sea, a sma...
Request Consultation

Request a free consultation to discover how Janes can provide you with assured, interconnected open-source intelligence.

Sea News List