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HMS Richmond captures evidence of North Korean sanctions violations

By Ridzwan Rahmat 27 September 2021
HMS   Richmond  has captured evidence of merchant vessels violating United Nations sanctions against North Korea.   (Ministry of Defence)  A UK Royal Navy Duke (Type 23)-class frigate has captured evidence of vessels violating United Nations (UN) sanctions enacted against North Korea's weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programme.  The evidence was captured by the frigate HMS Richmond when it conducted operations in the East China Sea in support of these sanctions, the UK Ministry of Defence (M...

US, Bahrain agree to develop joint regional integrated unmanned operations

By Michael Fabey 27 September 2021
Bahraini leaders agreed to partner with US Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) to accelerate the integration of new unmanned systems into regional maritime operations, US Navy (USN) officials confirmed on 23 September.  Major General Ala Abdulla...

Mosaic warfare: the march towards interconnectivity

By Anika Torruella 27 September 2021
Warfighters conduct reconnaissance training in August in preparation for JADC2 operations. This US JADC2 concept intends to build an IoMT by connecting sensors across all forces into a collaborative network that will be interoperable with allies. (US Air Force/Katie DuBois-Tamesis)  Information and data-sharing networks have changed the landscape of defence operations. Great-power actors have been investing in technology that enables high-speed connectivity between a growing number of warfighters, networks, and autonomous or manned machines t...

Australia releases RFP for ground-based, medium-range, air-defence system

By Julian Kerr 27 September 2021
The Australian Department of Defence (DoD) has issued a request for proposals (RFPs) for a, ground-based, medium-range, air-defence (GBMRAD) system for the Australian Defence Force (ADF).  The RFP, which closes on 3 December, says Project Air 6502...

Qatari landing ship launched in Turkey

By Jeremy Binnie 27 September 2021
The Qatari landing ship   Al-Abrar Fuwairat  before it was launched at Anadolu Shipyard in Istanbul.  (Qatari Ministry of Defence)  Turkey's Anadolu shipyard launched a landing ship that it is building for the Qatar Emiri Naval Forces (QENF) on 25 September.    The Qatari Ministry of Defence (MoD) identified the vessel   Al-Abrar Fuwairat  , saying it is an LCT80-type landing ship, and added that the launch ceremony was attended by QENF commander Major General Abdullah bin Hassan al-Sulaiti and his...

Arnold Defense discloses LGR-4 Fletcher development road map

By Robin Hughes 27 September 2021
A remote-controlled LGR-4 Fletcher launcher, integrated with an MSI-developed Vehicle Integration Kit mounted on a ground-based platform, preparing for a live-fire test at a recent system demonstration. (Arnold Defense)  Arnold Defense has launched a capability development road map for its LGR-4 Fletcher and LGR-23 Multiple Launch Hydra System (MLHS) 2.75 inch/70 mm surface-to-surface laser-guided weapon systems.  Purpose-built for land platforms, the LGR-4 Fletcher is a lightweight four-cell laser-guided rocket (LGR) launcher designed to del...

Portugal leads multinational test of unmanned maritime technologies and interoperability

By Victor Barreira 27 September 2021
The OGS42 fixed-wing UAV of Portuguese UAVision was fielded to provide situational awareness in support of a range of missions. (Victor Barreira)  Several NATO navies together with the navies of Australia and Brazil, industry, and research organisations have gathered in Portugal to take part in a large-scale experimentation to develop and test operational concepts and requirements, interoperability, technological advances, and new developments in sensors, actuators, command, control, and communications (C3), tactics and procedures on maritime...

Malaysia to hold talks with China on AUKUS

By Ridzwan Rahmat 24 September 2021
Australia's Collins-class submarines seen here in formation off Western Australia. The country is procuring a fleet of nuclear-powered boats to replace the Collins class, and the move has evoked varied reactions from Canberra's Southeast Asian neighbours including Malaysia. (Commonwealth of Australia)  A Malaysian delegation will visit China to hold talks with the country's leadership on AUKUS and understand the concerns that Beijing may have over the newly announced partnership.  The matter was disclosed by the country's Defence Minister Hi...

France reacts to Australian cancellation of submarine order

By Jean-Marc Tanguy 23 September 2021
The French Ministry of Armed Forces spokesman Hervé Grandjean gave a press briefing on 21 September reacting to Australia's cancellation of the procurement of 12 Attack-class submarines from Naval Group.  A naval engineer from the Direction Général...

Indonesia holds offset talks with Abeking & Rasmussen for new hydrographic ship

By Ridzwan Rahmat 23 September 2021
KRI   Rigel  , one of four survey ships operated by the Indonesian Navy. The service is looking to procure an ocean-going survey vessel and has held talks with Abeking & Rasmussen to understand possible offset arrangements.   (Indonesian Navy Office of Public Communications (DISPENAL))  Indonesia's Ministry of Defense (MoD) held a virtual meeting with German shipbuilder Abeking & Rasmussen to discuss the possible procurement of an ocean-going hydrographic vessel.    According to meeting documents provided to...

UK MoD flags surplus ships for sale

By Richard Scott 23 September 2021
Three RFA vessels are among the Royal Navy ships being advertised for sale, including ex-RFA Fort Austin (pictured), which is now laid up in Birkenhead with sister ship ex-RFA   Fort Rosalie.   (NAVYPIX/Richard Scott)  Frigates, mine countermeasures (MCM) vessels, fast craft, hovercraft, and auxiliary ships are among equipment being offered for sale by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD).  A sales brochure released by the MoD's Defence Equipment Sales Authority (DESA) earlier this month revealed details of over 10 Royal Navy (RN...

France increases defence budget

By Jean-Marc Tanguy 23 September 2021
France continues to raise defence spending, which will reach EUR40.9 billion (nearly USD48 billion) in 2022, a EUR1.7 billion increase on 2021.  The breakdown of the draft budget approved by the Council of Ministers on 22 September will be EUR23.7...

US Coast Guard lacks systematic process to improve surge operations, GAO reports

By Michael Fabey 22 September 2021
The US Coast Guard (USCG) needs to develop a better system to improve the way it conducts surge operations, according to 21 September report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO).  “The coastguard must often rely on surge operations to redu...

Australian nuclear sub decision driven by technology and Chinese assertiveness

By Julian Kerr 22 September 2021
Four of the RAN's six Collins-class submarines in close formation while transiting Cockburn Sound in Western Australia. These conventionally powered boats will now be replaced by a fleet with nuclear propulsion. (Lt C Prescott/Commonwealth of Australia)  Australia's far-reaching strategic decision to procure a fleet of nuclear-powered submarines with the assistance of the United States and United Kingdom was driven by three convergent situations, according to sources familiar with the background to the surprise 16 September announcement.  The...

US Coast Guard appropriations for defence-related activities decline

By Michael Fabey 21 September 2021
US Coast Guard defence operations appropriations have declined. (US Coast Guard)  When adjusted for inflation, the US Coast Guard (USCG) appropriations for defence-related activities declined about 20% – to USD530 million in fiscal year (FY) 2020 from USD674 million in FY 2011, the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) estimated in a 15 September report.  “Specifically, the operations appropriation – the primary funding source for operations across all missions – was USD8 billion in 2011 and USD8.2 billion in fiscal year 2020, when adjust...

Australia may lease submarines as it awaits delivery of nuclear-powered boats

By Ridzwan Rahmat 21 September 2021
The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) may be operating leased submarines while it awaits the delivery of its new nuclear-powered boats.  The matter was confirmed by Australia's Minister for Defence Peter Dutton in an interview with Sky News, the transcri...

Australia's neighbours voice concerns over ‘arms race' in wake of nuclear submarine decision

By Ridzwan Rahmat 21 September 2021
Australia's closest neighbours have raised concerns that the region is seeing an escalation in the regional “arms race” amid Canberra's decision to procure nuclear-powered submarines.  On 15 September the leaders of the US, Australia, and the UK an...

US Navy secretary calls for naval leadership summit to determine strategy

By Michael Fabey 21 September 2021
The US Navy is reviewing the make-up of its overall force, including the number of carriers it should acquire, like the USS   Gerald R Ford  (CVN 78).   (US Navy )  To help get the US Navy (USN) and the US Marine Corps (USMC) on the same course for priorities, capabilities, and overall funding needs, Carlos Del Toro, the relatively new USN secretary, has called for a “strategy session” for naval leadership at the end of September.  Leadership will discuss overall fleet size, platform make-up within that fleet, an...

UK awards design and concept contracts for next-generation SSN

By Richard Scott 20 September 2021
HMS   Artful:  the UK Royal Navy's third Astute-class SSN.   (BAE Systems)  The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has funded BAE Systems and Rolls-Royce to undertake early design and concept development work for a next-generation nuclear-powered submarine (SSN) class to replace the Royal Navy's (RN's) Astute-class boats from about 2040.  Contracts worth an aggregate GBP170 million have been placed through the MoD's Submarine Delivery Agency (SDA). The awards, announced on 17 September, follow approval of a three-ye...

US Navy secretary touts other AUKUS components

By Michael Fabey 20 September 2021
The new AUKUS partnership could increase the presence of US marines in Australia, shown here in a ‘Talisman Sabre' exercise near Dawin. (Michael Fabey)  While the joint-submarine-building plan proposed under the new AUKUS security partnership detailed recently by United States, United Kingdom and Australia has garnered most of the attention, US Navy Secretary Carlos Del Toro lauded other components of the agreement on 17 September.  Leaders from the three countries acknowledged the partnership on 15 September, noting that its initiative will...
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