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DSEI 2021: Royal Navy sets out its course to ‘podularisation'

By Richard Scott 16 September 2021
The UK Royal Navy (RN) is pressing ahead with plans to develop and demonstrate a suite of modular and interchangeable mission containers that are designed to support the rapid deployment of role-based capability around the fleet.  Prototypes of Nav...

Wellington to ban entry of Australia's future submarines into New Zealand waters

By Ridzwan Rahmat 16 September 2021
Royal Australian Navy Collins-class submarines HMAS   Waller  and HMAS   Dechaineux  . Australia has announced a plan to eventually replace these boats with nuclear-powered submarines under the trilateral AUKUS partnership with the US and the UK.  (Royal Australian Navy)  Australia's future nuclear-powered submarines will not be allowed to enter New Zealand waters.    In a statement forwarded to   Janes  by New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's office, the premier confirmed tha...

North Korea says it tested ‘railway-borne' missile system on 15 September

By Gabriel Dominguez & Mark Cazalet 16 September 2021
An image released by North Korean state media showing what appears to be a modified KN-23 SRBM being launched from railway-borne launch system on 15 September. (Rodong Sinmun)  Images released by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) indicate that Pyongyang test-launched on 15 September what appears to have been a modified variant of the KN-23 (US/South Korean designation) short-range ballistic missile (SRBM) from a railway-based launch system.  The state-run media outlet reported that the weapons were launched as part of a launch drill carri...

China deploys naval task group to US EEZ

By Andrew Tate 15 September 2021
A task force of Chinese naval ships was monitored by the US Coast Guard as it sailed in waters off the coast of Alaska in the US exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in late August, according to images published online on the US Defense Visual Information...

US, UK, Australia launch new security partnership with nuclear-submarine development plan

By Michael Fabey 15 September 2021
Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States have started a collaborative effort to develop a nuclear-powered submarine to replace Australian's conventionally powered Collins-class vessels. (Commonwealth of Australia)  Leaders from the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia detailed a new security partnership on 15 September called AUKUS, for which the first initiative will be to collaborate on developing a nuclear-powered submarine fleet.  “Under the ‘AUKUS' alliance, we will enhance the development of joint capabilities and te...

South Korea conducts first SLBM test launch from in-service submarine

By Gabriel Dominguez & Matteo Scarano 15 September 2021
South Korea test-launched a locally developed SLBM from an in-service submarine for the first time on 15 September. (Agency for Defense Development)  South Korea has test-launched a locally developed submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) from an in-service submarine for the first time, according to a 15 September statement by the Ministry of National Defense (MND) in Seoul.    The MND said that the weapon, which was launched from the recently commissioned KSS-III (also spelled KSS-3)-class submarine   Dosan An Chang-ho...

South Korea testing several new missiles amid tensions with Pyongyang

By Mark Cazalet & Alessandra Giovanzanti & Gabriel Dominguez & Dae Young Kim 15 September 2021
An infra-red image showing South Korea's new long-range air-to-surface missile in flight. (Agency for Defense Development)  South Korea's Ministry of National Defense (MND) announced on 15 September that its Agency for Defense Development (ADD) has been developing and testing a range of new missiles, including a ground-launched supersonic cruise missile, a ground-launched ballistic missile, a long-range air-to-surface missile, and a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM).  The MND said in a statement that the new long-range air-launched...

North Korea resumes ballistic missile launches after six-month hiatus

By Gabriel Dominguez & Mark Cazalet 15 September 2021
North Korean state-run media have yet to release images of the SRBMs launched on 15 September but the move comes after Pyongyang tested what appeared to be a KN-23 SRBM variant (seen here during an October 2020 military parade in Pyongyang) on 25 March. (KCNA)  North Korea launched what appeared to be two short-range ballistic missiles (SRBMs) into the East Sea (also known as Sea of Japan) on 15 September, marking the northeast Asian country's first ballistic missile launches in about six months.  The SRBMs, the exact type of which has yet t...

Thales leads SEANICE Consortium for future European ASW

By Richard Scott 15 September 2021
The European Commission has selected a Thales-led consortium to scope, prototype, and demonstrate a next-generation anti-submarine warfare (ASW) solution based on manned/unmanned teaming capabilities.  Known as SEANICE (anti-Submarine warfare Europ...

US Navy awards design contract work for shipyard modernisation in Hawaii and Washington states

By Michael Fabey 14 September 2021
Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command (NAVFAC) awarded a USD500 million indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity architecture-engineering contract for structural and waterfront-related projects at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and Intermediate...

DroneShield takes aim at emerging C-UUV and diver detection requirements with SonarOne

By Gerrard Cowan 14 September 2021
DroneShield has expanded its range of C-UAS products with the SonarOne system, its first underwater detection device. (DroneShield)  DroneShield's new SonarOne underwater threat detection system is designed to provide an easily operated sonar product that can detect multiple targets simultaneously, with the developer responding to growing naval demands for counter-unmanned underwater vehicle (C-UUV) and diver detection technology, the company told Janes.  SonarOne was announced in early September and is part of the company's DroneSentry auton...

Elbit Systems to supply ASW capabilities to navy of Asia-Pacific country

By Gabriel Dominguez 14 September 2021
A torpedo being launched from a Seagull USV. Elbit Systems announced on 13 September that it has secured contracts worth a combined USD56 million to provide ASW capabilities, including an undisclosed number of ASW-capable Seagull USVs, to the navy of a country in the Asia-Pacific region. (Galina Kantor via Elbit Systems)  Israeli company Elbit Systems announced on 13 September that it has secured contracts worth a combined USD56 million to provide anti-submarine-warfare (ASW) capabilities to the navy of an undisclosed country in the Asia-Paci...

Fairbanks Morse buys naval supplier Hunt Valve

By Marc Selinger 14 September 2021
US naval engine builder Fairbanks Morse Defense (FMD) has expanded its portfolio by acquiring Hunt Valve Company, which makes valves and actuators for defence and industrial markets, FMD announced on 13 September.  “Our core customers value quality...

Russia's Northern Fleet launches large-scale Arctic exercises

By Bruce Jones 14 September 2021
The Russian Northern Fleet Joint Strategic Command has begun a major independent combined arms Arctic exercise led by the Northern Fleet commander Admiral Alexander Moiseyev.  As reported by Russia's Ministry of Defence on 9 September, Exercise ‘Ar...

DSEI 2021: AN/AQS-20C sonar integration with ARCIMS set for WISEX demo

By Richard Scott 14 September 2021
RNMB Halcyon seen at AEUK's Bincleaves site with the AN/AQS-20C launch and recovery system installed. (Richard Scott/NAVYPIX)  Atlas Elektronik UK (AEUK) and Raytheon have teamed to demonstrate an autonomous mine hunting solution based on the AEUK Atlas Remote Capability Integrated Mission Suite (ARCIMS) unmanned surface vehicle (USV) to the UK Royal Navy (RN).  The two companies have integrated Raytheon's AN/AQS-20C mine hunting sonar system with an ARCIMS USV for participation in the forthcoming Wilton Industry Show and Experiment for Mine...

DSEI 2021: SEA wins communications system upgrade for RNZN ANZAC frigates

By Richard Scott 14 September 2021
HMNZS   Te Kaha  on post-refit trials.   Te Kaha  and sister ship HMNZS   Te Mana  are to receive a major communications upgrade.  (RNZN)  SEA, a subsidiary of the UK-based technology group Cohort, has been contracted by the New Zealand Ministry of Defence as prime integrator for the first phase of a communications upgrade on the Royal New Zealand Navy's (RNZN's) two MEKO 200ANZ ANZAC frigates.    Valued at GBP4.6 million (USD6.3 million), this initial contract increment covers...

Royal Malaysian Navy receives third Keris-class Littoral Mission Ship

By Gabriel Dominguez 14 September 2021
The Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) has received the third of four Keris-class Littoral Mission Ships (LMSs) ordered from China as part of a contract awarded in 2017 and renegotiated in 2019.  The 68.8 m-long vessel (pennant number 113), construction of...

Australia flexes Armidale class' warfighting capabilities

By Ridzwan Rahmat 13 September 2021
HMAS   Launceston (foreground)  and HMAS   Wollongong  sail in formation as they depart Darwin Harbour for the Patrol Boat Concentration Period.  (Commonwealth of Australia)  The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has carried out the first naval exercise that demonstrates the warfighting capabilities of its Armidale-class patrol boats.  The exercise, which has been dubbed the Patrol Boat Concentration Period, saw the participation of four vessels in the class: HMAS Childers, HMAS Launceston, HMAS Glenelg,...

Japan detects suspected Chinese submarine near southern island

By Kosuke Takahashi & Gabriel Dominguez 13 September 2021
Japan's Ministry of Defense (MoD) announced on 12 September that it detected a submarine believed to belong to China's People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) navigating in the contiguous zone east of the island of Amami Oshima in southern Japan's Kag...

SCO fires SM-6 from LUSV prototype

By Richard Scott 13 September 2021
An SM-6 missile being launched from   Ranger  , one of two LUSVs forming part of the Ghost Fleet Overlord programme  (US Navy)  The US Department of Defense (DoD) has revealed a live firing test of the Raytheon Standard Missile-6 (SM-6) from a large unmanned surface vessel (LUSV) testbed.    A short video released by the DoD on a social media account on 4 September showed the SM-6 launch from   Ranger  , one of two LUSVs forming part of the Ghost Fleet Overlord programme. Ghost Fleet Overlord is an...
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