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MH-60R positions for potential Nordic maritime helicopter requirements

By Richard Scott 08 August 2022
Lockheed Martin has to date delivered over 300 MH-60R helicopters worldwide. (US Navy)  With nine aircraft already in Danish service, Lockheed Martin's Sikorsky helicopter business is eyeing new opportunities for the US Navy's (USN's) MH-60R ‘Romeo' maritime helicopter elsewhere in the Nordic region as disaffected NH90 customers explore potential alternatives.  Norway in June 2022 announced its decision to withdraw its NH90 fleet from navy and coastguard service, terminate its contract with NHIndustries, and seek a full refund estimated at ar...

China ends unprecedented show of force around Taiwan with enduring repercussions

By Ridzwan Rahmat 08 August 2022
Taiwan Navy personnel stand guard on the Chi Yang (Knox)-class frigate, ROCS   Ning Yang  , on 7 August while it was berthed near Keelung City as China conducts major drills around Taiwan's main island.   (Annabelle Chih/Getty Images)  China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) appears to have wound down the series of unprecedented military exercises it was conducting around Taiwan from 4 to 7 August.  Publicly available data on 8 August indicate that aircraft and merchant ships have largely resumed their routes throu...

China launches ballistic missiles into waters near Taiwan

By Ridzwan Rahmat & Jon Grevatt & Rahul Udoshi 05 August 2022
Caption: According to the Japanese MoD, five of the missiles launched from within China on 4 August fell within Japan's exclusive economic zone. Some of the missiles also flew across Taiwan. (© 2022 MOD Japan/©2022 Janes)  China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) launched a barrage of ballistic missiles into waters near Taiwan on 4 August.  Janes analysis suggests that these missiles include the Dong Feng-15 (DF-15) and DF-16 family of short-range ballistic missiles (SRBMs).  The Japanese Ministry of Defense (MoD) said a total of nine missile...

Japan, US deploy assets near Taiwan amid Chinese military buildup

By Ridzwan Rahmat 04 August 2022
An E-2D Hawkeye launches from USS   Ronald Reagan   on 2 August in the Philippine Sea.   (US Navy)  The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) and the US Navy (USN) have deployed several military assets in the Philippine Sea near Taiwan amid the recent build-up of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) forces around the island.    The deployments include the flagship of the USN's Carrier Strike Group 5, USS   Ronald Reagan  , and the JMSDF's Murasame-class destroyer, JS   Yudachi  ....

Russia unveils naval doctrine amid Navy Day celebrations

By Prathamesh Karle & Manash Pratim Boruah 04 August 2022
The Russian Navy's Project 22350 frigate   Admiral Gorshkov   is set to be the first vessel to be equipped with the 3M-22 Tsirkon hypersonic missile in the coming months.  (Michael Nitz/Naval Press Service)  Russian President Vladimir Putin approved a new naval doctrine on 31 July that offers a glimpse of Russia's global maritime ambitions.    The doctrine, which was unveiled during Russia's annual Navy Day celebrations, replaces the   Maritime Doctrine of the Russian Federation   (2015)  .  It...

Update: China conducts expansive military drills around Taiwan in wake of Pelosi's visit

By Ridzwan Rahmat & Akhil Kadidal 04 August 2022
Chinese military drills around Taiwan from 4 to 7 August 2022. (Janes)  China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) has announced an expansive series of military exercises around Taiwan following a highly controversial visit by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to the island.  The exercises will be conducted from 4 to 7 August at six demarcated areas around the Taiwan island, said China's state-sponsored Xinhua News Agency on 2 August, hours after Pelosi landed in Taipei. The agency has also released the co-ordinates of the areas where the exercises w...

Turkey completes MEMATT mine clearing vehicle deliveries to Azerbaijan

By Cem Devrim Yaylali 04 August 2022
Azerbaijan's Ministry of Defence has received 13 more MEMATT mine-clearance vehicles, ASFAT announced on 30 July. (ASFAT)  The Azerbaijan Armed Forces have received 13 additional Mekanik Mayın Temizleme Teçhizatı (Mechanical Mine Clearing Equipment, MEMATT) remote-controlled mine-clearing vehicles from Turkey's Military Factory and Shipyard Operations (ASFAT), bringing the total number of vehicles delivered to 20.  Azerbaijan signed the contract for the vehicles with ASFAT in December 2002 and the first pair was delivered in February 2021....

Rocket Lab launches surveillance satellite for Australian DoD, US NRO

By Oishee Majumdar 04 August 2022
Rocket Lab launched NROL-199, co-developed by the US NRO and the Australian DoD, with the help of its Electron rocket from a spaceport in New Zealand's Māhia Peninsula on 4 August. (Rocket Lab )  The second of the two surveillance satellites co-developed by the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) of the United States and the Australian Department of Defence (DoD) was launched by the US-based Rocket Lab from its spaceport in New Zealand's Māhia Peninsula on 4 August.  The US NRO and Rocket Lab confirmed the launch of this second satellite, n...

Going operational: JADC2 technology concepts hit the field

By Carlo Munoz 04 August 2022
A USAF B-1B Lancer flies over an MIM-104 Patriot missile launcher in support of ‘Valiant Shield 2022'. (USAF)  Since its inception in late 2020 as the Pentagon's main vehicle to usher in a new era of joint, technology-driven warfare, the Joint All-...

Update: China releases rare footage of supposed DF-17 missile firing

By Ridzwan Rahmat & Rahul Udoshi 03 August 2022
DF-17 medium-range missile and differences with claimed launch. (Janes)  China state broadcaster CCTV has released a video that includes launch footage of what it claims to be the DF-17 medium-range ballistic missile (MRBM).  The video was released on 1 August in conjunction with the People's Liberation Army's (PLA's) ninety-fifth founding anniversary. It is the first known footage of the DF-17 released by the Chinese government.    An infographic of the DF-17 missile system tipped with the DF-ZF hypersonic glide vehicle (HGV) was also r...

Israel Aerospace Industries unveils new STAR-X 3D naval radar

By Kate Tringham 02 August 2022
IAI's new STAR-X 3D multimission naval radar, designed for OPVs and other small vessels. (IAI)  Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has expanded its naval radar portfolio with the introduction of a new compact shipborne surveillance and threat alert radar designed to fulfil the needs of operators of offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) and other small vessels.  The new radar, named STAR-X 3D, is a fully digital 3D short- to medium-range X-band active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar that can perform simultaneous surface and air surveillance....

Malaysian navy proposes to equip Kedah-class corvettes with Naval Strike Missile

By Ridzwan Rahmat 01 August 2022
The Royal Malaysian Navy Kedah-class corvette KD   Terengganu  , seen here while operating near the Gulf of Thailand. The service is planning to equip two of the vessels in the class with Naval Strike Missiles.   (US Navy)  The Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) has laid out an MYR214 million (USD48 million) plan to equip two of its Kedah (MEKO 100 RMN)-class corvettes with Naval Strike Missile (NSM) launchers.    Documents obtained by   Janes  indicate that the plan is being proposed as a three-part proc...

Dutch MoD deploys newly leased RoRo ship for first time

By Kate Tringham 01 August 2022
The Dutch MoD's newly leased RoRo ship,   New Amsterdam  , is readied for its first deployment to Lithuania on 25 July.  (Dutch MoD)  The Dutch Ministry of Defence (MoD) has officially put into service its newly leased medium Roll-on/Roll-off (RoRo) ship, named New Amsterdam.  The ship, which will be operated by the Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN) and used to secure strategic sea transport on a permanent basis, departed Eemshaven, bound for the port of Klaipeda in Lithuania, on 25 July, the MoD said in a statement....

Debut for UK Royal Navy's new experimental vessel

By Richard Scott 29 July 2022
XV Patrick Blackett   was formally named at Portsmouth on 29 July.  (Richard Scott/NAVYPIX)    The UK Royal Navy's (RN) new trials and autonomy development vessel   XV Patrick Blackett  has arrived at Portsmouth ahead of beginning test and trials operations with the service's NavyX innovation unit later this year.     Built by Damen Shipyards at its Gorinchem yard in the Netherlands,   XV Patrick Blackett  is a 41.2 m FCS 4008 fast crew supply vessel adapted post-build for the trials developmen...

Indian Navy takes delivery of Indigenous Aircraft Carrier

By Ridzwan Rahmat 29 July 2022
The future INS   Vikrant  , seen here with the first-of-class Kolkata-class destroyer.  (Indian Ministry of Defence)  The Indian Navy has taken delivery of the country's Indigenous Aircraft Carrier (IAC), which will be in service as INS Vikrant once it is commissioned.  The vessel was handed over by Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL) on 28 July, the Indian Ministry of Defence announced on the same day. The delivery comes on the back of “extensive user-acceptance trials”, which were conducted between August 2021 and Jul...

USCG to test LEO communications in Arctic

By Michael Fabey 29 July 2022
The US Coast Guard cutter   Healy  is testing a new satellite communications network in the Arctic during its upcoming Arctic deployment.  (Michael Fabey)  The US Coast Guard (USCG) cutter Healy (WAGB-20) will be testing prototype USCG communications capability using the recently launched low Earth orbit (LEO) Starlink satellites, according to Captain Ken Boda, Healycommanding officer.  “We're going to prototype Starlink [communications] in the Arctic this year,” Capt Boda told Janes on 23 July during a port call...

iXblue and ECA Group demo subsea asset tracking to Poland

By Olivia Savage 28 July 2022
iXblue and ECA Group demonstrate subsea asset tracking in Poland using the Gaps M7 USBL and R7 ROV (pictured). (iXblue)  iXblue and ECA Group conducted a successful demonstration of subsea asset tracking in shallow waters to the Polish Naval Academy.  The demonstration utilised ECA Group R7 remotely operated vehicle (ROV) and iXblue Gaps M7 ultra-short baseline (USBL) positioning system, iXblue announced on 26 July.    An iXblue spokesperson informed   Janes   that the demonstration was held on 28 June in Gdynia harbour in the...

First Félix Éboué-class OPV for French Navy starts sea trials

By Kate Tringham 28 July 2022
The French Navy's first new POM,  Auguste Bénébig  (P 779), departs for its first sea trials on 26 July.   ( Socarenam)  The first of six new Félix Éboué-class offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) on order for the French Navy has started its initial sea trials.  First-of-class Auguste Bénébig (P 779) was put to sea for the first time from Socarenam's facility in Saint-Malo, Brittany on 26 July, the shipbuilder announced on its LinkedIn account.  The six OPVs, also known as the Patrouilleur d'Outre-Mer (POM) class, ar...

Update: CEA Technologies to build air-defence radars for ADF

By Oishee Majumdar 27 July 2022
CEA Technologies is building four new air-defence radars (pictured above) for the ADF. (Commonwealth of Australia)  Canberra-based CEA Technologies has secured a “multimillion-dollar” contract from the Australian Department of Defence (DoD) to build four new air-defence radars, Australia's Minister for Defence Industry Pat Conroy announced on 21 July.  “The new sensors will be able to detect aircraft and missile threats at greater ranges and with increased accuracy than our current systems, allowing for real-time critical information to be re...

USCG Arctic official underscores multimission attributes of Polar Security Cutters

By Michael Fabey 22 July 2022
The multimission capability of Polar Security Cutters will make them a valuable asset, US Coast Guard officials say. (VT Halter Marine)    The multimission capability of the planned US Coast Guard (USCG) Polar Security Cutters (PSCs) will make them a valuable asset as the service meets growing security challenges in the Arctic, Rear Admiral Nathan Moore, 17th District commander, told   Janes  .     The PSCs will provide the kind of “direct” counter the USCG needs against the increasing presence of Chinese, Russian, and...
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