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Lockheed Martin to revamp space business

By Marc Selinger 08 May 2023
Lockheed Martin builds GPS III satellites for the US Space Force. (Lockheed Martin)  Lockheed Martin's Space business area plans to consolidate its five lines of business into three as part of a reorganisation, according to a 4 May announcement.  The new National Security Space business line will bring together the classified and defence programmes of the Military Space, Mission Solutions, and Special Programs units. No changes will occur in the Strategic and Missile Defense Systems business line, which works on strategic deterrence, missile...

Update: US Fifth Fleet USV transits Strait of Hormuz for first time

By Kate Tringham 25 April 2023
USCGC  John Scheuerman  (WPC 1146) transits the Strait of Hormuz with an L3Harris Arabian Fox Mast-13 unmanned surface vessel on 19 April.  (USCG)  A US Navy (USN) unmanned surface vessel (USV) has transited the Strait of Hormuz for the first time, marking another milestone in the service's efforts to integrate unmanned systems and artificial intelligence (AI) into maritime operations in the Middle East.  The USV, an Arabian Fox Mast-13 vessel operated by the US Fifth Fleet's Task Force 59, completed the transit o...

Babcock and UK MoD in dispute over rising costs for Type 31 frigate programme

By Kate Tringham 24 April 2023
UK shipbuilder Babcock is engaged in a dispute resolution process (DRP) with the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) over who should pay for unforeseen cost increases regarding the Type 31 frigate programme.  In a fiscal year (FY) 2023 pre-results stateme...

US Fifth Fleet USV transits Strait of Hormuz for first time

By Kate Tringham 21 April 2023
USCGC   John Scheuerman  (WPC 1146) transits the Strait of Hormuz with an L3Harris Arabian Fox Mast-13 unmanned surface vessel on 19 April.   (USCG)  A US Navy (USN) unmanned surface vessel (USV) has transited the Strait of Hormuz for the first time, marking another milestone in the service's efforts to integrate unmanned systems and artificial intelligence (AI) into maritime operations in the Middle East.  The USV, an Arabian Fox Mast-13 vessel operated by the US Fifth Fleet's Task Force 59, completed the transi...

UK Royal Navy Type 23 frigate HMS Montrose decommissions

By Kate Tringham 19 April 2023
The UK Royal Navy's eighth Type 23 frigate HMS   Montrose   is formally decommissioned from service during a ceremony held at HM Naval Base, Portsmouth, on 17 April 2023.  (Royal Navy)  The UK Royal Navy's (RN's) eighth Type 23 Duke-class frigate, HMS Montrose (F 236), has officially retired after 29 years of active service.  The ship was formally decommissioned during a ceremony held at HM Naval Base, Portsmouth, on 17 April.  Montrose was laid down in November 1989, launched on 31 July 1992, and commissioned int...

Japan launches funding scheme for defence exports

By Jon Grevatt 06 April 2023
Japan's new OSA scheme will provide funding for allied countries to procure defence equipment such as radars, transport aircraft, and surveillance ships. Pictured above is Japan's third Hibiki-class ocean surveillance ship on its commissioning in March 2021. (Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force)  Japan has said it will launch a new credit facility to support defence exports. The Official Security Assistance (OSA) scheme – the first of its kind in Japan – will be aligned with the country's national security interests, the Ministry of Foreign...

Electoral changes: Iraq's Shi'ite parties are likely heading towards renewed clashes

By Tamer Badawi 29 March 2023
Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani and Sayyid Ammar al-Hakim, head of the National Wisdom Movement, at the Christmas mass held at St Joseph Church in Baghdad, Iraq, on 24 December 2022. (Murtadha Al-Sudani/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)...

Coming of age: Dutch navy makes progress with De Zeven Provinciën-class frigate capability upgrades

By Richard Scott 28 March 2023
HNLMS  De Zeven Provinciën  pictured in the Atlantic in May 2021 during Exercise ‘At-Sea Demo/Formidable Shield 21'. ASD/FS-21 served as a ‘graduation exercise' for the new MBMD capability.  (US Navy)  Some two decades after entering service, the Royal Netherlands Navy's (RNLN's) four De Zeven Provinciën-class air defence and command frigates (luchtverdedigings en commandofregatten: LCF) are receiving a package of improvements intended to sustain and enhance their operational capability into the 2030s.    Alo...

US Navy transfers three coastal patrol craft to Egyptian Navy

By Kate Tringham 23 March 2023
US Naval Forces Central Command transferred three Cyclone-class coastal patrol ships to the Egyptian Navy during a formal ceremony in Alexandria, Egypt, on 21 March. (US Navy)  The Egyptian Navy has taken delivery of three Cyclone-class coastal patrol ships from the United States.  The three boats, ex-USS Hurricane (PC 3), ex-USS Sirocco (PC 6), and ex-USS Thunderbolt (PC 12), were transferred from US Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) to the Egyptian Navy during a formal ceremony held in Alexandria, Egypt, on 21 March.  As part of the tr...

Ukraine conflict: Netherlands to donate minehunters to Ukraine

By Kate Tringham 21 March 2023
HNLMS  Schiedam,   one of six remaining Alkmaar (Tripartite)-class minehunters in RNLN service.  (Michael Nitz – Naval Press Service)  The Ukrainian Navy's mine countermeasures (MCM) capabilities are set to receive another boost with the donation of Dutch Alkmaar (Tripartite)-class minehunters.  While visiting southern Ukraine during the third week of March, Dutch Minister of Defence Kajsa Ollongren confirmed plans to donate two Alkmaar-class minehunters as part of a military aid package that also included drone...

DSEI Japan 2023: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries develops new C-UAS and cyber-security capabilities

By Oishee Majumdar 17 March 2023
MHI will deliver at least one unit of its new laser system (pictured), developed to counter hostile UAVs, to the Japanese MoD in December. (Janes/Oishee Majumdar)  Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) has developed a new laser system to counter unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and a manportable version of its cyber-security solution named Intersept.  Both the systems were displayed by MHI at the DSEI Japan 2023 show being held in Chiba from 15 to 17 March.  Company officials told Janes at the show that the laser system can destroy hostile UAVs w...

US DoD weapons chief favours more co-production

By Marc Selinger 15 March 2023
The US and Japan co-produce the Standard Missile-3 Block IIA ballistic missile interceptor. (US Missile Defense Agency)  William LaPlante, US undersecretary of defence for acquisition and sustainment, said on 14 March that he would like to see the US and its allies co-produce more weapon systems to speed up the availability of high-demand equipment.  Noting that US-based Raytheon Technologies and Japanese industry co-produce the Standard Missile-3 Block IIA ballistic missile interceptor, LaPlante said a similar arrangement could be establishe...

US UAV downed in Black Sea following mid-air collision with Russian Sukhoi Su-27

By Zach Rosenberg 14 March 2023
USAF MQ-9 Reaper in Afghanistan. The Reaper is equipped with what is believed to be the ‘Gorgon Stare' wide-area airborne surveillance system (WAASS). The MQ-9 downed in the Black Sea may have been equipped with a similar system. (United States Air Force)  A US Air Force (USAF) General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) crashed into the Black Sea on 14 March, following what the Pentagon said was an aerial collision with a Russian Sukhoi Su-27 fighter.  The collision occurred at 07:03 Central Europe...

US Space Force commercial LEO deal due by May

By Carlo Munoz 14 March 2023
A US Space Force radome receives data from satellites at Kaena Point Space Force Station, Hawaii, on 14 September 2022. (US Space Force)  The US Space Force (USSF) is poised to award several contracts to commercial satellite communications (satcom) companies, who will provide proliferated low Earth orbit (LEO) satcom capabilities to US armed forces and allies, the head of the service's commercial satcom office said.  Officials from the USSF's Commercial Satellite Communications Office (CSCO) are in the midst of wrapping up the source selectio...

UK establishes new military base in Northern Norway

By Kate Tringham 09 March 2023
UK Royal Navy commandos conduct cold weather training in the Arctic. (UK Royal Navy/Crown Copyright)  The UK has set up a military base in Northern Norway that will act as a hub for Royal Marines commandos operating in the region.  The purpose-built site, called Camp Viking, is located in Øverbygd, about 40 mile south of Tromsø, and will be used to support the UK's commando-led Littoral Response Group (LRG) (North), which is designed to operate alongside NATO and UK Joint Expeditionary Force partners in the High North and Baltic Sea regions....

US DoD official outlines changes to aid small business

By Marc Selinger 24 February 2023
An aerial view of the US Pentagon. (Getty Images)  Several recent or pending changes at the US Department of Defense (DoD) are intended to make it easier for small businesses to work with the large, complex organisation, according to a key DoD official.  Farooq Mitha, director of the DoD's Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP), during a National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) webinar on 21 February said that the department intends to revive funding for the Rapid Innovation Fund (RIF), which is supposed to help small businesses bridg...

US Senator Murkowski cites need for faster icebreaker acquisition and improved Arctic communications

By Michael Fabey 20 February 2023
US Coast Guard icebreaker   Healy  calls in Seward, Alaska, in July 2022, while embarking on a North Pole deployment. US Senator Lisa Murkowski wants to accelerate the acquisition of additional icebreakers.  (Michael Fabey)  Citing growing national security concerns in the Arctic, US Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska called for speedier acquisition of the proposed fleet of Polar Security Cutters (PSCs) and improvement of infrastructure for Arctic communications.    With their icebreaker capability, the PSCs w...

UK Royal Navy autonomous minehunter arrives in the Gulf for operational evaluation

By Kate Tringham 15 February 2023
RNMB   Harrier  's    deployment to Bahrain for operational evaluation represents a significant step in the RN's journey towards autonomous minehunting operations.  (UK MOD Crown copyright)  The UK Royal Navy's (RN's) autonomous minehunter RNMB Harrier has arrived in Bahrain to start operational evaluations, as part of the service's Mine Hunting Capability (MHC) programme.  Harrier, a modular 11 m ARCIMS mine countermeasures (MCM) unmanned surface vessel (USV) developed by Atlas Elektronik UK (AEUK),...

UK MoD publishes first defence cloud road map

By Olivia Savage & Anika Torruella 07 February 2023
The CIRRUS MoD cloud delivery model from the Cloud Strategic Roadmap that seeks to join the dots within Defence Digital and across the wider defence landscape. (MoD Crown Copyright 2023)  The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has published the first edition of its ‘Cloud Strategic Roadmap for Defence'.  Released on 2 February, the road map outlines the vision, deliverables, and outcomes for achieving a “hyperscale cloud ecosystem” designed to span across all MoD “functions, commands, and enabling organisations”. This is intended to provide the fou...

Update: UK's first future subsea surveillance ship arrives in Merseyside for conversion

By Kate Tringham & Richard Scott 06 February 2023
The UK's newly acquired future Multi-Role Ocean Surveillance ship sails into Cammell Laird shipyard, Birkenhead, Liverpool, on 19 January. (Royal Navy)  The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has purchased a second-hand commercial offshore patrol vessel from P&O Maritime Logistics' subsidiary Topaz Energy and Marinefor conversion into a specialist ship dedicated to protecting the country's critical subsea infrastructure.  The vessel, which is currently named MV Topaz Tangaroa, arrived at Cammell Laird shipyard in Birkenhead, Merseyside, for refitt...
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