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  • Japan Seeks Solution for Aegis
    Japan Seeks Solution for Aegis 27 August 2020
    Japan's National Security Council has submitted proposals for solutions that could be an alternative to the Aegis Ashore ballistic missile defence system. The council, which has put forward three alternatives to the missile defence system, first proposed a system stationed on a floating platform. Separating the anti-missile system from radar is the second option; Using spy-7 radar with existing warships equipped with Aegis systems was the latest proposal of the National Security...
  • Japan Postpones Ballistic Missile Defence System
    Japan Postpones Ballistic Missile Defence System 15 June 2020
    Japan is going to postpone it for its ballistic missile defence system. Japan, which wants to procure two Aegis Ashore ballistic missile defence systems from the United States to deploy it on its shores last year, announced that the plan had been suspended. The country's Defence Minister Taro Kono said the defence systems to be purchased to detect and counter North Korean ballistic missiles have been suspended due to technical problems and lack of budget. Minister Kono said they...
  • Last Air Warfare Destroyer Commissioned
    Last Air Warfare Destroyer Commissioned 24 May 2020
    The Hobart-class anti-air warfare destroyers, built to replace the Adelaide-class frigates that have reached the end of their useful life, have come to an end. The Royal Australian Navy commissioned HMAS Sydney (DDG 42), the third and final Hobart Class anti-air warfare destroyer. The fifth platform with the same name, the ship will be integrated into the fleet after the test and evaluation process. The Hobart-class anti-air warfare destroyer was developed from the Navanti...
  • The USA in Russia's "Backyard" After 40 Years
    The USA in Russia's "Backyard" After 40 Years 5 May 2020
    Ships belonging to the US and UK navy carried out exercises in the Barents Sea, where Russia's Northern Fleet is located. The United States, which has not been in the Barents Sea since the 1980s, entered Russia's "backyard" today for maritime security activities for the first time in nearly 40 years. Three Arleigh Burke-class Aegis destroyers USS Donald Cook (DDG 75), USS Porter (DDG 78), USS Roosevelt (DDG 80) are supported by fast combat support ship USNS Supply ...
  • ROK Approves New Plan for 'Mini-Aegis' Destroyers
    ROK Approves New Plan for 'Mini-Aegis' Destroyers 29 April 2020
    According to Korea Herald, Republic of Korea (ROK) on Monday approved a $546 million plan to develop a combat system to be equipped on the country's next-generation destroyers, the arms procurement agency Defence Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) said. The Defence Project Promotion Committee decided during a videoconference session held earlier in the day to sign a contract for the Korea Destroyer Next Generation project in the fourth quarter of this year with a plan to ...
  • Last Hobart Received by Australia
    Last Hobart Received by Australia 2 March 2020
    Australia, which phased out the Adelaide-class frigates that have reached end of their economic life, continues to commission new platforms. As part of the program launched by the Royal Australian Navy received the third and last Hobart class destroyer. At the ceremony held in Adelaide, the ship transferred from Osborne Shipyard to the navy will serve with the name of HMAS Sydney (42). The ship, which is officially scheduled to commission on M...
  • Japanese Radars Failed to Track North Korean Missiles
    Japanese Radars Failed to Track North Korean Missiles 25 September 2019
      Japan has failed to track the trajectory of some of North Korea’s new types of short-range missiles according to the Japan Times. The missiles, including some capable of reaching Japan, apparently escaped detection due to their low altitudes and irregular trajectories. Tokyo is said to believe that North Korea is attempting to break through Japan’s existing missile defence network. Japan is considering operating two or more Aegis-equipped destr...
  • Unmanned Combat Ship Ready for Combat
    Unmanned Combat Ship Ready for Combat 26 August 2019
    In February, China's unmanned combat ship, which was exhibited at the 14th International Defence Exhibition and Conference (International Defence Exhibition/ IDEX) in Abu Dhabi, has launched. Jointly developed by No. 716 and No. 702 research institutes under the state-owned China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC), the JARI multi-purpose unmanned combat vessel held its launch ceremony. The launch indicates the world-leading combat drone ship has gained initial combat capability, the...
  • NATO Movement Against to Russia
    NATO Movement Against to Russia 11 August 2019
    NATO has completed a scheduled upgrade of a land-based Aegis Ashore ballistic missile system in Romania. The update is part of the United States European Phased Adaptive Approach to ballistic missile defence, which was announced on September 2009. The Aegis Ashore station will detect and track potential threats outside of the bloc. A US THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defence) system was deployed to the Deveselu base for the time of the upgrade.   In response to th...
  • Second Maya-Class Received
    Second Maya-Class Received 18 July 2019
      Japan Marine United Corporation launched the second Maya-class guided missile destroyer for the Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force on 17 July. Named Haguro, the 170 m-long vessels will use the Aegis Baseline J7 supported by the Lockheed Martin/Raytheon AN/SPY-1D(V) phased array radar. The ship, which cost about USD1.6 billion to build, is expected to be commissioned in March 2021. The first-of-class Maya, which was launched on 30 July 2018. The maritime tests of the ...
  • Next Gen Frigate for U.S. Navy
    Next Gen Frigate for U.S. Navy 7 March 2019
    The U.S. Navy has issued a draft request for proposals for a new guided missile frigate, being acquired through the FFG(X) competition in order to buy a total of 20 ships, and the draft solicitation outlines the construction schedule for the first 10 ships in the class. The lead ship would be delivered 72 months after a contract is awarded. The contract will include an option for an additional nine ships. A final RFP will be released later this year, with a contract award ...
  • Aegis Ashore to Japan
    Aegis Ashore to Japan 31 January 2019
    Aegis Ashore to Japan   Japan is expanding its ballistic missile defence network. Japan's two Aegis ashore system request from the US has been approved.   Japan will procure under the agreement which is expected to a total cost of US $ 2.15 billion; two Aegis weapon systems, two  Multi-Mission Signal Processors and two command-control processors. Systems to be supplied include Global Command and Control System-Maritime, IFF systems an...
  • First Candidate for NSM
    First Candidate for NSM 19 November 2018
    Lockheed Martin has announced the launch of NSM integration for Freedom class Littoral Combat Ships (LCS). The statement included the first platform to integrate the system. The NSM (Naval Strike Missile) system will be integrated into first Freedom class platforms, LCS 27 (future USS Nanucket). Thus Freedom class ships will gain the ability of over the horizon launch capability. The NSM system developed by the Norwegian company Kongsberg and can be launched from naval or ...
  • U.S. Successfully Conducts SM-3 Block IIA Intercept Test
    U.S. Successfully Conducts SM-3 Block IIA Intercept Test 28 October 2018
    The U.S. Missile Defence Agency (MDA), and U.S. Navy sailors aboard USS John Finn (DDG-113) successfully conducted an intercept of a medium-range ballistic missile target with a Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIA missile during a flight test off the west coast of Hawaii. The SM-3 Block IIA is being developed cooperatively by the U.S. and Japan and operates as part of the AEGIS Ballistic Missile Defence system. On October 26, 2018, the target missile was launched from the ...
  • Japan’s SM-3 TU Intercepts Ballistic Missile Target
    Japan’s SM-3 TU Intercepts Ballistic Missile Target 14 September 2018
    The Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF) and the United States Missile Defence Agency (MDA) completed a successful intercept flight test in cooperation with the U.S. Navy off the coast of Kauai in Hawai. The target missile was launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility in Hawaii, and the interceptor was launched from the Japanese ship JS Atago (DDG-177), verifying the newest ballistic missile defence engagement capability of the upgraded destroyer. JS ATAGO crew members detected an...
  • Modernisation for Navy Cruiser
    Modernisation for Navy Cruiser 27 August 2018
    BAE Systems has signed a new agreement with the United States. Company will modernize the USS Gettysburg (CG 64), a Ticonderoga Class guided missile cruiser under the agreement. Within the scope of modernization, the weapon and engineering systems of the ship will be upgraded with more advanced ones. In addition to this, platform will gain necessary infrastructure for integration of the Aegis combat system. New communication systems, CANES (Consolidated Aflo...
  • MiG-41 Experimental Design Work Begins Soon
    MiG-41 Experimental Design Work Begins Soon 21 August 2018
    Russia’s new next gen fighter aircraft Mig-41 will get in shape soon.  Russian MiG Aircraft Corporation is developing fighter-interceptor to replace the MiG-31 fighters. "No, this is not a mythical project, this is a long-standing project for the MiG and now we are carrying out intensive work under the aegis of the UAC [the United Aircraft Corporation] and will present it to the public soon," MiG CEO Ilya Tarasenko was quoted as saying by TASS Friday. ...
  • Japan sees cost for Aegis Ashore doubling initial quote
    Japan sees cost for Aegis Ashore doubling initial quote 25 July 2018
    Japanese Defence Ministry has newly estimated that the price tag of two land-based missile batteries Japan aims to deploy could cost around $3.6 billion, doubling the initial quotation. The Japanese government insists installing the U.S.-developed Aegis Ashore system in Akita and Yamaguchi prefectures to strengthen country’s defence against potential nuclear weapon or missile threats. Two batteries are believed to be sufficient to cover Japan's entire territory.
  • Arleigh Burke Fleet Growing
    Arleigh Burke Fleet Growing 20 July 2018
    Ingalss Shipbuilding which is a part of Huntington Ingalss Industries has launched the newest Arleigh Burke class guided missile destroyer of US Navy. Ship is christened as Frank E. Petersen Jr with DDG121 pennant number. Ingalls delivered a total of 30 Arleigh Burke class destroyers before. Ingalls has already building Paul Ignatus (DDG117), Lenah H. Sutcliffe Higbee (DDG123) and Jack H. Lucas (DDG125) on their sleds. The Arleigh Burke class guided missile destroyer ...
  • Keel Laid for DDG 118
    Keel Laid for DDG 118 15 May 2018
    ABD Donanması, yeni Arleigh Burke Sınıfı güdümlü füze destroyeri USS Daniel Inouye (DDG 118) için 14 Mayıs'ta General Dynamics Bath Iron Works Tersanesi'nde kızağa konma töreni düzenledi. DDG 118, Flight IIA konfigürasyonunda inşa edilecek ve entegre hava ve füze savunma kabiliyetine sahip Aegis Baseline 9 muharebe sisttemi ile donatılacak.
  • Aegis Umbrella Expands
    Aegis Umbrella Expands 3 May 2018
    The US Navy is aiming to expand its ship fleet with Aegis ballistic missile defence system. According to the Congressional Research Service (CRS) report, in fiscal year 2023 the number of Aegis equipped destroyers and cruisers is planned to increase by 50%. Currently, 38 Aegis ships are operating in the US Navy. Within the fiscal year 2019, it is planned to reach 41 Aegis ships in navy and in fiscal year 2023, it is aimed total of 57 ships at the end of fiscal year. Accord...
  • DDG 116 Completes Builder’s Trials
    DDG 116 Completes Builder’s Trials 4 April 2018
    The US Navy's Arleigh Burke-class USS Thomas Hudner (DDG 116) destroyer successfully completed builder's trials on 31 March.  The DDG 51 class vessels feature an Aegis Baseline 9 Integrated Air and Missile Defence system which will enable DDG 116 to link radars with other ships and aircraft to provide a composite picture of the battlespace. USS Thomas Hudner will begin USN acceptance trials later this spring. 
  • SM-3 Block IIA failed at Hawaii
    SM-3 Block IIA failed at Hawaii 1 February 2018
    The US conducted an unsuccessful missile defence test on Wednesday, A test shoot of the SM-3 Block IIA fired from an Aegis Ashore test site in Hawaii failed, CNN has reported. A missile launched from land failed to intercept an incoming target launched from an aircraft over Hawaii. The missile is designed to intercept ballistic missiles. The Missile Defence Agency and U.S. Navy the Aegis Ashore Missile Defence Test Complex (AAMDTC) had conducted the test. Missile was launched from the Pacific...
  • Greenlight for SM-3 Sales to Japan
    Greenlight for SM-3 Sales to Japan 12 January 2018
    The US State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Japan of Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIA missiles for an estimated cost of $133.3 million on 9 January. The Government of Japan has requested a possible sale of four Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIA missiles along with four MK 29 missile canisters and technical assistance, transportation, engineering and logistics support services. The SM-3 Block IIA is an anti-b...
  • Japan Requested Additional Budget for Defence
    Japan Requested Additional Budget for Defence 11 December 2017
    Japanese Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera announced that the ministry has requested additional $6.4 million of budgetary allocation to elaborate a plan for deploying two land-based US missile defense systems, Aegis Ashore.  The decision aims to "strengthen the ability to constantly protect" the country to due to the repeated missile launches by North Korea. The Defence Ministry has requested $48 bi...
  • An Eye For An Eye
    An Eye For An Eye 30 November 2017
    North Korea has conducted yet another missile launch on 29 November, to which the Republic of Korea responded with a live-fire drill. The Republic of Korean Army's missile unit, the Navy's Aegis ship and the Air Force's KF-16 fighter jet took part in the training held in the East Sea near the inter-Korean border. During the drill, a Haeseong-2 cruise missile, a Hyunmoo-2 ballistic missile and a SPICE-2000 air-to-surface missile were fired, all three precisely hitting its designate...
  • Japan Boosts Defence Systems
    Japan Boosts Defence Systems 23 October 2017
    Japan may arm its Aegis Ashore missile defence system with SM-6 missiles. According to local sources, Japan is considering equipping ground-based Aegis Ashore systems with the capacity to intercept cruise missiles, in addition to the ability to defend against ballistic missiles. Japanese government intends to introduce two Aegis Ashore systems in Japan by around fiscal 2023. These would be equipped with SM-3 Block IIA missiles which are being jointly developed by Japa...
  • Australia To Equip Future Frigates With Aegis
    Australia To Equip Future Frigates With Aegis 3 October 2017
    Australia is to equip its future frigates, planned to be constructed under the country's new shipbuilding strategy, with Lockheed Martin’s Aegis combat management system together with a Saab Australia-developed tactical interface.  Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said, "Recent events in our region have proven that Australia’s future frigates must be equipped to defend Australia from the threat of medium and long-range missile attacks," referring t...
  • Failed Intercept Test by USN
    Failed Intercept Test by USN 22 June 2017
    The US Navy (USN) conducted an unsuccessful ballistic missile intercept test on 21 June. Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones (DDG-53) equipped with an Aegis Baseline 9.C2 combat system has failed to intercept a medium-range ballistic missile launched from the Pacific Missile Range. Although the destroyer successfully detected and tracked the target on the AN/SPY-1 phased array radar, SM-3 Block IIA launched from the vessel failed to intercept its target. ...
  • HMAS Hobart Handed Over
    HMAS Hobart Handed Over 20 June 2017
    Australia has taken delivery of the first Aegis-equipped Hobart-class air warfare destroyers (AWDs) in a ceremony held at the Osborne Naval Shipyard on 16 June. The vessel, HMAS Hobart (DDG 39), will transit to Sydney in the next months where it will be officially commissioned by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). The vessel was laid down in September 2012 and launched in May 2015. HMAS Hobart is the first Aegis-equipped ship to be delivered to Australia.
  • Raytheon's Radar Demonstrated Capabilities
    Raytheon's Radar Demonstrated Capabilities 3 April 2017
    Raytheon demonstrated its AN/SPY-6(V) active electronically scanned array air and missile defence radar's (AMDR) capabilities during the missile defence exercise at the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF). The AN/SPY-6(V) is designed to increase situational awareness and to reduce reaction time during combat and is planned to replace SPY-1D radars on new Aegis warships.  
  • First-of-Class HMAS Hobart Completed Sea Trials
    First-of-Class HMAS Hobart Completed Sea Trials 15 March 2017
    The Sea Acceptance Trials of Australia’s first-of-class Aegis-equipped Air Warfare Destroyer HMAS Hobart has been completed. The trials tested the ability of the platform to support the combat system, including Aegis system operations in an at-sea environment. The Hobart Class destroyers are being built under Australia’s SEA 4000 program, and will see three vessels delivery by the end of 2019. 
  • New Period in the Pacific 10 February 2017
    The US and Japan conducted missile tests to prevent short- and medium-range ballistic missiles. The prevention test conducted under the RIM-161 Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIA project has been successful. The SFTM-01 SM-3 Block IIA missile, launched on February 3rd from the USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) destroyer, has been previously subjected to cruise tests twice. However, the system function was tested for the first time. The US-Japan partnership plans to deploy SM-3 Block IIA missiles ...
  • The First Live Intercept Test Successful
    The First Live Intercept Test Successful 6 February 2017
    Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIA interceptor missile has successfully completed its and first live intercept test on 3 February off the west coast of Hawaii. The missile was launched from the US Navy's Arleigh Burke-class USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53), which detected and tracked the target missile with its onboard AN/SPY-1D(V) radar using the Aegis Baseline 9.C2 weapon system. SM-3 Block IIA guided missile was jointly developed by Japan and the US. This test also marked t...
  • Simultaneous Firing Test of Raytheon Missiles
    Simultaneous Firing Test of Raytheon Missiles 19 December 2016
    The US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) announced that two SM-6 Dual I missiles were successfully fired from an Aegis baseline 9.C1 equipped destroyer USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) on 14 December, off the coast of Hawaii, intercepting a complex medium range ballistic missile target. The director of MDA stated that the salvo test demostrated how critical the SM-6 missile and the Aegis Weapon System were for the country’s ballistic missile defence system.  Raytheon’s Standard...
  • Are 'Perry's Coming Back?
    Are 'Perry's Coming Back? 16 December 2016
    Are the Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigates the US decomissioned coming back?  The US Navy has awarded a $125,9 million contract to General Dynamics Bath Iron Works for maintenance and modernization of Arleigh Burke-class Aegis missile defense ships and Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided missile frigates. The US Navy decommissioned the last Oliver Hazard Perry-class vessel 'Simpson' in 2015. According to the US Department of Defence press release o...
  • Kongsberg to Upgrade Fridtjof Nansen Class Frigates
    Kongsberg to Upgrade Fridtjof Nansen Class Frigates 27 November 2016
    Norwegian Kongsberg Defence Systems (KONGSBERG) has entered into agreement with the Norwegian Defence Material Agency (NDMA) to update the Combat Management System and the Active Sonar System of the Fridtjof Nansen class frigates. The contract value is 313 million Krone (36.5 million $) and will be delivered over four years. KONGSBERG has supplied the anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare systems based on KONGSBERG`s Combat Management System architecture and integrated w...
  • DDG 115 Completed its First Sea Trials
    DDG 115 Completed its First Sea Trials 24 October 2016
    DDG 115, the future USS Rafael Peralta, completed its first set of builder’s trials off the coast of Maine on 18 October. Rafael Peralta is the 65th Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) class destroyer and the first vessel Bath Iron Works built under the DDG 51 Flight IIA program since it restarted in 2010. The trials covered the ships’s operational capability of key communication, damage control, navigation and propulsion systems. Equipped with Aegis Baseline 9 Combat System, the vessel also f...
  • New Record by SM-6
    New Record by SM-6 4 October 2016
    The US Navy announced on 29 September that it has successfully completed the longest range anti-air warfare intercept which took place at the Point Mugu test range in California, on September 22. The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Princeton, equipped with the latest Aegis Baseline 9, successfully processed data from a remote airborne sensor to engage and destroy an over-the-horizon threat representative target using the Standard Missile-6 (SM-6) during the Naval Integrated Fire ...
  • 'Message to North Korea' Drill
    'Message to North Korea' Drill 27 September 2016
    The US Navy and the Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) conducted a non-routine joint naval exercise on 26 September near the North Korean border. US Forces Korea stated that this exercise is designed to demonstrate allience against North Korea’s heightened military and nuclear threats. The US Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Spruance (DDG 111) and P-3 Orion submarine warfare and maritime patrol aircraft joined the Republic of Korea Navy’s Aegis destroyers, submarines, a...