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  • China Equips Destroyer with Long-Range Land-Attack Missiles
    China Equips Destroyer with Long-Range Land-Attack Missiles December 24 2019
    Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy equips the Type 055 class guided-missile destroyer Nanchang with long-range land-attack cruise missiles. The PLA Navy said on China's Twitter-like social platform Sina Weibo that the service operates not only vessels but also submarine-launched intercontinental ballistic missiles with strategic missile submarines and long-range land-attack cruise missiles with 10,000 ton-class guided-missile destroyer. China displayed its...
  • Ukraine to Request Assistance of Turkey for Project 58250 Corvettes
    Ukraine to Request Assistance of Turkey for Project 58250 Corvettes November 11 2019
    Ukraine’s Defence Ministry has initiated works on building at least four corvettes for the country’s navy, the ministry’s official news agency ArmyInform reported on Sept. 18. The process will start with resuming the construction of the Volodymyr the Great corvette as the lead vessel of Project 58250 class of perspective warships. Navy initiated building back in 2011, but there is almost no progress since then. Turkey and the United States are ready to su...
  • Third and Fourth Frigates are being Built
    Third and Fourth Frigates are being Built November 4 2019
    China has begun work on a third, and fourth Type 054A frigates on order for the Pakistan Navy. A steel cutting ceremony was held for the third and fourth ship at the Hudong Zhonghua Shipyard in China on November 1st. The contract signed between China Shipbuilding Trading Co. Ltd (CSTC) and the Pakistani government for procurement was announced in June 2018. According to Chinese sources, the deal includes four platforms. The class of ships built for Pakistan was named Type 054AP. Almost equal ...
  • Land Based Neptune OK
    Land Based Neptune OK October 9 2019
    The test and development process for the Neptune Navy missile system, which was the first test launch in the last period, is ongoing. Deaigned as a land-based naval anti-ship missile system, Neptune's development process is progressing rapidly towards the second trial launch. A new trial was planned towards the end of 2019 and the test and evaluation phase will be completed. Next up is the test launch from the ship. The missile, which has a warhead of 145 kilograms, we...
  • New Test from Atmaca
    New Test from Atmaca September 25 2019
    The Defence Industry Presidency announced that the new test firing of the anti-ship cruise missile ATMACA was successfully carried out on official twitter and Instagram accounts. The Presidency said, “ We successfully fired the new test shot of our ATMACA missile. ATMACA cruise missiles are produced locally by Roketsan and fire control systems and other equipments are produced by Aselsan. ATMACAs will be integrated into MİLGEMs and will increase our deterrence in the sea even ...
  • Russia Doesn’t Forget its “Heroes” September 13 2019
    Russian Navy’s 9th Project 20380 (Steregushchy) class corvette, designed to replace Project 1124s, launched. Russian shipbuilder Amur Shipbuilding has launched the country’s ninth Project 20380 corvette (Steregushchy) class, four years after construction start. The corvette is the third in its class to be built by Amur Shipbuilding and the third to join Russia’s Pacific Fleet. The ship is expected to enter service in 2020, according to the Russian defence ministry.
  • ATMACA to Be Test-Fired At Sea In November
    ATMACA to Be Test-Fired At Sea In November September 11 2019
    Roketsan’s Atmaca anti-ship missile will be test-fired from an Ada-class corvette TCG Kınalıada in November this year. The event will mark the first time that the Atmaca is tested at sea. Atmaca was unveiled for the first time by Roketsan during IDEF 19 defence exhibition. The serial production contract of Atmaca anti-ship missile was signed between the Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB) and Roketsan on November 2nd, 2018. According to Roketsan, Atmaca is a subso...
  • Unmanned Combat Ship Ready for Combat
    Unmanned Combat Ship Ready for Combat August 26 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...
  • Smerch Tested August 15 2019
        Russia’s upgraded missile corvette holds live-fire exercise in Sea of Japan. The warship successfully employed surface-to-air missiles, launching them against the target that simulated a surface ship and a simulated air target. Smerch is also set to test its 30mm AK-630 six-barrel automatic artillery gun, the press office of Russia’s Pacific Fleet reported. The Russian shipbuilders completed the upgrade of the missile corvette Smerch in 2019. Duri...
  • The Hellenic Navy Started Sea Trials
    The Hellenic Navy Started Sea Trials July 25 2019
    For the Hellenic Navy, 6th Roussen-Class fast attack missile boat (FACM) started sea trials. The platform, which was under construction went into the water in Elefsina Bay for a limited time. Final ship acceptance board checks of the No. 6 FACM are scheduled to be executed in the third quarter of this year. The Roussen-class FACM are based a stretched variant of the successful Vita design in used with the navies of Qatar and Oman. The Platform has a length of 62 meters, full load di...
  • China Retires Three Jianghu II-Class Frigates to Replace With Type 054A Frigates
    China Retires Three Jianghu II-Class Frigates to Replace With Type 054A Frigates July 23 2019
    China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) retired three of their older frigates on 13 July 2019. The frigates were assigned with the PLAN’s South Sea Fleet. The frigates, all ships of the Type 053H1 Jianghu-II class are the Taizhou (533), Jinhua (534), and Linfen (545), all built made in Hudong and were commissioned in June and December 1982, and September 1987, respectively. The frigates are commonly equipped with two 100mm naval guns, four twin 37mm ...
  • MANSUP is Ready
    MANSUP is Ready July 18 2019
      The Brazilian Navy announced it has successfully launched the third and final prototype of the MANSUP (Míssil Antinavio Nacional de Superfície) surface-to-surface anti-ship missile on 10 July. The missile was fired from one of the two ITL-10 twin missile launchers on board the Niterói-class frigate F Independência. MANSUP is a locally-developed missile measuring 5.6 meters in length, weighing about a ton and reaching a speed of 1000 km/h. The navy w...
  • France Wins €750M Order from Abu Dhabi
    France Wins €750M Order from Abu Dhabi June 7 2019
    Abu Dhabi has ordered two Gowind corvettes worth €750 million from Naval Group, La Tribune reported quoting unidentified sources who confirm an initial report in the ‘Intelligence Online’ newsletter. The contract, reportedly signed on March 25, may however be blocked by Germany which has decreed an embargo on weapon deliveries to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, as the two ships are to be powered by diesel engines produced by Germany’s MTU.
  • ASELSAN’s Korkut in the Sea: GÖKDENİZ
    ASELSAN’s Korkut in the Sea: GÖKDENİZ April 30 2019
    The GÖKDENİZ Close Air Defence System for Marine Platforms (YHSS), which was developed as a result of the adaptation of KORKUT Self-Propelled Gun Barrelled Low-Altitude Air Defence Weapon System to marine platforms under the scope of the contract executed by the Presidency for Defence Industries, was introduced at IDEF’19 at ASELSAN’s stand with the participation of the President of Defence Industries Prof. Dr. İsmail Demir, the Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO of A...
  • ROKETSAN Full of Surprises
    ROKETSAN Full of Surprises April 30 2019
    ROKETSAN has announced one surprise after another during IDEF’19. The final tests of the surface-to-surface anti-ship missile Atmaca, which was designed and developed for the requirements of the naval forces, have been completed recently. Atmaca successfully hit a target at a range of roughly 200 km. Although it is similar to the Harpoon missile in terms of its place of use and shape, the autonomous missile with low radar signature offers many advantages including communication and spee...
  • China’s Type 055 destroyer ‘Nanchang’ Debuts in Celebrations
    China’s Type 055 destroyer ‘Nanchang’ Debuts in Celebrations April 25 2019
    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy celebrated its 70th anniversary Tuesday afternoon in Qingdao, East China's Shandong Province by holding a grand maritime parade, which featured China's latest and most powerful destroyer, the Type 055, for the first time. Making its first public appearance at the PLA Navy’s 70th anniversary parade, the Type 055 destroyer ‘Nanchang’ displaces over 10,000 tonnes and carries 112 vertical launch cells for anti...
  • Anglo-French FC/ASW Missile Programme Successfully Passes its Key Review
    Anglo-French FC/ASW Missile Programme Successfully Passes its Key Review March 21 2019
    MBDA announced its “Key Review”, jointly conducted with Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) and the Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA), the British and French armament procurement agencies. The conclusion of this Key Review makes it possible to select the missile concepts in order to meet the requirements expressed by both nations’ armed forces. More in-depth studies will now be conducted on these concepts with the aim of identifying th...
  • Japan’s ASM-3 to Reach Standoff Range
    Japan’s ASM-3 to Reach Standoff Range March 18 2019
    Japan has decided to increase the range of its air launched anti-ship missile the ASM-3. The Mach 3 capable missile will become standoff and reach 400km range. Standoff defence capability was specified in the new National Defence Program Guidelines adopted by the Cabinet last December. The Defence Ministry completed development of the supersonic air-to-ship ASM-3 missile in fiscal 2017. Mounted on an ASDF F-2 fighter jet, the missile is capable of flying at Mach 3. ...
  • Japan Chose Norwegian JSM for F-35A
    Japan Chose Norwegian JSM for F-35A March 12 2019
    Norwegian Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace AS (KONGSBERG) was selected by Japan to equip F-35 fighter jets with Joint Strike Missile JSM. The JSM development started in 2008 and was completed in mid-2018 after successful certification trials. The JSM missile is one of the two anti-ship missiles to be equipped with the US F-35 fighter, the other being the SOM-J Turkish rocket. The JSM missile is made of composite materials that reduce its electromagnetic trace, its design incorporat...
  • Next Gen Frigate for U.S. Navy
    Next Gen Frigate for U.S. Navy March 7 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 ...
  • Japan Commissions Second Asahi-Class Guided-Missile Destroyer
    Japan Commissions Second Asahi-Class Guided-Missile Destroyer March 6 2019
    The Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF) commissioned its second Asahi-class guided-missile destroyer on 27 February in Nagasaki Prefecture. Shiranui , which is the first JMSDF ship to feature a periscope-detection radar, was launched in October 2017 and began sea trials in July 2018. The first vessel of the class, JS Asahi (pennant number 119), was commissioned in March 2018. The class has a top speed of 30 kt and a crew complement of 220, according to the JMSDF. Eac...
  • Ukrainia Presents "Neptun" and "Vilkha" at IDEX
    Ukrainia Presents "Neptun" and "Vilkha" at IDEX February 21 2019
    Ukranian Spetstechnoexport Company, part of the State Concern Ukroboronprom, presented for the first time the new models of the cruise anti-ship missile system "Neptun" and high-precision multiple rocket launching system "Vilkha" at the international Defence exhibition IDEX-2019 in the UAE. Neptun was first tested in 2018. The combat units for both systems were developed and produced by the State Kyiv Design Bureau “Luch.” Local media reports say the ...
  • New Air Defense System to the Navy February 19 2019
    MBDA introduces a new ship-based air defence system in NAVDEX. The platform called SPIMM (Self Protection Integrated Mistral Module) was developed on SIMBAD-RC. SIMBAD-RC is a ship-mounted turret system, has two ready-to-launch missiles. Thanks to the 360-degree infrared panoramic imager, SPIMM can detect air and surface targets. The remote commanded SPIMM is controlled by two operators. The system, which can carry four spare missiles, can be effective against anti-ship missiles, ai...
  • Russia Unveils Naval Pantsir at IDEX
    Russia Unveils Naval Pantsir at IDEX February 15 2019
    Russian, JSC Rosoboronexport and JSC NPO High Precision Systems will demonstrate the Pantsir-ME shipborne air-defence missile and artillery system at IDEX, Abu Dhabi. The Pantsir-ME air-defence missile and artillery system can be set up on ships with water displacement of more than 300 tons. The system provides protection of vessels from all the existing and prospective air assault weapons in the whole spectrum of their combat capabilities with an unconditional probability of kill, ...
  • Iran Equips Destroyers with Home-grown ‘Phalanx’; “Kamand”
    Iran Equips Destroyers with Home-grown ‘Phalanx’; “Kamand” January 22 2019
      The Iranian Navy destroyer has been equipped with a close-in weapon system (CIWS) an indigenized version of Phalanx, that is used for defence against anti-ship missiles, for the very first time. Iran announced that it is working on such system in August 2018. Tasnim news agency quoted the Commander of the Iranian Navy Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi that the system is going to be installed on vessels that carry out missions in deep and distant waters. He sug...
  • F/A-18 Time for LRASM
    F/A-18 Time for LRASM January 18 2019
    The F/A-18 Super Hornet process has started in LRASM, the latest anti-ship system in the US inventory. Lockheed Martin turned to the navy when it was recently announced that the system was operational on B-1B Lancer aircraft. The qualification process required for the use of LRASM missiles on F/A-18 E/F aircraft will start in the first quarter of this year. Platforms will perform a series of flight and shotlaunch tests with live ammunition. In this process, F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet a...
  • Lockheed Martin Is Awarded US$172m Contract For LRASM
    Lockheed Martin Is Awarded US$172m Contract For LRASM January 18 2019
    The US Navy and US Air Force have awarded Lockheed Martin a US$172 million contract to produce the second lot of the Long-Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM). LRASM is a long range, precision-guided anti-ship missile leveraging off its Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile - Extended Range (JASSM-ER) heritage, and is designed to meet the needs of US Navy and Air Force Aircraft. Armed with a penetrator and blast fragmentation warhead, LRASM employs precision routing and guidanc...
  • Mistral Missile Has Anti-Surface Capability
    Mistral Missile Has Anti-Surface Capability January 11 2019
    MBDA has successfully demonstrated the use of the Mistral missile against Fast Inshore Attack Crafts (FIAC)s at the end of last year. A number of foreign delegations attended the demonstration firing that was performed from a SIMBAD-RC automated naval turret firing from the land against a fast moving remotely-controlled semi-rigid boat more than 3 kilometres off the coast. The scenario was intended to be representative of the self-protection of a vessel against an asymmetric threat. In its la...
  • Ballistic Precaution
    Ballistic Precaution January 10 2019
    China continues to increase its offensive power. In this process; deployment of new systems in the areas deemed necessary. In this context, the Beijing administration mobilized the DF-26 systems in the northwestern part of the country. The DF-26s were placed on the plateau and desert areas in the region. According to a report published in the Chinese media, platforms was moved after USS McCampbell (DDG 85)'s transition on the Xisha Islands. In this way, the Beijin...
  • Upgraded ‘Backfire-C’ Made Maiden Flight
    Upgraded ‘Backfire-C’ Made Maiden Flight January 3 2019
    The Tu-22M3M, extensively upgraded Tupolev Tu-22M3 'Backfire-C' supersonic long-range strategic bomber, made its maiden flight.  Tu-22M3M  take off from an airbase belonging to the Gorbunov Kazan Aviation Plant (KAZ) on 28 December. Aircraft will be able to carry up to four Kinzhal hypersonic air-launched cruise missiles as well as new Russian anti-ship missiles. According to the press office of Russia's United Aircraft Corporation (UAC), the flight l...
  • China Accelerates Anti-Ship Market
    China Accelerates Anti-Ship Market January 2 2019
    China announced the new CM-401 system has been offered the international market. The system introduced at Airshow China 2018 promises high deterrence against medium and large tonnage targets. First introduced in November, the CM-401 can be effective for a maximum range of 290 kilometers. Equipped with 290 kilograms of warhead, system can perform ballistic flights that can reach an altitude of 100 kilometres. Missile can reach 6 Mach speed at the terminal stage and offers a 90% hit r...
  • $541 Million to Build 11 Corvettes
    $541 Million to Build 11 Corvettes December 15 2018
    Taiwanese domestic company Lung Teh Shipbuilding awarded contract to build 11 Tuo Chiang-class corvettes and four minelayers for the country's Navy, reported Liberty Times. The Chungshan Institute of Science and Technology has announced that plans to mass produce the Tuo Chiang-class corvette have been finalized and Lung Teh Shipbuilding has been selected as the contractor to produce the ships. The corvettes are to outfitted with air defence and anti-ship weaponry, but will not have ...
  • Russia Cancels Azerbaijan Sale
    Russia Cancels Azerbaijan Sale December 10 2018
    Russian newspaper Kommersant announced cancellation of Russia's arms trade with Azerbaijan. Russia has stepped-back from sale of anti-ship systems to be procured to Azerbaijan. Decision for the sale of Bal-E and 3M24s, which the Baku administration decided to procure in a small amount, is cancelled. Systems that have not yet signed contracts for their procurement are used in anti-ship missions. It is stated that Russia took the decision because it could be a threat to the Russia...
  • Ukraine Tests New or Modernized Missiles
    Ukraine Tests New or Modernized Missiles December 9 2018
    Ukraine has successfully tested a new anti-ship cruise missile, ‘Neptune’ and a modernized S-125 surface-to-air missile system, at a firing range in the Odesa Oblast Wednesday. Olexandr Turchynov, the chairman of Ukraine’s Defence and Security Council was quoted as saying during a press briefing after the tests by Kyivpost Thursday. “The task put today before cruise missiles was to check the range and accuracy of hitting surface targets”, adding that th...
  • MBDA: Successful First Launch for Marte ER missile
    MBDA: Successful First Launch for Marte ER missile November 17 2018

    MBDA’s Marte ER anti-ship missile has completed its first firing, successfully passing a major phase in its development, the company said in a release.

    The firing trial was carried out on Nov. 9 in an Italian test range. The Marte ER missile flew for more than 100 kilometres on a planned trajectory that included several waypoints and sea skimming flight, successfully testing all flying phases. Pasquale Di Bartolomeo, Executive Group Director Sales & Business De...
  • Anti-Ship Market Gets "Hot"
    Anti-Ship Market Gets "Hot" November 8 2018
    China, introduced its CM-401 system at Air show China 2018 in Zhuhai. CM-401 is an anti-ship ballistic missile, has developed by CASIC (China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation Limited). The missile has a 6 Mach speed. System can perform hypersonic manoeuvres which can perform ballistic flights and cruise from upper layers of atmosphere. When the CM-401 reaches its target, the terminal phase starts and it starts to dive. The system, which is effective against medium and larg...
  • Anti-Ship Market Gets "Hot"
    Anti-Ship Market Gets "Hot" November 8 2018
    China, introduced its CM-401 system at Air show China 2018 in Zhuhai. CM-401 is an anti-ship ballistic missile, has developed by CASIC (China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation Limited). The missile has a 6 Mach speed. System can perform hypersonic manoeuvres which can perform ballistic flights and cruise from upper layers of atmosphere. When the CM-401 reaches its target, the terminal phase starts and it starts to dive. The system, which is effective against medium and larg...
  • Atmaca goes into Serial Production November 2 2018
    The Atmaca missile, which was developed to increase the deterrence of the Turkish Navy, goes into mass production. Presidency of Defence Industries and Roketsan signed a serial production agreement for the Atmaca cruise missile, which was developed indigeniously.   The Atmaca missile, developed under the Surface-to-Surface Missile Procurement (ATMACA) Project, has 350 mm diameter. The system has a wingspan of 1.4 meters and weighs approximately 800 kilograms and has 2...
  • Raytheon Moving Fast
    Raytheon Moving Fast October 26 2018
    US-based company, Raytheon has reported two important news. The first of these is from Mexico. Company has delivered the RIM-116 RAM (Rolling Airframe Missile) Block 2 systems which ordered by Mexico. System will be used on the POLA (Patrulla Oceánica de Largo Alcance) platforms built for the Mexican Navy. RAM system is developed for intercepting enemy anti-ship threats. Block 2 models have a more powerful engine, more advanced control unit and radio frequency receiver. RAM i...
  • Saab to Unveil Surface-Launched Version Of Gungnir Anti-Ship Missile
    Saab to Unveil Surface-Launched Version Of Gungnir Anti-Ship Missile October 20 2018
    Saab will unveil the surface launch version of RBS15 Gungnir anti-ship missile system at the Euronaval exhibition in Paris. RBS15 Gungnir uses the all new RBS15 Mk4 Surface missile with extended range, enhanced defence penetration and electronic protection as well as a more advanced target seeker, allowing it to engage any target, in all conditions. The RBS15 Mk4 Surface missile is used in both the sea system and the land system of RBS15 Gungnir. It is designed to provide ...