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  • Is the UK’s Carrier Strike Concept in Trouble?
    Is the UK’s Carrier Strike Concept in Trouble? 27 June 2020
    British independent public spending watchdog, “The National Audit Office”, has published a report into the ability of the MOD to successfully deliver Carrier Strike capability successfully. The report, published today examines how the Department has managed the programme since 2017 and how it is addressing the risks towards achieving the full capabilities of a carrier strike group. In other words, the report states concern about transforming process from a &lsq...
  • Last ASW Frigate in Active Service
    Last ASW Frigate in Active Service 11 June 2020
    The frigates, which are far away from their definition in the Second World War in terms of equipment, size and displacement, constitute an important striking force thanks to their technological equipment. France continues its efforts to renew the navy and increase its capabilities. In this context, the French Navy announced that it was actively commissioning the FS Normandie (D 651) platform, the last anti-submarine warfare (ASW) frigate built under the FREMM Program. The friga...
  • Navy Helicopter Agreement
    Navy Helicopter Agreement 18 May 2020
    India continues its naval investments due to the growing tension in the region, the platforms that have reached the end of its economic life and the consolidation of maritime domination.  The US, which recently signed an agreement with India for the procurement of naval helicopters, took action for the production phase of the platforms. The US Navy signed a USD 904.8 million deal with Sikorsky, a subsidiary of Lockheed Martin, for the manufacture of 21 MH-60R Sea...
  • Frigate Selection Announced
    Frigate Selection Announced 1 May 2020
    After the retirement of Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigates, which are also using in the Turkish Navy inventory, the US was looking for a new platform. In the process named FFG(X) Frigate Program, Fincantieri joined with FREMM, Austal shown its Independence LCS as candidate, Navantia partnered Bath Iron Works joined with Spanish F100 design and Bath Iron Works joined with unknown design. The program, which started with the Request for Proposals File on June 20, 2019, w...
  • Anti-Ship Missile and Torpedo Approval
    Anti-Ship Missile and Torpedo Approval 15 April 2020
    In parallel with the increase in marine platforms, investment in the naval aviation field is also growing. Another procurement news came for India, which has recently made significant investments in naval aviation. US gave the green light for the acquisition of anti-ship missiles and torpedoes that New Delhi requested. In this context, possible sale of  the Indian Navy, possible sale of 10 AGM-84L Harpoon Blok II air-launched anti-ship missiles,&nb...
  • Chinese Sea Hawk
    Chinese Sea Hawk 6 April 2020
    In addition to the original product development, the images of China's new helicopter, which intensely carries out reverse engineering activities, have been published. In the past years, China developed the Z-20 helicopter with the reverse engineering method from the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters it had previously acquired from the USA. The naval variant of the Z-20, which was produced in line with the need for high-performance helicopters especially in high altitude areas s...
  • KC-46 and P-8 Delivery on Hold Due to COVID-19
    KC-46 and P-8 Delivery on Hold Due to COVID-19 24 March 2020
    Pegasus and Poseidon production stops as Boeing Temporarily Shuts Down Facilities Production of the Air Force’s KC-46 refuelling tanker(Pegasus)  and the Navy’s P-8 maritime surveillance and anti-submarine warfare plane (Poseidon) will stop as Boeing shuts down all facilities due to coronavirus pandemic. “Boeing plans to begin reducing production activity today and projects the suspension of such operations to begin on Wednesday, March 25, at sites a...
  • Ulsan-Class Frigates to be Built for Korean Navy
    Ulsan-Class Frigates to be Built for Korean Navy 17 March 2020
    The Republic of Korea continues its efforts to increase its power in the seas. In this context, the Republic of Korea Defence Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) signed an agreement with Hyundai Heavy Industries for the FFX-III frigate. The ship is said to be known as “Ulsan-class”, and is a further development from the earlier Daegu-class frigate that was designed under the FFX-II program. The frigates called the Ulsan class are expected to be delivered to the Korean Navy b...
  • Norway to introduce NH90 ASW
    Norway to introduce NH90 ASW 5 March 2020
    Norway is preparing its first NH90 NFH maritime helicopter for anti-submarine warfare (ASW) missions. The country received delivery of the first aircraft in August last year. Royal Norwegian Air Force (RNAF) has experience in operating Westland Lynx from its navy’s frigate fleet. They do not, however, have ASW capacity. RNAF lacked experience in ASW operations, especially in use of a dipping sonar. The air force has had to turn to Australia-headquartered Nova Systems...
  • India Ordered Billion-Dollar Helicopters
    India Ordered Billion-Dollar Helicopters 26 February 2020
    Western-origin armament process continue in South Asia, where the arms race continues at full speed. The process of armament came back to the agenda with the new helicopter acquisition of India. India, which has made strides for the establishment of the domestic defense industry with the "Make In India" Program, continues to import weapon procurement. New Delhi signed a new helicopter procurement contract with the USA. The Armed Forces, will take d...
  • Spain to Join on European Patrol Corvette Program
    Spain to Join on European Patrol Corvette Program 9 February 2020
    Spain may join Italian and French new 3 000 ton corvette programme along with Greece. Italy and France want to win European Union funding for the construction of a new corvette. The program dubbed the European Patrol Corvette which is part of the EU’s Permanent Structured Cooperation, or PESCO. PESCO is one pan-European defence programs recommendations to bridge capability gaps collaboratively. The new naval, joint venture between Italy’s Fincantieri and France’s N...
  • First Poseidon Arrived to Scotland
    First Poseidon Arrived to Scotland 5 February 2020
    The UK is rapidly approaching operational capability in the P-8 Poseidon process. The country's first P-8 Poseidon has arrived its home. The first P-8 Poseidon, which has completed its training and pre-acceptance activities in the USA, has landed its base. The platform, which is stated to be deployed at the Kinloss Barracks of the RAF Lossiemouth stationed at Moray Coasts, is the first maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) landed 10 years after the last Nimrod MPA decommisioned by...
  • Two New Corvettes to PLAN
    Two New Corvettes to PLAN 23 January 2020
    Two more anti-submarine warfare (ASW)-capable Type 056A (Jiangdao)-class corvettes have entered service with China's People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN). The first, Lu'an (pennant number 611), was commissioned on 18 January, while Liaocheng (608) was commissioned the following day. The ships have a full load displacement of 1,500 tonnes. Lu'an was built at the Hudong Zhonghua shipyard in Shanghai and entered the water on 21 December 2017.
  • Power Boost for the Russian Navy
    Power Boost for the Russian Navy 21 January 2020
    Russia’s Project 20385 “Gremyashchiy” armed with Kalibr and Oniks cruise missiles has completed state trials in the Barents Sea. The ship has completed its program of trials at Northern Fleet ranges. In the White Sea, the vessel delivered fire with Kalibr and Oniks cruise missiles against a coastal and a naval target. Project 20385 envisages a hangar for a Ka-27 helicopter. The corvettes displace 2,200 tonnes and their sea endurance is 15 days. They are armed with Kalibr-NK ...
  • Reinforcement for Maritime Patrol
    Reinforcement for Maritime Patrol 8 January 2020
    Pakistan is taking firm steps in system procurement processes. The Navy Public Relations Unit introduced ATR-72 aircraft adapted to the maritime patrol missions, which received recently. With the agreement signed with Rheinland Air Services in 2016, the process of adapting two ATR-72s to the maritime patrol requirements had began. Platforms, which equipped with Leonardo Seaspray 7300E AESA radar, Flir production SAFIRE III electro-optic and infrared sensor system and ...
  • China Equips Destroyer with Long-Range Land-Attack Missiles
    China Equips Destroyer with Long-Range Land-Attack Missiles 24 December 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...
  • Frigate Support to the Navy
    Frigate Support to the Navy 12 November 2019
    The Republic of Korea launched a new, guided-missile frigate equipped with advanced sonar and propulsion systems. The platform, called Seoul, is 122 meters long. The 122-meter-long ship is equipped with guided missiles and guns and can carry a helicopter for marine operations. The warship boasts of advanced anti-submarine patrol and combat capabilities, as it employs an advanced sonar system as well as a hybrid propulsion system that reduces the level of noise the vessel makes underwater. Acc...
  • Ukraine to Request Assistance of Turkey for Project 58250 Corvettes
    Ukraine to Request Assistance of Turkey for Project 58250 Corvettes 11 November 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 4 November 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 ...
  • France to Construct New FDI-Class-Frigates
    France to Construct New FDI-Class-Frigates 28 October 2019
    The steel-cutting ceremony of the first defence and intervention frigate (Frégate de Défense et d'Intervention /FDI) took place on the Naval Group site of Lorient. The ceremony was held in the presence of the Minister for Armed Forces, Florence Parly, the Head of the French Armament Directorate (DGA) Délégué Général pour l’Armement, Joël Barre, the Chief of Staff of the French Navy Christophe Prazuck, the Chief of the Hellenic Na...
  • New Era in the Pacific Fleet
    New Era in the Pacific Fleet 7 October 2019
    Project 20385 lead corvette armed with Kalibr cruise missiles and will be commissioned into service with the Russian navy by the end of 2019. The Gremyashchiy class Russian designation Project 20385, is an advanced development of the Steregushchiy-class corvettes of the Russian Navy. The warship has completed 70% of sea trials. The shipbuilders tested the boat's main propulsion unit in various speed modes, navigation and communications systems, performance, manoeuvrability, habitability, ...
  • India Targets Wrong Turkish Shipyard over Ties with Pakistan 4 October 2019
      For the first time, India is taking punitive action against a Turkish firm Anadolu Shipyard according to US-based magazine Defence News. The work, however, is based on a misunderstanding according to C4Defence’s investigation. Defence News wrote that the Turkish company has defence ties with Indian rival Pakistan. India has chosen Anadolu Shipyard as its technology partner for Indian Navy’s $2 billion fleet support ships program. State-owned Hindust...
  • Multi-Purpose, Cost-Effective Solution
    Multi-Purpose, Cost-Effective Solution 27 September 2019
    Norwegian-based Kongsberg shared the design of the new naval vessel Vanguard. The boat can be used for both military and civilian operations, such as search & rescue, anti-submarine warfare. Vanguard is designed with a multi-role hangar for air, surface and sub-surface assets. Interchangeable mission modules and extensive use of unmanned vehicles enable quick change of operational roles. Designed as a cost-effective option, the platform's based on civil and commercial ship design with...
  • The countdown has Started for TCG Kınalıada 23 September 2019
    The fourth and last Ada Class corvette TCG Kınalıada (F-514), built under the MİLGEM project will be delivered to Turkish Naval Forces on 29 September. The ship was laid down in 2016 and landed in 2017. HAVELSAN, one of the companies of the Turkish Armed Forces Foundation, announced that tests of ADVENT war management system have been successfully completed. Tests were conducted in TCG Kınalıada. TCG Kınalıada is designed to carry out mainly anti-submarine warfare and reconnaissance...
  • Russia Looking for New Blood
    Russia Looking for New Blood 29 August 2019
    Russia is looking for new anti-submarine aircraft. The Russian Ministry of Defence has initiated a search for a new anti-submarine aircraft to replace the Il-38 and Tu-142. "The Ministry of Defence recently set the task for developers to prepare proposals for the creation of a new patrol aircraft based on existing models. This year, I believe, a fundamental choice will be made," Denis Manturov, the head of the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade, told Interfax. He noted that...
  • 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...
  • Second City Class Type 26 Goes under Construction
    Second City Class Type 26 Goes under Construction 16 August 2019
    BAE Systems starts construction on Royal Navy’s 2nd City-Class Type 26 frigate (HMS Cardiff). The ceremony took place that the BAE Systems shipyard, attended by employees, representatives from the Royal Navy and Minister for Defence Procurement Anne-Marie Trevelyan. “These ships will clearly contribute to the UK and allied security, but also make a strong economic contribution to the country. With 64 sub-contracts already placed with UK-based businesses, there will be new export o...
  • US and Korean Alliance Get Stronger
    US and Korean Alliance Get Stronger 10 August 2019
    The Republic of Korea adds a new one to the defence expenditures it has recently increased. New military platforms to put in the inventory of the Republic of Korea navy. According to the Pentagon's Defence Security Cooperation Agency, Korea will procure 12 MH-60R Seahawk from the US under the approved request. Cost of procurement is approximately 800 million US Dollars. And will be made under the scope of the FMS. Seoul will provide helicopters, as well as hell-borne surface sca...
  • P1 to Patrol Japanese Sea
    P1 to Patrol Japanese Sea 3 August 2019
    Japan Ministry of Self Defence has begun deploying the P1 patrol aircraft nationwide to monitor waters around Japan in response to incursions by China and other nations. P1s have been so far only been operating at the Maritime Self-Defence Force's Atsugi base in Kanagawa Prefecture. But from July 26, they began being deployed at the MSDF’s Kanoya base in Kagoshima Prefecture. The P1 aircraft is produced domestically in Japan by Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd, and is the successor air...
  • Greece Wants to Procure Belharra
    Greece Wants to Procure Belharra 27 July 2019
    France and Greece are actively working on a Government-to-Government agreement for the procurement of two Belharra frigates for the Hellenic Navy. Laurent Mourre, Vice President of Sales for Europe and North America, explained that Greece is “very interested” in the Belharra. In January 2009, Greece announced the beginning of exclusive talks with France for the potential procurement of 6 multi-missions frigates. This contract never came into effect because of the economic crisis t...
  • BAE Systems for Navy
    BAE Systems for Navy 26 July 2019
    BAE Systems has signed a follow-on contract with US Navy to produce 28 more payload tubes for Block-V Virginia-class submarines. BAE Systems will deliver seven sets of four tubes each for the Virginia Payload Modules (VPM). Builder of the Virginia class, BAE Systems will deliver seven sets of four tubes each for the VPM. These systems will increase the payload capacity and firepower by extending the length of mid-body section of the submarine. Each large-diameter payload tube can launch seven...
  • 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 23 July 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 ...
  • Double Support to the Navy
    Double Support to the Navy 21 June 2019
      The Philippine Navy (PN) commissioned two Leonardo AW159 Lynx Wildcat helicopters and four Korean Amphibious Assault Vehicles (KAAVs) in a ceremony held on 17 June at the Naval Base Heracleo Alano in Cavite City. The AW159s as part of a USD 101 million contract signed with Leonardo in 2016, feature anti-submarine warfare (ASW) capabilities. The rotorcraft are expected to be deployed from the PN's two José Rizal-class frigates. The first of these frigates ...
  • Russian Navy to Detect Torpedoes Better 20 May 2019
      Russia has added a new one to the steps for increasing navy vessel capability increase works. According to the statement made by JSC, some platforms in the Russian Navy will be modernised increase their anti-submarine warfare (ASW) capabilities. Project 1144.2 Orlan (NATO Code: Kirov) class RFNS Admiral Nakhimov (080) and RFNS Pyotr Velikiy (099) battlecruisers will be equipped with Paket-NK torpedo defence systems. The same system will also be used on the Project 2...
  • Bidding Time for the Republic of Korea
    Bidding Time for the Republic of Korea 14 May 2019
    DAPA (Defence Acquisition Program Administration), the defence procurement agency of the Republic of Korea, has announced that the country has launched the second phase for the new anti-submarine warfare helicopters. In the first phase, Republic of Korea has pruchased eight AW159 Wildcat helicopters. The estimated value is expected to be $ 802 million. It is estimated that US-based Lockheed Martin and Italian Leonardo companies will compete. The timeline for bidding is May 2 to Augu...
  • Additional Helicopters to the Philippines
    Additional Helicopters to the Philippines 13 May 2019
    Philippines, which increased their procurement fort he military, has taken delivery of new vehicles after KAAV7A1’s Two AW159 ASW helicopters ordered by the Philippines Navy to be used in the security of trade routes, logistics and naval operations were delivered to the country. The platforms, which are described as having a significant ability leap for the navy, have also been reported to have a anti-submarine warfare capability. The helicopters, which the country will deploy...
  • China’s Type 055 destroyer ‘Nanchang’ Debuts in Celebrations
    China’s Type 055 destroyer ‘Nanchang’ Debuts in Celebrations 25 April 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...
  • AW101 Helicopters for Polish Navy
    AW101 Helicopters for Polish Navy 14 April 2019
    Poland will sign a production contract with Italian Leonardo company to acquire AW101 helicopters configured for anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR) duties with the Polish navy. Polish defence minister Mariusz Blaszczak confirmed the planned buy on 8 April, stating that Warsaw intends to finalise an order during April. The acquisition is believed to include four AW101s. Leonardo Helicopters and Poland's defence ministry have signed an offset agreement worth $1...
  • Germany Approved Sale to Egypt
    Germany Approved Sale to Egypt 5 April 2019
    The German Bundestag Budget Committee has approved Egyptian sales of 2.3 billion euros. The sale was made with the export credit guarantee to secure the financial aspect of the agreement. Under the agreement, which was announced as € 2.3 billion in total, six warships will be supplied for the Egyptian Navy. Three of the platforms will be the MEKO A200 class like used in the South African Navy. Approximately 120 meters long MEKO A200 ships with a displacement of 2500 tons. Thank...
  • US Approves MH-60R Sale to India
    US Approves MH-60R Sale to India 3 April 2019
      The US government has approved the sale of the Lockheed Martin MH-60R Seahawk maritime multisession helicopter to India. The US State Department has cleared India to procure 24 MH-60R helicopters, as well one MH-60B/R Excess Defence Article (EDA) helicopter from the US Navy that will likely be used for training. In addition to the helicopters, the proposed package includes related anti-submarine warfare equipment and weapons, anti-surface warfare weapons, ...