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  • A New Era of Maritime Patrol for the RAF
    A New Era of Maritime Patrol for the RAF November 4 2019
    The Royal Air Force has taken delivery of its first submarine-hunting Boeing Poseidon MRA1 Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA). The UK's last dedicated MPAs flew out of RAF Kinloss from Lossiemouth, in 2010. However, a growing Russian submarine threat in the North Atlantic prompted the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) to invest £3 billion in nine Poseidon aircraft to track maritime targets. The aircraft will eventually be based at RAF Lossiemouth in Moray, Scotland. An RAF crew wil...
  • France to Construct New FDI-Class-Frigates
    France to Construct New FDI-Class-Frigates October 28 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...
  • 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...
  • US and Korean Alliance Get Stronger
    US and Korean Alliance Get Stronger August 10 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...
  • Greece Wants to Procure Belharra
    Greece Wants to Procure Belharra July 27 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...
  • Gowind Coming to the Navy July 4 2019
      The Romanian authorities have selected French Naval Group and its Romanian partner Santierul Naval Constanta for the program to build four new Gowind multi-mission corvettes,to modernize the T22 frigates and to create a maintenance centre and a training centre.  The platform and its combat system offer a comprehensive set of state-of-the-art NATO-standard combat-proven capabilities for anti-surface warfare. Naval Group is due to build the first corvette within ...
  • Germany Approved Sale to Egypt
    Germany Approved Sale to Egypt April 5 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 April 3 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, ...
  • 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...
  • Leonardo: NH90 Qatar Contract Now Effective: Order Booked, Advance Payment Received
    Leonardo: NH90 Qatar Contract Now Effective: Order Booked, Advance Payment Received August 22 2018
    Leonardo announces that it has made effective the contract, signed on March 14, 2018, for the supply of 28 NH90 medium twin-engine multirole military helicopters to the Ministry of Defence of Qatar and has therefore booked the order in its backlog and received the advance payment relating to the contract. The order covers 16 TTHs tactical transports and 12 NFHs naval helicopters. Leonardo acts as overall prime contractor with responsibility for the management of the entire programme...
  • One More LCS Accepted
    One More LCS Accepted August 3 2018
    United States Naval Systems Command (NAVSEA) has announced that USS Charleston (LCS 18) littoral combat ship has completed the acceptance trials. During tests conducted in the Gulf of Mexico, ship made  11-meter boat operation, detection and engagement against air and surface targets, bow thruster and anchorage operations were tested. After delivery, USS Charleston  will undergo a post-delivery availability that includes crew training, certifications and familiarization exercises in...
  • Seahawk Deliveries Finished
    Seahawk Deliveries Finished August 2 2018
    Royal Danish Air Force received its last two MH-60R Seahawk helicopters. Denmark, which procured 12 helicopters to replace the Lynx helicopters in the Danish inventory, took delivery of the first three Seahawk helicopters in June 2016. The MH-60R Seahawk helicopter is a multi-purpose naval helicopter, can carry out anti-submarine warfare (ASW) with 324 mm torpedos and anti-surface warfare (ASuW) with Hellfire missile. In addition, helicopters can&n...
  • EU funds Greek Defence Ministry for surveillance equipment
    EU funds Greek Defence Ministry for surveillance equipment July 11 2018
    The Greek Ministry of Defence has announced two programmes for the acquisition of surveillance equipment, to be co-funded by the European Union (EU) according to the Jane’s. The first programme concerns the acquisition of up to six electro-optical sensor systems for Hellenic Navy’s all eight Sikorsky S-70B-6 Aegean Hawk helicopters. Helicopter have to anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare mission as well as search and rescue operations. The total cost is set at EUR28.9 million, ...
  • Edwards Test Squadron Completed first part of Joint Strike Missile Test Program
    Edwards Test Squadron Completed first part of Joint Strike Missile Test Program June 20 2018
    US Edvards Air Base (AFB), completed first part of Joint Strike Missile (JSM) test program. Before proceeding with integration testing on the F-35A, the JSM was tested at Edwards AFB on F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 416th Flight Test Squadron. The JSM is Norway’s advanced anti-surface warfare missile designed to be carried in the new F-35A’s internal weapons bay. All variants of the JSM were inert until the final flight test. All live releases of the weapon were conducted at the ...
  • Keel Laid for Pakistan's OPV
    Keel Laid for Pakistan's OPV April 27 2018
    Keel laying ceremony of Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV-I) being built for Pakistan Navy was held at DAMEN Shipyard Galati, Romania. Pakistan and Damen signed a contract for the construction of two OPVs in June 2017.  Both vessels will be built in Romania. The 90 metre-long OPVs has a displacement of around one thousand 900 tons and will be used anti-surface, anti-air operations, maritime security operations (MSO), day & night helicopter operations, combat search and rescue (CSAR) a...
  • Lancer Successfully Test-fired LRASM
    Lancer Successfully Test-fired LRASM March 20 2018
    Lockheed Martin successfully tested a production-configuration Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) from a US Air Force B-1B Lancer bomber. During the test announced by the company on 19 March, a B-1B has launched an LRASM over the Sea Range at Point Mugu, successfully impacting the maritime target and meeting test objectives.  LRASM is designed to detect and destroy specific targets within groups of ships by employing advanced technologies that reduce dependence...
  • USN Chose GA-EMS LDUUV Programme
    USN Chose GA-EMS LDUUV Programme January 3 2018
    General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems has been awarded a contract to develop and produce an advanced permanent-magnet propulsion motor for the US Navy's Large Displacement Unmanned Undersea Vehicle (LDUUV) programme.  The LDUUV is planned be launched from a Virginia-class attack submarine or from surface ships and will be used for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions as well as electronic warfare, mine warfare, mine counter...
  • Advanced Training Ship to RoKN
    Advanced Training Ship to RoKN January 3 2018
    The Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) has received a new training vessel on 29 December, which will bolster the service’s advanced training capabilities. The vessel was built by local shipbuilder Hanjin Heavy Industries which began construction in July 2015. The vessel has a length of 45 metres, an overall beam of 15 m, and a displacement of 230 tonnes. The platform has a crew complement of 10 and will be used for anti-submarine warfare (ASW) exercises, an...
  • 30th Arleigh Burke, Ready For Delivery
    30th Arleigh Burke, Ready For Delivery July 26 2017
    The HHI-built 30th Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Ralph Johnson (DDG 114) has completed a builder's trials programme. Built by shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII), USS Ralph Johnson spent four days underway in the Gulf of Mexico last week, testing the vessel’s systems and its readiness before delivery. HII has also launched the US Navy's 31st Arleigh Burke-class (DDG 51) guided missile destroyer, Paul Ignatius (DDG 117), just a week ago. ...
  • Commissioned in Pearl Harbor
    Commissioned in Pearl Harbor July 17 2017
    The US Navy commissioned new Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS John Finn (DDG 113) with a ceremony held on 15 July at Pearl Harbor. USS John Finn (DDG 113) is the 29th Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer built by Ingalls Shipbuilding. Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers are multi-mission surface combatants capable of conducting anti-air warfare, anti-submarine warfare, and anti-surface warfare. USS John Finn will be homeported at...
  • Gremyashchy Floated Out
    Gremyashchy Floated Out June 30 2017
    Russia has launched the first-of-class Project 20385 corvette Gremyashchy at the Severnaya Verf Shipyard in St. Petersburg on 30 June. Armed with the Kalibr-NK missile complex, Gremyashchy class is an advanced variant of Steregushchy class (Project 20380) multi-purpose corvettes. The corvette will start undergoing trials in August and expected to be handed over to Russian Navy in 2018.  Designed by Almaz Central Marine Design Bureau, the corvettes are i...
  • On The Edge Of Critical Decisions
    On The Edge Of Critical Decisions June 2 2017
    Germany is currently trying to decide the replacement for AgustaWestland Lynx Mk 88A helicopters, revealed by a senior official in German Navy. The official said the Navy planned to complete the replacement by 2025 and would acquire a mix of manned and unmanned systems to carry out Mk 88A missions. The service has been evaluating primarily NHIndustries NFH90 and AW159 Wildcat helicopters in this scope, although a final decision is yet to be made. According to the Navy, the...
  • Fourth Block III Delivered to the Navy
    Fourth Block III Delivered to the Navy May 30 2017
    The fourth of eight Virginia-class Block III submarines, USS Washington (SSN-787), has been delivered to the US Navy on 26 May. The contract to build her was awarded to Huntington Ingalls Industries in partnership with the Electric Boat division of General Dynamics in Newport News, Virginia on 22 December 2008 and the construction had begun in September 2011.  Designed to carry out various missions such as anti-submarine and anti-surface ship warfare, s...
  • SM-6 At Final Stage
    SM-6 At Final Stage April 28 2017
    Raytheon announced yesterday that SM-6 is now ready to reach full operational capability, after completing a complex series of U.S. Navy flight tests. Four SM-6 missiles were fired throughout the testing, each against a single shore-launched, sub- or supersonic target. All four test missions were successful. Capable of anti-air warfare, anti-surface warfare, and terminal ballistic missile defence, the SM-6 is fully ready for deployment in all three mode...
  • NATO-lead Drill in Mediterranean
    NATO-lead Drill in Mediterranean March 15 2017
    Exercise 'Dynamic Manta', an annual multi-national NATO-led military drill taking place off the southern coast of Italy, has been kicked off on 13 March. The participant countries are declared as France, Norway, Canada, Turkey, Germany, Spain, Greece, Italy and the United Kingdom. According to the US Navy release, the drill aims to build resilient anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare capabilities between NATO allies. US guided-missi...
  • SM-6 Surprise by the US
    SM-6 Surprise by the US January 12 2017
    The US Department of Defence approved international sales of Raytheon’s Standard Missile-6 (SM-6). The SM-6 program director Mike Campisi stated that international customers show great interest in SM-6’s extended-range protection. The SM-6 missile delivers a proven over-the-horizon defensive and offensive capability in anti-air and anti-surface warfare. First deployed in 2013, Raytheon has delivered more than 300 missiles to date.
  • US Navy Accepts Delivery of USS John Finn destroyer
    US Navy Accepts Delivery of USS John Finn destroyer December 9 2016
    The Navy accepted delivery of future guided-missile destroyer USS John Finn (DDG 113) from shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) on the 75th anniversary of the attacks on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7. John Finn is the 63rd Arleigh Burke (DDG 51)-class destroyer and the first of the DDG 51 Flight IIA restart ships.  Destroyer provides increased capabilities in anti-submarine warfare, command and control, and anti-surface warfare. Compared with Arleigh Burke's the...
  • Kongsberg to Upgrade Fridtjof Nansen Class Frigates
    Kongsberg to Upgrade Fridtjof Nansen Class Frigates November 27 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...
  • HII launches Arleigh Burke-class destroyer
    HII launches Arleigh Burke-class destroyer November 19 2016
    Huntington Ingalls Industries' Ingalls Shipbuilding division has launched the US Navy's future Arleigh Burke-class (DDG 51) guided missile destroyer, Paul Ignatius (DDG 117). Christened after the Secretary of the Navy from 1967 to 1969, Paul Ignatius (DDG 117) represents the 31st ship in the Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) class of destroyers that Ingalls is building for the US Navy. The Arleigh Burke-class destroyers are multi-mission ships with anti-submarine, anti-air an...
  • British Harpoon has two more years to go
    British Harpoon has two more years to go November 13 2016
    The United Kingdom will withdraw the GWS60/Harpoon Block 1C anti-ship missile from Royal Navy (RN) service at the end of 2018 without replacement. Retirement of such missile will leave RN warships without a heavyweight surface-to-surface guided weapon as UK has no funded programme for a Harpoon replacement. The system currently equips all 13 Type 23 frigates, plus three out of the RN's six Type 45 destroyers. The lack of Harpoon (heavyweight surface-to-surface guided weapon / SS...
  • $400 Million-Ammunition
    $400 Million-Ammunition November 9 2016
    Science Applications International Corp (SAIC) was awarded a contract by the US Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) to manufacture components of MK 48 Mod 7 heavyweight torpedoes. The value of the contract may increase up to $383 million if all options in the agreement were exercised. The MK 48 Mod 7 torpedo has been designed for anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and anti-surface warfare (ASuW) missions. 
  • Two NATO Allies is to Interoperate
    Two NATO Allies is to Interoperate October 11 2016
    The British Royal Navy will deploy its Wildcat AW159 helicopters onboard a German frigate in 2017, British Defence Secretary declared on Thursday. British officials expressed that the aim of the deployment was about defense engagement and interoperability rather than export sales. The helicopter can undertake anti-submarine, anti-surface utility and search-and-rescue roles.
  • New 'Panther' in Mexico
    New 'Panther' in Mexico October 3 2016
    Mexico, the first customer for the latest variant of the multirole Airbus AS565 MBe Panther helicopters, received the first 10 units on 28 September. The Mexican Navy is set to receive three more aircraft before the end of the year under the contract signed in 2014. The new aircraft is equipped with two Safran Arriel 2N engines, and a new main gearbox that makes maintenance easier. The Panther is used for a wide range of military roles, including combat assault, fire support, anti-submarine w...
  • Russian Navy Broadens Its Fleet
    Russian Navy Broadens Its Fleet September 8 2016
    Russia signed a contract with the Admiralty Shipyard for diesel-electric submarines of Project 636 (Varshavyanka class) at the Army 2016 International Military-Technical Forum on Wednesday. Russia’s Pacific Fleet will receive six diesel-electric submarines, planned to be built in the period from 2018 to 2021. Varshavyanka submarines were developed by Rubin Central Design Bureau and four submarines under this class are already in service with the Russian Navy’s Black Sea Fleet. The...
  • Indonesia’s first Type 209/1400 submarine launched March 25 2016
    South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) has launched the first of three Type 209/1400 diesel-electric submarines (SSK) with pennant number 403 of Indonesian Navy. The vessel is part of a USD1.1 billion contract signed between DSME and the Indonesian Defence Ministry in December 2011. Under the contract the first and second vessels are to be built in South Korea, while the third boat will be produced at Indonesian state-owned shipbuilder PT PAL's premises...