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  • Guided-missile corvette "Grayvoron" first went to sea for sea trials
    Guided-missile corvette "Grayvoron" first went to sea for sea trials 20 September 2020
    Guided-missile corvette "Graivoron", built for the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation, began its first launch to sea for the purpose of factory sea trials according to the statement released on Saturday by the press service of the fleet. It is specified that the tests are carried out by the regular crew together with the factory commissioning team in order to check the operation of power plants, steering gear, auxiliary mechanisms, communications, navigation and oth...
  • US Navy Plans to invest on Unmanned Ships
    US Navy Plans to invest on Unmanned Ships 18 September 2020
    A recent Congressional Research Service Report reveals that the US Navy may swap out traditional ships for crewless vessels. According to the report, the Navy is requesting about $580 million in research and development funding for the fiscal year 2021 for on developing and producing several types of large unmanned vehicles (UVs) their enabling technologies. “The Navy wants to acquire these large UVs as part of an effort to shift the Navy to a more distributed fleet ...
  • Blue Homeland Shot from ATMACA
    Blue Homeland Shot from ATMACA 30 August 2020
    Opening and shooting ceremonies were held at ROKETSAN's Lalahan facilities with the participation of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Chief of General Staff, Force Commanders, and ambassadors of friendly and allied countries such as Azerbaijan, Pakistan and Bangladesh. In the opening, a shot of ATMACA, one of ROKETSAN's original products which was exhibited for the first time at IDEF 2019, was displayed. Relations between Turkey and Greece gets tense and the shot is also an i...
  • Chinese Shipyard launches Pakistan’s first Type 054 A/P Frigate
    Chinese Shipyard launches Pakistan’s first Type 054 A/P Frigate 24 August 2020
    Chinese state-owned Hudong Zhonghua Shipyard in Shanghai held the launching ceremony for Pakistan Navy’s Type-054A/P frigate (NATO codename Jiangkai II). Type-054A/P is a development of the Type 054 frigate, using the same hull but with improved sensors and weapons. The Type 054A was first revealed while under construction at the Guangzhou-based Huangpu Shipyard in 2005. Pakistan signed a first contract for the delivery two Type 054 A/P frigates in 2017. An addi...
  • Turkish Navy to Provide Security for Seismic Surveys
    Turkish Navy to Provide Security for Seismic Surveys 11 August 2020
    Turkish Navy, which has a powerful rooted tradition, provides the security of the seismic survey activities carried out by Turkey in the Eastern Mediterranean. Ankara had declared Navtex in the Eastern Mediterranean for seismic research activities. MTA Oruç Reis, who anchored in the scope of the works, started to deployment in the region with the accompanying Turkish Navy vessels. As the relevant share his from the Ministry of Defence's official social medi...
  • Martlet Firing Trials
    Martlet Firing Trials 28 May 2020
    Ship-based rotary-wing aircraft launched air-to-surface missiles are critical for missions such as helicopter attacks on hostile platforms and elimination of asymmetrical elements. The UK Ministry of Defence announced that a missile test launch was carried out in the Aberporth Range located on the West Coast of Wales as part of the FASGW (Future Anti-Surface Guided Weapon) program. This trial was carried out under the program of integration of Martlet guided projectil...
  • 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...
  • Unusual Training at Far East
    Unusual Training at Far East 5 May 2020
    In the Far East, where the waters are getting warmer every day, training activities continue at full speed as well as armament. The USA continues its training activities despite COVID-19. Within the framework of these activities, fixed-wing air elements affiliated to the United States Marine Corps (USMC) conducted anti-surface warfare trainings. F/A-18 Hornets of the Marines conducted exercises on simulated attack scenarios with AGM-84D Harpoon missiles. The trai...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • A New Era of Maritime Patrol for the RAF
    A New Era of Maritime Patrol for the RAF 4 November 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 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...
  • ATMACA to Be Test-Fired At Sea In November
    ATMACA to Be Test-Fired At Sea In November 11 September 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 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...
  • 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...
  • Gowind Coming to the Navy 4 July 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 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, ...
  • Lockheed Martin Is Awarded US$172m Contract For LRASM
    Lockheed Martin Is Awarded US$172m Contract For LRASM 18 January 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 11 January 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 22 August 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 3 August 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 2 August 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 11 July 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 20 June 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 27 April 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 20 March 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 3 January 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 3 January 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 26 July 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 17 July 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 30 June 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 2 June 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 30 May 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 28 April 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 15 March 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 12 January 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 9 December 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 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...