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  • US Air Force Considers Adding Communications Node to Tankers
    US Air Force Considers Adding Communications Node to Tankers January 7 2020
    The Air Force’s tanker fleet has logged hours transferring fuel, transporting troops and serving as flying ambulances. If the new concept of the US Air Force’s becomes real, they will help during combat.  US Air Force, Air Mobility Command leaders are exploring whether aerial refuelling aircraft could become a communications node in the Advanced Battle Management System (ABMS).  ABMS is considered as the foundational technology to connect its air, space and...
  • Dangerous Interaction at Black Sea
    Dangerous Interaction at Black Sea December 31 2019
    Russia continues dangerous contacts with the units it considers as risk in the seas. Russian forces, which came to the agenda frequently with their activities in the international waters, conducted mock attacks on the destroyer of the US Navy cruising at the Black Sea. In a statement issued by the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Su-27 and / or Su-30 escorted two Su-24s of the Russian Aerospace Forces conducted dangerous training scenarios on Black Sea. Within the scope of th...
  • New Country in Middle East Dilemma: Japan
    New Country in Middle East Dilemma: Japan December 30 2019
    Japan is being added to the Middle East chaos. After the tension between Washington and Tehran, the Tokyo Government decided to send the Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF) to the Middle East with an intelligence-gathering mission. The cabinet of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe approved a Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF) mission that will see several assets, including a helicopter-carrying destroyer, two maritime patrol aircraft, and 260 personnel being despatched to the Mid...
  • 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...
  • Wind of Cooperation in the Mediterranean Sea December 12 2019
    US Navy mission group and Turkish Navy conducted training. Turkish Navy Gabya class (former Oliver H. Perry) TCG Gediz F495 and TCG Gaziantep f490 frigates participated in the training. The Nimitz Class Aircraft carrier from the US Navy to the 6th fleet USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) took part at training. The Turkish Ministry of Defence announced its Twitter account;  Turkish Naval Forces conduct Operation Mediterranean Shield (OMS) continuously and effectively to...
  • China, Pakistan to Hold Joint Maritime Drill
    China, Pakistan to Hold Joint Maritime Drill December 3 2019
    China and Pakistan will phase a joint maritime exercise in Pakistan in January 2020. China's Ministry of National Defence stated that the drill was scheduled for the annual exchange plan between the two militaries. China will join in drilling with destroyers, frigates, supply ships and submarine rescue ships. "The exercise is conducive to deepening security cooperation between the two militaries, consolidating and developing the China-Pakistan all-weather strategi...
  • British F-35B lands on HMS Queen Elizabeth for the First Time
    British F-35B lands on HMS Queen Elizabeth for the First Time October 20 2019
    British F-35B Lightning II jets of Number 617 Squadron a joint squadron composed of personnel from both the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy have landed on the HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier for the very first time. The United Kingdom's Ministry of Defence announced that British F-35B Lightnings landed for the first time on the new HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier, which is currently sailing off the US East Coast for the "Westlant 19" Carrier Strike Group deplo...
  • Japanese Radars Failed to Track North Korean Missiles
    Japanese Radars Failed to Track North Korean Missiles September 25 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...
  • 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.
  • Modernization from India and Russia
    Modernization from India and Russia September 13 2019
      Delhi-class destroyers getting new radar and missile systems. India is to upgrade the radar and missile systems of its Delhi-class destroyers with help from Russia. Under the agreement, the MR-755 Fregat-MAE E-band air and surface search radar will be modernized.  An Air Defence Complex Kashmir will be installed as well. The modernisation of Radar and Missile systems would substantially enhance the Air Defence capability of the P-15 Ships. As part of the scope ...
  • 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...
  • New Hunters of Poland
    New Hunters of Poland September 6 2019
      PGZ has unveiled two new missile carrier vehicle concepts with four different possible base platforms for the Polish Ottokar Brzoza tank destroyer programme at the 2019 International Defence Industry Exhibition MSPO being held in Kielce, Poland, from 3 to 6 September. The two missile launcher types on display are a box-shaped missile turret housing 12 missiles developed by Wojskowe Zaklady Motoryzacyjne (WZM) and two individually elevating launch stations with four ...
  • Redesign for F-35B
    Redesign for F-35B August 27 2019
    Japan recently announced plans to convert helicopter carrier JDS Izumo (DDH-183) and her sister JDS Kaga (DDH-184), of the Izumo ‘helicopter destroyer’ class, into light aircraft carriers capable of operating F-35B jets. Japan is completing modifications necessary to support F-35B flight operations from the helicopter carrier, local media have reported. The government has also approved a plan to purchase U.S.-made F-35B fighter jets which have short take-off and vertical landing c...
  • 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...
  • Halifax Class Frigates Going To Maintenance
    Halifax Class Frigates Going To Maintenance August 19 2019
    The Government of Canada is investing more than $7.5 billion in the Royal Canadian Navy's 12 Halifax-class frigates to provide necessary ongoing maintenance until they are retired in the early 2040s. Under the scope of maintenance, The Government of Canada has awarded a $500-million contract to Irving Shipbuilding Inc. to carry out maintenance work on the Halifax-class frigates. This contract guarantees a minimum of three frigates for the shipyard, with work planned to begin in the early ...
  • Second Maya-Class Received
    Second Maya-Class Received July 18 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 ...
  • India to Closely Watch Hot Waters
    India to Closely Watch Hot Waters June 27 2019
    The Indian Navy has deployed Kolkata-class stealth guided-missile destroyer INS Chennai and Saryu-class offshore patrol vessel INS Sunayna to the Gulf of Oman and the Persian Gulf while tension between the US and Iran arises. IN spokesman Captain D K Sharma said the IN’s Information-Fusion Centre-Indian Ocean Region (IFC-IOR) would be monitoring all commercial shipping traffic in the area in a bid to augment maritime domain awareness to re-assure Indian-flagged commercial vessels transi...
  • Amphibious Ship Building Speed Increases
    Amphibious Ship Building Speed Increases June 11 2019
    China, which continues shipbuilding activities at very fast, will increase the speed of construction of amphibious ships after the destroyers. The Chinese Shipyards, which recently launched the eighth of the Type 071 (Yuzhao) amphibious assault ship, are continuing their construction activities. The platform, which meets the sea at the Hudong-Zhonghua Shipyard in Shanghai, is the fourth 20,000-ton LPD launched since June 2017. The seventh of the ships, which underwent a very rapid c...
  • Chinese Shipyards Full Speed Ahead
    Chinese Shipyards Full Speed Ahead May 14 2019
    Chinese shipyards, which increase the speed of construction day by day, continue to launch new platforms to the water without stopping. China has announced that two new Type 052D (Luyang III) guided missile destroyers and 1 Type 056 corvette were launched at Dalian Shipyard in Liaoning District. The ships are fourth and fifth built in Dalian and the 19th and 20th platform built in total. It is stated that the ships were launched with the help of tugboats. Ships will be put in servic...
  • 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...
  • Zumwalt Departs on First Operational Underway
    Zumwalt Departs on First Operational Underway March 12 2019
    Guided-missile destroyer USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) departed San Diego for its first operational underway. “Zumwalt is designed for stealth,” said Capt. Andrew Carlson, Zumwalt’s commanding officer. “This aids her role as a multi-mission surface combatant and improves the fleet commander’s options for delivery of naval combat power to meet the Navy’s emergent mission requirements.” Zumwalt is 100 feet longer and 13 feet wider than the ...
  • 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...
  • Chinese Navy Deploys New VTOL UAV
    Chinese Navy Deploys New VTOL UAV March 6 2019
    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy deployed a new vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) fixed-wing drone on a guided missile destroyer in an exercise in the South China Sea in late February. An image released by Chinese media shows that a Sea Cavalry SD-40 VTOL unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) being deployed with the People’s Liberation’s Army Navy (PLAN). It is not clear whether VTOL is in test or inventory. Published on 26 February on China Milit...
  • First Mission for The Leonardo M-40 Drone
    First Mission for The Leonardo M-40 Drone February 19 2019
    Italian manufacturer Leonardo announced that its M-40 drone had completed its first operational mission during an exercise in the Italian Navy. Leonardo announced that his target drone, the M-40, had been implemented during an exercise of the Italian Navy. The M-40 has been used to simulate air strikes and to train Italian forces to face a variety of threats. During this exercise, the aircraft carrier Cavour, AV8B + combat aircraft and the destroyer Mimbelli were mobilized. Several ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • U.S. Successfully Conducts SM-3 Block IIA Intercept Test
    U.S. Successfully Conducts SM-3 Block IIA Intercept Test October 28 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 ...
  • Acceptance Test of Airborne to Start in December
    Acceptance Test of Airborne to Start in December October 23 2018
    Russia announced a new acceptance test, which will be launched next December. Tests will be carried out for 2S25M Sprut-SDM1. Vehicle is developed for Russian Airborne Troops. An official from the Russian Army announced that the tests will start in December 2018 and will continue throughout 2019. If the tests are successful, the first vehicle will be delivered in 2020. 2S25M Sprut-SDM1 is an improved model of the Sprut-SDs. Vehicle was introduced in 2016. The vehicle’s mission...
  • Russia Started To Development Of A New Generation Of Frigates September 25 2018
    Russia started to development of a new generation of frigates. Igor Ponomaryov, CEO of Severnaya Verf, Russia's Northern Shipyard, made a statement on the development of the Project 22350M class frigate. The Project 22350M will be the more advanced version of the Project 22350 class frigates. In this way, the ship is planned to be capable of performing the missions of the guided missile destroyer. The Russian Navy plans to take over the first ship in 2026.
  • First Romeo Commisioned
    First Romeo Commisioned September 17 2018
    Saudi Arabia continues to strengthen its navy. Riyadh, which previously signed an agreement with Madrid to develop warships, recently commissioned the first MH-60R navy helicopter. The MH-60R helicopters, which can operate under any conditions, are the backbone of the US Navy's ship-borne helicopter force. Helicopter can operate from different platforms such as frigates, destroyers, cruiesers. It has anti-submarine warfare cabability and anti surface warfare capability. The...
  • Japan’s SM-3 TU Intercepts Ballistic Missile Target
    Japan’s SM-3 TU Intercepts Ballistic Missile Target September 14 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...
  • Iran Says Warships To Be Equipped With Advanced Defence System
    Iran Says Warships To Be Equipped With Advanced Defence System August 24 2018
    Iran’s navy on Saturday unveiled its first-ever advanced defence system for its warships. The destroyer of the Iranian Navy was first equipped with a domestically-made ship-to-air missile system designed to combat anti-ship missiles, semi-official Tasnim reported Saturday. Navy Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi told reporters in Tehran the domestically made Kamand system would protect Iran’s naval destroyers against anti-ship cruise missiles. In remarks carried by ...
  • Railgun Step at Far-East
    Railgun Step at Far-East August 6 2018
    ATLA (Acquisition, Technology & Logistics Agency), has published a press release. The report was informed that Japan has developed a new electromagnetic railgun. This is also the first time the images of working prototypes have been featured. ATLA's statement was the first official statement on Japan's railgun. Detailed information about the program was not provided. The new weapon is expected to be used in the next generation Type 27DD destroyers which will en...
  • UK Considers Temporary Harpoon Solution
    UK Considers Temporary Harpoon Solution July 30 2018
    The United Kingdom may go for a temporary solution to bridge the gap between the retirement of GWS60 Harpo on (UK designation for UGM-84B) and the planned introduction of a Future Cruise/Anti-Ship Weapon according to the Jane’s. All 13 Royal Navy (RN) Type 23 frigates and three out of six Type 45 destroyers are fitted with the GWS 60/Harpoon Block 1C. The system is procured in the 1980s. It had originally been planned to retire at the end of 2018, but it is due to be retired i...
  • Second Air Warfare Destroyer Delivered
    Second Air Warfare Destroyer Delivered July 28 2018
    The Royal Australian Navy has accepted its second Hobart Class air warfare destroyer, Brisbane, Australian Department of Defence announced. The ship is due to be commissioned later this year, with the third ship to follow in 2019. The first Air Warfare Destroyer, HMAS Hobart, was accepted and commissioned into service last year. The third ship, Sydney, was launched at Osborne in May this year and will be delivered to the Navy next year.
  • Centauro II on the Way
    Centauro II on the Way July 25 2018
    Italy has decided to procure Centauro II. Italian Army, ordered 10 Centauro II from Iveco Defence Systems and the Oto Melara Consortium (CIO). Italian Army plans to procure a total of 136 Centauro II. Nuova Blindo Centauro is the name of first tranche of the platform, which is a more advanced version of Centauro I. Vehicles will take place of their predecessors. The Centauro II, which has been developed as a tank destroyer, is equipped with a 120 mm 45 caliber smoothbore g...
  • Arleigh Burke Fleet Growing
    Arleigh Burke Fleet Growing July 20 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 ...
  • Second Zumwalt Destroyer’s engine is damaged
    Second Zumwalt Destroyer’s engine is damaged July 14 2018
    Zumwalt-class destroyer Michael Monsoor (DDG-1001) needs its main turbine engine to be replaced. Ship has suffered damage from turbine blades during acceptance trials according to USNI News. MT30 marine gas turbine showed no signs of malfunctioning during the sea trials, but the damage was found in a post-trials inspection. The ship engine will be restored before its sails to San Diego for its combat system activation.
  • China launches two Type 055 destroyers simultaneously
    China launches two Type 055 destroyers simultaneously July 4 2018
    China’s Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Company (DSIC) shipyard launched two 10,000-tonne Type 055 destroyers simultaneously on 3 July. The first Type 055 was launched at the Jiangnan Changxingdao shipyard near Shanghai in June 2017 and the second one in April 2018. The latest ships are the third and fourth to be launched, with all four entering the water in a little over a year. The Type 055 will be equipped with new types of air-defence, missile-defence, anti-ship and anti-subm...
  • The Last Hobart Launched
    The Last Hobart Launched May 19 2018
    The Royal Australian Navy's latest ship was launched. With hhe ceremony held at the Osborne Naval Shipyard, a Hobart Class air defense destroyer HMAS Sydney (D42), launched. Fitting works of the ship will continue until 2019. Hobart Class destroyers, which are developed on Navantia's F100 design, are 140 meters long. Ships of the class can reach 28-knot speed and 5000 nautical miles range. Ships built under the 9 billion Australian Dolar program integrated into American Aegis missile ...