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  • 30FFM Launched
    30FFM Launched 19 November 2020
    Japan's Future Multi-Mission Frigates (30FFM) Kumano was launched. Built as part of a frigate project that began in 2018, Kumano is 132.5 meters long and 16.3 meters wide. The ship has an displacement of about 5,500 tons and can reach speeds of over 30 knots, it said. The 30FFMs, which will be built in total 22 units, are expected to replace the Asagiri and Abukuma-class destroyers in the Japanese Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF) inventory. The frigates will be powe...
  • Export Offer from Japan to Indonesia
    Export Offer from Japan to Indonesia 12 November 2020
    Japan wants to export warships to Indonesia. It was learned that the Japanese government, which proposed the sale of destroyers and frigates to Indonesia, was continuing negotiations. If the proposal, which could reduce China's dominance in the South China Sea, is accepted, Japan will have exported its largest defence equipment in recent times. Japan proposes 30FFM/30DX frigate to Indonesia. In this context, four ships will be built in Japan and four platforms in Indon...
  • Factory Acceptance Test Completed in MİLGEM Project
    Factory Acceptance Test Completed in MİLGEM Project 11 November 2020
    In the MİLGEM corvette, which Turkey has built in accordance with the needs of the Pakistani Navy, the factory acceptance tests of diesel generator sets have been successfully completed. The generators were developed under the main contractor of İşbir Electric. A total of four corvettes will be built for Pakistan. İşbir also produces the diesel generators of the İ-class frigate under development.
  • Romania Awaits Court Decision on Construction of New Corvettes
    Romania Awaits Court Decision on Construction of New Corvettes 29 October 2020
    Romania has restated its commitment to a 1, 2 billion Euro contract with Naval Group. Romania, which opened a new corvette construction tender last year (2019), announced it would work with France-based Naval Group.  Naval Group announced that it would build four Gowind-class corvettes under the contract and modernize existing Type 22 frigates in the Romanian Navy inventory. However, no contract was signed between the parties. Italian Fincantieri and Dutch Damen shipy...
  • Marine Systems Partnership between the UK and Australia
    Marine Systems Partnership between the UK and Australia 24 October 2020
    Australia and the United Kingdom have signed a memorandum of understanding for the construction of a new generation of frigates and joint work to be carried out on existing naval programmes. Under the memorandum signed this week, the technologies used in shipbuilding will be shared and resources from the two countries will be used in the ongoing activities of the Type 26 frigate and Hunter-class frigate programs. The agreement also aims to create jobs in the maritime secto...
  • U.S. Offers Frigate to Greece
    U.S. Offers Frigate to Greece 20 October 2020
    Geoffrey Pyatt, US Ambassador to Greece, said the White House would offer to sell four frigates to Greece. Pyatt noted that they proposed that the three frigates be produced jointly at the Onex Shipyards on the Greek island of Syros. Greece announced in early September that it would strengthen its armed forces. Following tensions with Turkey in the eastern Mediterranean, Greek Prime Minister Kiriakos Miçotakis announced that they would buy 18 French Rafale fighter jets, four ...
  • GE Signs Contract to Provide STM with LM2500 Gas Turbines to Power Pakistan Navy’s New MILGEM Corvettes
    GE Signs Contract to Provide STM with LM2500 Gas Turbines to Power Pakistan Navy’s New MILGEM Corvettes 8 October 2020
      GE Marine announced it has signed a contract with STM (Savunma Teknolojileri Mühendislik Ve Ticaret A.Ş.), Ankara, Turkey, to provide LM2500 marine gas turbines to power the Pakistan Navy’s new MILGEM multipurpose corvettes. Pakistan Navy contracted for four MILGEM corvettes with ASFAT (Askeri Fabrika ve Tersane İşletme Anonim Şirketi) two of them to be built in Turkey and the other two in Pakistan. The propulsion system for all the MILGEM ships...
  • India Begins Construction of New Frigate
    India Begins Construction of New Frigate 28 September 2020
    The steel cutting ceremony of the first Project 11356 frigate to be built with local resources was carried out for the Indian Navy. The ship construction undertaken by Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL) will be completed using India's local resources. The construction of the Project 11356 frigate is part of a major agreement involving the transfer and completion of two incomplete Admiral Grigorovich-class frigates attached to the Russian Navy. India signed an agreement with Ru...
  • Made in UK Policy for Support Ships
    Made in UK Policy for Support Ships 27 September 2020
      British government altered the status of support ships. They will be considered as a warship. Previously the Government had argued that the new Fleet Solid Support Ships were not warships and as such, were eligible for international tendering rather than being restricted to British shipyards. The £1.5bn competition to build up to three Fleet Solid Support Ships was suspended last year and an update was due this autumn. Defence Secretary Ben Wallace t...
  • HMS Queen Elizabeth loaded with F-35Bs Sails for NATO Exercise
    HMS Queen Elizabeth loaded with F-35Bs Sails for NATO Exercise 24 September 2020
    The UK Navy’s HMS Queen Elizabeth has embarked the largest number of warplanes ever onto the deck as it prepares to take its place at the heart of a UK-led NATO Carrier Strike Group. It also represents the largest air group of fifth-generation fighters at sea anywhere in the world. Two squadrons of F-35B stealth jets - the RAF’s 617 Squadron (The Dambusters) and the US Marine Corps VMFA-211 (The Wake Island Avengers) - have landed on the 65,000-tonne carrier as it sails ...
  • Japan's New Frigate
    Japan's New Frigate 22 September 2020
    Japan's Future Multi-Mission Frigates (30FFM) continues to take shape. Construction of the first two frigates is being carried out at the shipyards of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) and Mitsui E&S as part of a frigate project launched by the Japanese Ministry of Defence in 2018. New images obtained by Xavier Vavasseur and Yoshihiro Inaba showed the deployment of its mast integrated into the platforms. A total of 22 frigates will be built in line with the needs of the Japa...
  • Greece investigating Dutch Frigates "M"
    Greece investigating Dutch Frigates "M" 21 September 2020
    The Greek Navy has reportedly been involved in a process of official clarification of what is happening with the Dutch "M" (Karel Doorman-class) frigates. The two Dutch ships, which are the next generation of Greek "S",(Elli-class frigates are considered as an ideal "intermediate" solution to replace an equal number of non-modernized frigates of the type serving in the Greek Fleet. The Dutch navy has initially...
  • VL-MICA anti-aircraft missiles for the Egyptian frigate MEKO-A200
    VL-MICA anti-aircraft missiles for the Egyptian frigate MEKO-A200 20 September 2020
    According to French Daily La Tribune, the European MBDA signed a contract with Egypt for the supply of VL-MICA anti-aircraft missiles, for the equipment of the MEKO frigate under construction. Egypt had originally selected the South African Umkhonto missiles (128 missiles), but the program did not go ahead due to Denel's financial problems. In January 2019 Egypt and Germany agreed to build a MEKO-A200 frigate, with a total cost of € 500 million with 1 more option. In April ...
  • Greece Sends Warships Off Libya
    Greece Sends Warships Off Libya 17 September 2020
    The HS Limnos (F 451) frigate of the Greek Navy will join the MED IRINI operation, which the European Union (EU) has launched to support an arms embargo on Libya. In April 2020, the EU adopted the decision to launch operation MED IRINI of the EU Mediterranean Naval Force in the Mediterranean under the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP). As part of the operation, inspections are being carried out on ships suspected of carrying weapons, ammunition and military eq...
  • Taiwan Seeks New Radar
    Taiwan Seeks New Radar 17 September 2020
    Taiwan has sent information request documents to Thales and Raytheon for phased-out array radars from ship. The National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology was developing the local Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) for the frigate the country would build with its own resources. After the studies, it became clear that the system produced by the institute was heavy for the ship. Taiwan has identified Thales and Raytheon as potential suppliers for the ship-induced ...
  • Commissioning in Spearfish Modernization Will Take Place Soon
    Commissioning in Spearfish Modernization Will Take Place Soon 16 September 2020
    The Spearfish torpedo, modernized by BAE Systems, is one last step away from the Royal Navy launch. Developed Spearfish will be launched in late 2020 following extensive trials in Scotland.The United Kingdom, which has been working on the modernisation of torpedoes for nearly six years, has invested £270m for ammunition. The Royal Navy's Spearfish modernization includes a new warhead, a safer fuel system, an advanced electronic command control centre and a fibre-optic rout...
  • Greek Defence Minister Denies Arms Spending Will Cost 10 Billion Euros
    Greek Defence Minister Denies Arms Spending Will Cost 10 Billion Euros 16 September 2020
      Greece's defence minister on Wednesday dismissed reports that his country would spend 10 billion euros on an arms overhaul announced at the weekend. "It's not a 10-billion-euro spending spree, let me make that very clear," Yunanistan savunma bakanı ülkesinin hafta sonu açıklanan bir silah revizyonuna 10 milyar avro harcayacağı yönündeki haberleri yalanladı. told an Economist conference in Athens, responding to press reports ab...
  • New acquisition from Greece
    New acquisition from Greece 14 September 2020
    Greece has announced it will strengthen its armed forces. Following tensions with Turkey in the Eastern Mediterranean, Greek Prime Minister Kiriakos Mitsotakis said they would buy 18 French Rafale fighter jets, four frigates and four helicopters for the navy. "The time has come to reinforce the armed forces... these initiatives constitute a robust programme that will become a national shield," Mitsotakis said. The armament program will include new anti-tank weapo...
  • Greece to rent Two FREMMs from France
    Greece to rent Two FREMMs from France 9 September 2020
    The French government had proposed two FREMM (FRégate Européenne Multi-Missions later FREgate Multi-Missions) to Greece in 2018. The proposal is again on the negotiation table according to Greek Media. France proposes Alsace (D656) and Lorraine (D657). The Dutch government has two modernized frigates to offer.  According to unconfirmed information, the annual rental cost of the two ships will be 150 million euros with the right to purchase once the lease is comple...
  • Chinese KJ-600 Performs Maiden Flight
    Chinese KJ-600 Performs Maiden Flight 8 September 2020
      China’s KJ-600 carrier-based Airborne Early Warning (AEW) aircraft performed its first flight on August 28th. China became the second country other than the United States to have successfully developed such a platform. China announced it was developing a sixth AEW&C plane, the KJ-600. China had been working on building its AEW&C jet since the 1960s with relatively little success. Chinese state media confirmed what foreign media outlets and social media...
  • Macron to Meet Miçotakis for Sale of Rafale to Greece
    Macron to Meet Miçotakis for Sale of Rafale to Greece 7 September 2020
    Greek Prime Minister Kiriakos Miçotakis and French President Emmanuel Macron will meet for Rafale warplanes, which are on the agenda that Greece will buy from France. Greece will buy 10 platforms from France, the remaining eight Rafales will be in inventory as grants, Greek local media reported. The 10 Greek Rafales would join the ongoing production of Egypt's 20 aircraft, but as Dassault would have difficulty producing all 30 aircraft in a short time, it is considering r...
  • Thales Continues Modernization for Indonesian Navy
    Thales Continues Modernization for Indonesian Navy 5 September 2020
    Thales will modernize the Uaman-Harun frigate of the Indonesian Navy. The frigate will be equipped with new radar and missiles under the main contractor’s PT Len and Thales. The platform will be integrated into the platform, which will have tactic combat management system, SMART-S Mk2 3D and STIR 1.2 EO Mk2 radars. Kri Usman-Harun, who has been in Indonesia inventory for nearly 15 years, is scheduled to extend his service life with the process, which is scheduled to be co...
  • 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...
  • French and Greek fighters at Paphos air base
    French and Greek fighters at Paphos air base 25 August 2020
    The Greek Cyprus-France-Greece air and navy exercise, will take place at the west of Cyprus from tomorrow, August 26th, until Friday, August 28th. According to Greek Cypriot press the drill will be a response to Turkey in the eastern Mediterranean region. In the coming days, Paphos Air Base will become the operational centre of large-scale military activities, for the purpose of exercises. Greek Cypriot press states that three French Rafale aircraft and 3 Greek F-16 aircraft will us...
  • 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...
  • Domestic Solution Deal
    Domestic Solution Deal 13 August 2020
    India, which initiated the Made in India Program to strengthen the defence sector and contribute to the industrial infrastructure, is turning to systems developed with domestic resources. India continues to equip its armed forces with indigenous products. According to the statement made by the state's Press Information Bureau on August 11, New Delhi approved the procurement of the new system which costs USD 1.17 billion. In this context, 70 HTT-40 (Hindustan ...
  • 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...
  • BAE Systems has Announced Its Half Year Results for 2020.
    BAE Systems has Announced Its Half Year Results for 2020. 2 August 2020
    The British multinational defence, security, and aerospace company release its 2020 half-year results. It warned the Group is subject to geopolitical uncertainties and there remains considerable uncertainty in respect of COVID-19. The company says that, including the two acquisitions, it expects the Group’s sales to increase by a low-single-digit percentage compared to last year, as there are increased volumes in F-35, Combat Vehicles and growth in the electronic defence portf...
  • First Autonomous Flight from French Drone
    First Autonomous Flight from French Drone 29 July 2020
    The VSR700 VTOL rotary wing UAV prototype developed by Airbus Helicopters completed its first autonomous flight. The VSR700, which took off as part of a risk-free effort by Airbus Helicopters and Naval Group, operated a 10-minute flight in the south of France. The rotary wing UAV, which is expected to begin sea tests next year, has a maximum take-off weight of between 500 and 1,000 kg. The platform, which can be equipped with a large number of sea sensors, will be deployed...
  • Eisenhower Strike Group Exercises with Hellenic Navy
    Eisenhower Strike Group Exercises with Hellenic Navy 27 July 2020
    The Dwight D. Eisenhower (IKE) Carrier Strike Group (CSG) announced that it participated in surface exercises with the Hellenic Navy in the Mediterranean Sea, July 24-28, 2020. The exercises included formation steaming, tactical manoeuvres, communications drills, and allowed participating forces to test and refine command and control between the two navies. “Exercises like this enhance our professional relationships and improves overall coordination with allies and p...
  • New Member of the Russian Navy
    New Member of the Russian Navy 23 July 2020
    Admiral Kasatonov, one of Russia's Project 22350 (Admiral Gorshkov) frigates, was admitted to the navy. At a ceremony in St. Andrew's, the accepted ship will undertake missions in remote sea and ocean regions. Project 22350, unlike other frigates in the inventory, can simultaneously conduct air defence and surface combat. Admiral Gorshkov, whose displacement is about 5,000 tons, has a maximum speed of 29 knots. Russia is scheduled to include eig...
  • S-100 Trials on MEKO Frigates
    S-100 Trials on MEKO Frigates 20 July 2020
    Rotary wing unmanned aerial vehicles take their place on the warships, as they are cost-effective solutions as well as long-endurance reconnaissance and surveillance capabilities beyond the visual range. The Royal Australian Navy tested the Schiebel S-100 Camcopter unmanned aerial vehicles in Anzac-class frigates A series of testing activities will be carried out on the HMAS Ballarat (FFH 155) under the responsibility of the 822X Squadron. Within the NMP (Navy Mi...
  • Portugal Sent a Frigate To The Netherlands For Modernization
    Portugal Sent a Frigate To The Netherlands For Modernization 15 July 2020
      The Portuguese frigate NRP Dom Fransisco de Almeida is in the Netherlands to continue the modernization program. The Karel Doorman-class ship left Portugal last Wednesday and was expected to arrive in the Netherlands on Monday. The modernization mainly concerns weapons systems, sensors and communication systems, ensuring that the frigate will remain combat-ready until 2035, on missions of the Portuguese Navy, NATO and the European Union.  
  • HMS Queen Elizabeth to Confront China
    HMS Queen Elizabeth to Confront China 15 July 2020
    United Kingdom plans to counter China with HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier according to the Times. The 5.6 billion Dollar vessel is expected to visit the Far East, to conduct military exercises with the US and Japan during its maiden grand voyage next year. The carrier will be accompanied by two Type 45 destroyers, two Type 23 frigates and two replenishment tankers. It will also have two squadrons of F-35B Lightning II fighters on board. It is likely one of those squadrons will...
  • Quietly Burak Modernisation for Turkish Navy
    Quietly Burak Modernisation for Turkish Navy 13 July 2020
    The Turkish Navy, which wants increase its existence with higher efficiency in the Aegean and the Eastern Mediterranean, continues to studies. Upgrades appeared on the first platform were completed in the modernization of Burak class corvette, which has been on the agenda for some time. In the photos shared by @oeroguz on Twitter, significant changes were detected on the ship. Within the scope of the modernization work carried out, Modèle 68 main gun&...
  • Hunter Class Frigates Might Not Be in The Planned Size
    Hunter Class Frigates Might Not Be in The Planned Size 7 July 2020
    A new report on Hunter-class frigates built for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has been launched. Reports have surfaced that the new Hunter-class frigates being built by BAE Systems for the RAN is expected to be larger and heavier than initially planned. Under the contract signed in 2018, it was foreseen that frigates would have 8 thousand 800 tons of displacement. In the said document, it was stated that the platforms have more than 10,000 tons displacement and the lengt...
  • All Dimensions of Turco-French Tensions
    All Dimensions of Turco-French Tensions 2 July 2020
    Tensions increasing between France and Turkey. The Paris Ambassador of Turkey Ismail Hakki Musa's statement about the incident that TCG Oruçreis (F 245) and French frigate FS Courbet (F 712) involved with the images with C4Defence difference. A few days ago France presented a letter to NATO claiming that Turkish frigate threatened French frigate by tracking with radar. Turkey, however, stated that French frigate, FS Courbet (F 712), approached to TCG Gö...
  • New Replenishment Tanker Arrived Home
    New Replenishment Tanker Arrived Home 28 June 2020
    Modern fleet replenishment vessels are an important power factor for today's navies, thanks to both material and fuel transport during the cruise and advanced command-control capabilities. The new replenishment vessel HMNZS Aotearoa (A 11), built as part of the Royal New Zealand Navy requirements, arrived at Auckland Harbour last Friday. The journey, which she set sail from the Hyundai Heavy Industries Shipyard located in Ulsan, took 15 days. The acceptance of the ship, whi...
  • 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...
  • TCG İstanbul Waits for Preveza
    TCG İstanbul Waits for Preveza 21 June 2020
    The first dates of the Istanbul-class frigates are determined. Defence Technologies Engineering and Trade Inc. (STM) is the main contractor for the warship. According to the information shared from Turkey's Shipbuilding industrialists - (GİSBİR) milestone dates for TCG Istanbul are as follows: The launch date of TCG Istanbul is January 2021. Completion of port acceptance tests: May 2022. Completion of the cruise acceptance tests: January 2023. Admis...

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