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  • AGOSTA 90B Back to Sea December 24 2019
    Pakistan Navy’s AGOSTA 90B class submarine (PNS / M Hamza (S-139), modernised by Turkish Defence Technologies Engineering and Trade Inc. (STM) was launched to sea. To upgrade the submarine, the Ministry of Defence of Pakistan launched a 1 + 2 (option) submarine modernisation tender in 2016. The French Naval Group shipyard (former DCNS Shipyard), which built the submarine, also participated in the bid. Pakistan chose STM and expanded the scope of the Submarine Modernization Project with ...
  • Greece wants to Build US Ships in Greek shipyards
    Greece wants to Build US Ships in Greek shipyards December 20 2019
    Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis will visit the US, and he is expected to discuss building US Ships in Greek shipyards. Navy is in discussions with the US on its frigates cogeneration, on the platform of American frigates LCS (Freedom-class littoral combat ship) The proposal seems to meet the requirements set by the Navy for the development of a new vessel, based on the US LCS platform, but with Greek demands being met and at a more economical price than the French...
  • TAIS Has Five Solutions to Present at Kuwait
    TAIS Has Five Solutions to Present at Kuwait December 10 2019
    TAIS, established by the owners of four leading shipyards of Turkey, attends to Kuwait defence and aviation exhibition GDA. The company is established to offer expert and innovative solutions in naval shipbuilding for demanding customers all over the world. The group has completed a series of projects for the Turkish Ministry of Defence for Turkish Navy which has achieved a contemporary, powerful and modern force structure. Besides shipbuilding TAIS offers a total solution...
  • China Unveils World’s Largest Shipbuilding Group November 28 2019
    China State Shipbuilding Corporation officially debuted in Beijing on Tuesday, as a result of the merger between China’s two leading shipbuilding companies China Shipbuilding Industry Company (CSIC) and China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC). CSC said that it operates 147 subsidiaries - including shipyards, research institutes, and listed companies. The merger of CSSC and CSIC will create the world’s largest shipbuilding group. Combining the 2018 sales of CSIC and CSSC, the n...
  • Pakistan Increases Naval Capabilities
    Pakistan Increases Naval Capabilities November 28 2019
    Pakistan recently added the navy to the Chinese-made Behr Masah research vessel. Islamabat, seeking for new capabilities, received a locally-directed guided projectile assault (Fast Attack Craft Missile / FACM) this week. The boat at the Karachi Military Shipyard has a boat-to-boat structure and a steel body. With a displacement of more than 560 tons, the platform is 63 meters long and can reach a maximum speed of 30 knots per hour. The assault rifle with four shafts and fixed-angle props was...
  • İkinci: “STM's goal: to provide cost-effective solutions more intelligently November 1 2019
    At the “Arms and Security” Fair held in Ukraine, we heard from STM General Manager Murat İkinci about his goals for Ukraine and his vision for 2020. The latter sees the future of STM's agile, small, cost-effective solutions together with smarter use technologies while delivering its experience in marine platforms to Ukraine. C4Defence: STM is coming to Ukraine for the first time. We see marine platforms in the foreground at the STM stand. What is you...
  • Indigenous Submarine Project Started
    Indigenous Submarine Project Started October 15 2019
    The Indigenous Submarine (MİLDEN) project, which constitutes the second stage of the Air Independent Propulsion (AIP) submarines of the Turkish Navy, has officially started. Speaking at the Ninth Naval Systems Seminar, Deputy General Director of Shipyards of the Ministry of National Defence, Rear Admiral Mehmet Sarı, made a presentation about the MİLDEN Project. According to Sarı's statement, the first cadres were appointed, and the first appointments were made. Aft...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • TAIS to Build Ships for Indian Navy
    TAIS to Build Ships for Indian Navy May 31 2019
    TAIS, founded by the owners of the five shipyards of Turkey to offer expert and innovative solutions in naval shipbuilding, has received a $2.3-billion tender to build five ships for the Indian Navy. According to information released to the press, TAIS has won a cooperation tender that involves the production of five fleet support tankers of 45,000 tons. As part of its tasks in the project, TAIS will be responsible for the modernization of the shipyard, the design of the s...
  • The Coast Guard Getting Stronger
    The Coast Guard Getting Stronger May 31 2019
      The Canadian government announced new coast guard shipbuilding plan. Within the scope of this plan, which includes the construction of 18 new vessels, The Coast Guard is set to receive two new Arctic Offshore Patrol Ships (AOPS), modified for Coast Guard missions. Irving Shipbuilding is already building a fleet of six AOPS for the Royal Canadian Navy. The 5,200-ton ships are 103.6 meters long and have an open-water speed of 17 knots and a range of 6,800 nautical miles. ...
  • Norway Gives up From Sunken Frigate
    Norway Gives up From Sunken Frigate May 17 2019
    Repairing the frigate “KNM Helge Ingstad“, built by the Navantia shipyards would be more expensive than ordering a new one, concludes a report presented on Wednesday by the Agencia de Material de Norwegian defence. The study estimates that the cost of repairs will be between 12,000 and 14,000 million Norwegian crowns (1,223 and 1,427 million euros), while that of acquiring a new one would be 11,000 to 13,000 million (from 1,121 to 1,325 million euros).  Th...
  • 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...
  • Vard Signs MOU with ASFAT
    Vard Signs MOU with ASFAT May 7 2019
    Vard Marine Inc. announced that an MoU has been signed with Military Factory and Shipyard Management Inc. (Askeri Fabrika ve Tersane İşletme A.Ş. /ASFAT) in Turkey to promote a strategic partnership where Vard Marine provides the design of a wide range of paramilitary vessels and ASFAT coordinates construction of select projects at their approved naval shipyards in Turkey. The MoU provides an opportunity for Vard Marine to expand operations in the region and to collaborate with othe...
  • US Navy Needs More Dry Docks for Repairs, Calls for More Dry Docks
    US Navy Needs More Dry Docks for Repairs, Calls for More Dry Docks March 25 2019
    The Navy on Wednesday released its first-ever long-range naval ship maintenance and modernization plan, in dealing with chronic mismatches between maintenance requirements and yards’ capacity. The report underlined the need for more dry docks. The report, Report to Congress on the Long-Range Plan for Maintenance and Modernization of Naval Vessels for Fiscal Year 2020, highlights a shortage of dry docks for surface ship maintenance and the need to improve existing infrastructur...
  • Spain's Frigate Decision is Close
    Spain's Frigate Decision is Close December 7 2018
    Ministry of Defence of Spain has announced that the ongoing procurement process for the F-110 frigates is coming to an end. A total of five frigates were to be procured. The final draft of agreement for the platforms was examined and the signatures were expected to be inked in the coming days. The total cost of the agreement is expected to be 4.3 billion Euros. Upon completion of the draft work, text of the agreement will be submitted for the approval of the cabinet. According to th...
  • Indonesia Announces Export Data
    Indonesia Announces Export Data November 26 2018
    Indonesian Ministry of Defence announced military export revenues. According to official data announced by an official from the Ministry of Defence, Jakarta exported a total of 284.1 million USD between 2015 and 2018. PT Dirgantara Indonesia, PT PAL and PT Lundin Shipyards and PT Pindad companies realized a large portion of sales. In this process, only PTDI sales amounted to US $ 161 million. The company earned most of its revenue from CN 235-220 and NC212. Sales were made to Senega...
  • Navy Spent $1.5 Billion into Submarine That Don’t Dive
    Navy Spent $1.5 Billion into Submarine That Don’t Dive November 24 2018
    In a new report, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) calculates that the U.S. Navy has spent $1.5 billion over the past decade supporting submarines that it could not deploy.  According to GAO, the Navy has been unable to begin or complete the vast majority of its attack submarine maintenance periods on time.  GAO report examples Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine the USS Boise (SSN 764) , that was scheduled to enter a shipyard for an extensive period of repair...
  • India Approved OPV Acquisition
    India Approved OPV Acquisition August 14 2018
    The Indian Defence Acquisition Council was convened yesterday under the chairmanship of Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. At the meeting, India's six new generation offshore patrol platforms (Next Generation Offshore Patrol Vessel / NGOPV) procurement was approved. In this context, India-based shipyards will be suppliers. The project is planned to cost approximately US $ 706 million. India plans to use these vessels for operations such as marine interception&nb...
  • Bundesmarine to Procure UAV
    Bundesmarine to Procure UAV August 14 2018
    Germany's Federal Armed Forces Equipment Information Technologies and Service Support Office (Bundesamt für Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik und Nutzung der Bundeswehr / BAAINBw) have signed an agreement with Electronic Systems und Logistik GmbH (ESG). Germany will procure the Skeldar V-200 rotary wing unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) use in K130 Class corvettes under the agreement. In addition, UMS Skeldar and Lürssen shipyards have recently signed an agreement for K...
  • Fincantieri Begins Work on the First “Doha” Class Corvette for Qatar
    Fincantieri Begins Work on the First “Doha” Class Corvette for Qatar August 4 2018
    The steel cutting ceremony of the first “Doha” class corvette ordered to Fincantieri by the Qatari Ministry of Defence within the national naval acquisition programme, took place today at the Muggiano (La Spezia) yard. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State of Qatar for Defence Affairs, and the Italian Minister of Defence attended to the ceremony. The contract, amounting for Fincantieri to approx. 4 billion euros, envisages the supply of seven surface vessels, of wh...
  • Saudi Arabia Awards Navantia Shipyards a €1.8 contact
    Saudi Arabia Awards Navantia Shipyards a €1.8 contact July 16 2018
    Spain’s Navantia has been awarded a €1.8 billion contract to deliver five corvettes to the Saudi Navy. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has signed a contract for the construction of five corvettes, an operation that amounts to 1,800 million euros and represents the largest order in the history of Spanish public shipyards from a foreign client. The program will start at the end of 2018 and the last vessel will be delivered in 2022. In addition, Navantia will be respon...
  • New Breath in Maritime Affairs: TAIS
    New Breath in Maritime Affairs: TAIS July 9 2018
    Turkish shipyards accomplishments have pushed export doors to open. Efforts of five shipyards in Turkey to “achieve strength in unity” resulted in the creation of TAIS. TAIS General Manager Doğan Beşcan shared with C4Defence readers the Company’s objectives and plans.
  • Vulcano Launched
    Vulcano Launched July 5 2018
    The Fincantieri Shipyard launched the new logistic support ship of the Italian Navy. The ship named Vulcano (A 5335) floated at the Muggiano shipyard in La Spezia. The European defense procurement organization, OCCAR, ordered the May 2015 in the name of Italian Ministry of Defence, and the hull parts of the platform were built at different shipyards and consolidated at Muggiano. The system integration efforts of the ship will continue until December, and Vulcano will begin...
  • STM competes for Brazilian CCT
    STM competes for Brazilian CCT June 25 2018
    STM announced from its twitter account that the company has signed an MoU with Brasfels Shipyard, Brazil to bid on the Brazilian Navy's Tamandaré-class Corvette (CCT) Project. STM and Brasfels Shipyard will be competing against nine contenders. CCT for Brasil is a variant of the MILGEM Ada Class Corvette. The Navy received on June 18th, nine commercial proposals from companies interested in building the CCT project. According to the Brazilian naval force, the proposals wi...
  • ThyssenKrupp Barred From Bidding
    ThyssenKrupp Barred From Bidding March 2 2018
    ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems has been barred from bidding to build Germany's next generation of battleships, Handelsblatt reported on 2 March.  The decision was disclosed in a notice sent to the firm’s shipyards by the ministry’s purchasing agency. The letter said the government did not trust ThyssenKrupp and its partner, Lürrsen shipyards, to build the new Multi-role Combat Ship 180 (MKS 180 for short), which is designed to operate anywhere in the...
  • US Navy Picks Five Contenders to Compete for Guided-missile Frigate Project
    US Navy Picks Five Contenders to Compete for Guided-missile Frigate Project February 20 2018
    The US Navy will evaluate the work of the five shipyards over the next 16 months before a final request for proposal in 2019 and a contract award in 2020, according to USNI News. Five ship designs will compete in the Navy’s bid for 20 next-generation guided-missile frigates (FFG(X)) that will follow the Littoral Combat Ship. A total of seven US, European and Australian firms are understood to have submitted initial bids. Austal USA, Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics Bath Iron ...
  • GD to Invest $2 Billion in Shipyards
    GD to Invest $2 Billion in Shipyards February 5 2018
    General Dynamics decided to invest about $2 billion into its shipyards in the coming years to meet the demands of a growing U.S. fleet.  The company is planning to spend about $1.7 billion at its Electric Boat yard in Connecticut as it ramps up for the next iteration of the Virginia-class attack submarines, the Block V, as well as the Columbia-class ballistic missile submarine. The Block V includes the Virginia Payload Module, a new section inserted into the ship that...
  • First Daegu Commisioned February 4 2018
    Republic of Korea has commisioned ROKS Daegu, the first ship of of Daegu Class frigates. Pennant number of ROKS Daegu is designated as FFG-818. Ship is officially commisioned on February 1 . The Daegu Class frigates are developed from Incheon Class Frigates under the FFX-II project. ROKS Daegu is expected to become fully operational in second half of 2018 Under the contract signed with Republic of Korea Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) in Decembe...
  • Submarine Intensity Increases in the Far East
    Submarine Intensity Increases in the Far East January 20 2018
    Republic of Korea received ROKS Hong Beom-do submarine, the seventh of KSS-II Class. The platform laid down in March 2016 was built in less than two years. Submarines, which Type 214 class submarines are arranged according to the needs of the Republic of Korea, are also known as the Son Won-Il Class. Platforms with torpedo guidance and detection system and target tracking system can fire long-range cruise missiles and can lay mines. The total of nine 65-meter submarines wi...
  • ASFAT Inc., Established
    ASFAT Inc., Established January 15 2018
    One of the most important events for the sector that took place this month was undoubtedly the Statutory Decree (KHK), published in the Official Gazette on December 24. Military Factory and Shipyard Operation Corporation (ASFAT Inc.) has been established to bring military factories and shipyards’ 60 years of experience into defence sector with the 29th article of the Decree Law.
  • UK Reveals New Shipbuilding Strategy
    UK Reveals New Shipbuilding Strategy September 7 2017
    Under new National Shipbuilding Strategy the UK will acquire five Type 31e general purpose frigates, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has revealed.  Apart from enhancing the Navy's capabilities, the new strategy intends to bolster UK maritime industry as well as maximizing exports. The vessels are expected to be constructed in sections by different shipyards across the country and will be finally assembled at a central hub.  The first...
  • Second 'Yasen' Launched
    Second 'Yasen' Launched March 31 2017
    The second of Yasen-class (Project 885) nuclear-powered multipurpose attack submarines, Kazan has been launched at the Sevmash shipyards today. Having been under construction since 2009, the submarine is also the first upgraded submarine of Project 885M. Kazan is scheduled to be delivered to the Navy’s Northern Fleet in 2018. Yasen-class submarines were designed by Malakhit Central Design Bureau. These are the first Russian Nuclear-powered Guided Missi...
  • Krivak Tech On Its Way To India
    Krivak Tech On Its Way To India March 7 2017
    India gave start to the Indo-Russian Krivak class (Project 1135) frigate project, which was inked in October 2016. The basic structure of two frigates has already been completed in Russia while two new frigates to be constructed under $4 billion project will be constructed at Indian shipyards, most probably at India's Goa Shipyard. Krivak class frigates will be fitted with the BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles. 
  • German Navy Requirements Increased
    German Navy Requirements Increased February 14 2017
    Germany has decided to increase its order for the multi-role war ship Mehrzweckkampfschiff 180 (MKS 180). The first supplying plan was about to build four ship and then decide to build two more gship by 2030. In October 2016, the German Defense Ministry announced that it was postponing the  supplying plan for to ensure high quality standards. In the process, it was decided to revise the contract in such a way as to cover the construction of six ships. The final agreement is expected to b...
  • German warship building has surprise: Invitation to bid instead of open tender
    German warship building has surprise: Invitation to bid instead of open tender January 30 2017
    The German Defence Ministry said it would ask the three-company consortium that built the existing warships to submit a bid for the planned purchase of five more corvettes valued at 1.5 billion euros. Germany’s first plan was to open tender for corvettes. The ARGE K130 group that built the first five Braunschweig-class corvettes was led by Blohm + Voss GmbH, a Hamburg-based shipyard, with participation of two other shipyards, Friedrich Luerssen Werft in Bremen and SIAG Nordsee...
  • 'Perantau' Rejoined Malaysian Navy
    'Perantau' Rejoined Malaysian Navy January 5 2017
    Boustead Naval Shipyards (BNS) conditionally delivered the hydrographic survey ship KD Perantau to the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN). The vessel had been undergoing an overhaul process since 2014, during which it ‘almost’ sank at Lumut base, where refurbishment work was being conducted. KD Perantau received Raytheon Anschütz’s Synapsis Intelligent Bridge Control (IBC) suite and integrated systems during its overhaul.  The 1 thousand 900-tonne Perantau is equipped with...
  • Two New Vessels for Mexican Navy
    Two New Vessels for Mexican Navy November 28 2016
    Mexican Navy commissioned two new vessels on 23 November. The offshore patrol vessel (OPV) ARM Chiapas (PO 165) and the logistics ship ARM Isla Maria Madre (BAL 11) entered service during a ceremony attended by President Enrique Peña Nieto. Chiapas was constructed by the Shipyard Marina 20 (Astilleros de la Secretaría de Marina (ASTIMAR 20)- Mexican Secretary of The Navy Shipyards) in Salina Cruz. The logistics ship Isla Maria Madre, on the other hand, built by ASTIMAR 6 in Guay...
  • Spanish Corvette for Persian Gulf
    Spanish Corvette for Persian Gulf November 10 2016
    Saudi Arabia is expected to sign a contract with Spain’s Navantia shipyards for five corvettes during Spanish King Philip VI’s first official visit to Saudi Arabia. The $2 billion contract will also cover construction of a new naval base. The Guaiquerí class patrol vessels (Avante 2200 Combatant) has an overall length of 98,5 meters with a 2 thousand 450 tonne-displacement. The Spanish corvettes will replace the Badr-class corvettes based in the Persian Gulf.
  • India Scouting for New Corvette
    India Scouting for New Corvette November 2 2016
    The Indian Navy is to issue a Request for Information regarding seven next generation corvettes to replace Khukri-class vessels. The project will be conducted under Make in India initiative and open ofr both private and state-run shipyards. One of the applicants to the RFI will be the Relience Defence and Engineering Limited company, Managing Director of which stated that they were capable of building various types of warships in their shipyard, in shorter times than expected. The corv...