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  • 31 October 2019
    Authorities, Industry news, Vessels

    South Korea’s defense procurement agency DAPA has awarded Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction (HHIC) a 246 billion won (approx. $211 million) contract for the construction of an additional four PKX-B patrol boats. The latest contract, will bring the total number of vessels in the class (also referred to as the Chamsuri II-class) to 16. All […]

  • 31 October 2019
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Industry news

    Article by: Dorian Archus The Turkish defense industry is growing day by day. With the confidence of the success in recent years, Turkish engineers are very close to a game-changer technology, Electromagnetic Rail Gun (EMRG). According to the sources in Turkey, Turkish indigenous Rail Gun (launches ammunition with electromagnetic power), Şahi-209, will be integrated to […]

  • 16 October 2019
    Authorities, Industry news, Vessels

    South Korea’s Hyundai Heavy Industries has received a contract to design the Republic of Korea Navy’s next-generation amphibious assault ship that would be capable of supporting short-takeoff and vertical landing fighter jet operations. Dubbed LPX-II, the project will be a follow-on to the two LPX-I ships, the first of which was commissioned in 2007 while […]

  • 11 October 2019
    Authorities, Vessels

    The batch II destroyers will be capable of performing the ballistic missile defense role.

  • 2 October 2019
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Ex-USS Ford (FFG 54), one of the few Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigates still around, was sunk by live fire from ships and aircraft taking part in exercise Pacific Griffin 2019. The decommissioned ship was sunk on October 1, approximately 170 nautical miles off the coast of Guam. Units from the US and Republic of Singapore […]

  • 24 September 2019

    US Coast Guard Cutter Valiant crew intercepted a 40-foot self-propelled semi-submersible (SPSS) transporting 12,000 pounds of cocaine, worth over $165 million. The cocaine was seized earlier this month in international waters in the Eastern Pacific during the cutter’s patrol. The semi-submersible was originally detected and monitored by maritime patrol aircraft (MPA), and the Valiant crew […]

  • 20 September 2019
    Research & Development

    Boeing and the US Navy successfully completed the first test flight of the MQ-25 unmanned aerial refueler on September 19, 2019. The MQ-25 test asset, known as T1, completed the autonomous two-hour flight under the direction of Boeing test pilots operating from a ground control station at MidAmerica St. Louis Airport in Mascoutah, Illinois, where […]

  • 19 September 2019

    The US Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) and members of Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 8 participate in the first Recognized Environmental Picture Augmented by Maritime Unmanned Systems REP (MUS) exercise hosted by the Portuguese Navy in Lisbon, Portugal, from September 8 to 20, 2019. “We’re committed to regional stability […]

  • 16 September 2019
    Authorities, Industry news, Research & Development

    A naval version of the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited-built Tejas light fighter (LCA) made history on September 13 as it performed the program’s first-ever arrested landing. The event took place at the Hansa Goa shore-based test facility and paves the way for an aircraft carrier landing demonstration on board the Indian Navy aircraft carrier Vikramaditya. The […]

  • 4 September 2019

    German Navy Sachsen-class frigate FGS Hamburg is scheduled to depart her Wilhelmsaven homeport on September 6 to join NATO’s Standing Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2). Hamburg will set sail for the Aegean Sea where the international group is most active. The air-defense frigate and her crew will spend the next five months with the group. Hamburg’s […]

  • 28 August 2019
    Authorities, Equipment & technology

    The US State Department has approved a possible foreign military sale of nine AN/AQS-22 airborne low frequency sonar (ALFS) systems and six hundred AN/SSQ-36/53/62 sonobuoys for its fleet of MH-60R helicopters. The possible sale has an estimated value of $200 million, according to the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency. The ALFS and sonobuoys are central […]

  • 15 August 2019
    Authorities, Training & Education

    US Navy and Coast Guard ships arrived in Malaysia on August 13 for the start of Maritime Training Activity (MTA) Malaysia 2019. US ships taking part include the Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Montgomery (LCS 8), US Coast Guard Cutter Stratton (WMSL 752), Safeguard-class salvage ship USNS Salvor (ARS 52) and expeditionary fast transport ship […]

  • 8 August 2019
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Research & Development

    German defense contractor Rheinmetall has joined forces with missile maker MBDA to develop, integrate and test a laser demonstrator for the German Navy’s K130 corvette. Laser effector systems are currently being developed for shipboard and naval use by the navies of the US and the UK, for example, and Germany is now joining the efforts. […]

  • 8 August 2019
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Industry news

    The US state department has approved the sale of twelve MH-60R multi-mission helicopters to the Republic of Korea. The country earlier seemed poised to acquire 12 Leonardo AW159 Wildcat anti-submarine helicopters but South Korea’s defense procurement agency (DAPA) announced earlier this year it would evaluate a US proposal for the second batch of ASW helicopters. […]

  • 19 July 2019
    Authorities, Vessels

    French shipbuilder Naval Group delivered the sixth FREMM frigate, future FS Normandie, to the Marine Nationale (French Navy) on July 16. The anti-submarine warfare specialized frigate was delivered after being launched in February 2018 and starting sea trials in March this year. Normandie is the last ASW frigate in her class. The final two FREMMS […]

  • 4 July 2019

    USNS Carson City (T-EFP 7), a military sealift command Spearhead-class expeditionary fast transport ship, departed Rota, Spain, on July 2, as part of the US Navy’s second deployment to the Gulf of Guinea this year. Sailors and embarked personnel will work alongside regional partners on an Africa Partnership Station (APS) mission to provide small boat […]

  • 2 July 2019
    Industry news

    Britain’s maritime union RMT confirmed that a program of industrial action involving nearly 700 workers at the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) – the Royal Navy supply lifeline – in a fight for pay justice goes ahead today. RMT has criticized the Tory Government for interfering in the pay negotiations, forcing the employer to impose a […]

  • 26 June 2019
    Authorities, Vessels

    The French Navy celebrated the completion of the construction of its sixth multi-mission frigate, FREMM Normandie, in Lorient on June 25. As explained, the celebration marked not only the end of work on the six FREMM frigates but also the beginning of the manufacturing of the FREMM frigates with reinforced air defense capabilities and of […]

  • 24 June 2019

    The Norwegian government has decided not to repair the frigate HNoMS Helge Ingstad which sank in the Hjeltefjorden fjord in late 2018. It is more appropriate to dispose of the vessel than to repair it, Frank Bakke-Jensen, the country’s Defense Minister said in a statement. A report issued by the Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency (NDMA) […]

  • 31 May 2019
    Authorities, Training & Education, Vessels

    The US Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) has completed a series of tactical air defense and fighter control exercises with Portuguese Navy and Air Force counterparts.  The exercises were conducted off the coast of Portugal on May 27, 2019. The drill began with Ross and Portuguese Vasco da Gama-class frigate NRP […]

  • 28 May 2019
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Industry news

    France is speeding up its helicopter program that will see one platform replace five legacy helicopters across the three branches of the country’s armed forces. In an announcement on May 27, French defense minister Florence Parly announced that the launch of the Joint Light Helicopter (Hélicoptère Interarmées Léger; HIL) program had been brought forward to […]

  • 21 May 2019
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Industry news, Research & Development

    The Indian Navy recently carried out a launch of the Medium Range Surface to Air Missile (MRSAM) aimed at testing its cooperative engagement capability (CEC). The navy used destroyers Kochi and Chennai for the test, in which the missiles of both ships were controlled by one ship to intercept different aerial targets at extended ranges. […]

  • 6 May 2019
    Authorities, Vessels

    South Korea’s defense procurement agency DAPA has approved plans for the development and construction of the next batch of Republic of Korea Navy destroyers and submarines. More specifically, an additional three Sejong the Great-class destroyers (KDX-III) and three second-batch KSS-III submarines are to be built. According to DAPA, the new destroyers will be upgraded with […]

  • 30 April 2019
    Authorities, Industry news, Vessels

    Germany’s defense procurement agency BAAINBw officially received the lead F125 frigate from the shipbuilding consortium on April 30. Representatives of the ARGE F125 consortium handed the frigate in an official ceremony at the Wilhelmshaven naval base. FGS Baden-Württemberg, the first of a total of four units in the class, had already been delivered to the […]

  • 19 April 2019
    Authorities, Vessels

    The French Navy’s seventh FREMM frigate was floated out Naval Group’s Lorient shipyard on April 18. In addition to being the seventh unit in the class, FREMM Alsace is also the first of two air-defense variants that will be delivered to the navy under the program. Alsace was launched thirteen months after the start of […]

  • 17 April 2019
    Authorities, Vessels

    The French defense procurement agency has accepted delivery of the fourth and final d’Entrecasteaux-class multi-mission ship from the Kership joint venture. Dumont d’Urville, as the unit is called, was delivered to the French Navy in a ceremony on April 5. Like its predecessors, the ship will sail from its current homeport in Brest to one […]