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SUFFREN Fires Missiles During Trials

The first of six nuclear-powered attack submarines (SSNs) in France’s BARRACUDA programme has successfully completed the test firing of Missile de Croisière Naval (MdCN) naval cruise missile. The firing completes the qualification phase of the integration of all the vessel’s weapon systems, carried out as part of its sea trials, conducted by France’s Defence Procurement Agency, the […]

ZUMWALT Fires First Missile

More than four years after she was first delivered, the futuristic destroyer USS ZUMWALT has conducted her first live-fire Standard Missile 2 (SM-2) test. The exercise is a step towards gaining Initial Operational Capability certification, which is expected sometime next year. The SM-2 is the Navy’s workhorse anti-aircraft missile, and it has a secondary anti-ship role. […]

Meteor Aerospace Tests ORCA USV

Israeli defence company Meteor Aerospace has successfully completed a series of sea trials with its ORCA Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV). The trials were held in Israeli waters, demonstrating ORCA’s technical and operational capabilities, including autonomous unmanned operation, use of its various mission payloads and high speed intercepts of a maritime target. The ORCA trials were remotely monitored […]

Final Egyptian TKMS Submarine Christened

The fourth and final 209/1400mod class submarine ordered by Egypt has been christened at the premises of Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) in Kiel. The small scale ceremony took place in compliance with strict COVID-19 preventive measures. “S44” follows its sisters “S41”, “S42” and “S43” which were delivered in December 2016, August 2017 and April 2020 […]

New Anti-Ship Missile Tests

The Israeli Navy, in cooperation with the Ministry of Defence Directorate of Defense Research & Development (MOD DDR&D) has successfully conducted a trial of a new anti-ship missile system developed by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) to ensure Israel’s continued naval superiority. The preplanned series of trials were conducted in order to ascertain the system’s operational capabilities […]

HGH to Launch IRST Solution

HGH has recently won contracts worth about €6m from world-leading shipyards in the Middle-East and in Europe to equip new warships with SPYNEL panoramic thermal cameras and their new IRST solution. The rise of new technologies urges naval forces to adapt their defence, detection and threat-tracking capabilities so HGH took up the challenge, launching their […]

BAE Systems Wins ARCHERFISH Contract

BAE Systems has won a contract worth up to £87m to manufacture and deliver ARCHERFISH mine neutralisers to the US Navy, making this the fourth consecutive contract awarded to BAE Systems by the US Department of Defense (DoD) for the system since 2003.  ARCHERFISH, which will be delivered over the next seven years, is a […]

Ultra Secures STF Upgrade Contract

Ultra Electronics has secured a contract from QinetiQ to support them in replacing the entire Sonobuoy Test Facility (STF) system at the British Underwater Test & Evaluation Centre, MOD BUTEC. This includes replacing the Software Defined Sonobuoy Receivers, the Command function transmitters as well as a suite of analysis software for the Ground Monitoring Station which […]

NATO Forces Train with Algeria

Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG2) flagship, ESPS ALVARO DE BAZAN carried out a training programme with the Algerian ship EL MOUDAMIR in the Mediterranean on 14th September 2020. The exercise took place after a three-day visit to the capital Algiers, aimed at increasing cooperation between NATO Maritime Command and Algeria, a member of NATO’s […]

ASPIS RWS Unveiled

Escribano Mechanical & Engineering has developed ASPIS, its new Remote Weapon Station (RWS) for naval and land use. This RWS weighs less than 90 kg, making it the lightest RWS on the market. It is also equipped with a 7.62 mm M240 automatic gun and a Gatling M134D machine gun of similar calibre. ASPIS includes advanced […]

Greece Announces Major Arms Purchase

Greece has announced major arms purchases with “six emblematic decisions that multiply the power, functionality and effectiveness of Greek weapons,” in the words of Prime Minister K.Mitsotakis. These decisions include: The Hellenic Air Force will immediately acquire a squadron of 18 RAFALE fighter jets that will replace older MIRAGE 2000 fighters. The Greek PM said […]

BMT Reaches Patrol Boat Milestone

BMT has announced a partnership with Marine Specialised Technology (MST), the company selected by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) following a competitive tender process to provide two state-of-the-art high-speed fast patrol vessels. With an overall length of 19 metres, the new design, which is capable of 40 knots, has been selected by the MoD […]

SAR HERMES Trialled by UK

An Elbit Systems HERMES 900 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) has successfully completed a series of flight demonstrations for the UK’s Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) to test the capabilities of using a UAV to enhance Search and Rescue (SAR) capabilities in addition to the use of long-range unmanned capabilities in civilian airspace. Taking place off the West […]

Damen Shipyards Cape Town Lays Keel on Second BIRO IPV

Damen Shipyards Cape Town (DSCT) has held a keel-laying ceremony for the second of three Multi-Mission Inshore Patrol Vessels (MMIPV) that DSCT is building for the South African Navy’s Project BIRO. This unique event was held on 28th August and planned to ensure the well-being of delegates during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. As well as […]

German Navy Orders Anti-Ship Missile from Saab

Saab has received an order from its German partner Diehl Defence for the RBS15 anti-ship missile to be supplied to the German Navy. The order value is approximately 1.7 BSEK with deliveries between 2022 and 2026. This is part of a framework agreement between Saab and Diehl Defence, which offers the possibility for additional procurement […]

Rohde & Schwarz Equipment for Philippine Vessels

Rohde & Schwarz has signed a contract with NTT Communications Co., Ltd. to provide a state-of-the-art IP-based, high quality and reliable maritime integrated communications system for the Philippine Coast Guard. The system, called NAVICS®, will be integrated into two 94 metre Multi-role Response Vessels (MRRV) for the Philippine Coast Guard which will be constructed by Mitsubishi Shipbuilding […]

Propulsor Contract for General Atomics

Jack Richardson General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) announced yesterday that it has been awarded a developmental contract by the Naval Surface Warfare Centre Carderock Division (NSWCCD) to provide manufacturing design drawings, engineering, fabrication, inspection, and assembly of prototype propulsor, shafting and bearing components as well as the equipment needed to support propulsor research & development, […]

iXblue INS for ARAFURA class

Jack Richardson iXblue’s Inertial Navigation Systems (INSs) and gyrocompasses have recently been chosen to equip the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) ARAFURA class Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV). Based on Fiber-Optic Gyroscope technology, iXblue’s INS will provide the 12 new ARAFURA class vessels with highly accurate and reliable navigation capabilities in all environments, including within GNSS-denied operational […]


Gerhard Heiming Within the framework of the “Maritime Operational Area” (AImEG) project, the German Navy covers the “Priority Need Marine-Unmanned Aircraft System for Class 130 Corvettes” (VorMUAS) with an Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) UMS SKELDAR V-200. The UAS consists of two UMS SKELDAR V-200 aircraft including sensors powered by a heavy fuel oil engine, the […]

BAE Systems Wins U.S Navy Modernisation Orders

J C Menon BAE Systems has received a US$103.6m fixed-price contract to prepare for and accomplish repair and alteration requirements for USS PREBLE during its scheduled depot maintenance period. Work will be performed in San Diego, California and is expected to be complete by February 2022, an official at the Department of Defence informs. BAE Systems […]

GeoSpectrum Unveils C-BASS Family

Arie Egozi GeoSpectrum Technologies, an Elbit subsidiary, has unveiled the C-BASS family of compact Very Low Frequency (VLF) long-range acoustic underwater transducers. According to the company, the system generates high power at very low frequencies from a small source which the firm claims is a technological challenge, with current high power underwater VLF sources available on […]

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