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Saab Signs Contract for Two Signal Intelligence Ships for Poland

On 25 November 2022, Saab announced that it had signed a contract with the Polish State Treasury Armament Agency for design, production and support of two Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) ships for the Polish Navy. The order is valued at EUR 620 M, with deliveries scheduled for 2027. Saab stated that the contract is subject to […]

The Royal Navy Selects Kongsberg’s Naval Strike Missile

On 24 November 2022, Kongsberg announced that the Royal Navy had selected the Kongsberg Naval Strike Missile (NSM) anti-ship and land attack cruise missiles, to arm their Type 23 frigates and Type 45 destroyers, in a collaboration agreement reached with the Norwegian government. Kongsberg declined to provide detail on the size of the contract, however […]

C-Dome Successfully Tested Aboard Sa’ar 6 Corvette

On 17 November 2022, Rafael Advanced Defense Systems announced that the company had completed an interception test of the C-Dome Very Short-Range Air Defence (VSHORAD) system.  The tests took place aboard the INS Oz, the second of four Israeli Navy Sa’ar 6 (Magen class) corvettes received by the navy in the past two years. Testing […]

Rheinmetall to Equip F126 Frigates with 27 mm Automatic Cannons

On 16 November 2022, Damen Naval, the Dutch prime contractor for Germany’s F126 future frigate programme, announced that Rheinmetall had been selected to equip the F126 frigates with MLG27-4.0 remote weapon stations (RWSs), with each vessel to be fitted with two of the systems. Eight MLG27-4.0 RWSs have been contracted, with an option for four […]

Elettronica to Provide Naval Radar Electronic Counter-Measures system for Indonesian OPV Programme

On 10 November 2022, Elettronica, an Italian company specialising in electronic warfare, announced that they had signed a contract to supply its Naval Radar Electronic Counter-Measures (RECM) jamming systems for the Indonesian Navy. The Elettronica RECM is due to be fitted to two Indonesian Navy 90 m Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs) currently under construction at […]

Is Russia Preparing to Test the Poseidon Nuclear UUV?

Citing an unnamed senior US official, CNN reported that Russia may be preparing for a possible test of its ‘Poseidon’ nuclear-powered Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (UUV), which can be armed with either a conventional or nuclear warhead. Last week, the US personnel observed the departure of the submarine Belgorod (K-329) from its testing area in the […]

127 mm Vulcano Passes Acceptance Tests for German Navy

Leonardo’s 127 mm Vulcano ammunition has completed acceptance trials for the German Navy, following tests at the Andøya test range in northern Norway. Tests of the new ammunition were conducted aboard the frigate F225 Rheinland-Pfalz. Two of Germany’s defence technical services, WTD 71 (responsible for ships, naval weapons, maritime technology and research), and WTD 91, […]

US Navy Orders Two Additional Saab AN/SPN-50(V)1 Radars

On 8 November 2022, Saab announced that the US Navy’s Shipboard Air Traffic Radar (SATR) AN/SPN-50(V)1 programme, which is currently in Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP), has been awarded a modification for two additional Saab radar systems, making these the 6th and 7th systems contracted, as well as associated installation support and spare parts. The […]

Denmark Contracts 76mm Ammunition

According to a so-called “voluntary ex ante transparency notice” on the European Union’s Tenders Electronic Daily (TED) website, the Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Agency (DALO) is in the process of awarding a contract for 76 mm ammunition to Leonardo SpA in Italy. The ammunition is intended for the 76 mm Oto Melara (now Leonardo) […]

New French Frigate Launched

On 7 November 2022, Naval Group announced that the Amiral Ronarc’h, the company’s first Defence and Intervention Frigate (FDI) for the French Navy, had been launched. The launch ceremony was attended by Sébastien Lecornu, French minister of the Armed Forces, and his Greek counterpart, Nikolaos Panagiotopoulos. Sea trials of the vessel are due to begin […]

Indonesia Selects Marlin 40 RWS for PC60 Fast Patrol Boats

On 3 November 2022, Leonardo announced that their Marlin 40 naval remote weapon station (RWS) has been selected to equip two Indonesian Navy PC60 fast patrol boats under construction at PT Caputra Mitra Sejati shipyard. This follows Indonesia’s 2021 purchase of four Marlin 40 systems to equip two PC60 vessels and two Teluk Bintuni-class tank […]

HII Contracted to Build Fourth AMERICA Class Amphibious Assault Ship

The US Navy awarded Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) shipbuilding division a USD 2.4 billion contract to build the LHA 9 Amphibious Assault Ship, which would be the fourth vessel of the AMERICA class. Construction on LHA 9 is scheduled to begin in December 2022, and the contract includes options, that if exercised, would bring the […]

German Navy Orders RAM Block 2B SAMs

On 27 October 2022, RAM-System GmbH (RAMSYS) was awarded a contract to deliver 600 Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) Block 2B surface-to-air missiles (SAMs) for the German Navy. Deliveries of the missiles are scheduled to start in 2024. The RAM Block 2B is also known as RAM Mk 44 Mod 6, with both terms used to […]

German Armed Forces Tested High-Energy Laser Against Drones

On 30 August 2022, for the first time ever, the German Armed Forces fired a ship-based high-energy laser (HEL) weapon during tests, marking step forward toward the introduction of fully operational laser weapons. During the test, the German frigate Sachsen successfully engaged drones at short and very short ranges in the Baltic Sea near Putlos […]

Boeing to Increase its UK Supply Chain

Boeing has joined Hellios to expand its UK supplier base. As the latest member of Hellios’ JOSCAR aerospace, defence, and security community, which manages relevant supplier insights within the aerospace, defence and security sectors, Boeing now has access to 7,000 suppliers, including 3,500 small to medium sized enterprise (SMEs) suppliers. JOSCAR’s interactive interface provides a […]

Improved Maritime and Coastal Surveillance

HGH has developed a new application of the SPYNEL technology in combination with the CYCLOPE software which provides improved 360° coastal and maritime surveillance. The application can track each alert or potential attack and isolate it for analysis in real time. The new application developed by HGH is based on GAIA, an artificial intelligence processing feature, […]

Hellenic Navy FDI HN Programme Achieves Major Milestone

On 21 October 2022, the first block of the first FDI HN frigate for the Hellenic Navy was laid down in dry dock at Naval Group’s shipyard in Lorient in presence of Vice Admiral Stylianos Petrakis, Chief of the Hellenic Navy General Staff. This step marks the beginning of the assembly of the ship in […]

Seafuture 2023

At Euronaval in Paris, Le Bourget, Seafuture invited the general public to its eighth edition. Seafuture is a business congress on maritime dual use organised in Italy by Italian Blue Growth in collaboration with the Italian Navy. Seafuture was present at Euronaval with its own stand in the Italian pavilion, and the official presentation of […]

Israel Shipyards Unveils New Corvette Design

Announced at Eurosatory 2022, held this week in Le Bourget-Paris, Israel Shipyards developed a new corvette designated the S-80 class. The S-80 is a derivative of the earlier SA’AR S-72 design, which has so far been used for the Israeli Navy’s RESHEF class missile boats. The new S-80 corvette is intended to be a multi-role […]

Safran Launches Optronic System for Surface Vessels

Drawing on feedback from users in remote theatres of operations, Safran Electronics & Defense is launching VIGY 4, a new optronic sight for surface vessels. This sight is the latest addition to the company’s family of naval optronic systems. VIGY 4 is a compact gyrostabilised multi-sensor observation system with a SWIR (shortwave infrared) channel, which […]

Hensoldt and Rafael to Cooperate on Providing Electronic Warfare Capabilities to the German Luftwaffe

On 18 October 2022, Hensoldt and Rafael Advanced Defence Systems signed a cooperation agreement to jointly offer airborne electronic warfare (EW) capabilities to the Luftwaffe. The two have agreed to jointly integrate Rafael’s Sky Shield airborne EW pod with Hensoldt’s KALAETRON Attack airborne electronic attack (EA) system. This capability supports the Luftwaffe’s decision to adapt […]

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