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Corvettes Chosen for Finnish Squadron 2020 Programme

Today Finland announced it has selected Saab as combat system provider and integrator for the Finnish Navy’s four new POHJANMAA class corvettes for Finnish Squadron 2020 Programme. Squadron 2020 aims to replace seven vessels the Finnish Navy will decommission by four modern corvettes. “The new vessels will be important for Finland’s defence as they will […]

Bulgaria Delays OPV Acquisition

The acquisition of two multipurpose offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) for the Bulgarian Navy will most likely get delayed, as the country’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has yet to announce the results of evaluation of bids submitted by companies taking part in the competition. The Bulgarian MoD was expected to announce the outcome of a multi […]

UK MoD Announces Babcock’s Arrowhead 140 as RN’s Newest Warship

The Babcock stand was awash with champagne following the UK MoD’s announcement that Babcock Team 31 had been selected as the preferred bidder, together with partner, Thales, to deliver the Royal Navy’s new T31 general-purpose frigates. Five vessels will be built at a cost of £250 million per ship, with the company’s Rosyth facility as […]



MoU Between GRSE and Kongsberg

Today, at DSEI, Indian Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers (GRSE) and Kongsberg signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to explore the manufacture and production of goods and services in India under the Make in India programme. GRSE’s primary focus is on building warships and other vessels for the Indian Navy and the Indian Coast Guard […]

Novum in Germany: Anti-Terrorist Exercise of Police With Navy

Under the sober title NITEX (Niedersächsische Terrorismusabwehr Exercise), the premiere of a comprehensive exercise for the German security forces to deal with a maritime threat took place on Thursday, August 22. The participants were the Oldenburg Water Police Inspectorate, the North Alliance of the Special Operations Command (SEK) (comprising Lower Saxony, Bremen, Hamburg, Schleswig-Holstein, Mecklenburg-Western […]

First TRS-4D Radars Successfully Installed on LCS

HENSOLDT Inc. Vienna, a HENSOLDT subsidiary in the U.S. state of Virginia, has successfully installed the first two of its TRS-4D radars aboard the U.S. Navy’s FREEDOM Class LCS (Littoral Combat Ship). After passing successfully acceptance trials, LCS 17 USS INDIANAPOLIS was handed over to the U.S. Navy by Lockheed Martin and Fincantieri Marinette Marine […]



TRS-3D Naval Radar for Norwegian Coast Guard Vessel

The Norwegian Coast Guard vessel SVALBARD will be equipped with HENSOLDT’s latest version of its TRS-3D naval radar and MSSR 2000 I IFF System. TRS-3D is a three-dimensional multimode naval radar for air and sea surveillance. It includes the ability to correlate plots and tracks of targets with the MSSR 2000 I identification system for […]

High-Energy Laser for the German Navy

MBDA Deutschland and Rheinmetall have agreed to collaborate in the high-energy laser effectors domain. Weaponised high-energy lasers (HEL) might close a capability gap in the weapon mix of guns and missiles. Developments, mainly in Germany and the USA, have paved the way to the production of powerful, easy-to-handle and logistically affordable systems which may achieve […]

German Navy Selects NH90 NATO Frigate Helicopter to Replace Sea Lynx Fleet

The German Navy today announced that the NH90 NATO Frigate Helicopter (NFH) has been selected as the successor to the German Navy’s Sea Lynx Mk 88A onboard helicopter. In total 31 helicopters were ordered. A corresponding bill was approved by Vice Admiral Joachim Rühle, Deputy Inspector General of the Bundeswehr, on July 29. According to […]



Two New Replenishment Fleet Oiler for the German Navy

Following a decision taken last week by the German Chief of Defence, General Eberhard Zorn, the procurement of two new Replenishment (Fleet) Oilers has been launched. The replacement of FGS RHÖN and FGS SPESSART will be available from 2024 and are supposed to stay in service well beyond the year 2050. Thus, the German Navy […]

Naval Show is Going Well but Future is Unclear

The 9th International Maritime Defense Show (IMDS-2019) took place from July 10 to 14, 2019 in St. Petersburg under the Russian Government decree. The IMDS-2019 Organizing Committee was headed by Deputy Prime Minister Yury Borisov. This event got full support of Russia’s Ministry of Defense, Ministry of Industry and Trade, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Federal […]

Croatia Gets Camcopter S-100 to Ensure Maritime Safety

The Maritime Safety Directorate of the Ministry of Sea, Transport and Infrastructure of the Republic of Croatia issued the first mobilization request to the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) for Camcopter S-100 maritime surveillance services. EMSA has already awarded the multi-year maritime surveillance contract for a Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) […]



German Multi-Purpose Combat Ship (MKS) 180 – Race for the Final Offer

It was looming. Already on June 20, Norbert Brackmann, Coordinator for the Maritime Industry, expressed his expectations on the edge of a Maritime Parliamentary Evening Reception given by the Chamber of Industry and Commerce in Kiel: “It is planned to make a decision prior to the end of this year.” The day before yesterday, the […]

AK Bars Holding Among the Stars at the Naval Show

The 9th International Maritime Defense Show (IMDS) was held at the Lenexpo Exhibition Center in St. Petersburg, Russia, on July 10 – 14, with a full support from the Russian state structures as well as the Government of St.-Petersburg and Rosoboronexport arms exporter. Over 350 enterprises including 28 international companies from 29 nations took part […]

Romanian Corvettes – On Hold Again

The decision in favour of Naval Group is just a week old (July 2 – we reported) and it looks as it is already stalled (again). Damen, one of the three competitors, lodged a complaint with the Romanian National Council for Solving Complaints on July 8. And simultaneously opened a lawsuit at the Bucharest Tribunal. […]



Operation Clemenceau Completed

After the aircraft carrier CHARLES DE GAULLE had left Toulon on March 5 for its first mission after her major maintenance, she returned to her home port of Toulon on July 7 as planned. The planes had already left the carrier formation earlier in the direction of their Breton bases Landivisiau (Rafale Marine) and Lann-Bihoué […]

GOWIND for Romania

The momentum came certainly unexpected after the postponement of the decision in January: on July 2, French Naval Group has been officially informed by Bucharest that it had been selected to build four multi-purpose corvettes and overhaul two Type 22 frigates (ex HMS LONDON – REGINA MARIA, ex HMS COVENTRY – REGELE FERDINAND) for the […]

Naval Microdrones for Maritime Security

In recent weeks there have been attacks on six tankers near the Strait of Hormuz, highlighting the weaknesses of this strategic waterway that transports about 20% of the world’s oil. In response to these attacks, commercial ships are stepping up their security measures and the navies are providing additional assistance in securing the strait. The United […]



Royal Navy Starts AI Project

Autonomous vehicles using artificial intelligence (AI) are gaining more and more importance on the future battlefield. The Royal Navy is now exploring the use of artificial intelligence to task autonomous submersibles with hunting underwater mines. BAE Systems Applied Intelligence and Envitia, a British geospatial and data company which has expertise around applying AI and machine […]

Maritime Security and Stability In Africa

Interview with Admiral James G. Foggo III, Commander Allied Joint Force Command Naples, Commander U.S. Naval Forces Europe/Commander U.S. Naval Forces Africa, in the forefield of the  International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference (IMDEC), that will be  taking place on July 24 – 25, 2019  at the Kempinski Gold Coast in Accra, Ghana. The conference […]

Formidable Shield 2019

On May 19 the exercise Formidable Shield 2019 ended. Ships from nine NATO countries were taking part in a five-weeks live-fire air and missile defence drills off the coast of Scotland. The exercise follows NATO’s decision in 2010 to step up the defence of European Allies from ballistic missile threats. NATO missile defence links Allied […]




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