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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 […]

US to Supply Scout, Assault, and Light Support Boats to Philippines

J C Menon The Philippines will soon buy Scout, Assault, and Light Support Boats with armaments and related equipment for an estimated cost of US$126m from the United States after the State Department made a determination approving the possible Foreign Military Sale which requested 156 M240B 7.62x51mm machine guns, 36 9M Scout Boats, 36 10M […]

Damen and Rohde & Schwarz Help Strengthen Royal Netherlands Navy’s Maritime Replenishment Capacity

Jack Richardson Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding (DSNS) has signed a contract with Rohde & Schwarz Benelux B.V. for the delivery and installation of a state-of-the-art integrated communications system for the Royal Netherlands Navy’s (RNLN) new Combat Support Ship (CSS) DEN HELDER. This means the RNLN will receive a system based on proven technology and standardised to provide commonality across the […]

Naviris to Develop Feasibility Study for the Mid-Life Upgrade of HORIZON class

Jack Richardson Naviris, a 50/50 owned joint venture between Fincantierir and Naval Group, has signed a contract with OCCAR for a feasibility study on the mid-life upgrade of the four HORIZON class frigates. Since launching in January 2020, the contract is the second one Naviris has signed, following a R&T contract signed in June. The Feasibility […]

Medium USV Contract for L3

J C Menon The U.S. Navy has selected L3 Technologies to design and build its first medium Unmanned Surface Vehicle (MUSV). The Naval Sea Systems Command has awarded a US$35m fixed-price-incentive-firm-target contract for the detail design and fabrication of a prototype MUSV. This contract includes options for up to eight additional MUSVs, logistics packages, engineering support, technical […]

African Navy to Buy Two OPV-45s

Arie Egozi Israel Shipyards has announced an agreement with an African navy to supply two OPV 45 Offshore Patrol Vessels, designed for a wide range of missions. The OPV 45s will be equipped with day/night observation systems as well stabilised weapon systems, both Israeli-made, which will maximise the effectiveness of the vessels during their various missions. The agreement […]

France Appoints Minister for the Sea

Hans Uwe Mergener In the course of President Emmanuel Macron’s government reshuffle, the new Prime Minister Jean Castex has set up a Ministry of the Sea (Ministére de la Mer). Annick Girardin, former Minister for the Overseas Territories, has been entrusted with the leadership of the Ministry, which last appeared in 1991. President Macron has […]

Indra Sensors for F110 Frigate

Jack Richardson  Indra has signed several contracts with Navantia worth more than €150m to equip the future F110 class frigates of the Spanish Navy with sensors that will make this ship one of the most advanced in the world. These projects complement the contract that Indra signed last year to implement an antenna on the AESA […]


J C Menon France is to get three E-2D ADVANCED HAWKEYE aircraft and related equipment from the U.S for an estimated cost of US$2Bn, after the State Department made a determination approving the possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of France, and the Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress. France […]

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