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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 […]

France to Buy E-2D ADVANCED HAWKEYE

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 […]

Modern Communications Equipment for SNMCMG2 Flagship

Gerhard Heiming Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 2 (SNMCMG2) is part of the NATO High Readiness Patrol in the Black Sea with Romania providing the minelayer VICE ADMIRAL CONSTANTIN BALESCU as flagship. For this task, the ship is equipped with software defined radios of the M3SR series from Rohde & Schwarz which were integrated into […]



New SIGINT and ELINT Ship for Turkey

Korhan Özkilinc The Turkish Navy will receive the SIGINT & ELINT ship TCG UFUK (translated as HORIZON, with the identification number A-591) at the end of July 2020 after it was launched on 9th February 2019, with tests having been successfully completed, the ship is awaiting delivery. TCG UFUK will carry out early warning, communication […]

iXblue Chosen to Provide Navigation Systems for Future Naval Group Corvettes

Jack Richardson iXblue has been selected by Naval Group to supply navigation systems for two GOWIND corvettes intended for the international market. These future combatants will be fitted with Marins navigation systems and Netans data distribution & processing units, reinforcing cooperation between the two companies with iXblue’s navigation solutions having already been selected by Naval […]

Rohde & Schwarz Supports the Romanian Navy’s Mission

Jack Richardson  Rohde & Schwarz has delivered a communications suite to the Romanian Navy on time and budget, at a time when NATO continues its activity of High Readiness Patrol in the Black Sea, with the Romanian Navy providing the flag ship for Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 2 (SNMG2). Rohde & Schwarz has recently modernised the […]



GE to Provide LM2500 Gas Turbines to Power Turkish Naval Forces’ New Fleet Replenishment Ship

Jack Richardson GE Marine has received a contract from Sefine Shipyard to provide two LM2500 marine gas turbines to power the Turkish Naval Forces’ new Fleet Replenishment Ship. Known as the DIMDEG project, this new-generation ship will satisfy the fuel, water transport and supply needs of Turkey’s surface combatants around the world. GE has long been a […]

CH-53K KING STALLION Completes Sea Trials

J C Menon The CH-53K KING STALLION has recently completed a two-week period of sea trials onboard the USS WASP, a Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) amphibious assault ship operated by the U.S. Navy. “I’m very pleased with how the ship tests went,” said Col. Jack Perrin, H-53 helicopters programme manager. “We were able to assess the […]

MKS180 Contract Signed

Hans-Uwe Mergener After approval of the programme by the German Parliament, Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding and the Federal German Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support signed the contract for the construction of the Multi-Purpose Combat Ship (MKS) 180 on 19th June 2020. According to the announcement by the Dutch shipbuilder, which operates 36 […]



Australia Provides Additional MQ-4C TRITON Funding

Jack Richardson Northrop Grumman Corporation has announced the Australian government’s decision to provide funding for an additional three of their planned six MQ-4C TRITON UAVs and associated ground mission control stations. The MQ-4C is a cooperative development programme between the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and the U.S. Navy, providing a round-the-clock maritime wide-area ISR […]

German Parliament Approves MKS 180

Hans Uwe Mergener The Defence and Budget Committees of the German Bundestag has approved the procurement of four class 180 Multi-Purpose Combat Ships (MKS 180), a key requirement for all armament efforts with a financial volume above €25m. The order for the four MKS 180 ships was placed with Dutch company Damen Group in January 2020, […]

SNMG2 Command Changes Hands

Jack Richardson  In a ceremony held remotely due to COVID-19 measures, Romanian Commander Valentin-Catalin Vlad handed over the command of the Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group Two (SNMCMG2) to Greek Commander Dimitrios Katsouras, on 15th June 2020. The ceremony on Monday was presided over by Commodore Jeanette Morang, Royal Netherlands Navy, Commander Surface Forces at […]



First Improved BOREY-A Class Submarine Commissioned

Sergey Kirshin According to information released by the Russian TASS news agency, on 12th June 2020 the KNYAZ (Prince) VLADIMIR nuclear-powered strategic missile submarine entered service with the Russian Navy, to be operated by the Northern Fleet. The official ceremony where St Andrew’s Flag was raised took place at the Sevmash shipbuilding company’s facilities in […]

Industry and Academic Alliance pitches iMast to Transform RN Training

Jack Richardson  The iMAST Alliance has recently signed an agreement, bringing together their deep and collective strength of capabilities to deliver a training solution that they believe will modernise and transform Royal Navy (RN) training. The Alliance, a collaboration of three leading UK Maritime defence companies: Babcock, QinetiQ and Thales together with technology partners Centerprise International, […]

Keel Laid for First Pakistani MILGEM Corvette

Korhan Özkilinc The keel-laying ceremony of the first MILGEM corvette for the Pakistani Navy has taken place at the Istanbul Naval Shipyard, the result of a September 2018 contract between the Turkish Military Factory & Shipyard Management Corporation (ASFAT), the Pakistan Ministry of Defence and the Karachi Shipyard & Engineering Works (KS&EW). This will see the […]




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