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Rohde & Schwarz to provide comms and ECM systems for Poland’s Miecznik frigates

Rohde & Schwarz announced the successful signing of a contract with PGZ Stocznia Wojenna in relation to Poland’s Miecznik frigate programme on 9 July 2024, marking the start of a long-term sustainable naval market partnership in Poland. Under the contract Rohde & Schwarz will deliver naval communications as well as radar and communications electronic support measures (RCESM) for the […]

Kongsberg receives contract for initial development phase of Supersonic Strike Missile

Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace signed a contract with the Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency (NDMA) on 5 July 2024 for the initial development phase of the new German-Norwegian Supersonic Strike Missile (3SM) system. The contract value for the first development phase is up to NOK 1.5 billion (EUR 0.13 billion). The 3SM is a next-generation missile […]

Rheinmetall hands over first AATN ship handling simulator to BAAINBw and the German Navy

Rheinmetall has handed over the first of seven Ausbildungs-Ausstattung Training Navigation (AATN) ship handling simulators to the German Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) at the Naval Operations School (MOS/NAVOS) in Bremerhaven, the company announced on 3 July 2024. The BAAINBw also handed over the system to the German Navy, […]



MS&D 2024: What it’s all about!

Every two years, the shipping world meets in Hamburg for the SMM. It has long been a good tradition to not only celebrate the booming industry on this occasion, but also to take a look at the risks. That is why the Maritime Security and Defence (MS&D) conference is being held. This year’s SMM is […]

SMM 2024: Forward-looking technologies for secure shipping

From 3 to 06 September 2024, SMM will once more be the maritime industry’s centre of attention. Apart from the main topics ­– decarbonisation and digitalisation –, a major focus is on maritime security this year. At SMM in Hamburg, decision-makers will be able to explore the latest security technologies.  Attacks on merchant ships by […]

Naval Group officially hands over the UAE Navy’s second Gowind-class corvette

France’s Naval Group has delivered the second of two Gowind-class multi-role corvettes ordered by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Navy in 2019. The ship, Al Emarat, was handed over on 27 June 2024 during a ceremony at Naval Group’s Lorient yard attended by an official delegation of the UAE Navy that included its deputy commander, […]



Swedish FMV orders 10 more CB90 NGs from Saab

Saab has received an order from the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) for 10 combat boats, the company announced on 28 June 2024. The order value is approximately SEK 400 million (EUR 35.7 million), with deliveries to be made continuously over the coming years. The boats will based on the CB90 Next Generation (CB90 NG) […]

Eurosatory 2024: MAGURA V5, scourge of the Russian navy, makes an appearance in Paris

Until now the only glimpses of Ukraine’s Maritime Autonomous Guard Unmanned Robotic Apparatus V-5 (MAGURA V5) have been from grainy infrared footage posted online by the Ukrainian Ministry of Defence’s Main Directorate of Intelligence (GUR) of the bomb-laden unmanned surface vessel (USV) attacking Russian warships. At Eurosatory 2024, however, held in Paris from 17 to […]

Eurosatory 2024: Avon Protection announces NZ MCM100 contract, showcases new products

Underwater and CBRN protective equipment specialist Avon Protection announced during the Eurosatory 2024 defence exhibition in Paris on 17 June that its MCMC100 multi-role rebreathing system has been selected by the New Zealand Defence Force to equip its navy divers. The contract includes the supply of MCM100 systems, spares and accessories, as well as a […]



Exail conducts first sea trials and demos of its new DriX O-16 USV

Maritime and robotics technology specialist Exail announced on 5 June 2024 that it has conducted the first sea trials and demonstration of its new transoceanic DriX O-16 uncrewed surface vessel (USV). The DriX O-16 was first put to sea on 29 May 2024 out of its home port of La Ciatat in the south of […]

Keel laid in Wolgast for first German F126 frigate

On 3 June 2024 Germany’s F126 frigate programme took another step with the keel-laying of the first ship, to be called Niedersachsen. The keel was laid in Wolgast in the presence of VIPs that included Federal Defence Minister Boris Pistorius, Chief the German Navy Vice Admiral Jan C Kaack, Minister-President of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Manuela Schwesig and […]

Navantia announces participation in six projects funded by EDF 2023

Spanish shipbuilder Navantia announced on 29 May 2024 that six research and development (R&D) projects in which it has a role will be funded by the 2023 European Defence Fund (EDF), according to the selection announced by the European Commission. The projects, which are valued at a total of EUR 520 million, are focused in […]



Indra brings NATO’s latest naval IFF standard to the international market

Spanish technology house Indra has teamed up with Spanish shipyard Navantia to implement the latest NATO standards in identification friend or foe (IFF) systems initially on a ship destined for the export market, the company announced on 31 May 2024, adding that its latest IFF solutions will then be installed in the entire Spanish Navy […]

Hanwha Ocean continues its pitch for Poland’s future submarine programme

On 21 May 2024 an industry day was held in Poland’s Gdansk Science and Technology Park at which South Korean shipyard Hanwha Ocean and subcontractors presented their ideas for the submarine construction programme for the Polish Navy. A continuation of talks held in November 2023, this latest event saw Hanwha Ocean underpin its KSS-III offer […]

Forcit extends sea mine range with Flounder anti-invasion mine

Finnish company Forcit Defence has extended its sea mine family with the Flounder anti-invasion mine, the company announced on 21 May 2024. Utilising the same target detection system as Forcit’s Blocker bottom mine, the Flounder mine features multiple sensors, including acoustic, magnetic, pressure, and inertial, with options for underwater electric potential (UEP) and photonic sensors, […]



JFD appoints Peter Laughton as head of its military diving business

Underwater systems provider JFD has appointed Peter Laughton as head of its military diving business to support the company’s continued growth in both the UK and international defence markets, the company announced on 20 May 2024. Laughton brings to the role 32 years of extensive operational experience with the Royal Navy, with a substantial part […]

Babcock to support Saab for design phase of Sweden’s new Luleå-class surface combatants

UK-based Babcock International has been selected by Saab to support the design of the Swedish Navy’s new Luleå-class surface combatants, Babcock announced on 16 May 2024. Saab has been commissioned by the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) to to manage the basic design phase of the project, which will see four Luleå-class ships built for […]

UK MoD announces programme for up to six amphibious warfare ships in ‘new Golden Age’ for UK naval shipbuilding

Speaking at the annual Sea Power Conference in central London on 14 May 2024, UK Defence Secretary Grant Shapps asserted that the UK “is seeing a new Golden Age of shipbuilding”. Most notably, Shapps announced that the UK will build “up to six new warships capable of rapidly landing commandos onto beaches across the world”. These […]



Fincantieri acquires Leonardo’s Underwater Armaments Systems business

Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri announced on 9 May 2024 that it has signed an agreement to acquire the underwater weapons division of Leonardo. The Underwater Armaments Systems (UAS) division of Leonardo was originally established as Whitehead Alenia Sistemi Subacquei SpA. The wholly owned subsidiary of the Italian defence group specialised in the construction of underwater weapons […]

Northrop Grumman’s Manta Ray prototype UUV completes in-water testing

The Manta Ray prototype uncrewed underwater vehicle (UUV) built by Northrop Grumman for the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) completed full-scale in-water testing off the coast of Southern California in February and March 2024, the agency announced on 1 May 2024. The tests demonstrated at-sea hydrodynamic performance, including submerged operations using all the […]

ST Engineering contracts Naval Group for Formidable-class frigate upgrade

France’s Naval Group will be joining prime contractor ST Engineering Marine to work on the mid-life upgrade of the Republic of Singapore Navy’s Formidable-class frigates, Naval Group announced on 2 May 2024. ST Engineering Marine was awarded a contract for the upgrade by the Singapore Ministry of Defence on 14 December 2023. Naval Group, previously called […]




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