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Initial stage of carrier modification work on JS Kaga now complete, says JMSDF

The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) announced on X/Twitter on 6 April 2024 that the initial “special modification work on the destroyer Kaga was completed as planned on 29 March”. The JMSDF added that it will “continue to systematically carry out the necessary modifications to the Izumo-class destroyer in order to acquire the operational capability […]

UK MoD to press ahead with installing DragonFire LDEW on Royal Navy warships

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 12 April 2024 that it will install the UK DragonFire laser directed-energy weapon (LDEW) – developed by MBDA in conjunction with Leonardo UK, QinetiQ and the UK’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) – on Royal Navy warships. The installation of the weapon will take place from 2027 […]

CENTCOM-seized weapons bound for Houthis from Iran have been transferred to Ukraine

On 4 April 2024 the US government took a significant holding of war materiel seized from Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and transferred it to the Ukrainian armed forces to help them defend against the Russian invasion, US Central Command (CENTCOM) reported on 9 April. The material included more than 5,000 AK-47 assault rifles, […]

UDT 2024: DSIT Solutions unveils DogFish sonar system for small underwater vehicles

Israeli underwater warfare specialist DSIT Solutions is unveiling its new DogFish sonar system at the UDT 2024 exhibition, held in London’s ExCel Centre from 9-11 April 2024. The DogFish sonar system, designed for integration with small underwater vehicles, can autonomously detect, track and classify underwater threats, especially small targets such as mini-submarines, semi-submersible vehicles, moored […]

AirX to collaborate with Singapore’s MPA to trial AirFish WIG craft

ST Engineering AirX (AirX), ST Engineering’s joint venture with Peluca (formerly known as Wigetworks), is to collaborate with the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) in the trials of AirX’s AirFish wing-in-ground-effect (WIG) craft, ST Engineering announced on 9 April 2024. AirX intends to trial both single- and dual-engine AirFish 8 WIG prototypes, which […]

UDT 2024 comes to ExCel as largest global event dedicated to undersea defence technology

The annual Undersea Defence Technology (UDT) exhibition and technical conference comes to ExCel London between 9 and 11 April 2024. Headlined as ‘The largest global event dedicated to undersea defence technology’ and now in its 35th year, UDT is firmly established as a leading learning, networking and business development opportunity for companies and professionals active […]

BAE Systems contracted for more ACV-Ps and for ACV-R test vehicles

BAE Systems has been awarded an additional USD 25 million (EUR 23 million) firm-fixed-price modification to a previously awarded USD 181 million contract by the US Marine Corps (USMC) for more Amphibious Combat Vehicles (ACVs) under USMC’s fourth order for full-rate production, the company announced on 8 April 2024. The total cumulative face value of […]

Damen Naval contracts Renk for Dutch/Belgian ASW frigate gearboxes

Shipbuilder Damen Naval has commissioned gearbox manufacturer Renk to supply eight gearboxes four the four anti-submarine warfare (ASW) frigates ordered by Belgium and the Netherlands, the companies announced on 4 April 2024. The two countries each ordered two ASW frigates from Daman Naval under a joint programme in October 2023. According to Renk, the companies […]

Brazilian Navy and Embraer to co-operate on developing naval surveillance radars

The Brazilian Navy and Embraer have signed a partnership agreement for mutual support in research, development and innovation aimed at developing onboard surface search and coastal surveillance radars. The accord was signed on 2 April 2024 at the LAAD defence exhibition in São Paulo, Brazil. “We are proud to partner again with Embraer. This agreement […]

SM-6 intercepts ballistic missile target to demonstrate new capabilities

A Standard Missile-6 (SM-6) built by RTX business Raytheon has intercepted a medium-range ballistic missile target at sea in its final seconds of flight, verifying some of the missile’s enhanced capabilities when launched from a Baseline 9.C2 variant of the Aegis Combat System, RTX announced on 29 March 2024. This latest flight test, designated as […]

Six Exail R7 ROVs ordered for Belgian Naval Component

The Belgian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has ordered six Exail R7 remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), the naval technology specialist announced on 2 April 2024. The value of the contract was not disclosed. “This state-of-the-art underwater vehicle will play a pivotal role in enhancing the Belgian armed forces capabilities for inspection and disposal of underwater explosive […]

Fincantieri to expedite supply of two OPVs to Indonesia

Fincantieri has secured a EUR 1.18 billion contract from the Indonesian Ministry of Defence, within the framework of collaborative relations initiated by the Italian Ministry of Defence (MoD), to supply two multi-purpose offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) to the Indonesian Navy, the Italian shipbuilder announced on 28 March 2024. The OPVs being supplied are of the […]

Third Brazilian Scorpène submarine launched at Itaguaí Naval Base

Tonelero, the third of the four Scorpène-derived submarines being procured for the Brazilian Navy under its Programa de desenvolvimento de Submarinos (ProSub) programme, was launched in Brazil on 27 March 2024. Built entirely in Brazil by Itaguaí Construções Navais (ICN) in partnership with France’s Naval Group, Tonelero was launched at Itaguaí Naval Base in the […]

UK MoD lays out future nuclear deterrent plans as a ‘national endeavour’

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) published its Defence Nuclear Command Paper on 25 March 2024. Titled ‘Delivering the UK’s Nuclear Deterrent as a National Endeavour’, the paper sets out the country-wide strategy that will see the UK’s Continuous-At-Sea Deterrent (CASD), delivered by the Royal Navy’s Operation ‘Relentless’ since April 1969, maintained and renewed. More expansively, […]

Cohort’s SEA secures GBP 135 million Royal Navy countermeasures system contract

Cohort subsidiary Systems Engineering and Assessment (SEA) has been awarded a GBP 135 million (EUR 157.3 million) contract by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) to provide a trainable decoy launcher to improve the defensive capabilities of Royal Navy surface ships, the company announced on 26 March 2024. The MoD has selected SEA’s Ancilia system […]

Naval Group cuts steel on French Navy’s first third-generation SSBN

Steel cutting for the first third-generation French Navy nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine (SSBN), known as the SNLE 3G, took place at Naval Group’s yard in Cherbourg on 20 March 2024, the French shipbuilder announced the same day. Launched in February 2021, the SNLE 3G programme will deliver four SSBNs to form France’s future sea-based nuclear […]

Lockheed Martin and Navantia renew their longstanding collaboration agreement

Lockheed Martin and Navantia have extended their longstanding collaboration agreement, the two companies announced on 15 March 2024. The latest agreement, signed in Madrid by Lockheed Martin executives Chauncey McIntosh and Joe DePietro and Navantia executives Donato Martínez and José Manuel Mondéjar, will extend the current agreement by three years and allow the companies to […]

ASC to partner BAE Systems in building future SSN-AUKUS-class submarines

The Australian government has selected Australia’s ASC to join BAE Systems in building the country’s new fleet of nuclear-powered attack submarines (SSNs) in the latest significant development in the AUKUS trilateral security pact agreed between the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia in September 2021. Australian Deputy Prime Minister Richard Marles and UK Defence […]

Chess Dynamics to supply Sea Eagle surveillance systems for RAN’s Hunter-class frigates

Cohort subsidiary Chess Dynamics has been awarded a contract valued at GBP 15.7 million (EUR 18.37 million) by BAE Systems Maritime Australia to supply its Sea Eagle surveillance systems for the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN’s) Hunter-class frigates, the company announced on 19 March 2024. Work will begin immediately and will continue until 2031. Sea Eagle […]

Diesel-electric Barracuda design selected to replace Dutch navy’s Walrus-class submarines

France’s Naval Group has been selected by the Dutch Ministry of Defence for the Replacement Netherlands Submarine Capability project, based on the group bidding a conventional diesel-electric-powered variant of its Barracuda-class nuclear-powered attack submarine design, the company announced on 15 March 2024. The French design was selected ahead of bids from a Damen and Saab […]

Dutch to replace LPDs and OPVs with one class of Amphibious Transport Ship

The Dutch Ministry of Defence (MoD) has announced plans to replace the Royal Netherlands Navy’s (RNLN’s) two landing platform dock (LPD) ships and four Holland-class offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) with a single class of six ‘Amphibious Transport Ships’. The vessels are intended to be suitable for wartime scenarios as well as other types of amphibious […]

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