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Hull Vane for HNLMS ZEELAND

The Dutch Defence Materiel Organisation has recently confirmed the order for a Hull Vane® to equip the 108m Oceangoing Patrol Vessel HNLMS ZEELAND, marking two firsts for the Dutch company. It is the first Hull Vane® on both a naval ship and a vessel over 100m in length. Sometimes called “underwater spoiler”, the Hull Vane® is a […]

Thales and MHI to Deliver HFSAS to JMSDF

Thales and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) have signed a contract for the delivery of High Frequency Synthetic Aperture Sonar (HFSAS) SAMDIS to equip MHI’s OZZ-5 Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (UUV), enabling Thales to contribute to Japan’s national security by introducing combat proven technology to a domestic manufacturer. The Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF) relies on Thales and […]

Lürssen to Build Patrol Boats in Bulgaria

Lürssen Group has signed a contract to build two patrol boats for the Bulgarian Navy. From the scarce information available, it can be deduced that the “Multipurpose Modular Patrol Vessels” (MMPV) mentioned in the Bulgarian communiqué could be a derivate of the Lürssen OPV 90, though no comments were received from the company. According to […]



PNS TABUK Commissioned in Romania

Pakistan’s Navy has commissioned its new Corvette, a Damen OPV 1900 named PNS TABUK, at the Port of Constanta, Romania. The ship is part of a two vessel order with Damen, signed by the Pakistan Ministry of Defence in 2017. Both ships are built at Damen Shipyards Galati in Romania with the first vessel, PNS […]

New Belgium & Netherlands MCMV Partners

Two strategic Belgian companies, ABC and FN Herstal, have been selected to provide equipment for the twelve Mine Countermeasures Vessels (MCMV), equipped with drone systems (Toolbox), led by Belgium Naval & Robotics, Naval Group and ECA Group consortium for the Belgian and Dutch navies. FN Herstal and ABC will deliver critical capabilities of the vessels, […]

Naval Group Releases SMX 31E Concept Ship

Naval Group has unveiled its 2020 concept vessel, a vision of submarines in 2040.



TKMS Hands Over INS MAGEN to the Israeli Navy

The INS MAGEN has officially been handed over to the Israeli Navy by manufacturer ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS), marking another important milestone in the ongoing programme to build four SA’AR corvettes for the service. The handover took place on 11 November under strict coronavirus prevention measures. These ships have a stealthy design with tailour made […]

Canada to Buy 100 SM-2 Missiles

Canada will buy 100 Standard Missile 2 (SM-2) Block IIIC missiles and an equal number of MK 13 Vertical Launch Systems (VLS) from the US at an estimated cost of US$500M for installation on its planned 15 Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) ships. This will ensure the country’s ability to operate alongside US and allied naval forces […]

NATO Group Clears 27 Mines off Estonia

Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group One (SNMCMG1) has completed a Historical Ordnance Disposal Operation (HODOPS) in Estonian territorial waters between 20 and 29 October 2020. The NATO Group, together with Estonian Mine Countermeasure Vessels (MCMV), covered an area of 34 square nautical miles and identified 20 historical ordnance objects, including two torpedoes. 19 of these, and […]



Thales & Nexter Artillery for French Surface Ships

The RAPIDFire system, developed by a consortium formed of Thales and Nexter, has been chosen by the French Defence Procurement Agency (DGA) to equip future French Navy vessels with new artillery. This system will provide the Navy’s surface vessels with an effective close-in defence capability against modern air and surface threats. Naval forces are exposed to […]

Turkey Starts Construction of Third Warship for Pakistan Navy

The keel of the third MILGEM class corvette that Turkey has sold to Pakistan was laid on 25 October in a ceremony attended by top defence officials on both sides, local media reported. The MILGEM project, undertaken by Turkish National Defence Ministry firm ASFAT, aims to build four vessels and is continuing as planned. The project […]

SUFFREN Fires Missiles During Trials

The first of six nuclear-powered attack submarines (SSNs) in France’s BARRACUDA programme has successfully completed the test firing of Missile de Croisière Naval (MdCN) naval cruise missile. The firing completes the qualification phase of the integration of all the vessel’s weapon systems, carried out as part of its sea trials, conducted by France’s Defence Procurement Agency, the […]



ZUMWALT Fires First Missile

More than four years after she was first delivered, the futuristic destroyer USS ZUMWALT has conducted her first live-fire Standard Missile 2 (SM-2) test. The exercise is a step towards gaining Initial Operational Capability certification, which is expected sometime next year. The SM-2 is the Navy’s workhorse anti-aircraft missile, and it has a secondary anti-ship role. […]

Meteor Aerospace Tests ORCA USV

Israeli defence company Meteor Aerospace has successfully completed a series of sea trials with its ORCA Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV). The trials were held in Israeli waters, demonstrating ORCA’s technical and operational capabilities, including autonomous unmanned operation, use of its various mission payloads and high speed intercepts of a maritime target. The ORCA trials were remotely monitored […]

Final Egyptian TKMS Submarine Christened

The fourth and final 209/1400mod class submarine ordered by Egypt has been christened at the premises of Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) in Kiel. The small scale ceremony took place in compliance with strict COVID-19 preventive measures. “S44” follows its sisters “S41”, “S42” and “S43” which were delivered in December 2016, August 2017 and April 2020 […]



New Anti-Ship Missile Tests

The Israeli Navy, in cooperation with the Ministry of Defence Directorate of Defense Research & Development (MOD DDR&D) has successfully conducted a trial of a new anti-ship missile system developed by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) to ensure Israel’s continued naval superiority. The preplanned series of trials were conducted in order to ascertain the system’s operational capabilities […]

HGH to Launch IRST Solution

HGH has recently won contracts worth about €6m from world-leading shipyards in the Middle-East and in Europe to equip new warships with SPYNEL panoramic thermal cameras and their new IRST solution. The rise of new technologies urges naval forces to adapt their defence, detection and threat-tracking capabilities so HGH took up the challenge, launching their […]

BAE Systems Wins ARCHERFISH Contract

BAE Systems has won a contract worth up to £87m to manufacture and deliver ARCHERFISH mine neutralisers to the US Navy, making this the fourth consecutive contract awarded to BAE Systems by the US Department of Defense (DoD) for the system since 2003.  ARCHERFISH, which will be delivered over the next seven years, is a […]



Ultra Secures STF Upgrade Contract

Ultra Electronics has secured a contract from QinetiQ to support them in replacing the entire Sonobuoy Test Facility (STF) system at the British Underwater Test & Evaluation Centre, MOD BUTEC. This includes replacing the Software Defined Sonobuoy Receivers, the Command function transmitters as well as a suite of analysis software for the Ground Monitoring Station which […]

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 […]




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