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The Way Ahead for German Shipbuilding

Uwe Mergener The sparrows in Bremen, Hamburg and Kiel whistled from the roofs that there is something afoot. In a joint press release on 13th May 2020, German Naval Yards Kiel and Lürssen announced their intention to work permanently together in naval surface-shipbuilding, with Bremen-based Lürssen taking the helm. According to the firms, the aim of […]

Swedish FMV Selects iXblue’s QUadrans Navigation System to Equip its Fleet of High Speed Craft

Jack Richardson  The Swedish Defence Material Administration (FMV) has recently signed a contract with navigation company iXblue for up to 172 FOG based Quadrans Gyrocompasses, to be delivered over the span of four years, and equip the Swedish Navy’s fleet of high speed craft, mainly the CB90. Built around the Fibre-Optic Gyroscope technology pioneered by […]

At Least two FREMM Frigates to go to Egypt

Uwe Mergener The arms deal between Egypt and Italy, which has been burgeoning in the trade journals for months, now seems to be reaching realisation, with the only question remaining over its scope. It has since been confirmed, citing the Italian news and press agency ANSA, that the Italian government intends to sell two FREMM-class frigates to […]



Elbit Systems UK Demonstrates USV Capabilities in ASW Trials for the UK MoD

Jack Richardson Elbit Systems UK has completed a series of Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) trials with the UK MoD via the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory’s (DSTL) Progeny Framework, exploring how autonomous systems could support future ASW operations. Specifically, the SEAGULL, Elbit’s multi-mission, multi-sensor Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV), was deployed in these trials, with the USA’s […]

SAAR-6 Corvette Combat Systems Taking Shape

ARIE EGOZI Recent tests and simulations will help to determine the configuration of the combined air defence system, comprising the BARAK-8 missile and C-DOME system, to be carried by the Israeli Navy’s SAAR-6 corvettes which are now being built in Germany. The navy says that the use of both systems will be defined in real time by the threat, […]

Indian Government Approval for TEDBF

J C Menon India has decided to design and develop a twin-engine fighter aircraft capable of operating from the decks of the country’s aircraft carriers. The Indian Government’s approval for the Twin Engined Deck Based Fighter (TEDBF) project comes almost five months after the naval version of the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) TEJAS Light Combat Aircraft […]



SatCom for German Frigate in South America

Gerhard Heiming The German Navy has deployed the F 125 frigate BADEN-WURTTEMBERG for hot water testing in waters off Brazil. During the planning however, it became apparent that national satellite communication facilities (SATCOM) would not cover the test region so support was requested from the NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCI A). Within two weeks, the […]

Second PPA Launched

Gerhard Heiming The second Pattugliatori Polivalenti d’Altura (PPA, multipurpose offshore patrol vessel) for the Italian Navy has been launched, taking precautions against the COVID 19 crisis. The FRANCESCO MOROSINI, the second PPA after the lead ship THAON DI REVELO, was launched at the Fincantieri shipyard in Riva Trigoso, Liguria. The European procurement agency OCCAR has […]

Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems hands over third HDW Class 209/1400mod submarine to Egypt

Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) has handed over “S43”, the third of four new HDW Class 209/1400mod submarines to the Navy of the Arab Republic of Egypt. The event took place in Kiel with only the inner circle of project managers present. This was decision was taken in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Vice […]



Ultra Electronics installs the first S2150 Hull Mounted Sonar on Royal Navy Frigate

Royal Navy Type 23 frigate HMS Portland has become the first ship to be fitted with Ultra’s next generation Hull Mounted Sonar Type 2150. This comes as part of a wider refit of the Royal Navy’s frigates. The sonar has been designed by Ultra Electronics Command & Sonar Systems. It will replace the legacy Sonar […]

Strategic Sea Transport Extended

German parliament discussed the extension of the bilateral agreement on the provision and operation of commercial strategic maritime transport capacity with the Ministry of Defence of the Kingdom of Denmark last week. Within the framework of this ARK project, the Bundeswehr has secured access to commercial roll-on-roll ships for strategic sea transport since 2006. In […]

DARPA Selects four Companies for Manta Ray Program

U.S. DARPA has selected four companies for a program seeking to demonstrate critical technologies for a new class of unmanned underwater vehicles. The Manta Ray Program aims to demonstrate critical technologies for a new class of long duration, long range, payload-capable unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs). DARPA has commisioned the teams of Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology […]



Finally TAMANDARÉ

The four-corvette TAMANDARÉ program of the Brazilian Navy is awarded to thyssenkrupp Marine Systems. On March 5 Emgepron and the Águas Azuis consortium signed the contract in Rio de Janeiro. Emgepron (Empresa Gerencial de Projetos Navais) is a state owned company linked to the Ministry of Defence of Brazil through the Command of the Navy. […]

U.S. Navy First Convoy Exercise in Decades

As part of the largest deployment of US soldiers to Europe in 25 years, Exercise Defender-Europe 20, the U.S. Navy exercises a cross-Atlantic convoy operation. Carrier Strike Group (CSG) USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER, using the transit from Norfolk to the Mediterranean, “cleared” together with a submarine and P-8A Poseidon the deployment area. Possibly, the (not […]

Gecko Boats for the German Navy

The German Navy will receive 22 Geckos. These powerful and flexible boats will be used for rescue and transportation. They can be adapted according to the role. If, for example, more space is required for transporting materials, six of the eight seats can be removed or flexibly installed due to a rail system. Another twelve […]



Polish Naval Helicopter Programme

Poland’s Armaments Inspectorate, acting for the MoD, shared a list of nine companies (Polish and international) keen to participate in the technical dialogue preceding an anticipated Polish Navy helicopter tender, called the “Kondor” programme to replace the currently operated Kaman SH-2G Super Seasprites. Poland procured four SH-2Gs that came with two OLIVER HAZARD PERRY frigates […]

Patria Delivers First Upgraded HAMINA Missile Boat

Finland’s MoD confirmed completion of the first of four HAMINA class missile boat mid-life upgrade (MLU) project. The HAMINA class upgrade programme started in early 2018, adding new anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and surface defence capabilities, should reach completion in 2021. Prime contractor Patria’s division Systems delivered the Tornio to the Finnish Navy during a ceremony […]

Two Non-Nuclear Russian Submarine Projects

Nikolay Evmenov, Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Navy confirmed to ESD, during a ceremony raising the Russian Navy flag onboard the submarine PETROPAVLOVSK-KAMCHATSKY at Admiralty Shipyards, that Russia will continue construction of diesel-electric submarines for two more projects. PETROPAVLOVSK-KAMCHATSKY (diesel-electric) is the first of six Project 636.3 submarines ordered in 2016 for Russia’s Pacific Fleet. It […]



Future Ships for Russian Navy

During his visit to Sevastopol Russian President Vladimir Putin met with naval industry executives and visited a special exhibition showcasing new naval development prospects that are in line with his vision for Russia’s overdue modernisation. President Putin saw a number of future ship models and naval weapons concepts, including the Lamantin – Russia’s new aircraft […]

MKS 180 – Alea Iacta Est

The news spread like wildfire late Monday night: The order for the Multipurpose Combat Ship (MKS) 180 goes to the Damen Group (based in Gorinchem, Netherlands). The remaining German competitor in the international bidding process, German Naval Yards Kiel, which had entered with thyssenkrupp Marine Systems as subcontractor, is left behind. The information is based […]

U.S. Navy: 2nd Fleet Declared Fully Operational

Seven months after assuming initial operational capability (IOC), the U.S. Navy’s Second Fleet was declared fully operational capability (FOC) December 31, 2019. With a focus on better serving and supporting operations in the North Atlantic and Arctic, it was reactivated in May last year as a “leaner, agile and more expeditionary” fleet after its decommissioning […]




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