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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 […]

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 […]

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