The Philippine Navys multipurpose attack vessels are being equipped with Israeli-made missiles, which will likely be inducted in the next three months, the navy chief said Thursday. The surface-to-surface missiles, called Spike ER,which have a range of 8 kilometers (5 miles), are being installed in three multipurpose attack vessels which were acquired earlier and will be ready for deployment in two to three months, Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad was quoted as saying by AP after a maritime security forum in Manila
Australias shipbuilder Austal has opted out of the countrys Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) program due to failed negotiations with the main contractor German ship designer Lürssen. "Lürssen has worked hard to explore options to leverage the experience base at Henderson for the construction of 10 vessels in Western Australia, including conducting lengthy negotiations with Austal," Defence Connect quotes Lürssen Australia in its statement
Russias new large amphibious assault ship Ivan Gren has successfully completed sea trials on the Baltic coast, TASS reports. "On Thursday, May 3, the seaborne part of the state trials of the large amphibious assault ship Ivan Gren was completed
The Indian Navy has inducted the third ship of the Landing Craft Utility (LCU) Mk-IV project. Designed and built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE), LCU MK-IV ship is an amphibious ship with a displacement of 830 Tons and is capable of transporting combat equipment such as Main Battle Tanks Arjun, T72 and other Armoured Vehicles, the Indian ministry of defense said in a statement Wednesday
Turkish defense contractor STM announced Thursday the first successful sea trials of the 158-meter Pakistan Navy Fleet Tanker (PNFT), built in cooperation with Karachi Shipyard and Engineering Works. According to STM's website the ship embarked on its maiden voyage on March 31, 2018, Anadolu Agency reports
Qatars navy on Tuesday signed an agreement to purchase two training warships from Turkey's Anadolu Shipyard, on the sidelines of DIMDEX 2018), which kicked off Monday in the Qatari capital. The planned ships will have the capacity to train 72 naval cadets, shipyard chairman Sualp Urkmez told Anadolu Agency, adding that both vessels will feature classrooms, training areas, weapons and sensors
Leonardo is exhibiting its OTO Marlin 40, the newest member of its naval defence systems family, for the first time in an international defense expo, Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition & Conference (DIMDEX), held in Doha, Qatar this week. The new OTO Marlin 40 naval turret has been designed for Navies, which are increasingly engaged in patrol operations using fast, lightweight vessels, but still require high-performance equipment
The US State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Japan of MK 15 Phalanx Close-in Weapon System (CIWS) Block IB Baseline 1 to MK 15 Phalanx Block IB Baseline 2 conversion kits for an estimated cost of $45 million. The Government of Japan has requested to buy twenty-four (24) MK 15 Phalanx Close-in Weapon System (CIWS) Block IB Baseline 1 to MK 15 Phalanx Block IB Baseline 2 conversion kits
Saab has received an order from the Australian Government under the Warship Asset Management Agreement (WAMA) that will see the continuation of sustainment for Navys ANZAC-class frigates. WAMA is a strategic partnership which includes Saab Australia, BAE Systems Australia Defence and Naval Ship Management Australia
Chinas top shipbuilder China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) on Monday launched the third Shadhinota-class C13B corvette for the Bangladesh Navy, according to
Two Russian-built Gepard-class frigates have entered into service with the Vietnamese Navy on Tuesday, TASS reports. "The moment the new combat ships entered combat duty heralded a major phase in upgrading the Vietnamese Navy, enhancing its combat capability and making a decisive contribution to strengthening the protection of the countrys maritime borders," the commander of Vietnams 4th Naval Region, Rear Admiral Pham Van Hoanh, was quoted as saying at the ceremony at the Cam Ranh naval base, a deep-water harbor in central Vietnam along the South China Sea, on Tuesday
Chinas navy has reportedly installed a prototype electromagnetic railgun on one of its warships, as suggested by the photos posted by a Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) observer last week. The images show that PLANs Haiyang Shan, a Type 072III-class landing ship with the pennant number 936, sitting in Wuchang Shipyard in Hubei province with a new, massive gun turret fitted on its bow
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