Thales Nederland has completed production of the first TACTICOS combat management system (CMS) shipset for the first of the UK Royal Navy’s (RN’s) Inspiration (Type 31)-class general-purpose frigates. Under a contract awarded in November 2019, UK shipbuilder Babcock, leading the ‘Team 31′ consortium, will deliver five Type 31 ships for the RN. The class...

The Australian Department of Defense has announced that the Royal Australian Navy will test a stealthy underwater drone developed by the Anduril Australia. The stealthy extra-large autonomous undersea vehicle program (XL-AUV) was named ‘Ghost Shark’ by Defence in a ceremony on Sydney Harbour on Monday. The ceremony included the arrival of a 2.8-tonne ‘Dive-LD’...

The Colombian Navy (Armada de la República de Colombia: ARC) awarded a contract to COTECMAR to build the service’s first frigate under the Strategic Surface Platform (Plataforma estratégica de superficie: PES) project on 22 November. The contract includes the construction of an ocean patrol vessel (Patrullera Oceánica Colombiana: POC) offshore patrol vessel (OPV)...

US shipbuilder HII has pulled the curtain back on its newest unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV), a platform that company officials say represents the “most capable medium-class” UUV on the market. The basic platform specifications for the new REMUS 620, such as size and weight, mirror those of the navy’s Littoral Battleship Sensing-Autonomous Undersea Vehicle...

Saudi Arabia has confirmed that its new FPB 2200 patrol boats that the French shipyard Couach is delivering are armed with LIG Nex1’s Low-Cost Guided Imaging Rocket (LOGIR) missile launcher for countering small attack boats. The Saudi Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 25 October that the first batch of Couach patrol boats had been delivered to the Western Fleet....

BAE Systems Naval Ships publicly displayed its Adaptable Strike Frigate (ASF) concept design for the first time at the Euronaval 2022 maritime exhibition in Paris. Developed by the company in partnership with industry partners in anticipation of the UK Royal Navy’s (RN’s) projected Type 32 programme, the ASF offers a “system of systems” approach with a...

Israel Shipyards unveiled its latest design, the S-80 corvette, at the Euronaval 2022 maritime exhibition in Paris. The ship will be the largest yet to be designed by the company, which has to date specialised on patrol boats, offshore patrol vessels, and missile craft. The S-80 design is derived from the Israeli Navy’s new Reshef class, which will replace the Sa’ar...

STM is taking its place with naval engineering and tactical mini UAV systems at the Azerbaijan International Defense Exhibition ADEX 2022, which is one of the most important exhibitions in the South Caucasus and Central Asia. STM is taking its place with naval engineering and tactical mini UAV systems at the Azerbaijan International Defense Exhibition ADEX 2022, which...

Republic of Korea (South Korea) on Thursday launched a new 8,200-ton destroyer armed with ballistic missile defenses. A ceremony to launch the 8,200-ton KDX-III Batch-II Aegis destroyer, designed largely with domestic technology, was held in Ulsan. The ceremony for the Jeongjo The Great destroyer, named after a visionary king of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910), took place...

The French company CNIM Systèmes Industriels has been awarded a contract to equip the Polish Army with its latest generation of gap-crossing capabilities. On Wednesday 15th June, the signing ceremony of the contract between the Polish Armament Agency and CNIM Systèmes Industriels took place in Warsaw for the supply of several hundred meters of Motorized Floating Bridge. Xavier...