Ship design firm BMT is positioning its ELLIDA multirole logistics support ship design for the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN‘s) Joint Support Ship Project, or SEA 2200. The concept was first unveiled at the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) 2019 exhibition in London. It is able to “transport and deliver troops, vehicles, equipment, and supplies...

Thales Australia has entered into a partnership agreement with Ocius Technologies “to advance the development and deployment” of a team of unmanned surface vehicles (USVs), which will have the potential to carry out anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and surveillance missions. In a media release on 10 May, during the Indo Pacific 2022 exhibition in Sydney, Thales Australia...

UK shipbuilder Babcock has laid down the keel for the first of five new Type 31 Inspiration-class general-purpose frigates on order for the Royal Navy (RN). The keel laying ceremony for the first in class, to be named HMS Venturer , was held at Babcock’s Rosyth dockyard in Scotland on 26 April. Babcock is building the five Type 31 frigates under a contract worth...

The Portuguese Navy commissioned its first new Vigilante II-class L150-SV high-speed search-and-rescue boat on 21 April. The new boat, named Patrão Cego do Maio, was built by the Portuguese state-owned shipyard, Arsenal do Alfeite. It will operate from the northern coastal city of Póvoa do Varzim. Patrão Cego do Maio features a hull made of fibre-reinforced composites....

The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) has commissioned the first vessel in a new class of diesel-electric submarines (SSKs) with better underwater endurance than its predecessors. The boat, which has been named Taigei with pennant number SS 513, was commissioned on 9 March at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries‘ (MHI’s) shipyard in Kobe, said the JMSDF in a statement...

The Israeli Ministry of Defense (MoD) announced on 21 February the completion of the first trials of the naval version of the Iron Dome air-defence system fitted to the first of the Israeli Navy’s four new Sa’ar 6-class corvettes. “The C-Dome was operated for the first time aboard the Israeli Naval Ship (INS) Sa’ar 6 Magen corvette against multiple...

Sea Acceptance Trials of the early delivered systems and the Critical Design Phase of the Preveze Mid-Life Modernisation Project have been successfully completed. STM Savunma Teknolojileri Mühendislik ve Ticaret A.Ş. a leading actor in the Turkish defence sector that operates under the direction of the Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB) is a major contributor to...

US defence technology business Anduril Industries has extended its unmanned capabilities to the undersea domain by acquiring unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) provider Dive Technologies, Anduril announced on 2 February. The 6,000 lb (2,722 kg) Dive Large Displacement (Dive-LD) UUV can autonomously conduct undersea intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) as...

Turkey’s first dedicated intelligence-gathering ship, TCG Ufuk (A-591), was officially commissioned into service at Istanbul Shipyard in Tuzla, Istanbul, on 14 January, İsmail Demir, head of Turkey’s Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB), has announced. The ship will be jointly operated by the National Intelligence Organization (MİT) and the Turkish Naval...

South Korea has completed a programme to enhance the anti-submarine warfare (ASW) systems and combat information processing capabilities of its three Gwanggaeto Daewang (KDX-1)-class destroyers. The milestone was achieved with the return of Eulji Mundeok (972) to service, the country’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) announced on 28 December. The...