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Samoa Receives Guardian-class Patrol Boat

The Australian Government has today handed over the newest Guardian-class Patrol Boat Nafanua II to the Samoan Government at a ceremony in Henderson, Western Australia. Nafanua II was received by Samoa’s Deputy Prime Minister...

Taiwan proposes record-high defence budget for 2020

Taiwan’s Executive Yuan has approved a national defence budget of TWD411.3 billion (USD13.1 billion) for 2020. The new budget – announced amid rising tension with mainland China – represents a 5.2% increase over defence...

Lockheed Martin wins US Navy Ship Self Defense System contract

The US Navy (USN) has awarded Lockheed Martin a USD56 million cost-plus-incentive fee, cost-only, firm-fixed-price contract on 15 August for combat system engineering support on the Ship Self-Defense System (SSDS). Under the contract, the...

Australia hands over Guardian-class patrol vessel to Samoa

Key Points Australia has handed over the fourth of 21 vessels being delivered to 12 Pacific Island countries and Timor-Leste Vessel will strengthen the Samoan Police Service’s maritime surveillance capabilities The Australian government has...

HENSOLDT delivers Naval Radar to Norwegian Coast Guard

The sensor solutions provider HENSOLDT will equip the Norwegian Coast Guard vessel “Svalbard” with the latest version of its TRS-3D naval radar and MSSR 2000 I IFF System. This is already the second upgrade...

U.S. Marine Corps AV/8B Harriers deployed to Kuwait

The U.S. Marine Corps has deployed AV/8B Harrier short takeoff, vertical landing strike aircraft, Airmen, and associated equipment to Kuwait, from the Marine Corps Air Station Yuma. The Harrier, based on the British-designed Hawker-Siddley...

US, Malaysia start Maritime Training Activity exercise

US Navy and Coast Guard ships arrived in Malaysia on August 13 for the start of Maritime Training Activity (MTA) Malaysia 2019. US ships taking part include the Independence-variant littoral combat… [[ This is...

USN reaches milestones with Ford propulsion plant, AAG

Work on the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) propulsion plant has been completed as the US Navy (USN) confirmed the Ford-class Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG) system received the green light to...

Analysis: what was behind the blast near Nenoksa?

Key Points A fatal explosion during what was probably a Russian weapon test on 8 August caused a radiation spike in the area Speculation has consequently grown as to what system was involved On...

Israeli corvette upgraded with ALPHA radar

At least one of the Israeli Navy’s three Saar-5 corvettes now has the new IAI-Elta ELM-2258 Advanced Lightweight Phased Array (ALPHA) radar, images emerging from the multinational Exercise ‘Mighty Waves’ have shown. The ALPHA...

TADTE 2019: Taiwan displays its latest weapon systems

Key Points Taiwan’s TADTE defence exhibition saw a number of new systems put on display Apart from developing its own systems, Taiwan is looking to secure more significant procurements of US weapons systems Taiwan’s...

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