Russia offers India three additional Talwar class frigates

Russia is offering to build for Indian Navy three additional Project 11356 frigates - the type designated 'Talwar class' by the Indian Navy. In addition, the two countries are negotiating weapon systems upgrades to the three frigates delivered under the first order is also being negotiated, integrating the Indo-Russian Bramos missile.

Next Generation AEGIS Missile – Missile Defense Roadmap

Photo above: Tichonderoga class missile cruiser CG 67 Shiloh fires a Standard Missile 3 on a missile defense test. Photo: US Navy In recent years the U.S. has increased its missile defense capability, with the introduction of enhanced capability Patriot (PAC-3) missiles, offering improved point defense against Short Range Ballistic Missiles. Sensors are also improved with AN/TPY-2 X-band radars providing detection...

Israel Turns to Germany for Naval Stealth Ships

Israel is interested in acquiring two corvette size ships to extend its naval operational capabilities. After analyzing the U.S. Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), Israel decided these vessels would be too costly. While each LCS would have cost $480, Israel was prepared to spend up to $300 per ship, which roughly corresponds with what the Malaysian Navy spent on a similar...

Adelaide Class Modernization

The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) is modernizing its Adelaide class guided missile frigates (FFG-7) ensuring that they are effective against potential threats through to at least 2013. The prime contractor for the program is ADI ltd. The upgrade of the FFG ships incorporates today's technology to enhance capability and performance while maintaining crew at current levels. The program is expected...

44 navies embark on the largest naval exercise spanning the Arabian Sea, Red Sea and the Persian Gulf

Navies from 44 nations are participating in this year's exercise, whose focus is to promote regional security through mine countermeasure operations.

2011 Flashpoints: Asia – ‘String Of Pearls’ Is Securing China’s Sea Lanes

2nd Article in the 2011 Flashpoint - Asia Series | A major player in the Asian scene is the Peoples Republic of China. This rising giant is already in the midst an immeasurable and unprecedented economic growth period, but creating perpetual insatiately need for a stable and secure oil supply. Beijing's main supply route is from the Persian Gulf, via...

Israeli Corvettes to Assume Extended Air Defense Role

Israel is interested in acquiring two corvette size ships to extend its naval operational capabilities. Fielding the new IAI Barak 8 Extended Range Air Defense Systems, the new vessels are expected to become the world's first 'air defense corvettes', providing the Israeli surface fleet independence of air-cover for the first time, enabling the Israeli vessels to deploy further away...

Next Generation AEGIS Missile – Introducing SM-3 IIB

Boeing, Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin are competing on the technology development phase of the next generation Standard Missile-3 Block IIB (SM-3 IIB) ballistic missile interceptor. Designated 'Next Generation Aegis Missile' (NGAM), the new missile will be developed for the U.S. Missile Defense Agency, becoming a key component of the Obama administration's Phased Adaptive Approach for missile defense in...

Army NLOS Dead. Will the Navy Keep it Alive?

As the U.S. Army recommends terminating the NLOS-LS Weapon System, the Navy will have to keep the program alive, securing the principal surface weapon system of the Littoral Combat Ship Above: The LCS-2 Independence - the Precision Attack Missile (insert) is the principal surface attack weapon of this vessel.Photos: General Dynamics and Raytheon Following a review of its precision fires capabilities...

USS San Diego declared ready for combat operations

The US Navy's sixth San Antonio-class amphibious landing platform dock (LPD), USS San Diego (LPD 22), has been declared ready for combat operations following the successful completion of final contract trials (FCT). // Conducted by the US Navy Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV), the FCT helps ensure that the USS San Diego ship meets all standards and requirements expected...

Iranian Military Conducts Offensive, Defensive Wargame at the Straits of Hormoz

Iran began today (April 22, 2010) a large scale exercise held in the Persian Gulf, south of the Hurmoz Straits. Public demonstrations held today simulated a naval assault on enemy landing craft. The assault began with a direct attack by a swarm of fast boats, attacking the target with anti-ship missiles and, by RPGs from very close range. This...

Super Dvora Mk III Fast Patrol Boat

Manufacturer: Israel Aircraft Industries / Ramta Super Dvora Mk. III is the latest generation of the venerable Dvora/Dabur family of fast patrol boats (FPB). Selected again in January 2002 by the Israel Navy as its next generation FPB, the Mark III has superior operational capabilities evidenced in higher interception speeds against sea targets, increased operational ranges, incorporation of more advanced...

U.S. Navy Considers Deploying Combat UAV by 2018

The U.S. Navy is considering fielding a stealthy unmanned combat aircraft as part of a carrier strike group, as early as 2018. The Navy has recently published a request for information (RFI), a precursor for an acquisition process, calling for information on such concepts, optimized for irregular and hybrid warfare scenarios. The Unmanned Carrier-launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS)...

U.S. Navy Accelerates LCS Operational Deployment

The Lockheed Martin built Freedom class Littoral Combat Ship (LCS-1) is already in service, and could be deployed for its first mission as early as next year (early 2010) – two years ahead of its scheduled maiden deployment. The second vessel, USS Independence has completed builders sea trials last week and is awaiting inspection by the customer, prior to...

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