LCA completes first ski-jump takeoff

The first prototype of the Navalaized Tejas Indigenous Combat Aircraft (LCA) developed for the Indian Navy has took off saturday (December 20, 2014) from the Ski-Jump facility of Shore Based Test Facility (SBTF) at INS Hansa in Goa.

The Russian Carrier Admiral Kuznetsov Returns to the Mediterranean Sea

Russian Navy aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov.
Updated post, originally published on March 3, 2016: The Russian navy is deploying its single aircraft carrier, Admiral Kuznetsov, to head the Russian flotilla in the Mediterranean Sea. It will be the first combat operation for a Russian or Soviet aircraft carrier.

Israel Shipyards Introduces the SAAR 72 Mini-Corvette Design

Israel Shipyards is expanding the SAAR class of missile boats, extending the range from missile boats into ‘Mini Corvette’ class vessels. The new class is addressing the growing requirements of Israel and other nations in extending maritime control and sovereignty far from their territorial waters. Defense-Update reports from IMDEX 2013. The Israel Navy is required to expand the security and...

Newest Aircraft Carrier USS Gerald R. Ford Launched

USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78), the first of class of the US Navy next generation aircraft carrier (formerly known as CVN-21) officially received its name today. USS Gerald R. Ford represents the first new design since the USS Nimitz (CVN 68), which was launched in 1972. The new aircraft carrier will be able to sustain higher operational tempo, while costing...

Carbon fiber clouds hiding naval destroyers from anti-ship missiles

The US Navy has tested radar absorbing carbon-fiber cloud generators on board ships, which could be used to protect naval vessels from attacks by radar-guided anti-ship and air-launched cruise missiles

Israeli-Designed Mini Corvettes to Replace Eight Hetz Missile Boats

With ongoing domestic procurement of naval weapon systems for Magen corvettes and Dolphin submarines, and growing export opportunities, naval programs become an important growth opportunity for Israel’s defense industries.

Germany, Israel sign €430 million contract for 4 Meko class corvettes

The German shipbuilder ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) has signed today a contract to build four patrol corvettes for the Israeli Navy. Israel will pay €315 million of the €430 million contract.

The German Navy – The Way Forward?

F125 class frigate for the german Navy
One of the largest fleets in NATO, the German Navy appears to have escaped most of the recent cuts imposed by the government’s austerity plan, since construction of the new vessels and upgrades for existing platforms seems to continue. However, the planned reduction of 60 percent in its defense budget could have negative effect in the future, if the government decides to press on with the cuts.

The US Navy wants better armed, more protected LCS based surface combat ships

The US Navy wants its Littoral Combat Ships to be better armed and survivable. Consistent with the Fleet's views on the most valued capabilities delivered by a small surface combatant, provide multi-mission anti-surface warfare (SUW) and anti-submarine warfare capabilities (ASW), as well as continuous and effective air, surface and underwater self-defense.

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.

US Navy Retaliates in Yemen, Following Attacks on US Vessels

A US Navy guided missile destroyer launched a salvo of Tomahawk cruise missiles against three Yemeni radar sites along the red sea shoreline, in response to recent attacks on U.S. ships in the region.

New Indian Order Brings Barak-8 Order Book to US$ 5 Billion

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and the Indian Ministry of Defense signed a contract worth US$1.6 billion today, for the supply of an unspecified number of Medium Range Surface to Air Missiles (MRSAM) for the Indian Land Forces. IAI signed today a second contract for the delivery of Barak 8 Long Range SAM (LRSAM) for the first locally built aircraft carrier - Vikrant. The new deals have increased the system's total order book by 60 percent, to five billion.

HMS QE2 floats for the first time as outgoing carrier Illustrious retires

The UK's largest ever warship, HMS Queen Elizabeth, has been successfully floated out of the dock in which she was assembled. The dock she vacates will be used for final assembly of her sister ship, HMS Prince of Wales, which will begin in September.

U.S. Navy Accepts Its Newest Aircraft Carrier

The U.S. Navy accepted delivery of first aircraft carrier of the new Ford class - the future USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78). Ford will be commissioned into the fleet this summer, formally placing the ship into active service. Ford is expected to be operational in 2020 following achievement of initial operational capability.

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