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.

France UK Officially Launch Lightweight Anti-Ship Missile Program

The French and British Ministries of Defense have embarked on the Eur. 50 million (GBP 35 Mil.) investment to be shared between both nations over the next 24 month initial assessment phase. This is the first step in the development of an advanced, lightweight helicopter-launched anti-ship missile to replace the British Navy‘s Sea Skua. Developed under an Anglo-French ‘Complex...

Manila Wants Better Armed Frigates

Manila is seeking to add a third frigate to the Philippine Navy. According to Peter Paul Galvez, defense spokesman, Manila is planning to acquire new frigates that will be armed with more advanced weaponry than the current vessels provided by the US, including surface-to-air capability.

North Korea launches a Ballistic Missile from a Submarine

North Korea launched what appeared to be a ballistic missile from a submarine in the East Sea Saturday, the South Korean military said. South Korea's defence ministry said the missile, fired from a submarine in the Sea of Japan (East Sea), flew around 30 kilometres (18 miles) and that the test showed "certain technological progress" in the North's SLBM capability.

Zumwalt – the Newest Destroyer for the US Navy is Launched

General Dynamics Bath Iron Works (BIW) successfully launched the Navy's first Zumwalt-class destroyer Oct. 28 at their Bath, Maine shipyard. The future USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) will be the lead ship of the Navy's newest destroyer class, designed for littoral operations and land attack. At 610 feet (186 meter) long, and 15,610 (long) tons displacement, the Zumwalt looks unlike...

HMS Clyde, a New Offshore Patrol Vessel (Helicopter) for the Royal Navy

HMS Clyde, the first ship to be built in Portsmouth Naval Base for nearly 40 years, was named on Thursday 7 September 2006. The new OPV(H) will be officially accepted by the British MOD in October 2006. The vessel is destined to be the patrol ship for the Falkland Islands. She is expected to deploy to the South Atlantic...

Charting the International Path for the F-35

As the F-35 reaches higher production rates toward the end of the Low Rate Initial Production Phase, the US is pressing international partners and foreign customers to commit to F-35 orders. To be able to benefit from cost reduction, customers must commit to a multi-year block purchase of 450 aircraft.

China’s J-15 New Carrier Based Fighter Get Ready for More Test Flights

China is moving forward in completing the refurbishment of Shi Lang, the first aircraft carrier for its navy, and has recently unveiled (unofficially) the fighter planes to be operating on board, the J-15.

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...

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)...

India’s Largest Carrier INS Vikramaditya Arrives at Karwar Home Port

India's newest and biggest ever warship, the aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya, has arrived yesterday at its home port of Karwar in Karnataka, in the southwestern coast of India, after an uninterrupted six-week sail from northern Russia. In November 2013 the 44,500 ton vessel completed a modification and refurbishment process that lasted nine years. The aircraft carrier will now go through...

Raytheon’s next generation naval radar passes milestone

The U.S. Navy and Raytheon Company have completed the critical design review (CDR) of the AN/SPY-6(V) Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR). This radar will be installed on US Navy DDG-51 Flight III missile destroyers, improving their fighting and self-defense capabilities. The company said the Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) phase of the program continues and is now more than 40 percent complete.

Supporting Europe’s Missile defense Initiative, U.S. Navy to Position Four AEGIS ships in Rota, Spain

The U.S. Navy is relocating four AEGIS ships to the port of Rota in spain. These ships will support the initial phase of NATO's missile defense effort, with additional responsibilities for activities in the Mediterranean Basin, the Atlantic Ocean and provide rapid and responsive support to the U.S. Africa and U.S. Central Commands.

SAMP/T Successful on First European Missile Defense Intercept Test

France carried out the first ballistic missile intercept with the SAMP/T Surface-to-Air Medium Range missile system last month; however, the news release about the test was delayed by one month. Considered an important milestone in the development of European missile defense capability, the test was conducted on 18 October 2010 at the DGA Missile Launch Test Centre (CELM) in Biscarosse in...

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