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NAVAL EDITION: Heard and Seen at DSEI 2021

by Curtis Hand; images from various companies Dear Faithful Readers, As many of you did not make it to DSEI – noticeable by a lack of offers to buy your old friend here a pint for all his hard labours this past half year writing about your company – this little round-up of naval news […]

Official Naval Group Statement

Naval Group Statement Naval Group takes note of the decision of the Australian authorities to acquire a fleet of nuclear submarines in collaboration with the United States and the United Kingdom. The Commonwealth decided not to proceed with the next phase of the program. This is a major disappointment for Naval Group, which was offering […]

Coffee Klatch: Training to Inflict Pain, Not Receive It

by Curtis Hand, images from Chiron Global Tech   While the coffee is brewing in a machine for someone’s cup somewhere, Maritime Security & Defence (MSD) magazine had a rare opportunity to catch up with and interview another innovator unknown to us previously, Justin Forsell (right), Co-Founder, Chiron Global Tech. He gave us some of […]



Coffee Klatch: Cardo Crew Improves Personnel Mesh Communications

While the coffee is brewing in a machine for someone’s cup somewhere, Maritime Security & Defence (MSD) magazine had a rare opportunity to catch up with and interview Mr Shachar Harari, (below right) Chief Business Officer & Head of Cardo Crew at Cardo Systems Ltd. We wanted to have benefit of Mr Harari’s unique experience […]

DEARSAN and GÜLHAN Shipyards Build Turkmen Navy’s Corvettes

by Korhan Özkilinc, Special Correspondent, Turkey-Black Sea-Central Asia; images from DEARSAN and GÜLHAN shipyards Turkish shipyards DEARSAN and GÜLHAN have launched Turkmenistan’s first corvette in the Caspian Sea. DEARSAN has been working very closely with the Turkmen government since 2007 and has so far built 10 Tuzla-class (404 ton) New Type Patrol Boat and several […]

Getting It Right: Logistics in Modernisation Projects

by Curtis Hand, images from ALMACO Group This is the first instalment of what we hope will become a series of concise best practise advice from navies and their supplier in the perennial quest of “Getting It Right” – or, to be trendy, “GiR”. If your company or ship’s crew has a best practise to […]



Coffee Klatsch: Making Technology Count at Sea, ST Engineering Marine

by Curtis Hand, images from ST Engineering unless otherwise noted While the coffee is brewing in a machine for someone’s cup somewhere, Maritime Security & Defence (MSD) magazine had a rare opportunity to catch up with and interview Mr Ng Sing Chan, President, Marine of ST Engineering. We wanted to have benefit of his unique […]

SafeScan: Addressing the Urban Battlefield for Marine Expeditionary Forces

by Curtis Hand – photos from US Army-USMC and Iceni Labs When the US Army updated its Urban Operations Doctrine in December 2017, it began with defining the basic characteristics of urban operations as “those operations across the range of military operations planned and conducted on, or against objectives on a topographical complex and its […]

Allsalt Maritime introduces new shock monitoring systems for safer operations at sea.

Allsalt Maritime announced the launch of four new Kinetix models, each designed to provide easily assimilated guidance for maritime professionals to operate safely within designated shock and vibration exposure limits, reducing the risk of damage to vessels or injury to occupants. This is of critical importance for High-Speed Boat Operations (HSBO) for special operations and […]



Coffee Klatsch: Aeronautics Brings Clarity to UAVs, AI, DRI, the Modern MDBS

by Curtis Hand, images from Aeronautics Group unless otherwise noted While the coffee is brewing in a machine for someone’s cup somewhere, Maritime Security & Defence (MSD) magazine had a rare opportunity to catch up with and interview Mr Matan Perry, Vice President, Marketing & Business Development at Aeronautics Group. We wanted to have benefit […]

BIRD Aerosystems Signs to Deliver SPREOS DIRCM and STC Airworthiness Certification for the AeroShield POD on AIRBUS 

by Curtis Hand from release BIRD Aerosystems‘ advanced SPREOS DIRCM Solution will enhance aircraft protection by providing unique threat confirmation, tracking and jamming of all advanced IR-guided missiles. Using a semi-active interrogation radar, SPREOS confirms the validity of the incoming threat hence eliminating all false alarms, while precisely tracking and analysing the threat’s unique information […]

MKS’ Ophir Optics European Site Receives AS9100D Certification for Aviation, Space, and Defense Industry

from Release MKS Instruments, Inc. (NASDAQ: MKSI), a global provider of technologies that enable advanced processes and improve productivity, is pleased to announce that the Ophir Optics Group facility in Europe (Bucharest, Romania – pictured above) is now AS9100D certified. The certification recognizes MKS’ ongoing commitment to providing innovative, high quality thermal imaging solutions for […]



Coffee Klatch: Rohde & Schwarz’ NAVICS – Connecting Anytime, Anywhere

Interview by Curtis Hand, images from Rohde & Schwarz While the coffee is brewing in a machine for someone’s cup somewhere, Maritime Security & Defence (MSD) magazine had a rare opportunity to catch up with and interview Mr Andrey Obolensky (photo below, right), Director of Sales and Product Management Navy, Rohde & Schwarz, explains what […]

Maiden voyage of the Iranian Navy: it even flies the flag in the Baltic Sea

by Capt Hans Uwe Mergener, German Navy (Ret) – MSD co-Editor in-Chief If the passage of Russian nuclear submarines already caused some irritations, the entry of the largest ship of the Iranian Navy into the Baltic Sea – accompanied by an Iranian frigate – is not inferior to it. For weeks, ship spotters had been […]

tkMS Hands Over New Ships to Israel’s Navy

thyssenkrupp Marine Systems (tkMS) delivered the last two of four SA`AR 6-class corvettes to Israel’s Navy. During the small hand over ceremony, Managing Director Dr Alexander Orellano emphasised in his  speech to the guests and new ships’ crews the good professional and personal relationship tkMS cultivated with Israel’s Navy. Dr. Alexander Orellano: “In the six […]



CONTROP Taps Zalts for Top International BD Role

by Curtis Hand – images from Controp As a company specialising in the field of electro-optics and infrared (EO/IR) defence and homeland security solutions, CONTROP Precision Technologies announced the appointment of Mr Doron Zalts as its Vice President for International Marketing & Business Development.     According to Mr Hagay Azani, CONTROP’s CEO, Zalts has […]

DSEI Strategies: Influencing Decision-Makers, No Matter if You Can be There

by Stephen Elliott As publisher of Maritime Security & Defence (“MSD”) magazine, I usually do not make many public statements; often leaving this activity to our learned, seasoned and rather stoic colleague, Curtis Hand. As perhaps the largest exposition of odd-numbered years is planned for September, I call your attention to these two strategic opportunities […]

MBDA and Naval Group join forces  to develop new remote assistance solutions

edited by Curtis Hand from press release The remote assistance service deployed by Naval Group and MBDA for the French Navy achieves several objectives: provide prompt diagnostics and a repair solution to naval systems users in all locations and in all circumstances. Remote assistance is a secure, end-to-end encrypted multimedia communication system linking the ship […]



Russian Navy Continues Zircon Testing

by Yury Laskin, Russia Country Manager and Correspondent  The frigate Admiral Gorshkov of the Russian Northern Fleet successfully engaged a land target with a Zircon hypersonic missile. The missile was launched while the frigate was operating in the White Sea and hit a spot target on the Barents Sea coast. A Russian MoD spokesman referred to […]

New Contract Signed: Naval Group and Fleet Support Service for Operational Maintenance for French Navy’s Nuclear Attack Subs

by Curtis Hand from Press Release – Photos Naval Group Naval Group and the Fleet Support Service signed a contract for operational maintenance of the French Navy’s nuclear attack submarines (SSN), which will be in force for over three years and worth several hundreds of millions in Euros. This agreement includes the maintenance operations of […]

NATO Ships Take Part in Exercise Breeze in the Black Sea

edited and posted by Curtis Hand – photo credit NATO It was annouoced this afternoon that NATO ships are took part in Exercise Breeze 2021 in the Black Sea. The Bulgarian-led maritime exercise, which began on 11 July and wraps up on 19 July, involves forces from 14 NATO Allies and partners – Albania, Belgium, […]





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