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by Curtis Hand CHALLENGE: Piracy continues to threaten seafarers in strategic waters and EEZs worldwide. Vigilance, preparation, early detection and rapid response remain the best means to counter pirate tactics since the earliest days of armed robbery on the high-seas. However, these are difficult to achieve because pirate vessels range in size from high speed skiffs […]

Major Order for Bredo in Bremerhaven – Frigate “Baden-Württemberg” is completing its first repairs

translated and edited by Curtis Hand Bredo Dry Docks in Bremerhaven secured the multi-month contract for German Navy‘s new F125 frigate “Baden-Württemberg” scheduled maintenance. Based on the published tender, the total volume for the repair work amounts to over 30 million euros. After a trip from the naval arsenal in Wilhelmshaven and a short North […]

Babcock to Build on its Busan Base at MADEX 2021

Edited by Curtis Hand, from press release Babcock – the Aerospace, Defence and Security company – is preparing to showcase the breadth and depth of its in-service naval support at MADEX 2021 – 9-12 June, Republic of Korea.    Babcock continues to enhance its market presence with its facility in the large port city of […]

Babcock CEO Hosts Arrowhead 140 Engagements in Greece

from Release David Lockwood, Chief Executive Officer, of Babcock International, the aerospace, defence and security company has led a series of meetings in Greece with key industry figures, Government officials and supply chain companies as Babcock continues to build international interest in its Arrowhead 140 general purpose frigate and bid to deliver the Hellenic Navy’s […]

Damen Lays the Keel for the RNLN CSS Den Helder in Romania

by Curtis Hand from press release On the 2 June, Damen Shipyards Galati performed the keel-laying ceremony on the Combat Support Ship (CSS) Den Helder, being built in Romania. This marks an important milestone in the construction of this new supply ship for the Royal Netherlands Navy. The keel laying ceremony was performed by the […]

Rolls-Royce to Supply MTU Generator Sets for US Navy Frigate Programme

Edited by Curtis Hand from Press Release US Navy’s new frigate programme – the next generation of small surface combat ships – will have benefit of mtu naval generator sets from Rolls-Royce. These will be a key component of propulsion and on-board power generation for phase one of the US Navy’s Constellation (FFG-62) class frigate […]

VIMMS: Dyena Systems Announces New Vessel Monitoring Solution

Edited by Curtis Hand from Press Release What is it? The Vessel Impact and Motion Monitoring System (VIMMS) from Dyena Systems is a direct response to the maritime industry’s requirement to monitor crew and vessel levels of shock and vibration during high speed boat operations (HSBO) to put this in a military context. Now it […]

NEW FROM RUSSIA: The Ultimate Minesweeper for MCM?

by Yury Laskin, Moscow Correspondent, MSD and Mittler Report Russian Naval shipbuilding plans for 2021 are on schedule, according to the programme programme that has provisions for up to 40 ships and vessels, including two mine counter-measure (MCM) ships (Project 12700). The Russian Navy currently operates four ships of the Project and has four more […]


by Curtis Hand from Press Release – images courtesy Fincantieri and Italian Navy  Elettronica announced it will supply the Electronic Warfare  (EW) suite to Italy’s Navy for new submarines (U212 NFS Programme), built by Fincantieri and managed by OCCAR. This includes two suites for the first batch and two additional systems as an option for […]

MSD Coffee Klatch with Michel Hochner, Director of Business Development and Product Marketing at Ophir Optics

Interview by Curtis Hand While the coffee is brewing in a machine for someone’s cup somewhere, Maritime Security & Defence had a prime opportunity to interview Michel Hochner, the director of business development and product marketing at Ophir Optics. Michel held different leadership positions in the sales and marketing department of Ophir Optics over the last […]

Bird Flies South: BIRD Aerosystems Opens Argentina Office

BIRD Aerosystems, a leading developer of Airborne Missile Protection Systems (AMPS) and Airborne Surveillance, Information, and Observation (ASIO) solutions, announced the opening of an office in Buenos Aires, Argentina, as part of the expansion of its activities in the Latin American market. The company already has offices around the world, including Israel, the USA, Cyprus, […]

MSD Coffee Klatch: Patria’s Systems Business Unit has a Long Tradition

The MSD Coffee Klatch.  This is the first weekly installment of a series of quick chats planned with various industry insiders who are uniquely-qualified to provide insight on specific subjects. In this format, Maritime Security & Defence magazine conducts a short interview – taking as much time to read as it would to visit with […]

Rolls-Royce delivers 16-cylinder version of mtu Series 8000 for the first time

Direct from Press Release Rolls-Royce has delivered the first 16-cylinder engines of the successful mtu Series 8000. The Taiwanese shipyard CSBC Corporation will install the first two 16V 8000 M71L engines in new patrol vessels for the Taiwanese Coast Guard. The two engines deliver 7,280 kilowatts of power each and will accelerate the 1000-ton class […]

Minesweeping “by Ear” – Royal Norwegian Navy Buys Patria Acoustic Minesweeping System

Edited from Release by Stephen Elliott The Norwegian Defence Material Agency awarded a contract to Patria for its novel Sonac ACS Acoustic Minesweeping Systems.This sale is a critical milestone in Patria’s goal to become one of the leading  underwater and maritime intelligence and surveillance solutions companies.  This allows the Royal Norwegian Navy to mre safely […]

The BARAK ER 150 km range interceptor completes a series of successful trials; IAI has begun the customer delivery process

From Press Release Having completed a successful series of trials of the BARAK Air and Missile Defense System, Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) today unveiled documentation of the challenging trials, which tested the system’s capabilities in a range of scenarios and threats, including the interception of an assaulting ballistic target by the BARAK ER (Extended Range) […]

Game Changer? IMENCO Launches New Low-Cost Military Approved Naval PTZ

By Stephen Elliott Adapted from press release Norway-based Imenco launched a new Pan-Tilt-Zoom (PTZ) camera. The ODIN 0527-6010 External Compact Naval PTZ Camera is an ultra-rugged, naval 3MP IP colour CCTV camera with integrated pedestal assembly, local junction box and interface cable assembly. The rugged PTZ camera is ideally suited to both external monitoring and […]

Sea Serpents Exist – Against Any Threat to the Royal Navy

Interview by Stephen Elliott, Publisher While Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) recently announced that it and Thales UK joined forces to offer a next-gen ship-killing solution – SEA SERPENT – to the Royal Navy (details below), MSD caught up with Mr Ron Tryfus, IAI’s Systems Missiles & Space Group VP Marketing & BD and he shared […]

What? A Folded Zoom Lens for Drone and Small Gimbal Applications?

by Stephen Elliott Adapted from a press release MKS Launches Ophir MWIR Folded Zoom Lens with Disruptive Range and SWaP Capabilities for Drone and Small Gimbal Applications MKS Instruments announced the newest addition to its LightIR family of lightweight, long-range, motorised continuous zoom lenses.  Known as the Ophir® LightIR 16-180mm MWIR f/3.6 continuous zoom lens, […]


by Guy Torremans 24 January 2021 On 29 July 2020, after three years of design and build, the Royal New Zealand Navy’s (RNZN) new POLAR class Maritime Projection and Sustainment Capability (MPSC) ship HMNZS AOTEAROA[1] was officially inducted into the RNZN. During the commissioning ceremony, in the presence of the Governor General the Rt Hon […]

FREMM Design: A Success in Modern Naval Development

by Luca Peruzzi The joint French-Italian FREMM (Frégate Européenne Multi-Missions or Fregate Europee Multi-Missione) programme, managed by OCCAR (Organisation Conjointe de Coopération en matière d’ARmament) on behalf of the two nations’ Ministries of Defence (MoD), remains the most important multi-national initiative to date between European industries in the field of naval defence. The navies of […]

European Patrol Corvette: A True European Programme?

by Giulia Tilenni Although a part of the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) project and a candidate to receive EU funds, the European Patrol Corvette programme might result in the creation of a European combat vessel. Or maybe not… The development of a European Patrol Class Surface Ship (EPC2S) is among the collaborative opportunities identified in […]

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