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France reacts to Australian cancellation of submarine order

By Jean-Marc Tanguy 23 September 2021
The French Ministry of Armed Forces spokesman Hervé Grandjean gave a press briefing on 21 September reacting to Australia's cancellation of the procurement of 12 Attack-class submarines from Naval Group.  A naval engineer from the Direction Général...

France increases defence budget

By Jean-Marc Tanguy 23 September 2021
France continues to raise defence spending, which will reach EUR40.9 billion (nearly USD48 billion) in 2022, a EUR1.7 billion increase on 2021.  The breakdown of the draft budget approved by the Council of Ministers on 22 September will be EUR23.7...

Australian nuclear sub decision driven by technology and Chinese assertiveness

By Julian Kerr 22 September 2021
Four of the RAN's six Collins-class submarines in close formation while transiting Cockburn Sound in Western Australia. These conventionally powered boats will now be replaced by a fleet with nuclear propulsion. (Lt C Prescott/Commonwealth of Australia)  Australia's far-reaching strategic decision to procure a fleet of nuclear-powered submarines with the assistance of the United States and United Kingdom was driven by three convergent situations, according to sources familiar with the background to the surprise 16 September announcement.  The...

US Coast Guard lacks systematic process to improve surge operations, GAO reports

By Michael Fabey 22 September 2021
The US Coast Guard (USCG) needs to develop a better system to improve the way it conducts surge operations, according to 21 September report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO).  “The coastguard must often rely on surge operations to redu...

US Coast Guard appropriations for defence-related activities decline

By Michael Fabey 21 September 2021
US Coast Guard defence operations appropriations have declined. (US Coast Guard)  When adjusted for inflation, the US Coast Guard (USCG) appropriations for defence-related activities declined about 20% – to USD530 million in fiscal year (FY) 2020 from USD674 million in FY 2011, the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) estimated in a 15 September report.  “Specifically, the operations appropriation – the primary funding source for operations across all missions – was USD8 billion in 2011 and USD8.2 billion in fiscal year 2020, when adjust...

Australia may lease submarines as it awaits delivery of nuclear-powered boats

By Ridzwan Rahmat 21 September 2021
The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) may be operating leased submarines while it awaits the delivery of its new nuclear-powered boats.  The matter was confirmed by Australia's Minister for Defence Peter Dutton in an interview with Sky News, the transcri...

US Navy secretary calls for naval leadership summit to determine strategy

By Michael Fabey 21 September 2021
The US Navy is reviewing the make-up of its overall force, including the number of carriers it should acquire, like the USS   Gerald R Ford  (CVN 78).   (US Navy )  To help get the US Navy (USN) and the US Marine Corps (USMC) on the same course for priorities, capabilities, and overall funding needs, Carlos Del Toro, the relatively new USN secretary, has called for a “strategy session” for naval leadership at the end of September.  Leadership will discuss overall fleet size, platform make-up within that fleet, an...

Australia's neighbours voice concerns over ‘arms race' in wake of nuclear submarine decision

By Ridzwan Rahmat 21 September 2021
Australia's closest neighbours have raised concerns that the region is seeing an escalation in the regional “arms race” amid Canberra's decision to procure nuclear-powered submarines.  On 15 September the leaders of the US, Australia, and the UK an...

US Navy secretary touts other AUKUS components

By Michael Fabey 20 September 2021
The new AUKUS partnership could increase the presence of US marines in Australia, shown here in a ‘Talisman Sabre' exercise near Dawin. (Michael Fabey)  While the joint-submarine-building plan proposed under the new AUKUS security partnership detailed recently by United States, United Kingdom and Australia has garnered most of the attention, US Navy Secretary Carlos Del Toro lauded other components of the agreement on 17 September.  Leaders from the three countries acknowledged the partnership on 15 September, noting that its initiative will...

UK awards design and concept contracts for next-generation SSN

By Richard Scott 20 September 2021
HMS   Artful:  the UK Royal Navy's third Astute-class SSN.   (BAE Systems)  The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has funded BAE Systems and Rolls-Royce to undertake early design and concept development work for a next-generation nuclear-powered submarine (SSN) class to replace the Royal Navy's (RN's) Astute-class boats from about 2040.  Contracts worth an aggregate GBP170 million have been placed through the MoD's Submarine Delivery Agency (SDA). The awards, announced on 17 September, follow approval of a three-ye...

DSEI 2021: Babcock, PT PAL ink licence deal for Arrowhead 140 design

By Richard Scott & Ridzwan Rahmat 17 September 2021
UK defence group Babcock has signed a design licence agreement with Indonesian shipbuilder PT PAL providing for the build of two Arrowhead 140 frigates at PT PAL's facilities in Surabaya, Indonesia.    Babcock said the deal – signed on board t...

USN shipbuilding plan could cut total number of missile VLS cells, CBO says

By Michael Fabey 17 September 2021
The 30-year US Navy (USN) shipbuilding plan released in June could reduce the number of missile vertical launch system (VLS) cells, according to a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report, which was released on 16 September.  “The force structure g...

DSEI 2021: UK Defence Secretary tries to calm rift with France over Australian submarine deal

By Tim Ripley 17 September 2021
UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace has moved to calm a war of words with the French government over Australia's ditching of a deal to build conventionally powered submarines with French assistance in favour of nuclear-powered submarines based on UK a...

US Congressional Budget Office notes US Navy shipbuilding increase

By Michael Fabey 17 September 2021
The proposed US Navy (USN) 30-year shipbuilding plan requires more annual outlays than in previous budgets, according to a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report released on 16 September.  “The cost of the navy's [fiscal year (FY)] 2022 plan woul...

DSEI 2021: Babcock outlines Arrowhead 140 bid for Greece

By Charles Forrester 17 September 2021
Babcock is bidding the Arrowhead 140 design for Greece's naval modernisation programme, with the company also proposing significant in-country development and support. (Babcock)  Babcock has outlined to Janes its approach to the four pillars required for Greece's naval procurement programme, for which it is bidding the Arrowhead 140 frigate.  Speaking to Janes at DSEI 2021in London, Babcock vice-president for Marine Business Development Jonathan Walton said that the company had submitted a competitive bid at the end of July that will involve...

DSEI 2021: Sweden modernises its CB90 fast attack craft fleet

By Nicholas Fiorenza 17 September 2021
Saab leased one of Sweden's CB90 NG fast attack craft to show it at DSEI 2021. (Saab)  Sweden is modernising its fast attack craft fleet with the Combat Boat 90 Next Generation, which Saab is showcasing for the first time abroad at Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) 2021, being held in London from 14 to 17 September.  The CB90 NG includes a new combat management system and sensors for surveillance, ballistic protection, and a stabilised Trackfire remote weapon station with 50 calibre and 7.62 mm machine guns and the possibili...

Australia to build at least eight nuclear-powered submarines in place of discontinued Attack-class programme

By Julian Kerr 16 September 2021
Australia is to build at least eight nuclear-powered submarines in-country for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) in the first initiative of the enhanced AUKUS trilateral security partnership jointly announced by leaders of Australia, the United Kingd...

DSEI 2021: Royal Navy sets out its course to ‘podularisation'

By Richard Scott 16 September 2021
The UK Royal Navy (RN) is pressing ahead with plans to develop and demonstrate a suite of modular and interchangeable mission containers that are designed to support the rapid deployment of role-based capability around the fleet.  Prototypes of Nav...

Wellington to ban entry of Australia's future submarines into New Zealand waters

By Ridzwan Rahmat 16 September 2021
Royal Australian Navy Collins-class submarines HMAS   Waller  and HMAS   Dechaineux  . Australia has announced a plan to eventually replace these boats with nuclear-powered submarines under the trilateral AUKUS partnership with the US and the UK.  (Royal Australian Navy)  Australia's future nuclear-powered submarines will not be allowed to enter New Zealand waters.    In a statement forwarded to   Janes  by New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's office, the premier confirmed tha...

North Korea says it tested ‘railway-borne' missile system on 15 September

By Gabriel Dominguez & Mark Cazalet 16 September 2021
An image released by North Korean state media showing what appears to be a modified KN-23 SRBM being launched from railway-borne launch system on 15 September. (Rodong Sinmun)  Images released by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) indicate that Pyongyang test-launched on 15 September what appears to have been a modified variant of the KN-23 (US/South Korean designation) short-range ballistic missile (SRBM) from a railway-based launch system.  The state-run media outlet reported that the weapons were launched as part of a launch drill carri...
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