Weapons

Some weird gems in the Strategic Update

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By Victor Abramowicz* The recent release of the Defence Strategic Update and Force Structure Plan provided an outline of the government’s defence policy and capability...

HMAS Ballarat trials unmanned vehicle

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Two of Navy’s newest cutting-edge capabilities have combined, with the Anzac Class Frigate HMAS Ballarat embarking an S-100 Camcopter Unmanned Aerial Vehicle for flight...

Strategic Update: mines are back

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By Richard Dunley* Mines are back. Mine warfare has long been something of a Cinderella within western navies. However, the announcement in the Strategic Update...

Unexploded bombs pose problem on Guam

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Roughly 11,000 bombs and other munitions were dropped on Guam in World War II, but never detonated, the Navy Times reports. Decades later, the U.S....

Japan’s U-turn on Aegis combat system

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By Ben Schreer* Without informing its US ally, Japan this week abruptly put on hold the planned deployment of two Aegis Ashore systems that were intended...

Aegis combat system to be upgraded

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Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems has secured a US$37.5 million cost-plus-fixed-fee contract modification to a previously awarded contract for additional Aegis combat system support for...

Malacca Strait mine force needed

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By Greg Mapson* For the best part of 50 years, NATO has maintained a standing force of mine countermeasure vessels at the ready to respond...

A new risk model for mine counter operations

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Copyright © 2020, Proceedings magazine, U.S. Naval Institute, reprinted with permission. www.usni.org By Captain Scott Craig, Royal Australian Navy* Marine warfare is often the “wicked problem”...

Autonomous systems: warship, torpedo or naval mine?

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Naval industries are edging closer to the development of unmanned maritime platforms with lethal autonomous capability—lethal autonomous maritime systems (LAMS). The emergence of LAMS...

Japan’s new hypervelocity missile

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It travels toward its target faster than five times the speed of sound, making course corrections nearly impossible to track, and carries...