The U.S. Missile Defense Agency, the Japan Ministry of Defense, and U.S. Navy Sailors aboard USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) successfully conducted a flight test Feb. 3 (Hawaii Standard Time), resulting in the first intercept of a ballistic missile target using the Standard Missile-3 (SM-3).
Khanderi, the second of Indian Navy’s Scorpene class stealth submarine, was launched by the Honorable Raksha Rajya Mantri, Dr. Subhash Bhamre paving the way for her sea trials. Admiral Sunil Lanba, Chief of the Naval Staff and a host of other dignitaries witnessed the launch at Mazagon Dock Shipyard Limited on January 12, 2017.
The United Kingdom Ministry of Defence (MOD) is spending £30m turning science fiction into fact and test laser weapons on Royal Navy warships. Industry has been given two years to design, build and then test a laser directed energy weapon at sea and on land. The weapon is intended to down – or disrupt – drones or missiles, fast attack boats and even incoming mortar rounds courtesy of a high-power, concentrated laser beam.
The U.S. Navy’s AN/AES-1 Airborne Laser Mine Detection System (ALMDS), designed and manufactured by Northrop Grumman Corporation, has achieved Initial Operational Capability. ALMDS provides rapid wide-area reconnaissance and assessment of mine threats in sea lanes, littoral zones, confined straits, choke points and amphibious areas of operations.