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European Naval Shipbuilders Weighing their Options for US Navy FFG(X) Program
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European Naval Shipbuilders Weighing their Options for US Navy FFGX Program
Most major European naval shipbuilding companies are closely reviewing their options for the U.S. Navy FFG(X) program. Contacted by Navy Recognition, BAE Systems (United Kingdom), Naval Group (France), Fincantieri (Italy) and Navantia (Spain) acknowledged looking at the RFI. TKMS (Germany) and Damen (Netherlands) didn't return phone calls or emails.
 

Thales KINGKLIP Mk2: The Next Gen Hull Mounted Sonar of the French Navy FTI Frigates
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Unveiled at Euronaval 2016 by Naval Group (formerly DCNS) and the French MoD, the FTI (frégate de taille intermédiaire or mid-size frigate) is the next generation of surface combatant of the French Navy (Marine Nationale). This class of 5 Frigates (marketed for export as the Belh@rra by Naval Group) features many innovations. One of which is a next generation of hull mounted sonar designed by Thales: The Kingklip Mk2.

 

China Developing its Own Carrier-Capable AEW Hawkeye Aircraft for PLAN
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Several recent developments show that studies and development work of a future Chinese carrier-borne airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) continue to progress at the Xi'an Institute of the AVIC Group. These developments follow the rumor that first steel cut of a new CATOBAR (Catapult Assisted Take-Off But Arrested Recovery) aircraft carrier would have taken place at the end of June at the Jiangnan Changxing Shipyard in Shanghai.
 

Video: FTI Frigate Hydrodynamic Test by DGA Techniques Hydrodynamiques
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A scale model of the FTI (frégate de taille intermédiaire or mid-size frigate) is currently being tested at the French defense procurement agency DGA "Techniques Hydrodynamiques" site, an hydrodynamic test facility in Normandy.
 

Likely Contenders for Indian Navy P-75I Submarine Project
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According to Indian English-language daily newspaper Hindustan Times, the Indian Navy recently submitted a Request for Information (RFI) to six shipbuilders to build six new submarines as part of the Project 75(I) (P-75I). Valued at €8.3-billion, India's biggest submarine procurement to date, P-75I is set to scale-up the Indian Navy submarine warfare capabilities. Important criterias that will guide supplier choice will be the Air Independent Propulsion (AIP), the means proposed to increase “endurance and stealth capability, anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare capability, and land attack capability” as well as other aspects such as transfer of technology (ToT).
 

Future of Russian Navy Submarine Force Within State Armaments Program 2025 - Part 2
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Future of Russian Navy Submarine Force Within State Armaments Program - Part 1
The new State Armaments Program (SAP) for 2018-2025 that comes into effect from January 2018 reportedly calls for drastic cuts to a number of expensive programs. The effects of restraints on the Russian Navy’s rearmament plans will be more severe, however, the upgrade of the submarine forces will continue, writes the online media outlet Lenta.ru.
 

Future of Russian Navy Submarine Force Within State Armaments Program 2025 - Part 1
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Future of Russian Navy Submarine Force Within State Armaments Program - Part 1
The new State Armaments Program (SAP) for 2018-2025 that comes into effect from January 2018 reportedly calls for drastic cuts to a number of expensive programs. The effects of restraints on the Russian Navy’s rearmament plans will be more severe, however, the upgrade of the submarine forces will continue, writes the online media outlet Lenta.ru.
 

Analysis: Sensor and Electronic Warfare Suites Aboard China's Type 055 Destroyer
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While official Chinese media have been quite reactive and open with the launched of the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN or Chinese Navy) first Type 055 Destroyer (they did publish official images of the ceremony just two hours after it took place), details on the specifications of the ship, especially its sensor suite, are still scarce...
 

Chinese Cruiser or Destroyer ? Full Details on PLAN's First Type 055
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Seven and a half years after the start of the project, the first Chinese destroyer displacing more than 12,000 tons at full load was launched, yesterday June 28th at the Jiangnan Changxing Shipyard in Shanghai. This new Type 055 class of first line surface combattant is in the process of becoming the new flagship of the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN or Chinese Navy).
 

In Details: VSR700 VTOL UAV - The Likely Future Unmanned Helicopter of the French Navy
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At Paris Air Show 2017 held last week, Airbus Helicopter was showcasing for the first time an actual size model of its VSR700 vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). VSR700 standing for Vertivision Surveillance Rotorcraft 700 is the expected future VTOL UAV of the French Navy (Marine Nationale). Airbus Helicopters and French shipbuilding group DCNS joined forces for the SDAM (Système de Drones Aériens de la Marine) program. The program which hasn't officially been launched yet calls for the procurement of tactical VTOL UAV for the future FTI mid-size frigates.
 

Experts Doubt Russia’s ability to build two LHD Amphibious Assault Ship by 2027
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Russian MoD: First LHD Amphibious Assault Ship to be Built in Russia by 2022
Next year, Russia intends to begin development work on the new LHD amphibious assault ship (known as universal landing ships or ULS in Russia) powered by a diesel-gas turbine power plant, expert Sergei Ischenko writes about this in the online publication Free Press.
 

Focus: Russia beefing up its ice-rated vessel fleet in the Arctic - Part II
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Focus: Russia beefing up its ice-rated vessel fleet in the Arctic - Part II
There has been an active build-up of the ice-rated ships fleet by Russia in support of its operations in the Arctic in recent years. Russia is developing several icebreakers differing in power and displacement, with some of them intended for the Navy. The efforts are especially important owing to the country’s ramping up its operations in the Arctic.
 

Pictures & Video: Overview of US Navy base at Naval Station Norfolk
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Pictures & Video: Overview of US Navy base at Naval Station Norfolk
Video and pictures overview of the US Navy base in Norfolk and some of the shipyards in the area. Naval Station Norfolk, is a United States Navy base in Norfolk, Virginia. It supports naval forces in the United States Fleet Forces Command, those operating in the Atlantic Ocean, Mediterranean Sea, and the Indian Ocean. It is the largest naval base in the world.
 

Focus: Russia beefing up its ice-rated vessel fleet in the Arctic - Part I
 
Project 23550 ice class patrol ship Russia In recent years, there has been an active build-up of Russia’s ice-rated ships fleet designed for for operations in the Arctic. In particular, the Almaz Design Bureau has developed the unique Project 23550 patrol ship capable of executing in the icebreaker, tug and patrol ship roles.
 

In Details : French Navy Aircraft Carrier Charles de Gaulle Mid-Life Refit
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In Details : French Navy Aircraft Carrier Charles de Gaulle Mid-Life Refit
The French Navy (Marine Nationale) sole aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle is in dry dock since February 2017 for its mid-life refit following 15 years of operational deployments during which it was involved in most of the international conflicts in which France took part (Afghanistan, Libya, Levant) and in particular three times since January 2015. This major overhaul focuses on three main elements: The combat management system of the vessel, the carrier air wing facilities and the ship management systems.
 

Tomahawk cruise missiles proved to be difficult targets for Russian electronic warfare systems
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Tomahawk cruise missiles proved to be difficult targets for Russian electronic warfare systems
The US Navy hit Syrian air base Al-Shayrat with Tomahawk sea-launched cruise missiles (SLCM) early in April. A leading Russian designer of electronic warfare (EW) equipment has spoken with the Izvestia daily about why the Tomahawk is a very hard target to deal with and how friendly forces, airfields and intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) silos may be protected and defended against it.
 

Analysis: Russian Navy Tests Tor-M2KM air defense missile system from Admiral Grigorovich Frigate
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Video: Russian Navy Tests Tor-M2KM air defense missile system from Admiral Grigorovich Frigate
The Russian Navy is testing the Tor (NATO reporting name: SA-15 Gauntlet) surface-to-air missile (SAM) system. The military is trying to plug the holes in ship air defense with the advanced small-size SAM system, expert Sergei Ishchenko writes in an article on the Svobodnaya Pressa news website.
 

Russian Military Deploying SOSUS-like global Maritime Surveillance System named Garmoniya
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The Russian Defense Ministry has started the deployment of an underwater hydroacoustic surveillance system capable of detecting all ships, submarines and even low-flying planes and helicopters aircraft in large areas of the ocean, according to the Izvestia daily.
 

Latest Edition of "Combat Fleets of the World" Naval Reference Book Now Available
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The last (2016 edition) of Combat Fleets of the World (Flottes de Combat in French) is now available worldwide. It is one of the most complete and comprehensive reference book of its kind with 1450 pages and over 6,000 pictures, technical drawings and illustrations. A "must have" book for all navy staff, sailors, diplomats, naval engineers, journalits, historians or shiplovers...
 

French Nuclear Deterrent, Episode 2: The SSBN, a "System of Systems"
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SSBN Le Triomphant SNLE French Navy SSBN NH90
Designer, prime contractor and whole warship architect for nuclear-powered ballistic-missile submarines (SSBNs) at all stages of the vessel’s lifecycle, DCNS is developing know-how and critical competencies within an economic model that has been shaped by the significant constraints encountered in the field of nuclear deterrent. Discover the second episode of our summary of the study¹ published in October 2016 by the FRS (Foundation for Strategic Research).
 

French Nuclear Deterrent, Episode 1: The Key to Independence
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A study¹ performed by the FRS (Foundation for Strategic Research) underlines the importance of the industrial sector for the credibility of the oceanic component of the French nuclear deterrent, in terms of technological potential, competencies but also economic activities and jobs. To place this study into its context, it is useful to first recall the basics of this area.
 

Video Report: At Sea Aboard French Navy Air Defense Destroyer Chevalier Paul
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We recently had the rare chance to spent two days at sea aboard French Navy (Marine Nationale) Horizon-class air defence destroyer Chevalier Paul. It was a long wait (we made the request to cover this type of vessel over two years ago) but it was well worth it in the end as the experience we had was truly unique.
 

Navy Recognition's Top Stories of 2016
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As 2016 comes to an end, here is an overview of the top ten naval defense stories we published this year, based on the number of readers for each story. As you can see, next generation anti-ship missiles from Russia, China and the United States drew a lot of interest among Navy Recognition readers. Future procurement programmes in Canada (CSC) and Australia (SEA5000) were other topics that drew a lot of attention.
 

Experts Deem Latest SSN, Frigate & Cruise Missile Most Dangerous Weapons of Russian Navy
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Project 885 Yasen class Severodvinsk Russia Kalibr
US Navy experts believe the Russian Navy’s most dangerous weapons systems are the Project 885 Yasen-class (NATO reporting name: Severodvinsk-class) nuclear-powered attack submarine, Project 22350 (Admiral Gorshkov-class) frigate and Kalibr (SS-N-27 Sizzler) sea-launched cruise missile system and the future Tsirkon hypersonic missile system as well, according to the Izvestia daily.
 

Russia continues to develop naval version of Tor-M2U air defense missile system
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JSC IEMZ Kupol (Izhevsk Electromechanical Plant affilitated to Almaz-Antey the designer and builder of the system) in the city of Izhevsk carries on developing a naval version of the Tor surface-to-air missile (SAM) system, expert Vladimir Tuchkov writes in an article published by the Svobodnaya Pressa news agency.
 

Expert Opinion on Future Russian Navy Project 23560 Leader-class Nuclear-Powered Destroyers
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Russia’s defense industry continues the development of the Project 23560 (codename Leader) advanced guided missile destroyer. Experts approached by the Defence.ru news portal have assessed the prospects of the ship. Ilya Kramnik, a columnist with Lenta.ru, believes Russia needs a navy capable of operations on high seas, which implies the availability of big ships.
 

French DGA Engineer Developed the Innovative "FLIGHTEX" Non Skid Flight Deck Coating
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During the "Forum DGA Innovation", a symposium organized by DGA (the French defence procurement agency) focusing on defence innovation, a DGA engineer was showcasing its innovative FLIGHTEX non skid flight deck coating. Flight deck coatings are essential to ensure carrier operations at sea (launch, recovery and movement of aircraft on the deck). They require high performances and unique properties because of the mechanical and chemical stress they endure.
 

Interview with US Navy CNO Admiral Richardson and Chief of French Navy Admiral Prazuck
 
Navy Recognition had the rare opportunity to conduct a joint interview with Admiral John Richardson, US Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) and Admiral Christophe Prazuck, Chief of Staff of the French Navy (CEMM). This exclusive interview sheds light on the close cooperation between the United States Navy and the Marine Nationale.
Navy Recognition had the rare opportunity to conduct a joint interview with Admiral John Richardson, US Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) and Admiral Christophe Prazuck, Chief of Staff of the French Navy (CEMM). This exclusive interview sheds light on the close cooperation between the United States Navy and the Marine Nationale.
 

DCNS Launched the First GOWIND 2500 Corvette for the Egyptian Navy
 
On September 17 2016, DCNS launched the very first GOWIND 2500 corvette for the Egyptian Navy. The float out took place at the Lorient naval shipyard one day after the launch of FREMM Bretagne for the French Navy. First steel cut of the Egyptian Navy corvette took place on April 16 2015. The delivery of the vessel is set for 2017 (less than four years after the signature of the contract).
On September 17 2016, DCNS launched the very first GOWIND 2500 corvette for the Egyptian Navy. The float out took place at the Lorient naval shipyard one day after the launch of FREMM Bretagne for the French Navy. First steel cut of the Egyptian Navy corvette took place on April 16 2015. The delivery of the vessel is set for 2017 (less than four years after the signature of the contract).
 

Exclusive: Pictures of the First LRASM Surface Launch Test at Sea
 
Navy Recognition obtained from Lockheed Martin some exclusive pictures showing the first Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) surface-launch test at sea. The pictures show the LRASM being launched from a Mk 41 vertical launch system (VLS). Lockheed Martin first issued a press release about this test in July this year.
Navy Recognition obtained from Lockheed Martin some exclusive pictures showing the first Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) surface-launch test at sea. The pictures show the LRASM being launched from a Mk 41 vertical launch system (VLS). Lockheed Martin first issued a press release about this test in July this year.
 

Pictures Showing China's Type 055 Next Gen Destroyer Under Construction in Shanghai
 
Recent pictures from China confirm that the first hull of the next generation Type 055 Guided-Missile Destroyer (DDG) for the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN or Chinese Navy) entered final assembly stage at the Jiangnan Changxing naval shipyard located near Shanghai. The information is reported from our colleagues from East Pendulum.
Recent pictures from China confirm that the first hull of the next generation Type 055 Guided-Missile Destroyer (DDG) for the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN or Chinese Navy) entered final assembly stage at the Jiangnan Changxing naval shipyard located near Shanghai. The information is reported from our colleagues from East Pendulum.
 

Video: Last Flight of the French Navy Super Etendard Modernisé Strike Fighter
 
The French Navy (Marine Nationale) naval aviation officially retired the Super Etendard Modernisé (SEM) carrier-borne strike fighter aircraft one week ago (July 12, 2016) during a ceremony at Landivisiau Naval Air Base in Brittany. Navy Recognition attended the event.
The French Navy (Marine Nationale) naval aviation officially retired the Super Etendard Modernisé (SEM) carrier-borne strike fighter aircraft one week ago (July 12, 2016) during a ceremony at Landivisiau Naval Air Base in Brittany. Navy Recognition attended the event.
 

Analysis: The Norwegian Navy under the 2017-2020 Long Term Defence Plan
 
The Norwegian Ministry of Defence has published its latest Long Term Defence Plan (LTDP) 2017-2020. The latest plan outlines Norway’s strategic priorities, the security environment and the naval force structure of the next five years. The country remains committed to NATO, considering it as the best way to deter external threats. An increased defence budget will provide the financial means to make short-term changes that will set the ground for the long-term investments.
The Norwegian Ministry of Defence has published its latest Long Term Defence Plan (LTDP) 2017-2020. The latest plan outlines Norway’s strategic priorities, the security environment and the naval force structure of the next five years. The country remains committed to NATO, considering it as the best way to deter external threats. An increased defence budget will provide the financial means to make short-term changes that will set the ground for the long-term investments.
 

Analysis: Russian Navy Aircraft Carrier Admiral Kuznetsov Refit and Upgrade
 
The 35th Shipyard, an affiliate of the Zvyozdochka Shipyard (a subsidiary of the United Shipbuilding Corporation, USC), is starting its preparations for upgrading the Project 11435 (NATO reporting name: Kuznetsov-class) heavy through-deck cruiser, according to the Izvestia daily.
The 35th Shipyard, an affiliate of the Zvyozdochka Shipyard (a subsidiary of the United Shipbuilding Corporation, USC), is starting its preparations for upgrading the Project 11435 (NATO reporting name: Kuznetsov-class) heavy through-deck cruiser, according to the Izvestia daily.
 

DCNS Confident its FREMM is the Right Solution for the Royal Canadian Navy CSC Program
 
The Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) is the Royal Canadian Navy procurement program that will replace the Iroquois class Destroyers and Halifax class Frigates with up to 15 new ships in about the mid-2020s. Navy Recognition contacted DCNS Canada's head, Olivier Casenave-Péré, to see where the French shipbuilder chances stand as the Canadian Government is considering changing course on the CSC program.
The Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) is the Royal Canadian Navy procurement program that will replace the Iroquois class Destroyers and Halifax class Frigates with up to 15 new ships in about the mid-2020s. Navy Recognition contacted DCNS Canada's head, Olivier Casenave-Péré, to see where the French shipbuilder chances stand as the Canadian Government is considering changing course on the CSC program.
 

Q&A With Raytheon on Combat System Integration for Australia's Future Submarines
 
While the Australian Government selected DCNS and its Shortfin Barracuda block 1A for the SEA1000 future submarine platform last month, a competition is still ongoing for the Combat System Integrator (CSI). Navy Recognition contacted Lockheed Martin and Raytheon to learn more about the strength of the two competitors. These are the answers from Raytheon.
While the Australian Government selected DCNS and its Shortfin Barracuda block 1A for the SEA1000 future submarine platform last month, a competition is still ongoing for the Combat System Integrator (CSI). Navy Recognition contacted Lockheed Martin and Raytheon to learn more about the strength of the two competitors. These are the answers from Raytheon.
 

Q&A With Lockheed Martin on Combat System Integration for Australia's Future Submarines
 
While the Australian Government selected DCNS and its Shortfin Barracuda block 1A for the SEA1000 future submarine platform last month, a competition is still ongoing for the Combat System Integrator (CSI). Navy Recognition contacted Lockheed Martin and Raytheon to learn more about the strength of the two competitors. These are the answers from Lockheed Martin.
While the Australian Government selected DCNS and its Shortfin Barracuda block 1A for the SEA1000 future submarine platform last month, a competition is still ongoing for the Combat System Integrator (CSI). Navy Recognition contacted Lockheed Martin and Raytheon to learn more about the strength of the two competitors. These are the answers from Lockheed Martin.
 

Analysis: 3K22 and 3M22 Zircon, the Next Generation Hypersonic Missile of the Russian Navy
 
Work to create the latest 3K-22 multi-service missile complex armed with Tsirkon 3M-22 missiles and designed by NPO Mashinostroeniya Military-Industrial Corporation in the town of Reutov in Moscow region has been ongoing since 2011. The Military-Industrial Courier newspaper said the 3M-22 complex is armed with an anti-ship missile which is a continuation of heavy missiles Bazalt, Granit, and Onyx to destroy surface-going naval and ground targets at a distance of 300-400 kilometers.
Work to create the latest 3K-22 multi-service missile complex armed with Tsirkon 3M-22 missiles and designed by NPO Mashinostroeniya Military-Industrial Corporation in the town of Reutov in Moscow region has been ongoing since 2011. The Military-Industrial Courier newspaper said the 3M-22 complex is armed with an anti-ship missile which is a continuation of heavy missiles Bazalt, Granit, and Onyx to destroy surface-going naval and ground targets at a distance of 300-400 kilometers.
 

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