May 2016 News - Naval Forces, Defense Industry, Navy Technology, Maritime Security
 
 

US Navy intention to install NSM on a US Navy Littoral Combat Ship for deployment
 
The US Navy has issued an intention to award a sole source contract to Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace AS (KONGSBERG) for the equipment and flight test support services in support of Naval Strike Missile (NSM) Foreign Comparative Testing (FCT) Phase II demonstration test.
The US Navy has issued an intention to award a sole source contract to Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace AS (KONGSBERG) for the equipment and flight test support services in support of Naval Strike Missile (NSM) Foreign Comparative Testing (FCT) Phase II demonstration test.
 

Renewed Air Wing of Russia’s Aircraft Carrier Admiral Kuznetsov to Start Qualification this Summer
 
The renewed air wing of Russia’s Project 11435 aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov will start undergoing trials after July 1, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said during a conference call on Wednesday. "By July 1, 2016, the ship should be ready for the trials of planes and helicopters that will be based on it," Shoigu said.
The renewed air wing of Russia’s Project 11435 aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov will start undergoing trials after July 1, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said during a conference call on Wednesday. "By July 1, 2016, the ship should be ready for the trials of planes and helicopters that will be based on it," Shoigu said.
 

QinetiQ wins new contract to command multiple unmanned systems to defeat sea mines
 
QinetiQ is to demonstrate the integration of unmanned systems into Royal Navy operations, under a £1m contract with the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD). Under the contract with the Mine countermeasures and Hydrographic Capability (MHC) team in the MOD’s Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S), QinetiQ will provide a demonstration system to explore the integration of unmanned surface and underwater vehicles into Royal Navy operations. The system includes displays, software and computing infrastructure; it is fully transportable and capable of integrating unmanned systems from multiple suppliers.
QinetiQ is to demonstrate the integration of unmanned systems into Royal Navy operations, under a £1m contract with the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD). Under the contract with the Mine countermeasures and Hydrographic Capability (MHC) team in the MOD’s Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S), QinetiQ will provide a demonstration system to explore the integration of unmanned surface and underwater vehicles into Royal Navy operations.
 

Austal Awarded Pacific Patrol Boat Contract by the Commonwealth of Australia
 
Austal Limited (Austal) is pleased to announce it has been awarded a $305 million contract for the Pacific Patrol Boats Replacement (PPBR) Project by the Commonwealth of Australia, underpinning a move into the construction of steel patrol vessels.
Austal Limited (Austal) is pleased to announce it has been awarded a $305 million contract for the Pacific Patrol Boats Replacement (PPBR) Project by the Commonwealth of Australia, underpinning a move into the construction of steel patrol vessels.
 

Video: Russia’s nuclear-powered submarine Severodvinsk launches Kalibr cruise missile
 
The Russian Northern Fleet’s Project 885 nuclear-powered submarine Severodvinsk has successfully hit a coastal practice target, using the Kalibr (NATO reporting name: SS-N-27 Sizzler) missile system, fleet spokesman Captain 1st Rank Vadim Serga said on Wednesday.
The Russian Northern Fleet’s Project 885 nuclear-powered submarine Severodvinsk has successfully hit a coastal practice target, using the Kalibr (NATO reporting name: SS-N-27 Sizzler) missile system, fleet spokesman Captain 1st Rank Vadim Serga said on Wednesday.
 

French Navy Floreal-class Frigate in South China Sea with US Navy Stennis CSG
 
The French Navy (Marine Nationale) Floreal-class Frigate Vendemiaire joined the US Navy Stennis Carrier Strike Group (CSG) on April 30 2016 in the South China Sea. The French surveillance frigate joined USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) and his escort, consisting of three Arleigh Burke-class Destroyers and a Ticonderoga-class cruiser.
The French Navy (Marine Nationale) Floreal-class Frigate Vendemiaire joined the US Navy Stennis Carrier Strike Group (CSG) on April 30 2016 in the South China Sea. The French surveillance frigate joined USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) and his escort, consisting of three Arleigh Burke-class Destroyers and a Ticonderoga-class cruiser.
 

Japan Agrees to Lease ex-JMSDF Beechcraft TC-90 King Air to the Philippine Navy
 
According to Japanese newspaper TheJapanTimes, the Japanese government has agreed to lease Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF) TC-90 training aircraft to the Philippine Navy who will use the aircraft for air patrol missions related to China’s maritime expansion in the South China Sea. This is the first time for Japan to lend military aircraft to a foreign country.
According to Japanese newspaper TheJapanTimes, the Japanese government has agreed to lease Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF) TC-90 training aircraft to the Philippine Navy who will use the aircraft for air patrol missions related to China’s maritime expansion in the South China Sea. This is the first time for Japan to lend military aircraft to a foreign country.
 

Insitu ScanEagle to Fly ViDAR Payload to Enhance Maritime ISR
 
Keeping the world’s international waters safe demands that decision makers have access to the best tactical information in the most challenging environments. Insitu, through its collaboration with Hood Technologies and Sentient, is excited to announce that it will incorporate the ViDAR (Visual Detection and Ranging) payload into its fleet of unmanned systems, beginning with its ScanEagle unmanned aircraft. ViDAR is a wide area autonomous detection system for electro-optic imagery in the maritime domain. In addition to cueing ScanEagle’s primary camera turret, the payload gives operators who typically must rely on larger, more expensive aircraft to detect objects in the ocean a smaller, more cost-effective solution.
Keeping the world’s international waters safe demands that decision makers have access to the best tactical information in the most challenging environments. Insitu, through its collaboration with Hood Technologies and Sentient, is excited to announce that it will incorporate the ViDAR (Visual Detection and Ranging) payload into its fleet of unmanned systems, beginning with its ScanEagle unmanned aircraft.
 

NAVANTIA shortlisted for the design of the Australian future frigate
 
The Government of Australia announced on 18th. April that Navantia has been shortlisted, with two other European companies, for the adjudication of the program of 9 frigates, which contract is foreseen to sign in 2018 and the beginning of the construction in 2020. This advertisement has been realized in the frame of the Strategic Plan of the Naval Construction, and Navantia will compete with Fincantieri and BAE Systems.
The Government of Australia announced on 18th. April that Navantia has been shortlisted, with two other European companies, for the adjudication of the program of 9 frigates, which contract is foreseen to sign in 2018 and the beginning of the construction in 2020. This advertisement has been realized in the frame of the Strategic Plan of the Naval Construction, and Navantia will compete with Fincantieri and BAE Systems.
 

DCNS Welcomes the South Australian Premier to Cherbourg Submarine Shipyard
 
DCNS has welcomed Jay Weatherill, the Premier of South Australia, to the company’s facilities in Cherbourg, France. Premier Jay Weatherill was provided with a tour of the shipyard, which included a visit to the hall where the Suffren, the first submarine of the Barracuda programme for the French Navy, is currently being constructed.
DCNS has welcomed Jay Weatherill, the Premier of South Australia, to the company’s facilities in Cherbourg, France. Premier Jay Weatherill was provided with a tour of the shipyard, which included a visit to the hall where the Suffren, the first submarine of the Barracuda programme for the French Navy, is currently being constructed.
 

Navantia Simultaneously Laid the Keel of Two New BAM type OPVs for the Spanish Navy
 
Navantia held on April 29 keel laying ceremonies of the two BAM (Buque de Acción Marítima) OPV for the Spanish Ministry of Defense. Both milestones have taken place at 12 pm simultaneously in the shipyards of San Fernando and Ferrol. These are the 5th and 6th vessel respectively. It is planned that the launching of both ships will be held in the first half of 2017.
Navantia held on April 29 keel laying ceremonies of the two BAM (Buque de Acción Marítima) OPV for the Spanish Ministry of Defense. Both milestones have taken place at 12 pm simultaneously in the shipyards of San Fernando and Ferrol. These are the 5th and 6th vessel respectively. It is planned that the launching of both ships will be held in the first half of 2017.
 

U.S. Navy Awards BAE Systems Contract for Block IV Virginia-class Submarines Propulsor Systems
 
BAE Systems has received a $72 million contract from the U.S. Navy to produce and deliver propulsor systems for Block IV Virginia-class (SSN 774) submarines. The award continues the company’s current position as the premier provider of propulsors to the U.S. undersea fleet.

BAE Systems has received a $72 million contract from the U.S. Navy to produce and deliver propulsor systems for Block IV Virginia-class (SSN 774) submarines. The award continues the company’s current position as the premier provider of propulsors to the U.S. undersea fleet.

 

U.S. Navy Orders 48 Electronic Warfare Jammers for F/A-18E/F Super Hornet & F/A-18C/D Hornet
 
Electronic warfare (EW) experts at the Exelis Inc. in Clifton, N.J., will provide the U.S. Navy with 46 sophisticated EW systems designed to protect Navy combat aircraft from incoming radar-guided missiles. Officials of the Naval Air Systems Command at Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Md., have announced a $97.3 million contract to Exelis to build 46 full-rate production lot XII AN/ALQ-214(V)4/5 integrated defensive electronic countermeasures airborne jammer systems...
Harris Corporation has received an $88 million order to supply electronic jammers for U.S. Navy F/A-18 Hornet and Super Hornet aircraft. The jammers protect the Navy jets from sophisticated electronic threats, including modern integrated air defense systems. The order was received during the third quarter of Harris’ fiscal 2016.
 

Turkey Started the Construction of its future LHD TCG Anadolu
 
Turkey began the construction of its first LHD / amphibious assault ship on Saturday, April 30th. The first steel cut ceremony was held at SEDEF shipyard in Tuzlay Bay close to Istanbul. During the ceremony President of Turkish Republic Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared that "TCG Anadolu will be the first ship in the navy from which F-35B SVTOL planes will operate".

Turkey began the construction of its first LHD / amphibious assault ship on Saturday, April 30th. The first steel cut ceremony was held at Sedef shipyard in Tuzlay Bay close to Istanbul. During the ceremony President of Turkish Republic Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared that "TCG Anadolu will be the first ship in the navy from which F-35B SVTOL planes will operate".

 

Indian Navy's First Scorpene-class Submarine Kalvari Started Maiden Sea Trials
 
‘Kalvari’, the first of the Scorpene class submarines, being built at the Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd Mumbai (MDL), went to sea for the first time on 01 May 16. The submarine sailed out at about 1000 hrs under her own propulsion for the first sea trial, off the Mumbai coast and during the sortie. A number of number of preliminary tests on the propulsion system, Auxiliary Equipment and Systems, Navigation Aids, Communication Equipment and Steering gear. Various Standard Operating Procedures were also validated for this new class of submarines. The submarine then returned to harbor in the evening.
‘Kalvari’, the first of the Scorpene class submarines, being built at the Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd Mumbai (MDL), went to sea for the first time on 01 May 16. The submarine sailed out at about 1000 hrs under her own propulsion for the first sea trial, off the Mumbai coast and during the sortie. A number of number of preliminary tests on the propulsion system, Auxiliary Equipment and Systems, Navigation Aids, Communication Equipment and Steering gear...
 

Qatar to procure Raytheon's RIM-116C Rolling Airframe Missiles for its Navy
 
Qatar will procure Raytheon RIM-116C and RIM-116C-2 Rolling Airframe Missiles after the US State Department approved the possible Foreign Military Sale. The new missiles will be used for the protection of naval forces and nearby oil/gas infrastructure from air and missile threats.
Qatar will procure Raytheon RIM-116C and RIM-116C-2 Rolling Airframe Missiles after the US State Department approved the possible Foreign Military Sale. The new missiles will be used for the protection of naval forces and nearby oil/gas infrastructure from air and missile threats.
 

Third German Navy F125-Class Frigate Christened; Propelled by GE LM2500 Gas Turbine System
 
The German Navy’s third F125-class frigate Sachsen-Anhalt was recently christened during a ceremony held in Hamburg. The ship is powered by a GE LM2500 gas turbine-based system. The christening took place in March at thyssenKrupp Marine Systems shipyard. The F125-class frigate propulsion module consists of one LM2500 gas turbine, two electric motors and four diesel generator-sets in a combined diesel-electric and gas turbine (CODLAG) propulsion arrangement.
The German Navy’s third F125-class frigate Sachsen-Anhalt was recently christened during a ceremony held in Hamburg. The ship is powered by a GE LM2500 gas turbine-based system. The christening took place in March at thyssenKrupp Marine Systems shipyard. The F125-class frigate propulsion module consists of one LM2500 gas turbine, two electric motors and four diesel generator-sets in a combined diesel-electric and gas turbine (CODLAG) propulsion arrangement.
 

Italian Navy FREMM Carabiniere returns from 6 months operational deployment
 
The Italian FREMM Carabiniere has just concluded a six month deployment at sea off the Horn of Africa and in the Western Indian Ocean. The ship was employed on Operation ATALANTA (current counter-piracy military operation; the first undertaken by the European Union Naval Force), where she acted as flagship for five months.
The Italian FREMM Carabiniere has just concluded a six month deployment at sea off the Horn of Africa and in the Western Indian Ocean. The ship was employed on Operation ATALANTA (current counter-piracy military operation; the first undertaken by the European Union Naval Force), where she acted as flagship for five months.
 

U.S. Marine Corps MV-22B Osprey flies in to fuel up F-35B Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft
 
A U.S. Marine Corps MV-22B Osprey descended on Edwards to link up with a Marine F-35B Joint Strike Fighter April 28. Both aircraft are assigned to Marine Operational Test & Evaluation Squadron 22 (VMX-22) out of Marine Corps Air Station Yuma in Arizona. VMX-22 has a detachment here where Marines are testing and evaluating their version of the JSF, which is the short take-off and vertical landing variant.
A U.S. Marine Corps MV-22B Osprey descended on Edwards to link up with a Marine F-35B Joint Strike Fighter April 28. Both aircraft are assigned to Marine Operational Test & Evaluation Squadron 22 (VMX-22) out of Marine Corps Air Station Yuma in Arizona. VMX-22 has a detachment here where Marines are testing and evaluating their version of the JSF, which is the short take-off and vertical landing variant.
 

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