January 2017 News - Naval Forces, Defense Industry, Navy Technology, Maritime Security
 
 

PLAN commissions new Kaiyangxing Type 815A electronic reconnaissance ship
 
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The People's Liberation Army Navy has commissioned a new electronic reconnaissance ship, a PLA Navy media outlet reported on Wednesday Jan. 11, 2017 in a rare move that also made public the composition of the nation's electronic intelligence fleet.
 

Safran to develop improved Navigation System for French Navy's Triomphant-class SSBNs
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The French defense procurement agency (DGA) has chosen Safran Electronics & Defense to design, develop and build an improved version of its global navigation system now used on the country's Triomphant class ballistic missile nuclear submarines (SNLE), the France-based company announced today Jan. 10, 2017.
 

Russian Navy undecided on submarine class to receive air-independent propulsion AIP system
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AIP Air Independent Propulsion System Russia AMUR
The Russian Navy is yet to decide on the class of diesel-electric submarines to be equipped with the air-independent propulsion (AIP) plants first - the Project 677 Lada (NATO reporting name: Petersburg) or the fifth-generation submarine codenamed Kalina, Russian Navy Commander-in-Chief Vladimir Korolyov has told journalists.
 

U.S. Navy accepted its 50th P-8A Poseidon Maritime Patrol Aircraft
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P 8A Poseidon Maritime Patrol Aircraft
The U.S. Navy accepted its 50th P-8A Poseidon (P-8A) aircraft at the Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville, Florida today. The Navy's Poseidon is replacing the legacy P-3 Orion and will improve an operator’s ability to efficiently conduct anti-submarine warfare; anti-surface warfare; and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions. The P-8A program of record calls for a total requirement for 117 of the 737-based anti-submarine warfare jets.
 

UK to Build Dragonfire High Energy Laser Weapon System for Land and Maritime Demonstrations
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high energy laser demonstration programme UK DRAGONFIRE MBDA
The UK MOD awards £30m contract to produce Laser Directed Energy Weapon (LDEW) Capability Demonstrator to UK Dragonfire consortium, led by MBDA. The project will assess innovative LDEW technologies and approaches, culminating in a demonstration of the system in 2019. The contract will assess how the system can pick up and track targets at various ranges and in varied weather conditions over land and water, to allow precision use.
 

DARPA Completes First Phase of Tactical Undersea Network Architecture (TUNA)
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DARPA’s Tactical Undersea Network Architecture (TUNA) program recently completed its initial phase, successfully developing concepts and technologies aimed at restoring connectivity for U.S. forces when traditional tactical networks are knocked offline or otherwise unavailable. The program now enters the next phase, which calls for the demonstration of a prototype of the system at sea.
 

Russia’s Black Sea Fleet to receive three submarines, two frigates in 2017
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Russian Submarine Project 636 Varshavyanka SSK
Three advanced submarines and two frigates will arrive for Russia’s Black Sea Fleet in 2017, Fleet Commander Alexander Vitko said. "We will receive three submarines and two frigates in 2017," Vitko said at an enlarged meeting of the Defense Ministry’s board.
 

U.S. Navy E-2D Advanced Hawkeye to be Forward Deployed to Japan
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US Navy E 2D Hawkeye VX 20
The U.S. Navy announced today that its newest airborne early warning and control aircraft, the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye, will join the Forward Deployed Naval Forces (FDNF) as part of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 in Japan in February 2017.
 

L3 WESCAM to Supply MX-10MS EO/IR Maritime Sensor for Royal Thai Navy OPV
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Royal Thai Navy Offshore Patrol Vessel HTMS KRABI
L3 WESCAM announced today that it has recently won defense contracts valued at more than U.S. $90 million. The orders will provide a range of MX™-Series electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) imaging systems to global customers operating in the airborne and maritime domains. Key contracts include systems for the Royal Thai Navy, the United States Navy and the Royal Australian Air Force, the United States Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC), and the United States Department of Homeland Security.
 

Turkish Navy Meltem III ATR 72-600 TMPA Maritime Patrol Aircraft Conducts First Flight
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Turkish Navy's new ATR 72-600 TMPA successfully completed its maiden flight yesterday from TAI's Akinci facility in Ankara. Under the Meltem III program, the six ATR 72-600T MPA are designed as multi-role assets to satisfy the Turkish Navy maritime patrol requirement.
 

L3 WESCAM to Supply MX-20 EO/IR Imaging Systems for US Navy & Australian P-8A Poseidon MPA
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P 8A poseidon MPA ASW Patrol Squadron VP 45 Pelicans US Navy
L3 WESCAM announced today that it has recently won defense contracts valued at more than U.S. $90 million. The orders will provide a range of MX™-Series electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) imaging systems to global customers operating in the airborne and maritime domains. Key contracts include systems for the Royal Thai Navy, the United States Navy and the Royal Australian Air Force, the United States Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC), and the United States Department of Homeland Security.
 

US Navy Prepares to Take Delivery of its 2nd DDG 51 Flight IIA Restart - Future USS Rafael Peralta
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DDG 51 Flight IIA Restart USS Rafael Peralta
Rafael Peralta (DDG 115) returned to the Bath Iron Works shipyard Dec. 16 after successfully completing a nearly week-long series of demonstrations for U.S. Navy reviewers. Based on the performance during the sea trials, the U.S. Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey recommended DDG 115 join the U.S. Navy fleet.
 

Ultra Electronics to Supply Additional Sonobuoys for Royal Navy's Merlin Mk2 Helicopters
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Ultra Electronic Sonobuoy
Ultra Electronics announced today that its Command & Sonar Systems sonobuoy facility, based in Greenford, Middlesex, has been awarded a £9.7m contract extension for the supply and production of sonobuoys for the Royal Navy’s Merlin Mk2 Maritime Patrol Helicopter fleet.
 

Video: PLAN Developing its Aircraft Carrier Operations Skills in South China Sea
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PLAN Liaoning Aircraft Carrier CSG South China Sea
The People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN or Chinese Navy) aircraft carrier Liaoning and its escort left Yulin naval base (on Hainan island) on January 1st and is now conducting carrier operations in the South China Sea. For the first time since the commissioning of Liaoning four years ago, J-15 fighters and helicopters are training to improve their skills in this strategic region.
 

South Korea Selected Fincantieri as Preferred Bidder in the Sale of STX France Naval Shipyard
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STX France Fincantieri
A South Korean court has selected Italy's shipbuilding giant Fincantieri to be the preferred bidder in the sale of STX France located in Saint Nazaire. The French government will likely let France's naval defense group DCNS buy a minority stake of the shipyard.
 

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