August 2015 News - Naval Forces, Defense Industry, Navy Technology, Maritime Security
 
 

DSME selected to design ROK Navy's New Auxiliary Submarine Rescue (ASR-II) Ship
 
South Korean shipyard Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) has just been selected to design the Republic of Korea (ROK) Navy's new Auxiliary Submarine Rescue ship or ASR-II. The vessel is intended to strengthen the existing Cheonghaejin Class ASR submarine rescue ship as the ROK Navy is procuring nine Sohn Wonyil class submarines (Type 214) as well as a new class of large submarine, the KSS-III.
South Korean shipyard Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) has just been selected to design the Republic of Korea (ROK) Navy's new Auxiliary Submarine Rescue ship or ASR-II. The vessel is intended to strengthen the existing Cheonghaejin Class ASR submarine rescue ship as the ROK Navy is procuring nine Sohn Wonyil class submarines (Type 214) as well as a new class of large submarine, the KSS-III.
 

Insitu Awarded RQ-21A Blackjack Drone Systems Contract by US Navy Naval Air Systems Command
 
Under the terms of its latest contract, Insitu will build six RQ-21A Blackjack systems for the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. The $78-million Small Tactical Unmanned Aircraft Systems (STUAS) Lot IV Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) contract is the latest event in the program’s progression toward the Initial Operational Test and Evaluation (IOT&E) phase.
Under the terms of its latest contract, Insitu will build six RQ-21A Blackjack systems for the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. The $78-million Small Tactical Unmanned Aircraft Systems (STUAS) Lot IV Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) contract is the latest event in the program’s progression toward the Initial Operational Test and Evaluation (IOT&E) phase.
 

Republic of Singapore Navy Future Independence Class Littoral Mission Vessels in Details
 
The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) first LMV, RSS Independence, was launched on 3 July 2015 at a ceremony officiated by Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen. Smarter, faster and sharper - that is the tagline for the new LMVs which will replace the 20-year-old Patrol Vessels (PVs). Designed from the onset to be operated by a leaner crew, the LMV uses technology to its advantage by automating processes with remote systems.
The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) first LMV, RSS Independence, was launched on 3 July 2015 at a ceremony officiated by Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen. Smarter, faster and sharper - that is the tagline for the new LMVs which will replace the 20-year-old Patrol Vessels (PVs). Designed from the onset to be operated by a leaner crew, the LMV uses technology to its advantage by automating processes with remote systems.
 

China Commissioned the 2nd Type 052D Destroyer Changsha (173) with PLAN South Sea Fleet
 
According to the official journal of the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN or Chinese Navy) the Type 052D (NATO reporting name Luyang III class) destroyer Yangsha (hull number 173), was just commissioned on August 12 with China's South Sea Fleet. The vessel is now homeported at Yulin Naval Base located in the Yalong Bay (city of Sanya) on Hainan island.
According to the official journal of the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN or Chinese Navy) the Type 052D (NATO reporting name Luyang III class) destroyer Yangsha (hull number 173), was just commissioned on August 12 with China's South Sea Fleet. The vessel is now homeported at Yulin Naval Base located in the Yalong Bay (city of Sanya) on Hainan island.
 

Seven PLAN Vessels Left for Sea of Japan for Large Joint Amphibious Drills with Russian Navy
 
Seven People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN or Chinese Navy) vessels on Saturday left east China's port city of Qingdao for the Sea of Japan where they will join Russian counterparts for a nine-day naval exercise. The drills, codenamed Joint Sea-2015 (II), will take place from Aug. 20 to 28 in the Peter the Great Gulf, waters off the Clerk Cape, and in and above the Sea of Japan. These maneuvers will for the first time involve a joint amphibious assault drill.
Seven People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN or Chinese Navy) vessels on Saturday left east China's port city of Qingdao for the Sea of Japan where they will join Russian counterparts for a nine-day naval exercise. The drills, codenamed Joint Sea-2015 (II), will take place from Aug. 20 to 28 in the Peter the Great Gulf, waters off the Clerk Cape, and in and above the Sea of Japan. These maneuvers will for the first time involve a joint amphibious assault drill.
 

U.S. Navy Orders 46 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...
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...
 

First Chinese-Built C28A Corvette for Algerian Navy Started Sea Trials in East China Sea
 
According to pictures taken by Chinese spotters, Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding, a wholly owned subsidiary of China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC, the largest shipbuilding group in China) started sea trials of the first C28A Corvette on order for the Algerian Navy. Algeria signed a contract with China Shipbuilding Trading Co (CSTC) for construction of three C28A corvettes in March 2012.
According to pictures taken by Chinese spotters, Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding, a wholly owned subsidiary of China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC, the largest shipbuilding group in China) started sea trials of the first C28A Corvette on order for the Algerian Navy. Algeria signed a contract with China Shipbuilding Trading Co (CSTC) for construction of three C28A corvettes in March 2012.
 

China's PLAN Modified Type 039B SSK (Type 039C ?) Continues Trials at Sea
 
Chinese spotters have published pictures showing People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN or Chinese Navy) newly modified Type 039B diesel electric submarine (SSK), sometimes reffered as Type 039C, continuing sea trials. So far, three so called Type 039C have been spotted.
Chinese spotters have published pictures showing People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN or Chinese Navy) newly modified Type 039B diesel electric submarine (SSK), sometimes reffered as Type 039C, continuing sea trials. So far, three so called Type 039C have been spotted.
 

Brazilian Navy Took Delivery of Two Sikorsky S-70B Seahawk Maritime Helicopters
 
The Marinha do Brasil (Brazilian Navy) took delivery of two Sikorsky S-70B Seahawk maritime helicopters (local designation: SH-16) during a ceremony at the Sikorsky plant in Florida, USA. Ordered during the Paris Air Show in 2011 via the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) process, these helicopters are intended to replace the SH-3A Sea Kings.
The Marinha do Brasil (Brazilian Navy) took delivery of two Sikorsky S-70B Seahawk maritime helicopters (local designation: SH-16) during a ceremony at the Sikorsky plant in Florida, USA. Ordered during the Paris Air Show in 2011 via the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) process, these helicopters are intended to replace the SH-3A Sea Kings.
 

Taiwan's CSIST Unveiled the Sea Oryx Naval Air Defense System Similar to RAM at TADTE 2015
 
The latest technologically advanced attack submarine built by BAE Systems set sail from its facility in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, for sea trials today. Commander Bower said: “I am immensely proud and honoured to be leading the crew of Artful. Her capabilities are extraordinary and represent the next step in our country’s century-long history of operating submarines.”
At the TADTE (Taipei Aerospace & Defense Technology Exhibition) 2015 defense exhibition held this week in Taipei, the Chungshan Institute of Science and Technology (CSIST) unveiled for the first time the Sea Oryx naval air defense missile system. The system appears close in concept to the American/German RAM (Rolling Airframe Missile) system developed by Raytheon/RAM SYS or to the Chinese Type 710.SJ01-24 launcher for HQ-10 missile.
 

Royal Navy Astute Class Nuclear-Powered Submarine HMS Artful Sets Sail for the First Time
 
The latest technologically advanced attack submarine built by BAE Systems set sail from its facility in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, for sea trials today. Commander Bower said: “I am immensely proud and honoured to be leading the crew of Artful. Her capabilities are extraordinary and represent the next step in our country’s century-long history of operating submarines.”
The latest technologically advanced attack submarine built by BAE Systems set sail from its facility in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, for sea trials today. Commander Bower said: “I am immensely proud and honoured to be leading the crew of Artful. Her capabilities are extraordinary and represent the next step in our country’s century-long history of operating submarines.”
 

Modified Delta IV class SSBN Project 667BDRM Delfin "Podmoskovye" Delivered to Russian Navy
 
The Podmoskovye nuclear-powered submarine (a modified Delta IV class ballistic missile submarine or SSBN, Russian designation Project 667BDRM or Delfin) was launched on Tuesday after undergoing repairs and modernization at the Zvezdochka shipyard in northern Russia, the shipyard’s press service reported.
The Podmoskovye nuclear-powered submarine (a modified Delta IV class ballistic missile submarine or SSBN, Russian designation Project 667BDRM or Delfin) was launched on Tuesday after undergoing repairs and modernization at the Zvezdochka shipyard in northern Russia, the shipyard’s press service reported.

 

Philippine Navy Commissions Two armed AW-109E to Act as 'Air Amphibious Support' Assets
 
The Philippine Navy (PN) formally commissioned into service its two armed AgustaWestland AW-109E "Power" helicopters during a ceremony at Naval Station Jose Andrada, on Roxas Boulevard, Manila this week. The helicopters are armed with two FN Hertsal FN RMP rocket machine gun pods combining a 50 caliber machinegun and three 2.75 inch rockets.
The Philippine Navy (PN) formally commissioned into service its two armed AgustaWestland AW-109E "Power" helicopters during a ceremony at Naval Station Jose Andrada, on Roxas Boulevard, Manila this week. The helicopters are armed with two FN Hertsal FN RMP rocket machine gun pods combining a 50 caliber machinegun and three 2.75 inch rockets.

 

Lockheed Martin Expands Cruise Missile Production Facility
 
Lockheed Martin celebrated the opening of its cruise missile annex with a ribbon cutting ceremony today at its Pike County Operations facility in Troy, Alabama. Customers, state officials and community leaders joined employees in opening the annex, which will support an increase in U.S. and international orders.
Lockheed Martin celebrated the opening of its cruise missile annex with a ribbon cutting ceremony today at its Pike County Operations facility in Troy, Alabama. Customers, state officials and community leaders joined employees in opening the annex, which will support an increase in U.S. and international orders.
 

BAE Systems Awarded Up to $130 Million to Upgrade Mk 45 Naval Guns on U.S. Navy Destroyers
 
The U.S. Navy has awarded BAE Systems a contract to overhaul and upgrade Mk 45 systems on U.S. Navy Destroyer Class (DDG) ships. The initial contract of approximately $80 million includes the upgrade of six guns to the Mod 4 configuration, with an option for four additional guns expected to be exercised in 2016, bringing the full value of the contract to $130 million.
The U.S. Navy has awarded BAE Systems a contract to overhaul and upgrade Mk 45 systems on U.S. Navy Destroyer Class (DDG) ships. The initial contract of approximately $80 million includes the upgrade of six guns to the Mod 4 configuration, with an option for four additional guns expected to be exercised in 2016, bringing the full value of the contract to $130 million.
 

Raytheon receives US Navy contract to continue F-35C JPALS test and analysis program
 
The U.S. Navy extended Raytheon Company's Engineering and Manufacturing Development contract on the Joint Precision Approach Landing Systems (JPALS) program. Raytheon will continue testing and analysis in support of auto-land capability and integration of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. The contract value is $52 million.
The U.S. Navy extended Raytheon Company's Engineering and Manufacturing Development contract on the Joint Precision Approach Landing Systems (JPALS) program. Raytheon will continue testing and analysis in support of auto-land capability and integration of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. The contract value is $52 million.
 

Navy of Brazil May Have Purchased Former French Navy Foudre class LPD Siroco
 
According to reliable French naval news website Corlobe, the Brazilian press is reporting that Marinha do Brasil (Brazilian Navy) would have purchased the former French Navy Foudre class LPD Siroco. The amphibious vessel would be renamed Bahia with hull number G40.
According to reliable French naval news website Corlobe, the Brazilian press is reporting that Marinha do Brasil (Brazilian Navy) would have purchased the former French Navy Foudre class LPD Siroco. The amphibious vessel would be renamed Bahia with hull number G40.
 

Insitu Conducts Successful ScanEagle Arctic Search & Rescue Demonstrations for U.S. Coast Guard
 
Launching its ScanEagle unmanned aircraft from Oliktok Point at the North Slope of Alaska, Insitu conducted flight operations for the U.S. Coast Guard 13-15 July. The successful demonstration was part of the Coast Guard Research and Development Center’s Arctic Technology Evaluation 2015 Search and Rescue exercise (SAREX 2015), an event designed to evaluate unmanned technologies in remote area Search and Rescue (SAR) and simulate a collaborative response...
Launching its ScanEagle unmanned aircraft from Oliktok Point at the North Slope of Alaska, Insitu conducted flight operations for the U.S. Coast Guard 13-15 July. The successful demonstration was part of the Coast Guard Research and Development Center’s Arctic Technology Evaluation 2015 Search and Rescue exercise (SAREX 2015), an event designed to evaluate unmanned technologies in remote area Search and Rescue (SAR) and simulate a collaborative response...
 

Colombian OPV ARC 7 De Agosto Starts Collaboration with Operation Atalanta
 
On Saturday 8th August 2015, Colombian warship, ARC 7 de Agosto, arrived in the Gulf of Aden to start her counter-piracy operations in close collaboration with Operation Atalanta. Commanded by Captain Darwin Alberto Alonso Torres, ARC 7 de Agosto has a Spanish Navy liaison team on board to help co-ordinate the day to day operations with the EU Naval Force flagship, ESPS Galicia.
On Saturday 8th August 2015, Colombian warship, ARC 7 de Agosto, arrived in the Gulf of Aden to start her counter-piracy operations in close collaboration with Operation Atalanta. Commanded by Captain Darwin Alberto Alonso Torres, ARC 7 de Agosto has a Spanish Navy liaison team on board to help co-ordinate the day to day operations with the EU Naval Force flagship, ESPS Galicia.
 

Austal Delivered Future USS Jackson Littoral Combat Ship 6 to U.S. Navy
 
Austal Limited (Austal) is pleased to announce it has successfully delivered Littoral Combat Ship 6 (LCS 6), the future USS Jackson, to the U.S. Navy. USS Jackson is the first ship in its class built by Austal as prime contractor at its shipyard in Mobile, Alabama, under a 10 vessel, US$3.5 billion contract the U.S. Navy awarded to Austal in 2010.
Austal Limited (Austal) is pleased to announce it has successfully delivered Littoral Combat Ship 6 (LCS 6), the future USS Jackson, to the U.S. Navy. USS Jackson is the first ship in its class built by Austal as prime contractor at its shipyard in Mobile, Alabama, under a 10 vessel, US$3.5 billion contract the U.S. Navy awarded to Austal in 2010.
 

Japan Requested Aegis Combat System & Equipment Sale For New Class of Destroyer
 
The U.S. State Department gave its green light to Japan’s planned $1.5 billion procurement of Lockheed Martin-built MK 7 Aegis combat systems and associated equipment for a new class of guided missile destroyers through the U.S.’ foreign military sales program.
The U.S. State Department gave its green light to Japan’s planned $1.5 billion procurement of Lockheed Martin-built MK 7 Aegis combat systems and associated equipment for a new class of guided missile destroyers through the U.S.’ foreign military sales program.
 

U.S. Navy Aircraft Carrier Hull Swap Begins
 
The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) arrived in San Diego to conduct a 10-day hull swap with the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) as part of a force structure change, Aug. 10.
The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) arrived in San Diego to conduct a 10-day hull swap with the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) as part of a force structure change, Aug. 10.
 

US Navy & Raytheon Validate Latest Tomahawk Block IV Software Update with Flight Test
 
The U.S. Navy and Raytheon Company demonstrated new capabilities for the Tomahawk Block IV cruise missile in a successful flight test conducted from the Ticonderoga class guided missile cruiser USS Anzio (CG-68). The test proved that the Block IV can operate with an improved, more flexible mission planning capability.
The U.S. Navy and Raytheon Company demonstrated new capabilities for the Tomahawk Block IV cruise missile in a successful flight test conducted from the Ticonderoga class guided missile cruiser USS Anzio (CG-68). The test proved that the Block IV can operate with an improved, more flexible mission planning capability.
 

DRS Technologies Awarded Contracts for Naval Vessels with Potential Value Over $170 Million
 
DRS Technologies Inc., a Finmeccanica Company, announced today that it has been awarded three contracts potentially worth more than $170 million for programs serving a range of U.S. and Royal Australian Navy ships. The contract work includes network communications, missile launching and combat display systems.
DRS Technologies Inc., a Finmeccanica Company, announced today that it has been awarded three contracts potentially worth more than $170 million for programs serving a range of U.S. and Royal Australian Navy ships. The contract work includes network communications, missile launching and combat display systems.
 

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