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

New US Navy Submarines &Surface Ships to have Advanced DMR Radios built by General Dynamics
 
The U.S. Navy has ordered 56 AN/USC-61(C) Digital Modular Radios (DMRs) and related equipment from General Dynamics. The newly built DMR radios will be capable of using the Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) waveform, the digital dial tone needed to make voice calls to the U.S. Department of Defense's next generation, narrowband MUOS satellite communications system. The four-channel radios form the foundation of the Navy's network communications aboard submarines, surface ships and on-shore locations. This order, valued at over $29 million, exercises option five on a contract awarded to General Dynamics in 2010.
The U.S. Navy has ordered 56 AN/USC-61(C) Digital Modular Radios (DMRs) and related equipment from General Dynamics. The newly built DMR radios will be capable of using the Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) waveform, the digital dial tone needed to make voice calls to the U.S. Department of Defense's next generation, narrowband MUOS satellite communications system.
 

Mexican Navy (Armada de México) Looking to Procure Six New Frigates by 2024
 
According to Mexican media, the Ministry of Treasury and Public Finance of Mexico announced an official request by the Mexican Ministry of the Navy: Allocation of about US $ 355.7 million to start construction of a new type of Frigate for the Mexican Navy in a national shipyard.
According to Mexican media, the Ministry of Treasury and Public Finance of Mexico announced an official request by the Mexican Ministry of the Navy: Allocation of about US $ 355.7 million to start construction of a new type of Frigate for the Mexican Navy in a national shipyard.
 

BMT Group Signs Sponsorship for the Submarine Institute of Australia
 
BMT Group (BMT), the leading international design, engineering and risk management consultancy, is pleased toannounce it has taken on a higher level of sponsorship of the Submarine Institute of Australia (SIA). Established in 1999, the SIA is the nation’s premier organisation for promoting submarine matters. The SIA’s objective is to promote informed discussion and research in the fields of submarine operations, engineering, history and commercial sub-sea engineering.
BMT Group (BMT), the leading international design, engineering and risk management consultancy, is pleased toannounce it has taken on a higher level of sponsorship of the Submarine Institute of Australia (SIA). Established in 1999, the SIA is the nation’s premier organisation for promoting submarine matters. The SIA’s objective is to promote informed discussion and research in the fields of submarine operations, engineering, history and commercial sub-sea engineering.
 

China Unveiled its First VLFS Project Similar to the US Military Mobile Offshore Base Concept
 
China unveiled its first "Very Large Floating Platform" project which appears to be a 21st century iteration of the US Military "Mobile Offshore Base" concept. The project was unveiled to the public during the "National Defense Science and Technology Achievements" exhibition held recently in Beijing.
China unveiled its first "Very Large Floating Platform" project which appears to be a 21st century iteration of the US Military "Mobile Offshore Base" concept. The project was unveiled to the public during the "National Defense Science and Technology Achievements" exhibition held recently in Beijing.
 

FREMM Tahya Misr took part in the celebration of the inauguration of the Suez Canal expansion
 
On the occasion of the inauguration ceremony of the new Suez Canal on August 6th, the FREMM frigate Tahya Misr, delivered by DCNS to Egypt on June 23rd, has joined a large part of the naval fleet around Marechal Abdel Fattah al-Sissi, President of the Arab Republic of Egypt. Benefiting from the latest developed technologies, the multimission frigate, now operational, contributes to the modernization of the Egyptian forces’ defence mechanisms.
On the occasion of the inauguration ceremony of the new Suez Canal on August 6th, the FREMM frigate Tahya Misr, delivered by DCNS to Egypt on June 23rd, has joined a large part of the naval fleet around Marechal Abdel Fattah al-Sissi, President of the Arab Republic of Egypt. Benefiting from the latest developed technologies, the multimission frigate, now operational, contributes to the modernization of the Egyptian forces’ defence mechanisms.
 

Rolls-Royce Supplies MTU Diesel Gensets For Royal Navy Type 23 Frigates
 
Rolls-Royce is to supply a total of 48 MTU diesel gensets, worth approximately €90 million, for 12 Duke-class (Type 23) frigates used by the UK's Royal Navy. It is the first time that MTU engines will be in use with the Royal Navy in combat ships.
Rolls-Royce is to supply a total of 48 MTU diesel gensets, worth approximately €90 million, for 12 Duke-class (Type 23) frigates used by the UK's Royal Navy. It is the first time that MTU engines will be in use with the Royal Navy in combat ships.
 

Official: France and Russia Reached an Agreement for the Non Delivery of the 2 Mistral Class LHDs
 
The sensitive case of the non-delivery of two Mistral class LHDs to Russia reached an end tonight, after eight months of intense negotiations. According to an official press release from the French presidency, France and Russia reached an agreement.
The sensitive case of the non-delivery of two Mistral class LHDs to Russia reached an end tonight, after eight months of intense negotiations. According to an official press release from the French presidency, France and Russia reached an agreement.
 

BAE Systems Awards Long-Lead Equipment Contracts for Future Royal Navy Type 26 Frigates
 
British company BAE Systems, acting as prime contractor, awarded today a number of long-lead equipment manufacturing contracts to seven suppliers for the Type 26 Global Combat Ship worth more than £170million. In addition to Raytheon Anschuetz (read our dedicated story here) contracts were awarded to Babcock, David Brown Gear Systems, GE, Raytheon Anschuetz, Rolls-Royce Power Engineering, Rohde & Schwarz and WR Davis.
British company BAE Systems, acting as prime contractor, awarded today a number of long-lead equipment manufacturing contracts to seven suppliers for the Type 26 Global Combat Ship worth more than £170million. In addition to Raytheon Anschuetz (read our dedicated story here) contracts were awarded to Babcock, David Brown Gear Systems, GE, Raytheon Anschuetz, Rolls-Royce Power Engineering, Rohde & Schwarz and WR Davis.
 

Raytheon Anschütz to provide integrated bridge systems for new Royal Navy Type 26 Frigate
 
Raytheon Anschütz is under contract to deliver the Integrated Bridge and Navigation System for the first three Type 26 Global Combat Ships, including customer-specific design and development, a land-based integration facility, and a wide range of services up to completion of sea trials. Raytheon Anschütz is providing the INBS as a major subcontractor to BAE Systems, the ship design authority and builder
Raytheon Anschütz is under contract to deliver the Integrated Bridge and Navigation System for the first three Type 26 Global Combat Ships, including customer-specific design and development, a land-based integration facility, and a wide range of services up to completion of sea trials. Raytheon Anschütz is providing the INBS as a major subcontractor to BAE Systems, the ship design authority and builder
 

New Mobile Coastal Variant of YJ-18 Supersonic Anti-Ship Missile Spotted in China
 
Images have emmerged on the Chinese internet showing what seems to be a mobile coastal variant of the YJ-18 (YingJi-18 or Eagle/Hawk-18) vertically-launched, long-range, supersonic, anti-ship missile. Two types of vehicles are shown in the recent pictures: a 12x12 chassis acting as the transporter erector launcher (TEL) vehicle and a smaller 8x8 chassis that could be the transporter/reloader vehicle.
Images have emerged on the Chinese internet showing what seems to be a mobile coastal variant of the YJ-18 (YingJi-18 or Eagle/Hawk-18) vertically-launched, long-range, supersonic, anti-ship missile. Two types of vehicles are shown in the recent pictures: a 12x12 chassis acting as the transporter erector launcher (TEL) vehicle and a smaller 8x8 chassis that could be the transporter/reloader vehicle.
 

Russia’s Novorossiysk Submarine Ready to Join Black Sea Fleet After Cruise Missile Test
 
The Novorossiysk, Russia's new Project 636 (Varshavyanka) diesel-electric submarine (SSK) has completed trials in the Northern Fleet and is ready to sail to the Black Sea to its permanent base, Northern Fleet acting spokesman, Captain 2nd Rank Andrei Luzik said on Tuesday.
The Novorossiysk, Russia's new Project 636 (Varshavyanka) diesel-electric submarine (SSK) has completed trials in the Northern Fleet and is ready to sail to the Black Sea to its permanent base, Northern Fleet acting spokesman, Captain 2nd Rank Andrei Luzik said on Tuesday.
 

Virginia-Class Block III Submarine USS John Warner (SSN 785) Commissioned
 
The Virginia-class attack submarine USS John Warner (SSN 785) was commissioned during a ceremony attended by more than 2,500 in its future homeport of Naval Station Norfolk, Aug. 1, 2015. Proudly displaying its motto "On a Mission to Defend Freedom," the ship is the 12th Virginia-class attack submarine to join the Navy's operating fleet.
The Virginia-class attack submarine USS John Warner (SSN 785) was commissioned during a ceremony attended by more than 2,500 in its future homeport of Naval Station Norfolk, Aug. 1, 2015. Proudly displaying its motto "On a Mission to Defend Freedom," the ship is the 12th Virginia-class attack submarine to join the Navy's operating fleet.
 

Egyptian Navy FREMM Frigate Tahya Misr Reached its Homeport in Alexandria
 
On 31 July 2015 the FREMM Tahya Misr of the Egyptian navy reached her homeport in Alexandria. The Frigate left the French naval base of Brest on July 22nd. On 23 June of this year, the FREMM Tahya Misr was transferred from DCNS to the Egyptian navy during a ceremony attended by the Egyptian and French Defence Ministers.
On 31 July 2015 the FREMM Tahya Misr of the Egyptian navy reached her homeport in Alexandria. The Frigate left the French naval base of Brest on July 22nd. On 23 June of this year, the FREMM Tahya Misr was transferred from DCNS to the Egyptian navy during a ceremony attended by the Egyptian and French Defence Ministers.
 

Lockheed Martin Aegis Combat System Successful in Air Warfare & Ballistic Missile Defense Test
 
The Lockheed Martin, U.S. Navy and Missile Defense Agency's Aegis Combat System took part in a successful four-event test of the combat system’s air warfare (AW) and ballistic missile defense (BMD) capabilities. The Multi-mission Warfare (MMW) tests, conducted aboard USS JOHN PAUL JONES (DDG 53), began on July 28 and ended August 1.
The Lockheed Martin, U.S. Navy and Missile Defense Agency's Aegis Combat System took part in a successful four-event test of the combat system’s air warfare (AW) and ballistic missile defense (BMD) capabilities. The Multi-mission Warfare (MMW) tests, conducted aboard USS JOHN PAUL JONES (DDG 53), began on July 28 and ended August 1.
 

Lockheed Martin Receives JAGM EMD Contract Award From U.S. Army and U.S. Navy
 
The U.S. Department of Defense announced that Lockheed Martin Missile and Fire Control, Orlando, Florida, was awarded a $66,371,639 fixed-price incentive contract with options to develop the Joint-Air-to-Ground Missile (Army-Navy). Work will be performed in Orlando, Florida, with an estimated completion date of July 31, 2017.
The U.S. Department of Defense announced that Lockheed Martin Missile and Fire Control, Orlando, Florida, was awarded a $66,371,639 fixed-price incentive contract with options to develop the Joint-Air-to-Ground Missile (Army-Navy). Work will be performed in Orlando, Florida, with an estimated completion date of July 31, 2017.
 

U.S. Navy uses Raytheon's SM-6 to Destroy Ballistic Missile Target for the First Time
 
In a first-of-its-kind test, the U.S. Navy fired a Raytheon Company Standard Missile-6, intercepting and destroying a short-range ballistic missile target at sea. The successful U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) test proved a modified SM-6 can eliminate threat ballistic missiles in their final seconds of flight.
In a first-of-its-kind test, the U.S. Navy fired a Raytheon Company Standard Missile-6, intercepting and destroying a short-range ballistic missile target at sea. The successful U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) test proved a modified SM-6 can eliminate threat ballistic missiles in their final seconds of flight.
 

U.S. Naval Research Lab Working on a New Transparent, Moldable, Bulletproof Material
 
The concept from an iconic Star Trek scene is working its way to commercial use, with innumerable military applications. In Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Scotty barters for materials by offering up the formula for “transparent aluminum.” The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) is making that concept a reality.
The concept from an iconic Star Trek scene is working its way to commercial use, with innumerable military applications. In Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Scotty barters for materials by offering up the formula for “transparent aluminum.” The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) is making that concept a reality.
 

Work to ready Portsmouth Naval Base for arrival of the Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers
 
Work by the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) to ready Portsmouth Naval Base for the arrival of the Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers is well underway. As part of the project Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) is rebuilding Middle Slip Jetty so it can accommodate HMS Queen Elizabeth when she arrives in Portsmouth in early 2017.
Work by the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) to ready Portsmouth Naval Base for the arrival of the Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers is well underway. As part of the project Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) is rebuilding Middle Slip Jetty so it can accommodate HMS Queen Elizabeth when she arrives in Portsmouth in early 2017.
 

US Coast Guard chooses Sagem's BlueNaute navigation system to modernize its medium cutters
 
Following an international call for tenders, the US Coast Guard has chosen Sagem (Safran) to contribute to the modernization of the navigation systems on its Reliance class medium endurance cutters (WMEC). According to the terms of this contract, the 14 Reliance class vessels will be fitted with Sagem's BlueNaute attitude and heading reference system.
Following an international call for tenders, the US Coast Guard has chosen Sagem (Safran) to contribute to the modernization of the navigation systems on its Reliance class medium endurance cutters (WMEC). According to the terms of this contract, the 14 Reliance class vessels will be fitted with Sagem's BlueNaute attitude and heading reference system.
 

Royal Bahamas Defence Force Damen RoRo 5612 launched in Vietnam
 
A Damen RoRo 5612 was launched at Halong Shipyard in Vietnam. The RoRo is one of nine Damen vessels ordered by the Royal Bahamas Defence Force as part of its Sandy Bottom Project. The vessel’s multi-purpose capabilities will be put to use by the Defence Force in a range of situations including law enforcement, aids to navigation (ATON), replenishment at sea (RAS), the re-supply to Defence Force bases and the provision of disaster relief throughout the island nation and the wider Caribbean community.
A Damen RoRo 5612 was launched at Halong Shipyard in Vietnam. The RoRo is one of nine Damen vessels ordered by the Royal Bahamas Defence Force as part of its Sandy Bottom Project. The vessel’s multi-purpose capabilities will be put to use by the Defence Force in a range of situations including law enforcement, aids to navigation (ATON), replenishment at sea (RAS), the re-supply to Defence Force bases and the provision of disaster relief throughout the island nation and the wider Caribbean community.
 

India's First Scorpene Submarine Kalvari Conducting Harbour Acceptance Trials
 
According to the India's Ministry of Defence, the first of the Scorpene diesel electric submarine (SSK) is currently conducting its Harbour Acceptance Trials (HATs) as planned while Sea Acceptance Trials (SATs) are planned to be undertaken from early 2016 onwards. The submarine is planned to be inducted in the Indian Navy in September 2016 and subsequent submarines are expected to be delivered every nine months.
According to India's Ministry of Defence, the first of the Scorpene diesel electric submarine (SSK) is currently conducting its Harbour Acceptance Trials (HATs) as planned while Sea Acceptance Trials (SATs) are planned to be undertaken from early 2016 onwards. The submarine is planned to be inducted in the Indian Navy in September 2016 and subsequent submarines are expected to be delivered every nine months.
 

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