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

Russia, Egypt discuss contract to deliver equipment for Mistral amphibious assault ships

Russia, Egypt discuss contract to deliver equipment for Mistral amphibious assault ships
 
Russia and Egypt are discussing the details of a contract on the delivery of Russian-made communications and control systems for the Mistral-class amphibious assault ships to Cairo, a spokesman for the United Instrument-Manufacturing Corporation told TASS on Monday. A final decision has not been made yet, the spokesman said. The United Instrument-Manufacturing Corporation, part of Russia’s state hi-tech corporation Rostec, is the producer of the equipment of this type.
Russia and Egypt are discussing the details of a contract on the delivery of Russian-made communications and control systems for the Mistral-class amphibious assault ships to Cairo, a spokesman for the United Instrument-Manufacturing Corporation told TASS on Monday. A final decision has not been made yet, the spokesman said. The United Instrument-Manufacturing Corporation, part of Russia’s state hi-tech corporation Rostec, is the producer of the equipment of this type.
 

US Navy Completes Engineered Refueling Overhaul for Ohio-class SSBN USS Maryland

US Navy Completes Engineered Refueling Overhaul for Ohio-class SSBN USS Maryland
 
Norfolk Naval Shipyard successfully completed USS Maryland’s (SSBN 738) engineered refueling overhaul (ERO) Feb. 24. EROs are complex, major shipyard availabilities that extend a submarine’s service life. In addition to being refueled, nearly all of ships systems were overhauled or modernized. Modernization work included replacement of distilling plants with a reverse osmosis unit, installation of an upgraded 500 kilowatt motor generator, electric power plant work, and LAN upgrades.
Norfolk Naval Shipyard successfully completed USS Maryland’s (SSBN 738) engineered refueling overhaul (ERO) Feb. 24. EROs are complex, major shipyard availabilities that extend a submarine’s service life. In addition to being refueled, nearly all of ships systems were overhauled or modernized. Modernization work included replacement of distilling plants with a reverse osmosis unit, installation of an upgraded 500 kilowatt motor generator, electric power plant work, and LAN upgrades.
 

3rd Astute Class SSN Submarine HMS Artful Fires 1st Torpedo Using New Common Combat System

3rd Astute Class SSN Submarine HMS Artful Fires 1st Torpedo Using New Common Combat System
 
The Royal Navy’s latest and most advanced Astute class submarine, Artful, has test fired her first torpedo using a new Common Combat System designed and integrated by our Submarines business.
The Royal Navy’s latest and most advanced Astute class submarine, Artful, has test fired her first torpedo using a new Common Combat System designed and integrated by our Submarines business.
 

BAE Systems to Provide Ultra Wideband Sensor Capability to U.S. Navy

BAE Systems to Provide Ultra Wideband Sensor Capability to U.S. Navy
 
The Office of Naval Research (ONR) has awarded BAE Systems an $11 million contract to develop next-generation electronic warfare (EW) technology that will quickly detect, locate, and identify sources of radio frequency signals. Known as the Full-Spectrum Staring Receiver (FSSR), this technology will enable near-instantaneous battlespace situational awareness, emitter tracking, threat warning, and countermeasure cueing. Conventional threat warning systems are not able to deliver the high level of coverage and responsiveness that FSSR will provide.
The Office of Naval Research (ONR) has awarded BAE Systems an $11 million contract to develop next-generation electronic warfare (EW) technology that will quickly detect, locate, and identify sources of radio frequency signals. Known as the Full-Spectrum Staring Receiver (FSSR), this technology will enable near-instantaneous battlespace situational awareness, emitter tracking, threat warning, and countermeasure cueing. Conventional threat warning...
 

Russian Navy Pacific Fleet to Deploy Four Borei-class SSBNs in 2020s

Russian Navy Pacific Fleet to Deploy Four Borei-class SSBNs in 2020s
 
Russian Navy`s Pacific Fleet will deploy four Project 955/955A (NATO reporting name: Borei-class or Dolgorukiy-class) ballistic missile submarines (SSBN) in the 2020s, according to a Russian defense industry source. The source pointed out, that K-550 'Alexander Nevsky' and K-551 'Vladimir Monomakh' submarines would be complemented by two upgraded Borei-class SSBNs (Project 955A).
Russian Navy`s Pacific Fleet will deploy four Project 955/955A (NATO reporting name: Borei-class or Dolgorukiy-class) ballistic missile submarines (SSBN) in the 2020s, according to a Russian defense industry source. The source pointed out, that K-550 'Alexander Nevsky' and K-551 'Vladimir Monomakh' submarines would be complemented by two upgraded Borei-class SSBNs (Project 955A).
 

NATO Strengthens its Anti-Submarine Warfare Skills with Exercise Dynamic Manta in Italy

NATO Strengthens its Anti-Submarine Warfare Skills with Exercise Dynamic Manta in Italy
 
NATO’s Submarine Warfare Exercise DYNAMIC MANTA 2016 (DYMA 16) began one week ago off the Sicilian coast, with ships, submarines, and aircraft and personnel from 8 Allied nations converging on the Central Mediterranean Sea for anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and anti-surface warfare training.
NATO’s Submarine Warfare Exercise DYNAMIC MANTA 2016 (DYMA 16) began one week ago off the Sicilian coast, with ships, submarines, and aircraft and personnel from 8 Allied nations converging on the Central Mediterranean Sea for anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and anti-surface warfare training.
 

First of Two German built MEKO A-200 AN Frigate Commissioned with Algerian Navy

First of Two German built MEKO A-200 AN Frigate Commissioned with Algerian Navy
 
The first of two MEKO Frigates built by Germany's ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) in Kiel was officially commissioned on February 23 2016. The vessel nammed Harrad (meaning Detterent) was launched in early December 2014. Algeria ordered two frigates (with an option for two more) in March 2012. It is reported that the ship is due to arrive in Oran in Algeria in May 2016.
The first of two MEKO Frigates built by Germany's ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) in Kiel was officially commissioned on February 23 2016. The vessel nammed Harrad (meaning Detterent) was launched in early December 2014. Algeria ordered two frigates (with an option for two more) in March 2012. It is reported that the ship is due to arrive in Oran in Algeria in May 2016.
 

Russian Navy Looking at Ways to Reduce the Crew Size of its Nuclear Submarines

Russian Navy Looking at Ways to Reduce the Crew Size of its Nuclear Submarines
 
Russian military leaders are pondering the feasibility of nuclear-powered submarines with their crews sharply reduced owing to onboard systems automation, a source in defense industry told TASS on Friday.
Russian military leaders are pondering the feasibility of nuclear-powered submarines with their crews sharply reduced owing to onboard systems automation, a source in defense industry told TASS on Friday. Ships like that - Project 705 and 705K Lira-class (NATO reporting name: Alfa-class) torpedo submarines - used to be built in the Soviet Union. Their high performance were owing to the numerous original solutions they embodied...
 

Japan Will Soon Launch Replacement Program for JMSDF 3 Towada class Replenishment Oilers

Japan Will Soon Launch Replacement Program for JMSDF 3 Towada class Replenishment Oilers
 
The Japanese Minister of Defense should soon launch a new replenishement oiler program to replace the three Towada class replenishment ships. The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) Towada, Tokiwa and Hamana were ordered in the 1980ies and commissioned in 1987 and 1990.
The Japanese Minister of Defense should soon launch a new replenishement oiler program to replace the three Towada class replenishment ships. The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) Towada, Tokiwa and Hamana were ordered in the 1980ies and commissioned in 1987 and 1990.
 

Successful Test Campaign of the Self Protection Suite of the Norwegian NH90

Successful Test Campaign of the Self Protection Suite of the Norwegian NH90
 
NHI successfully completed the test campaign of the self-protection suite of the Norwegian NH90. The aircraft NH90 NNWN01 prototype was manned by Finmeccanica Helicopter Division flight test team (Test Pilot Roger Mowbray and Flight Test Engineer Fabrizio Santarossa) and supported by a multi-national, multi-disciplined team from several organisations.
NHI successfully completed the test campaign of the self-protection suite of the Norwegian NH90. The aircraft NH90 NNWN01 prototype was manned by Finmeccanica Helicopter Division flight test team (Test Pilot Roger Mowbray and Flight Test Engineer Fabrizio Santarossa) and supported by a multi-national, multi-disciplined team from several organisations.
 

ROK Navy Opens New Naval Base on Jeju Island for KDX-III Aegis Destroyers

ROK Navy Opens New Naval Base on Jeju Island for KDX-III Aegis Destroyers
 
The Republic of Korea (ROK or South Korea) Navy announced it has officially opened its new naval base on the southern resort island of Jeju. Jeju island is strategically located in a sea passage connecting the East China Sea and the Sea of Japan (East Sea) in the northwest Pacific Ocean. According to the ROK Navy, it took the country 23 years and more than 1 trillion won (US$806 million) to complete construction of the base.
The Republic of Korea (ROK or South Korea) Navy announced it has officially opened its new naval base on the southern resort island of Jeju. Jeju island is strategically located in a sea passage connecting the East China Sea and the Sea of Japan (East Sea) in the northwest Pacific Ocean. According to the ROK Navy, it took the country 23 years and more than 1 trillion won (US$806 million) to complete construction of the base.
 

Royal Navy and Royal Marines Take Part in NATO Winter Training Exercise Cold Response

Royal Navy and Royal Marines Take Part in NATO Winter Training Exercise Cold Response
 
Hundreds of UK maritime personnel will take part in a NATO exercise focused on crisis response over the next fortnight. Exercise Cold Response will draw in around 750 personnel from the Royal Navy and Royal Marines, along with two warships. It will give the UK and its NATO Allies the opportunity to test crisis response during the demanding winter months.
Hundreds of UK maritime personnel will take part in a NATO exercise focused on crisis response over the next fortnight. Exercise Cold Response will draw in around 750 personnel from the Royal Navy and Royal Marines, along with two warships. It will give the UK and its NATO Allies the opportunity to test crisis response during the demanding winter months.
 

Russian Navy Northern Fleet SSBN Submarines to Test Launch Bulava ICBMs Twice in 2016

Russian Navy Northern Fleet SSBN Submarines to Test Launch Bulava ICBMs Twice in 2016
 
The Russian Northern Fleet’s Project 955 Borei-class nuclear-powered submarines are planned to perform a multiple launch of two Bulava intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) in 2016, a source in the defense and industrial sector told TASS on Friday.
The Russian Northern Fleet’s Project 955 Borei-class nuclear-powered submarines are planned to perform a multiple launch of two Bulava intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) in 2016, a source in the defense and industrial sector told TASS on Friday.
 

General Dynamics Mission Systems Acquires Bluefin Robotics

General Dynamics Mission Systems Acquires Bluefin Robotics
 
General Dynamics Mission Systems has acquired Bluefin Robotics, a manufacturer of unmanned undersea vehicles (UUVs) that perform a wide range of missions for the U.S. military and commercial customers.
General Dynamics Mission Systems has acquired Bluefin Robotics, a manufacturer of unmanned undersea vehicles (UUVs) that perform a wide range of missions for the U.S. military and commercial customers.
 

Russian Navy’s Black Sea Fleet to receive two frigates and two submarines in 2016

Russian Navy’s Black Sea Fleet to receive two frigates and two submarines in 2016
 
This year, the Russian Navy’s Black Sea Fleet is to take delivery of two Project 11356 frigates (NATO reporting name: Krivak V-class) and two Project 636.6 (Improved Kilo-class) diesel-electric submarines, Fleet Commander Alexander Vitko told journalists on Wednesday.
This year, the Russian Navy’s Black Sea Fleet is to take delivery of two Project 11356 frigates (NATO reporting name: Krivak V-class) and two Project 636.6 (Improved Kilo-class) diesel-electric submarines, Fleet Commander Alexander Vitko told journalists on Wednesday.
 

Thales awarded Royal Navy Type 23 Communications Management Update Contract

Thales awarded Royal Navy Type 23 Communications Management Update Contract
 
As the outcome of an open competition, Thales has been awarded a £19M contract by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) to perform a mid-life update to the External Communications Voice Distribution and Management System (called KMY) for the Royal Navy (RN) Type 23 frigate fleet.
As the outcome of an open competition, Thales has been awarded a £19M contract by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) to perform a mid-life update to the External Communications Voice Distribution and Management System (called KMY) for the Royal Navy (RN) Type 23 frigate fleet.
 

Combating Piracy; the Different Methods Available

Combating Piracy; the Different Methods Available
 
Piracy provides a serious problem to international shipping in both economic and human terms. The direct monetary cost can be difficult to ascertain, though it is certainly incredibly high: it has been reported that international piracy has an annual cost of more than $6bn. However, the human cost is just as hard to ascertain, and is far more important. Piracy is often romanticised, not taken seriously, or ignored altogether, and yet it is a very serious problem.
Piracy provides a serious problem to international shipping in both economic and human terms. The direct monetary cost can be difficult to ascertain, though it is certainly incredibly high: it has been reported that international piracy has an annual cost of more than $6bn. However, the human cost is just as hard to ascertain, and is far more important. Piracy is often romanticised, not taken seriously, or ignored altogether, and yet it is a very serious problem.
 

Russian Navy Frigate Admiral Gorshkov Project 22350 Testing its A-192 Main Gun in Barents trials

Russian Navy Frigate Admiral Gorshkov Project 22350 Testing its A-192 Main Gun in Barents trials
 
The Russian Northern Fleet’s Project 22350 lead frigate Admiral Gorshkov has used the A-192 130mm universal artillery system to hit aerial targets in the Barents Sea, the fleet’s press office said on Wednesday. The frigate has tested the A-192 artillery system as part of its technical trials.
The Russian Northern Fleet’s Project 22350 lead frigate Admiral Gorshkov has used the A-192 130mm universal artillery system to hit aerial targets in the Barents Sea, the fleet’s press office said on Wednesday. The frigate has tested the A-192 artillery system as part of its technical trials.
 

Italian Navy tests the flexible capabilities of its minesweepers in the Gulf of Taranto

Italian Navy tests the flexible capabilities of its minesweepers in the Gulf of Taranto
 
An operation for the recovery of submerged objects lying on the sea bottom has just been successfully completed in the waters of the Gulf of Taranto. Though being a routine activity for the Italian Navy minesweepers, this operation was exceptional because of the depths of underwater interventions, the size of objects recovered, and the synergistic cooperation with a private company specialized in design and manufacture of underwater vehicles.
An operation for the recovery of submerged objects lying on the sea bottom has just been successfully completed in the waters of the Gulf of Taranto. Though being a routine activity for the Italian Navy minesweepers, this operation was exceptional because of the depths of underwater interventions, the size of objects recovered, and the synergistic cooperation with a private company specialized in design and manufacture of underwater vehicles.
 

SAAB has selected Thales to secure satellite communications for the Royal Norwegian Navy

SAAB has selected Thales to secure satellite communications for the Royal Norwegian Navy
 
The Swedish group SAAB has selected Thales to secure satellite communications for the Royal Norwegian Navy. SAAB's Danish subsidiary will soon be integrating Thales's Modem 21 system on board the navy's new Logistic Support Vessel (LSV).
The Swedish group SAAB has selected Thales to secure satellite communications for the Royal Norwegian Navy. SAAB's Danish subsidiary will soon be integrating Thales's Modem 21 system on board the navy's new Logistic Support Vessel (LSV).
 

China Commissioned the 22nd Type 054A Frigate Xiangtan with PLAN East Sea Fleet

China Commissioned the 22nd Type 054A Frigate Xiangtan with PLAN East Sea Fleet
 
The guided missile frigate Xiangtan (Hull Number 531) officially joined the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN or Chinese Navy) today. A naming and flag-presenting ceremony was held to mark the commissioning of the Type 054A Frigate to the East Sea Fleet of the PLAN at a naval port in Zhoushan city (China's Zhejiang province) on February 24, 2016. Xiangtan is the 22nd Type 054A Frigate and is assigned to the PLAN's East Sea Fleet.
The guided missile frigate Xiangtan (Hull Number 531) officially joined the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN or Chinese Navy) today. A naming and flag-presenting ceremony was held to mark the commissioning of the Type 054A Frigate to the East Sea Fleet of the PLAN at a naval port in Zhoushan city (China's Zhejiang province) on February 24, 2016. Xiangtan is the 22nd Type 054A Frigate and is assigned to the PLAN's East Sea Fleet.
 

Sentient ViDAR trial turns Royal Australian Navy ScanEagle UAV into BAMS platform

Sentient ViDAR trial turns Royal Australian Navy ScanEagle UAV into BAMS platform
 
November’s three-day trial of Sentient Vision’s Kestrel Maritime ViDAR optical detection system aboard a Royal Australian Navy ScanEagle UAV has demonstrated ViDAR’s ability to turn a tactical UAV in to a broad area surveillance (BAMS) asset, capable of covering up to 80 times the previous maritime patrol area in a single sortie.
November’s three-day trial of Sentient Vision’s Kestrel Maritime ViDAR optical detection system aboard a Royal Australian Navy ScanEagle UAV has demonstrated ViDAR’s ability to turn a tactical UAV in to a broad area surveillance (BAMS) asset, capable of covering up to 80 times the previous maritime patrol area in a single sortie.
 

Russian Navy New Project 22160 Patrol Ships to Be Used For Wide Range of Missions

Russian Navy New Project 22160 Patrol Ships to Be Used For Wide Range of Missions
 
The third Project 22160 patrol ship, the Pavel Derzhavin, was laid down at the Gorky Shipyard in the town of Zelenodolsk in the middle of last week. The completion of the first and second ships - the Vassily Bykov and Dmitry Rogachov - has been under way since 2014. In all, six ships of the class were ordered from the shipyard for the Russian Navy’s Black Sea Fleet.
The third Project 22160 patrol ship, the Pavel Derzhavin, was laid down at the Gorky Shipyard in the town of Zelenodolsk in the middle of last week. The completion of the first and second ships - the Vassily Bykov and Dmitry Rogachov - has been under way since 2014. In all, six ships of the class were ordered from the shipyard for the Russian Navy’s Black Sea Fleet.
 

iXBlue to Provide MARINS Inertial Navigation Systems for Swedish Navy A26 Submarines

iXBlue to Provide MARINS Inertial Navigation Systems for Swedish Navy A26 Submarines
 
Saab, a well-known Swedish Defense and Security company, places its trust in iXBlue once again; as part of a 7-year contract, iXBlue will equip the two type A26 next-generation submarines with MARINS units, the state-of-the-art in fiber-optic gyroscope technology.
iXBlue, a global leader in navigation, positioning and imaging solutions, is providing MARINS inertial systems to outfit the Swedish Navy’s two future A26 class submarines.
 

Lockheed Martin Continues Building its Legacy of Submarine Systems Integration

Lockheed Martin Continues Building its Legacy of Submarine Systems Integration
 
Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced today that the newest Virginia-class submarine, John Warner (SSN 785), successfully completed its initial sea trials on Saturday. Sea trials are aggressive operational tests that demonstrate the submarine’s capabilities at sea. John Warner, the first Virginia-class submarine to be named for a person, is being built as part of a teaming arrangement between HII’s Newport News Shipbuilding division and General Dynamics Electric Boat.
For 40 years, Lockheed Martin has supported the U.S. Navy’s submarine program by bringing integrated solutions to complex systems including navigation, sonar, and communications. The U.S. Navy recently demonstrated its trust in Lockheed Martin’s expertise by extending its contract for Submarine C3I System Engineering & Integration (SE&I) services.
 

Russian Navy Northern Fleet Receives a New K-300P Bastion-P Coastal Missile System

Russian Navy Northern Fleet Receives a New K-300P Bastion-P Coastal Missile System
 
A rocket-artillery brigade of the Russian Navy Northern Fleet has started transitioning to the new K-300P Bastion P (NATO reporting name: SS-C-05 Stooge) coastal mobile missile system. According to Russian media, the unit has recently taken delivery of two batteries.
A rocket-artillery brigade of the Russian Navy Northern Fleet has started transitioning to the new K-300P Bastion P (NATO reporting name: SS-C-05 Stooge) coastal mobile missile system. According to Russian media, the unit has recently taken delivery of two batteries.
 

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