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November 2011 Naval Defense Industry and Military Navy News
 
 

DCNS starts building first warship for Russia in France

DCNS starts building first warship for Russia in France
 
French shipbuilder DCNS has received advance payment from Moscow under a $1.2-billion contract and will start the construction of the first warship for the Russian Navy, the DCNS press service said on Wednesday. The two countries signed a contract in June on two French-built Mistral class amphibious assault ships including the transfer of sensitive technology.

French shipbuilder DCNS has received advance payment from Moscow under a $1.2-billion contract and will start the construction of the first warship for the Russian Navy, the DCNS press service said on Wednesday. The two countries signed a contract in June on two French-built Mistral class amphibious assault ships including the transfer of sensitive technology.

 

Chinese Navy Building Up its Submarine Fleet

Chinese Navy Building Up its Submarine Fleet
 
The Chinese Navy is expected to procure 30 more submarines by 2020 and bring the total from the current 62 to 100 by 2030, Hong Kong's Ming Pao daily reported on Tuesday. According to the paper, the U.S. has 75 subs, 26 of them deployed in the Asia-Pacific region. China is building up its Navy, including retrofitting its first aircraft carrier.

The Chinese Navy is expected to procure 30 more submarines by 2020 and bring the total from the current 62 to 100 by 2030, Hong Kong's Ming Pao daily reported on Tuesday. According to the paper, the U.S. has 75 subs, 26 of them deployed in the Asia-Pacific region. China is building up its Navy, including retrofitting its first aircraft carrier.

 

Russian warships, including Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier, head for Syria

Russian warships, including Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier, head for Syria
 
Moscow is deploying warships at its base in the Syrian port of Tartus. The long-planned mission comes, providentially, at the very moment when it could help prevent a potential conflict in the strategically important Middle Eastern country. The Russian battle group will consist of three vessels led by the heavy aircraft-carrying missile cruiser, Admiral Kuznetsov.

Moscow is deploying warships at its base in the Syrian port of Tartus. The long-planned mission comes, providentially, at the very moment when it could help prevent a potential conflict in the strategically important Middle Eastern country. The Russian battle group will consist of three vessels led by the heavy aircraft-carrying missile cruiser, Admiral Kuznetsov.

 

Brahmos achieves Mach 6.5 speed during lab test

Brahmos achieves Mach 6.5 speed during lab test
 
The latest version of Indo-Russian Brahmos cruise missile has achieved a speed of Mach 6.5 during experiments at Hyderabad and the target is to achieve Mach 7, a top DRDO official said here today. "Experiments are being done in Hyderabad. We have completed tests up to Mach 6.5," BrahMos Aerospace Private Limited Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director A Sivathanu Pillai told reporters here.

The latest version of Indo-Russian Brahmos cruise missile has achieved a speed of Mach 6.5 during experiments at Hyderabad and the target is to achieve Mach 7, a top DRDO official said here today. "Experiments are being done in Hyderabad. We have completed tests up to Mach 6.5," BrahMos Aerospace Private Limited Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director A Sivathanu Pillai told reporters here.

 

New Cutting Edge Missile Defence System for ANZAC Ships

New Cutting Edge Missile Defence System for ANZAC Ships
 
Minister for Defence Stephen Smith and Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare today announced that the Government has approved the upgrade of all eight of the Royal Australian Navy’s Anzac Class frigates with an advanced Anti-Ship Missile Defence system. The total project cost is in excess of $650 million, including the funds already spent upgrading HMAS Perth.

Minister for Defence Stephen Smith and Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare today announced that the Government has approved the upgrade of all eight of the Royal Australian Navy’s Anzac Class frigates with an advanced Anti-Ship Missile Defence system. The total project cost is in excess of $650 million, including the funds already spent upgrading HMAS Perth.

 

China's refitted aircraft carrier sets sail for 2nd trial at sea

China's refitted aircraft carrier sets sail for 2nd trial at sea
 
China's refitted aircraft carrier sailed for its second sea trial on Tuesday for relevant scientific research and experiments, Chinese Ministry of National Defense said in a press release. According to the press release, prior to sailing, the aircraft carrier had completed all the refitting and testing work as scheduled after its first sea trial in August.

China's refitted aircraft carrier sailed for its second sea trial on Tuesday for relevant scientific research and experiments, Chinese Ministry of National Defense said in a press release. According to the press release, prior to sailing, the aircraft carrier had completed all the refitting and testing work as scheduled after its first sea trial in August.

 

Iranian Navy Receives 3 new Ghadir-Class Midget-Submarines

Iranian Navy Receives 3 new Ghadir-Class Midget-Submarines
 
The Iranian Navy expanded the fleet of its submarines after it received three more Ghadir-class submarines today, Iranian Army's Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari announced on Saturday. Speaking to reporters in a press conference here in Tehran on Saturday, the Navy commander underlined that all parts of the submarines have been designed and manufactured by Iranian experts.

The Iranian Navy expanded the fleet of its submarines after it received three more Ghadir-class submarines today, Iranian Army's Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari announced on Saturday. Speaking to reporters in a press conference here in Tehran on Saturday, the Navy commander underlined that all parts of the submarines have been designed and manufactured by Iranian experts.

 

Russia refuses to sell arresters for Chinese aircraft carrier

Russia refuses to sell arresters for Chinese aircraft carrier
 
Construction of the first Chinese aircraft carrier faced new unanticipated problems; it turned out that the former Soviet carrier Varyag was not equipped with arresters, and it is unclear where China could get them. In 2007 news agency Kanwa exclusively reported from St. Petersburg that China would buy 4 arresters designed by Marine Engineering Research Institute and made by Proletarsky Zavod plant which produces all Russian arresters and arresting hooks. Earlier on, China had contacts with this plant purchasing constituent parts for Project 956E/EM destroyers.

Construction of the first Chinese aircraft carrier faced new unanticipated problems; it turned out that the former Soviet carrier Varyag was not equipped with arresters, and it is unclear where China could get them. In 2007 news agency Kanwa exclusively reported from St. Petersburg that China would buy 4 arresters designed by Marine Engineering Research Institute and made by Proletarsky Zavod plant which produces all Russian arresters and arresting hooks. Earlier on, China had contacts with this plant purchasing constituent parts for Project 956E/EM destroyers.

 

Brazil is negotiating access to software for its nuclear submarine with France

Brazil is negotiating access to software for its nuclear submarine with France
 
Brazil may obtain a transfer of software technology for the nuclear submarine that it is planning to build in partnership with France. This statement comes from the director of Serviço Federal de Dados Processamento (Serpro), Marcos Mazoni. This technology transfer is not covered by the agreements already signed, but according to Mazoni, the discussions are heading in the right direction and Brazil should have access to source code that control equipments. "It is certain that Brazil will obtain the transfer."

Brazil may obtain a transfer of software technology for the nuclear submarine that it is planning to build in partnership with France. This statement comes from the director of Serviço Federal de Dados Processamento (Serpro), Marcos Mazoni. This technology transfer is not covered by the agreements already signed, but according to Mazoni, the discussions are heading in the right direction and Brazil should have access to source code that control equipments. "It is certain that Brazil will obtain the transfer."

 

DGA (French Procurement Agency) delivers first L-CAT/EDA-R landing catamaran to French Navy

DGA (French Procurement Agency) delivers first L-CAT/EDA-R landing catamaran to French Navy
 
On November 24, 2011 the Direction Générale de l'Armement (DGA - French Procurement Agency) has taken delivery of the first fast amphibious landing craft (dubbed EDA-R for "engin de débarquement amphibie rapide"). The EDA-R offers five times the landing capacity of existing landing craft currently in service with the French Navy. The EDA-R will be used by the Marine Nationale's Mistral class LHDs.

On November 24, 2011 the Direction Générale de l'Armement (DGA - French Procurement Agency) has taken delivery of the first fast amphibious landing craft (dubbed EDA-R for "engin de débarquement amphibie rapide"). The EDA-R offers five times the landing capacity of existing landing craft currently in service with the French Navy. The EDA-R will be used by the Marine Nationale's Mistral class LHDs.

 

DCNS Gowind Offshore Patrol Vessel L'Adroit Leaves Lorient for Toulon

DCNS Gowind Offshore Patrol Vessel L'Adroit Leaves Lorient for Toulon
 
Eighteen months after construction began, the Gowind offshore patrol vessel L'Adroit, an innovative maritime safety and security platform, has left DCNS's Lorient shipyard, where it was built, on a course for France's Toulon naval base, its home port. Built under a DCNS-funded programme, L'Adroit incorporates a number of major innovations. DCNS has made the vessel available to the French Navy for three years, and over the next few months it will have a chance to demonstrate its exceptional operational qualities on French Navy missions.

Eighteen months after construction began, the Gowind offshore patrol vessel L'Adroit, an innovative maritime safety and security platform, has left DCNS's Lorient shipyard, where it was built, on a course for France's Toulon naval base, its home port. Built under a DCNS-funded programme, L'Adroit incorporates a number of major innovations. DCNS has made the vessel available to the French Navy for three years, and over the next few months it will have a chance to demonstrate its exceptional operational qualities on French Navy missions.

 

Iran Equips Navy with Highly Advanced "Qader" (Mighty) Anti-Ship Cruise Missile

Iran Equips Navy with Highly Advanced "Qader" (Mighty) Anti-Ship Cruise Missile
 
The Iranian Defense Ministry on Wednesday supplied a large number of highly advanced coast-to-sea cruise missiles to the Army's naval forces. The missiles were delivered to the Navy in a ceremony attended by Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi and Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari.

The Iranian Defense Ministry on Wednesday supplied a large number of highly advanced coast-to-sea cruise missiles to the Army's naval forces. The missiles were delivered to the Navy in a ceremony attended by Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi and Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari.

 

Indian Navy launches Request For Proposal for 4 amphibious vessels (LHD type)

Indian Navy launches Request For Proposal for 4 amphibious vessels (LHD type)
 
The Indian Navy has launched a request for proposal to build four large projection vessels with dual helicopter carrier and amphibious role. Indian shipyards were consulted but they had no design to propose. Indian Navy is therefore contacting foreign partners for proposals.

The Indian Navy has launched a request for proposal to build four large projection vessels with dual helicopter carrier and amphibious role. Indian shipyards were consulted but they had no design to propose. Indian Navy is therefore contacting foreign partners for proposals.

 

Second SIGMA class frigate for Royal Moroccan Navy successfully completes sea trials

Second SIGMA class frigate for Royal Moroccan Navy successfully completes sea trials
 
Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding (DSNS) has successfully completed the sea acceptance trials (SAT) for the second SIGMA class frigate of the Royal Moroccan navy in the North Sea, the company announced Tuesday.

Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding (DSNS) has successfully completed the sea acceptance trials (SAT) for the second SIGMA class frigate of the Royal Moroccan navy in the North Sea, the company announced Tuesday.

 

Second project 06363 submarine "Rostov-on-don" laid down at Admiralty Shipyard

Second project 06363 submarine "Rostov-on-don" laid down at Admiralty Shipyard
 
Solemn ceremony of conventional submarine (SSK) B-237 "Rostov-on-Don" was held on November 21, 2011 in the shipyard of "Admiralty Shipyards". The ceremony was attended by members of the Russian government, the administration of St. Petersburg Admiralty Shipyards leadership, representatives of the designer and the customer - CDB ME "Rubin" and the Russian Navy.

Solemn ceremony of conventional submarine (SSK) B-237 "Rostov-on-Don" was held on November 21, 2011 in the shipyard of "Admiralty Shipyards". The ceremony was attended by members of the Russian government, the administration of St. Petersburg Admiralty Shipyards leadership, representatives of the designer and the customer - CDB ME "Rubin" and the Russian Navy.

 

HMS Defender, fifth ship of Type 45 class destroyer successfully completes first set of sea trials

HMS Defender, fifth ship of Type 45 class destroyer successfully completes first set of sea trials
 
Defender, the Royal Navy's fifth Type 45 destroyer, has successfully completed her first set of sea trials, with her speed, manoeuvrability, sensors and weapons having been tested over three weeks off Scotland. The £1bn warship is the fifth of six built for the Royal Navy, and following the trials has now returned to the BAE Systems yard in Scotstoun, Glasgow, where she was built.

Defender, the Royal Navy's fifth Type 45 destroyer, has successfully completed her first set of sea trials, with her speed, manoeuvrability, sensors and weapons having been tested over three weeks off Scotland. The £1bn warship is the fifth of six built for the Royal Navy, and following the trials has now returned to the BAE Systems yard in Scotstoun, Glasgow, where she was built.

 

USS San Diego landing platform dock (LPD-22) completes Navy trials

USS San Diego landing platform dock (LPD-22) completes Navy trials
 
The amphibious transport dock San Diego—also called LPD 22—has successfully completed its Navy acceptance trials, Ingalls Shipbuilding said. Shipbuilders will spend the next month putting the final touches on the LPD 17-class vessel to be delivered in mid-December

The amphibious transport dock San Diego—also called LPD 22—has successfully completed its Navy acceptance trials, Ingalls Shipbuilding said. Shipbuilders will spend the next month putting the final touches on the LPD 17-class vessel to be delivered in mid-December

 

Russia has no plan to build aircraft carriers before 2020: minister

Russia has no plan to build aircraft carriers before 2020: minister
 
Russia is sending its northern fleet led by the country's only aircraft carrier, the "Admiral Kuznetsov," to the Mediterranean Sea for exercises, daily Hürriyet reported on its website Thursday.

MOSCOW, Nov. 18 (Xinhua) -- Russia didn't plan to build aircraft carriers before 2020 but was going to further develop its Bulava intercontinental ballistic missile, Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdykov said Friday.

 

Indian Coast Guard launches tender for 16 choppers for anti-terror role

Indian Coast Guard launches tender for 16 choppers for anti-terror role
 
New Delhi: The Indian Coast Guard has floated a global tender worth over USD 200 million to procure 16 light helicopters to be deployed on its warships for preventing any 26/11 type attack. "The global Request for Proposal (RFP) for procuring these choppers was issued a couple of months ago and companies have been asked to submit their bids by December," a Defence Ministry official told a news agency

New Delhi: The Indian Coast Guard has floated a global tender worth over USD 200 million to procure 16 light helicopters to be deployed on its warships for preventing any 26/11 type attack. "The global Request for Proposal (RFP) for procuring these choppers was issued a couple of months ago and companies have been asked to submit their bids by December," a Defence Ministry official told a news agency

 

Space Florida and Lockheed Martin Collaborate for Marlin autonomous underwater vehicle

Space Florida and Lockheed Martin Collaborate for Marlin autonomous underwater vehicle
 
Space Florida and Lockheed Martin have signed an agreement to advance the testing and production of a new autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) known as Marlin™ in support of aerospace economic development in the state of Florida. Lockheed Martin will outfit the Marlin systems with sophisticated sensors and imaging equipment to conduct commercial underwater inspections. The systems are well suited for use in the oil and gas industry as a safe and cost-effective way to inspect underwater infrastructure and pipelines, especially after severe weather such as hurricanes.

Space Florida and Lockheed Martin have signed an agreement to advance the testing and production of a new autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) known as Marlin™ in support of aerospace economic development in the state of Florida. Lockheed Martin will outfit the Marlin systems with sophisticated sensors and imaging equipment to conduct commercial underwater inspections. The systems are well suited for use in the oil and gas industry as a safe and cost-effective way to inspect underwater infrastructure and pipelines, especially after severe weather such as hurricanes.

 

General Dynamics Bath Iron Works Lays Keel of DDG 1000, First Zumwalt-class Destroyer

General Dynamics Bath Iron Works Lays Keel of DDG 1000, First Zumwalt-class Destroyer
 
On Thursday, November 17, General Dynamics Bath Iron Works celebrated the keel laying of Zumwalt (DDG 1000), the first ship in the planned three-ship Zumwalt class of guided-missile destroyers. The keel unit is the 4,000-ton, heavily outfitted mid-forebody section of the ship, which was moved from the shipyard’s Ultra Hall construction facility onto the building ways in late October.

On Thursday, November 17, General Dynamics Bath Iron Works celebrated the keel laying of Zumwalt (DDG 1000), the first ship in the planned three-ship Zumwalt class of guided-missile destroyers. The keel unit is the 4,000-ton, heavily outfitted mid-forebody section of the ship, which was moved from the shipyard’s Ultra Hall construction facility onto the building ways in late October.

 

Hyundai Heavy Industries, DSME and Fincantieri named final candidates for MARS program

Hyundai Heavy Industries, DSME and Fincantieri named final candidates for MARS program
 
Two Korean shipbuilders and one from Italy have been listed among the three finalists for the Royal Navy's project to purchase logistics support vessels (MARS program - Military Afloat Reach and Sustainability), the Korean state procurement agency said Thursday.

Two Korean shipbuilders and one from Italy have been listed among the three finalists for the Royal Navy's project to purchase logistics support vessels (MARS program - Military Afloat Reach and Sustainability), the Korean state procurement agency said Thursday.

 

Pictures of a new Chinese Maritime Patrol Aircraft have surfaced

Pictures of a new Chinese Maritime Patrol Aircraft have surfaced
 
Pictures of a new type of PLAN Maritime Patrol Aircraft have surfaced on the internet.

Pictures of a new type of PLAN Maritime Patrol Aircraft have surfaced on the internet.
Those pictures show a new quad-turboprop aircraft with high wing configuration, a weapon bay and a radar dome under the nose.
This new type could be either be the Y-8GX-6 or even the new Y-9 ASW/MPA.

 

EADS North America delivers first CN235 Maritime Patrol Aircraft to Mexico under U.S. FMS

EADS North America delivers first CN235 Maritime Patrol Aircraft to Mexico under U.S. FMS
 
EADS North America has delivered the first of four Airbus Military CN235-300 Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) it will supply to the Mexican Navy. The program is a foreign military sales contract managed by the U.S. Coast Guard. The Coast Guard uses a configuration of this same twin-engine aircraft – the HC-144A Ocean Sentry – for its own patrol, surveillance, transport and disaster relief mission duties.

EADS North America has delivered the first of four Airbus Military CN235-300 Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) it will supply to the Mexican Navy. The program is a foreign military sales contract managed by the U.S. Coast Guard. The Coast Guard uses a configuration of this same twin-engine aircraft – the HC-144A Ocean Sentry – for its own patrol, surveillance, transport and disaster relief mission duties.

 

Russian Navy to conduct test launches of Bulava missile from Borey class submarine

Russian Navy to conduct test launches of Bulava missile from Borey class submarine
 
Russia will carry out the last test of the Bulava ballistic missile this year by the end of November, a defense industry source said on Wednesday. “It will be a salvo launch from the Yury Dolgoruky strategic submarine, and it will involve at least two missiles,” the source said.

Russia will carry out the last test of the Bulava ballistic missile this year by the end of November, a defense industry source said on Wednesday. “It will be a salvo launch from the Yury Dolgoruky strategic submarine, and it will involve at least two missiles,” the source said.

 

North Korea tests modified SS-N-2 Styx anti-ship missiles (P-15 Termit) in Yellow Sea

North Korea tests modified SS-N-2 Styx anti-ship missiles (P-15 Termit) in Yellow Sea
 
North Korea has recently tested anti-vessel missiles in the Yellow Sea, a government source said Wednesday. "In October and earlier this month, North Korea flew its IL-28 bomber to test anti-ship missiles in the Yellow Sea waters," the source said, adding that the missiles are reportedly the modified versions of the North's Styx ground-to-ship missiles.

North Korea has recently tested anti-vessel missiles in the Yellow Sea, a government source said Wednesday. "In October and earlier this month, North Korea flew its IL-28 bomber to test anti-ship missiles in the Yellow Sea waters," the source said, adding that the missiles are reportedly the modified versions of the North's Styx ground-to-ship missiles.

 

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