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February 2012 Maritime Defense Industry and World Naval Forces News
 
 

Russian Navy Mistrals to be fitted with Offensive Weapons

Russian Navy Mistrals to be fitted with Offensive Weapons
 
According to ITAR-TASS citing a source in Russian defense industry newest Russian strike and defensive weapon systems including supersonic cruise missiles will be fitted on all four Mistral-class amphibious assault ships built for Russian Navy in France and Russia.

According to ITAR-TASS citing a source in Russian defense industry newest Russian strike and defensive weapon systems including supersonic cruise missiles will be fitted on all four Mistral-class amphibious assault ships built for Russian Navy in France and Russia.

 

New Krivak IV class Frigate (Project 11356) to be laid down for Russian Navy

New Krivak IV class Frigate (Project 11356) to be laid down for Russian Navy
 
The Yantar Shipyard in the Baltic exclave of Kaliningrad will start on Wednesday the construction of a new Krivak IV class frigate for Russia's Black Sea Fleet.

The Yantar Shipyard in the Baltic exclave of Kaliningrad will start on Wednesday the construction of a new Krivak IV class frigate for Russia's Black Sea Fleet.

 

Indian MoD approves 9 maritime patrol aircraft buy as part of MRMR

Indian MoD approves 9 maritime patrol aircraft buy as part of MRMR
 
The Defense Acquisitions Council of the Indian Ministry of Defense has launched a procurment process for nine Medium Range Maritime Reconnaissance (MRMR) aircraft for the Indian Navy. The Acceptance of Necessity this week came after the evaluation of data provided by manufacturers in response to the Request for Information issued a year ago.

The Defense Acquisitions Council of the Indian Ministry of Defense has launched a procurment process for nine Medium Range Maritime Reconnaissance (MRMR) aircraft for the Indian Navy. The Acceptance of Necessity this week came after the evaluation of data provided by manufacturers in response to the Request for Information issued a year ago.

 

DCNS India delivers to MDL the first locally produced Scorpene submarines equipments

DCNS India delivers to MDL the first locally produced Scorpene submarines equipments
 
The delivery, managed by DCNS India, was achieved on time, meeting all the stringent quality standards required for on-board use on a submarine (100% quality compliance).

The delivery, managed by DCNS India, was achieved on time, meeting all the stringent quality standards required for on-board use on a submarine (100% quality compliance).

 

U.S. Navy Successfully Launches Next Generation Communications Satellite

U.S. Navy Successfully Launches Next Generation Communications Satellite
 
The Navy's first Mobile User Objective System satellite was launched Feb. 24 from Space Launch Complex 41. MUOS is a next-generation narrowband tactical communications system designed to improve communications for U.S. forces on the move. MUOS will provide military users simultaneous voice, video and data capability by leveraging 3G mobile communications technology.

The Navy's first Mobile User Objective System satellite was launched Feb. 24 from Space Launch Complex 41. MUOS is a next-generation narrowband tactical communications system designed to improve communications for U.S. forces on the move. MUOS will provide military users simultaneous voice, video and data capability by leveraging 3G mobile communications technology.

 

Military Sealift Command and MV-22 Osprey Make History During Bold Alligator 2012

Military Sealift Command and MV-22 Osprey Make History During Bold Alligator 2012
 
The U.S. Navy issued the following press release:

The U.S. Navy issued the following press release:
For the first time in an at-sea exercise, an MV-22 Osprey landed aboard a Military Sealift Command (MSC) ship while conducting a proof of concept test during Bold Alligator 2012 (BA12) Feb. 9.

 

Navies of Black Sea littoral states plan BLACKSEAFOR exercises

Navies of Black Sea littoral states plan BLACKSEAFOR exercises
 
The Navies of Black Sea littoral states began to plan BLACKSEAFOR exercises due this year, spokesman for the Russian Black Sea Fleet Captain First Rank Vyacheslav Trukhachev told Itar-Tass.

The Navies of Black Sea littoral states began to plan BLACKSEAFOR exercises due this year, spokesman for the Russian Black Sea Fleet Captain First Rank Vyacheslav Trukhachev told Itar-Tass.

 

Pictures of Israeli Navy new AIP equipped Dolphin class submarine surface

Pictures of Israeli Navy new AIP equipped Dolphin class submarine surface
 
Images of the next AIP Dolphin class submarine have surfaced as the vessel was getting prepared for its launch in the water at the German shipbuilder Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft (HDW) shipyard in Kiel. This is the first of at least two (and up to three) new generation of Dolphin class submarine for the Israeli Navy.

Images of the next AIP Dolphin class submarine have surfaced as the vessel was getting prepared for its launch in the water at the German shipbuilder Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft (HDW) shipyard in Kiel. This is the first of at least two (and up to three) new generation of Dolphin class submarine for the Israeli Navy.

 

Poland Prime Minister Donald Tusk cancels Gawron (Rook) class Corvette Project (Projekt 621)

Poland Prime Minister Donald Tusk cancels Gawron (Rook) class Corvette Project (Projekt 621)
 
The Polish government has terminated a warship building project seen as a drain on the nation’s resources, Prime Minister Donald Tusk said on Friday. “Vast amounts of money are still being spent on the Polish military that simply have nothing to do with defense,” Polish Radio External Service quoted him as saying.

The Polish government has terminated a warship building project seen as a drain on the nation’s resources, Prime Minister Donald Tusk said on Friday. “Vast amounts of money are still being spent on the Polish military that simply have nothing to do with defense,” Polish Radio External Service quoted him as saying.

 

Leased Nerpa (K-152 of Project 971 "Shchuka-B") nuclear sub to arrive in India in late March.

Leased Nerpa (K-152 of Project 971 "Shchuka-B") nuclear sub to arrive in India in late March.
 
The nuclear-powered submarine leased from Russia for ten year, will arrive in India in late March, a source close to the Indian Ministry of Defense, told Itar-Tass.

The nuclear-powered submarine leased from Russia for ten year, will arrive in India in late March, a source close to the Indian Ministry of Defense, told Itar-Tass.

 

DSME wins Royal Navy contract for 4 MARS tankers vessels for Royal Fleet Auxiliary

DSME wins Royal Navy contract for 4 MARS tankers vessels for Royal Fleet Auxiliary
 
A new generation of 37,000-tonne tankers is to be ordered for the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) to support future Royal Navy operations around the globe, the MOD has announced on 22 feb. Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) is the Government's preferred bidder for the deal.

A new generation of 37,000-tonne tankers is to be ordered for the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) to support future Royal Navy operations around the globe, the MOD has announced on 22 feb. Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) is the Government's preferred bidder for the deal.

 

Royal Air Force test pilot marks milestone in the F-35C Joint Combat Aircraft

Royal Air Force test pilot marks milestone in the F-35C Joint Combat Aircraft
 
On Feb. 21, Royal Air Force (RAF) Squadron Leader Jim Schofield became the United Kingdom’s first military test pilot to fly the F-35C, the carrier variant of the Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) aircraft.

On Feb. 21, Royal Air Force (RAF) Squadron Leader Jim Schofield became the United Kingdom’s first military test pilot to fly the F-35C, the carrier variant of the Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) aircraft.

 

DCNS conducts first helicopter deck landing trials on FREMM Aquitaine

DCNS conducts first helicopter deck landing trials on FREMM Aquitaine
 
DCNS has achieved formal qualification of the FREMM frigate Aquitaine's flight deck for operations with the Lynx helicopter. This milestone was reached several months ahead of schedule after a successful deck landing campaign at sea, organised by the French defence procurement agency (DGA) in early February. Trials were conducted with a Lynx helicopter operated by the French Navy.

DCNS has achieved formal qualification of the FREMM frigate Aquitaine's flight deck for operations with the Lynx helicopter. This milestone was reached several months ahead of schedule after a successful deck landing campaign at sea, organised by the French defence procurement agency (DGA) in early February. Trials were conducted with a Lynx helicopter operated by the French Navy.

 

Islamic Republic of Iran Navy Vessels docked at the port of Tartus in Syria

Islamic Republic of Iran Navy Vessels docked at the port of Tartus in Syria
 
Two Islamic Republic of Iran warships docked at the Syrian port of Tartus, Tehran’s state television reported on Monday, adding that their crew would train Syrian sailors.

Two Islamic Republic of Iran warships docked at the Syrian port of Tartus, Tehran’s state television reported on Monday, adding that their crew would train Syrian sailors.

 

Mistral Warships for Russia to Get Russian Weaponry

Mistral Warships for Russia to Get Russian Weaponry
 
The Mistral class amphibious assault ships built in France for the Russian Navy will be equipped with Russian-made weaponry, Navy Commander Adm. Vladimir Vysotsky said on Thursday.

The Mistral class amphibious assault ships built in France for the Russian Navy will be equipped with Russian-made weaponry, Navy Commander Adm. Vladimir Vysotsky said on Thursday.

 

BAE Systems begins Construction of Second Carrier HMS PRINCE OF WALES at Portsmouth

BAE Systems begins Construction of Second Carrier HMS PRINCE OF WALES at Portsmouth
 
Production on HMS PRINCE OF WALES, the second Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carrier, has started today at BAE Systems in Portsmouth Naval Base – the future home of the Queen Elizabeth Class.

Production on HMS PRINCE OF WALES, the second Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carrier, has started today at BAE Systems in Portsmouth Naval Base – the future home of the Queen Elizabeth Class.

 

MBDA Aster surface to air missile to be tested against supersonic target

MBDA Aster surface to air missile to be tested against supersonic target
 
The Marine Nationale (French Navy) will test the naval version of the Aster 30 against a US made GQM 163A Coyote simulating a sea skimming supersonic anti-ship missile. This follows the succesful interception of an Israeli made Black Sparrow missile (simulating a SCUD missile) by Aster SAM.

The Marine Nationale (French Navy) will test the naval version of the Aster 30 against a US made GQM 163A Coyote simulating a sea skimming supersonic anti-ship missile. This follows the succesful interception of an Israeli made Black Sparrow missile (simulating a SCUD missile) by Aster SAM.

 

Russia, Vietnam to Jointly Manufacture SS-N-25 'Switchblade' (Kh-35E Uran) Anti-Ship Missiles

Russia, Vietnam to Jointly Manufacture SS-N-25 'Switchblade' (Kh-35E Uran) Anti-Ship Missiles
 
Russia and Vietnam are planning to start in 2012 joint production of a modified anti-ship missile, head of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation Mikhail Dmitriyev said on Wednesday.

Russia and Vietnam are planning to start in 2012 joint production of a modified anti-ship missile, head of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation Mikhail Dmitriyev said on Wednesday.

 

Abu Dhabi Ship Building launches 'Mezyad', fourth vessel of Baynunah Class for the UAE Navy

Abu Dhabi Ship Building launches 'Mezyad', fourth vessel of Baynunah Class for the UAE Navy
 
Abu Dhabi Ship Building (ADSB), the leading shipbuilder and naval support services provider in the Gulf region launched "Mezyad", the fourth vessel of the Baynunah Corvette Class Program for the UAE Navy and the third vessel under the Baynunah fleet constructed by ADSB. The vessel was launched in the presence of senior officials from the UAE Navy and ADSB.

Abu Dhabi Ship Building (ADSB), the leading shipbuilder and naval support services provider in the Gulf region launched "Mezyad", the fourth vessel of the Baynunah Corvette Class Program for the UAE Navy and the third vessel under the Baynunah fleet constructed by ADSB. The vessel was launched in the presence of senior officials from the UAE Navy and ADSB.

 

Exercise Proud Manta 2012 gets underway

Exercise Proud Manta 2012 gets underway
 
Nisida, Naples 14 February 2012: During the night between the 13 and 14 February, five NATO submarines slipped their moorings and disappeared into the winter waters off Sicily. At the same time 12 surface vessels steamed out to the exercise area to begin a complex game of cat and mouse which will last until 24 February. Proud Manta 12, NATO’s largest annual anti-submarine exercise, is underway.

Nisida, Naples 14 February 2012: During the night between the 13 and 14 February, five NATO submarines slipped their moorings and disappeared into the winter waters off Sicily. At the same time 12 surface vessels steamed out to the exercise area to begin a complex game of cat and mouse which will last until 24 February. Proud Manta 12, NATO’s largest annual anti-submarine exercise, is underway.

 

Raytheon Delivers First International Maritime Surveillance Radar to Boeing for Indian Navy P-8I

Raytheon Delivers First International Maritime Surveillance Radar to Boeing for Indian Navy P-8I
 
Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has delivered the first international version of its APY-10 surveillance radar to Boeing. The radar will be installed on the P-8I aircraft Boeing is building for the Indian navy.

Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has delivered the first international version of its APY-10 surveillance radar to Boeing. The radar will be installed on the P-8I aircraft Boeing is building for the Indian navy.

 

Japan lays keel for 22DDH Helicopter Carrier

Japan lays keel for 22DDH Helicopter Carrier
 
A keel-laying ceremony for the first 22DDH helicopter carrier for the Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF) was held at IHI Marine United's (IHIMU's) Yokohama on 27 January 2012. Japan already has two helicopter carriers -- the Hyuga deployed in March 2009 and the Ise deployed in March 2011 -- but the new vessel will be bigger.

A keel-laying ceremony for the first 22DDH helicopter carrier for the Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF) was held at IHI Marine United's (IHIMU's) Yokohama on 27 January 2012. Japan already has two helicopter carriers -- the Hyuga deployed in March 2009 and the Ise deployed in March 2011 -- but the new vessel will be bigger.

 

Russian Navy to Drop Lada Class Submarine (Project 677) and modernize existing boats

Russian Navy to Drop Lada Class Submarine (Project 677) and modernize existing boats
 
The Russian Navy has decided against construction of Lada class submarines (Project 677) and will instead modernize its existing boats, Navy Commander-in-Chief Adm. Vladimir Vysotsky said in an interview with RIA Novosti.

The Russian Navy has decided against construction of Lada class submarines (Project 677) and will instead modernize its existing boats, Navy Commander-in-Chief Adm. Vladimir Vysotsky said in an interview with RIA Novosti.

 

Iran starts manufacturing Jamaran 2 "destroyer"

Iran starts manufacturing Jamaran 2 "destroyer"
 
Iran has started manufacturing Jamaran 2 "destroyer", Iran's Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said at a press conference, IRINN reported.

Iran has started manufacturing Jamaran 2 "destroyer", Iran's Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said at a press conference, IRINN reported.


 

Iranian Navy Receives 2 new Ghadir-Class Midget-Submarines

Iranian Navy Receives 2 new Ghadir-Class Midget-Submarines
 
The Iranian Navy expanded the fleet of its submarines after it received two more Ghadir-class submarines. Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said on Thursday that the two new submarines have been added to the submarine fleet of the Islamic Republic of Iran's Navy.

The Iranian Navy expanded the fleet of its submarines after it received two more Ghadir-class submarines. Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said on Thursday that the two new submarines have been added to the submarine fleet of the Islamic Republic of Iran's Navy.

 

French Navy new Landing Craft demonstrates interoperability with U.S Navy LPD-17 during BA12

French Navy new Landing Craft demonstrates interoperability with U.S Navy LPD-17 during BA12
 
During Bold Alligator 2012, French Navy's new fast amphibious landing craft (L-CAT/EDA-R) has successfully completed several amphibious maneuvers test on USS San Antonio (LPD-17).

During Bold Alligator 2012, French Navy's new fast amphibious landing craft (L-CAT/EDA-R) has successfully completed several amphibious maneuvers test on USS San Antonio (LPD-17).

 

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