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March 2013 Maritime Defense Industry and World Naval Forces News
 
 

USNS Montford Point mobile landing platform ship (MLP 1) Successfully Completes Sea Trials

USNS Montford Point mobile landing platform ship (MLP 1) Successfully Completes Sea Trials
 
The US Navy's first Mobile Landing Platform, USNS Montford Point (MLP 1), successfully completed builder's sea trials on March 20, in San Diego, Calif. MLP 1 was constructed by General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding Co. (NASSCO).
The US Navy's first Mobile Landing Platform, USNS Montford Point (MLP 1), successfully completed builder's sea trials on March 20, in San Diego, Calif. MLP 1 was constructed by General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding Co. (NASSCO).
 

U.S. Navy Delivers two more 35-meter Swiftships Coastal Patrol Boats to Iraq

U.S. Navy Delivers two more 35-meter Swiftships Coastal Patrol Boats to Iraq
 
The U.S. Navy delivered two more 35-meter patrol boats (PB-310 and PB-311) to the Iraqi Navy at the Umm Qasr naval facility in Iraq, Feb. 17, after each craft successfully completed reactivation in Bahrain.
The U.S. Navy delivered two more 35-meter patrol boats (PB-310 and PB-311) to the Iraqi Navy at the Umm Qasr naval facility in Iraq, Feb. 17, after each craft successfully completed reactivation in Bahrain.
 

Chinese Navy Liaoning Aircraft Carrier's H/PJ-14 (Type 1130) new generation CIWS

Chinese Navy Liaoning Aircraft Carrier's H/PJ-14 (Type 1130) new generation CIWS
 
Recent pictures have emmerged on the Chinese internet showing the nation's Aircraft Carrier Liaoning new Close in Weapon System (CIWS) in action. The new generation CIWS, called H/PJ-14, is reported by Chinese media to be of the third generation.
Recent pictures have emmerged on the Chinese internet showing the nation's Aircraft Carrier Liaoning new Close in Weapon System (CIWS) in action. The new generation CIWS, called H/PJ-14, is reported by Chinese media to be of the third generation.
 

Third Steregushchiy class Corvette (Project 20380) "Boiky" starts sea trials with Russian Navy

Third Steregushchiy class Corvette (Project 20380) "Boiky" starts sea trials with Russian Navy
 
The third Russian Project 20380 Steregushchiy class corvette is undergoing sea trials in the Baltic Sea. There are four more weeks of testing planned for the Boiky. Testing includes maneuvering and speed trials and an evaluation of mechanical, weapon, navigation, and radar systems.
The third Russian Project 20380 Steregushchiy class corvette is undergoing sea trials in the Baltic Sea. There are four more weeks of testing planned for the Boiky. Testing includes maneuvering and speed trials and an evaluation of mechanical, weapon, navigation, and radar systems.
 

General Dynamics awarded contract modification for MK46 Mod 2 Naval Gun Systems

General Dynamics awarded contract modification for MK46 Mod 2 Naval Gun Systems
 
General Dynamics Land Systems is being awarded a $25,692,736 modification to previously awarded contract to exercise an option for the production of MK46 MOD 2 Gun Weapon Systems, including associated spares and shore based parts.
General Dynamics Land Systems is being awarded a $25,692,736 modification to previously awarded contract to exercise an option for the production of MK46 MOD 2 Gun Weapon Systems, including associated spares and shore based parts.
 

India successfully launches BRAHMOS missile from underwater

India successfully launches BRAHMOS missile from underwater
 
The submarine-launched version of BRAHMOS supersonic cruise missile was successfully test-fired at 1410 hrs on Wednesday (20th March 2013) from a submerged platform in Bay of Bengal off the coast of Visakhapatnam.
The submarine-launched version of BRAHMOS supersonic cruise missile was successfully test-fired at 1410 hrs on Wednesday (20th March 2013) from a submerged platform in Bay of Bengal off the coast of Visakhapatnam.
 

Sagem wins design study contract for inertial guidance systems on tomorrow's tactical missiles

Sagem wins design study contract for inertial guidance systems on tomorrow's tactical missiles
 
French defense procurement agency DGA has awarded Sagem (Safran) a design study contract concerning inertial navigation systems for new- generation tactical missiles. According to the terms of this contract, Sagem is responsible for the design and construction of inertial reference units for these missiles.
French defense procurement agency DGA has awarded Sagem (Safran) a design study contract concerning inertial navigation systems for new- generation tactical missiles. According to the terms of this contract, Sagem is responsible for the design and construction of inertial reference units for these missiles.
 

Russia to modernize its fleet of Project 971 (Akula class) nuclear-powered attack submarines

Russia to modernize its fleet of Project 971 (Akula class) nuclear-powered attack submarines
 
Russia will modernize its fleet of the third-generation Project 971 (Akula class) nuclear-powered attack submarines, Vladimir Dorofeyev, head of the Malakhit Design Bureau, said.
Russia will modernize its fleet of the third-generation Project 971 (Akula class) nuclear-powered attack submarines, Vladimir Dorofeyev, head of the Malakhit Design Bureau, said.
 

Russian Navy Krivak IV Frigates (Project 11356) to be fitted with 3M-54E Klub-N (SS-N-27 Sizzler)

Russian Navy Krivak IV Frigates (Project 11356) to be fitted with 3M-54E Klub-N (SS-N-27 Sizzler)
 
Russia will install Kalibr (SS-N-27 Sizzler) missile systems on three of its Project 11356 frigates, the Baltic shipbuilding plant said on Monday. The plant, affiliated with the United Shipbuilding Corporation, will manufacture the missile systems for the Yantar shipyard before the end of 2014.

Russia will install Kalibr (SS-N-27 Sizzler) missile systems on three of its Project 11356 frigates, the Baltic shipbuilding plant said on Monday. The plant, affiliated with the United Shipbuilding Corporation, will manufacture the missile systems for the Yantar shipyard before the end of 2014.

 

Cassidian Optronics modernizes sighting systems of Colombian Navy submarines

Cassidian Optronics modernizes sighting systems of Colombian Navy submarines
 
Cassidian Optronics improves the mission effectiveness of the 209 class submarines of the Colombian Navy by installing state-of-the-art sighting systems. After the already ordered refurbishment of an attack periscope, the Colombian Navy has now ordered a SERO 250 search periscope from Cassidian Optronics for a 209 Class submarine. Cassidian Optronics is the well-known producer of optronic mast systems and periscopes for submarines, formerly known as Carl Zeiss Optronics.
Cassidian Optronics improves the mission effectiveness of the 209 class submarines of the Colombian Navy by installing state-of-the-art sighting systems. After the already ordered refurbishment of an attack periscope, the Colombian Navy has now ordered a SERO 250 search periscope from Cassidian Optronics for a 209 Class submarine. Cassidian Optronics is the well-known producer of optronic mast systems and periscopes for submarines, formerly known as Carl Zeiss Optronics.
 

U.S. Navy Lays Keel for Pre-Commissioning Unit John Warner (SSN 785), Virginia class SSN

U.S. Navy Lays Keel for Pre-Commissioning Unit John Warner (SSN 785), Virginia class SSN
 
The U.S. Navy celebrated the keel laying of Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) John Warner (SSN 785) at Huntington Ingalls Industries - Newport News Shipbuilding (HII -NNS) in Newport News, Va., March 16. The submarine is named for former five-term U.S. Senator from Virginia and Secretary of the Navy John Warner.
The U.S. Navy celebrated the keel laying of Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) John Warner (SSN 785) at Huntington Ingalls Industries - Newport News Shipbuilding (HII -NNS) in Newport News, Va., March 16. The submarine is named for former five-term U.S. Senator from Virginia and Secretary of the Navy John Warner.
 

Iran Launches news "Jamaran 2" Frigate in Caspian Sea

Iran Launches news "Jamaran 2" Frigate in Caspian Sea
 
Iran launched its second Mowdge class "destroyer" (Frigate class according to western standards), dubbed as "Jamaran 2", on Sunday after a reported development that took six years. The "Jamaran 2" appears to be an evolution of the existing Jamaran Frigate design, sporting new electronic and weapon systems.
Iran launched its second Mowdge class "destroyer" (Frigate class according to western standards), dubbed as "Jamaran 2", on Sunday after a reported development that took six years. The "Jamaran 2" appears to be an evolution of the existing Jamaran Frigate design, sporting new electronic and weapon systems.
 

Selex ES delivers ATOS surveillance kit for Beechcraft Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA)

Selex ES delivers ATOS surveillance kit for Beechcraft Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA)
 
After more than 80 hours of flight testing, Selex ES, a Finmeccanica company, have handed over to Corporate Aircraft SA, exclusive distributor of Beechcraft, purc hasing as prime contractor for an undisclosed end-user a Beechcraft King Air 350ER equipped with the company’s Airborne Tactical Observation and Surveillance (ATOS) system. The end user has expressed their satisfaction with the system performance demonstra ted during the flight tests.
After more than 80 hours of flight testing, Selex ES, a Finmeccanica company, have handed over to Corporate Aircraft SA, exclusive distributor of Beechcraft, purc hasing as prime contractor for an undisclosed end-user a Beechcraft King Air 350ER equipped with the company’s Airborne Tactical Observation and Surveillance (ATOS) system. The end user has expressed their satisfaction with the system performance demonstra ted during the flight tests.
 

Babcock fits forward island on HMS Queen Elizabeth Aircraft Carrier

Babcock fits forward island on HMS Queen Elizabeth Aircraft Carrier
 
The island is a crucial component of the ship, containing the main bridge and around 100 vital mission systems compartments. The event was witnessed by the Secretary of State for Defence, Phillip Hammond, MP.
The island is a crucial component of the ship, containing the main bridge and around 100 vital mission systems compartments. The event was witnessed by the Secretary of State for Defence, Phillip Hammond, MP.
 

U.S. Navy completes Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) shared generator testing

U.S. Navy completes Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) shared generator testing
 
The U.S. Navy’s future carrier aircraft launch system concluded a unique test event today earlier than planned. The Aircraft Launch and Recovery Equipment Program Office (PMA-251)’s Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System, (EMALS), completed shared generator testing at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J.
The U.S. Navy’s future carrier aircraft launch system concluded a unique test event today earlier than planned. The Aircraft Launch and Recovery Equipment Program Office (PMA-251)’s Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System, (EMALS), completed shared generator testing at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J.
 

Australian Customs and Border Protection Service's First Cape Class Patrol Boat officially named

Australian Customs and Border Protection Service's First Cape Class Patrol Boat officially named
 
Austal is pleased to announce the first-in-series Cape Class Patrol Boat has been officially named the Cape St George during a ceremony held at Austal’s Henderson shipyard in Western Australia today. Cape St George is the first of eight new boats being built by Austal for the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service under a design, construct and in-service support contract valued at approximately A$330 million.
Austal is pleased to announce the first-in-series Cape Class Patrol Boat has been officially named the Cape St George during a ceremony held at Austal’s Henderson shipyard in Western Australia today. Cape St George is the first of eight new boats being built by Austal for the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service under a design, construct and in-service support contract valued at approximately A$330 million.
 

General Dynamics AIS Awarded $19 Million for U.S. Navy F/A-18 Mission Computers

General Dynamics AIS Awarded $19 Million for U.S. Navy F/A-18 Mission Computers
 
The U.S. Navy awarded General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems a $19.3 million contract to produce Type-3 advanced mission computers (AMC) for the F/A-18E/F and E/A-18G Super Hornet aircraft. General Dynamics has delivered F/A-18 advanced mission computers since 2002. General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems is a business unit of General Dynamics.
The U.S. Navy awarded General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems a $19.3 million contract to produce Type-3 advanced mission computers (AMC) for the F/A-18E/F and E/A-18G Super Hornet aircraft. General Dynamics has delivered F/A-18 advanced mission computers since 2002. General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems is a business unit of General Dynamics.
 

First Type 056 Benbgu class Corvette commissioned in Chinese (PLA) Navy

First Type 056 Benbgu class Corvette commissioned in Chinese (PLA) Navy
 
The commissioning, naming and flag-presenting ceremony of the “Bengbu” warship, China’s first new-type corvette, was held on the morning of March 12, 2013 at a military port of a troop unit in Zhoushan City of east China’s Zhejiang province, marking that the “Bengbu” warship is officially commissioned to the Navy of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA).
The commissioning, naming and flag-presenting ceremony of the “Bengbu” warship, China’s first new-type corvette, was held on the morning of March 12, 2013 at a military port of a troop unit in Zhoushan City of east China’s Zhejiang province, marking that the “Bengbu” warship is officially commissioned to the Navy of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA).
 

Russian Navy to Receive 24 Submarines, 54 Warships by 2020

Russian Navy to Receive 24 Submarines, 54 Warships by 2020
 
The Russian Navy will receive 24 submarines and 54 warships of various classes by 2020, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Monday. “As a result of the implementation of the state rearmament program to 2020, the navy should receive eight nuclear-powered strategic submarines, 16 multirole submarines and 54 warships of various classes,” Shoigu said at a Defense Ministry meeting .
The Russian Navy will receive 24 submarines and 54 warships of various classes by 2020, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Monday. “As a result of the implementation of the state rearmament program to 2020, the navy should receive eight nuclear-powered strategic submarines, 16 multirole submarines and 54 warships of various classes,” Shoigu said at a Defense Ministry meeting .
 

Northrop Grumman to Produce More MQ-8 Fire Scouts rotary UAV for U.S. Navy

Northrop Grumman to Produce More MQ-8 Fire Scouts rotary UAV for U.S. Navy
 
Development of the new Joint Strike Missile (JSM, the air launched variant of the NSM - Naval Strike Missile) is progressing, and 27 February an important milestone was passed when the aircraft manufacturer Lockheed Martin for the first time fitted one of the missiles to a F-35 at its facility in Ft Worth, Texas.
The U.S. Navy has awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) a contract valued at more than $71 million to produce six additional next-generation Fire Scout unmanned helicopters. The Fire Scout endurance upgrade, designated the MQ-8C and based on Bell Helicopter's 407, will provide ship commanders with increased range, endurance and payload capacity over the current MQ-8B variant.
 

First Kongsberg Joint Strike Missile (JSM) fitted on the F-35

First Kongsberg Joint Strike Missile (JSM) fitted on the F-35
 
Development of the new Joint Strike Missile (JSM, the air launched variant of the NSM - Naval Strike Missile) is progressing, and 27 February an important milestone was passed when the aircraft manufacturer Lockheed Martin for the first time fitted one of the missiles to a F-35 at its facility in Ft Worth, Texas.
Development of the new Joint Strike Missile (JSM, the air launched variant of the NSM - Naval Strike Missile) is progressing, and 27 February an important milestone was passed when the aircraft manufacturer Lockheed Martin for the first time fitted one of the missiles to a F-35 at its facility in Ft Worth, Texas.
 

Raytheon's 5th generation hull mounted sonar to enable anti-submarine, undersea warfare

Raytheon's 5th generation hull mounted sonar to enable anti-submarine, undersea warfare
 
Raytheon Company was awarded a sub-contract from Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) to deliver its first 5th generation medium frequency hull mounted sonar system as part of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Anti-Submarine Warfare Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV) program.
Raytheon Company was awarded a sub-contract from Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) to deliver its first 5th generation medium frequency hull mounted sonar system as part of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Anti-Submarine Warfare Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV) program.
 

Second Brazilian Navy Amazonas class OPV "APA" departs from BAE Systems Shipyard

Second Brazilian Navy Amazonas class OPV "APA" departs from BAE Systems Shipyard
 
The latest addition to the Brazilian Navy’s fleet departed the UK in the snow today for her new home in Rio de Janeiro where she will strengthen Brazil’s maritime security. APA is the second of three Amazonas Class Ocean Patrol Vessels being delivered to the Brazilian Navy by BAE Systems. Her sister ship, AMAZONAS, completed the crossing last year, while the final ship, ARAGUARI, will be handed over in June.
The latest addition to the Brazilian Navy’s fleet departed the UK in the snow today for her new home in Rio de Janeiro where she will strengthen Brazil’s maritime security. APA is the second of three Amazonas Class Ocean Patrol Vessels being delivered to the Brazilian Navy by BAE Systems. Her sister ship, AMAZONAS, completed the crossing last year, while the final ship, ARAGUARI, will be handed over in June.
 

Former US Marine Corps KC-130R aircraft transfered to JMSDF as part of Foreign Military Sale

Former US Marine Corps KC-130R aircraft transfered to JMSDF as part of Foreign Military Sale
 
Retired Marine Corps KC-130R aircraft will live to fly another day as part of a foreign military sales (FMS) case between the U.S. Navy and Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force. Six KC-130R excess defense articles, extra to the needs of the U.S. government, are on a journey to restoration and active-duty status with the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force, or JMSDF.
Retired Marine Corps KC-130R aircraft will live to fly another day as part of a foreign military sales (FMS) case between the U.S. Navy and Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force. Six KC-130R excess defense articles, extra to the needs of the U.S. government, are on a journey to restoration and active-duty status with the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force, or JMSDF.
 

Indian Navy aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya is yet to be delivered

Indian Navy aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya is yet to be delivered
 
According to an Indian Navy statement, the aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya is yet to be delivered to the Indian Navy. The ship was put to sea for trials from June to September 2012. During the sea trials over 108 days, the main propulsion plant could not complete the 'full power trials' due to defects encountered on 'boiler furnace brickwork' at higher speeds.
According to an Indian Navy statement, the aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya is yet to be delivered to the Indian Navy. The ship was put to sea for trials from June to September 2012. During the sea trials over 108 days, the main propulsion plant could not complete the 'full power trials' due to defects encountered on 'boiler furnace brickwork' at higher speeds.
 

ATLAS ELEKTRONIK and Thales Deutschland to modernize combat system of F124 frigate

ATLAS ELEKTRONIK and Thales Deutschland to modernize combat system of F124 frigate
 
ATLAS ELEKTRONIK and Thales Deutschland have jointly been commissioned to modernize the combat system of the German Class F124 frigates. The CEOs of both enterprises recently signed the contract at the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) in Koblenz.
ATLAS ELEKTRONIK and Thales Deutschland have jointly been commissioned to modernize the combat system of the German Class F124 frigates. The CEOs of both enterprises recently signed the contract at the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) in Koblenz.
 

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