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

Navy Recognition's Top 10 Stories of 2015

Navy Recognition's Top 10 Stories of 2015
 
As 2015 comes to an end, here is an overview of the top ten naval defense stories we published this year, based on the number of readers.
As 2015 comes to an end, here is an overview of the top ten naval defense stories we published this year, based on the number of readers.
 

Russia to Deliver 46 Ka-52K Katran Hokum-B Ship-Borne Helicopters to Egypt for Mistral LHDs

Russia to Deliver 46 Ka-52K Katran Hokum-B Ship-Borne Helicopters to Egypt for Mistral LHDs
 
Russia has signed an agreement with Egypt for delivery of forty-six Kamov Ka-52K navalized attack helicopters, the Director General of the JSC Russian Helicopters holding company, Alexander Mikheyev, said on Wednesday. The Ka-52K Katran (Nato reporting name: Hokum-B) is the naval variant of the Ka-52 Alligator designed for the French-made Mistral LHDs which the Egyptian Navy recently acquired (and which were originally intended for the Russian Navy).
Russia has signed an agreement with Egypt for delivery of forty-six Kamov Ka-52K navalized attack helicopters, the Director General of the JSC Russian Helicopters holding company, Alexander Mikheyev, said on Wednesday. The Ka-52K Katran (Nato reporting name: Hokum-B) is the naval variant of the Ka-52 Alligator designed for the French-made Mistral LHDs which the Egyptian Navy recently acquired (and which were originally intended for the Russian Navy).
 

Pictures: FREMM Frigate Provence with French Navy and US Navy Aircraft Carriers in the Gulf

Pictures: FREMM Frigate Provence with French Navy and US Navy Aircraft Carriers in the Gulf
 
The French Navy (Marine Nationale) released pictures showing the brand new Aquitaine class FREMM Frigate Provence sailing alongside USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) and the Charles de Gaulle in the Persian Gulf. Following a short port-of-call in Djibouti, the Provence frigate integrated the Truman Carrier Strike Group (CSG) (Task Force 58) on December 23rd, and crossed the Ormuz strait to enter the Gulf region on December 26th.
The French Navy (Marine Nationale) released pictures showing the brand new Aquitaine class FREMM Frigate Provence sailing alongside USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) and the Charles de Gaulle in the Persian Gulf. Following a short port-of-call in Djibouti, the Provence frigate integrated the Truman Carrier Strike Group (CSG) (Task Force 58) on December 23rd, and crossed the Ormuz strait to enter the Gulf region on December 26th.
 

U.S. Navy Continues Flight Testing APS-154 Advanced Airborne Sensor (AAS) on P-8A Poseidon

U.S. Navy Continues Flight Testing APS-154 Advanced Airborne Sensor (AAS) on P-8A Poseidon
 
The U.S. Navy continues integration and testing of the first Advanced Airborne Sensor (AAS), designated the APS-154, aboard the P-8A Poseidon. Testing will confirm the ability of the P-8A and AAS to operate safely and efficiently. Successful testing of AAS on the P-8A is a significant milestone enabling production decisions and leading up to the initial deployment of AAS.
The U.S. Navy continues integration and testing of the first Advanced Airborne Sensor (AAS), designated the APS-154, aboard the P-8A Poseidon. Testing will confirm the ability of the P-8A and AAS to operate safely and efficiently. Successful testing of AAS on the P-8A is a significant milestone enabling production decisions and leading up to the initial deployment of AAS.
 

Russia's "Admiralty Shipyards" to Deliver 7 Submarines to Domestic & Foreign Customers by 2018 - TASS

Russia's "Admiralty Shipyards" to Deliver 7 Submarines to Domestic & Foreign Customers by 2018
 
The Admiralty Wharves Shipyard (JSC "Admiralty Shipyards"), part of Russia’s United Ship-Building Corporation (OSK), is planning to deliver seven submarines and an icebreaker to Russian and foreign customers by 2018, Shipyard CEO Alexander Buzakov told TASS on Wednesday.
The Admiralty Wharves Shipyard (JSC "Admiralty Shipyards"), part of Russia’s United Ship-Building Corporation (OSK), is planning to deliver seven submarines and an icebreaker to Russian and foreign customers by 2018, Shipyard CEO Alexander Buzakov told TASS on Wednesday.
 

Indian Navy Successfully Test Fires LRSAM/Barak-8 Air & Missile Defense System from INS Kolkata

Indian Navy Successfully Test Fires LRSAM/Barak-8 Air & Missile Defense System from INS Kolkata
 
The Indian Navy achieved a significant milestone in enhancing its Anti Air Warfare capability with the maiden firing of its newly developed Long Range Surface to Air Missile (LRSAM also known as IAI's Barak-8). The firing was undertaken on 29 and 30th Dec 15 on the Western Seaboard by INS Kolkata Destroyer, wherein the missile successesfully intercepted an Aerial Target at extended ranges.
The Indian Navy achieved a significant milestone in enhancing its Anti Air Warfare capability with the maiden firing of its newly developed Long Range Surface to Air Missile (LRSAM also known as IAI's Barak-8). The firing was undertaken on 29 and 30th Dec 15 on the Western Seaboard by INS Kolkata Destroyer, wherein the missile successesfully intercepted an Aerial Target at extended ranges.
 

DARPA & Northrop Grumman to Develop VTOL UAS for Small US Navy Ships

DARPA & Northrop Grumman to Develop VTOL UAS for Small US Navy Ships
 
Small-deck ships such as destroyers and frigates could greatly increase their effectiveness if they had their own unmanned air systems (UASs) to provide intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) and other capabilities at long range around the clock. Current state-of-the-art UASs, however, lack the ability to take off and land from confined spaces in rough seas and achieve efficient long-duration flight. Tern, a joint program between DARPA and the U.S. Navy’s Office of Naval Research (ONR), seeks to provide these and other previously unattainable capabilities. As part of Tern’s ongoing progress toward that goal, DARPA has awarded Phase 3 of Tern to a team led by the Northrop Grumman Corporation.
Small-deck ships such as destroyers and frigates could greatly increase their effectiveness if they had their own unmanned air systems (UASs) to provide intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) and other capabilities at long range around the clock. Current state-of-the-art UASs, however, lack the ability to take off and land from confined spaces in rough seas and achieve efficient long-duration flight. Tern, a joint program between DARPA and the U.S. Navy’s Office of Naval Research (ONR).
 

USS Harry S. Truman & Charles de Gaulle Carrier Strike Groups Now in Combined Combat Ops

USS Harry S. Truman & Charles de Gaulle Carrier Strike Groups Now in Combined Combat Ops
 
U.S. Navy strike aircraft from nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) flew their first missions in support of Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR), the fight to destroy the ISIL terrorist organization, Dec. 29.
U.S. Navy strike aircraft from nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) flew their first missions in support of Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR), the fight to destroy the ISIL terrorist organization, Dec. 29.
 

South Korea's KAI Completes the Development of Amphibious Variant of Surion Helicopter

South Korea's KAI Completes the Development of Amphibious Variant of Surion Helicopter
 
KAI, or Korea Aerospace Industries, Inc. announced today it has completed the development of the amphibious variant of its Surion transport helicopter, which will help enhance the range of operation and mobility for the ROK Marine Corps, specifically from ROK Navy Dokdo class LPH.
KAI, or Korea Aerospace Industries, Inc. announced today it has completed the development of the amphibious variant of its Surion transport helicopter, which will help enhance the range of operation and mobility for the ROK Marine Corps, specifically from ROK Navy Dokdo class LPH.
 

Russia's Black Sea Fleet Received its 8th Raptor (Project 03160) High Speed Patrol Boat - TASS

Russia's Black Sea Fleet Received its 8th Raptor (Project 03160) High Speed Patrol Boat
 
The Russian Navy has received the eighth Project 03160 patrol boat Raptor, Navy spokesman Captain 1st Rank Igor Dygalo said on Monday. The Project 03160 patrol boat Raptor is the last vessel in the series built by the Pella Shipyard in the Leningrad Region in northwest Russia, he added.
The Russian Navy has received the eighth Project 03160 patrol boat Raptor, Navy spokesman Captain 1st Rank Igor Dygalo said on Monday. The Project 03160 patrol boat Raptor is the last vessel in the series built by the Pella Shipyard in the Leningrad Region in northwest Russia, he added.
 

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

ROK Navy Opens New Naval Base for KDX-III Aegis Destroyers on Jeju Island
 
The Republic of Korea (ROK or South Korea) Navy unveiled a 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. The 7,600-ton KDX-III Aegis Destroyer Yulgok Yi arrived on December 22 to the "Jeju civil-military sea port base" (the official designation of the base) which marked the opening of the complex.
The Republic of Korea (ROK or South Korea) Navy unveiled a 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. The 7,600-ton KDX-III Aegis Destroyer Yulgok Yi arrived on December 22 to the "Jeju civil-military sea port base" (the official designation of the base) which marked the opening of the complex.
 

Russia's OSK Shipyard to Have Technological Capabilities to Build Aircraft Carriers from 2019

Russia's OSK Shipyard to Have Technological Capabilities to Build Aircraft Carriers from 2019
 
The United Shipbuilding Corporation (OSK) will have the technological capabilities to build helicopter carriers and aircraft carriers starting from early 2019, OSK Director General Alexei Rakhmanov has told the Russia 24 TV broadcaster in an interview. "We will be prepared for helicopter carrier construction just like we are prepared for building aircraft carriers," he said.
The United Shipbuilding Corporation (OSK) will have the technological capabilities to build helicopter carriers and aircraft carriers starting from early 2019, OSK Director General Alexei Rakhmanov has told the Russia 24 TV broadcaster in an interview. "We will be prepared for helicopter carrier construction just like we are prepared for building aircraft carriers," he said.
 

Littoral Combat Ships USS Detroit (LCS 7) & USS Montgomery (LCS 8) to be Based in San Diego

Littoral Combat Ships USS Detroit (LCS 7) & USS Montgomery (LCS 8) to be Based in San Diego
 
The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency has approved the possible sale of 10 Lockheed Martin (Sikorsky) built MH-60R “Romeo” multi-role helicopters to Saudi Arabia for $1.9 billion. This is another step in a major multibillion-dollar modernization of the Saudi navy's eastern fleet called SNEP II (Saudi Naval Expansion Program). SNEP II includes the possible sale of four Multi-Mission Surface Combatant (MMSC) Ships as well, as we reported in October.
The U.S. Navy announced the future littoral combat ships USS Detroit (LCS 7) and USS Montgomery (LCS 8) are scheduled to be homeported at Naval Base San Diego following their commissioning in summer 2016.
 

Russian Navy Project 945A Sierra II Class Submarine Pskov Returns to Northern Fleet After Repairs - TASS

Russian Navy Project 945A Sierra II Class Submarine Pskov Returns to Northern Fleet After Repairs
 
The Project 945A B-336 Sierra II class nuclear-powered attack submarine (SSN) Pskov armed with missiles and torpedoes has undergone repairs at the Nerpa Shipyard and returned to the Northern Fleet, the fleet’s press office said on Monday. The Nerpa Shipyard is a subsidiary of the Zvyozdochka Shipyard.
The Project 945A B-336 Sierra II class nuclear-powered attack submarine (SSN) Pskov armed with missiles and torpedoes has undergone repairs at the Nerpa Shipyard and returned to the Northern Fleet, the fleet’s press office said on Monday. The Nerpa Shipyard is a subsidiary of the Zvyozdochka Shipyard.
 

Jiangnan Shipyard in China Launched the Ninth Type 052D Destroyer for the PLAN

Jiangnan Shipyard in China Launched the Ninth Type 052D Destroyer for the PLAN
 
According to the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN or Chinese Navy) the third Type 052D (NATO reporting name Luyang III class) destroyer Hefei (hull number 174), was just commissioned on December 12 with China's South Sea Fleet. The vessel is now homeported at Yulin Naval Base located in the Yalong Bay (city of Sanya) on Hainan island.
Pictures published by spotters in China show that the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN or Chinese Navy) ninth Type 052D Destroyer (NATO reporting name Luyang III class) was launched on December 28 2015 at the Jiangnan-Changxing naval shipyard near Shanghai.
 

Project 22800 Corvettes to be Fitted with Pantsir-M Naval Variant of Pantsir-S1 Air Defense System - TASS

Project 22800 Corvettes to be Fitted with Pantsir-M Naval Variant of Pantsir-S1 Air Defense System
 
Project 22800 corvettes will in the future be armed with ship-based air defense systems, specifically, Pantsir-M air defense missile/gun system, Vice-Admiral Victor Barsuk, Russian Navy Deputy Commander for armaments, said.
Project 22800 corvettes will in the future be armed with ship-based air defense systems, specifically, Pantsir-M air defense missile/gun system, Vice-Admiral Victor Barsuk, Russian Navy Deputy Commander for armaments, said.
 

Testing of BrahMos Anti-Ship Cruise Missile From Su-30MKI Delayed to Mid-2016 - TASS

Testing of BrahMos Anti-Ship Cruise Missile From Su-30MKI Delayed to Mid-2016
 
The test trials of the air-launched variant of the BrahMos anti-ship cruise missile that were due to begin in March 2016 have slipped to mid-2016. According to the Times of India daily the reason is the missile launch unit has not been certificated yet.
The test trials of the air-launched variant of the BrahMos anti-ship cruise missile that were due to begin in March 2016 have slipped to mid-2016. According to the Times of India daily the reason is the missile launch unit has not been certificated yet.
 

Russian Navy Future Frigate Project 22350 Admiral Gorshkov Completed 1st Phase of Trials - TASS

Russian Navy Future Frigate Project 22350 Admiral Gorshkov Completed 1st Phase of Trials
 
The Project 22350 frigate Admiral Gorshkov will join the Russian Navy only in 2016, Navy Deputy Commander-in-Chief for Armament Viktor Bursuk said on Friday. The frigate Admiral Gorshkov is the lead ship in the class of Project 22350 vessels.
The Project 22350 frigate Admiral Gorshkov passed the first stage of its White Sea tests, Capt. 2nd Rank Andrei Luzik, acting chief, press office, Northern Fleet, told journalists on Friday. "The tests have taken place at naval training areas of the Northern Fleet in the White Sea and Arkhangelsk Region," he added.
 

Saab Offers India to Collaborate on "Sea Gripen" Naval Variant of the Gripen NG Fighter Jet

Saab Offers India to Collaborate on "Sea Gripen" Naval Variant of the Gripen NG Fighter Jet
 
According to Indian daily newspaper The Economic Times, Sweden's defence company Saab is proposing India a collaboration to develop a naval variant of the Gripen NG aircraft, the Sea Gripen.
According to Indian daily newspaper The Economic Times, Sweden's defence company Saab is proposing India a collaboration to develop a naval variant of the Gripen NG aircraft, the Sea Gripen.
 

Russian Navy New Mine Countermeasures Vessel Project 12700 Alexander Obukhov in Sea Trials - TASS

Russian Navy New Mine Countermeasures Vessel Project 12700 Alexander Obukhov in Sea Trials
 
Project 12700 Alexander Obukhov lead mine countermeasures vessel (MCMV) has started technical trials, an official of the Medium Neva Shipyard, the manufacturer of the ship /incorporated by United Shipbuilding Corporation, USC (OSK)/ told the TASS correspondent.
Project 12700 Alexander Obukhov lead mine countermeasures vessel (MCMV) has started technical trials, an official of the Medium Neva Shipyard, the manufacturer of the ship /incorporated by United Shipbuilding Corporation, USC (OSK)/ told the TASS correspondent.
 

New HD Video Shows PLAN Aircraft Carrier Operations Aboard Liaoning with Nine J-15 Aircraft

New HD Video Shows PLAN Aircraft Carrier Operations Aboard Liaoning with Nine J-15 Aircraft
 
On December 25th, several official Chinese media (including CCTV 13 and CNTV) aired a TV report on the visit of the Commander of the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN or Chinese Navy) and the political commissar aboard China's aircraft carrier Liaoning (hull number 16). China Network Television (CNTV) then released some HD b-rolls that were filmed during the visit. It is the first time such high quality footage about the PLAN's carrier operations are released.
On December 25th, several official Chinese media (including CCTV 13 and CNTV) aired a TV report on the visit of the Commander of the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN or Chinese Navy) and the political commissar aboard China's aircraft carrier Liaoning (hull number 16). China Network Television (CNTV) then released some HD b-rolls that were filmed during the visit. It is the first time such high quality footage about the PLAN's carrier operations are released.
 

2 New Project 22800 Corvettes Uragan & Typhoon Laid Down by Pella Shipyard for Russian Navy - TASS

2 New Project 22800 Corvettes Uragan & Typhoon Laid Down by Pella Shipyard for Russian Navy
 
Two new Project 22800 guided missile corvettes were laid down for the Russian Navy by the Pella Shipyard in St. Petersburg on December 24th, TASS reported from the shipyard on Thursday. According to the shipyard’s spokesperson, the lead ship, the Uragan, is to be commissioned by the Russian Navy in December 2017 and the first production ship, the Typhoon, in 2018.
Two new Project 22800 guided missile corvettes were laid down for the Russian Navy by the Pella Shipyard in St. Petersburg on December 24th, TASS reported from the shipyard on Thursday. According to the shipyard’s spokesperson, the lead ship, the Uragan, is to be commissioned by the Russian Navy in December 2017 and the first production ship, the Typhoon, in 2018.
 

Italian Navy Maestrale class Frigate ITS Scirocco in French Navy GABIAN Exercise

Italian Navy Maestrale class Frigate ITS Scirocco in French Navy GABIAN Exercise
 
The Italian Navy (Marina Militare) Maestrale class frigate ITS Scirocco took part in the GABIAN exercise of the French Navy (Marine Nationale). The exercise aims at training the ship's teams in a wide range of fields, from anti-craft warfare, to shooting with onboard cannons, to simple and complex anti-fire defence operations, to boarding suspect merchant cargoes; all to recreate operational scenarios where military units can be engaged.
The Italian Navy (Marina Militare) Maestrale class frigate ITS Scirocco took part in the GABIAN exercise of the French Navy (Marine Nationale). The exercise aims at training the ship's teams in a wide range of fields, from anti-craft warfare, to shooting with onboard cannons, to simple and complex anti-fire defence operations, to boarding suspect merchant cargoes; all to recreate operational scenarios where military units can be engaged.
 

France Proposing Four More Vessels (2 Corvettes 1 OPV & 1 Patrol Vessel) to the Egyptian Navy

France Proposing Four More Vessels (2 Corvettes 1 OPV & 1 Patrol Vessel) to the Egyptian Navy
 
According to well connected French financial newspaper La Tribune, France is proposing four more vessels to the Egyptian Navy: Two Gowind class corvettes, one OPV and another patrol vessel.
According to well connected French financial newspaper La Tribune, France is proposing four more vessels to the Egyptian Navy: Two Gowind class corvettes, one OPV and another patrol vessel.
 

US Government Cleared MH-60R Romeo Helicopters Sale to Royal Saudi Navy

US Government Cleared MH-60R Romeo Helicopters Sale to Royal Saudi Navy
 
The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency has approved the possible sale of 10 Lockheed Martin (Sikorsky) built MH-60R “Romeo” multi-role helicopters to Saudi Arabia for $1.9 billion. This is another step in a major multibillion-dollar modernization of the Saudi navy's eastern fleet called SNEP II (Saudi Naval Expansion Program). SNEP II includes the possible sale of four Multi-Mission Surface Combatant (MMSC) Ships as well, as we reported in October.
The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency has approved the possible sale of 10 Lockheed Martin (Sikorsky) built MH-60R “Romeo” multi-role helicopters to Saudi Arabia for $1.9 billion. This is another step in a major multibillion-dollar modernization of the Saudi navy's eastern fleet called SNEP II (Saudi Naval Expansion Program). SNEP II includes the possible sale of four Multi-Mission Surface Combatant (MMSC) Ships as well, as we reported in October.
 

Northrop Grumman to Deliver AN/SPQ-9B X-band pulse Doppler Radars to US Navy and JMSDF

Northrop Grumman to Deliver AN/SPQ-9B X-band pulse Doppler Radars to US Navy and JMSDF
 
Northrop Grumman Corporation has been awarded a contract for delivery of AN/SPQ-9B radar systems, combat interface kits and a technical data package. This contract combines purchases for the U.S. Navy (84 percent) and the government of Japan (16 percent) under the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) Program.
Northrop Grumman Corporation has been awarded a contract for delivery of AN/SPQ-9B radar systems, combat interface kits and a technical data package. This contract combines purchases for the U.S. Navy (84 percent) and the government of Japan (16 percent) under the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) Program.
 

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