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

Australia to Evaluate French, German and Japanese designs for Future Submarine Program

Australia to Evaluate French, German and Japanese designs for Future Submarine Program
 
Today the Australian Government announces the acquisition strategy for the Future Submarine Program. This announcement sets out further details of the competitive evaluation process that will be undertaken by the Department of Defence. Submarines are an essential component of Australia’s naval capability and the Government will ensure that the future submarine provides the best possible capability and value for money for Australian taxpayers while maximising the involvement of Australian industry.
Today the Australian Government announces the acquisition strategy for the Future Submarine Program. This announcement sets out further details of the competitive evaluation process that will be undertaken by the Department of Defence. Submarines are an essential component of Australia’s naval capability and the Government will ensure that the future submarine provides the best possible capability and value for money for Australian taxpayers while maximising the involvement of Australian industry.
 

Saab statement on submarine production in Australia

Saab statement on submarine production in Australia
 
Defence and Security company Saab in Australia welcomes the announcement by the Australian Government of a competitive evaluation process for the Future Submarine (SEA1000) program. This process will provide Saab with the opportunity to present the Australian Government with its highly competitive offer to build submarines in Adelaide utilising industry Australia wide.
Defence and Security company Saab in Australia welcomes the announcement by the Australian Government of a competitive evaluation process for the Future Submarine (SEA1000) program. This process will provide Saab with the opportunity to present the Australian Government with its highly competitive offer to build submarines in Adelaide utilising industry Australia wide.
 

Lockheed Martin LRASM Anti-Ship Missile Completes Third Flight Test

Lockheed Martin LRASM Anti-Ship Missile Completes Third Flight Test
 
The Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) built by Lockheed Martin achieved a third successful air-launched flight test, with the missile performing as expected during low altitude flight. The test, conducted on Feb. 4, was in support of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy joint-service LRASM program.
The Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) built by Lockheed Martin achieved a third successful air-launched flight test, with the missile performing as expected during low altitude flight. The test, conducted on Feb. 4, was in support of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy joint-service LRASM program.
 

New Success in Egypt for DCNS and its FREMM Frigate (plus some technical details)

New Success in Egypt for DCNS and its FREMM Frigate (plus some technical details)
 
On Monday 16 February, DCNS signed a contract with the Ministry of Defence of the Arab Republic of Egypt for the supply of a FREMM multi-mission frigate. This agreement strengthens the strategic relations initiated by DCNS last July with the signing of a contract to supply four Gowind® 2500 corvettes. Egypt becomes the second export customer of the FREMM after Morocco.
On Monday 16 February, DCNS signed a contract with the Ministry of Defence of the Arab Republic of Egypt for the supply of a FREMM multi-mission frigate. This agreement strengthens the strategic relations initiated by DCNS last July with the signing of a contract to supply four Gowind® 2500 corvettes. Egypt becomes the second export customer of the FREMM after Morocco.
 

French Navy Rubis class SSN Escorted and Hunted USS Theodore Roosevelt during COMPTUEX

French Navy Rubis class SSN Escorted and Hunted USS Theodore Roosevelt during COMPTUEX
 
Following several days of stalking under constant threat from US Navy's P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft and Arleigh Burke class destroyers, the Saphire Commanding Officer managed to lock the massive profile of the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier in the crosshairs of his periscope. Another few hundred yards and the French Navy Rubis-class SSN will be in firing range. The crew inside the Combat Information Center holds its breath: the US Carrier Strike Group is on alert and the slightest noise would induce a lightning and lethal response.
Following several days of stalking under constant threat from US Navy's P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft and Arleigh Burke class destroyers, the Saphir Commanding Officer managed to lock the massive profile of the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier in the crosshair of his periscope. Another few hundred yards and the French Navy Rubis-class SSN will be in firing range. The crew inside the Combat Information Center holds its breath...
 

Royal Navy Type 23 Frigate Tracked and Monitored Russian Neustrashimy class Frigate

Royal Navy Type 23 Frigate Tracked and Monitored Russian Neustrashimy class Frigate
 
Royal Navy Type 23 Frigate Tracked and Monitored Russian Neustrashimy class Frigate
A Royal Navy warship has tracked a Russian frigate off the coast of France and monitored her movement through the English Channel. HMS Argyll, a Type 23 frigate fitted with advanced Artisan radar, used her Lynx helicopter and sensors to locate and monitor the movement of the Russian warship as she returned from a Mediterranean deployment.
 

US Navy's P-8A Poseidon system enhancements by Raytheon add mission capabilities

US Navy's P-8A Poseidon system enhancements by Raytheon add mission capabilities
 
The US Navy awarded a $15.5 million system development contract to Raytheon Company to develop a flexible, application-based architecture (ABA) for the P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft. The ABA will allow mission commanders to rapidly field new or enhanced capabilities through third-party software applications.
The US Navy awarded a $15.5 million system development contract to Raytheon Company to develop a flexible, application-based architecture (ABA) for the P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft. The ABA will allow mission commanders to rapidly field new or enhanced capabilities through third-party software applications.
 

Boeing System Could Bring Precision to Laser Weapons on US Navy Ships

Boeing System Could Bring Precision to Laser Weapons on US Navy Ships
 
Boeing has been awarded a $29.5 million contract to design and develop a beam control system that could provide exceptional accuracy for laser weapons on U.S. Navy warships. Boeing will begin to design a prototype High Power Beam Control Subsystem (HP BCSS) that’s compatible with High Energy Lasers (HEL) based on solid-state laser (SSL) technology...
Boeing has been awarded a $29.5 million contract to design and develop a beam control system that could provide exceptional accuracy for laser weapons on U.S. Navy warships. Boeing will begin to design a prototype High Power Beam Control Subsystem (HP BCSS) that’s compatible with High Energy Lasers (HEL) based on solid-state laser (SSL) technology...
 

Crisis in Ukraine is interfering with Russia's Production of Torpedoes

Crisis in Ukraine is interfering with Russia's Production of Torpedoes
 
Our colleagues from Defence 24 are reporting that Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin officially admitted that as a result of the Ukrainian crisis (and the blocked supply of military components as a consequence) the Russian arms industry has discontinued the production of torpedoes.
Our colleagues from Defence 24 are reporting that Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin officially admitted that as a result of the Ukrainian crisis (and the blocked supply of military components as a consequence) the Russian arms industry has discontinued the production of torpedoes.
 

Sixth and last Type 052C Destroyer commissioned into Chinese Navy (PLAN)

Sixth and last Type 052C Destroyer commissioned into Chinese Navy (PLAN)
 
According to the official People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) newspaper "People's Navy Daily", the sixth Type 052C Destroyer (NATO designation Luyang II class) named Xi'an was commissioned into the PLAN on February 9. Xi'an with hull number 153 is the last Type 052C Destroyer of the series. From now on, the PLAN will commission improved and more powerful destroyers such as the Type 052D and the future Type 055.
According to the official People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) newspaper "People's Navy Daily", the sixth Type 052C Destroyer (NATO designation Luyang II class) named Xi'an was commissioned into the PLAN on February 9. Xi'an with hull number 153 is the last Type 052C Destroyer of the series. From now on, the PLAN will commission improved and more powerful destroyers such as the Type 052D and the future Type 055.
 

Thales welcomes the selection by Egypt of the FREMM multi-mission Frigate

Thales welcomes the selection by Egypt of the FREMM multi-mission Frigate
 
Thales welcomes the selection by Egypt of the Rafale omnirole combat aircraft and the FREMM multi-mission frigate, which will both equip the Egyptian forces. Twenty-four Rafale aircraft and one FREMM frigate have been ordered by the Egyptian authorities.
Thales welcomes the selection by Egypt of the Rafale omnirole combat aircraft and the FREMM multi-mission frigate, which will both equip the Egyptian forces. Twenty-four Rafale aircraft and one FREMM frigate have been ordered by the Egyptian authorities.
 

Indian Navy Test Fires Brahmos Anti-Ship Missile From its New INS Kolkata Destroyer

Indian Navy Test Fires Brahmos Anti-Ship Missile From its New INS Kolkata Destroyer
 
BRAHMOS Supersonic Cruise Missile was successfully test fired from the Indian Navy's newest destroyer INS Kolkata. The launch was flawless and the missile met all its designed parameters.
BRAHMOS Supersonic Cruise Missile was successfully test fired from the Indian Navy's newest destroyer INS Kolkata. The launch was flawless and the missile met all its designed parameters.
 

B&W Announces $535 Million in Contracts for Ford & Virginia Class Nuclear Reactor Programs

B&W Announces $535 Million in Contracts for Ford & Virginia Class Nuclear Reactor Programs
 
The Babcock & Wilcox Company (B&W) (NYSE:BWC) announced today that its subsidiary Babcock & Wilcox Nuclear Operations Group, Inc. (B&W NOG) has been awarded contracts totaling approximately $535.1 million for the manufacture of naval nuclear reactor components for U.S. Navy submarines and aircraft carriers.
The Babcock & Wilcox Company (B&W) (NYSE:BWC) announced today that its subsidiary Babcock & Wilcox Nuclear Operations Group, Inc. (B&W NOG) has been awarded contracts totaling approximately $535.1 million for the manufacture of naval nuclear reactor components for U.S. Navy submarines and aircraft carriers.
 

Official French Navy Statement on the Sale of a FREMM Multi-Mission Frigate to Egypt

Official French Navy Statement on the Sale of a FREMM Multi-Mission Frigate to Egypt
 
The sale of a multimission frigate (FREMM) by DCNS to Egypt has been formalized. To respond to the request formulated by Egypt, the sale transaction took shape in a very short time, not compatible with the usual procedures and the construction from scratch of a new vessel. The only solution to ensure on-time delivery iss therefore to deliver to Egypt one of the FREMM originally intended for the French Navy: The Normandie frigate currently in final systems fitting out in Lorient and property of DCNS.
The sale of a multimission frigate (FREMM) by DCNS to Egypt has been formalized. To respond to the request formulated by Egypt, the sale transaction took shape in a very short time, not compatible with the usual procedures and the construction from scratch of a new vessel. The only solution to ensure on-time delivery iss therefore to deliver to Egypt one of the FREMM originally intended for the French Navy: The Normandie frigate currently in final systems fitting out in Lorient and property of DCNS.
 

Two French Navy ASW Frigates at Submarine Command Course 2015 in Norway

Two French Navy ASW Frigates at Submarine Command Course 2015 in Norway
 
Since January 30, 2015, the French Navy Georges Leygues class anti-submarine frigates Primauguet and Latouche-Treville participate in the combined training "Submarine Command Course 2015" in Norway. Involving a dozen frigates and submarines from several NATO countries (Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands, Great Britain and France), this annual coalition exercise helps develop the interoperability of European navies in the fields of anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and train submarine crews when faced with attacks from surface ships.
Since January 30, 2015, the French Navy Georges Leygues class anti-submarine frigates Primauguet and Latouche-Treville participate in the combined training "Submarine Command Course 2015" in Norway. Involving a dozen frigates and submarines from several NATO countries (Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands, Great Britain and France), this annual coalition exercise helps develop the interoperability...
 

Egypt About to Sign Contract for the Purchase of a FREMM Frigate & 24 Rafale from France

Egypt About to Sign Contract for the Purchase of a FREMM Frigate & 24 Rafale from France
 
According to French daily newspaper Le Monde the agreement between Egypt and France for the procurement of 24 Rafale aircraft from Dassault Aviation, a FREMM multi-mission frigate from DCNS and missiles from MBDA, has been initialed by all parties today. The last step of this contract amounting to more than 5 billion Euros is the official signature by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sissi and by a French state representative (the President or the minister of defense).
According to French daily newspaper Le Monde the agreement between Egypt and France for the procurement of 24 Rafale aircraft from Dassault Aviation, a FREMM multi-mission frigate from DCNS and missiles from MBDA, has been initialed by all parties today. The last step of this contract amounting to more than 5 billion Euros is the official signature by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sissi and by a French state representative (the President or the minister of defense).
 

Peruvian Navy Considering Anti-Ship Missile Capability for its Type 209 Submarines

Peruvian Navy Considering Anti-Ship Missile Capability for its Type 209 Submarines
 
According to Forecast International, the Peruvian Navy is evaluating a project to equip its six Type 209 diesel-electric (SSK) submarines with new anti-ship missiles. The fleet has been significantly modernized since 2012. Work is being carried out at SIMA's Callao and Chimbote shipyards.
According to Forecast International, the Peruvian Navy is evaluating a project to equip its six Type 209 diesel-electric (SSK) submarines with new anti-ship missiles. The fleet has been significantly modernized since 2012. Work is being carried out at SIMA's Callao and Chimbote shipyards.
 

Russian Navy Krivak II class Frigate Pytlivyy (Project 1135M) Operational Following Overhaul

Russian Navy Krivak II class Frigate Pytlivyy (Project 1135M) Operational Following Overhaul
 
The Russian Navy Krivak II class Frigate Pytlivyy (Project 1135M) is operational again following maintenance work. "All the technical recovery activities on the “Pytlivyy” guided missile frigate commanded by the captain 2nd rank Dmitry Dobrynin have come to an end. A scheduled overhaul were performed since May 2014" according to a Russian Navy statement.
The Russian Navy Krivak II class Frigate Pytlivyy (Project 1135M) is operational again following maintenance work. "All the technical recovery activities on the “Pytlivyy” guided missile frigate commanded by the captain 2nd rank Dmitry Dobrynin have come to an end. A scheduled overhaul were performed since May 2014" according to a Russian Navy statement.
 

HMAS Canberra Well Dock Receives an LCM-E Landing Craft for the First Time

HMAS Canberra Well Dock Receives an LCM-E Landing Craft for the First Time
 
The idea of a ship letting 4,200 tonnes, or 4.2 million litres of water into a large space inside its stern may sound crazy, but for the Landing Helicopter Dock, that is exactly what happens when the ship 'docks down'. Docking down allows the ship to get into a position to launch or recover its landing craft, of which it can house four. Canberra’s Engineering Officer, Commander David Walter, explained the process in simple terms.
The idea of a ship letting 4,200 tonnes, or 4.2 million litres of water into a large space inside its stern may sound crazy, but for the Landing Helicopter Dock, that is exactly what happens when the ship 'docks down'. Docking down allows the ship to get into a position to launch or recover its landing craft, of which it can house four. Canberra’s Engineering Officer, Commander David Walter, explained the process in simple terms.
 

Ultra Awarded Sonobuoy Capability Contract for Royal Navy AW101 Merlin Helicopter

Ultra Awarded Sonobuoy Capability Contract for Royal Navy AW101 Merlin Helicopter
 
Ultra Electronics announces that its Sonar Systems business, based in Greenford, Middlesex, has been awarded a £18m contract to supply sonobuoys for the Royal Navy’s Merlin maritime patrol helicopter. The contract will be executed over the next two years with options for a further two years.
Ultra Electronics announces that its Sonar Systems business, based in Greenford, Middlesex, has been awarded a £18m contract to supply sonobuoys for the Royal Navy’s Merlin maritime patrol helicopter. The contract will be executed over the next two years with options for a further two years.
 

Lockheed Martin-Led Team Lays Keel of Future USS Wichita Thirteenth Littoral Combat Ship

Lockheed Martin-Led Team Lays Keel of Future USS Wichita Thirteenth Littoral Combat Ship
 
Wichita is a flexible Freedom-variant LCS that will be designed and outfitted with mission systems to conduct a variety of missions including anti-surface warfare, mine countermeasures and submarine warfare. The industry team building Wichita has delivered two ships with six others in various stages of construction and testing. The nation’s first LCS, USS Freedom, completed a U.S. Navy deployment in 2013, and USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) is currently deployed for 16 months to Southeast Asia. These two deployments demonstrate how the ship class is addressing the U.S. Navy’s need for an affordable, highly-networked and modular ship unlike any other in the world.
The Lockheed Martin-led industry team officially laid the keel for the U.S. Navy’s thirteenth Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), the future USS Wichita, in a ceremony held at Marinette Marine Corporation in Marinette, Wisconsin, yesterday. Ship sponsor Mrs. Kate Staples Lehrer completed the time-honored tradition and authenticated the keel of Wichita (LCS 13). Mrs. Lehrer had her initials welded into a sheet of the ship’s steel, which will ultimately be mounted in the ship throughout its entire service.
 

Russian Navy Will Take Delivery of New Aircraft & Helicopters Including Carrier-Based MiG-29K Jets

Russian Navy Will Take Delivery of New Aircraft & Helicopters Including Carrier-Based MiG-29K Jets
 
Naval aviation of the Russian Navy is set to receive this year new carrier-based fighters MiG-29K, Be-200 amphibious aircraft and upgraded IL-38 and Be-12 and Ka-27PL helicopters. As the Chief of the Russian naval aviation, the Hero of the Russian Federation, major general Igor Kozhin said, “strengthening and improvement of the naval aviation in 2015 will be done through aircraft fleet renovation and modernization”.
Naval aviation of the Russian Navy is set to receive this year new carrier-based fighters MiG-29K, Be-200 amphibious aircraft and upgraded IL-38 and Be-12 and Ka-27PL helicopters. As the Chief of the Russian naval aviation, the Hero of the Russian Federation, major general Igor Kozhin said, “strengthening and improvement of the naval aviation in 2015 will be done through aircraft fleet renovation and modernization”.
 

Successful Maiden Flight of HAL LCA Naval Prototype 2 Aircraft for Indian Navy

Successful Maiden Flight of HAL LCA Naval Prototype 2 Aircraft for Indian Navy
 
The Naval Prototype (NP2) made its maiden flight on February 7 for about 35 minutes. Mr. T. Suvarna Raju, Chairman of HAL said dedicated efforts of engineers of Aircraft Research and Design Centre (ARDC) for the complex landing gear design, which is significantly different from the Air Force version made this flight possible.
The Naval Prototype (NP2) made its maiden flight on February 7 for about 35 minutes. Mr. T. Suvarna Raju, Chairman of HAL said dedicated efforts of engineers of Aircraft Research and Design Centre (ARDC) for the complex landing gear design, which is significantly different from the Air Force version made this flight possible.
 

Kelvin Hughes To Supply SharpEye Radar Systems for Royal New Zealand Navy ANZAC Frigates

Kelvin Hughes To Supply SharpEye Radar Systems for Royal New Zealand Navy ANZAC Frigates
 
Kelvin Hughes has been awarded a contract to supply SharpEye™ radars with an Agile Tracker to the New Zealand (NZ) Ministry of Defence as part of the Lockheed Martin Canada prime contract for the Frigate Systems Upgrade project.
Kelvin Hughes has been awarded a contract to supply SharpEye™ radars with an Agile Tracker to the New Zealand (NZ) Ministry of Defence as part of the Lockheed Martin Canada prime contract for the Frigate Systems Upgrade project.
 

IAI Introduces The New ELI-3360 MPA Based on Bombardier Global 5000 Business-Jet

IAI Introduces The New ELI-3360 MPA Based on Bombardier Global 5000 Business-Jet
 
Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) introduces the new generation ELI-3360 Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) based on a modified Bombardier Global 5000 business-jetplatform. Designed by IAI's ELTA Group to provide maritime domain situational awareness and maritime superiority, the new MPA provides the most sophisticated surveillance, reconnaissance and armament systems to be installed on a business-jet to date.
Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) introduces the new generation ELI-3360 Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) based on a modified Bombardier Global 5000 business-jetplatform. Designed by IAI's ELTA Group to provide maritime domain situational awareness and maritime superiority, the new MPA provides the most sophisticated surveillance, reconnaissance and armament systems to be installed on a business-jet to date.
 

US Navy, Air Force and DARPA Tested The Lockheed Martin LRASM Next-Gen Anti-Ship Missile

US Navy, Air Force and DARPA Tested The Lockheed Martin LRASM Next-Gen Anti-Ship Missile
 
The U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force and Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) completed a successful test of the Long-Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) Feb. 4, marking a significant step in maturing key technologies for the future operational weapon system.
The U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force and Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) completed a successful test of the Long-Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) Feb. 4, marking a significant step in maturing key technologies for the future operational weapon system.
 

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