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

U.S. Navy Littoral Combat Ship USS Independence (LCS 2) To Test MCM Mission Package In Florida

U.S. Navy Littoral Combat Ship USS Independence (LCS 2) To Test MCM Mission Package In Florida
 
USS Independence (LCS 2) departed San Diego Jan. 30 for Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla., to conduct operational evaluation and testing of the mine countermeasures mission package.
USS Independence (LCS 2) departed San Diego Jan. 30 for Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla., to conduct operational evaluation and testing of the mine countermeasures mission package.
 

Russia To Lay Down Two New Project 20380 Corvettes Instead Of Improved Version Project 20385

Russia To Lay Down Two New Project 20380 Corvettes Instead Of Improved Version Project 20385
 
Two new Steregushchy class corvettes based on the original design, the Project 20380, will be laid down for the Russian Navy at the end of February in St. Petersburg, according to TASS quoting the representative of the Ministry of Defense Igor Dygalo. This comes as a surprise because all future corvettes for the Russian Navy were expected to be Project 20385, an improved version of Project 20380. The reason may be European sanctions.
Two new Steregushchy class corvettes based on the original design, the Project 20380, will be laid down for the Russian Navy at the end of February in St. Petersburg, according to TASS quoting the representative of the Ministry of Defense Igor Dygalo. This comes as a surprise because all future corvettes for the Russian Navy were expected to be Project 20385, an improved version of Project 20380. The reason may be European sanctions.
 

TOR-M2U Short-Range Air Defense Systems To Be Fitted On Russian Navy Vessels

TOR-M2U Short-Range Air Defense Systems To Be Fitted On Russian Navy Vessels
 
Russian Navy vessels will be fitted with a naval version of the short-range anti-missile system "Tor-M2U." This was stated by a JSC IEMZ Kupol (Izhevsk Electromechanical Plant affilitated to Almaz-Antey the designer and builder of the system) representative in an interview with Russian media RIA Novosti.
Russian Navy vessels will be fitted with a naval version of the short-range anti-missile system "Tor-M2U." This was stated by a JSC IEMZ Kupol (Izhevsk Electromechanical Plant affilitated to Almaz-Antey the designer and builder of the system) representative in an interview with Russian media RIA Novosti.
 

US Army Tests New Capabilities Between Landing Craft Utility & Military Sealift Command Vessel

US Army Tests New Capabilities Between Landing Craft Utility & Military Sealift Command Vessel
 
The U.S. Army established a new proven watercraft capability on White Beach Naval Base, Okinawa, Jan. 20-22, that can improve efficiency and save time in future sea operations. While at port, Soldiers, with the 10th Support Group (Regional) aboard the U.S. Army Landing Craft Utility (Runnymede-class large landing craft ), USAV Port Hudson (LCU 2035), aligned the loading ramp to the stern ramp of the Military Sealift Command prepositioning vessel, USNS Sgt. Matej Kocak (T-AK 3005), to transfer supplies between watercraft.
The U.S. Army established a new proven watercraft capability on White Beach Naval Base, Okinawa, Jan. 20-22, that can improve efficiency and save time in future sea operations. While at port, Soldiers, with the 10th Support Group (Regional) aboard the U.S. Army Landing Craft Utility, USAV Port Hudson (LCU 2035), aligned the loading ramp to the stern ramp of the Military Sealift Command prepositioning vessel, USNS Sgt. Matej Kocak (T-AK 3005), to transfer supplies between watercraft.
 

U.S. Marine Corps Received Its First F-35C Lightning II Carrier Variant

U.S. Marine Corps Received Its First F-35C Lightning II Carrier Variant
 
The first F-35C Lightning II, carrier variant, for the U.S. Marine Corps touched-down on the flight line here, Jan. 13, from the Lockheed Martin plant in Fort Worth, Texas, to begin training in support of carrier-based operations.
The first F-35C Lightning II, carrier variant, for the U.S. Marine Corps touched-down on the flight line here, Jan. 13, from the Lockheed Martin plant in Fort Worth, Texas, to begin training in support of carrier-based operations.
 

Two Former RAN Balikpapan Class Landing Craft Gifted by Australia to the Philippine Navy

Two Former RAN Balikpapan Class Landing Craft Gifted by Australia to the Philippine Navy
 
The Australian Government will gift two recently-decommissioned Balikpapan class LCH (Landing Craft Heavy) vessels, including a package of spare parts, to the Philippines Government, the Minister for Defence Kevin Andrews announced today.
The Australian Government will gift two recently-decommissioned Balikpapan class LCH (Landing Craft Heavy) vessels, including a package of spare parts, to the Philippines Government, the Minister for Defence Kevin Andrews announced today.
 

A&P Group wins major British MoD contract to customise and support new RFA tanker fleet

A&P Group wins major British MoD contract to customise and support new RFA tanker fleet
 
A&P Group, the UK’s largest provider of ship repair, conversion and marine services, has been awarded a multi-million pound Ministry of Defence (MoD) contract to complete the fit-out of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary’s new fleet of four tankers. The new Military Afloat Reach and Sustainability (MARS) tankers will maintain the Royal Navy’s ability to refuel at sea and will provide fuel to warships and task groups. The tankers will support deployed amphibious, land and air forces close to the shore and will have the ability to operate helicopters.
A&P Group, the UK’s largest provider of ship repair, conversion and marine services, has been awarded a multi-million pound Ministry of Defence (MoD) contract to complete the fit-out of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary’s new fleet of four tankers. The new Military Afloat Reach and Sustainability (MARS) tankers will maintain the Royal Navy’s ability to refuel at sea and will provide fuel to warships and task groups...
 

Leidos Prototype Maritime Autonomy System for future ACTUV Completes First Self-Guided Voyage

Leidos Prototype Maritime Autonomy System for future ACTUV Completes First Self-Guided Voyage
 
Leidos, a national security, health, and engineering solutions company, announced that its prototype maritime autonomy system for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)'s Anti-Submarine Warfare Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV) program recently completed its first self-guided voyage between Gulfport and Pascagoula, Mississippi.
Leidos, a national security, health, and engineering solutions company, announced that its prototype maritime autonomy system for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)'s Anti-Submarine Warfare Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV) program recently completed its first self-guided voyage between Gulfport and Pascagoula, Mississippi.
 

US Navy Selects BAE Systems to Provide Communications & Combat Systems Support

US Navy Selects BAE Systems to Provide Communications & Combat Systems Support
 
The U.S. Navy’s Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) has awarded BAE Systems a five-year contract to provide full life-cycle engineering and technical support for communication and combat systems on land and at sea.
The U.S. Navy’s Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) has awarded BAE Systems a five-year contract to provide full life-cycle engineering and technical support for communication and combat systems on land and at sea.
 

Exelis wins interim redesign contract for US Navy’s AN/ALQ-99 Tactical Jammer

Exelis wins interim redesign contract for US Navy’s AN/ALQ-99 Tactical Jammer
 
Exelis has received a U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center contract valued at $15.3 million to perform essential sustainment work on the ALQ-99 tactical jamming system. The ALQ-99 is used on the Navy’s EA-6B Prowler and EA-18G Growler electronic attack aircraft. The technology will also be provided to the Australian government through a Foreign Military Sales program, the first time the ALQ-99 has been made available to an international ally.

Exelis has received a U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center contract valued at $15.3 million to perform essential sustainment work on the ALQ-99 tactical jamming system. The ALQ-99 is used on the Navy’s EA-6B Prowler and EA-18G Growler electronic attack aircraft. The technology will also be provided to the Australian government through a Foreign Military Sales program, the first time the ALQ-99 has been made available to an international ally.

 

NATO Maritime Group Exercises With French Navy’s Charles De Gaulle Carrier Strike Group

NATO Maritime Group Exercises With French Navy’s Charles De Gaulle Carrier Strike Group
 
Over the past week, Standing NATO Maritime Group TWO and the French Navy’s CHARLES DE GAULLE Carrier Strike Group (TF 473) conducted exercises across the Mediterranean Sea in a demonstration of the power of NATO maritime forces to rapidly come together in a crisis or for collective defence.
Over the past week, Standing NATO Maritime Group TWO and the French Navy’s CHARLES DE GAULLE Carrier Strike Group (TF 473) conducted exercises across the Mediterranean Sea in a demonstration of the power of NATO maritime forces to rapidly come together in a crisis or for collective defence.
 

SAAB chooses KONGSBERG sonar and multibeam systems for Gotland class SSK overhaul

SAAB chooses KONGSBERG sonar and multibeam systems for Gotland class SSK overhaul
 
Defence and security company SAAB has selected a cutting-edge Kongsberg Maritime hydroacoustic package for installation on two Swedish A19 submarines. The delivery will consist of SA9510S Mine Avoidance and Navigation Sonar for submarines and the leading EM 2040 Dual RX multibeam echosounder.
Defence and security company SAAB has selected a cutting-edge Kongsberg Maritime hydroacoustic package for installation on two Swedish A19 submarines. The delivery will consist of SA9510S Mine Avoidance and Navigation Sonar for submarines and the leading EM 2040 Dual RX multibeam echosounder.
 

RENK awarded as Supplier of the Year from Lockheed Martin for the Littoral Ship Program

RENK awarded as Supplier of the Year from Lockheed Martin for the Littoral Ship Program
 
RENK AG in Augsburg, Germany is widely known as a prime supplier of sophis-ticated main reduction gear sets for naval vessels. Following the contract award from Lockheed Martin for 10 ship sets of the US Navy LCS program some five years back, RENK has since set up a series production for building the CODAG reduction gear systems and continuously optimized its production capabilities in their Germany based main facility.
RENK AG in Augsburg, Germany is widely known as a prime supplier of sophis-ticated main reduction gear sets for naval vessels. Following the contract award from Lockheed Martin for 10 ship sets of the US Navy LCS program some five years back, RENK has since set up a series production for building the CODAG reduction gear systems and continuously optimized its production capabilities in their Germany based main facility.
 

German company PLATH unveils the MACSS compact communication signal surveillance system

German company PLATH unveils the MACSS compact communication signal surveillance system
 
MACSS combines a highly sensitive lightweight antenna and a high-performance seven channel direction finding receiver with integrated map and analysis software modules in a compact solution. The system operator can benefit from the acute accuracy of the sensors and the exceptional dynamic range, as well as from fast processing and easy-to-interpret data results. With MACSS threats can be detected earlier compared to the use of radar and optical sensors.
MACSS combines a highly sensitive lightweight antenna and a high-performance seven channel direction finding receiver with integrated map and analysis software modules in a compact solution. The system operator can benefit from the acute accuracy of the sensors and the exceptional dynamic range, as well as from fast processing and easy-to-interpret data results. With MACSS threats can be detected earlier compared to the use of radar and optical sensors.
 

Airbus' A321neo LR Could Be A Perfect Platform For A Future European Maritime Patrol Aircraft

Airbus' A321neo LR Could Be A Perfect Platform For A Future European Maritime Patrol Aircraft
 
Our colleagues from the French strategic and defense newsletter "TTU" published an interesting analysis of a possible military application for Airbus' latest airliner project. During a press conference held in Toulouse on January 13, Fabrice Brégier, Airbus President and CEO, announced the imminent launch of a new "Long Range" version of the A321 airliner.
Our colleagues from the French strategic and defense newsletter "TTU" published an interesting analysis of a possible military application for Airbus' latest airliner project. During a press conference held in Toulouse on January 13, Fabrice Brégier, Airbus President and CEO, announced the imminent launch of a new "Long Range" version of the A321 airliner.
 

PT PAL Indonesia Started Construction of the 1st SSV LPD for the Navy of Philippines

PT PAL Indonesia Started Construction of the 1st SSV LPD for the Navy of Philippines
 
PT PAL Indonesia held a "First Steel Cutting Ceremony" of the Strategic Sealift Vessel-1 (SSV) Landing Platform Dock in presence of the Chief of Staff of the Philippine Navy and other authorities. The Philippines Ministry of Defence ordered two SSVs from the Indonesian shipyard. Delivery of this unit is expected on the second quarter of 2016. The second and final delivery is set on 2017.
PT PAL Indonesia held a "First Steel Cutting Ceremony" of the Strategic Sealift Vessel-1 (SSV) Landing Platform Dock in presence of the Chief of Staff of the Philippine Navy and other authorities. The Philippines Ministry of Defence ordered two SSVs from the Indonesian shipyard. Delivery of this unit is expected on the second quarter of 2016. The second and final delivery is set on 2017.
 

ROC Navy commissioned its new fast combat support ship AOE 532 "Panshih"

ROC Navy commissioned its new fast combat support ship AOE 532 "Panshih"
 
The Republic of China (Taiwan) Navy (ROC Navy) took delivery of a new locally designed fast combat support ship AOE 532 "Panshih" (nammed after a mountain in eastern Taiwan) on January 23rd. Panshih is now the largest vessel of the ROC Navy.
The Republic of China (Taiwan) Navy (ROC Navy) took delivery of a new locally designed fast combat support ship AOE 532 "Panshih" (nammed after a mountain in eastern Taiwan) on January 23rd. Panshih is now the largest vessel of the ROC Navy.
 

U.S. Navy Scientist Wins NATO Scientific Achievement Award For T-Craft Project

U.S. Navy Scientist Wins NATO Scientific Achievement Award For T-Craft Project
 
A U.S. Navy scientist received the 2014 NATO Science and Technology Organization's Scientific Achievement Award, the U.S. Navy announced Jan. 22. NATO Chief Scientist Major Gen. Albert Husniaux, conferred the award to Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) principal scientist Steve Anderson for his impact on the MSG-088 Task Group's work on data farming in support of NATO.
A U.S. Navy scientist received the 2014 NATO Science and Technology Organization's Scientific Achievement Award, the U.S. Navy announced Jan. 22. NATO Chief Scientist Major Gen. Albert Husniaux, conferred the award to Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) principal scientist Steve Anderson for his impact on the MSG-088 Task Group's work on data farming in support of NATO.
 

Goodrich To Provide High Frequency Array Windows for U.S. Navy SSN & SSGN Submarines

Goodrich To Provide High Frequency Array Windows for U.S. Navy SSN & SSGN Submarines
 
The U.S Department of Defense announced that Goodrich Corp., Engineered Polymer Products (EPP) division, Jacksonville, Florida, was awarded a contract for high frequency array (HFA) windows for four classes of United States Navy Submarines (SSGN Class; Seawolf Class; USS Virginia Class; and second flight USS Los Angeles Class).
The U.S Department of Defense announced that Goodrich Corp., Engineered Polymer Products (EPP) division, Jacksonville, Florida, was awarded a contract for high frequency array (HFA) windows for four classes of United States Navy Submarines (SSGN Class; Seawolf Class; USS Virginia Class; and second flight USS Los Angeles Class).
 

Mozambique Orders 3 More HSI32 Interceptors from French shipyard CMN, First Trimaran launched

Mozambique Orders 3 More HSI32 Interceptors from French shipyard CMN, First Trimaran launched
 
CMN confirms the signing of a new export contract with Mozambique: Three more HSI32 Interceptors have just been ordered for the Navy of Mozambique. This is in addition to the three OCEAN EAGLE 43 trimaran patrol vessels, three HSI 32 interceptors (and several fishing vessels) that were ordered by the African nation back in September 2013. Meanwhile, the first trimaran patrol vessel has just been launched by the French Shipyard.
CMN confirms the signing of a new export contract with Mozambique: Three more HSI32 Interceptors have just been ordered for the Navy of Mozambique. This is in addition to the three OCEAN EAGLE 43 trimaran patrol vessels and three HSI32 interceptors (and several fishing vessels) that were ordered by the African nation back in September 2013. Meanwhile, the first trimaran patrol vessel has just been launched by the French Shipyard.
 

Sonobuoy TechSystems and Ultra Electronics Awarded Foreign Sales Contracts

Sonobuoy TechSystems and Ultra Electronics Awarded Foreign Sales Contracts
 
Sparton Corporation (SPA) and USSI, a subsidiary of Ultra Electronics Holdings plc (ULE) announce the award of subcontracts valued at $13.3 million from their ERAPSCO/Sonobuoy TechSystems joint venture.
Sparton Corporation (Sonobuoy Tech Systems) and Ultra Electronics USSI, a subsidiary of Ultra Electronics Holdings plc (ULE), announce the award of subcontracts valued at $21.6 million from their ERAPSCO/SonobuoyTech Systems joint venture. Multiple foreign contracts represent the manufacture of Passive and Active Sonobuoys in support of multiple underwater missions.
 

DRS to Upgrade US Navy and RAAF EA-18 Growler with New JTT-R System

DRS to Upgrade US Navy and RAAF EA-18 Growler with New JTT-R System
 
DRS Technologies Inc., a Finmeccanica Company, announced today that it has been awarded access to an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the production and delivery of up to 180 Joint Tactical Terminal-Receivers (JTT-R) for U.S. Navy and Australian EA-18G aircraft. The contract is valued up to $12 million and will include JTT-R production engineering, test set racks, fixtures and tooling.
DRS Technologies Inc., a Finmeccanica Company, announced today that it has been awarded access to an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the production and delivery of up to 180 Joint Tactical Terminal-Receivers (JTT-R) for U.S. Navy and Australian EA-18G aircraft. The contract is valued up to $12 million and will include JTT-R production engineering, test set racks, fixtures and tooling.
 

US Navy Approves F/A-18 Super Hornet Infrared Search & Track (IRST) System for Production

US Navy Approves F/A-18 Super Hornet Infrared Search & Track (IRST) System for Production
 
The F/A-18 Super Hornet infrared search and track (IRST) system, developed and integrated by Boeing and Lockheed Martin, received approval from the U.S. Navy to enter low-rate initial production.
The F/A-18 Super Hornet infrared search and track (IRST) system, developed and integrated by Boeing and Lockheed Martin, received approval from the U.S. Navy to enter low-rate initial production.
 

Boeing Maritime Surveillance Aircraft (MSA) Ready for Demonstration Flights

Boeing Maritime Surveillance Aircraft (MSA) Ready for Demonstration Flights
 
The Boeing Maritime Surveillance Aircraft (MSA) program is ready for customer demonstration flights, having completed the baseline ground and flight testing of the aircraft mission systems.
The Boeing Maritime Surveillance Aircraft (MSA) program is ready for customer demonstration flights, having completed the baseline ground and flight testing of the aircraft mission systems. Flights for prospective customers around the world are scheduled to begin in the coming months. The mission system testing followed last year’s airworthiness and certification testing.
 

China launched its 4th Type 071 LPD, its 21st Type 054A Frigate and its 5th Type 815G ELINT vessel

China launched its 4th Type 071 LPD, its 21st Type 054A Frigate and its 5th Type 815G ELINT vessel
 
Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding, a wholly owned subsidiary of China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC, the largest shipbuilding group in China), launched on the same day near Shanghai three new vessels for the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN or Chinese Navy): The fourth Type 071 landing platform dock (Yuzhao-class LPD), the twenty-first Type 054A Frigate (Jiangkai II class) and the fifth Type 815G ELINT/SIGINT vessel.
Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding, a wholly owned subsidiary of China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC, the largest shipbuilding group in China), launched on the same day near Shanghai three new vessels for the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN or Chinese Navy): The fourth Type 071 landing platform dock (Yuzhao-class LPD), the twenty-first Type 054A Frigate (Jiangkai II class) and the fifth Type 815G ELINT/SIGINT vessel. On the same day China launched 3 military vessels...
 

U.S. Navy Electromagnetic Railgun Weapon to Debut at Future Force EXPO

U.S. Navy Electromagnetic Railgun Weapon to Debut at Future Force EXPO
 
The Electromagnetic Railgun—a weapon that will play a significant role in the future of the U.S. Navy—will be on display to the public for the first time on the East Coast Feb. 4-5 at the Naval Future Force Science and Technology (S&T) EXPO in Washington, D.C., officials at the Office of Naval Research (ONR) announced.
The Electromagnetic Railgun—a weapon that will play a significant role in the future of the U.S. Navy—will be on display to the public for the first time on the East Coast Feb. 4-5 at the Naval Future Force Science and Technology (S&T) EXPO in Washington, D.C., officials at the Office of Naval Research (ONR) announced.
 

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