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

Taiwan plans to purchase 10 MH-60R Seahawk ASW helicopters

Taiwan plans to purchase 10 MH-60R Seahawk ASW helicopters
 
Taiwan's military yesterday confirmed that it is seeking to buy 10 MH-60R Seahawk anti-submarine warfare helicopters from the U.S. to replace its existing aging chopper fleet. Fielding questions during an interpellation session at the Legislative Yuan, Deputy Defense Minister Adm. Chen Yung-kang confirmed to lawmakers that the R.O.C. Navy is scheduled to purchase MH-60R Seahawk anti-submarine choppers.
Taiwan's military yesterday confirmed that it is seeking to buy 10 MH-60R Seahawk anti-submarine warfare helicopters from the U.S. to replace its existing aging chopper fleet. Fielding questions during an interpellation session at the Legislative Yuan, Deputy Defense Minister Adm. Chen Yung-kang confirmed to lawmakers that the R.O.C. Navy is scheduled to purchase MH-60R Seahawk anti-submarine choppers.
 

NAVAIR grants Orbital ATK a $426mn contract for FMU-139D/B fuzes development

NAVAIR grants Orbital ATK a $426mn contract for FMU-139D/B fuzes development
 
Orbital ATK announced yesterday, Oct. 28, that it has received an award totaling $426 million for first article test and qualification and production of FMU-139D/B fuzes and fuze accessories. The contract, awarded by the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command, includes qualification and first article testing activities. An initial amount of $24 million from the Navy and U.S. Marine Corps will be obligated at time of award.
Orbital ATK announced yesterday, Oct. 28, that it has received an award totaling $426 million for first article test and qualification and production of FMU-139D/B fuzes and fuze accessories. The contract, awarded by the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command, includes qualification and first article testing activities. An initial amount of $24 million from the Navy and U.S. Marine Corps will be obligated at time of award.
 

Russia's Bal-E coastal defense system to be equipped with upgraded Kh-35 missile

Russia's Bal-E coastal defense system to be equipped with upgraded Kh-35 missile
 
The Bal coastal defense system will be equipped with an upgraded version of the Kh-35E missile, Morinformsystem-Agat Group CEO and General Designer Georgy Antsev told TASS on Tuesday. Morinformsystem-Agat naval weapons developer is upgrading the Bal coastal defense missile system. The system will receive a modernized missile, which has a range of up to 300 kilometers (186 miles) and can be guided via unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), he added.
The Bal coastal defense system will be equipped with an upgraded version of the Kh-35E missile, Morinformsystem-Agat Group CEO and General Designer Georgy Antsev told TASS on Tuesday. Morinformsystem-Agat naval weapons developer is upgrading the Bal coastal defense missile system. The system will receive a modernized missile, which has a range of up to 300 kilometers (186 miles) and can be guided via unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), he added.
 

Schiebel’s CAMCOPTER S-100 UAS Completes Successful Trials for South African Navy

Schiebel’s CAMCOPTER S-100 UAS Completes Successful Trials for South African Navy
 
Schiebel’s CAMCOPTER® S-100 Unmanned Air System (UAS) continues its successful shipboard trials when demonstrating its outstanding capabilities to the South African Navy from 20 to 23 October 2015 at False Bay, Western Cape, South Africa.
Schiebel’s CAMCOPTER® S-100 Unmanned Air System (UAS) continues its successful shipboard trials when demonstrating its outstanding capabilities to the South African Navy from 20 to 23 October 2015 at False Bay, Western Cape, South Africa.
 

US Navy grants Boeing a $898 mn contract for 15 EA-18G Growler electronic warfare aircraft

US Navy grants Boeing a $898 mn contract for 15 EA-18G Growler electronic warfare aircraft
 
The US-based aircraft manufacturer Boeing has been awarded a contract worth US$898 million to procuce 15 more EA-18G Growler electronic fighter jets and associated airborne electronic attack kits for the U.S. Navy, the US DoD announced on Monday, Oct. 26, 2015.
The US-based aircraft manufacturer Boeing has been awarded a contract worth US$898 million to procuce 15 more EA-18G Growler electronic fighter jets and associated airborne electronic attack kits for the U.S. Navy, the US DoD announced on Monday, Oct. 26, 2015.
 

Austal successfully launched first High Speed Support Vessel for the RNO

Austal successfully launched first High Speed Support Vessel for the RNO
 
Austal has launched the first of two 72m High Speed Support Vessels (HSSV’s) being built for the Royal Navy of Oman (RNO), yesterday. Hull 390 - the future RNOV Al Mubshir - was successfully launched after 13 months of construction and fitout at the company’s Henderson, Western Australia shipyard.
Austal has launched the first of two 72m High Speed Support Vessels (HSSV’s) being built for the Royal Navy of Oman (RNO), yesterday. Hull 390 - the future RNOV Al Mubshir - was successfully launched after 13 months of construction and fitout at the company’s Henderson, Western Australia shipyard.
 

Hanwha Thales Unveiled the Integrated Mast System for the Future ROK Navy FFX Batch III Frigate

Hanwha Thales Unveiled the Integrated Mast System for the Future ROK Navy FFX Batch III Frigate
 
During the Marine Week 2015 exhibition which was held October 20 - 23 in Busan, South Korea, Hanwha Thales unveiled for the first time the Integrated Mast (I-MAST) system currently in development for the future third batch FFX frigate of the Republic of Korea Navy (ROK Navy).
During the Marine Week 2015 exhibition which was held October 20 - 23 in Busan, South Korea, Hanwha Thales unveiled for the first time the Integrated Mast (I-MAST) system currently in development for the future third batch FFX frigate of the Republic of Korea Navy (ROK Navy).
 

Indra presents unmanned version of its P2006T MRI maritime reconnaissance & intelligence aircraft

Indra presents unmanned version of its P2006T MRI maritime reconnaissance & intelligence aircraft
 
On September 29 Indra presented the unmanned version of its P2006T MRI maritime reconnaissance and intelligence aircraft at the London conference series on maritime reconnaissance. Indra's General Manager of Defense and Security, José Manuel Pérez-Pujazón, took advantage of the multinational's participation in the conference series to make the announcement. Indra adapted the aircraft as part of its so-called "Targus" project, and it has already passed the viability tests and experimental demonstration.

On September 29 Indra presented the unmanned version of its P2006T MRI maritime reconnaissance and intelligence aircraft at the London conference series on maritime reconnaissance. Indra's General Manager of Defense and Security, José Manuel Pérez-Pujazón, took advantage of the multinational's participation in the conference series to make the announcement. Indra adapted the aircraft as part of its so-called "Targus" project, and it has already passed the viability tests and experimental demonstration.

 

U.S. Navy Awards Raytheon $159 Million for Phalanx CIWS Production

U.S. Navy Awards Raytheon $159 Million for Phalanx CIWS Production
 
The U.S. Navy awarded Raytheon Company a $159.9 million contract to manufacture, inspect and test Phalanx Close-in Weapon Systems (CIWS). The contract, which provides for a $10 million option in FY15 and another valued at $291 million in FY16, includes support equipment for the Phalanx and SeaRAM Weapon Systems, Block 1B radar upgrades and kits for reliability, maintainability, and availability. The contract also covers overhaul of four Land-based Phalanx Weapon Systems.
The U.S. Navy awarded Raytheon Company a $159.9 million contract to manufacture, inspect and test Phalanx Close-in Weapon Systems (CIWS). The contract, which provides for a $10 million option in FY15 and another valued at $291 million in FY16, includes support equipment for the Phalanx and SeaRAM Weapon Systems, Block 1B radar upgrades and kits for reliability, maintainability, and availability. The contract also covers overhaul of four Land-based Phalanx Weapon Systems.
 

Lockheed Martin Canada Latest Achievement on New Zealand ANZAC Frigate Systems Upgr Project

Lockheed Martin Canada Latest Achievement on New Zealand ANZAC Frigate Systems Upgr Project
 
Lockheed Martin Canada marked an important milestone toward modernizing the Royal New Zealand Navy's two ANZAC Class ships. The company announced that the ANZAC frigate systems upgrade project has successfully completed the combat system critical design review on schedule and to New Zealand's satisfaction.
Lockheed Martin Canada marked an important milestone toward modernizing the Royal New Zealand Navy's two ANZAC Class ships. The company announced that the ANZAC frigate systems upgrade project has successfully completed the combat system critical design review on schedule and to New Zealand's satisfaction.
 

Lockheed Martin Delivers First Danish MH-60R Romeo Helicopter to the U.S. Navy

Lockheed Martin Delivers First Danish MH-60R Romeo Helicopter to the U.S. Navy
 
The U.S. Navy accepted the first MH-60R helicopter slated for Denmark from Lockheed Martin in a ceremony today at the Lockheed Martin facility in Owego, New York. "We are excited to accept this aircraft bound for Denmark," said Rear Adm. CJ Jaynes, program executive officer for air anti-submarine warfare, assault and special mission programs, which oversees the U.S. Navy's H-60 program office. " The Romeo is the U.S. Navy's primary rotary anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare platform in operation and we're proud to know these will be flying soon with the Royal Danish Air Force -- our first Seahawks in Europe."
The U.S. Navy accepted the first MH-60R helicopter slated for Denmark from Lockheed Martin in a ceremony today at the Lockheed Martin facility in Owego, New York. "We are excited to accept this aircraft bound for Denmark," said Rear Adm. CJ Jaynes, program executive officer for air anti-submarine warfare, assault and special mission programs, which oversees the U.S. Navy's H-60 program office. " The Romeo is the U.S. Navy's primary rotary anti-submarine...
 

Two Final Project 12418 Tarantul-class Corvettes to Enter Service in Vietnam in June 2016 - TASS

Two Final Project 12418 Tarantul-class Corvettes to Enter Service in Vietnam in June 2016 - TASS
 
The Vietnamese Navy will receive two final Project 12418 Molniya-class (NATO reporting name: Tarantul V) missile-carrying boats in June 2016, a spokesman for Russia’s Vympel Shipyard told TASS at the international exhibition Interpolitex-2015 on Thursday. The boats are being built in Vietnam under the Russian license, the spokesman added.
The Vietnamese Navy will receive two final Project 12418 Molniya-class (NATO reporting name: Tarantul V) missile-carrying boats in June 2016, a spokesman for Russia’s Vympel Shipyard told TASS at the international exhibition Interpolitex-2015 on Thursday. The boats are being built in Vietnam under the Russian license, the spokesman added.
 

ADIK Shipyard Launched TCG Bayraktar New Landing Ship Tank (LST) Class for Turkish Navy

ADIK Shipyard Launched TCG Bayraktar New Landing Ship Tank (LST) Class for Turkish Navy
 
ADIK Shipyard launched the first ship of a new class of landing ships (LST) TCG Bayraktar on 3rd October 2015. Her construction started 17 months ago. The contract for the construction of a new LST’s was signed between Turkey Ministry of Defence and ADIK_Furtrans shipyard on 11 May 2011. The project consists in a locally produced new generation fast amphibious vessel of upper-intermediate size designed to meet operational requirements of Turkish Naval Forces Command.
ADIK Shipyard launched the first ship of a new class of landing ships (LST) TCG Bayraktar on 3rd October 2015. Her construction started 17 months ago. The contract for the construction of a new LST’s was signed between Turkey Ministry of Defence and ADIK_Furtrans shipyard on 11 May 2011. The project consists in a locally produced new generation fast amphibious vessel of upper-intermediate size designed to meet operational requirements of Turkish Naval Forces Command.
 

U.S. Navy Accepts Delivery of Future Littoral Combat Ship USS Milwaukee (LCS 5)

U.S. Navy Accepts Delivery of Future Littoral Combat Ship USS Milwaukee (LCS 5)
 
The U.S. Navy accepted delivery of the future USS Milwaukee (LCS 5) during a ceremony at the Marinette Marine Corporation shipyard Oct. 16. Milwaukee is the sixth littoral combat ship to be delivered to the Navy and the third of the Freedom variant to join the fleet.
The U.S. Navy accepted delivery of the future USS Milwaukee (LCS 5) during a ceremony at the Marinette Marine Corporation shipyard Oct. 16. Milwaukee is the sixth littoral combat ship to be delivered to the Navy and the third of the Freedom variant to join the fleet.
 

Repair of Pump-Jet Equipped Kilo Class Diesel-Electric Submarine Alrosa to be completed in 2015

Repair of Pump-Jet Equipped Kilo Class Diesel-Electric Submarine Alrosa to be completed in 2015
 
According to Russia's governmental procurement website, the 13th Shipyard in Sevastopol is planning to complete the repair of the Project 877V Kilo-class B-871 Alrosa diesel-electric submarine in 2015. The repair and upgrade will enable the submarine to operate with the Russian Navy Black Sea Fleet until 2020. Then the boat will have to get back to the dock of the 13th Shipyard again.
According to Russia's governmental procurement website, the 13th Shipyard in Sevastopol is planning to complete the repair of the Project 877V Kilo-class B-871 Alrosa diesel-electric submarine in 2015. The repair and upgrade will enable the submarine to operate with the Russian Navy Black Sea Fleet until 2020. Then the boat will have to get back to the dock of the 13th Shipyard again.
 

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia May Order Four Multi-Mission Surface Combatant MMSC Ships

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia May Order Four Multi-Mission Surface Combatant MMSC Ships
 
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced via press release yesterday that the U.S. State Department gave its green light for a proposed sale to Saudi Arabia of four Multi-Mission Surface Combatant (MMSC) Ships, an export variant of Lockheed Martin's Freedom class LCS currently in use with the U.S. Navy.

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced via press release yesterday that the U.S. State Department gave its green light for a proposed sale to Saudi Arabia of four Multi-Mission Surface Combatant (MMSC) Ships, an export variant of Lockheed Martin's Freedom class LCS currently in use with the U.S. Navy.

 

2nd Grigorovich Class Frigate (Pr. 11356) for Russian Navy Gearing Up for Sea Trials - TASS

2nd Grigorovich Class Frigate (Pr. 11356) for Russian Navy Gearing Up for Sea Trials - TASS
 
The Yantar Shipyard in Kaliningrad building the Admiral Essen frigate for the Russian Navy is completing the preparations for its manufacturer’s trials and for putting it out to sea in the Baltic for the first time, the shipyard’s press officer, Sergei Mikhailov, told TASS on Tuesday.
The Yantar Shipyard in Kaliningrad building the Admiral Essen frigate for the Russian Navy is completing the preparations for its manufacturer’s trials and for putting it out to sea in the Baltic for the first time, the shipyard’s press officer, Sergei Mikhailov, told TASS on Tuesday.
 

USS Ross Successfully Intercepts Ballistic Missile Target in European Waters with SM-3 Missile

USS Ross Successfully Intercepts Ballistic Missile Target in European Waters with SM-3 Missile
 
USS Ross (DDG 71), an Arleigh Burke Flight I class destroyer, successfully intercepted a ballistic missile with a Raytheon-made Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) in the North Atlantic Ocean during the Maritime Theater Missile Defense (MTMD) Forum's At Sea Demonstration (ASD) Oct. 20, 2015. This is first time a SM-3 Block IA guided interceptor was fired on a non-U.S. range and the first intercept of a ballistic missile threat in the European theater.
USS Ross (DDG 71), an Arleigh Burke Flight I class destroyer, successfully intercepted a ballistic missile with a Raytheon-made Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) in the North Atlantic Ocean during the Maritime Theater Missile Defense (MTMD) Forum's At Sea Demonstration (ASD) Oct. 20, 2015. This is first time a SM-3 Block IA guided interceptor was fired on a non-U.S. range and the first intercept of a ballistic missile threat in the European theater.
 

Russian Navy Aircraft Carrier Admiral Kuznetsov Started Training in Barents Sea Following Refit

Russian Navy Aircraft Carrier Admiral Kuznetsov Started Training in Barents Sea Following Refit
 
Russia’s sole aircraft carrier, The Project 1143.5 aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov has started its combat training in the Barents Sea in accordance with the schedule, Northern Fleet spokesman Vadim Serga said on Monday. As we reported in May, the flagship of the Russian navy went into the dock of a shipyard in Northern Russia for repairs.
Russia’s sole aircraft carrier, The Project 1143.5 aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov has started its combat training in the Barents Sea in accordance with the schedule, Northern Fleet spokesman Vadim Serga said on Monday. As we reported in May, the flagship of the Russian navy went into the dock of a shipyard in Northern Russia for repairs.
 

EURENCO to Provide Warhead for Sea Venom/Anti-Navire Leger (ANL) Antiship Missile

EURENCO to Provide Warhead for Sea Venom/Anti-Navire Leger (ANL) Antiship Missile
 
EURENCO is proud to announce that it was awarded in 2015 an important contract with European missile company MBDA for a key UK-French program: the Sea Venom/Anti-Navire Leger (ANL) anti-ship missile. EURENCO will industrialize and fill in its Sorgues plant the new Insensitive Munition (IM) warhead with an insensitive composition based on EURENCO's I-RDX ™. First deliveries to MBDA will begin after qualification. EURENCO is already the supplier of explosive fillings...
EURENCO is proud to announce that it was awarded in 2015 an important contract with European missile company MBDA for a key UK-French program: the Sea Venom/Anti-Navire Leger (ANL) anti-ship missile. EURENCO will industrialize and fill in its Sorgues plant the new Insensitive Munition (IM) warhead with an insensitive composition based on EURENCO's I-RDX ™. First deliveries to MBDA will begin after qualification. EURENCO is already the supplier of explosive fillings...
 

Russia to Supply Egypt with Helicopters and Equipment Worth Over $1 bln to Equip Mistrals - TASS

Russia to Supply Egypt with Helicopters and Equipment Worth Over $1 bln to Equip Mistrals - TASS
 
Russia is planning to supply the equipment and helicopters for the Mistral amphibious assault ships that Egypt is buying from France, and the value of the deal may exceed $1.12 billion, Sergei Ivanov, the Russian president’s chief of staff, told journalists on Monday.
Russia is planning to supply the equipment and helicopters for the Mistral amphibious assault ships that Egypt is buying from France, and the value of the deal may exceed $1.12 billion, Sergei Ivanov, the Russian president’s chief of staff, told journalists on Monday.
 

Saturn Starts Making All Russian Propulsion Plants for 2 Project 22350 Adm Gorshkov-Class Frigates

Saturn Starts Making All Russian Propulsion Plants for 2 Project 22350 Adm Gorshkov-Class Frigates
 
Russian manufacturer Saturn, a subsidiary of the United Engine Corporation, started manufacturing all-Russian propulsion plants for the Project 22350 Admiral Gorshkov-class frigates, a Saturn employee told TASS on Monday. "We have launched the production of four M55R diesel/gas-turbine propulsion plants to power the two in-construction Project 22350 frigates serialed 923 and 924 (Admiral Golovko and Admiral Isakov respectively)," the source said.
Russian manufacturer Saturn, a subsidiary of the United Engine Corporation, started manufacturing all-Russian propulsion plants for the Project 22350 Admiral Gorshkov-class frigates, a Saturn employee told TASS on Monday. "We have launched the production of four M55R diesel/gas-turbine propulsion plants to power the two in-construction Project 22350 frigates serialed 923 and 924 (Admiral Golovko and Admiral Isakov respectively)," the source said.
 

Hellenic Navy Inducts New Super Vita-class Fast Attack Craft Missile - FACM in its Fleet

Hellenic Navy Inducts New Super Vita-class Fast Attack Craft Missile - FACM in its Fleet
 
The Hellenic Navy has inducted on 19 October a new fast attack craft in its fleet. During a ceremony held at the Fast Attack Crafts Command, at the Skaramagkas Naval Fort, attended by the Minister of Defence, the Chiefs of Staffs, government and foreign military officials, the Elefsis Shipyards – BAE Systems "HS Ritsos" (P71), Super Vita-class vessel, was delivered to the Navy.
The Hellenic Navy has inducted on 19 October a new fast attack craft in its fleet. During a ceremony held at the Fast Attack Crafts Command, at the Skaramagkas Naval Fort, attended by the Minister of Defence, the Chiefs of Staffs, government and foreign military officials, the Elefsis Shipyards – BAE Systems "HS Ritsos" (P71), Super Vita-class vessel, was delivered to the Navy.
 

AgustaWestland Delivered the First Upgraded AW101 Merlin HC Mk3 Helicopter to Royal Navy

AgustaWestland Delivered the First Upgraded AW101 Merlin HC Mk3 Helicopter to Royal Navy
 
AgustaWestland announced today that it had delivered the first of seven upgraded AW101 Merlin HC Mk3 helicopters to the Royal Navy as part of Phase 1 of the Merlin Life Sustainment Programme (MLSP).
AgustaWestland announced today that it had delivered the first of seven upgraded AW101 Merlin HC Mk3 helicopters to the Royal Navy as part of Phase 1 of the Merlin Life Sustainment Programme (MLSP).
 

DCNS Signs a Cooperation Agreement in Saudi Arabia with KACST for Naval Research Centre

DCNS Signs a Cooperation Agreement in Saudi Arabia with KACST for Naval Research Centre
 
On Tuesday 13 October in Riyadh, the President of the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST), His Highness Dr Turki bin Saud Mohamed Al Saud, in the presence of His Royal Highness Prince Muhammad bin Salman and of the French Prime Minister, Manuel Valls, signed a cooperation agreement with the Chairman and CEO of DCNS, Hervé Guillou. The goal of this agreement is to foster the development of a Research and Development centre dedicated to the naval and maritime domain.
On Tuesday 13 October in Riyadh, the President of the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST), His Highness Dr Turki bin Saud Mohamed Al Saud, in the presence of His Royal Highness Prince Muhammad bin Salman and of the French Prime Minister, Manuel Valls, signed a cooperation agreement with the Chairman and CEO of DCNS, Hervé Guillou. The goal of this agreement is to foster the development of a Research and Development centre dedicated to the naval and maritime domain.
 

French Shipyard CMN to Build a Brand New Shipyard Facility in Cherbourg Normandy

French Shipyard CMN to Build a Brand New Shipyard Facility in Cherbourg Normandy
 
French shipyard CMN informed Navy Recognition that the first HSI32 Interceptor built for the Navy of Mozambique achieved an impressive speed of 47 Knots during its initial sea trials. CMN launched the vessel last month. Three OCEAN EAGLE 43 trimaran patrol vessels and three HSI32 interceptors (and several fishing vessels) were ordered by the African nation back in September 2013.
French shipyard CMN unveiled its plans to build a brand new shipyard in Cherbourg, Normandy (Western France). CMN has been working on the project for almost a year with the objective to develop a modern facility right on the quayside. The new project focuses on four key points: Human factors, Environmental excellence, Improved industrial organization and Modernization of the production tools.
 

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