December 2012 Maritime Defense Industry and Naval Forces News
 
 

General Dynamics Wins $2Bn for the US' Ohio Replacement and UK's Successor Programs
 
Electric Boat Corp., Groton, Conn., is being awarded a $1,848,606,051 cost-plus-fixed-fee with special incentives contract for design work and products for the new class of ballistic missile submarines. This contract includes foreign military sales to the United Kingdom (U.K.) (8 percent).

Electric Boat Corp., Groton, Conn., is being awarded a $1,848,606,051 cost-plus-fixed-fee with special incentives contract for design work and products for the new class of ballistic missile submarines. This contract includes foreign military sales to the United Kingdom (U.K.) (8 percent).

 

Iran's Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) launches naval drills in Persian Gulf's gas fields
 
Iran's Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) launched a naval exercise in the Persian Gulf on Tuesday. According to the Press TV, the drills, code-named Fajr-91 (Dawn- 91) and planned to last four days, are conducted in the area of South Pars gas field in the Persian Gulf. The South Pars/North Dome field is a natural gas condensate field located in the Persian Gulf, and is the world's largest gas field shared between Iran and Qatar.

Iran's Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) launched a naval exercise in the Persian Gulf on Tuesday. According to the Press TV, the drills, code-named Fajr-91 (Dawn- 91) and planned to last four days, are conducted in the area of South Pars gas field in the Persian Gulf. The South Pars/North Dome field is a natural gas condensate field located in the Persian Gulf, and is the world's largest gas field shared between Iran and Qatar.

 

U.S. Navy orders 2 C-40A Clipper aircraft from Boeing
 
The Boeing Co., Wichita, Kan., is being awarded a $145,000,000 firm-fixed-price contract for the procurement of two C-40A Clipper aircraft for the U.S. Navy. The Boeing C-40 Clipper is a military version of the Boeing 737-700C airline transport. It is used by both the United States Navy and the United States Air Force.

The Boeing Co., Wichita, Kan., is being awarded a $145,000,000 firm-fixed-price contract for the procurement of two C-40A Clipper aircraft for the U.S. Navy. The Boeing C-40 Clipper is a military version of the Boeing 737-700C airline transport. It is used by both the United States Navy and the United States Air Force.

 

Eurocopter Delivers 8th NH90 NFH Caiman to France’s DGA for its Deployment by the French Navy
 
Eurocopter delivered the French DGA’s first NH90 NATO Frigate Helicopter (NFH) in its new Step B version, to be used by the French Navy. This aircraft will join the fleet of seven NFHs already delivered to the French Navy in the first standard configuration..

Eurocopter delivered the French DGA’s first NH90 NATO Frigate Helicopter (NFH) in its new Step B version, to be used by the French Navy. This aircraft will join the fleet of seven NFHs already delivered to the French Navy in the first standard configuration..

 

United Shipbuilding Corporation Say Mistral LHD Contract ‘In Force’
 
Russia's United Shipbuilding Corporation said on Friday the contract to build two Mistral class amphibious assault ships remains ‘in force,’ dismissing media reports that the country’s Defense Ministry has dropped the construction plans.

Russia's United Shipbuilding Corporation said on Friday the contract to build two Mistral class amphibious assault ships remains ‘in force,’ dismissing media reports that the country’s Defense Ministry has dropped the construction plans.

 

Laser guided Hammer air-to-ground weapon system qualified against moving targets at sea, on land
 
On December 12, 2012, French defense procurement agency DGA successfully carried out the last qualification firing test of the AASM modular air-to-ground missile developed and produced by Sagem (Safran), in its laser terminal guidance version (NATO designation: SBU-54 Hammer). This third and final test qualifies the laser guided version of AASM weapon system and provides the French Navy and Air Force with a new stand off anti-ship capability.

On December 12, 2012, French defense procurement agency DGA successfully carried out the last qualification firing test of the AASM modular air-to-ground missile developed and produced by Sagem (Safran), in its laser terminal guidance version (NATO designation: SBU-54 Hammer). This third and final test qualifies the laser guided version of AASM weapon system and provides the French Navy and Air Force with a new stand off anti-ship capability.

 

Russian Navy to Float Out New Borey Class SSBN Submarine on Dec. 30 2012
 
Russia’s Sevmash shipyard will float out a third Borey class strategic nuclear submarine, the Vladimir Monomakh, on December 30, Navy Commander Adm. Viktor Chirkov said on Wednesday. “The Vladimir Monomakh will be floated out on December 30 and its construction will continue as planned,” Chirkov said.

Russia’s Sevmash shipyard will float out a third Borey class strategic nuclear submarine, the Vladimir Monomakh, on December 30, Navy Commander Adm. Viktor Chirkov said on Wednesday. “The Vladimir Monomakh will be floated out on December 30 and its construction will continue as planned,” Chirkov said.

 

Italian Navy Carlo BERGAMINI FREMM Frigate shoots her 127/64 Oto Melara Gun for the first time
 
On the 5th of December, the Italian First of Class Carlo BERGAMINI Frigate shot 54 cannon rounds in the waters of La Spezia Gulf. Upon several firing sessions and qualification tests, performed at the Italian Naval Experimentation and Support Centre premises, for the first time the 127/64 Lightweight Gun System had been employed on board of a ship.
On the 5th of December, the Italian First of Class Carlo BERGAMINI Frigate shot 54 cannon rounds in the waters of La Spezia Gulf. Upon several firing sessions and qualification tests, performed at the Italian Naval Experimentation and Support Centre premises, for the first time the 127/64 Lightweight Gun System had been employed on board of a ship.
 

Academic training: a record year for DCI
 
Paris, 14 December 2012 –DCI-NAVFCO, the naval department of DCI,is pleased with the arrival of 67 new foreign officer trainees on its school benches, which is a record in the company's history. The 67 cadets integrate DCI-NAVFCO's 2 leading programs:
Paris, 14 December 2012 – DCI-NAVFCO, the naval department of DCI,is pleased with the arrival of 67 new foreign officer trainees on its school benches, which is a record in the company's history. The 67 cadets integrate DCI-NAVFCO's 2 leading programs:
 

PLA Navy makes preparations for Liaoning Aircraft Carrier formation
 
Within only a month, the development of China’s aircraft carrier experienced the official delivery of the “Liaoning Ship” to the Navy of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and the successful taking-off and landing training of the carrier-borne J-15 fighter nicknamed “Flying Shark” on the deck of the aircraft carrier. Western observers feel astonished at the speed of the development of China’s aircraft carrier and no longer doubt that China’s first aircraft carrier formation will debut in the near future.
Within only a month, the development of China’s aircraft carrier experienced the official delivery of the “Liaoning Ship” to the Navy of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and the successful taking-off and landing training of the carrier-borne J-15 fighter nicknamed “Flying Shark” on the deck of the aircraft carrier. Western observers feel astonished at the speed of the development of China’s aircraft carrier and no longer doubt that China’s first aircraft carrier formation will debut in the near future.
 

Indian Aircraft Carrier INS Vikramaditya (Gorshkov) now expected in last quarter of 2013
 
As informed by the Russian side the delivery of the aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya (Gorshkov), after completion of repairs and sea trials, would be made in the last quarter of 2013. The aircraft carrier was subjected to extensive trials for the first time for 108 days from 8th June 2012 to 23rd September 2012, with a part of the Indian crew on board, undergoing training during the sea trials.

As informed by the Russian side the delivery of the aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya (Gorshkov), after completion of repairs and sea trials, would be made in the last quarter of 2013. The aircraft carrier was subjected to extensive trials for the first time for 108 days from 8th June 2012 to 23rd September 2012, with a part of the Indian crew on board, undergoing training during the sea trials.

 

UK Ministry of Defence awards BAE Systems contract for Audacious, the 4th SSN in the Astute class
 
The UK Ministry of Defence has awarded us a contract worth £1.2bn for Audacious, the fourth submarine in the Astute class. The full contract covers the design, build, test and commissioning programme. First steel was cut in 2007 and Audacious is at an advanced stage of construction at BAE Systems’ site in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria.

The UK Ministry of Defence has awarded us a contract worth £1.2bn for Audacious, the fourth submarine in the Astute class. The full contract covers the design, build, test and commissioning programme. First steel was cut in 2007 and Audacious is at an advanced stage of construction at BAE Systems’ site in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria.

 

Japan ask for upgrade of the AEGIS Combat Systems onboard Atago Class Destroyers
 
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress today of a possible Foreign Military Sale to Japan for the upgrade of previously provided AEGIS Combat Systems, as well as associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $421 million.
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress today of a possible Foreign Military Sale to Japan for the upgrade of previously provided AEGIS Combat Systems, as well as associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $421 million.
 

USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Hosts First Flight Deck Taxiing of X-47B UCAS-D
 
Within only a month, the development of China’s aircraft carrier experienced the official delivery of the “Liaoning Ship” to the Navy of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and the successful taking-off and landing training of the carrier-borne J-15 fighter nicknamed “Flying Shark” on the deck of the aircraft carrier. Western observers feel astonished at the speed of the development of China’s aircraft carrier and no longer doubt that China’s first aircraft carrier formation will debut in the near future.
Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) and personnel from the Navy Unmanned Combat Air System program office (PMA-268) integrated test team made history Dec. 9 as they taxied an X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator aircraft for the first time aboard a carrier.
 

General Dynamics NASSCO Lays Keel of Second Mobile Landing Platform Ship (MLP)
 
General Dynamics NASSCO hosted a keel laying ceremony for the second Mobile Landing Platform (MLP) ship at the company's San Diego shipbuilding facility. Ms. Lyn Glenn, daughter of John Herschel Glenn, Jr., the first American astronaut to orbit the Earth, and Mrs. Helen L. Toolan, wife of Lieutenant General John A. Toolan, Jr., Commanding General, I Marine Expeditionary Force, were the honorees for the ceremony.

General Dynamics NASSCO hosted a keel laying ceremony for the second Mobile Landing Platform (MLP) ship at the company's San Diego shipbuilding facility. Ms. Lyn Glenn, daughter of John Herschel Glenn, Jr., the first American astronaut to orbit the Earth, and Mrs. Helen L. Toolan, wife of Lieutenant General John A. Toolan, Jr., Commanding General, I Marine Expeditionary Force, were the honorees for the ceremony.

 

French Navy Frigate, Aircraft Carrier to be fitted with new Thales SMART-S Mk2 radar in 2013
 
Marine Nationale vessels Type F70 AA, Anti-Aircraft Frigate "Cassard" and Nuclear Powered Aircraft Carrier "Charles de Gaulle" are set to receive a radar upgrade in 2013. Their existing radars will be replaced with the Thales SMART-S Mk2 3D multi-beam air and surface radar.
Marine Nationale vessels Type F70 AA, Anti-Aircraft Frigate "Cassard" and Nuclear Powered Aircraft Carrier "Charles de Gaulle" are set to receive a radar upgrade in 2013. Their existing radars will be replaced with the Thales SMART-S Mk2 3D multi-beam air and surface radar.
 

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