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

QinetiQ Awarded Dstl Contract for C2 system Able to Control Multiple Unmanned Platforms
 
QinetiQ has been awarded a contract of GBP4.2 billion from the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) to deliver a C2 system that would control multiple unmanned systems. The transportable solution will be used to integrate unmanned platforms from different manufacturers and reduce the burden of the operators.
QinetiQ has been awarded a contract of GBP4.2 billion from the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) to deliver a C2 system that would control multiple unmanned systems. The transportable solution will be used to integrate unmanned platforms from different manufacturers and reduce the burden of the operators.
 

French Navy Rafale M Fighter Aircraft Conducted Their First Strikes in Iraq and Syria
 
On Monday, November 23, 2015 at 19:30, French forces conducted new strikes against the Islamic State (IS) in Syria. The raid involved six fighters, and for the first time four Rafale fighters from the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier. The raid destroyed one active site occupied by IS terrorists.
On Monday, November 23, 2015 at 19:30, French forces conducted new strikes against the Islamic State (IS) in Syria. The raid involved six fighters, and for the first time four Rafale fighters from the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier. The raid destroyed one active site occupied by IS terrorists.
 

U.S. Navy Commissioned the Fifth Littoral Combat Ship USS Milwaukee (LCS 5)
 
The U.S. Navy commissioned the nation’s fifth Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) – USS Milwaukee (LCS 5) – in Milwaukee today, officially placing the ship designed and constructed by a Lockheed Martin-led industry team into active service.
The U.S. Navy commissioned the nation’s fifth Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) – USS Milwaukee (LCS 5) – in Milwaukee today, officially placing the ship designed and constructed by a Lockheed Martin-led industry team into active service. Milwaukee, the third Freedom-variant in the LCS class, successfully passed Acceptance Trials in September and was delivered to the U.S. Navy on October 16.
 

Royal Australian Navy Third Hobart Class Air Warfare Destroyer "Sydney" Keel Laid
 
Last week marked a significant progress on the Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) program, as the keel was laid for the third destroyer, Sydney, and initial combat systems activation has commenced on the first destroyer, Hobart. Sydney is the last of three AWDs currently under construction on this program, which will deliver the most capable warships ever possessed by the Royal Australian Navy.
Last week marked a significant progress on the Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) program, as the keel was laid for the third destroyer, Sydney, and initial combat systems activation has commenced on the first destroyer, Hobart. Sydney is the last of three AWDs currently under construction on this program, which will deliver the most capable warships ever possessed by the Royal Australian Navy.
 

UK Government to Fill MPA Gap and Order 9 Boeing P-8A Poseidon Maritime Patrol Aircraft
 
UK Prime Minister David Cameron will announce today a £178 billion investment in defence equipment and support over the next decade as part of a new Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR). The £12 billion uplift in funding will be focused on investments that will help to ensure the UK can respond to diverse threats and includes nine new P-8A Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA). UK currently has an MPA capability gap since the last Nimrod MR2 MPA was retired in 2010.
UK Prime Minister David Cameron will announce today a £178 billion investment in defence equipment and support over the next decade as part of a new Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR). The £12 billion uplift in funding will be focused on investments that will help to ensure the UK can respond to diverse threats and includes nine new P-8A Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA). UK currently has an MPA capability gap since the last Nimrod MR2 MPA was retired in 2010.
 

U.S. Navy Completes Flight Test of New Network-Enabled AGM-84N Harpoon Block II+ Missile
 
The U.S. Navy completed a free-flight test of the new network-enabled Harpoon missile system Nov. 18 at the Sea Range at Point Mugu, California. Building on the nearly 40-year legacy of the Harpoon, the upgraded missile, known as Block II+, will have the ability to receive in-flight updates that improve the targeting and engagement of moving maritime targets.
The U.S. Navy completed a free-flight test of the new network-enabled Harpoon missile system Nov. 18 at the Sea Range at Point Mugu, California. Building on the nearly 40-year legacy of the Harpoon, the upgraded missile, known as AGM-84N Harpoon Block II+, will have the ability to receive in-flight updates that improve the targeting and engagement of moving maritime targets.
 

Russian Navy Caspian Flotilla Vessels Launched 2nd Cruise Missile Strike Against IS Targets in Syria
 
According to Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu "Russian Navy Caspian Flotilla vessels fired 18 cruise missiles on November 20, 2015 from the Caspian Sea. The Kalibr-NK cruise missiles were launched against 7 terrorist position targets in the Syrian provinces of Raqqa, Idlib and Aleppo. All target were destroyed."
According to Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu "Russian Navy Caspian Flotilla vessels fired 18 cruise missiles on November 20, 2015 from the Caspian Sea. The Kalibr-NK cruise missiles were launched against 7 terrorist position targets in the Syrian provinces of Raqqa, Idlib and Aleppo. All target were destroyed."
 

U.S. Clears Possible FMS of UGM-84L Harpoon Block II Anti-Ship Missiles for ROK Navy
 
The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Republic of Korea for UGM-84L Harpoon Block II missiles and associated equipment, parts and logistical support for an estimated cost of $110 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on November 17, 2015.
The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Republic of Korea for UGM-84L Harpoon Block II missiles and associated equipment, parts and logistical support for an estimated cost of $110 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on November 17, 2015.
 

Aero Surveillance & Lacroix Working on a VTOL UAV-Based Decoy System for Surface Vessels
 
Aero Surveillance unveiled at MILIPOL 2015 a new Multi purpose Payload Launcher (MPL 30) on its line of VTOL Unmanned Aircraft Vehicles. The MPL 30 system can be adapted on ASV 100 or ASW 150 to fire several types of payloads in collaboration with Etienne Lacroix Group. Navy Recognition learned during the event that the two French companies are working on a variant to protect surface vessels.
Aero Surveillance unveiled at MILIPOL 2015 a new Multi purpose Payload Launcher (MPL 30) on its line of VTOL Unmanned Aircraft Vehicles. The MPL 30 system can be adapted on ASV 100 or ASW 150 to fire several types of payloads in collaboration with Etienne Lacroix Group. Navy Recognition learned during the event that the two French companies are working on a variant to protect surface vessels.
 

U.S. Marine Corps AV-8B Harriers from USS Kearsarge LHD Join Fight Against ISIL
 
Naval Aviation rejoined the fight against ISIL Nov. 19 when AV-8B Harriers from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM)162(Reinforced)launched from the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) to conduct their first missions over Iraq in support of Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR).
Naval Aviation rejoined the fight against ISIL Nov. 19 when AV-8B Harriers from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM)162(Reinforced)launched from the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) to conduct their first missions over Iraq in support of Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR).
 

Raytheon delivers sonar for DARPA's unmanned anti-submarine warfare vehicle program
 
Raytheon Company has completed delivery of its latest Modular Scalable Sonar System (MS3), the fifth-generation hull-mounted sonar system, for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)'s Anti-Submarine Warfare Continuous TrailUnmanned Vessel (ACTUV) program. The delivery is a culmination of efforts under a subcontract from Leidos, Inc., whose prototype trimaran is designed to serve as the program's unmanned vehicle.
Raytheon Company has completed delivery of its latest Modular Scalable Sonar System (MS3), the fifth-generation hull-mounted sonar system, for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)'s Anti-Submarine Warfare Continuous TrailUnmanned Vessel (ACTUV) program. The delivery is a culmination of efforts under a subcontract from Leidos, Inc., whose prototype trimaran is designed to serve as the program's unmanned vehicle.
 

General Dynamics BIW Lays Keel of DDG 116 Arleigh Burke class Flight IIA Tech Insertion Destroyer
 
On November 16, General Dynamics Bath Iron Works held a keel-laying ceremony for the Thomas Hudner (DDG 116), the company’s 36th Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer. The ship is named for Captain Thomas Hudner Jr., U.S. Navy (ret.), a Korean War aviator and Medal of Honor recipient.
On November 16, General Dynamics Bath Iron Works held a keel-laying ceremony for the Thomas Hudner (DDG 116), the company’s 36th Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer. The ship is named for Captain Thomas Hudner Jr., U.S. Navy (ret.), a Korean War aviator and Medal of Honor recipient.
 

Vladimir Putin Ordered Russian Navy Cruiser Moskva to Work with French Navy Aircraft Carrier
 
Russian president Vladimir Putin has issued orders for the Flagship of the Russian Navy Black Sea fleet, the Moskva cruiser (Project 1164 Atlant / Slava class), to work together with a French naval group led by nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Charles De Gaulle which is departing for Syria this week. The Moskva is currently covering the Russian base in Latakia from the Mediterranean Sea.
Russian president Vladimir Putin has issued orders for the Flagship of the Russian Navy Black Sea fleet, the Moskva cruiser (Project 1164 Atlant / Slava class), to work together with a French naval group led by nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Charles De Gaulle which is departing for Syria this week. The Moskva is currently covering the Russian base in Latakia from the Mediterranean Sea.
 

French Carrier Strike Group to Deploy to Eastern Mediterranean with Largest Airwing Ever
 
While the French Navy Carrier Strike Group (CSG) was originally planned to deploy to the Persian Gulf, plan has now changed. Following the terrorist attacks in Paris, French President Hollande announced today that the Charles de Gaulle nuclear-powered aircraft carrier would leave its base on Thursday to deploy to the Eastern Mediterranean. Navy Recognition understands that the air wing will be larger than usual. In the meantime French and American defence officials agreed to increase their cooperation.
While the French Navy Carrier Strike Group (CSG) was originally planned to deploy to the Persian Gulf, plan has now changed. Following the terrorist attacks in Paris, French President Hollande announced today that the Charles de Gaulle nuclear-powered aircraft carrier would leave its base on Thursday to deploy to the Eastern Mediterranean. Navy Recognition understands that the air wing will be larger than usual. In the meantime French and American defence officials agreed to increase their cooperation.
 

Royal Danish Navy orders Rheinmetall’s Millennium gun for Absalon & Iver Huitfeldt-class Frigate
 
The Danish procurement authorities have contracted with the Düsseldorf-based Rheinmetall Group to supply additional 35mm Oerlikon Millennium guns for ships of the Royal Danish Navy. The order, which also includes spare parts and technical services, is worth around €20 million. The guns will be shipped in 2016.
The Danish procurement authorities have contracted with the Düsseldorf-based Rheinmetall Group to supply additional 35mm Oerlikon Millennium guns for ships of the Royal Danish Navy. The order, which also includes spare parts and technical services, is worth around €20 million. The guns will be shipped in 2016.
 

Russian Navy SSBN Vladimir Monomakh launches two Bulava SLBMs at missile range in Kamchatka
 
The Vladimir Monomakh (NATO reporting name: Dolgorukiy-class) nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine conducted a successful launch of two Bulava sea-launch ballistic missiles (SLBM) in the White Sea, the Russian Defense Ministry’s press office told journalists on Saturday.
The Vladimir Monomakh (NATO reporting name: Dolgorukiy-class) nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine conducted a successful launch of two Bulava sea-launch ballistic missiles (SLBM) in the White Sea, the Russian Defense Ministry’s press office told journalists on Saturday.
 

Belgian Navy Frigate Leopold I to Escort French Navy Carrier Strike Group in Next Deployement
 
Belgian Navy Frigate Leopold I (Karel Doorman-class) will be integrated to the French Navy Carrier Strike Group (CSG) centered around nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle. France announced the deployment of its only aircraft carrier against Islamic State on November 5.
Belgian Navy Frigate Leopold I (Karel Doorman-class) will be integrated to the French Navy Carrier Strike Group (CSG) centered around nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle. France announced the deployment of its only aircraft carrier against Islamic State on November 5.
 

Japan to Test its New XASM-3 Supersonic Anti-Ship Missile Against Shirane-class Destroyer
 
Japan's Ministry of Defense (MoD) announced that it will conduct a live fire experiment of the new XASM-3 supersonic anti-ship missile in the Sea of Japan next year. The missile will be tested against a decommissioned Destroyer of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF). XASM-3 is currently in development by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and the Japanese MoD to replace the existing ASM-1 and ASM-2 missiles.
Japan's Ministry of Defense (MoD) announced that it will conduct a live fire experiment of the new XASM-3 supersonic anti-ship missile in the Sea of Japan next year. The missile will be tested against a decommissioned Destroyer of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF). XASM-3 is currently in development by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and the Japanese MoD to replace the existing ASM-1 and ASM-2 missiles.
 

Heavy Fuel Engine For Schiebel Camcopter S-100 Meets Demanding Naval Applications
 
Schiebel is delighted to announce the completion of testing of a new heavy fuel engine for the CAMCOPTER® S-100 UAS (Unmanned Air System). This engine builds upon the extensive experience gained by Schiebel with rotary engine design and development and meets a growing demand for heavy fuel use across both military and civil maritime domains.
Schiebel is delighted to announce the completion of testing of a new heavy fuel engine for the CAMCOPTER® S-100 UAS (Unmanned Air System). This engine builds upon the extensive experience gained by Schiebel with rotary engine design and development and meets a growing demand for heavy fuel use across both military and civil maritime domains.
 

Indian Navy's First P-8I Maritme Patrol Aircraft Squadron Dedicated to the Nation
 
Giving a boost to the firepower and arsenal of the Indian Armed Forces, the Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar dedicated the Boeing P 8 I (Poseidon Eight India) Long Range Maritime Patrol aircraft to the nation on 13 Nov 15, at an impressive ceremony held at INS Rajali, Arakkonam, India’s premiere Naval Air Station in southern India, about 70 Km off Chennai.

Giving a boost to the firepower and arsenal of the Indian Armed Forces, the Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar dedicated the Boeing P 8 I (Poseidon Eight India) Long Range Maritime Patrol aircraft to the nation on 13 Nov 15, at an impressive ceremony held at INS Rajali, Arakkonam, India’s premiere Naval Air Station in southern India, about 70 Km off Chennai.

 

Lockheed Martin-Built Trident II SLBM Achieves a Total of 157 Successful Test Flights Since 1989
 
The U.S. Navy conducted successful test flights Nov. 7 and 9 of two Trident II D5 Fleet Ballistic Missiles built by Lockheed Martin. The world's most reliable large ballistic missile, the D5 missile has achieved a total of 157 successful test flights since design completion in 1989. The D5 is the sixth in a series of missile generations deployed since the sea-based deterrent program began 60 years ago.
The U.S. Navy conducted successful test flights Nov. 7 and 9 of two Trident II D5 Fleet Ballistic Missiles built by Lockheed Martin. The world's most reliable large ballistic missile, the D5 missile has achieved a total of 157 successful test flights since design completion in 1989. The D5 is the sixth in a series of missile generations deployed since the sea-based deterrent program began 60 years ago.
 

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