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November 2011 Naval Defense Industry and Military Navy News
 
 

HMS Astute SSN test launch Tomahawk cruise missile in Gulf of Mexico

HMS Astute SSN test launch Tomahawk cruise missile in Gulf of Mexico
 
The Royal Navy’s newest submarine has blasted Tomahawk missiles far across the North American skies, as part of its first test firing mission. Pictures show the Tomahawk weapons, which rocketed from HMS Astute at up to 550 miles per hour (885kph) across the Gulf of Mexico. The 5.5-metre-long cruise missile weighs 1,300kg and has a range of more than 1,000 miles.

The Royal Navy’s newest submarine has blasted Tomahawk missiles far across the North American skies, as part of its first test firing mission. Pictures show the Tomahawk weapons, which rocketed from HMS Astute at up to 550 miles per hour (885kph) across the Gulf of Mexico. The 5.5-metre-long cruise missile weighs 1,300kg and has a range of more than 1,000 miles.

 

French Navy conducts Schiebel Camcopter S-100 trials onboard its new OPV L'Adroit.

French Navy conducts Schiebel Camcopter S-100 trials onboard its new OPV L'Adroit.
 
"CAMCOPTER S100" UAV tests were held last week off Lorient onboard the new French Navy OPV L'Adroit. Developed by the Austrian company "Schiebel," this versatile UAV can fly a mission as planned, without any operator action. Its positioning systems (GPS and inertial) guarantee a level of precise navigation and stability, necessary conditions for a landing on a platform at sea.

"CAMCOPTER S100" UAV tests were held last week off Lorient onboard the new French Navy OPV L'Adroit. Developed by the Austrian company "Schiebel," this versatile UAV can fly a mission as planned, without any operator action. Its positioning systems (GPS and inertial) guarantee a level of precise navigation and stability, necessary conditions for a landing on a platform at sea.

 

Royal Brunei Navy Accepts New Fast Interceptor Boat

Royal Brunei Navy Accepts New Fast Interceptor Boat
 
In a major boost to its firepower, the Indian army commissioned the second regiment of the 290-km- range supersonic BrahMos cruise missiles with 16 weapon systems.

REPUBLIC OF SINGAPORE, - The Royal Brunei Armed Forces reached another significant milestone with the official acceptance of a Fast Interceptor Boat (FIB25-012), named KDB MUSTAED.

 

Indian Army commisions second regiment of Brahmos cruise missiles

Indian Army commisions second regiment of Brahmos cruise missiles
 
In a major boost to its firepower, the Indian army commissioned the second regiment of the 290-km- range supersonic BrahMos cruise missiles with 16 weapon systems.

In a major boost to its firepower, the Indian army commissioned the second regiment of the 290-km- range supersonic BrahMos cruise missiles with 16 weapon systems.

 

Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System Aces Helicopter Testing

Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System Aces Helicopter Testing
 
NASHUA, New Hampshire —The U.S. Navy and Marine Corps recently successfully fired the first shots of the Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System II (APKWS) from a UH-1Y helicopter, in preparation for fielding in 2012. The successful shots, which took place at Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division in China Lake, California, Sept. 9-13, mark the start of APKWS testing on the UH-1Y, and are part of the program’s low-rate initial production phase.

NASHUA, New Hampshire —The U.S. Navy and Marine Corps recently successfully fired the first shots of the Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System II (APKWS) from a UH-1Y helicopter, in preparation for fielding in 2012. The successful shots, which took place at Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division in China Lake, California, Sept. 9-13, mark the start of APKWS testing on the UH-1Y, and are part of the program’s low-rate initial production phase.

 

How French Navy submarines played a role in Libya

How French Navy submarines played a role in Libya
 
All means have been implemented by French leaders for the military operation in Libya to be a success. Paris successively deployed four nuclear-powered Attack Submarine (SSN) in that theater, one of which making two deployments. Those submarines were deployed in addition to several French Air Force combat aircraft available, the French Navy aircraft carrier, two Mistral class LHD and Special Forces on the ground.

All means have been implemented by French leaders for the military operation in Libya to be a success. Paris successively deployed four nuclear-powered Attack Submarine (SSN) in that theater, one of which making two deployments. Those submarines were deployed in addition to several French Air Force combat aircraft available, the French Navy aircraft carrier, two Mistral class LHD and Special Forces on the ground.

 

Boeing receives $1.7 Billion for 7 more US Navy P-8A Poseidon Maritime Patrol Aircraft

Boeing receives $1.7 Billion for 7 more US Navy P-8A Poseidon Maritime Patrol Aircraft
 
Boeing on Nov. 3 received a $1.7 billion low-rate initial production (LRIP) award from the U.S. Navy for seven additional P-8A Poseidon maritime surveillance aircraft.LRIP-II is the follow-on to an initial LRIP-I contract awarded in January to provide six Poseidon aircraft. Overall, the Navy plans to purchase 117 Boeing 737-based P-8A anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft to replace its P-3 fleet.

Boeing on Nov. 3 received a $1.7 billion low-rate initial production (LRIP) award from the U.S. Navy for seven additional P-8A Poseidon maritime surveillance aircraft.LRIP-II is the follow-on to an initial LRIP-I contract awarded in January to provide six Poseidon aircraft. Overall, the Navy plans to purchase 117 Boeing 737-based P-8A anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft to replace its P-3 fleet.

 

US Navy delivers two maritime helicopters to Thai Navy as part of first MH-60 Foreign Military Sale

US Navy delivers two maritime helicopters to Thai Navy as part of first MH-60 Foreign Military Sale
 
The MH-60 program recorded another milestone recently when the first two Foreign Military Sale MH-60S, or “Sierra,” helicopters began their journey to the Royal Thai Navy. The helicopters began the first leg of their journey to Thailand with a “fly off” on August 8 from Lockheed Martin’s facility in Owego, N.Y. They flew to the Port of Baltimore in Maryland, where they were eventually shipped to Thailand and entered operational status today.

The MH-60 program recorded another milestone recently when the first two Foreign Military Sale MH-60S, or “Sierra,” helicopters began their journey to the Royal Thai Navy. The helicopters began the first leg of their journey to Thailand with a “fly off” on August 8 from Lockheed Martin’s facility in Owego, N.Y. They flew to the Port of Baltimore in Maryland, where they were eventually shipped to Thailand and entered operational status today.

 

Royal Navy 's first Type 45 AAW destroyer ready for maiden deployment

Royal Navy 's first Type 45 AAW destroyer ready for maiden deployment
 
HMS Daring will sail from Portsmouth in the New Year, after more than four years of trials, tests and training which have just concluded with eight demanding weeks off Plymouth.The first of six cutting-edge Type 45 destroyers, HMS Daring will sail on her maiden deployment in 2012, after she and her company of 180 men and women came through final training with flying colours.

HMS Daring will sail from Portsmouth in the New Year, after more than four years of trials, tests and training which have just concluded with eight demanding weeks off Plymouth.The first of six cutting-edge Type 45 destroyers, HMS Daring will sail on her maiden deployment in 2012, after she and her company of 180 men and women came through final training with flying colours.

 

Danish Navy: Odense Steel Shipyard Holds Naming Ceremony for third Iver Huitfeldt Class Frigate

Danish Navy: Odense Steel Shipyard Holds Naming Ceremony for third Iver Huitfeldt Class Frigate
 
The third frigate of the Iver Huitfeldt class was named on Monday, 7 November 2011. Terma has supplied systems for the frigates. The Odense Steel Ship Yard hosted the ceremony where Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary named the ship. The three 138,9 m frigates, Iver Huitfeldt (F361), Peter Willemoes (F362), and Niels Juel (F363), give the Royal Danish Navy an unprecedented capability to contribute to a wide range of national and international defense and security missions, not least due to the complex systems and hardware delivered by Terma.

The third frigate of the Iver Huitfeldt class was named on Monday, 7 November 2011. Terma has supplied systems for the frigates. The Odense Steel Ship Yard hosted the ceremony where Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary named the ship. The three 138,9 m frigates, Iver Huitfeldt (F361), Peter Willemoes (F362), and Niels Juel (F363), give the Royal Danish Navy an unprecedented capability to contribute to a wide range of national and international defense and security missions, not least due to the complex systems and hardware delivered by Terma.

 

US Navy to Arm Northrop Grumman-Built Fire Scout Unmanned Helicopter

US Navy to Arm Northrop Grumman-Built Fire Scout Unmanned Helicopter
 
Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has started work outfitting the U.S. Navy's MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned helicopter with a weapons system. The Advanced Precision Kill Weapons System laser-guided 70mm rocket -- in production for the Navy since 2010 -- will allow ship commanders to identify and engage hostile targets without calling in other aircraft for support.

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has started work outfitting the U.S. Navy's MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned helicopter with a weapons system. The Advanced Precision Kill Weapons System laser-guided 70mm rocket -- in production for the Navy since 2010 -- will allow ship commanders to identify and engage hostile targets without calling in other aircraft for support.

 

DIMDEX and RUSI Qatar partner for the Middle East Naval Commanders Conference

DIMDEX and RUSI Qatar partner for the Middle East Naval Commanders Conference
 
The third Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference (DIMDEX 2012) has announced that theRoyal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies (RUSI Qatar) will co-organize the Middle East Naval Commanders Conference (MENC) taking place in Doha on March 27.

The third Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference (DIMDEX 2012) has announced that theRoyal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies (RUSI Qatar) will co-organize the Middle East Naval Commanders Conference (MENC) taking place in Doha on March 27.

 

Russian Navy Submarine Kursk’s sister ship, Oscar-II class “Voronezh”returns to service

Russian Navy Submarine Kursk’s sister ship, Oscar-II class “Voronezh”returns to service
 
The nuclear-powered Oscar-II class submarine “Voronezh” ready for mission again after five years of repair.The “Voronezh” submarine has just returned to Severodvinsk after sea trails following a long-lasting repair period at the Zvezdockha yard. The nuclear powered submarine is similar to the ill-fated "Kursk" that tragically sank in the Barents Sea in August 2000.

The nuclear-powered Oscar-II class submarine “Voronezh” ready for mission again after five years of repair.The “Voronezh” submarine has just returned to Severodvinsk after sea trails following a long-lasting repair period at the Zvezdockha yard. The nuclear powered submarine is similar to the ill-fated "Kursk" that tragically sank in the Barents Sea in August 2000.

 

South Korea, Japan to stage biennial joint naval exercise SAREX

South Korea, Japan to stage biennial joint naval exercise SAREX
 
South Korea and Japan will hold a biennial joint naval exercise this weekend to promote military exchanges and friendship, the Navy here said Monday. The Navy and Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force will hold their seventh annual Search and Rescue Exercise, or SAREX, this Saturday and Sunday. The exercise will be held off the east coast of Busan, some 450 kilometers southeast of Seoul. The first SAREX was held in 1999.

South Korea and Japan will hold a biennial joint naval exercise this weekend to promote military exchanges and friendship, the Navy here said Monday. The Navy and Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force will hold their seventh annual Search and Rescue Exercise, or SAREX, this Saturday and Sunday. The exercise will be held off the east coast of Busan, some 450 kilometers southeast of Seoul. The first SAREX was held in 1999.

 

German Navy decides to retire patrol boats and minehunters ahead of time

German Navy decides to retire patrol boats and minehunters ahead of time
 
The German navy has decided to retire early the Type 143A fast patrol boats (FPBs) Nerz and Dachs and the Type 333 minehunters Kulmbach and Laboe on 31 March 2012.The boats were already taken out of use last spring and their crews made available for other vessels. The boats are over 20 years old, with the Nerz having entered service on 14 July 1983, the Dachs on 22 March 1984, the Laboe on 7 December 1989 and the Kulmbach on 23 May 1990.

The German navy has decided to retire early the Type 143A fast patrol boats (FPBs) Nerz and Dachs and the Type 333 minehunters Kulmbach and Laboe on 31 March 2012.The boats were already taken out of use last spring and their crews made available for other vessels. The boats are over 20 years old, with the Nerz having entered service on 14 July 1983, the Dachs on 22 March 1984, the Laboe on 7 December 1989 and the Kulmbach on 23 May 1990.

 

U.S. Navy Improves P-3C Orion ASW aircraft as Bridge to P-8 Poseidon

U.S. Navy Improves P-3C Orion ASW aircraft as Bridge to P-8 Poseidon
 
The first five P-3C Orion antisubmarine warfare (ASW) and maritime surveillance aircraft modified with enhanced networking capability have been delivered to the U.S. Navy. The C4 (command, control, communications and computers) for ASW program and other upgrades of the four-engine Lockheed Martin turboprop are designed to bridge the capability gap with the P-3’s replacement, the Boeing P-8A Poseidon, which is scheduled to enter service in 2013.

The first five P-3C Orion antisubmarine warfare (ASW) and maritime surveillance aircraft modified with enhanced networking capability have been delivered to the U.S. Navy. The C4 (command, control, communications and computers) for ASW program and other upgrades of the four-engine Lockheed Martin turboprop are designed to bridge the capability gap with the P-3’s replacement, the Boeing P-8A Poseidon, which is scheduled to enter service in 2013.

 

Israel Navy Soldiers Board Provocation Vessels, Leading Them to Ashdod Port

Israel Navy Soldiers Board Provocation Vessels, Leading Them to Ashdod Port
 
Initial contact was made between the Israel Navy and the vessels Tahrir and Saorise which are sailing towards the Gaza Strip. The purpose of this attempt is to create a provocation against the State of Israel, to break the maritime security blockade on Gaza, and to undermine Israel’s security.

Initial contact was made between the Israel Navy and the vessels Tahrir and Saorise which are sailing towards the Gaza Strip. The purpose of this attempt is to create a provocation against the State of Israel, to break the maritime security blockade on Gaza, and to undermine Israel’s security.

 

RESON to exhibit New SeaBat 7101-FLOW at EUROPORT 2011

RESON to exhibit New SeaBat 7101-FLOW at EUROPORT 2011
 
From 8th to 11th November, 2011, RESON, a market leader in underwater acoustic sensors, state-of-the-art echo sounders, multibeam sonar systems, transducers, hydrophones, and PDS2000 software, will be exhibiting at EUROPORT 2011, at Ahoy in Rotterdam.RESON will be exhibiting their new specialised SeaBat 7101 version for surveys in sheltered areas - The RESON SeaBat 7101-FLOW

From 8th to 11th November, 2011, RESON, a market leader in underwater acoustic sensors, state-of-the-art echo sounders, multibeam sonar systems, transducers, hydrophones, and PDS2000 software, will be exhibiting at EUROPORT 2011, at Ahoy in Rotterdam.RESON will be exhibiting their new specialised SeaBat 7101 version for surveys in sheltered areas - The RESON SeaBat 7101-FLOW

 

U.S. Navy Delivers Sixth Swiftships Coastal Patrol Boat to Iraq

U.S. Navy Delivers Sixth Swiftships Coastal Patrol Boat to Iraq
 
The Navy formally delivered the sixth 35-meter patrol boat (P-305) built by Swiftships to the Iraqi navy at the Umm Qasr naval facility in Iraq Nov. 3, after the ship successfully completed reactivation in Bahrain, Oct. 23. .

The Navy formally delivered the sixth 35-meter patrol boat (P-305) built by Swiftships to the Iraqi navy at the Umm Qasr naval facility in Iraq Nov. 3, after the ship successfully completed reactivation in Bahrain, Oct. 23. .

 

Russia to build two nuclear-powered aircraft carriers by 2027

Russia to build two nuclear-powered aircraft carriers by 2027
 
By 2027, Russia will have two new nuclear-powered aircraft carriers, one in the Northern Fleet and one in the Pacific Fleet. After years of discussions whether or not Russia needs large aircraft-carrying vessels or can cope with nuclear-powered submarines and cruisers, the admirals now have chosen an “American” fleet model consisting of vessel groups with an aircraft carrier in the center. The naval leaders believe this arrangement will make to possible to broaden Russia’s area of influence in the Pacific Ocean and the North Atlantic Ocean.

By 2027, Russia will have two new nuclear-powered aircraft carriers, one in the Northern Fleet and one in the Pacific Fleet. After years of discussions whether or not Russia needs large aircraft-carrying vessels or can cope with nuclear-powered submarines and cruisers, the admirals now have chosen an “American” fleet model consisting of vessel groups with an aircraft carrier in the center. The naval leaders believe this arrangement will make to possible to broaden Russia’s area of influence in the Pacific Ocean and the North Atlantic Ocean.

 

DCNS and Thales have overcome a new hurdle for the automatic deck-landing of UAVs

DCNS and Thales have overcome a new hurdle for the automatic deck-landing of UAVs
 
DCNS and Thales today announced the launch of a supplementary phase for the Technology Demonstration of a system for automatic landing and deck-landing of UAVs (D2AD), which has just been notified by the French Defence Procurement Authority (DGA). Sea trials of the demonstrator are planned for 2012 using a French Navy frigate and a Boeing, H-6U Unmanned Little Bird rotorcraft.

DCNS and Thales today announced the launch of a supplementary phase for the Technology Demonstration of a system for automatic landing and deck-landing of UAVs (D2AD), which has just been notified by the French Defence Procurement Authority (DGA). Sea trials of the demonstrator are planned for 2012 using a French Navy frigate and a Boeing, H-6U Unmanned Little Bird rotorcraft.

 

Laying down of first 125-class frigate at Blohm + Voss

Laying down of first 125-class frigate at Blohm + Voss
 
Attended by numerous guests and representatives from Politics, Navy and Industry, as well as the Blohm + Voss workforce, the laying-down ceremony for the 125-class (F125) frigate took place at building dock 12 at the Hamburg shipyard. The ceremony was organized by the F125 Work Group (ARGE F125), consisting of ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems AG – who commissioned Blohm + Voss Naval GmbH to complete the order – and Friedrich Lürssen Werft GmbH & Co.

Attended by numerous guests and representatives from Politics, Navy and Industry, as well as the Blohm + Voss workforce, the laying-down ceremony for the 125-class (F125) frigate took place at building dock 12 at the Hamburg shipyard. The ceremony was organized by the F125 Work Group (ARGE F125), consisting of ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems AG – who commissioned Blohm + Voss Naval GmbH to complete the order – and Friedrich Lürssen Werft GmbH & Co.

 

Russia will supply SS-N-26 Yakhont anti-ship missile to Syria

Russia will supply SS-N-26 Yakhont anti-ship missile to Syria
 
A contract on the supply of advanced Russian anti-ship missiles to Syria is being implemented, head of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation Mikhail Dmitriyev said on Wednesday.

A contract on the supply of advanced Russian anti-ship missiles to Syria is being implemented, head of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation Mikhail Dmitriyev said on Wednesday.

 

ATK wins $54M Contract for Anti-Radiation Guided Missiles (AARGM)

ATK wins $54M Contract for Anti-Radiation Guided Missiles (AARGM)
 
ATK (NYSE: ATK) announced that it has been awarded a $54.4-million contract by the U.S. Navy for a third lot of low-rate initial production (LRIP) Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missiles (AARGM). The contract authorizes production of AARGM missiles and associated support equipment for the U.S. Navy and Italian Air Force.

ATK announced that it has been awarded a $54.4-million contract by the U.S. Navy for a third lot of low-rate initial production (LRIP) Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missiles (AARGM). The contract authorizes production of AARGM missiles and associated support equipment for the U.S. Navy and Italian Air Force.

 

Russian shipbuilder, Defense Ministry agree on nuclear sub prices

Russian shipbuilder, Defense Ministry agree on nuclear sub prices
 
United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC) and the Russian Defense Ministry have agreed on prices for the Yasen and Borey class nuclear-powered submarines, a defense industry source said on Tuesday.The ministry and the USC have been wrangling over the prices of the Borey (Project 955) and Yasen (Project 885) submarines and other major contracts for several months.

United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC) and the Russian Defense Ministry have agreed on prices for the Yasen and Borey class nuclear-powered submarines, a defense industry source said on Tuesday.The ministry and the USC have been wrangling over the prices of the Borey (Project 955) and Yasen (Project 885) submarines and other major contracts for several months.

 

Russian Navy orders two Diesel-Electric Submarines SSK from Sevmash shipyard

Russian Navy orders two Diesel-Electric Submarines SSK from Sevmash shipyard
 
According to ITAR-TASS quoting first deputy general director of "Sevmash" Michael Budnichenko, pre-production will begin in January, and by March 2012 the company will proceed directly to the construction of the SSK of unspecified type (most likely improved Kilo Class)

According to ITAR-TASS quoting first deputy general director of "Sevmash" Michael Budnichenko, pre-production will begin in January, and by March 2012 the company will proceed directly to the construction of the SSK of unspecified type (most likely improved Kilo Class)

 

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