December 2013 Maritime Defense Industry and Naval Forces News
 
 

Refitted Slava class guided missile cruiser Marshal Ustinov to rejoin Russian Fleet in 2015
 
The Russian Navy missile cruiser Marshal Ustinov is expected to rejoin the fleet in 2015 following delays in the warship’s refit, the Zvezdochka shipyard said Friday. The Marshal Ustinov, a Slava-class missile cruiser, was launched in 1982 and commissioned with the Russian Northern Fleet in 1986. It has been undergoing a refit at the Zvezdochka shipyard in northern Russia since 2011.
The Russian Navy missile cruiser Marshal Ustinov is expected to rejoin the fleet in 2015 following delays in the warship’s refit, the Zvezdochka shipyard said Friday. The Marshal Ustinov, a Slava-class missile cruiser, was launched in 1982 and commissioned with the Russian Northern Fleet in 1986. It has been undergoing a refit at the Zvezdochka shipyard in northern Russia since 2011.
 

First Chinese built Zubr class LCAC for Chinese Navy (PLAN) reaching completion
 
The first Zubr (project 1232.2) amphibious hovercraft locally built in China is almost complete, as can be seen on a picture that recently emmerged on the Chinese internet. The Chinese Navy has placed an order for four landing craft at a reported cost of 315 million US dollars. Two were built by Feodosiya shipbuilding company and already delivered, and a second pair of vessels are being built in China under the supervision of Ukrainian technicians.
The first Zubr (project 1232.2) amphibious hovercraft locally built in China is almost complete, as can be seen on a picture that recently emmerged on the Chinese internet. The Chinese Navy has placed an order for four landing craft at a reported cost of 315 million US dollars. Two were built by Feodosiya shipbuilding company and already delivered, and a second pair of vessels are being built in China under the supervision of Ukrainian technicians.
 

Peruvian Navy would be interested to procure 2 FREMM Frigates from France
 
According to Lima based newspaper El Men the Peruvian government is in negotiations with France for the acquisition of two FREMM Frigates. According to the paper, the negotiation are likely to reach a positive outcome because of the many recent defense deals that were signed between Peru and France.
According to Lima based newspaper El Men the Peruvian government is in negotiations with France for the acquisition of two FREMM Frigates. According to the paper, the negotiations are likely to reach a positive outcome because of the many recent defense deals that were signed between Peru and France.
 


Chinese Navy (PLAN) Commissions new Type 054A Frigate "Sanya"
 
The guided missile frigate Sanya officially joined the service of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy during a delivery ceremony held Friday, according to military sources. Sanya is the 16th Type 054A Frigate and is assigned to the PLAN's South Sea Fleet.
The guided missile frigate Sanya officially joined the service of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy during a delivery ceremony held Friday, according to military sources. Sanya is the 16th Type 054A Frigate and is assigned to the PLAN's South Sea Fleet.
 


Electronic Countermeasures maybe only way to counter Chinese DF-21D Ballistic Missile
 
According to a report from Russian Military Analysis , the only way to defeat the DF-21D ballistic missile may be through electronic countermeasures. The Dong-Feng 21D, is People's Liberation Army Navy's supersonic anti-ship ballistic missile with a a top speed of Mach 10 and a range of 1,450 kilometers.
According to a report from Russian Military Analysis , the only way to defeat the DF-21D ballistic missile may be through electronic countermeasures. The Dong-Feng 21D, is People's Liberation Army Navy's supersonic anti-ship ballistic missile with a a top speed of Mach 10 and a range of 1,450 kilometers.
 


U.S. Navy's LCS Remote Minehunting System Completes Developmental Testing
 
The remote minehunting system (RMS) successfully completed developmental testing, Dec. 9. The objective of the developmental testing (DT) was to demonstrate that the RMS met reliability, suitability and effectiveness requirements. Preliminary analyses of the results indicate that the RMS operated as expected and the test objectives were achieved.
The remote minehunting system (RMS) successfully completed developmental testing, Dec. 9. The objective of the developmental testing (DT) was to demonstrate that the RMS met reliability, suitability and effectiveness requirements. Preliminary analyses of the results indicate that the RMS operated as expected and the test objectives were achieved.
 

French Procurement Agency orders 9 Zodiac "ECUME" RHIB for French Navy Special Forces
 
France’s Direction générale de l’armement (DGA) announced it ordered on December 9th 2013, 9 multimission rigid hull inflatable boats from Zodiac Milpro. The multi-mission RHIB are for the French Navy’s special forces (Commandos marine). The order is part of the ECUME (Embarcations commandos à usage multiple embarquables) programme.
France’s Direction générale de l’armement (DGA) announced it ordered on December 9th 2013, 9 multimission rigid-hulled inflatable boats from Zodiac Milpro. The multi-mission RHIB are for the French Navy’s special forces (Commandos marine). The order is part of the ECUME (Embarcations commandos à usage multiple embarquables) programme.
 

First of TKMS built F-125 class Frigate “Baden-Württemberg” Christened for the German Navy
 
The first of a total of four 125 Class frigates for the German Navy was today christened “Baden-Württemberg” at a ceremony at the Hamburg site of ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems – a company of ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions. This is an important milestone in the construction program for the F125 Class frigates. The delivery of this first frigate is scheduled for November 2016. The order for the four ships is worth around €2 billion in total.
The first of a total of four 125 Class frigates for the German Navy was today christened “Baden-Württemberg” at a ceremony at the Hamburg site of ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems – a company of ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions. This is an important milestone in the construction program for the F125 Class frigates. The delivery of this first frigate is scheduled for November 2016. The order for the four ships is worth around €2 billion in total.
 

Babcock contracted by UK MoD to deliver additional Phalanx systems
 
Babcock has been contracted by the UK MoD to deliver four Phalanx 1B kit modifications and undertake two conversions of the land Phalanx Weapons System to its original marinised configuration, to provide naval Close-In Weapon Systems (CIWS) capability.
Babcock has been contracted by the UK MoD to deliver four Phalanx 1B kit modifications and undertake two conversions of the land Phalanx Weapons System to its original marinised configuration, to provide naval Close-In Weapon Systems (CIWS) capability.
 


Mexican Navy contracts Damen for fifth Tenochtitlan-class Patrol Vessel (Stan Patrol 4207)
 
In November 2013 the Mexican Navy (Secretaría de Marina) and Damen Shipyards Group (the Netherlands) signed another contract for a Damen Stan Patrol 4207. The Mexican Navy already operates two similar Patrol Vessels and has currently two ships under construction in their shipyard ‘Astillero de Marina Numero 1’ in Tampico, which is situated on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico.
In November 2013 the Mexican Navy (Secretaría de Marina) and Damen Shipyards Group (the Netherlands) signed another contract for a Damen Stan Patrol 4207. The Mexican Navy already operates two similar Patrol Vessels and has currently two ships under construction in their shipyard ‘Astillero de Marina Numero 1’ in Tampico, which is situated on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico.
 

Raytheon, Chemring Group complete first live-fire test of CENTURION launcher with Javelin Missile
 
Raytheon Company, acting through its Missile Systems business, and Chemring Group, acting through Chemring Countermeasures, successfully fired a Javelin missile from the multirole CENTURION® launcher during testing at the Defence Training Estate on Salisbury Plain in England.
Raytheon Company, acting through its Missile Systems business, and Chemring Group, acting through Chemring Countermeasures, successfully fired a Javelin missile from the multirole CENTURION® launcher during testing at the Defence Training Estate on Salisbury Plain in England.
 

Lockheed Martin to Design Mini-Submarine for United States Special Operations Command
 
S301i Swimmer Delivery System
It was announced on November 29th that Lockheed Martin MST was awarded a $9,999,830 contract to lease the S301i, a commercially-classed dry submersible vessel with lock-in/lock-out capability and to support risk mitigation research, development, test, and evaluation for long-term Dry Combat Submersibles program objectives in support of United States Special Operations Command, Program Executive Office - Maritime.
 

ROK (Republic of Korea) Navy to increase KDX-III Aegis destroyers to six by 2027
 
South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff( JCS) decided Tuesday to increase the number of its 7,600-ton Aegis destroyers from the current three to six by 2027 to strengthen its maritime combat capabilities against possible provocation from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).
South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff( JCS) decided Tuesday to increase the number of its 7,600-ton Aegis destroyers from the current three to six by 2027 to strengthen its maritime combat capabilities against possible provocation from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).
 

General Dynamics Delivers First Deployable Fast-time Acoustic Replay System for CP-140 MPA
 
General Dynamics Canada has delivered the first of three deployable fast-time analysis systems for the CP-140 Aurora Maritime Patrol Aircraft. The portable system, designed to fit through the crew door of the CP-140 aircraft, can be deployed with the aircraft for missions away from the main operating base in Canada and allows ground crews immediate access to post-flight analysis of critical acoustic data, confirming and classifying targets.
General Dynamics Canada has delivered the first of three deployable fast-time analysis systems for the CP-140 Aurora Maritime Patrol Aircraft. The portable system, designed to fit through the crew door of the CP-140 aircraft, can be deployed with the aircraft for missions away from the main operating base in Canada and allows ground crews immediate access to post-flight analysis of critical acoustic data, confirming and classifying targets.
 

CTruk puts first-in-class THOR multi-role force protection craft through its pace
 
Since a high-profile launch at DSEI, CTruk’s first-in-class Twin Hulled Offshore Raider (THOR) Force Protection Craft variant has been put through its paces during a series of sea trials and promotional deployments. The company’s military and security division team have spent the last two months fully exploring the 11m catamaran’s capabilities, pushing the boundaries to test the advantages of this innovative composite design for military and maritime security roles.
Since a high-profile launch at DSEI, CTruk’s first-in-class Twin Hulled Offshore Raider (THOR) Force Protection Craft variant has been put through its paces during a series of sea trials and promotional deployments. The company’s military and security division team have spent the last two months fully exploring the 11m catamaran’s capabilities, pushing the boundaries to test the advantages of this innovative composite design for military and maritime security roles.
 

DCNS and French defence procurement agency (DGA) test shipboard video system
 
DCNS and French defence procurement agency DGA recently tested a shipboard video management system designed to speed up decision-making in areas of operations. The tests in Toulon harbour were part of a contract awarded to DCNS by the DGA in early 2013 after a competitive bidding process and as a follow-up to the Globalinfo technical/operational study to assess the benefits to the French Navy of a video recording and replay system.
DCNS and French defence procurement agency DGA recently tested a shipboard video management system designed to speed up decision-making in areas of operations. The tests in Toulon harbour were part of a contract awarded to DCNS by the DGA in early 2013 after a competitive bidding process and as a follow-up to the Globalinfo technical/operational study to assess the benefits to the French Navy of a video recording and replay system.
 

New US Navy Missile Range Ship, USNS Howard O. Lorenzen (T-AGM 25) complete sea trials
 
The missile range instrumentation ship USNS Howard O. Lorenzen (T-AGM 25) successfully completed its final contract trials (FCT) in San Diego, the U.S. Navy announced, Dec. 5. FCTs, run by the Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV), is the final review in a series of post-delivery tests and trials exercising all aspects of the vessel and its systems, including main propulsion, damage control, supply, deck, navigation, habitability, electrical systems and operations.
The missile range instrumentation ship USNS Howard O. Lorenzen (T-AGM 25) successfully completed its final contract trials (FCT) in San Diego, the U.S. Navy announced, Dec. 5. FCTs, run by the Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV), is the final review in a series of post-delivery tests and trials exercising all aspects of the vessel and its systems, including main propulsion, damage control, supply, deck, navigation, habitability, electrical systems and operations.
 

French Aircraft Carrier deploys to Indian Ocean and Persian Gulf, will train with U.S. Navy
 
The French Navy announced its carrier battle group (CVBG) just deployed for Operation “Bois Belleau”. The group is center on the French Nuclear-Powered Aircraft Carrier Charles de Gaulle (R91). Its escort is consists in the Horizon class AAW Destroyer Forbin (D620), the Georges Leygues class anti-submarine Frigate Jean de Vienne (D643), the Durance class replenishment oiler Meuse (A607) and Rubis class SSN (nuclear-powered attack submarine)
The French Navy announced its carrier battle group (CVBG) just deployed for Operation “Bois Belleau”. The group is center on the French Nuclear-Powered Aircraft Carrier Charles de Gaulle (R91). Its escort is consists in the Horizon class AAW Destroyer Forbin (D620), the Georges Leygues class anti-submarine Frigate Jean de Vienne (D643), the Durance class replenishment oiler Meuse (A607) and Rubis class SSN (nuclear-powered attack submarine)
 

Lockheed Martin LRASM Anti-Ship Missile Scores Second Successful Flight Test
 
Lockheed Martin’s Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) recently achieved another successful flight test, with the missile scoring a direct hit on a moving maritime target. The test was conducted in support of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and Office of Naval Research (ONR) program.
An unmanned target ship demonstrates the effects of the second successful flight test of a Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) prototype, conducted November 12 off the coast of Southern California. The test reinforced the results of LRASM’s first successful free-flight transition test (FFTT) on August 27, which verified the prototype’s flight characteristics and assessed subsystem and sensor performance.
 

Boeing Delivers 13th P-8A Poseidon Maritime Patrol Aircraft to U.S. Navy
 
Boeing has delivered the 13th production P-8A Poseidon ahead of schedule to the U.S. Navy, marking a perfect on-time record for the year. The aircraft's arrival at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla., on Dec. 4 follows the Navy’s announcement of initial operational capability and first P-8A deployment last week.
Boeing has delivered the 13th production P-8A Poseidon ahead of schedule to the U.S. Navy, marking a perfect on-time record for the year. The aircraft's arrival at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla., on Dec. 4 follows the Navy’s announcement of initial operational capability and first P-8A deployment last week.
 

DRS Technologies Wins Contract to Continue its Support for Arleigh Burke-Class DDG Modernization
 
DRS Technologies, a Finmeccanica Company, announced today that its Laurel Technologies business unit in Johnstown, PA., has been awarded an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity five-year contract with a total potential value of up to $22 million for upgrades to the repair station consoles (RSC) on DDG 51-class ships.
DRS Technologies, a Finmeccanica Company, announced today that its Laurel Technologies business unit in Johnstown, PA., has been awarded an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity five-year contract with a total potential value of up to $22 million for upgrades to the repair station consoles (RSC) on DDG 51-class ships.
 

PIRIOU buys "La Tapageuse": another step in the State Action at Sea market
 
Piriou Naval Services (PNS), Piriou's repair arm in Concarneau, has purchased the P400 Patrol Boat "La Tapageuse" from the French Navy. After 25 years of service and having carried out more than 140 exclusive economic area protection or public service missions, "La Tapageuse" left the port of Brest for Concarneau on Saturday 30 November.
Piriou Naval Services (PNS), Piriou's repair arm in Concarneau, has purchased the P400 Patrol Boat "La Tapageuse" from the French Navy. After 25 years of service and having carried out more than 140 exclusive economic area protection or public service missions, "La Tapageuse" left the port of Brest for Concarneau on Saturday 30 November.
 

French Navy Horizon Class Destroyer Launched MM40 Exocet Anti-ship Missile for the first time
 
French Navy's Horizon-class AAW Destroyer Forbin (classified as "Frigate" in the French Navy) succesfully test-fired an MM40 Blk III anti-ship missile for the first time, the French Navy announced. The test took place in late November in the Mediterranean Sea.
French Navy's Horizon-class AAW Destroyer Forbin (classified as "Frigate" in the French Navy) succesfully test-fired an MM40 Blk III anti-ship missile for the first time, the French Navy announced. The test took place in late November in the Mediterranean Sea.
 

Cubic Selected to Develop Littoral Combat Ship Mission Bay Training and Simulation Solutions
 
Cubic Defense Systems, a subsidiary of Cubic Corporation announced today it has been awarded a contract valued up to $112 million from the Naval Air Systems Command, Training Systems Division (NAWCTSD) to develop hands-on training devices, desktop trainers and simulators for each variant of the Littoral Combat Ship’s (LCS) Mission Bays.
Cubic Defense Systems, a subsidiary of Cubic Corporation announced today it has been awarded a contract valued up to $112 million from the Naval Air Systems Command, Training Systems Division (NAWCTSD) to develop hands-on training devices, desktop trainers and simulators for each variant of the Littoral Combat Ship’s (LCS) Mission Bays.
 

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