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April 2016 News - Naval Forces, Defense Industry, Navy Technology, Maritime Security
 
 

Lockheed Martin and DSME Sign Teaming Agreement to Build Multi-mission Combat Ships

Lockheed Martin and DSME Sign Teaming Agreement to Build Multi-mission Combat Ships
 
Lockheed Martin and Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) have signed a comprehensive teaming agreement to partner on the Multi-mission Combat Ship (MCS), which is based on a DSME hull design and intended for the corvette market.
Lockheed Martin and Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) have signed a comprehensive teaming agreement to partner on the Multi-mission Combat Ship (MCS), which is based on a DSME hull design and intended for the corvette market.
 

U.S. Navy Seriously Considering Distributed Lethality for its Amphibious Forces

U.S. Navy Seriously Considering Distributed Lethality for its Amphibious Forces
 
The US Navy is planning to transform every surface unit into a “floating armoury”, which will be capable of firing weapons under the distributed lethality concept. In an A2AD environment, especially in the Asia-Pacific theatre or areas such as the Persian Gulf or the Black Sea, surface units will have to use most of their weapons defending them, leaving fewer payloads for offensive operations.
The US Navy is planning to transform every surface unit into a “floating armoury”, which will be capable of firing weapons under the distributed lethality concept. In an A2AD environment, especially in the Asia-Pacific theatre or areas such as the Persian Gulf or the Black Sea, surface units will have to use most of their weapons defending them, leaving fewer payloads for offensive operations.
 

Project 20385 Gremyaschy corvette to be powered by Russian-made engines

Project 20385 Gremyaschy corvette to be powered by Russian-made engines
 
The advanced Project 20385 (NATO reporting name: Steregushchy-class) Gremyaschy corvette will be equipped with a Russian-made propulsion plant comprising four engines to be installed during May, the Russian Defense Ministry’s press office said on Friday.

The advanced Project 20385 (NATO reporting name: Steregushchy-class) Gremyaschy corvette will be equipped with a Russian-made propulsion plant comprising four engines to be installed during May, the Russian Defense Ministry’s press office said on Friday.

 

Airbus Helicopters hands over first two H145M Helicopters to Royal Thai Navy

Airbus Helicopters hands over first two H145M Helicopters to Royal Thai Navy
 
With today´s successful technical acceptance, Airbus Helicopters has handed over the first two of five lightweight military multi-role H145M helicopters to the Royal Thai Navy. This marks an important milestone in the H145M programme on its way to the final acceptance and entry into service in Thailand at the end of 2016. A delegation from the Royal Thai Navy and Airbus Helicopters Germany CEO Wolfgang Schoder participated in the ceremony at Airbus Helicopters´ Donauwörth site.
With today´s successful technical acceptance, Airbus Helicopters has handed over the first two of five lightweight military multi-role H145M helicopters to the Royal Thai Navy. This marks an important milestone in the H145M programme on its way to the final acceptance and entry into service in Thailand at the end of 2016. A delegation from the Royal Thai Navy and Airbus Helicopters Germany CEO Wolfgang Schoder participated in the ceremony at Airbus Helicopters´ Donauwörth site.
 

U.S. Navy awards Raytheon up to $104 million for ROTHR long-range radar operations

U.S. Navy awards Raytheon up to $104 million for ROTHR long-range radar operations
 
The U.S. Navy's Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) has awarded Raytheon Company up to $104 million to conduct operations and maintenance for the Relocatable Over-the-Horizon Radar (ROTHR) program. ROTHR is a long-range surveillance radar used by the U.S. government in counter narco-terrorism operations. Raytheon designed and built ROTHR and will provide operations support, modernization and maintenance of the radar system.
The U.S. Navy's Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) has awarded Raytheon Company up to $104 million to conduct operations and maintenance for the Relocatable Over-the-Horizon Radar (ROTHR) program. ROTHR is a long-range surveillance radar used by the U.S. government in counter narco-terrorism operations. Raytheon designed and built ROTHR and will provide operations support, modernization and maintenance of the radar system.
 

The Royal Thai Navy selects Thales to modernise its naval capabilities

The Royal Thai Navy selects Thales to modernise its naval capabilities
 
Thales has announced two significant contracts for the supply of a full spectrum of Above-water and Underwater solutions for the Royal Thai Navy (RTN). Thales will modernise the Bang Rachan Class Minehunters and supply the combat, navigation and communication suite onboard the newly ordered Krabi Class Offshore Patrol Vessel.
Thales has announced two significant contracts for the supply of a full spectrum of Above-water and Underwater solutions for the Royal Thai Navy (RTN). Thales will modernise the Bang Rachan Class Minehunters and supply the combat, navigation and communication suite onboard the newly ordered Krabi Class Offshore Patrol Vessel.
 

US Navy Littoral Combat Ship USS Coronado deploys with next-gen UAV controls from Raytheon

US Navy Littoral Combat Ship USS Coronado deploys with next-gen UAV controls from Raytheon
 
Raytheon Company and the U.S. Navy's Naval Air Systems Command have deployed advanced mission control for the MQ-8 Fire Scout, an unmanned helicopter, aboard the Littoral Combat Ship USS Coronado, which is now underway. Navy control hardware and Raytheon control software were combined for robust, flexible command and control of Fire Scout missions in littoral waters.
Raytheon Company and the U.S. Navy's Naval Air Systems Command have deployed advanced mission control for the MQ-8 Fire Scout, an unmanned helicopter, aboard the Littoral Combat Ship USS Coronado, which is now underway. Navy control hardware and Raytheon control software were combined for robust, flexible command and control of Fire Scout missions in littoral waters.
 

Ingalls Shipbuilding Begins Fabrication of Destroyer Frank E. Petersen Jr. (DDG 121)

Ingalls Shipbuilding Begins Fabrication of Destroyer Frank E. Petersen Jr. (DDG 121)
 
Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Ingalls Shipbuilding division today marked the start of fabrication for the Arleigh Burke-class (DDG 51) destroyer Frank E. Petersen Jr. (DDG 121) for the U.S. Navy. The start of fabrication signifies that 100 tons of steel have been cut.
Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Ingalls Shipbuilding division today marked the start of fabrication for the Arleigh Burke-class (DDG 51) destroyer Frank E. Petersen Jr. (DDG 121) for the U.S. Navy. The start of fabrication signifies that 100 tons of steel have been cut.
 

Future Independence Class Littoral Combat Ship USS Montgomery Completes Builder’s Trials

Future Independence Class Littoral Combat Ship USS Montgomery Completes Builder’s Trials
 
The future USS Montgomery (LCS 8) successfully completed phase two of its [A1] builder's trials, which included extensive testing of the Twin Boom Extensible Crane system, April 21. The builder, Austal USA, will perform any remaining corrective actions required of the ship in preparation for acceptance trials, to be conducted by the Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) later this spring.
The future USS Montgomery (LCS 8) successfully completed phase two of its [A1] builder's trials, which included extensive testing of the Twin Boom Extensible Crane system, April 21. The builder, Austal USA, will perform any remaining corrective actions required of the ship in preparation for acceptance trials, to be conducted by the Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) later this spring.
 

Russian shipyard in Volga area floats out third Gepard-3.9-class frigate for Vietnam

Russian shipyard in Volga area floats out third Gepard-3.9-class frigate for Vietnam
 
The third Project 11661 Gepard-3.9-class frigate designed for the Vietnamese Navy has been solemnly put afloat at the Zelenodolsk Shipyard in Tatarstan in the Volga area, a TASS correspondent reports from the scene.
The third Project 11661 Gepard-3.9-class frigate designed for the Vietnamese Navy has been solemnly put afloat at the Zelenodolsk Shipyard in Tatarstan in the Volga area, a TASS correspondent reports from the scene.
 

Royal Australian Navy MH-60R 'Romeo' Helicopter Train With AGM-114N Hellfire Missiles

Royal Australian Navy MH-60R 'Romeo' Helicopter Train With AGM-114N Hellfire Missiles
 
The offensive tactical airborne capability of the Royal Australian Navy was demonstrated recently when 725 Squadron conducted firings of the AGM-114N Hellfire missile from MH-60R Seahawk ‘Romeo’ helicopters. Commanding Officer 725 Squadron, Commander Matt Royals, said the live firings provide important tactical training.
The offensive tactical airborne capability of the Royal Australian Navy was demonstrated recently when 725 Squadron conducted firings of the AGM-114N Hellfire missile from MH-60R Seahawk ‘Romeo’ helicopters. Commanding Officer 725 Squadron, Commander Matt Royals, said the live firings provide important tactical training.
 

Factory Acceptance Test of ECA Group’s Converters for two Indian Navy Scorpene-class Submarines

Factory Acceptance Test of ECA Group’s Converters for two Indian Navy Scorpene-class Submarines
 
As it had been done before in May 2015 for Indian Scorpene submarines 3 and 4, DCNS experts carried out the FAT of 8 ECA Group converters (2 x Static converter 60 kVA + 2 x Static converter 5 kVA per submarine), designed to be installed onboard Indian Scorpene submarines 5 and 6.
As it had been done before in May 2015 for Indian Scorpene submarines 3 and 4, DCNS experts carried out the FAT of 8 ECA Group converters (2 x Static converter 60 kVA + 2 x Static converter 5 kVA per submarine), designed to be installed onboard Indian Scorpene submarines 5 and 6.
 

Royal Australian Navy Fifth ANZAC class Frigate Completes ASM Defence Upgrade

Royal Australian Navy Fifth ANZAC class Frigate Completes ASM Defence Upgrade
 
A morning fog followed by a bright sun set the scene for HMAS Parramatta's return to the water after completion of the Anti-Ship Missile Defence (ASMD) upgrade. Parramatta's undocking on 19 April at the BAE Systems Henderson Shipyard in Western Australia is the latest milestone to be achieved under the program that significantly enhances the capability of the ship's weapons and sensors systems.
A morning fog followed by a bright sun set the scene for HMAS Parramatta's return to the water after completion of the Anti-Ship Missile Defence (ASMD) upgrade. Parramatta's undocking on 19 April at the BAE Systems Henderson Shipyard in Western Australia is the latest milestone to be achieved under the program that significantly enhances the capability of the ship's weapons and sensors systems.
 

Russia' Second Project 11356 Frigate Admiral Essen Completed State Trials

Russia' Second Project 11356 Frigate Admiral Essen Completed State Trials
 
The second Project 11356 frigate Admiral Essen has completed state trials with Russia’s Northern Fleet and will join the Russian Navy in late May, the Yantar Shipyard’s press office said on Tuesday. The Yantar Shipyard is a subsidiary of Russia’s United Ship-Building Corporation.
The second Project 11356 frigate Admiral Essen has completed state trials with Russia’s Northern Fleet and will join the Russian Navy in late May, the Yantar Shipyard’s press office said on Tuesday. The Yantar Shipyard is a subsidiary of Russia’s United Ship-Building Corporation.
 

HII’s Proteus DMUV Proves Reliable And Mission-Ready During 30-Day Endurance Testing

HII’s Proteus DMUV Proves Reliable And Mission-Ready During 30-Day Endurance Testing
 
Huntington Ingalls Industries announced today that Proteus, the dual-mode undersea vehicle developed by the company’s Undersea Solutions Group (USG) subsidiary and Battelle, successfully completed endurance testing earlier this month.
Huntington Ingalls Industries announced today that Proteus, the dual-mode undersea vehicle developed by the company’s Undersea Solutions Group (USG) subsidiary and Battelle, successfully completed endurance testing earlier this month.
 

Hellenic Navy launched ancient trireme Olympias back to sea

Hellenic Navy launched ancient trireme Olympias back to sea
 
The Hellenic Navy has launched trireme Olympias back to sea after a period of repairs. A successful test sail took place on Tuesday 19 April before the ship took its place again at the Museum of Naval Tradition at Faliro area in Athens. The crew consisted of 170 cadets from the Naval Academy and the Naval Academy of Non-Commissioned Officers.
The Hellenic Navy has launched trireme Olympias back to sea after a period of repairs. A successful test sail took place on Tuesday 19 April before the ship took its place again at the Museum of Naval Tradition at Faliro area in Athens. The crew consisted of 170 cadets from the Naval Academy and the Naval Academy of Non-Commissioned Officers.
 

Thales is delighted that DCNS has been selected by Australia for the renewal of its submarine fleet

Thales is delighted that DCNS has been selected by Australia for the renewal of its submarine fleet
 
As a major player in the defence sector in both France and Australia, Thales is delighted that DCNS has been selected, after an international competitive evaluation process, as the international partner of the Australian Ministry of Defence for the renewal of its submarine fleet (SEA 1000 programme).
As a major player in the defence sector in both France and Australia, Thales is delighted that DCNS has been selected, after an international competitive evaluation process, as the international partner of the Australian Ministry of Defence for the renewal of its submarine fleet (SEA 1000 programme).
 

Russia to supply two Gepard-3.9 Frigates to Vietnam in late 2016

Russia to supply two Gepard-3.9 Frigates to Vietnam in late 2016
 
Russia will supply two Gepard-3.9 (NATO reporting name: Gepard-class) frigates to Vietnamese Navy in the third quarter of 2016, as the Director General of the Zelenodolsk Shipyard named after M. Gorky (the manufacturer of Gepard-3.9 frigates), Renat Mistakhov told TASS at the DSA 2016 defense show.
Russia will supply two Gepard-3.9 (NATO reporting name: Gepard-class) frigates to Vietnamese Navy in the third quarter of 2016, as the Director General of the Zelenodolsk Shipyard named after M. Gorky (the manufacturer of Gepard-3.9 frigates), Renat Mistakhov told TASS at the DSA 2016 defense show.
 

Australian Government selects DCNS for the SEA1000 Future Submarine Program

Australian Government selects DCNS for the SEA1000 Future Submarine Program
 
The Australian Government has selected DCNS as its preferred international partner for the design of 12 Future submarines for the Royal Australian Navy. The announcement was made by the Australian Prime Minister the Hon. Malcolm Turnbull, the Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon. Marise Payne, The Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, the Hon. Christopher Pyne and The Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett.
The Australian Government has selected DCNS as its preferred international partner for the design of 12 Future submarines for the Royal Australian Navy. The announcement was made by the Australian Prime Minister the Hon. Malcolm Turnbull, the Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon. Marise Payne, The Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, the Hon. Christopher Pyne and The Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett.
 

Russia's Project 11442M Kirov Class Cruiser to be Fitted with 3K22 & 3M22 Tsirkon Hypersonic Missile

Russia's Project 11442M Kirov Class Cruiser to be Fitted with 3K22 & 3M22 Tsirkon Hypersonic Missile
 
The Project 11442M (NATO reporting name: Kirov-class) Admiral Nakhimov nuclear-powered heavy guided missile cruiser will be equipped with Tsirkon hypersonic missiles during her upgrade, a source in shipbuilding industry told TASS on Tuesday. "The Admiral Nakhimov’s strike system will be replaced with Tsirkon hypersonic missiles as part of her repair and heavy upgrade," the source said.
The Project 11442M (NATO reporting name: Kirov-class) Admiral Nakhimov nuclear-powered heavy guided missile cruiser will be equipped with Tsirkon hypersonic missiles during her upgrade, a source in shipbuilding industry told TASS on Tuesday. "The Admiral Nakhimov’s strike system will be replaced with Tsirkon hypersonic missiles as part of her repair and heavy upgrade," the source said.
 

France's DCNS Clinches SEA1000 Future Submarine Program Contract for Royal Australian Navy

France's DCNS Clinches SEA1000 Future Submarine Program Contract for Royal Australian Navy
 
Australia's Prime Minister today announced that the next generation of submarines for Australia will be constructed at the Adelaide shipyard, securing thousands of jobs and ensuring the project will play a key part in the transition of our economy. DCNS of France has been selected as the preferred international partner for the design of the 12 Future Submarines, subject to further discussions on commercial matters.
Australia's Prime Minister today announced that the next generation of submarines for Australia will be constructed at the Adelaide shipyard, securing thousands of jobs and ensuring the project will play a key part in the transition of our economy. DCNS of France has been selected as the preferred international partner for the design of the 12 Future Submarines, subject to further discussions on commercial matters.
 

Textron to Provide A2PATS to US Navy’s Electronic Warfare Laboratory

Textron to Provide A2PATS to US Navy’s Electronic Warfare Laboratory
 
Textron Electronic Systems has been awarded a five-year, indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract by the US Navy. Under this USD49 million programme, the company will provide its Advanced Architecture Phase Amplitude and Time Simulator (A2PATS) system to the Electronic Combat simulation and Evaluation Laboratory (ECSEL).
Textron Electronic Systems has been awarded a five-year, indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract by the US Navy. Under this USD49 million programme, the company will provide its Advanced Architecture Phase Amplitude and Time Simulator (A2PATS) system to the Electronic Combat simulation and Evaluation Laboratory (ECSEL).
 

Egypt wants to purchase Russian-made radio electronic equipment for Mistral LHDs

Egypt wants to purchase Russian-made radio electronic equipment for Mistral LHDs
 
Egypt has asked Russia to deliver radio electronic equipment for the Mistral-class helicopter carriers, which Cairo has purchased from France, a military and diplomatic source told TASS on Wednesday. "The Egyptian military delegation that held talks with Russia’s arms exporter Rosoboronexport said that it wanted to mount Russian-made radio electronic equipment, including electronic warfare systems, on the Mistral-class ships purchased from France and asked Russia to deliver it," the source said.
Egypt has asked Russia to deliver radio electronic equipment for the Mistral-class helicopter carriers, which Cairo has purchased from France, a military and diplomatic source told TASS on Wednesday. "The Egyptian military delegation that held talks with Russia’s arms exporter Rosoboronexport said that it wanted to mount Russian-made radio electronic equipment, including electronic warfare systems, on the Mistral-class ships purchased from France and asked Russia to deliver it," the source said.
 

Exercise Noble Dina 2016 in Greece with Hellenic Navy, US Navy and Israeli Navy

Exercise Noble Dina 2016 in Greece with Hellenic Navy, US Navy and Israeli Navy
 
The Hellenic Navy General Staff has announced the conclusion of Exercise Noble Dina 2016, which took place between 30 March and 14 April 2016. NB ’16 is a multinational exercise, taking place on a yearly basis at the sea area around Crete and at the Eastern Mediterranean. The participants included Greek, US and Israeli naval units as well as fighter aircraft of the Hellenic Air Force.
The Hellenic Navy General Staff has announced the conclusion of Exercise Noble Dina 2016, which took place between 30 March and 14 April 2016. NB ’16 is a multinational exercise, taking place on a yearly basis at the sea area around Crete and at the Eastern Mediterranean. The participants included Greek, US and Israeli naval units as well as fighter aircraft of the Hellenic Air Force.
 

US Navy Installed UAV C2 Centre Aboard Aircraft Carrier USS Carl Vinson for MQ-XX

US Navy Installed UAV C2 Centre Aboard Aircraft Carrier USS Carl Vinson for MQ-XX
 
The US Navy has marked a world milestone in unmanned aviation with the installation of a command centre for UAVs aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). This is the first increment of the overall project, which is planned for delivery in 2022. The vessel will deploy to the Western Pacific in 2017.
The US Navy has marked a world milestone in unmanned aviation with the installation of a command centre for UAVs aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). This is the first increment of the overall project, which is planned for delivery in 2022. The vessel will deploy to the Western Pacific in 2017.
 

US Navy Super Hornets Trained with Japan Air Self-Defense Force F-4EJ Phantom II Aircraft

US Navy Super Hornets Trained with Japan Air Self-Defense Force F-4EJ Phantom II Aircraft
 
The "Dambusters" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 195 concluded their weeklong interoperability training with members of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) 302nd and 305th Tactical Fighter Squadrons (TFS) Benkyoukai Partnership Week on April 15. The week-long exercise with the JASDF is designed to increase operational effectiveness between the United States Navy and JASDF.
The "Dambusters" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 195 concluded their weeklong interoperability training with members of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) 302nd and 305th Tactical Fighter Squadrons (TFS) Benkyoukai Partnership Week on April 15. The week-long exercise with the JASDF is designed to increase operational effectiveness between the United States Navy and JASDF.
 

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