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April 2012 Maritime Defense Industry and World Naval Forces News
 
 

Rheinmetall receives order from South Korea: MASS naval countermeasures system for LST-II-class

Rheinmetall receives order from South Korea: MASS naval countermeasures system for LST-II-class
 
The ROK Navy is procuring Rheinmetall’s MASS, the Düsseldorf-based company’s state-of-the-art decoy system for frigates, corvettes, minesweepers and patrol boats, for installation on its new Landing Ship, Tank vessels (LST-II). The South Korean Defence Acquisition Programme Administration (DAPA) contracted with Samsung-Thales Co. Ltd. of Seoul to equip the ships. The basis for this is a license agreement between Rheinmetall and Samsung-Thales. Total order volume comes to around €7 million.

The ROK Navy is procuring Rheinmetall’s MASS, the Düsseldorf-based company’s state-of-the-art decoy system for frigates, corvettes, minesweepers and patrol boats, for installation on its new Landing Ship, Tank vessels (LST-II). The South Korean Defence Acquisition Programme Administration (DAPA) contracted with Samsung-Thales Co. Ltd. of Seoul to equip the ships. The basis for this is a license agreement between Rheinmetall and Samsung-Thales. Total order volume comes to around €7 million.

 

Chinese Company Poly Technologies showcased several new ship designs for export at DSA 2012

Chinese Company Poly Technologies showcased several new ship designs for export at DSA 2012
 
Chinese company Poly Technologies presented several new naval equipment products available for the export market at the DSA 2012 Defense exhibition in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Poly Technologies, a subsidiary of China Poly Group Corporation, is a defense manufacturing and international trading company. In their new Naval Equipment catalog, they introduced several new vessel designs.

Chinese company Poly Technologies presented several new naval equipment products available for the export market at the DSA 2012 Defense exhibition in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Poly Technologies, a subsidiary of China Poly Group Corporation, is a defense manufacturing and international trading company. In their new Naval Equipment catalogue, they introduced several new vessel designs.

 

US Navy launches official Request for Information (RFI) for F/A-XX strike fighter

US Navy launches official Request for Information (RFI) for F/A-XX strike fighter
 
The US Navy has launched mid-April an official RFI for the F/A-XX carrier-based strike fighter. The F/A-XX is intended to replace both F/A-18E/F Super Hornet fighter and EA-18G Growler electronic attack aircraft currently in service in the US Navy by the years 2030ies.

The US Navy has launched mid-April an official RFI for the F/A-XX carrier-based strike fighter. The F/A-XX is intended to replace both F/A-18E/F Super Hornet fighter and EA-18G Growler electronic attack aircraft currently in service in the US Navy by the years 2030ies.

 

Russian Navy to receive seven project 855 (Yasen class) SSN submarines by 2021

Russian Navy to receive seven project 855 (Yasen class) SSN submarines by 2021
 
By 2021 defense shipyard Sevmash will build seven strike nuclear submarines of Yasen class for the Russian Navy including six submarines with reinforced missile armament and reduced level of noise, a source in the governmental military industrial commission reported.

By 2021 defense shipyard Sevmash will build seven strike nuclear submarines of Yasen class for the Russian Navy including six submarines with reinforced missile armament and reduced level of noise, a source in the governmental military industrial commission reported.

 

Saab receives order from Thailand for Chakri Naruebet Aircraft Carrier C2 system upgrade

Saab receives order from Thailand for Chakri Naruebet Aircraft Carrier C2 system upgrade
 
The defence and security company Saab has received an order from the Royal Thai Navy for the upgrading of the command and control system on the aircraft carrier H.T.M.S. Chakri Naruebet. The order amounts to MSEK 180.

The defence and security company Saab has received an order from the Royal Thai Navy for the upgrading of the command and control system on the aircraft carrier H.T.M.S. Chakri Naruebet. The order amounts to MSEK 180.

 

Ukrainian Navy Submarine Zaporozhye (Foxtrot class) Sails for Sea Trials

Ukrainian Navy Submarine Zaporozhye (Foxtrot class) Sails for Sea Trials
 
Ukraine’s only submarine, the Zaporozhye, has left the port of Sevastopol on the Black Sea for sea trials for the first time after many years of repairs.

Ukraine’s only submarine, the Zaporozhye, has left the port of Sevastopol on the Black Sea for sea trials for the first time after many years of repairs.

 

HMS Dragon, the fourth of the Royal Navy's Type 45 destroyers, commissioned into the fleet

HMS Dragon, the fourth of the Royal Navy's Type 45 destroyers, commissioned into the fleet
 
Hundreds of guests including families of the 190-strong ship's company attended a colourful 'christening' ceremony at Portsmouth Naval Base which marked the ship's transition into front line service.

Hundreds of guests including families of the 190-strong ship's company attended a colourful 'christening' ceremony at Portsmouth Naval Base which marked the ship's transition into front line service.

 

CMN (Constructions Mécaniques de Normandie) Introduces the new DV15 RWS30 Fast Patrol Boat

CMN (Constructions Mécaniques de Normandie) Introduces the new DV15 RWS30 Fast Patrol Boat
 
The Indian Navy officially commissionned Russia’s K-152 Nerpa nuclear-powered attack submarine on Wednesday. The Project 971 Shchuka-B (NATO: Akula II) class sub has been leased to India’s Navy for ten years in a contract worth over $900 million. It was handed over to India in January and has been renamed the INS Chakra.

CMN presents the latest spearhead of its range of Interceptors : The DV15 RWS 30. It is developed from a proven design: the Interceptor family of fast patrol boats, designed for coastal patrol, and missions that require high speed interdiction in littoral waters. The Interceptor DV15 has already been sold to the navies of Yemen, Qatar and the UAE. With this new DV15 RWS 30, CMN offers unprecedent performance and firepower rarely seen for this type of vessels.

 

Chinese & Russian navies conduct anti-submarine exercise in Yellow Sea

Chinese & Russian navies conduct anti-submarine exercise in Yellow Sea
 
A Russian naval task group arrived at the eastern Chinese port city of Qingdao on Saturday for joint exercises with the Chinese navy, a captain said.

A Russian naval task group arrived at the eastern Chinese port city of Qingdao on Saturday for joint exercises with the Chinese navy, a captain said.

 

Boustead showcasing a DCNS Gowind corvette tweaked to Royal Malaysian Navy needs at DSA 2012

Boustead showcasing a DCNS Gowind corvette tweaked to Royal Malaysian Navy needs at DSA 2012
 
Navy Recognition team who was attending the DSA 2012 Defense exhibition in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia was able to gather fresh information regarding the future Gowind corvettes of the Royal Malaysian Navy. While the negotiations are still ongoing, signature of the contract should happen soon according to an official from Boustead. The same person gave us an updated list of systems that will likely be found on those new corvettes.

Navy Recognition team who was attending the DSA 2012 Defense exhibition in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia was able to gather fresh information regarding the future Gowind corvettes of the Royal Malaysian Navy. While the negotiations are still ongoing, signature of the contract should happen soon according to an official from Boustead. The same person gave us an updated list of systems that will likely be found on those new corvettes.

 

DCNS at DSA 2012, Defence Service Asia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

DCNS at DSA 2012, Defence Service Asia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
 
Sagem (Safran group) has signed a contract with French naval shipyard DCNS, under French defense procurement agency DGA as contracting authority, for the modernization of fire control systems on six Floréal class surveillance frigates. The modernization will be based on Sagem's new-generation Electro-Optical Multifunction System (EOMS-NG).

DCNS is a world leader in naval defence and an innovative player in energy systems. As a naval prime contractor, shipbuilder and systems integrator, DCNS combines resources and expertise spanning the naval defence value chain and entire system lifecycles. DCNS delivers innovative solutions from integrated warships to strategic systems, equipment, services and new energy solutions.

 

Damen Transfers the Third Holland Class Patrol Vessel "Friesland" for the Royal Netherlands Navy

Damen Transfers the Third Holland Class Patrol Vessel "Friesland" for the Royal Netherlands Navy
 
On Wednesday 11 April, in Harlingen the third of four Holland Class Oceangoing Patrol Vessels, “Friesland” built by Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding for the Royal Netherlands Navy, was transferred to the Defence Materiel Organization of the Ministry of Defence of the Netherlands.

On Wednesday 11 April, in Harlingen the third of four Holland Class Oceangoing Patrol Vessels, “Friesland” built by Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding for the Royal Netherlands Navy, was transferred to the Defence Materiel Organization of the Ministry of Defence of the Netherlands.

 

USMC CH-53 Sea Stallion conducts qualification trials on French Navy Dixmude LHD off Djibouti

USMC CH-53 Sea Stallion conducts qualification trials on French Navy Dixmude LHD off Djibouti
 
Off the coast of Djibouti, a Sikorsky CH-53 "Sea Stallion" from United States Marine Corps (USMC) Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 461 (HMH-461) conducted several approaches and landings on the Dixmude, French Navy's newest LHD.

Off the coast of Djibouti, a Sikorsky CH-53 "Sea Stallion" from United States Marine Corps (USMC) Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 461 (HMH-461) conducted several approaches and landings on the Dixmude, French Navy's newest LHD.

 

ST Marine wins €534.8m contract to design and build 4 Fearless patrol vessels for Oman

ST Marine wins €534.8m contract to design and build 4 Fearless patrol vessels for Oman
 
Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd (ST Engineering) today announced that its marine arm, Singapore Technologies Marine Ltd (ST Marine) has secured a contract worth €534.8m (about S$880m) to design and build four patrol vessels (PVs) and the provision of associated logistic support for the Royal Navy of Oman (RNO).

Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd (ST Engineering) today announced that its marine arm, Singapore Technologies Marine Ltd (ST Marine) has secured a contract worth €534.8m (about S$880m) to design and build four patrol vessels (PVs) and the provision of associated logistic support for the Royal Navy of Oman (RNO).

 

INS Vikramaditya (ex-Russian Carrier "Admiral Gorshkov") to start sea trials on May 25

INS Vikramaditya (ex-Russian Carrier "Admiral Gorshkov") to start sea trials on May 25
 
A Former Russian aircraft carrier (Soviet-built Admiral Gorshkov) which was being refurbished for the Indian Navy is being prepared to begin its first set of sea trials. These trials are expected to last through the spring and end with a delivery to the Indian Navy planned for late 2012.

A Former Russian aircraft carrier (Soviet-built Admiral Gorshkov) which was being refurbished for the Indian Navy is being prepared to begin its first set of sea trials. These trials are expected to last through the spring and end with a delivery to the Indian Navy planned for late 2012.

 

Indian Navy Commissionned INS Chakra, Russia’s ex-Nerpa Akula II Nuclear Sub

Indian Navy Commissionned INS Chakra, Russia’s ex-Nerpa Akula II Nuclear Sub
 
The Indian Navy officially commissionned Russia’s K-152 Nerpa nuclear-powered attack submarine on Wednesday. The Project 971 Shchuka-B (NATO: Akula II) class sub has been leased to India’s Navy for ten years in a contract worth over $900 million. It was handed over to India in January and has been renamed the INS Chakra.

The Indian Navy officially commissionned Russia’s K-152 Nerpa nuclear-powered attack submarine on Wednesday. The Project 971 Shchuka-B (NATO: Akula II) class sub has been leased to India’s Navy for ten years in a contract worth over $900 million. It was handed over to India in January and has been renamed the INS Chakra.

 

Lockheed Martin wins $1.05 Billion, 5 year U.S. Navy Contract for MH-60R/S Cockpits and Systems

Lockheed Martin wins $1.05 Billion, 5 year U.S. Navy Contract for MH-60R/S Cockpits and Systems
 
The U.S. Navy awarded Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) a $1.05 billion, five-year contract to provide more than 200 digital cockpits and integrated mission systems and sensors for the Navy MH-60R "Romeo" and MH-60S "Sierra" helicopters.

The U.S. Navy awarded Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) a $1.05 billion, five-year contract to provide more than 200 digital cockpits and integrated mission systems and sensors for the Navy MH-60R "Romeo" and MH-60S "Sierra" helicopters.

 

Boeing, US Navy Conduct Networked Distributed Targeting Capability Flight Test on Super Hornet

Boeing, US Navy Conduct Networked Distributed Targeting Capability Flight Test on Super Hornet
 
The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] and the U.S. Navy have successfully completed a flight test of the prototype Distributed Targeting System-Networked (DTS-N) on a Super Hornet. The system is designed to enhance the F/A-18E/F fighter jet’s targeting capabilities.

The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] and the U.S. Navy have successfully completed a flight test of the prototype Distributed Targeting System-Networked (DTS-N) on a Super Hornet. The system is designed to enhance the F/A-18E/F fighter jet’s targeting capabilities.

 

French Navy's Air Warfare Destroyers successfully intercept supersonic sea-skimming target

French Navy's Air Warfare Destroyers successfully intercept supersonic sea-skimming target
 
On April 4, 2012, the Forbin Air Defense Destroyer destroyed a supersonic target simulating an antiship missile at very low altitude. The target, a GQM 163A Coyote, was launched from the French Military's Missile Test Center based on the island of Levant (French Riviera). The Forbin, head of Horizon class AAW Destroyer, intercepted the target in flight with its Aster 30 missile while Chevalier Paul, second ship of Horizon class, was tracking both the target and the missiles launched by Forbin.

On April 4, 2012, the Forbin Air Defense Destroyer destroyed a supersonic target simulating an antiship missile at very low altitude. The target, a GQM 163A Coyote, was launched from the French Military's Missile Test Center based on the island of Levant (French Riviera). The Forbin, head of Horizon class AAW Destroyer, intercepted the target in flight with its Aster 30 missile while Chevalier Paul, second ship of Horizon class, was tracking both the target and the missiles launched by Forbin.

 

Elbit Systems Launches IMACS

Elbit Systems Launches IMACS
 
Elbit Systems has launched an Integrated Maritime Awareness Concept and Solution (IMACS) suit, developed to answer the unique defense requirements of maritime infrastructure facilities, such as oil and gas rigs.

Elbit Systems has launched an Integrated Maritime Awareness Concept and Solution (IMACS) suit, developed to answer the unique defense requirements of maritime infrastructure facilities, such as oil and gas rigs.
Strategically important, these facilities call for a unique protection concept due to the potential threats posed by pirate and terror attacks.

 

French Aircraft Carrier Charles de Gaulle test fire Aster 15 missile

French Aircraft Carrier Charles de Gaulle test fire Aster 15 missile
 
As part of the rise to power of the carrier battle group, 29 March 2012, the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle conducted a test firing of Aster 15 missile while underway in the Mediterranean.

As part of the rise to power of the carrier battle group, 29 March 2012, the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle conducted a test firing of Aster 15 missile while underway in the Mediterranean.

 

DCNS introduces OPTICREW® naval personnel management service

DCNS introduces OPTICREW® naval personnel management service
 
The innovative service evaluates the personal qualities and team aptitudes of individual crew members to optimise crew make-up for any given mission. The service was developed under a research and development partnership between DCNS and TKM Consulting, a management consultancy focused on personnel performance improvement.

The innovative service evaluates the personal qualities and team aptitudes of individual crew members to optimise crew make-up for any given mission. The service was developed under a research and development partnership between DCNS and TKM Consulting, a management consultancy focused on personnel performance improvement.

 

Russian Navy to Receive Verkhoturye SSBN (Projet 667BDRM Delfin – Delta-IV) in November 2012

Russian Navy to Receive Verkhoturye SSBN (Projet 667BDRM Delfin – Delta-IV) in November 2012
 
Nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) Verkhoturye on March 24 was withdrawn from covered slipway of JSC Zvezdochka Ship Repair Center. A solemn ceremony of bringing of strategic nuclear submarine took place at the shipyard for the occasion.

Nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) Verkhoturye on March 24 was withdrawn from covered slipway of JSC Zvezdochka Ship Repair Center. A solemn ceremony of bringing of strategic nuclear submarine took place at the shipyard for the occasion.

 

DCNS delivered the fourth Skjold FPB to Norwegian Navy

DCNS delivered the fourth Skjold FPB to Norwegian Navy
 
On March 29th 2012, DCNS delivered the fourth-of-class fast patrol boat (FPB) P964-Glimt to the Royal Norwegian Navy. The six-boat Skjold program is led by a consortium comprising DCNS and two Norwegian contractors with DCNS acting as the combat system design authority and co-supplier.

On March 29th 2012, DCNS delivered the fourth-of-class fast patrol boat (FPB) P964-Glimt to the Royal Norwegian Navy. The six-boat Skjold program is led by a consortium comprising DCNS and two Norwegian contractors with DCNS acting as the combat system design authority and co-supplier.