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October 2012 Maritime Defense Industry and Naval Forces News
 
 

US Navy Demonstrates 1st Launch of Spike Missiles from Unmanned Surface Vehicle

US Navy Demonstrates 1st Launch of Spike Missiles from Unmanned Surface Vehicle
 
The Chief of Naval Operation's Expeditionary Warfare Division and the Naval Sea Systems Command's Naval Special Warfare Program Office successfully launched six Rafael Spike missiles from an unmanned surface vessel precision engagement module (USV PEM) on Oct. 24th, the first time the Navy has shot a Spike missile from an unmanned surface vessel.

The Chief of Naval Operation's Expeditionary Warfare Division and the Naval Sea Systems Command's Naval Special Warfare Program Office successfully launched six Rafael Spike missiles from an unmanned surface vessel precision engagement module (USV PEM) on Oct. 24th, the first time the Navy has shot a Spike missile from an unmanned surface vessel.

 

New Moroccan Sigma class frigate Allal Ben Abdallah sails through Sea Acceptance Trials

New Moroccan Sigma class frigate Allal Ben Abdallah sails through Sea Acceptance Trials
 
Recently, the third and last of the Royal Moroccan Navy’s new Sigma class frigates was subjected to its Sea Acceptance Trials (SAT). All Thales systems on board of the ship as well as the functional chains for Anti Air Warfare, Anti Surface Warfare and Electronic Warfare performed flawlessly. Tacticos, Thales’s Combat Management System is the first CMS in the world to have been successfully teamed with the MBDA VL MICA. The ship was commissioned in September 2012.

Recently, the third and last of the Royal Moroccan Navy’s new Sigma class frigates was subjected to its Sea Acceptance Trials (SAT). All Thales systems on board of the ship as well as the functional chains for Anti Air Warfare, Anti Surface Warfare and Electronic Warfare performed flawlessly. Tacticos, Thales’s Combat Management System is the first CMS in the world to have been successfully teamed with the MBDA VL MICA. The ship was commissioned in September 2012.

 

General Dynamics NASSCO Delivers USNS Cesar Chavez T-AKE 14 dry cargo ammunition ship

General Dynamics NASSCO Delivers USNS Cesar Chavez T-AKE 14 dry cargo ammunition ship
 
General Dynamics NASSCO today delivered USNS Cesar Chavez (T-AKE 14) to the U.S. Navy, marking the completion of a highly successful U.S. shipbuilding program that has spanned more than a decade.

General Dynamics NASSCO on October 24 delivered USNS Cesar Chavez (T-AKE 14) to the U.S. Navy, marking the completion of a highly successful U.S. shipbuilding program that has spanned more than a decade.


 

Successful first end to end firing of MBDA naval cruise missile (MdCN) in its submarine configuration

Successful first end to end firing of MBDA naval cruise missile (MdCN) in its submarine configuration
 
The French DGA (Direction Générale de l’Armement) has successfully carried out the first end to end firing of the MdCN (Missile de Croisière Naval or naval cruise missile) in its submarine version.

The French DGA (Direction Générale de l’Armement) has successfully carried out the first end to end firing of the MdCN (Missile de Croisière Naval or naval cruise missile) in its submarine version.

 

U.S. Navy Christens Future USS America (LHA 6), first of the America-class amphibious assault ships

U.S. Navy Christens Future USS America (LHA 6), first of the America-class amphibious assault ships
 
The newest amphibious assault ship America (LHA 6) was christened Oct. 20 at a ceremony in Pascagoula, Miss. "When America joins the fleet, we'll be a stronger, more flexible, and a better Marine Corps team. We need this ship," said Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mark Ferguson during the ceremony.

The newest amphibious assault ship America (LHA 6) was christened Oct. 20 at a ceremony in Pascagoula, Miss. "When America joins the fleet, we'll be a stronger, more flexible, and a better Marine Corps team. We need this ship," said Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mark Ferguson during the ceremony.

 

China has already started construction of a Nuclear Powered Aircraft Carrier according to report

China has already started construction of a Nuclear Powered Aircraft Carrier according to report
 
According to china.org.cn, the United States recently acquired satellite imagery showing an aircraft carrier currently being assembled in military shipyard of Shanghai. China's current and only aircraft carrier was recently delivered to the Chinese navy and training has just started.

According to china.org.cn, the United States recently acquired satellite imagery showing an aircraft carrier currently being assembled in military shipyard of Shanghai. China's current and only aircraft carrier was recently delivered to the Chinese navy and training has just started.

 

Austal lays Jackson (LCS 6) Keel, Third Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ship (LCS)

Austal lays Jackson (LCS 6) Keel, Third Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ship (LCS)
 
Austal held a keel-laying ceremony today for the third Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) – Jackson (LCS 6), one of five Austal-designed 127-metre US Navy Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ships under contract with the US Navy. Dr. Katherine Holmes Cochran, the ship’s sponsor, was present to weld her initials onto the keel plate as the Keel Authenticator. She was assisted by J.B. Craig, III, who is an “A” Class welder that has been part of the Austal team since November of 2011.

Austal held a keel-laying ceremony today for the third Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) – Jackson (LCS 6), one of five Austal-designed 127-metre US Navy Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ships under contract with the US Navy. Dr. Katherine Holmes Cochran, the ship’s sponsor, was present to weld her initials onto the keel plate as the Keel Authenticator. She was assisted by J.B. Craig, III, who is an “A” Class welder that has been part of the Austal team since November of 2011.

 

DCNS launches Normandie FREMM, second Frigate of the Aquitaine class for the French Navy

DCNS launches Normandie FREMM, second Frigate of the Aquitaine class for the French Navy
 
On October 18, 2012, DCNS launched the Normandie FREMM frigate in the presence of French Minister of Defense, and Minister of Economy and Finance. This success underlines once again the industrial dynamism of DCNS: six multi-mission frigates are currently under construction.

On october 18, 2012, DCNS launched the Normandie FREMM frigate in the presence of French Minister of Defence, and Minister of Economy and Finance. This success underlines once again the industrial dynamism of DCNS: six multi-mission frigates are currently under construction.

 

Raytheon awarded $45 million MK 54 lightweight torpedo contract

Raytheon awarded $45 million MK 54 lightweight torpedo contract
 
Raytheon Company has been awarded a $45.3 million U.S. Navy contract to provide MK 54 lightweight torpedo hardware, test equipment, spares and related engineering and repair services for U.S. fleet inventory and in support of foreign military sales to the Royal Australian Navy and the Indian Navy. The award represents an exercised option of a current Navy contract for MK 54 torpedo kits.

Raytheon Company has been awarded a $45.3 million U.S. Navy contract to provide MK 54 lightweight torpedo hardware, test equipment, spares and related engineering and repair services for U.S. fleet inventory and in support of foreign military sales to the Royal Australian Navy and the Indian Navy. The award represents an exercised option of a current Navy contract for MK 54 torpedo kits.

 

Helicopter & VTOL UAV Landing grids: DCNS wins new orders in China

Helicopter & VTOL UAV Landing grids: DCNS wins new orders in China
 
DCNS has been awarded two new contracts for landing grids compatible with helicopters and rotary-wing unmanned aerial vehicles. The grids will be installed on two new patrol boats under construction for China Marine Surveillance.

DCNS has been awarded two new contracts for landing grids compatible with helicopters and rotary-wing unmanned aerial vehicles. The grids will be installed on two new patrol boats under construction for China Marine Surveillance.

 

Finnish Navy orders 12 U700 amphibious assault craft

Finnish Navy orders 12 U700 amphibious assault craft
 
Finland's Ministry of Defense announced on October 15, 2012 it selected Marine Alutech Oy Ab shipyard for the delivery of 12 U700 amphibious assault craft (with an option for a possible order of additional units) in a contract worth around 34 million euros. The ships will be delivered in the years 2014-2016. Marine Alutech shipyard is a longtime contractor for the Ministry of Defence of Finland for construction of high-speed motor boats and small boats watercraft..

Finland's Ministry of Defense announced on October 15, 2012 it selected Marine Alutech Oy Ab shipyard for the delivery of 12 U700 amphibious assault craft (with an option for a possible order of additional units) in a contract worth around 34 million euros. The ships will be delivered in the years 2014-2016. Marine Alutech shipyard is a longtime contractor for the Ministry of Defence of Finland for construction of high-speed motor boats and small boats watercraft.

 

Biggest section of HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH rolled out for assembly

Biggest section of HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH rolled out for assembly
 
Workers at BAE Systems on moved sunday the biggest section of HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH, the first of two new aircraft carriers for the Royal Navy, out of the company’s shipbuilding hall at Govan for the first time.

Workers at BAE Systems moved on sunday the biggest section of HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH, the first of two new aircraft carriers for the Royal Navy, out of the company’s shipbuilding hall at Govan for the first time.

 

IRGC Commander: Iran's Speedboats Capable of Launching Cruise Missiles

IRGC Commander: Iran's Speedboats Capable of Launching Cruise Missiles
 
Iran's speedboats have been equipped with the capability to fire different types of anti-ship cruise missiles, an Iranian defense official announced on Monday. "Our missiles have the capability of being launched from boats with the speed of over 30 knots, and these missiles include Zafar, Nasr, Nour and Qader," Deputy Defense Minister and Head of Iran's Aerospace Organization General Mehdi Farah told FNA, adding that "Qadir missiles" will also be added to the list in near future.

Iran's speedboats have been equipped with the capability to fire different types of anti-ship cruise missiles, an Iranian defense official announced on Monday. "Our missiles have the capability of being launched from boats with the speed of over 30 knots, and these missiles include Zafar, Nasr, Nour and Qader," Deputy Defense Minister and Head of Iran's Aerospace Organization General Mehdi Farah told FNA, adding that "Qadir missiles" will also be added to the list in near future.

 

U.S. Navy Officers tasked to investigate collision of submarine with cruiser off Florida

U.S. Navy Officers tasked to investigate collision of submarine with cruiser off Florida
 
U.S. Fleet Forces Command (USFF) assigned a flag officer to lead an administrative investigation and established a safety board to review the facts and circumstances Oct. 15 that led to the collision between a Navy submarine and an Aegis cruiser off the coast of Florida Oct. 13.

U.S. Fleet Forces Command (USFF) assigned a flag officer to lead an administrative investigation and established a safety board to review the facts and circumstances Oct. 15 that led to the collision between a Navy submarine and an Aegis cruiser off the coast of Florida Oct. 13.

 

New Krivak IV class Frigate (Project 11356) to be laid down for Russian Navy

New Krivak IV class Frigate (Project 11356) to be laid down for Russian Navy
 
The Yantar Shipyard in the Baltic exclave of Kaliningrad will start on Friday the construction of a new Krivak IV class frigate for Russia's Black Sea Fleet.

The Yantar Shipyard in the Baltic exclave of Kaliningrad will start on Friday the construction of a new Krivak IV class frigate for Russia's Black Sea Fleet.

 

Royal Norwegian Navy fires NSM missiles from Skjold class corvette and Nansen class Frigate

Royal Norwegian Navy fires NSM missiles from Skjold class corvette and Nansen class Frigate
 
On Wednesday October 10th 2012, Royal Norwegian Navy marked history by firing an NSM (Kongsberg's Naval Strike Missile) anti-ship missile from a surface vessel for the first time. The vessel in question was HNoMS Glimt, Skjold class coastal corvette. Five days later, on October 15th 2012, another NSM missile was launched from HNoMS Roald Amundsen, Nansen class Frigate. Both firing tests were reported as successful.

On Wednesday October 10th 2012, Royal Norwegian Navy marked history by firing an NSM (Kongsberg's Naval Strike Missile) anti-ship missile from a surface vessel for the first time. The vessel in question was HNoMS Glimt, Skjold class coastal corvette. Five days later, on October 15th 2012, another NSM missile was launched from HNoMS Roald Amundsen, Nansen class Frigate. Both firing tests were reported as successful.

 

IAI upgrades its Maritime Heron 1 (Shoval) UAV for Israeli Navy

IAI upgrades its Maritime Heron 1 (Shoval) UAV for Israeli Navy
 
Israel on Sunday unveiled an enhanced unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for maritime and air surveillance that allows faster and more precise identification of objects. The drone, called Heron 1 (Shoval), will help improve Israel's Naval and Air Force's recognition of unknown or hostile ships and aircraft even if they are 300 km away, with a radar that can reach Turkey, Cyprus or Egypt.

Israel on Sunday unveiled an enhanced unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for maritime and air surveillance that allows faster and more precise identification of objects. The drone, called Heron 1 (Shoval), will help improve Israel's Naval and Air Force's recognition of unknown or hostile ships and aircraft even if they are 300 km away, with a radar that can reach Turkey, Cyprus or Egypt.

 

China's aircraft carrier air operations have started on "Liaoning" (ex-Varyag)

China's aircraft carrier air operations have started on "Liaoning" (ex-Varyag)
 
Shortly after its official delivery and commissioning to the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy last month, China's first aircraft carrier has already started training for air operations with helicopters and naval jets.

Shortly after its official delivery and commissioning to the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy last month, China's first aircraft carrier has already started training for air operations with helicopters and naval jets.

 

General Atomics Delivers Advanced Containment Launcher (ACL) Railgun to U.S. Navy

General Atomics Delivers Advanced Containment Launcher (ACL) Railgun to U.S. Navy
 
General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems Group (GA-EMS) announces the delivery to the U.S. Navy and successful initial firing of a new railgun prototype. The Advanced Containment Launcher (ACL) delivered to the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren, Va. is designed to deliver significantly higher muzzle energies than ever demonstrated in a tactically relevant configuration.

General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems Group (GA-EMS) announces the delivery to the U.S. Navy and successful initial firing of a new railgun prototype. The Advanced Containment Launcher (ACL) delivered to the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren, Va. is designed to deliver significantly higher muzzle energies than ever demonstrated in a tactically relevant configuration.

 

US Marine Corps F-35B Joint Strike Fighter conducts first aerial refuel

US Marine Corps F-35B Joint Strike Fighter conducts first aerial refuel
 
In the sky above the Gulf of Mexico near Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., the future of Marine aviation punched through the warm Florida air Oct. 2. F-35B Joint Strike Fighters with Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501 from Eglin conducted the first air-to-air refuel of an operational aircraft in the program’s history. Previous aerial refueling operations with the F-35 had been conducted with test aircraft.

In the sky above the Gulf of Mexico near Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., the future of Marine aviation punched through the warm Florida air Oct. 2. F-35B Joint Strike Fighters with Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501 from Eglin conducted the first air-to-air refuel of an operational aircraft in the program’s history. Previous aerial refueling operations with the F-35 had been conducted with test aircraft.

 

Pictures of future Chinese Navy Zubr class LCAC conducting builder trials in Ukraine

Pictures of future Chinese Navy Zubr class LCAC conducting builder trials in Ukraine
 
Fresh pictures of a Zubr class air-cushioned landing craft bound for China have emerged. The pictures show the LCAC during its builder trials in Ukraine before its delivery to the Chinese Navy.

Fresh pictures of a Zubr class air-cushioned landing craft bound for China have emerged. The pictures show the LCAC during its builder trials in Ukraine before its delivery to the Chinese Navy.

 

BrahMos supersonic cruise missile to be test-launched from submarine by end of this year

BrahMos supersonic cruise missile to be test-launched from submarine by end of this year
 
BrahMos, the Russian-Indian supersonic cruise missile joint venture, is to test-fire their anti-ship missile from a submarine platform by year-end, the Russian partner NPO Mashninostroyenie said Friday.

BrahMos, the Russian-Indian supersonic cruise missile joint venture, is to test-fire their anti-ship missile from a submarine platform by year-end, the Russian partner NPO Mashninostroyenie said Friday.

 

BAE Systems ready for future HMAS Canberra LHD arrival

BAE Systems ready for future HMAS Canberra LHD arrival
 
BAE Systems Director Maritime, Bill Saltzer said preparation works were complete and the Australian team are ready to start work on the next phase of the construction, as soon as it arrives at Williamstown in the next few weeks.

BAE Systems Director Maritime, Bill Saltzer said preparation works were complete and the Australian team are ready to start work on the next phase of the construction, as soon as it arrives at Williamstown in the next few weeks.

 

Germany confirms its trust in Oto Melara and chooses the naval gun 127/64 LW Vulcano

Germany confirms its trust in Oto Melara and chooses the naval gun 127/64 LW Vulcano
 
The 127/64 Light Weight Vulcano, already mounted on the Italian frigate “Carlo Bergamini” – the first European multipurpose frigate – is playing a leading role also in Parow, Germany, the seat of the Military School of the German Navy, where last 19 September Oto Melara delivered to the German Navy the first naval gun in a large order which already includes a wide range of products and might be further extended and enlarged.

The 127/64 Light Weight Vulcano, already mounted on the Italian frigate “Carlo Bergamini” – the first European multipurpose frigate – is playing a leading role also in Parow, Germany, the seat of the Military School of the German Navy, where last 19 September Oto Melara delivered to the German Navy the first naval gun in a large order which already includes a wide range of products and might be further extended and enlarged.

 

Brazilian Navy AMAZONAS, first of three BAE Systems built Ocean Patrol Vessels, Arrives in Rio

Brazilian Navy AMAZONAS, first of three BAE Systems built Ocean Patrol Vessels, Arrives in Rio
 
AMAZONAS, the first of three BAE Systems built Ocean Patrol Vessels being delivered to the Brazilian Navy, has arrived in her home port of Rio de Janeiro for the first time after eight weeks at sea. Following her departure from Portsmouth in August, AMAZONAS has undertaken an intense programme of trials as well as a series of diplomatic visits in Europe and Africa during her 5000 mile journey.

AMAZONAS, the first of three BAE Systems built Ocean Patrol Vessels being delivered to the Brazilian Navy, has arrived in her home port of Rio de Janeiro for the first time after eight weeks at sea. Following her departure from Portsmouth in August, AMAZONAS has undertaken an intense programme of trials as well as a series of diplomatic visits in Europe and Africa during her 5000 mile journey.

 

Indian Navy successfully test-fire a BrahMos supersonic cruise missile

Indian Navy successfully test-fire a BrahMos supersonic cruise missile
 
The Indian Navy has successfully test-fired a BrahMos supersonic cruise missile launched from a warship off the western Goa coast, India’s Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) reported on Sunday.

The Indian Navy has successfully test-fired a BrahMos supersonic cruise missile launched from a warship off the western Goa coast, India’s Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) reported on Sunday.

 

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