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April 2013 Maritime Defense Industry and World Naval Forces News
 
 

First Krivak IV Frigate (Project 11356) Admiral Grigorovich to Join Russian Navy Next Year

First Krivak IV Frigate (Project 11356) Admiral Grigorovich to Join Russian Navy Next Year
 
Russia's first Project 11356 frigate, the Admiral Grigorovich, will join the Black Sea Fleet in 2014, Vice-Admiral Alexander Fedotenkov said on Monday. “The newest Project 11356 escort ship, the Admiral Grigorovich, should be launched in 2013 and join the Black Sea Fleet in 2014,” Fedotenkov said.
Russia's first Project 11356 frigate, the Admiral Grigorovich, will join the Black Sea Fleet in 2014, Vice-Admiral Alexander Fedotenkov said on Monday. “The newest Project 11356 escort ship, the Admiral Grigorovich, should be launched in 2013 and join the Black Sea Fleet in 2014,” Fedotenkov said.
 

Israel's fifth Dolphin-class submarine, the INS Rahav, unveiled during ceremony in Kiel, Germany

Israel's fifth Dolphin-class submarine, the INS Rahav, unveiled during ceremony in Kiel, Germany
 
Israel's fifth Dolphin-class submarine, the INS Rahav, was unveiled on Monday, April 29 at a special ceremony in Kiel, Germany attended by Commander in Chief of the Israeli Navy Rear Adm. Ram Rothberg, Director-General of the Ministry of Defense Maj. Gen. (Res.) Ehud Shani and a delegation of Israeli and German officials.
Israel's fifth Dolphin-class submarine, the INS Rahav, was unveiled on Monday, April 29 at a special ceremony in Kiel, Germany attended by Commander in Chief of the Israeli Navy Rear Adm. Ram Rothberg, Director-General of the Ministry of Defense Maj. Gen. (Res.) Ehud Shani and a delegation of Israeli and German officials.
 

DCNS and local partners deliver sixth Skjold FPB to the Royal Norwegian Navy

DCNS and local partners deliver sixth Skjold FPB to the Royal Norwegian Navy
 
On 26 April 2013, DCNS and its local partners delivered the sixth and final Skjold-class fast patrol boat to the Royal Norwegian Navy. The six-boat Skjold programme is led by a consortium comprising DCNS and two Norwegian contractors with DCNS acting as the combat system design authority and co-supplier.
On 26 April 2013, DCNS and its local partners delivered the sixth and final Skjold-class fast patrol boat to the Royal Norwegian Navy. The six-boat Skjold programme is led by a consortium comprising DCNS and two Norwegian contractors with DCNS acting as the combat system design authority and co-supplier.
 

Chinese Defense ministry confirms high-sea voyage of Liaoning aircraft carrier

Chinese Defense ministry confirms high-sea voyage of Liaoning aircraft carrier
 
A military spokesman confirmed Thursday that China's first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, is set to conduct a voyage on the high seas. When and in what waters the voyage will be conducted will be decided in accordance with overall conditions, Yang Yujun, spokesman of the Ministry of National Defense, told a press conference.
A military spokesman confirmed Thursday that China's first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, is set to conduct a voyage on the high seas. When and in what waters the voyage will be conducted will be decided in accordance with overall conditions, Yang Yujun, spokesman of the Ministry of National Defense, told a press conference.
 

Raytheon Anschütz and Seastema supply IBS to Italian Coast Guard Patrol Vessels

Raytheon Anschütz and Seastema supply IBS to Italian Coast Guard Patrol Vessels
 
The German navigation system manufacturer Raytheon Anschütz in partnership with Italian marine automation provider Seastema has been selected to deliver advanced integrated bridge and navigation system for two Italian Coast Guard military patrol vessels. The vessels are currently being built at Fincantieri’s Castellammare di Stabia (Naples) shipyard.
The German navigation system manufacturer Raytheon Anschütz in partnership with Italian marine automation provider Seastema has been selected to deliver advanced integrated bridge and navigation system for two Italian Coast Guard military patrol vessels. The vessels are currently being built at Fincantieri’s Castellammare di Stabia (Naples) shipyard.
 

Fincantieri Delivers Second Falaj 2 Stealth Patrol Vessel For the UAE Navy: The “Salahah”

Fincantieri Delivers Second Falaj 2 Stealth Patrol Vessel For the UAE Navy: The “Salahah”
 
April 22nd at Fincantieri Muggiano (La Spezia) shipyard there was the delivery ceremony of the "Salahah" patrol vessel for the United Arab Emirates Navy. Her sister ship, the “Ghantut”, was delivered last January together with an "Abu Dhabi Class" corvette. The two patrol vessels – whose names come from an area of the Emirates near Abu Dhabi – were ordered in 2010 within the “Falaj 2” program. The contract provides for an option for a further two vessels in addition to technology transfer to a local shipyard for the construction of further sister ships.
April 22nd at Fincantieri Muggiano (La Spezia) shipyard there was the delivery ceremony of the "Salahah" patrol vessel for the United Arab Emirates Navy. Her sister ship, the “Ghantut”, was delivered last January together with an "Abu Dhabi Class" corvette. The two patrol vessels – whose names come from an area of the Emirates near Abu Dhabi – were ordered in 2010 within the “Falaj 2” program. The contract provides for an option for a further two vessels in addition to technology transfer to a local shipyard for the construction of further sister ships.
 

U.S. Department of State delivers two Metal Shark 28 Defiant boats to the Navy of Djibouti

U.S. Department of State delivers two Metal Shark 28 Defiant boats to the Navy of Djibouti
 
The U.S. Department of State has provided the Djiboutian navy with two high-speed aluminum coastal security boats to strengthen Djibouti's maritime security capabilities to protect its borders and combat piracy, smuggling and terrorist threats.
The U.S. Department of State has provided the Djiboutian navy with two high-speed aluminum coastal security boats to strengthen Djibouti's maritime security capabilities to protect its borders and combat piracy, smuggling and terrorist threats. During a boat delivery and turnover ceremony at the Djibouti Navy Headquarters, Escale Marina, more than a dozen Djiboutian sailors received certification for the state-of-the-art patrol boats.
 

KAI to develop a dedicated version of its Surion helicopter for ROK Navy's Dokdo class LPH

KAI to develop a dedicated version of its Surion helicopter for ROK Navy's Dokdo class LPH
 
KAI, or Korea Aerospace Industries, Inc. develops the amphibious task helicopter for the Korea's Marine Corps will run. The Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) announced on the 17th that it held its 66th defense project promotion committee and selected KAI as a priority negotiator for the development of the amphibious task helicopter system.
KAI, or Korea Aerospace Industries, Inc. develops the amphibious task helicopter for the Korea's Marine Corps will run. The Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) announced on the 17th that it held its 66th defense project promotion committee and selected KAI as a priority negotiator for the development of the amphibious task helicopter system.
 

HGH Infrared Systems Introduces its Spynel-S Long Range Surveillance System

HGH Infrared Systems Introduces its Spynel-S Long Range Surveillance System
 
HGH Infrared Systems, a global provider of 360 degree thermal imaging systems, announces the debut of their new high resolution system for Wide Area Surveillance. The new camera, the Spynel-S, features a new look and a longer detection range, displaying panoramic thermal images with an impressive resolution up to 30 Mpix.
HGH Infrared Systems, a global provider of 360 degree thermal imaging systems, announces the debut of their new high resolution system for Wide Area Surveillance. The new camera, the Spynel-S, features a new look and a longer detection range, displaying panoramic thermal images with an impressive resolution up to 30 Mpix.
 

New Zealand purchases eight Seasprite SH-2G(I) helicopter from Kaman Aerospace for its Navy

New Zealand purchases eight Seasprite SH-2G(I) helicopters from Kaman Aerospace for its Navy
 
Defence Minister Dr Jonathan Coleman says the government has approved the purchase of an upgraded and expanded Seasprite helicopter fleet for the New Zealand Defence Force. A total of eight Seasprites (plus two spare airframes) will be purchased from the United States company Kaman Aerospace in a $242 million dollar deal, which includes a training simulator, missiles, and additional components.
Defence Minister Dr Jonathan Coleman says the government has approved the purchase of an upgraded and expanded Seasprite helicopter fleet for the New Zealand Defence Force. A total of eight Seasprites (plus two spare airframes) will be purchased from the United States company Kaman Aerospace in a $242 million dollar deal, which includes a training simulator, missiles, and additional components.
 

Royal Bahamas Defence Force contracts Damen for fleet of long range patrol craft

Royal Bahamas Defence Force contracts Damen for fleet of long range patrol craft
 
Following a six-year acquisition program, the Government of the Bahamas has announced the signing of a Letter of Intent to acquire 9 vessels for the Royal Bahamas Defence Force and construction work for their naval bases. The contract has been placed with Damen Shipyards Group, headquartered in Gorinchem, the Netherlands.
Following a six-year acquisition program, the Government of the Bahamas has announced the signing of a Letter of Intent to acquire 9 vessels for the Royal Bahamas Defence Force and construction work for their naval bases. The contract has been placed with Damen Shipyards Group, headquartered in Gorinchem, the Netherlands.
 

First Ukraine built Zubr class LCAC officially delivered to Chinese Navy (PLAN)

First Ukraine built Zubr class LCAC officially delivered to Chinese Navy (PLAN)
 
On April 12, 2013 in Feodosiya, representatives of the state-owned defense conglomerate "Ukroboronprom" and Chinese Navy officials signed the certificate of acceptance for the first Zubr (project 1232.2) amphibious hovercraft. On the Ukrainian side the document was signed by Dmitry Peregudov, Ukrspecexport General Director.
On April 12, 2013 in Feodosiya, representatives of the state-owned defense conglomerate "Ukroboronprom" and Chinese Navy officials signed the certificate of acceptance for the first Zubr (project 1232.2) amphibious hovercraft. On the Ukrainian side the document was signed by Dmitry Peregudov, Ukrspecexport General Director.
 

Raytheon delivers second Phalanx Block 1B for Australia's Air Warfare Destroyer

Raytheon delivers second Phalanx Block 1B for Australia's Air Warfare Destroyer
 
Raytheon Company delivered the second Phalanx Block 1B Close-In Weapon System for installation on Australia's newest Air Warfare Destroyer, the Brisbane. A previously awarded direct commercial sale contract calls for a total of three Phalanx mounts to be delivered to the Royal Australian Navy. The first mount was delivered in late 2012 for installation aboard the Hobart. A third system is under construction and will be installed on the Sydney in 2014.
Raytheon Company delivered the second Phalanx Block 1B Close-In Weapon System for installation on Australia's newest Air Warfare Destroyer, the Brisbane. A previously awarded direct commercial sale contract calls for a total of three Phalanx mounts to be delivered to the Royal Australian Navy. The first mount was delivered in late 2012 for installation aboard the Hobart. A third system is under construction and will be installed on the Sydney in 2014.
 

DCNS begins sea trials with Mohammed VI FREMM multimission frigate for Royal Moroccan Navy

DCNS begins sea trials with Mohammed VI FREMM multimission frigate for Royal Moroccan Navy
 
The FREMM frigate built for the Royal Moroccan Navy put to sea for the first time on 17 April. This key milestone marks the launch of sea trials, which will be conducted over the next few weeks off the Brittany coast. The ship will be delivered to the Royal Moroccan Navy at the end of this year, in accordance with the contract schedule.
The FREMM frigate built for the Royal Moroccan Navy put to sea for the first time on 17 April. This key milestone marks the launch of sea trials, which will be conducted over the next few weeks off the Brittany coast. The ship will be delivered to the Royal Moroccan Navy at the end of this year, in accordance with the contract schedule.
 

Russian Navy Mistral LHDs to be based in the Far East ports of Vladivostok and Petropavlovsk

Russian Navy Mistral LHDs to be based in the Far East ports of Vladivostok and Petropavlovsk
 
Russia will base its French-made Mistral-class amphibious assault ships in the Far East ports of Vladivostok and Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky when they enter service, a senior Defense Ministry official said in an interview. Russia signed a 1.2-billion euro deal with a French shipyard in 2011 for two Mistral-class ships, the first of which is due for delivery in 2014 and the second in 2015.
Russia will base its French-made Mistral-class amphibious assault ships in the Far East ports of Vladivostok and Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky when they enter service, a senior Defense Ministry official said in an interview. Russia signed a 1.2-billion euro deal with a French shipyard in 2011 for two Mistral-class ships, the first of which is due for delivery in 2014 and the second in 2015.
 

Newport News Shipbuilding Completes Flight Deck On Aircraft Carrier Gerald R. Ford

Newport News Shipbuilding Completes Flight Deck On Aircraft Carrier Gerald R. Ford
 
Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced April 15, 2013 that the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford is complete following the addition of the ship's upper bow section on April 9 at Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS). The upper bow extends the overall length of the carrier to its full size, which is 1,106 feet—equal to a 75-story building lying on its side.
Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced April 15, 2013 that the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford is complete following the addition of the ship's upper bow section on April 9 at Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS). The upper bow extends the overall length of the carrier to its full size, which is 1,106 feet—equal to a 75-story building lying on its side.
 

Yantar Shipyard to start construction on 4th Krivak IV Frigate (Project 11356)

Yantar Shipyard to start construction on 4th Krivak IV Frigate (Project 11356)
 
The Russian Navy’s fourth Project 11356 frigate will have its keel laid on Thursday, the Yantar shipyard said on Monday. The start of construction work on the Admiral Butakov frigate was postponed in October 2012.
The Russian Navy’s fourth Project 11356 frigate will have its keel laid on Thursday, the Yantar shipyard said on Monday. The start of construction work on the Admiral Butakov frigate was postponed in October 2012.
 

MBDA Marte MK2/S Anti-Ship Missile Release Trial From Airbus Military C295 MPA

MBDA Marte MK2/S Anti-Ship Missile Release Trial From Airbus Military C295 MPA
 
Airbus Military and MBDA have successfully demonstrated the release of an instrumented Marte MK2/S anti-ship inert missile installed under the wing of the C295 maritime patrol aircraft. This flight was the last of a series of trials performed in a joint Airbus Military – MBDA collaboration to validate the aerodynamic integration of Marte on C295, its handling qualities and performance tests.
Airbus Military and MBDA have successfully demonstrated the release of an instrumented Marte MK2/S anti-ship inert missile installed under the wing of the C295 maritime patrol aircraft. This flight was the last of a series of trials performed in a joint Airbus Military – MBDA collaboration to validate the aerodynamic integration of Marte on C295, its handling qualities and performance tests.
 

Royal Australian Navy HMAS Choules LPD returns to sea following propulsion fix

Royal Australian Navy HMAS Choules LPD returns to sea following propulsion fix
 
HMAS Choules has returned to sea following sea assurance testing of the ship’s six propulsion and power distribution transformers which were replaced after a defect was identified in June 2012.
HMAS Choules has returned to sea following sea assurance testing of the ship’s six propulsion and power distribution transformers which were replaced after a defect was identified in June 2012.
 

Russian Navy to Increase Mediterranean Task Force with Amphibious Warfare Ship

Russian Navy to Increase Mediterranean Task Force with Amphibious Warfare Ship
 
Russia’s naval task force in the Mediterranean will be augmented next week with the Ropucha-II Class landing ship Azov from the Black Sea Fleet, navy spokesman Capt. 1st Rank Vyacheslav Trukhachev said on Friday.
Russia’s naval task force in the Mediterranean will be augmented next week with the Ropucha-II Class landing ship Azov from the Black Sea Fleet, navy spokesman Capt. 1st Rank Vyacheslav Trukhachev said on Friday.
 

Indonesian Navy and Coast Guard may order up to 20 Aron littoral combat WIG Craft

Indonesian Navy and Coast Guard may order up to 20 Aron littoral combat WIG Craft
 
According to several South Korean media, Indonesian Navy and Coast Guard would be interested in ordered up to 20 Aron wing in ground effect craft, following an initial order of 2 units by the government. The South Korean company conducted a demonstration campaign at the Indonesian Navy (TNI AL) base in Jakarta.
According to several South Korean media, Indonesian Navy and Coast Guard would be interested in ordered up to 20 Aron wing in ground effect craft, following an initial order of 2 units by the government. The South Korean company conducted a demonstration campaign at the Indonesian Navy (TNI AL) base in Jakarta.
 

9 nations, more than 13 000 presonnel, participate in Joint Warrior military exercise

13 nations, more than 13 000 presonnel, participate in Joint Warrior military exercise
 
More than 13,000 personnel from 9 nations take part in Joint Warrior, the largest military exercise of the year, which begins today. 49 ships from various navies as well as 40 aircraft are involved in this exercise which goal is to put NATO’s Response Force Task Group to the test through a series of manoeuvres across the east and west coast of Scotland over the next three weeks.
More than 13,000 personnel from 13 nations take part in Joint Warrior, the largest European military exercise of the year, which begins today. 49 ships from various navies as well as 40 aircraft are involved in this exercise which goal is to put NATO’s Response Force Task Group to the test through a series of manoeuvres across the east and west coast of Scotland over the next three weeks.
 

Insitu Announces Successful First Maritime Flight of RQ-21A Small Tactical Unmanned Air System

Insitu Announces Successful First Maritime Flight of RQ-21A Small Tactical Unmanned Air System
 
Insitu Inc. announced today the successful first maritime flight of the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps Small Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System (STUAS) RQ-21A. The nearly two-hour flight launched from the USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19) after three months of land-based development testing and operational assessment.
Insitu Inc. announced today the successful first maritime flight of the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps Small Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System (STUAS) RQ-21A. The nearly two-hour flight launched from the USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19) after three months of land-based development testing and operational assessment.
 

Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System Demonstrates Anti-Ship Capability in Maritime Testing

Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System Demonstrates Anti-Ship Capability in Maritime Testing
 
The combat-proven Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS™) laser-guided rocket achieved another first, launching from a helicopter over water and disabling multiple maritime targets. The successful test expands the technology’s reach from land to sea – making the APKWS rocket system an even more valuable tool for our armed forces.

The combat-proven Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS™) laser-guided rocket achieved another first, launching from a helicopter over water and disabling multiple maritime targets. The successful test expands the technology’s reach from land to sea – making the APKWS rocket system an even more valuable tool for our armed forces.

 

JMSDF ROK Navy US Navy deployed AEGIS Destroyers to possibly intercept North Korean Missiles

JMSDF ROK Navy US Navy deployed AEGIS Destroyers to possibly intercept North Korean Missiles
 
The Navies of the United States, Japan and South Korea deployed a total of seven AEGIS equipped Guided Missile Destroyers (DDG) in the Sea of Japan and Korean Peninsula to monitor, and possibly destroy, any ballistic missiles launched by North Korea.
The Navies of the United States, Japan and South Korea deployed a total of seven AEGIS equipped Guided Missile Destroyers (DDG) in the Sea of Japan and Korean Peninsula to monitor, and possibly destroy, any ballistic missiles launched by North Korea.
 

Raytheon Anschuetz to supply Integrated Bridge to Royal Navy of Oman's Al-Ofouq-class OPVs

Raytheon Anschuetz to supply Integrated Bridge to Royal Navy of Oman's Al-Ofouq-class OPVs
 
Raytheon Anschuetz, a German based, indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of Raytheon Company, was awarded a contract to provide the company's Integrated Bridge and Navigation Systems for four Offshore Patrol Vessels for the Royal Navy of Oman. Proven and deployed on commercial vessels, the Integrated Bridge and Navigation Systems are scalable and adaptable to meet the needs and requirements of military applications for large and small naval platforms.
Raytheon Anschuetz, a German based, indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of Raytheon Company, was awarded a contract to provide the company's Integrated Bridge and Navigation Systems for four Offshore Patrol Vessels for the Royal Navy of Oman. Proven and deployed on commercial vessels, the Integrated Bridge and Navigation Systems are scalable and adaptable to meet the needs and requirements of military applications for large and small naval platforms.
 

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