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July 2013 Maritime Defense Industry and World Naval Forces News
 
 

U.S. Navy, Boeing Sign $2 Billion Order for 13 P-8A Poseidon Maritme Patrol Aircraft

U.S. Navy, Boeing Sign $2 Billion Order for 13 P-8A Poseidon Maritme Patrol Aircraft
 
The U.S. Navy recently awarded Boeing a $1.98 billion contract for 13 additional P-8A Poseidon aircraft, continuing the modernization of U.S. maritime patrol capabilities that will ultimately involve more than 100 P-8As. The contract includes long-lead funding previously approved by the Navy.
The U.S. Navy recently awarded Boeing a $1.98 billion contract for 13 additional P-8A Poseidon aircraft, continuing the modernization of U.S. maritime patrol capabilities that will ultimately involve more than 100 P-8As. The contract includes long-lead funding previously approved by the Navy.
 

Indian Navy aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya Passes Engine Tests in Russian Sea Trials

Indian Navy aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya Passes Engine Tests in Russian Sea Trials
 
A Russian-built aircraft carrier due to be delivered to the Indian Navy following a much-delayed refit has successfully passed engine tests during the first stage of final sea trials in the White Sea, shipbuilder Sevmash said Tuesday. The current trials focused on the ship's propulsion system and its ability to perform as required.
A Russian-built aircraft carrier due to be delivered to the Indian Navy following a much-delayed refit has successfully passed engine tests during the first stage of final sea trials in the White Sea, shipbuilder Sevmash said Tuesday. The current trials focused on the ship's propulsion system and its ability to perform as required.
 

Australia Thanks Sikorsky for Early Delivery of First MH-60R Helicopter

Australia Thanks Sikorsky for Early Delivery of First MH-60R Helicopter
 
The Commonwealth of Australia has thanked Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. for early delivery of the first MH-60R Seahawk helicopter to the U.S. Navy, the initial step in the process to transfer a mission-ready aircraft to the Australian Defence Force in December 2013.

The Commonwealth of Australia has thanked Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. for early delivery of the first MH-60R Seahawk helicopter to the U.S. Navy, the initial step in the process to transfer a mission-ready aircraft to the Australian Defence Force in December 2013.

 

Chinese Navy (PLAN) new Type 096 SSBN may start Strategic Patrol as early as next year

Chinese Navy (PLAN) new Type 096 SSBN may start Strategic Patrol as early as next year
 
China’s navy new Type 096 nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) will likely begin its first sea patrol next year according to U.S. defense officials. These patrols will also include the new JL-2 submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs).
China’s navy new Type 096 nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) will likely begin its first sea patrol next year according to U.S. defense officials. These patrols will also include the new JL-2 submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs).
 

DCNS completes Charles de Gaulle nuclear-powered Aircraft Carrier (CVN) refit

DCNS completes Charles de Gaulle nuclear-powered Aircraft Carrier (CVN) refit
 
The French Navy's Fleet Support Service (SSF) signed off on the completion of the intermediate refit of nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle after six months’ work by DCNS. From hull to combat system, without forgetting compliance tests to the latest environmental standards, communications suite modernisation or the refurbishment of the accommodation and recreation areas, the project involved some 950 people and 1 million person-hours’ work.
The French Navy's Fleet Support Service (SSF) signed off on the completion of the intermediate refit of nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle after six months’ work by DCNS. From hull to combat system, without forgetting compliance tests to the latest environmental standards, communications suite modernisation or the refurbishment of the accommodation and recreation areas, the project involved some 950 people and 1 million person-hours’ work.
 

First Five Merlin Mk 2 Helicopters Delivered to Royal Navy

First Five Merlin Mk 2 Helicopters Delivered to Royal Navy
 
AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that the first five AW101 Merlin HM Mk 2 helicopters have been delivered to the Royal Navy's 824 Naval Air Squadron based at RNAS Culdrose in Southwest England. A ceremony was held today at RNAS Culdrose to celebrate the formation of the Navy's first Merlin HM Mk.2 equipped squadron.
AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that the first five AW101 Merlin HM Mk 2 helicopters have been delivered to the Royal Navy's 824 Naval Air Squadron based at RNAS Culdrose in Southwest England. A ceremony was held today at RNAS Culdrose to celebrate the formation of the Navy's first Merlin HM Mk.2 equipped squadron.
 

Alenia Aermacchi Delivers First ATR72-600 TMUA to Turkish Navy

Alenia Aermacchi Delivers First ATR72-600 TMUA to Turkish Navy
 
Alenia Aermacchi delivered the first ATR72-600 TMUA (Turkish Maritime Utility Aircraft) to the Turkish Navy, the first of a total order of eight ATR72s, which consist of two TMUAs and six ATR72-600 TMPA (Turkish Maritime Patrol Aircraft) maritime patrol and anti-submarine warfare aircraft.
Alenia Aermacchi delivered the first ATR72-600 TMUA (Turkish Maritime Utility Aircraft) to the Turkish Navy, the first of a total order of eight ATR72s, which consist of two TMUAs and six ATR72-600 TMPA (Turkish Maritime Patrol Aircraft) maritime patrol and anti-submarine warfare aircraft.
 

Northrop Grumman Delivers First MQ-8C Fire Scout VTOL UAV to U.S. Navy

Northrop Grumman Delivers First MQ-8C Fire Scout VTOL UAV to U.S. Navy
 
The U.S. Navy got its first look at the upgraded MQ-8 Fire Scout unmanned system when Northrop Grumman Corporation delivered its first MQ-8C system this month. Northrop Grumman is the Navy's prime contractor for the MQ-8 Fire Scout program of record. The company delivered the first MQ-8C aircraft to the Navy in early July in preparation for ground and flight testing.
The U.S. Navy got its first look at the upgraded MQ-8 Fire Scout unmanned system when Northrop Grumman Corporation delivered its first MQ-8C system this month. Northrop Grumman is the Navy's prime contractor for the MQ-8 Fire Scout program of record. The company delivered the first MQ-8C aircraft to the Navy in early July in preparation for ground and flight testing.
 

Royal Navy's sixth Astute Class Attack Submarine (SSN) keel laid

Royal Navy's sixth Astute Class Attack Submarine (SSN) keel laid
 
The UK’s submarine capability has taken a significant step forward today with work beginning on the assembly of Agamemnon, the Royal Navy’s sixth Astute Class submarine. The keel, which is the first part of the boat to be built, was unveiled at a ceremony at BAE Systems’ shipyard in Barrow-in-Furness by Defence Minister Philip Dunne.
The UK’s submarine capability has taken a significant step forward today with work beginning on the assembly of Agamemnon, the Royal Navy’s sixth Astute Class submarine. The keel, which is the first part of the boat to be built, was unveiled at a ceremony at BAE Systems’ shipyard in Barrow-in-Furness by Defence Minister Philip Dunne.
 

Australia plans to procure more P-8 Poseidon MPA than planned, reducing MQ-4C Triton UAS order

Australia plans to procure more P-8 Poseidon MPA than planned, reducing MQ-4C Triton UAS order
 
According to the head of the Royal Australian Air Force, Air Marshal Geoff Brown, Australia is currently considering an increase in the number of P-8 Poseidon it plans to procure which would reduce the number of MQ-4C Triton drone it originally planned to purchase.
According to the head of the Royal Australian Air Force, Air Marshal Geoff Brown, Australia is currently considering an increase in the number of P-8 Poseidon it plans to procure which would reduce the number of MQ-4C Triton drone it originally planned to purchase.
 

USAF B-1 test squadron demonstrates Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM)

USAF B-1 test squadron demonstrates Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM)
 
The 337th Test and Evaluation Squadron successfully completed their first captive carry test of a Long Range Anti-Ship Missile on-board a B-1 Bomber June 17, marking a significant step forward toward the B-1's role in the maritime environment.
The 337th Test and Evaluation Squadron successfully completed their first captive carry test of a Long Range Anti-Ship Missile on-board a B-1 Bomber June 17, marking a significant step forward toward the B-1's role in the maritime environment.
 

Raytheon, Chemring Group plan live missile firing for next phase of CENTURION® development

Raytheon, Chemring Group plan live missile firing for next phase of CENTURION® development
 
Raytheon Company, acting through its Missile Systems business, and Chemring Group are finalizing plans to conduct a live missile firing of the multirole CENTURION® launcher at the Defence Training Estate on Salisbury Plain during the fourth quarter of 2013.

Raytheon Company, acting through its Missile Systems business, and Chemring Group are finalizing plans to conduct a live missile firing of the multirole CENTURION® launcher at the Defence Training Estate on Salisbury Plain during the fourth quarter of 2013.

 

U.S. Navy Poised to Launch Lockheed Martin-Built Second MUOS Satellite

U.S. Navy Poised to Launch Lockheed Martin-Built Second MUOS Satellite
 
The U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin are ready to launch the second Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite here on Friday, July 19 aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. The launch window is between 8:48 a.m. and 9:32 a.m. EDT.
The U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin are ready to launch the second Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite here on Friday, July 19 aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. The launch window is between 8:48 a.m. and 9:32 a.m. EDT.
 

Fincantieri Launches "Ubaldo Diciotti" Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) for the Italian Coast Guards

Fincantieri Launches "Ubaldo Diciotti" Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) for the Italian Coast Guards
 
The second of two multi-purpose vessels commissioned from Fincantieri by the General Command of the Port Authority Corp for the Italian Coast Guard was launched today at Castellammare di Stabia (Naples). The vessel, due to be delivered by the end of this year, is the twin unit of the “Luigi Dattilo”, launched last December, which will be delivered within this summer.
The second of two multi-purpose vessels commissioned from Fincantieri by the General Command of the Port Authority Corp for the Italian Coast Guard was launched today at Castellammare di Stabia (Naples). The vessel, due to be delivered by the end of this year, is the twin unit of the “Luigi Dattilo”, launched last December, which will be delivered within this summer.
 

Russian Navy Pacific Fleet Cruiser, Destroyers conduct anti-submarine drills

Russian Navy Pacific Fleet Cruiser, Destroyers conduct anti-submarine drills
 
Six formations of different forces of the Russian Pacific Fleet fulfilled several anti-submarine warfare (ASW) training exercises in the designated area of the Sea of Okhotsk during massive snap drills of the troops of the Eastern Military District, the press service of the Russian Defense Ministry said on Monday.
Six formations of different forces of the Russian Pacific Fleet fulfilled several anti-submarine warfare (ASW) training exercises in the designated area of the Sea of Okhotsk during massive snap drills of the troops of the Eastern Military District, the press service of the Russian Defense Ministry said on Monday.
 

Raytheon Wins U.S. Navy Next Generation Jammer Competition

Raytheon Wins U.S. Navy Next Generation Jammer Competition
 
Raytheon has been awarded a $279.4 million cost-plus-incentive-fee contract by the U.S. Navy to conduct the Technology Development phase of the Navy’s Next Generation Jammer program.
Raytheon has been awarded a $279.4 million cost-plus-incentive-fee contract by the U.S. Navy to conduct the Technology Development phase of the Navy’s Next Generation Jammer program.
 

USNS Montford Point mobile landing platform ship (MLP 1) Departs San Diego

USNS Montford Point mobile landing platform ship (MLP 1) Departs San Diego
 
USNS Montford Point (MLP 1) departed San Diego July 12 for Naval Station Everett, Wash. Montford Point is the Navy's first mobile landing platform, delivered to the Navy in San Diego May 14, and is expected to be fully operational in fiscal year 2015. The ship, crewed by 33 contract mariners working for a company under charter to Military Sealift Command, will perform system tests during the voyage to its temporary layberth.
USNS Montford Point (MLP 1) departed San Diego July 12 for Naval Station Everett, Wash. Montford Point is the Navy's first mobile landing platform, delivered to the Navy in San Diego May 14, and is expected to be fully operational in fiscal year 2015. The ship, crewed by 33 contract mariners working for a company under charter to Military Sealift Command, will perform system tests during the voyage to its temporary layberth.
 

Saab Signs Contract for Skeldar UAS for Maritime Operations

Saab Signs Contract for Skeldar UAS for Maritime Operations
 
Defence and security company Saab has signed a contract to deploy the Skeldar Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) for maritime operations. Skeldar UAS will be operationally deployed with the customer before the end of this year and will be used in naval operations where the benefits of a Vertical Take Off and Landing UAS are most prominent.
Defence and security company Saab has signed a contract to deploy the Skeldar Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) for maritime operations. Skeldar UAS will be operationally deployed with the customer before the end of this year and will be used in naval operations where the benefits of a Vertical Take Off and Landing UAS are most prominent.
 

U.S. Navy Littoral Combat Ships: Latest Update

U.S. Navy Littoral Combat Ships: Latest Update
 
Littoral combat ships remain one of the top priorities for US Navy leadership. The program has had stable requirements since the capabilities definition document was first approved by the Joint Requirements Oversight Council in 2004.
Littoral combat ships remain one of the top priorities for US Navy leadership. The program has had stable requirements since the capabilities definition document was first approved by the Joint Requirements Oversight Council in 2004.
 

Stiletto Maritime Demonstration Program Teams with UK for UAV Demonstration

Stiletto Maritime Demonstration Program Teams with UK for UAV Demonstration
 
The Stiletto Maritime Demonstration Program partnered with the United Kingdom's Defense Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) for an unmanned aerial systems capability demonstration, June 10-20, off the Maryland coast near Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Patuxent River, Md.
The Stiletto Maritime Demonstration Program partnered with the United Kingdom's Defense Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) for an unmanned aerial systems capability demonstration, June 10-20, off the Maryland coast near Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Patuxent River, Md.
 

New Krivak IV Frigate (Project 11356) Laid Down for Russian Navy Black Sea Fleet

New Krivak IV Frigate (Project 11356) Laid Down for Russian Navy Black Sea Fleet
 
The Yantar shipyard in Russia’s Baltic exclave of Kaliningrad has launched construction of a new Project 11356 frigate for the Russian navy, local media reported. The official ceremony, attended by Deputy Commander of the Baltic Fleet, Rear Admiral Sergei Popov, was held Friday, according to Baltic Reporter online news portal.
The Yantar shipyard in Russia’s Baltic exclave of Kaliningrad has launched construction of a new Project 11356 frigate for the Russian navy, local media reported. The official ceremony, attended by Deputy Commander of the Baltic Fleet, Rear Admiral Sergei Popov, was held Friday, according to Baltic Reporter online news portal.
 

Lockheed Martin Completes Captive Carry Tests with LRASM, Future U.S. Air Force and Navy Missile

Lockheed Martin Completes Captive Carry Tests with LRASM, Future U.S. Air Force and Navy Missile
 
Lockheed Martin recently completed a series of Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) captive carry flight tests at the Sea Range in Point Mugu, Calif., advancing the research program toward its first missile release and free flight test later this year.
Lockheed Martin recently completed a series of Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) captive carry flight tests at the Sea Range in Point Mugu, Calif., advancing the research program toward its first missile release and free flight test later this year.
 

Australian Navy leading the world with MRH90 helicopter introduction at sea

Royal Australian Navy leading the world with MRH90 helicopter introduction at sea
 
The Royal Australian Navy is leading the world in bringing the new MRH90 ‘Taipan’ Multi-Role Helicopter into service at sea. The RAN soon-to-be-commissioned 808 Squadron has been conducting trials, testing, evaluation and training on the MRH90 Taipan helicopter since 2010.
The Royal Australian Navy is leading the world in bringing the new MRH90 ‘Taipan’ Multi-Role Helicopter into service at sea. The RAN soon-to-be-commissioned 808 Squadron has been conducting trials, testing, evaluation and training on the MRH90 Taipan helicopter since 2010.
 

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia may receive 30 Mark V patrol boats from USA

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia may receive 30 Mark V patrol boats from USA
 
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress July 9 of a possible Foreign Military Sale to Saudi Arabia of 30 Mark V patrol boats and associated equipment, parts,training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $1.2 billion.
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress July 9 of a possible Foreign Military Sale to Saudi Arabia of 30 Mark V patrol boats and associated equipment, parts,training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $1.2 billion.
 

X-47B UCAS-D Completes First-Ever Carrier-Based Arrested Landing

X-47B UCAS-D Completes First-Ever Carrier-Based Arrested Landing
 
USS GEORGE H. W. BUSH, at sea (NNS) -- The X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator completed its first-ever carrier-based arrested landing on board USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) off the coast of Virginia July 10.
USS GEORGE H. W. BUSH, at sea (NNS) -- The X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator completed its first-ever carrier-based arrested landing on board USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) off the coast of Virginia July 10.
 

Russian Navy to Receive 36 Warships in 2013

Russian Navy to Receive 36 Warships in 2013
 
The Russian Navy will receive 36 warships in 2013, an unprecedented number in Russia’s history, Navy Deputy Commander-in-Chief, Vice Admiral Alexander Fedotenkov said on Sunday.
The Russian Navy will receive 36 warships in 2013, an unprecedented number in Russia’s history, Navy Deputy Commander-in-Chief, Vice Admiral Alexander Fedotenkov said on Sunday.
 

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