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October 2013 Maritime Defense Industry and Naval Forces News
 
 

Israel Aerospace Industries will Supply Three New Super Dvora Fast Patrol Boats to the Israel Navy

Israel Aerospace Industries will Supply Three New Super Dvora Fast Patrol Boats to the Israel Navy
 
Israel Aerospace Industries' (IAI) Ramta division has won a contract to supply three Super Dvora Mk 3 fast patrol boats to the Israel Navy. The Super Dvora Mk 3, an advanced development of the Ramta Division, is a mainstay of the Israel Navy's ongoing security activities. The boat is used for patrol, and other operations, protection of Israel's coasts and strategic assets at sea and along all of its coasts, prevention of terrorist activities and infiltration, as well as preventing smuggling and all illegal activity in Israel's Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and more.
Israel Aerospace Industries' (IAI) Ramta division has won a contract to supply three Super Dvora Mk 3 fast patrol boats to the Israel Navy. The Super Dvora Mk 3, an advanced development of the Ramta Division, is a mainstay of the Israel Navy's ongoing security activities.
 

BAE Systems hands over second Khareef class Corvette for Royal Navy of Oman

BAE Systems hands over second Khareef class Corvette for Royal Navy of Oman
 
Portsmouth, UK: BAE Systems has handed over a new warship to the Royal Navy of Oman amid colourful celebrations on HM Naval Base Portsmouth this morning. AL RAHMANI is the second of three 99 metre corvettes designed, built and delivered for the Royal Navy of Oman as part of Project Khareef. Her Interim Acceptance, in which the ship’s title is transferred before sailing to Oman, marks an important milestone for the project.
Portsmouth, UK: BAE Systems has handed over a new warship to the Royal Navy of Oman amid colourful celebrations on HM Naval Base Portsmouth this morning. AL RAHMANI is the second of three 99 metre corvettes designed, built and delivered for the Royal Navy of Oman as part of Project Khareef. Her Interim Acceptance, in which the ship’s title is transferred before sailing to Oman, marks an important milestone for the project.
 

Russian Navy new SSBN Alexander Nevsky (Borey class) completes sea trials

Russian Navy new SSBN Alexander Nevsky (Borey class) completes sea trials
 
Russia’s new nuclear-powered submarine, the Alexander Nevsky, has completed sea trials, a shipbuilder said Monday. Work on the Borey-class project is “on schedule,” the Sevmash shipyard said, without providing any indication of when the submarine would join the navy.
Russia’s new nuclear-powered submarine, the Alexander Nevsky, has completed sea trials, a shipbuilder said Monday. Work on the Borey-class project is “on schedule,” the Sevmash shipyard said, without providing any indication of when the submarine would join the navy.
 

US Navy First Zumwalt Class Destroyer (DDG 1000) Launched

US Navy First Zumwalt Class Destroyer (DDG 1000) Launched
 
General Dynamics Bath Iron Works successfully launched the Navy's first Zumwalt-class destroyer Oct. 28 at their Bath, Maine shipyard. The future USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) will be the lead ship of the Navy's newest destroyer class, designed for littoral operations and land attack.
General Dynamics Bath Iron Works successfully launched the Navy's first Zumwalt-class destroyer Oct. 28 at their Bath, Maine shipyard. The future USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) will be the lead ship of the Navy's newest destroyer class, designed for littoral operations and land attack.
 

French company iXBlue to provide inertial navigation systems for Royal Navy Aircraft Carriers

French company iXBlue to provide inertial navigation systems for Royal Navy Aircraft Carriers
 
iXBlue has been selected to provide inertial navigation systems for the two Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers currently being built by the Aircraft Carrier Alliance for the UK Royal Navy. The bridge system for each of the carriers will incorporate two iXBlue MARINS units. Trials have already been conducted to optimise the configuration of the units to meet the specific operational requirements of the vessels.
iXBlue has been selected to provide inertial navigation systems for the two Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers currently being built by the Aircraft Carrier Alliance for the UK Royal Navy. The bridge system for each of the carriers will incorporate two iXBlue MARINS units. Trials have already been conducted to optimise the configuration of the units to meet the specific operational requirements of the vessels.
 

Royal Navy AW159 Wildcat joins RFA Argus Aviation Training & Casuality Ship at sea for trials

Royal Navy AW159 Wildcat joins RFA Argus Aviation Training & Casuality Ship at sea for trials
 
The Navy variant of the F-35 executed the first airborne separation test of an inert weapon on 21 October. Marine Corps test pilot Capt Justin Carlson flew the F-35C test aircraft known as CF-2 over an Atlantic test range when he released the 500-pound inert Guided Bomb Unit-12 (GBU-12) Paveway II laser-guided weapon from an internal weapons bay. With Monday's weapons separation, all three F-35 variants have released ordnance from their weapons bays.
A special trials version of Wildcat – replacement for the trusty Lynx which has been in service since the 1970s – has joined aviation training/casualty treatment ship RFA Argus to gather crucial data to allow the helicopter fly from large Royal Navy warships. Wildcat will spend the bulk of its time operating from Royal Navy frigates and destroyers – just like its predecessor.
 

US Navy F-35C Completes First Weapons Separation Test

US Navy F-35C Completes First Weapons Separation Test
 
The Navy variant of the F-35 executed the first airborne separation test of an inert weapon on 21 October. Marine Corps test pilot Capt Justin Carlson flew the F-35C test aircraft known as CF-2 over an Atlantic test range when he released the 500-pound inert Guided Bomb Unit-12 (GBU-12) Paveway II laser-guided weapon from an internal weapons bay. With Monday's weapons separation, all three F-35 variants have released ordnance from their weapons bays.
The Navy variant of the F-35 executed the first airborne separation test of an inert weapon on 21 October. Marine Corps test pilot Capt Justin Carlson flew the F-35C test aircraft known as CF-2 over an Atlantic test range when he released the 500-pound inert Guided Bomb Unit-12 (GBU-12) Paveway II laser-guided weapon from an internal weapons bay. With Monday's weapons separation, all three F-35 variants have released ordnance from their weapons bays.
 

China reveals pictures of its first generation SSN and SSBN Submarine Force

China reveals pictures of its first generation SSN and SSBN Submarine Force
 
China has made a historic decision to reveal details about its nuclear submarine force. Mainstream media outlets across the country have provided wide coverage about the force's first fleet, its safety record, as well as training and technological advancements. But what does this transparency mean? What signals is China trying to send? Xinhuanet reporter Han Bin interviews Chinese military experts to find out more.
China has made a historic decision to reveal details about its nuclear submarine force. Mainstream media outlets across the country have provided wide coverage about the force's first fleet, its safety record, as well as training and technological advancements. But what does this transparency mean? What signals is China trying to send? Xinhuanet reporter Han Bin interviews Chinese military experts to find out more.
 

Malaysian Ministry of Defence Confirms Construction of Gowind ships for LCS program

Malaysian Ministry of Defence Confirms Construction of Gowind ships for LCS program
 
Boustead Heavy Industries Corporation BHD (BHIC) announced in early october that its associate company Boustead Naval Shipyard has received confirmation from the Malaysian Ministry of Defence on a 10 year contract worth RM9 billion to build six Second Generation Patrol Vessel (SGPV) as part of the Malaysian Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program.
Boustead Heavy Industries Corporation BHD (BHIC) announced in early october that its associate company Boustead Naval Shipyard has received confirmation from the Malaysian Ministry of Defence on a 10 year contract worth RM9 billion to build six Second Generation Patrol Vessel (SGPV) as part of the Malaysian Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program.
 

Raytheon's Joint Standoff Weapon C-1 demonstrates networked capability with E-2D aircraft

Raytheon's Joint Standoff Weapon C-1 demonstrates networked capability with E-2D aircraft
 
Raytheon Company and the U.S. Navy demonstrated the capability of the newest version of the Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW) C-1 by establishing communications among an F/A-18E/F Super Hornet aircraft, an E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft and the JSOW C-1.
Raytheon Company and the U.S. Navy demonstrated the capability of the newest version of the Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW) C-1 by establishing communications among an F/A-18E/F Super Hornet aircraft, an E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft and the JSOW C-1.
 

DCNS begins sea trials of FREMM multimission frigate Normandie, second Aquitaine class ship

DCNS begins sea trials of FREMM multimission frigate Normandie, second Aquitaine class ship
 
FREMM frigate Normandie, the second of the Aquitaine class for the French Navy, put to sea for the first time on 25 October. This milestone marks the beginning of the ship’s sea trials, which will take place off Brittany and are expected to last several weeks.
FREMM frigate Normandie, the second of the Aquitaine class for the French Navy, put to sea for the first time on 25 October. This milestone marks the beginning of the ship’s sea trials, which will take place off Brittany and are expected to last several weeks.
 

Northrop Grumman to Supply Polar Ice Breaker Navigation Support for U.S. Coast Guard

Northrop Grumman to Supply Polar Ice Breaker Navigation Support for U.S. Coast Guard
 
Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has been awarded a service contract for navigation systems and software to support the polar ice breakers for the U. S. Coast Guard. The $5 million, five-year contract covers support for two Coast Guardvessels, the Polar Star and the Healy. These polar ice breakers are used to clear pathways for supply ships and support research missions. Northrop Grumman has provided comparable support for the Coast Guard's polar ice breakers since 1999.
Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has been awarded a service contract for navigation systems and software to support the polar ice breakers for the U. S. Coast Guard. The $5 million, five-year contract covers support for two Coast Guardvessels, the Polar Star and the Healy. These polar ice breakers are used to clear pathways for supply ships and support research missions. Northrop Grumman has provided comparable support for the Coast Guard's polar ice breakers since 1999.
 

DSME unveiled the FFX Incheon class Batch II, ROK Navy's future multipurpose frigates

DSME unveiled the FFX Incheon class Batch II, ROK Navy's future multipurpose frigates
 
The scale model of the Incheon class frigate Batch II was unveiled by DSME in the 63rd anniversary festival of the Incheon landing operation in the Korean War. Key updates of the Batch II over the ASW-focused Batch I include VLS and full electric propulsion system, as well as a larger hangar that can accomodate a 10-ton helicopter (Batch-I has hangar for lighter helicopters like AW159).
The scale model of the Incheon class frigate Batch II was unveiled by DSME in the 63rd anniversary festival of the Incheon landing operation in the Korean War. Key updates of the Batch II over the ASW-focused Batch I include VLS and full electric propulsion system, as well as a larger hangar that can accomodate a 10-ton helicopter (Batch-I has hangar for lighter helicopters like AW159).
 

French Navy E-2C Hawkeye carrier-borne AEW aircraft fleet to be upgraded by Northrop Grumman

French Navy E-2C Hawkeye carrier-borne AEW aircraft fleet to be upgraded by Northrop Grumman
 
Under a $34.5 million U.S. Navy contract, Northrop Grumman Corporation will modify the French Navy's fleet of three E-2C Hawkeyes with an upgraded Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) system, further increasing commonality and interoperability with U.S. Navy E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft.
Under a $34.5 million U.S. Navy contract, Northrop Grumman Corporation will modify the French Navy's fleet of three E-2C Hawkeyes with an upgraded Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) system, further increasing commonality and interoperability with U.S. Navy E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft.
 

Pictures: Three Italian Navy FREMM Frigates together at sea

Pictures: Three Italian Navy FREMM Frigates together at sea
 
On 26 September 2013, in La Spezia bay, a great day occurred for OCCAR, OSN and the Italian Navy. Three IT FREMM ships, ITS Carlo BERGAMINI (already delivered to the Italian Navy and now engaged in completing some minor works after the official acceptance by the Italian Navy on 29 May 2013), Virginio FASAN (engaged in Platform and Combat system preparatory trials for the delivery to the Navy) and Carlo MARGOTTINI (at her first sea going) were together at sea.
On 26 September 2013, in La Spezia bay, a great day occurred for OCCAR, OSN and the Italian Navy. Three IT FREMM ships, ITS Carlo BERGAMINI (already delivered to the Italian Navy and now engaged in completing some minor works after the official acceptance by the Italian Navy on 29 May 2013), Virginio FASAN (engaged in Platform and Combat system preparatory trials for the delivery to the Navy) and Carlo MARGOTTINI (at her first sea going) were together at sea.
 

French Navy nuclear-powered Aircraft Carrier Charles de Gaulle out at sea for Pilot Training

French Navy nuclear-powered Aircraft Carrier Charles de Gaulle out at sea for Pilot Training
 
The aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle (CVN R91) left Toulon naval base on October 16 with its full crew and airwing onboard (Rafale, Super-Etendard Modernisé, Hawkeye, Dauphin helicopter). The training will focus mainly on the validation of pilot skills in two consecutive phases.
The aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle (CVN R91) left Toulon naval base on October 16 with its full crew and airwing onboard (Rafale, Super-Etendard Modernisé, Hawkeye, Dauphin helicopter). The training will focus mainly on the validation of pilot skills in two consecutive phases.
 

Lockheed Martin ready to answer US Navy’s next-generation targeting pod needs with the Sniper

Lockheed Martin ready to answer US Navy’s next-generation targeting pod needs with the Sniper
 
Lockheed Martin’ Sniper pod is the most widely deployed targeting system for fixed-wing aircraft in use by the U.S. Air Force, and is the targeting system of choice for 16 international air forces. With a possible US Navy requirement in the near future for next-generation target pods, Lockheed Martin feels it has the right system to answer current and future needs.
Lockheed Martin’ Sniper pod is the most widely deployed targeting system for fixed-wing aircraft in use by the U.S. Air Force, and is the targeting system of choice for 16 international air forces. With a possible US Navy requirement in the near future for next-generation target pods, Lockheed Martin feels it has the right system to answer current and future needs.
 

Russia to start delivering Uran-E (KH-35E - SS-N-25 'Switchblade') missiles to Azerbaijan

Russia to start delivering Uran-E (KH-35E - SS-N-25 'Switchblade') missiles to Azerbaijan
 
Russia will start delivering Uran-E missile complexes ordered by Azerbaijan from next year, APA reports quoting military sources. Azerbaijan made $75 mln-order to Russian Tactical Rocket Arms corporation in 2010. Realization of the order will start from the end of the current year. These naval missiles will be used in arming of naval forces of Azerbaijan.
Russia will start delivering Uran-E missile complexes ordered by Azerbaijan from next year, APA reports quoting military sources. Azerbaijan made $75 mln-order to Russian Tactical Rocket Arms corporation in 2010. Realization of the order will start from the end of the current year. These naval missiles will be used in arming of naval forces of Azerbaijan.
 

MBDA’s VL MICA successfully fired by the Royal Navy of Oman from the Al Shamikh OPV

MBDA’s VL MICA successfully fired by the Royal Navy of Oman from the Al Shamikh OPV
 
The first warship built by BAE Systems for the Royal Navy of Oman (RNO) as part of Project Khareef for the design, build and delivery of three corvettes, has been formally handed over in a ceremony at HM Naval Base Portsmouth on June 26th.
The Royal Navy of Oman (RNO) has recently conducted an operational naval VL MICA missile firing from the Al Shamikh Ocean Patrol Vessel (OPV), a Khareef class constructed by BAE Systems.
 

Israeli Navy building up a fleet of sophisticated next-generation submarines

Israeli Navy building up a fleet of sophisticated next-generation submarines
 
They move silently underwater, but don’t let the quiet fool you – these are sophisticated tools of war. This unseen world is the everyday landscape of the Israel Navy. A special IDF submarine course is training increasingly larger numbers of sailors to operate the Navy’s next generation of submarines. Three of these submarines originated in the IDF’s possession, and an additional submarine was brought to Israel as part of an agreement with Germany.
They move silently underwater, but don’t let the quiet fool you – these are sophisticated tools of war. This unseen world is the everyday landscape of the Israel Navy. A special IDF submarine course is training increasingly larger numbers of sailors to operate the Navy’s next generation of submarines. Three of these submarines originated in the IDF’s possession, and an additional submarine was brought to Israel as part of an agreement with Germany.
 

Ukraine contributes to NATO’s Ocean Shield with Hetman Sahaydachni (Krivak class) Frigate

Ukraine contributes to NATO’s Ocean Shield with Hetman Sahaydachni (Krivak class) Frigate
 
Gulf of Aden - The Ukrainian Navy frigate HETMAN SAGAIYDACHNIY joined the Alliance’s Operation Ocean Shield on 10 October, marking the first time a partner nation has contributed to NATO’s counter-piracy effort, which has been operating off the Horn of Africa, since 2009.
Gulf of Aden - The Ukrainian Navy frigate HETMAN SAGAIYDACHNIY joined the Alliance’s Operation Ocean Shield on 10 October, marking the first time a partner nation has contributed to NATO’s counter-piracy effort, which has been operating off the Horn of Africa, since 2009.
 

PLAN’s taskforce conducts maritime joint exercise with Chilean Navy

PLAN’s taskforce conducts maritime joint exercise with Chilean Navy
 
A taskforce of the Navy of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLAN) which is composed of the guided missile destroyer “Lanzhou” and the guided missile frigate “Liuzhou” carried out a maritime joint exercise with the frigates “Lynch” (FF-07) and “Capitán Prat” (FFG-11), and five airplanes of the Chilean Navy on October 10, 2013.
A taskforce of the Navy of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLAN) which is composed of the guided missile destroyer “Lanzhou” and the guided missile frigate “Liuzhou” carried out a maritime joint exercise with the frigates “Lynch” (FF-07) and “Capitán Prat” (FFG-11), and five airplanes of the Chilean Navy on October 10, 2013.
 

Newport News Shipbuilding Floods Dry Dock and Floats Aircraft Carrier Gerald R. Ford

Newport News Shipbuilding Floods Dry Dock and Floats Aircraft Carrier Gerald R. Ford
 
Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced today that its Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) division began flooding the dry dock where the aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) has been under construction since November 2009. With the push of a dozen buttons, ship’s sponsor Susan Ford Bales initiated the flow of more than 100 million gallons of water into the dry dock.
Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced today that its Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) division began flooding the dry dock where the aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) has been under construction since November 2009. With the push of a dozen buttons, ship’s sponsor Susan Ford Bales initiated the flow of more than 100 million gallons of water into the dry dock.
 

ATK's AARGM Anti-Radiation Missile Earns Second Full-Rate Production Award from U.S. Navy

ATK's AARGM Anti-Radiation Missile Earns Second Full-Rate Production Award from U.S. Navy
 
ATK, a world leader in ammunition, precision guided weapons and rocket motors, has been awarded a contract valued at $102.4 million by the U.S. Navy for the second full-rate production lot (FRP 2) of the Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile (AARGM). The contract covers AARGM and Captive Air Training Missiles (CATMs) for the U.S. Navy, Italian Air Force and CATMs for the Royal Australian Air Force.
ATK, a world leader in ammunition, precision guided weapons and rocket motors, has been awarded a contract valued at $102.4 million by the U.S. Navy for the second full-rate production lot (FRP 2) of the Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile (AARGM). The contract covers AARGM and Captive Air Training Missiles (CATMs) for the U.S. Navy, Italian Air Force and CATMs for the Royal Australian Air Force.
 

Ingalls-built Amphibious Transport Dock Somerset (LPD 25) Completes Acceptance Trials

Ingalls-built Amphibious Transport Dock Somerset (LPD 25) Completes Acceptance Trials
 
Huntington Ingalls Industries announced today that the amphibious transport dock Somerset (LPD 25) returned from successful U.S. Navy acceptance sea trials on Sept. 20. The company's ninth ship in the San Antonio (LPD 17) class returned to the company's Avondale facility following three days of at-sea demonstrations and testing.
Huntington Ingalls Industries announced today that the amphibious transport dock Somerset (LPD 25) returned from successful U.S. Navy acceptance sea trials on Sept. 20. The company's ninth ship in the San Antonio (LPD 17) class returned to the company's Avondale facility following three days of at-sea demonstrations and testing.
 

Raytheon awarded US Navy next generation Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR) contract

Raytheon awarded US Navy next generation Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR) contract
 
Raytheon Company has been awarded a $385,742,176 cost-plus-incentive-fee contract for the engineering and modeling development phase design, development, integration, test and delivery of Air and Missile Defense S-Band Radar (AMDR-S) and Radar Suite Controller (RSC). AMDR is the Navy's next generation integrated air and missile defense radar and is being designed for Flight III Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) class destroyers beginning in 2016.
Raytheon Company has been awarded a $385,742,176 cost-plus-incentive-fee contract for the engineering and modeling development phase design, development, integration, test and delivery of Air and Missile Defense S-Band Radar (AMDR-S) and Radar Suite Controller (RSC). AMDR is the Navy's next generation integrated air and missile defense radar and is being designed for Flight III Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) class destroyers beginning in 2016.
 

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