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February 2014 Maritime Defense Industry and World Naval Forces News
 
 

Zelenodolsky shipyard starts construction of new Project 22160 patrol ship for Russian Navy

Zelenodolsky shipyard starts construction of new Project 22160 patrol ship for Russian Navy
 
The first vessel in a new class of patrol ships was laid down in a ceremony at Russia’s Zelenodolsky shipyard Wednesday, the builder said in a statement. The Vasily Bykov will be the first diesel-powered Project 22160 patrol ship and is planned to feature a helicopter landing pad on its aft deck, according to the Severnoye Design Bureau, the vessel's designer.
The first vessel in a new class of patrol ships was laid down in a ceremony at Russia’s Zelenodolsky shipyard Wednesday, the builder said in a statement. The Vasily Bykov will be the first diesel-powered Project 22160 patrol ship and is planned to feature a helicopter landing pad on its aft deck, according to the Severnoye Design Bureau, the vessel's designer.
 

Three new Project 21631 Buyan-M Corvettes for Russian Navy in 2016

Three new Project 21631 Buyan-M Corvettes for Russian Navy in 2016
 
The Russian Navy will receive three new missile corvettes by the end of 2015, navy commander Adm. Viktor Chirkov said Wednesday. “The navy is expecting the Veliky Ustyug corvette this year and two more warships of the same class in 2015,” Chirkov said.
The Russian Navy will receive three new missile corvettes by the end of 2015, navy commander Adm. Viktor Chirkov said Wednesday. “The navy is expecting the Veliky Ustyug corvette this year and two more warships of the same class in 2015,” Chirkov said.
 

Algeria negotiating for two more Project 636 Kilo SSK Submarine

Algeria negotiating for two more Project 636 Kilo SSK Submarine
 
According to russian media ITAR-TASS, citing a source, Algeria is negotiating the order of two Project 636 Kilo class submarines in the first half of this year, for delivery by 2018. The submarines will be constructed at the Admiralty Shipyard in St Petersburg where similar submarines are currently being built for the Russian navy.
According to russian media ITAR-TASS, citing a source, Algeria is negotiating the order of two Project 636 Improved Kilo class submarines in the first half of this year, for delivery by 2018. The submarines will be constructed at the Admiralty Shipyard in St Petersburg where similar submarines are currently being built for the Russian navy.
 

Third and Fourth Royal Australian Navy MH-60R Helicopters Complete Production, Begin Training

Third and Fourth Royal Australian Navy MH-60R Helicopters Complete Production, Begin Training
 
The third and fourth MH-60R “Romeo” helicopters take flight from the Lockheed Martin facility in Owego, N.Y., to join the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) first pair of helicopters training at Jacksonville Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, Florida.
The third and fourth MH-60R “Romeo” helicopters take flight from the Lockheed Martin facility in Owego, N.Y., to join the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) first pair of helicopters training at Jacksonville Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, Florida.
 

Raytheon to deliver 9 Phalanx CIWS to Republic of Korea Navy

Raytheon to deliver 9 Phalanx CIWS to Republic of Korea Navy
 
Raytheon Company signed a $123 million contract to deliver nine Phalanx Block 1B Close-In Weapon Systems to the Republic of Korea Navy. Under the direct commercial sale, the largest ever for the Phalanx program, Raytheon will deliver the Phalanx systems for installation aboard the FFX Batch II frigate-class ships and AOE II-class fast combat support ships.
Raytheon Company signed a $123 million contract to deliver nine Phalanx Block 1B Close-In Weapon Systems to the Republic of Korea Navy. Under the direct commercial sale, the largest ever for the Phalanx program, Raytheon will deliver the Phalanx systems for installation aboard the FFX Batch II frigate-class ships and AOE II-class fast combat support ships.
 

Burke class Destroyer USS John Paul Jones Demonstrates Next Generation Warfighting Capability

Burke class Destroyer USS John Paul Jones Demonstrates Next Generation Warfighting Capability
 
Sailors assigned to the Arleigh-Burke class guided-missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) successfully completed two live-fire tests of the Aegis Weapons System (AWS) Feb. 8. The first target was launched from Naval Air Station Point Mugu. John Paul Jones used its onboard AN/SPY-1D (MOD) radar to engage the target, demonstrating the ability of the U.S. Navy's AWS to detect, track and fire upon a target simulating a high speed cruise missile.
Sailors assigned to the Arleigh-Burke class guided-missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) successfully completed two live-fire tests of the Aegis Weapons System (AWS) Feb. 8. The first target was launched from Naval Air Station Point Mugu. John Paul Jones used its onboard AN/SPY-1D (MOD) radar to engage the target, demonstrating the ability of the U.S. Navy's AWS to detect, track and fire upon a target simulating a high speed cruise missile.
 

US Defense budget preview: LCS number limited to 32, US Navy to study alternatives & modifications

US Defense budget preview: LCS number limited to 32, US Navy to study alternatives & modifications
 
US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s budget preview held yesterday set the stage for the administration’s fiscal 2015 budget rollout and announced that the number of Littoral Combat Ships would be limited to 32 units. The Defense Secretary asked the US Navy to start studying possible alternatives including a completely new design, existing ship designs, and a modified LCS.
US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s budget preview held yesterday set the stage for the administration’s fiscal 2015 budget rollout and announced that the number of Littoral Combat Ships would be limited to 32 units. The Defense Secretary asked the US Navy to start studying possible alternatives including a completely new design, existing ship designs, and a modified LCS.
 

French Navy Aquitaine class (FREMM) frigate gets initial Anti-Submarine Warfare capability

French Navy Aquitaine class (FREMM) frigate gets initial Anti-Submarine Warfare capability
 
The French Navy announced that Aquitaine, the first of its new generation FREMM (European multi-mission frigate) frigate, recently received its initial operational capability in the field of anti-submarine warfare (ASW). The new French frigate is on its way to its official commissioning
The French Navy announced that Aquitaine, the first of its new generation FREMM (European multi-mission frigate) frigate, recently received its initial operational capability (IOC) in the field of anti-submarine warfare (ASW). The new French frigate is on its way to its official commissioning.
 

China to export P18N Offshore Patrol Vessel with stealth performance to Nigeria Navy

China to export P18N Offshore Patrol Vessel with stealth performance to Nigeria Navy
 
The first unit of a new class of offshore patrol vessel that China plans to export to Nigeria has been launched. It will be delivered in the middle of 2014 as scheduled. It will become the first ship of the Nigerian navy's P18N project. During an interview, Major General Yin Zhuo made particular mention of the vessel's stealth performance.
The first unit of a new class of offshore patrol vessel that China plans to export to Nigeria has been launched. It will be delivered in the middle of 2014 as scheduled. It will become the first ship of the Nigerian navy's P18N project. During an interview, Major General Yin Zhuo made particular mention of the vessel's stealth performance.
 

P-8A Poseidon aircraft to boost Australia's maritime surveillance capabilities

P-8A Poseidon aircraft to boost Australia's maritime surveillance capabilities
 
The Australian Government has approved the acquisition of eight P-8A Poseidon maritime surveillance aircraft. These state-of-the-art aircraft will dramatically boost Australia’s ability to monitor its maritime approaches and patrol over 2.5 million square kilometres of our marine jurisdiction – an area equating to nearly 4 per cent of the world’s oceans.
The Australian Government has approved the acquisition of eight P-8A Poseidon maritime surveillance aircraft. These state-of-the-art aircraft will dramatically boost Australia’s ability to monitor its maritime approaches and patrol over 2.5 million square kilometres of our marine jurisdiction – an area equating to nearly 4 per cent of the world’s oceans.
 

Zodiac Milpro wins French Navy commandos ECUME RIBs order

Zodiac Milpro wins French Navy commandos ECUME RIBs order
 
The French defence ministry has confirmed its acceptance of the first advanced ECUME RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) manufactured by Zodiac Milpro and has placed an order for 9 boats. The purchase is the first part of an investment option that will ultimately result in the delivery of another 10 of the advanced new boats by Zodiac Milpro.
The French defence ministry has confirmed its acceptance of the first advanced ECUME RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) manufactured by Zodiac Milpro and has placed an order for 9 boats. The purchase is the first part of an investment option that will ultimately result in the delivery of another 10 of the advanced new boats by Zodiac Milpro.
 

PT PAL gets $250 million to build Type 209 class submarines for Indonesia Navy (TNI AL)

PT PAL gets $250 million to build Type 209 class submarines for Indonesia Navy (TNI AL)
 
Indonesia State-owned shipbuilder PT PAL will get up to US$250 million in state capital injection (PMN) under a multi-year project for the development of 3 Type 209 class submarines according to Jakarta Post.
Indonesia State-owned shipbuilder PT PAL will get up to US$250 million in state capital injection (PMN) under a multi-year project for the development of 3 Type 209 class submarines according to Jakarta Post.
 

Lockheed Martin-Led Team Lays Keel on Nation’s Eleventh Littoral Combat Ship

Lockheed Martin-Led Team Lays Keel on Nation’s Eleventh Littoral Combat Ship
 
The Lockheed Martin-led industry team officially laid the keel for the U.S. Navy’s eleventh Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), the future USS Sioux City, in a ceremony held at Marinette Marine Corporation.
The Lockheed Martin-led industry team officially laid the keel for the U.S. Navy’s eleventh Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), the future USS Sioux City, in a ceremony held at Marinette Marine Corporation.
 

State Enterprise Research Institute ‘Kvant’ Develops Up-to-Date Electronic Equipment for Corvette

State Enterprise Research Institute ‘Kvant’ Develops Up-to-Date Electronic Equipment for Corvette
 
Within the framework of ‘Corvette’ State Program, the State Enterprise Research Institute ‘Kvant’, being a member of the State Concern ‘Ukroboronprom’, works on the designing of eight scientific products. This news was announced by Yurii Radchenko, Director of the Division of Radar, Radio Communication and Air Defense Systems of the Ukroboronprom – Kvant Research Institute Director.
Within the framework of ‘Corvette’ State Program, the State Enterprise Research Institute ‘Kvant’, being a member of the State Concern ‘Ukroboronprom’, works on the designing of eight scientific products. This news was announced by Yurii Radchenko, Director of the Division of Radar, Radio Communication and Air Defense Systems of the Ukroboronprom – Kvant Research Institute Director.
 

NjordWorks Announces Debut of Pioneer Small Unmanned Boat

NjordWorks Announces Debut of Pioneer Small Unmanned Boat
 
The U.S. Navy recently tested, for the first time on a Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet aircraft, the Infrared Search and Track (IRST) sensor that will find hard-to-detect targets over long distances. Boeing and Lockheed Martin are developing and integrating IRST, an essential upgrade to the combat capability of the Navy’s Super Hornets.
NjordWorks Inc., a manufacturer of small unmanned vehicles, today announced the debut of the Pioneer small unmanned boat for civil and commercial use. The Pioneer unmanned boat, or unmanned surface vehicle (USV), lives up to its name as being the first in a class of small unmanned vehicles designed for very shallow and difficult to access bodies of water.
 

SHARPEYE Radar from Kelvin Hughes Keeps An Eye On Chesapeake Bay

SHARPEYE Radar from Kelvin Hughes Keeps An Eye On Chesapeake Bay
 
Kelvin Hughes, a global supplier of surveillance and navigation systems, can announce that they have recently supplied two SharpEyeTM Solid State X Band surveillance radars to the Maryland Natural Resources Police (MPRP), to provide additional coverage around protected oyster beds.
Kelvin Hughes, a global supplier of surveillance and navigation systems, can announce that they have recently supplied two SharpEyeTM Solid State X Band surveillance radars to the Maryland Natural Resources Police (MPRP), to provide additional coverage around protected oyster beds.
 

U.S. Navy Tests Infrared Search and Track on Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet

U.S. Navy Tests Infrared Search and Track on Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet
 
The U.S. Navy recently tested, for the first time on a Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet aircraft, the Infrared Search and Track (IRST) sensor that will find hard-to-detect targets over long distances. Boeing and Lockheed Martin are developing and integrating IRST, an essential upgrade to the combat capability of the Navy’s Super Hornets.
The U.S. Navy recently tested, for the first time on a Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet aircraft, the Infrared Search and Track (IRST) sensor that will find hard-to-detect targets over long distances. Boeing and Lockheed Martin are developing and integrating IRST, an essential upgrade to the combat capability of the Navy’s Super Hornets.
 

MTU Series 4000 marine engines achieve ABS NVR Certification

MTU Series 4000 marine engines achieve ABS NVR Certification
 
As the first engines in its power class the MTU Series 4000 was recently awarded Naval Vessel Rules (NVR) certification by the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS). The new ABS NVR certification, a requirement for the U.S. Coast Guard’s Fast Response Cutter (FRC) program, was awarded after 1,500 hours of testing of the 20V 4000 M73 that included extensive run times at 110% of the engine’s rated power in a variety of extreme environmental conditions.
As the first engines in its power class the MTU Series 4000 was recently awarded Naval Vessel Rules (NVR) certification by the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS). The new ABS NVR certification, a requirement for the U.S. Coast Guard’s Fast Response Cutter (FRC) program, was awarded after 1,500 hours of testing of the 20V 4000 M73 that included extensive run times at 110% of the engine’s rated power in a variety of extreme environmental conditions.
 

Ukroboronprom Supplied Missile Systems "Arbalet-K"’ And "Bar’er-Vk" to Navy of Kazakhstan

Ukroboronprom Supplied Missile Systems "Arbalet-K"’ And "Bar’er-Vk" to Navy of Kazakhstan
 
State Kyiv Design Bureau ‘Luch’, being incorporated with Ukroboronprom, has shipped for the Navy of Kazakhstan the next batch of armament that contains Arbalet-K short range shipborne air defense system and Bar’er-VK naval missile guided weapon system.
State Kyiv Design Bureau ‘Luch’, being incorporated with Ukroboronprom, has shipped for the Navy of Kazakhstan the next batch of armament that contains Arbalet-K short range shipborne air defense system and Bar’er-VK naval missile guided weapon system.
 

U.S. Navy to deploy first warfare laser onboard USS Ponce this spring

U.S. Navy to deploy first warfare laser onboard USS Ponce this spring
 
US Navy researchers made significant progress on directed energy weapons, allowing the service to deploy a laser weapon on a Navy ship two years ahead of schedule. The at-sea demonstration in FY 14 onboard USS Ponce is part of a wider portfolio of near-term Navy directed energy programs that promise rapid fielding, demonstration and prototyping efforts for shipboard, airborne and ground systems.
US Navy researchers made significant progress on directed energy weapons, allowing the service to deploy a laser weapon on a Navy ship two years ahead of schedule. The at-sea demonstration in FY 14 onboard USS Ponce is part of a wider portfolio of near-term Navy directed energy programs that promise rapid fielding, demonstration and prototyping efforts for shipboard, airborne and ground systems.
 

Thales SMART-S Mk2 radar and CAPTAS- 2 towed sonar confirmed for Malaysia LCS program

Thales SMART-S Mk2 radar and CAPTAS- 2 towed sonar confirmed for Malaysia LCS program
 
Thales announces that it has signed a Letter of Award with Contraves Advanced Devices Sdn. Bhd. to supply six SMART-S Mk2 naval surveillance radar systems, as well as six CAPTAS-2 towed sonar systems for the Royal Malaysian Navy’s Second Generation Patrol Vessel (SGPV) Littoral Combat Ships (LCS).
Thales announces that it has signed a Letter of Award with Contraves Advanced Devices Sdn. Bhd. to supply six SMART-S Mk2 naval surveillance radar systems, as well as six CAPTAS-2 towed sonar systems for the Royal Malaysian Navy’s Second Generation Patrol Vessel (SGPV) Littoral Combat Ships (LCS).
 

Thales IFF equipment selected for French Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier and Horizon frigates

Thales IFF equipment selected for French Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier and Horizon frigates
 
As part of contracts awarded by the French Defence Procurement Agency (DGA), DCNS has selected Thales to equip the French Navy's Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier and the two French Horizon-class frigates with latest-generation IFF[1] identification systems. The installation of these new systems, part of Thales's BlueGate product family, will overcome the limitations of the systems currently in service and provide the vessels with an effective Mode 5 / Mode S capability.
As part of contracts awarded by the French Defence Procurement Agency (DGA), DCNS has selected Thales to equip the French Navy's Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier and the two French Horizon-class frigates with latest-generation IFF[1] identification systems. The installation of these new systems, part of Thales's BlueGate product family, will overcome the limitations of the systems currently in service and provide the vessels with an effective Mode 5 / Mode S capability.
 

Recent order of Two Oerlikon Millennium 35mm naval guns could be for Ukrainian Corvette

Recent order of Two Oerlikon Millennium 35mm naval guns could be for Ukrainian Corvette
 
We recently reported that German defense company Rheinmetall received an order for two Oerlikon Millennium automatic cannons from a European navy. According to Russian sources, the unnamed custromer could be Ukraine. Indeed Ukrainian Navy has an ongoing corvette program (Project 58250) with several western equipment onboard including two of the Rheinmetall Close In Weapon System (CIWS).
We recently reported that German defense company Rheinmetall received an order for two Oerlikon Millennium automatic cannons from a European navy. According to Russian sources, the unnamed custromer could be Ukraine. Indeed Ukrainian Navy has an ongoing corvette program (Project 58250) with several western equipment onboard including two of the Rheinmetall Close In Weapon System (CIWS).
 

Royal Navy Type 45 Destroyer HMS Daring attached to French Aircraft Carrier Strike Group

Royal Navy Type 45 Destroyer HMS Daring attached to French Aircraft Carrier Strike Group
 
According the the French Navy, Royal Navy's Type 45 Air Warfare Destroyer HMS Daring was attached to the Charles de Gaulle Aircraft Carrier strike group from February 8th to 15th. The move is part of the Combined Joint Expeditionary Force (CJEF) and allows for better cooperation between the two navies a few days following the Franco-British summit on defense.
According the the French Navy, Royal Navy's Type 45 Air Warfare Destroyer HMS Daring was attached to the Charles de Gaulle Aircraft Carrier strike group from February 8th to 15th. The move is part of the Combined Joint Expeditionary Force (CJEF) and allows for better cooperation between the two navies a few days following the Franco-British summit on defense.
 

Australia to buy seven MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Australia to buy seven MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft Systems
 
The Australian government would spend around 3 billion Australian dollars to purchase seven large unmanned aircraft for the country's border protection, local media reported Saturday. The aircraft would be primarily used for military purposes such as spotting enemy ships and planes in a conflict, but they can also be used to detect asylum seekers since the drone can search an area of 40,000 square nautical miles in a single mission.
The Australian government would spend around 3 billion Australian dollars to purchase seven large unmanned aircraft for the country's border protection, local media reported Saturday. The aircraft would be primarily used for military purposes such as spotting enemy ships and planes in a conflict, but they can also be used to detect asylum seekers since the drone can search an area of 40,000 square nautical miles in a single mission.
 

NATO Submarine Warfare Exercise DYNAMIC MONGOOSE 2014 Begins in Norway

NATO Submarine Warfare Exercise DYNAMIC MONGOOSE 2014 Begins in Norway
 
NATO’s Submarine Warfare Exercise DYNAMIC MONGOOSE 2014 (DMON 14) begun February 14th 2014 off the coast of Norway, with ships, submarines, and aircraft and personnel from eight Allied nations converging on the Norwegian Sea for anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare training.
NATO’s Submarine Warfare Exercise DYNAMIC MONGOOSE 2014 (DMON 14) begun February 14th 2014 off the coast of Norway, with ships, submarines, and aircraft and personnel from eight Allied nations converging on the Norwegian Sea for anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare training.
 

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