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May 2015 News - Naval Forces, Defense Industry, Navy Technology, Maritime Security
 
 

"CATBird" 737 Based F-35 Test Bed Performs in JPALS All-Weather Landing System Testing

"CATBird" 737 Based F-35 Test Bed Performs in JPALS All-Weather Landing System Testing
 
Teamwork between government and industry teams advanced the Navy’s capability to recover aircraft in all weather conditions — a vital solution aimed at protecting people and equipment while enhancing the flexibility, power projection, and strike capabilities of carrier air wings. The F-35 Cooperative Avionics Test Bed (CATBird), a modified Boeing 737-330, accomplished initial connectivity and datalink testing between the F-35 Lightning II and a Joint Precision Approach and Landing System (JPALS) test facility at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland in 2014.
Teamwork between government and industry teams advanced the U.S. Navy’s capability to recover aircraft in all weather conditions — a vital solution aimed at protecting people and equipment while enhancing the flexibility, power projection, and strike capabilities of carrier air wings. The F-35 Cooperative Avionics Test Bed (CATBird), a modified Boeing 737-330, accomplished initial connectivity and datalink testing...
 

Royal Navy & Royal Air Force personnel were onboard USS WASP for F-35B Lightning II trials

Royal Navy & Royal Air Force personnel were onboard USS WASP for F-35B Lightning II trials
 
The six United States Marine Corps (USMC) Lightning II aircraft were onboard USS WASP, off the coast of the United States’ Eastern Seaboard. The aircraft were assessing the ship/air integration and effectiveness across flight operations, communications, maintenance support and logistical supply. Operational Test activity will include carrier qualifications for aircraft take-off and landing, and air combat/air defence missions over sea.
The six United States Marine Corps (USMC) Lightning II aircraft were onboard USS WASP, off the coast of the United States’ Eastern Seaboard. The aircraft were assessing the ship/air integration and effectiveness across flight operations, communications, maintenance support and logistical supply. Operational Test activity will include carrier qualifications for aircraft take-off and landing, and air combat/air defence missions over sea.
 

Russian Navy Baltic Fleet Steregushchy Class Corvettes Destroy Simulated Enemy Ships in Gun Drill

Russian Navy Baltic Fleet Steregushchy Class Corvettes Destroy Simulated Enemy Ships in Gun Drill
 
Russian Navy Baltic Fleet Steregushchy class corvettes Boiky and Stoiky (Project 20380) have destroyed practice targets simulating enemy vessels in a gun battle drill according to Russian news outlet TASS quoting the fleet spokesman Captain 2nd Rank Vladimir Matveyev.
Russian Navy Baltic Fleet Steregushchy class corvettes Boiky and Stoiky (Project 20380) have destroyed practice targets simulating enemy vessels in a gun battle drill according to Russian news outlet TASS quoting the fleet spokesman Captain 2nd Rank Vladimir Matveyev.
 

U.S. Office of Naval Research Testing High-Speed Planing Hulls

U.S. Office of Naval Research Testing High-Speed Planing Hulls
 
Earlier this month, scientists sponsored by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) performed experiments to better understand the motions, forces and pressures generated by waves on boats with high-speed planing hulls.
Earlier this month, scientists sponsored by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) performed experiments to better understand the motions, forces and pressures generated by waves on boats with high-speed planing hulls.
 

U.S. Navy Sailors Stand Ready For EMALS Launch Aboard Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78)

U.S. Navy Sailors Stand Ready For EMALS Launch Aboard Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78)
 
A few dozen Sailors from Gerald R. Ford’s (CVN 78) Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) have completed specialized training and stand ready to operate and maintain the Navy’s newest aircraft launch system, slated to begin shipboard testing this summer.
A few dozen Sailors from Gerald R. Ford’s (CVN 78) Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) have completed specialized training and stand ready to operate and maintain the Navy’s newest aircraft launch system, slated to begin shipboard testing this summer.
 

HHI Launched "Nampo" MLS-II Class New Generation ASW Minelayer for the ROK Navy

HHI Launched "Nampo" MLS-II Class New Generation ASW Minelayer for the ROK Navy
 
South Korean shipyard Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) launched the first MLS-II class anti-submarine warfare (ASW) minelayer for the Republic of Korea Navy (ROK Navy) on May 28th. MLS-II Nampo has a lenght of 114 meters, 17 meters in width and 28 meters in depth for a displacement of 3,000 tons. Its crew complement is 120. Nampo is expected to be delivered to the ROK Navy by October 2016 following final outfitting and sea trials.
South Korean shipyard Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) launched the first MLS-II class anti-submarine warfare (ASW) minelayer for the Republic of Korea Navy (ROK Navy) on May 28th. MLS-II Nampo has a lenght of 114 meters, 17 meters in width and 28 meters in depth for a displacement of 3,000 tons. Its crew complement is 120. Nampo is expected to be delivered to the ROK Navy by October 2016 following final outfitting and sea trials.
 

DCNS is Preparing The Next Refit of the Charles de Gaulle Nuclear-Powered Aircraft Carrier

DCNS is Preparing The Next Refit of the Charles de Gaulle Nuclear-Powered Aircraft Carrier
 
DCNS is the sole prime contractor for Major Technical Shutdown No. 2 of the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier, scheduled for the start of 2017. The Group has been actively preparing for this over the last few years, through the progressive ramping up of this exceptional project. This operation is being implemented in close cooperation with the DGA (French armament procurement agency), the French Navy’s Fleet Support Department and the aircraft carrier’s crew. This cooperation with the crew is particularly important because they will actively participate in the vessel’s maintenance and renovation work. This operation represents three major industrial challenges for one of the French navy’s flagships, detailed below.
DCNS is the sole prime contractor for Major Technical Shutdown No. 2 of the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier, scheduled for the start of 2017. The Group has been actively preparing for this over the last few years, through the progressive ramping up of this exceptional project. This operation is being implemented in close cooperation with the DGA (French armament procurement agency), the French Navy’s Fleet Support Department and the aircraft carrier’s crew...
 

French Defense Minister: 8 FREMM For The Navy Followed by 5 New Generation FTI Frigates

French Defense Minister: 8 FREMM For The Navy Followed by 5 New Generation FTI Frigates
 
French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian detailed the naval part of the update to the French Military Planning Law today on a naval base in Brittany. The French Navy will receive 8 FREMM Frigates in total (while 11 of them were originally planned) and a new generation of frigates: the FTI (Frégate de Taille Intermédiaire or Midsize Frigate) which will start being delivered in 2023 for a total of 5 hulls.
French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian detailed the naval part of the update to the French Military Planning Law today on a naval base in Brittany. The French Navy will receive 8 FREMM Frigates in total (while 11 of them were originally planned) and a new generation of frigates: the FTI (Frégate de Taille Intermédiaire or Midsize Frigate) which will start being delivered in 2023 for a total of 5 hulls.
 

Indian Air Force Test Fired A Harpoon Anti-Ship Missile from its Jaguar IM Aircraft for the First Time

Indian Air Force Test Fired A Harpoon Anti-Ship Missile from its Jaguar IM Aircraft for the First Time
 
The Indian Air Force test fired an AGM-84L Harpoon anti-ship missile from a Jaguar IM maritime strike aircraft for the first time on May 22nd. The test was a success as the missile hit a pre-designated target in the Arabian Sea.
The Indian Air Force test fired an AGM-84L Harpoon anti-ship missile from a Jaguar IM maritime strike aircraft for the first time on May 22nd. The test was a success as the missile hit a pre-designated target in the Arabian Sea.
 

Merlin MK2 Crowsnest: The New Airborne Early Warning Platform For Royal Navy Aircraft Carriers

Merlin MK2 Crowsnest: The New Airborne Early Warning Platform For Royal Navy Aircraft Carriers
 
The British MOD and Lockheed Martin UK, as the prime contractor for Crowsnest, have selected Thales as the chosen bidder to provide the radar and mission system at the heart of the Crowsnest capability. The Crowsnest project will act as the Royal Navy’s eyes and ears for its next generation carriers, giving long-range air, maritime and land detection, as well as the capability to track potential threats.
The British MOD and Lockheed Martin UK, as the prime contractor for Crowsnest, have selected Thales as the chosen bidder to provide the radar and mission system at the heart of the Crowsnest capability. The Crowsnest project will act as the Royal Navy’s eyes and ears for its next generation carriers, giving long-range air, maritime and land detection, as well as the capability to track potential threats.
 

U.S. Marines and U.S. Navy Conduct Integration of F-35B Lightning II aboard USS Wasp

U.S. Marines and U.S. Navy Conduct Integration of F-35B Lightning II aboard USS Wasp
 
Marines and sailors have worked together since May 18 to conduct Operational Testing 1, the assessment of the integration of the F-35B Lightning II, at sea, aboard USS Wasp (LHD-1). Throughout OT-1, the aircraft and personnel involved have been challenged with a wide variety of flight and deck operations, allowing the gathering of data which will lay the groundwork for future F-35B deployments aboard U.S. Navy amphibious carriers.
Marines and sailors have worked together since May 18 to conduct Operational Testing 1, the assessment of the integration of the F-35B Lightning II, at sea, aboard USS Wasp (LHD-1). Throughout OT-1, the aircraft and personnel involved have been challenged with a wide variety of flight and deck operations, allowing the gathering of data which will lay the groundwork for future F-35B deployments aboard U.S. Navy amphibious carriers.
 

U.S. Navy Littoral Combat Ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) Completes Rough Water Trials

U.S. Navy Littoral Combat Ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) Completes Rough Water Trials
 
The littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) completed Seakeeping and Structural Loads Trials, commonly referred to as Rough Water Trials (RWT) in late March the Navy reported May 21. The U.S. Navy must demonstrate the seaworthiness and structural integrity of each new ship class. One of the primary ways the Navy verifies these qualities is through a series of at-sea tests and inspections. These are designed to ensure the hull design is able to navigate through and withstand forces due to inclement weather and high sea state conditions.
The littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) completed Seakeeping and Structural Loads Trials, commonly referred to as Rough Water Trials (RWT) in late March the Navy reported May 21. The U.S. Navy must demonstrate the seaworthiness and structural integrity of each new ship class. One of the primary ways the Navy verifies these qualities is through a series of at-sea tests and inspections. These are designed to ensure the hull design is able to...
 

Atlas Elektronik UK awarded UK MoD Autonomous Minesweeping Capability contract

Atlas Elektronik UK awarded UK MoD Autonomous Minesweeping Capability contract
 
Atlas Elektronik UK Ltd (AEUK) have been awarded the first phase worth £13 million of a £28 million contract by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) to supply an Autonomous Minesweeping Capability to the Royal Navy (RN). These Unmanned Surface Vessels (USV) will create underwater influences to detonate mines in a controlled manner. The contract will be executed over the next five years to restore minesweeping capabilities to the RN.
Atlas Elektronik UK Ltd (AEUK) have been awarded the first phase worth £13 million of a £28 million contract by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) to supply an Autonomous Minesweeping Capability to the Royal Navy (RN). These Unmanned Surface Vessels (USV) will create underwater influences to detonate mines in a controlled manner. The contract will be executed over the next five years to restore minesweeping capabilities to the RN.
 

JFD wins prestigious NATO Submarine Rescue System NSRS contract

JFD wins prestigious NATO Submarine Rescue System NSRS contract
 
JFD, which was formed by the merger of James Fisher Defence and Divex in 2014, announced that it has been awarded a £12.1m contract by the UK Ministry of Defence for the provision of the NATO Submarine Rescue System (NSRS). The five-year contract includes options through to 2023 and encompasses all aspects of operation and through-life-support.
JFD, which was formed by the merger of James Fisher Defence and Divex in 2014, announced that it has been awarded a £12.1m contract by the UK Ministry of Defence for the provision of the NATO Submarine Rescue System (NSRS). The five-year contract includes options through to 2023 and encompasses all aspects of operation and through-life-support.
 

Sillinger to Supply Six New RHIBs to Brazil Federal Police

Sillinger to Supply Six New RHIBs to Brazil Federal Police
 
French RHIB specialist Sillinger announces it just won a tender with Brazil's Federal Police to supply six new rigid hull inflatable boats (RHIBs) for coastal patrol, anti-drug trafficking and fast troop transport missions.
French RHIB specialist Sillinger announces it just won a tender with Brazil's Federal Police to supply six new rigid hull inflatable boats (RHIBs) for coastal patrol, anti-drug trafficking and fast troop transport missions.
 

Piracy Activity Onboard Oil Tanker exposes need for greater Security Measures on Ships & at Ports

Piracy Activity Onboard Oil Tanker exposes need for greater Security Measures on Ships & at Ports
 
May 27, 2015-Boston, MA.- The Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP) has reported a sharp increase in the number of incidents from this past quarter (January-March 2015) in relation to the same time period in 2013 where there were 29 incidents reported; 38 have already been reported for Q1 2015. When compared with the same period from 2014, the amount of incidents has doubled in the precarious Southeast Asian waters of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore-commonly referred to as SOMS- as well as at some ports in Vietnam. Unfortunately, with a recent piracy attack on a Malaysian oil tanker on May 15th, the growing security concerns for ships at sea or docked in this region has heightened, leaving a very urgent need to enhance vigilant security measures.
May 27, 2015-Boston, MA.- The Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP) has reported a sharp increase in the number of incidents from this past quarter (January-March 2015) in relation to the same time period in 2013 where there were 29 incidents reported; 38 have already been reported for Q1 2015. When compared with the same period from 2014, the amount of incidents has doubled in...
 

Lockheed Martin Awarded Contract For U.S. Coast Guard National Security Cutter C4ISR

Lockheed Martin Awarded Contract For U.S. Coast Guard National Security Cutter C4ISR
 
Lockheed Martin received a $72 million contract to support the United States Coast Guard's efforts to enforce maritime sovereignty and address at-sea threats through the National Security Cutter (NSC) program.
Lockheed Martin received a $72 million contract to support the United States Coast Guard's efforts to enforce maritime sovereignty and address at-sea threats through the National Security Cutter (NSC) program.
 

L-3 Receives Award for U.S. Navy Block 4 LPPM Photonics Mast Program

L-3 Receives Award for U.S. Navy Block 4 LPPM Photonics Mast Program
 
L-3 Communications announced today that its electro-optics business, L-3 KEO, was awarded a $48.7 million, competitively bid contract from the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) to develop and build a new, slimmer version of its photonics mast for the Block 4 Low Profile Photonics Mast (LPPM) program for use on Virginia-class submarines. Under the terms of the contract, L-3 KEO will perform engineering and design work for the lower-profile mast during the first year, with options to produce up to 29 photonics masts over a subsequent four-year period, as well as engineering services and provisioning item orders with a contract maximum ceiling value of $157 million.
L-3 Communications announced today that its electro-optics business, L-3 KEO, was awarded a $48.7 million, competitively bid contract from the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) to develop and build a new, slimmer version of its photonics mast for the Block 4 Low Profile Photonics Mast (LPPM) program for use on Virginia-class submarines. Under the terms of the contract, L-3 KEO will perform engineering and design work for the lower-profile mast during the first year...
 

Embraer Defense & Security delivers the first modernized AF-1B jet fighter to the Brazilian Navy

Embraer Defense & Security delivers the first modernized AF-1B jet fighter to the Brazilian Navy
 
French counter Admiral Olivier Coupry announced Tuesday, May the 20th, that the new French Navy Commando boat, ECUME, has been admitted to active service. This formal acceptance allows the new Zodiac Hurricane® ZH-930, manufactured by ZODIAC MILPRO, to be deployed on the field and launches the delivery of the 15 ECUME boats before the end of the year 2015.
Embraer Defense & Security held the delivery ceremony, today, of the first modernized AF-1 (AF-1B) fighter jet to the Brazilian Navy at its industrial plant in Gavião Peixoto, in outstate São Paulo. The ceremony was attended by the Navy Commander, Fleet Admiral Eduardo Bacellar Leal Ferreira, and officers of the High Command of the Brazilian Navy. The AF-1 program (the name given by the Navy to the McDonnell Douglas A-4 Skyhawk) provides for the revitalization...
 

Thales to equip British Merlins with enhanced Searchwater radar and Cerberus mission system

Thales to equip British Merlins with enhanced Searchwater radar and Cerberus mission system
 
Following an industry competition, Lockheed Martin, who act as the Ministry of Defence’s prime contractor for the Merlin helicopter have selected a new generation of the Thales Searchwater radar and Cerberus mission system to be fitted to specially adapted Merlins to provide the Navy with an airborne surveillance and control capability (ASaC).
Following an industry competition, Lockheed Martin, who act as the Ministry of Defence’s prime contractor for the Merlin helicopter have selected a new generation of the Thales Searchwater radar and Cerberus mission system to be fitted to specially adapted Merlins to provide the Navy with an airborne surveillance and control capability (ASaC).
 

French Navy Special Forces ECUME RHIB Designed by Zodiac Milpro is Now Operational

French Navy Special Forces ECUME RHIB Designed by Zodiac Milpro is Now Operational
 
French counter Admiral Olivier Coupry announced Tuesday, May the 20th, that the new French Navy Commando boat, ECUME, has been admitted to active service. This formal acceptance allows the new Zodiac Hurricane® ZH-930, manufactured by ZODIAC MILPRO, to be deployed on the field and launches the delivery of the 15 ECUME boats before the end of the year 2015.
French counter Admiral Olivier Coupry announced Tuesday, May the 20th, that the new French Navy Commando boat, ECUME, has been admitted to active service. This formal acceptance allows the new Zodiac Hurricane® ZH-930, manufactured by ZODIAC MILPRO, to be deployed on the field and launches the delivery of the 15 ECUME boats before the end of the year 2015.
 

Launch of the first Australian Navy Hobart Class Air Warfare Destroyer 24051501

Launch of the First Australian Navy Hobart Class Air Warfare Destroyer
 
Launch of the first Australian Navy Hobart Class Air Warfare Destroyer
In an important milestone for the Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) program, the first of three destroyers, Hobart, was launched alongside the Port River wharf in Adelaide today. This is a key achievement for the program and a big step towards the delivery of three highly capable warships to the Royal Australian Navy. The second destroyer Brisbane — now in an advanced state of fit-out with more than half of the blocks already consolidated on the hardstand.
 

Update to French Military Planning Law Means New Capabilities for Lafayette Class Frigates

Update to French Military Planning Law Means New Capabilities for Lafayette Class Frigates
 
The French Ministry of Defense just released an update to its Military Planning Law (Loie de Programmation Militaire) with some impact for the French Navy fleet: Lafayette class frigates will be fitted with sonars and FREMM and FTI Frigates programs will be accelerated.
The French Ministry of Defense just released an update to its Military Planning Law (Loie de Programmation Militaire) with some impact for the French Navy fleet: Lafayette class frigates will be fitted with sonars and FREMM and FTI Frigates programs will be accelerated.
 

Russian land-based Sosna air defence missile system likely to be installed on small-tonnage ships 21051505

Russian land-based Sosna air defence missile system likely to be installed on small-tonnage ships
 
Russian land-based Sosna air defence missile system likely to be installed on small-tonnage ships
Nudelman Precision Engineering Design Bureau, a subsidiary of the holding company High Precision Systems, is developing a way to install its latest Sosna antiaircraft missile system on small-tonnage ships. The system is intended to protect its area of responsibility against all types of air threats including high-precision weapons e.g. cruise missiles and guided missiles: in range – up to 10 km, in altitude – up to 5 km.
 

Russia could bring back in service Mi-14 Haze anti-submarine helicopter 21051504

Russia could bring back in service Mi-14 Haze anti-submarine helicopter
 
Russia could bring back in service Mi-14 Haze anti-submarine helicopter
The Russian Navy has reportedly expressed interest in resurrecting the once-feared nuclear-capable Mi-14 anti-submarine helicopter. In the 1990s, Washington insisted on their decommissioning, along with strategic bombers and ballistic missiles. The Mil Mi-14 (NATO reporting name: Haze) is a Soviet anti-submarine helicopter which is derived from the earlier Mi-8.
 

U.S. Approves Foreign Military Sale (FMS) of Phalanx CIWS to Turkey 21051503

U.S. Approves Foreign Military Sale (FMS) of Phalanx CIWS to Turkey
 
U.S. Approves Foreign Military Sale (FMS) of Phalanx CIWS to Turkey
The U.S. State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to Turkey for MK 15 Phalanx CIWS Upgrades and associated equipment, parts and logistical support for an estimated cost of $310 million. The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today.
 

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