January 2017 News - Naval Forces, Defense Industry, Navy Technology, Maritime Security

NATO Maritime Command Tracks Russian Navy Carrier Group as part of Allied Effort
NATO Belgian Frigate Russian Aircraft Carrier
NATO Maritime Command (MARCOM) continues to work closely with Allied Navies to monitor the Kuznetsov Task Group activities as it returns to Russia this month. NATO Maritime Command (MARCOM) routinely conducts patrols of Allied nations’ waters in order to ensure NATO is always prepared to defend Allied nations.

Russia’s Northern Fleet commissions two Project 21980 Grachonok anti-sabotage boats
Project 21980 Grachonok anti sabotage ship
Russia’s Northern Fleet commissioned two advanced Project 21980 anti-sabotage boats, the fleet’s press office said. "A ceremony of raising the St. Andrew’s flag on two advanced Project 21980 Grachonok anti-sabotage boats was held at the main base of the Northern Fleet’s submarine forces in Gadzhiyevo [in the Murmansk Region in northwest Russia]," the press office said.

ECA Group's UMIS MCM system makes obsolete conventional minehunters
UMIS is ECA Group brand new Mine Counter Measure (MCM) unmanned system able to carry out any MCM missions, using a collaborative system of surface and underwater robots, thanks to an advanced Command & Control System.

French MoD Orders a Fourth B2M Multi Mission Vessel from Kership for Marine Nationale
D entrecasteaux le batiment multi missions b2m
The French procurement agency (DGA) confirmed on 18 January 2017 to Kership, co-owned by Piriou shipyard and DCNS, the construction of the 4th multi-mission vessel B2M (for bâtiment multi-missions) which will be named the Dumont d'Urville. This order complements an initial order for three vessels of the class placed on December 30, 2013.

Russian Navy Landing Ship Ivan Gren LST to continue builders’ trials in spring
Ivan Gren LST at sea Russia’s Project 11711 large amphibious assault ship Ivan Gren will go to sea in the spring of 2017 to continue its shipbuilders’ trials, Yantar Shipyard spokesman Sergei Mikhailov said in an interview with RIA Novosti news agency. "Work on the ship is currently under way. The necessity of the work was revealed during the first stage of its trials," Mikhailov said.

US Navy’s AN/AES-1 Airborne Laser Mine Detection System (ALMDS) Achieves IOC
MH 60S Sea Hawk Airborne Laser Mine Detection System ALMDS
The U.S. Navy’s AN/AES-1 Airborne Laser Mine Detection System, designed and manufactured by Northrop Grumman Corporation, has achieved Initial Operational Capability. ALMDS provides rapid wide-area reconnaissance and assessment of mine threats in sea lanes, littoral zones, confined straits, choke points and amphibious areas of operations.

China's 31st Type 056 Corvette (Jiangdao class) Commissioned in PLAN East Sea Fleet
Type 056A Corvette Ezhou 513 PLAN China
A commissioning, naming and flag-presenting ceremony of the new Ezhou (hull number 513) Type 056 Corvette (Jiangdao class) of the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN or Chinese Navy) was held solemnly on January 18 at the Shacheng Naval Base (Fujian province). The event means the vessel is officially commissioned to the PLAN. Ezhou is the thirty-first Type 056 Corvette delivered to the PLAN fleet and the ninth Type 056A variant specialized in anti-submarine warfare (ASW).

A-222E Bereg-E and Bal-E Modern Coastal Defense Systems from Russia
A 222E Bereg E mobile coastal artillery system 2
The coastal defense is one of the major tasks placed before armed forces of world`s littoral states. Therefore, the security of green waters is a pivotal issue, and reliable, and combat-effective systems are required to fulfill it.

Rolls-Royce To Supply MTU Engines For Damen Search and Rescue Vessels In Turkey
Damen SAR 1906 MTU engines
Rolls-Royce will supply MTU diesel engines for six new search and rescue vessels to be built by Damen Shipyards and operated by the Turkish Coastguard. Damen Shipyards has been awarded a contract by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) in Ankara to build the vessels which will each feature two 8-cylinder MTU Series 2000 engines.

Latest Russian Submarines Being Fitted with Non-Penetrating Electro-Optical Masts
Electro Optical Mast EO periscope russia submarine 1
The optical lenses of the periscopes equipping the Project 885 Yasen-class (NATO reporting name: Severodvinsk-class) nuclear-powered attack and Project 955 (Dolgorukiy-class) ballistic missile (SSBN) submarines have been replaced with the sophisticated electronic system with optical zoom and a radio direction-finder, according to the Izvestia daily newspaper.

Italy Confirms MBDA Aster 30 Bock 1NT ABM Missile Program - Navy OPVs Likely to Get Capability
mbda aster 30
On December 20, OCCAR (Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation) notified to EUROSAM, a consortium formed by MBDA and Thales, the amendment 1 of the contract for the “B1NT” programme. This amendment embodies the participation of Italy in the programme. It follows the notification of the initial contract under French mandate on December 23, 2015, and the Arrangement of Cooperation, signed in June 2016 by the French and Italian Defence Ministers, laying down the framework of responsibilities and rights of the two countries...

MDL Shipyard Launched "Khanderi" the Second Scorpene SSK of P75 Submarine Project
Khanderi Scorpene P 75 SSK Submarine Indian Navy MDL DCNS 1
Khanderi, the second of Kalvari class submarines with Scorpene® design, was launched at the Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) in Mumbai on January 12. Union Minister of State for Defence Shri Subhash Bhamre attended the event in presence of Commodore Rakesh Anand, IN (Retd), CMD of MDL and Pierre Legros, Head of Naval Programs at DCNS.

Thales contracted to deliver Royal Navy's new airborne surveillance and control capability
Thales contracted to deliver Royal Navy s new airborne surveillance and control capability 640 001
Thales and Lockheed Martin announce the contract award to deliver the Royal Navy’s new airborne surveillance and control system, under the ‘CROWSNEST’ programme. Lockheed Martin, who acts as the Ministry of Defence’s prime contractor for the Merlin helicopter, selected a new generation of the Thales Searchwater radar and Cerberus mission system to be fitted to existing Merlin Mk2s helicopters to provide the Navy with an airborne surveillance and control capability (ASaC).

Russia developing Khishchnik high-speed torpedo to replace VA-111 Shkval supercavitating torpedo
torpedo Shkval russia
The Elektropribor Design Bureau in Saratov is developing a high-speed torpedo dubbed Khishchnik (Russian for ‘raptor’) and designed to replace the Shkval, expert Vladimir Tuchkov writes in an article with the Svobodnaya Pressa online news agency. The blog of the Center for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies (CAST) has reported that Elektropribor is soon to complete the development...

Fincantieri to Upgrade Armed Forces of Malta Offshore Patrol Vessel P61
p61 opv armed forces malta fincantieri
Fincantieri, one of the world’s largest shipbuilding groups and number one by diversification and innovation, was awarded the contract by the Armed Forces of Malta for the upgrading of P61, an Offshore Patrol Vessel, built by Fincantieri over 10 years ago.

Project 22350 Gorshkov-class frigates will be the first to receive Russian-made gas-turbine engines
Project 22350 Frigate Admiral Sergey Gorshkov Russian Navy
The Project 22350 (Admiral Gorshkov-class) frigates will be the first to receive gas-turbine engines produced by Russia’s Saturn Company to substitute Ukrainian-made motors, President of Russia’s United Shipbuilding Corporation Alexei Rakhmanov said in an interview with RIA Novosti news agency.

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