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

Video: Lürssen OPV80 Selected for Royal Australian Navy SEA1180
Lurssen OPV80 Royal Australian Navy SEA1180

Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced on November 24th that fleet of 12 new offshore patrol vessels (OPV) will be built by German ship designer Lürssen as prime contractor, to replace the current Armidale Class patrol boats.


SharpEye Radar for Pakistan Navy Submarine Agosta 90B Upgrade
Khalid class submarine SSK Agosta 90B Pakistan Navy
Following the announcement in February 2017 that Kelvin Hughes will be supplying the SharpEye Doppler submarine radar system to the mid-life upgrade program for the Pakistan Navy’s Agosta 90B-class (also known as the Khalid class diesel electric attack submarine), the order for the next submarine in this program has been placed.

US Navy Accepts 5th MUOS Satellite from Lockheed Martin
U.S. Navy's Fifth Lockheed Martin-Built MUOS Satellite Now Supporting Troops with Ultra High Frequency Communications
The U.S. Navy's Communications Satellite Program Office, PMW 146, and Lockheed Martin handed over full operational control of the fifth Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite to the Naval Satellite Operations Center (NAVSOC).

Russia's UKSK VLS to be Replaced with Upgraded UKSK-M Systems
Russian warships will receive universal vertical launchers, which can fire all types of operational missiles even in a strong storm - antiaircraft, cruise, antiship and even antisubmarine. At present Russian warships have several vertical launchers for various missiles, the Izvesia reported.

Video: Second RAN Air Warfare Destroyer Brisbane Started Sea Trials
AWD Brisbane Hobart class RAN
The second Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) Brisbane has entered the first phase of sea trials which will take place over the coming weeks, marking further progress towards her delivery to the Royal Australian Navy next year.

Raytheon to provide advanced telemetry system for U.S. Navy's G550 AEW Aircraft
US Navy Gulfstream G 550 AEW aircraft NAVAIR
The U.S. Navy awarded Raytheon Company a $79 million contract to develop a new advanced telemetry system for the U.S. Navy's Range Support Aircraft. The high-tech plane will replace the Navy's aging telemetry test aircraft, which has been in service since the 1970s.

Navantia Lays the Keel of First AOR Vessel for Royal Australian Navy HMAS Supply
NGC Demonstrates Unmanned Mine-hunting Capabilities During Belgium North Sea Unmanned MCM Trials
Spanish shipbuilding group laid the keel of the first of two Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment (AOR) logistics vessels for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) during a ceremony at the shipyard in Ferrol. The two vessel were ordered in May 9, 2016 as part of project SEA1654. The keel laying ceremony took place in presence of the Chief of the RAN, Admiral Tim Barrett and the president of Navantia, Esteban García Vilasánchez.

U.S. Navy Awards BAE Systems Contract to Upgrade USS Tortuga (LSD 46)
USS Tortuga LSD 46
BAE Systems has received a $139.8 million contract from the U.S. Navy to modernize the dock landing ship USS Tortuga (LSD 46). The Tortuga will undergo 16 months of restorative work at the company’s shipyard in Norfolk, Virginia, the ship’s homeport. The contract includes options that, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value to $183.7 million.

iXblue Launches DriX Multi-Purpose Autonomous USV
iXblue DriX USV
iXblue, a global company that provides innovative solutions for the Geosciences, Offshore Energies and Defense markets, is proud to announce the launch of its new multi-purpose Autonomous Unmanned Surface Vessel (AUSV) nicknamed DriX. With proven offshore navigation capabilities and a top-speed unique in its category, DriX takes the AUSV role several steps further.

First Tide-class Tanker has sailed into Royal Navy Portsmouth Naval Base
Royal Fleet Auxiliary tanker RFA Tidespring 1
The Royal Fleet Auxiliary’s new tanker RFA Tidespring has sailed into Portsmouth ahead of her dedication ceremony on November 27. The 39,000 tonne tanker will be brought into service with the RFA – the civilian-manned fleet of support vessels which provide fuel, food and stores for Royal Navy warships all over the world.

Leonardo DRS to Provide Communications System for U.S. Navy Cruisers & Destroyers
DRS Integrated Voice Communications Systems IVCS
Leonardo DRS, Inc. announced today that its Canadian subsidiary, DRS Technologies Canada, Ltd., has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Navy to provide four additional Integrated Voice Communications Systems (IVCS) for their Aegis cruisers and destroyers. The award is part of the Navy’s larger IVCS contract.

Yantar Shipyard Launched Two Project 11356 Frigates in Kaliningrad
Yantar Shipyard Launched Two Project 11356 Frigates in Kaliningrad
Russian shipspotters have published pictures showing the two Project 11356 frigates Admiral Istomin and Admiral Kornilov originally intended for the Russian Navu have been launched at Yantar shipyard (JSC "Baltic Shipyard" Yantar ) in Kaliningrad. The launch was carried out, apparently , mainly to make room in the constuction dry docks.

HII Delivers Final DDG 51 Flight IIA Restart Destroyer Ralph Johnson (DDG 114) to U.S. Navy
Burke class Ralph Johnson DDG 114 Builder Sea Trials
The U.S. Navy accepted delivery of future guided-missile destroyer USS Ralph Johnson (DDG 114) from shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) Nov. 15. In early September, DDG 114 successfully demonstrated its ship's systems and readiness during a series of at sea and in-port trials for the U.S. Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV). Due to the success of the trials, INSURV recommended the ship be accepted for delivery to the U.S. Navy.

HII Laid Keel of Last DDG 51 Flight IIA Destroyer Lenah H. Sutcliffe Higbee (DDG 123)
guided missile destroyer USS Lenah H Sutcliffe Higbee DDG 123
Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division authenticated the keel of the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer Lenah H. Sutcliffe Higbee (DDG 123) today. The ship is named in honor of the first woman to receive the Navy Cross. DDG 123 is the final ship in the Flight IIA series and the last of eight "Flight IIA Technology Insertion" Arleigh Burke-class destroyers.

General Atomics MQ-9 Used in Successful Anti-Submarine Warfare Demonstration
General Atomics MQ 9 UAV UAV ASW
The remote detection and tracking of submerged contacts, such as submarines, was demonstrated using an MQ-9 Predator® B Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) during a U.S. Naval exercise on October 12th. General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) participated in this successful demonstration of new maritime patrol capabilities that included anti-submarine warfare.

Northrop Grumman Builds and Tests Next Gen Acoustic Flank Array for Submarines
NorthropGrummanSuccessfullyBuildsandTestsNextGenerationAcousticFlankArrayforSubmarines 1
Recent testing conducted by the Naval Undersea Warfare Center for Northrop Grumman Corporation under a Work for Private Parties agreement demonstrated that the company’s new hull-mounted acoustic Advanced Flank Array (AFA) addresses next-generation flank array requirements.

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