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

Two Additional Pacific Patrol Boat PPB-R to be Ordered from Austal
Austal Lays Keel of First Pacific Patrol Boat PPB-R For Royal Australian Navy
Austal welcomes the announcement by the Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull and Timor-Leste Prime Minister, Mari Alkatiri, that Timor Leste would take two of Austal’s Guardian Class Pacific Patrol Boats (PPBs). When contracted this will increase the total production quantity to 21 from the 19 already committed. The announcement was made at the Asia Pacific conference that was attended by both Prime Ministers.

Rockwell Collins completes ADS-B Out milestone on three NAVAIR aircraft platforms
Zumwalt photo op E 2C C 2
Rockwell Collins recently completed the implementation of ADS-B Out software on C-2A, E2-C and P-3C aircraft for the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR). The certified software brings these aircraft into compliance with the upcoming ADS-B Out mandates required by the end of 2019.

Kawasaki Heavy Industries Launched the 10th Soryu-class SSK SS-510 Shoryu for the JMSDF
Sekiryu Soryu class SSK JMSDF Japan KHI
The 10th Soryu-class SSK, SS-510 Shoryu, was launched at the Kawasaki Heavy Industries shipyard in Kobe on November 6th. The Soryu-class diesel-electric submarines are being built by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Kawasaki Shipbuilding Corporation for the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF).

Terma C-Guard decoy launchers selected for future HHI-built frigates of the Philippine Navy
Terma C Guard HHI Frigate Philippine Navy
In October 2016, Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), the world’s biggest shipyard, announced the signature of a contract to build two 2,600 tons frigates for the Philippine Navy. The 107 meters vessels will be capable of conducting Anti-Air/Surface/Submarine Warfare as well as Electronic Warfare missions.

Russian Navy to receive Attack Variant of Project 03160 Raptor Patrol Boat
raptor Project 03160 Pella Shipyard Russia
Russia`s Navy will get an attack variant of the Project 03160 (Raptor-class) patrol boat. It is believed to receive a reinforced armament suite that will allow engagement of enemy`s small craft and providing of fire support to the troops. These boats have a speed of over 80 km/h; they also can hunt in all weather conditions. According to the experts, the new heavily armed combatants will be highly demanded in the Baltic and the water areas of the Azov Sea.

Hyundai Heavy Industries Launched the Fourth & Last LST-II Landing Ship for ROK Navy
ROK Navy LST II class landing ship No Jeok Bong 1
South Korea's Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) has announced that the fourth LST-II class Landing Ship Tank "No Jeok Bong" was christened and launched on November 2nd. The amphibious vessel is intended for the Republic of Korea Navy (ROK Navy). The LST is the last of four vessels built as part of South Korea's next generation landing ship project. The first ship, the "Cheon Wang Bong", was delivered to the ROK Navy in November 2014 and the second one "Cheon Ja Bong" was delivered in August 2017.

Kongsberg & Thyssenkrupp Launch "kta Naval Systems" JV to Supply Type 212CD Combat Systems
Kongsberg Thyssenkrupp JV kta Naval Systems 212CD
Thyssenkrupp, its subsidiary Atlas Elektronik and Kongsberg joined forces and established a 50/50 joint venture company to shape the future combat systems of conventional submarines. The company named kta Naval Systems will develop, produce and maintain combat systems as an exclusive supplier for submarines from thyssenkrupp Marine Systems. This was announced during an official founding ceremony in Kongsberg, Norway, in the presence of high-ranking German and Norwegian Government officials as well as company representatives of all three partners.

Austal Built Expeditionary Fast Transport USNS City of Bismarck EPF 9 Completes Acceptance Trials
USNS City of Bismarck Expeditionary Fast Transport EPF 9 Austal
Austal successfully completed acceptance trials on USNS City of Bismarck, Expeditionary Fast Transport (EPF 9), October 20, in the Gulf of Mexico. City of Bismarck is slated for delivery to the U.S. Navy later this year and is the ninth ship in Austal’s 12-ship EPF contract valued at over $1.9 billion.

Toulon Naval Base to Conduct Overhauls of Future French Navy Barracuda SSNs
USS Fitzgerald destroyer collision damage US Navy
French Minister of the Armed Forces, Florence Parly, announced that the French Navy (Marine Nationa) naval base of Toulon has been retained for the major technical overhaul and refits of the future Barracuda-class nuclear powered attack submarine (SSN). Toulon facilities are currently used for the major technical overhauls of Rubis-class SSNs of the French Navy.

Royal Australian Navy Nulka Missile Decoy System Set for an Upgrade
Last Nulka Missile Decoy System Delivered to the Royal Australian Navy
The Turnbull Government will strengthen the Australian Defence Force’s anti-ship missile defence capability with a $207 million boost to the Nulka program. Nulka is a rocket propelled active missile decoy designed to entice hostile radio frequency guided anti-ship missiles away from a ship.

Russian Navy Project 20380 Corvettes Conduct First Mediterranean Cruise
Russian Navy Project 20380 Corvette 1
On the evening of October 29, 2017, a task force of the Baltic Fleet, which comprised the Project 20380 guided missile corvettes ‘Boikiy’ and ‘Soobrazitelniy’ escorted by the ‘Kola’ tanker, passed by the Rock of Gibraltar and entered the Alboran Sea, the western bound of the Mediterranean Sea...

Lockheed Martin to Upgrade German Navy P-3C Orion Maritime Patrol Aircraft Mission System
The German Navy (Marine) has a fleet of eight P-3C (ex Dutch Navy) based at NAS Nordholz, Marinefliegergeschwader 3 Graf Zeppelin. Lockheed Martin Photo by John Rossino
Lockheed Martin received a $158.5 million contract for the second phase of the German Navy P-3C Mission System Refresh program. The program will upgrade the mission system processing suites on the fleet of eight P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft to support operations through 2035. The Mission System Refresh is part of an overall fleet upgrade that includes structural mid-life upgrades as well as an upgrade to the Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) cockpit capability.

Russia to Launch 1st Project 955A SSBN Submarine Knyaz Vladimir in November 2017
SSBN Yuri Dolgoruky project 955 Russia
The first upgraded Project 955A Borei-A class nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine Knyaz Vladimir will be launched in November 2017, Russian Navy Commander-in-Chief Admiral Vladimir Korolyov said in an interview with the Krasnaya Zvezda newspaper.

U.S. NRL Tested New Nomad UAS from USS Coronado LCS 4
Nomad UAS test LCS 4 USS Coronado NRL 1
Researchers from the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) successfully completed testing their Nomad flight vehicle off of USS Coronado (LCS 4) in August. This test demonstrated the Nomad’s upgraded launch and control capabilities as well as a new recovery capability by launching multiple vehicles in quick succession, conducting formation flying operations, and recovering all vehicles sequentially onboard the USS Coronado.

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