November 2012 Maritime Defense Industry and Naval Forces News
 
 

Barracuda SSN: DCNS opens combat system shore integration facility
 
Over 100 people, including DCNS employees and representatives of the DGA, the French Navy and partners, attended a ceremony at the Toulon naval base on Wednesday 28 November to inaugurate the combat system shore integration facility for the Suffren, the first nuclear-powered attack submarine of the new Barracuda type. The combat system is the submarine’s central nervous system. It manages all command and control functions involving all sensors and weapons in real time.
Over 100 people, including DCNS employees and representatives of the DGA, the French Navy and partners, attended a ceremony at the Toulon naval base on Wednesday 28 November to inaugurate the combat system shore integration facility for the Suffren, the first nuclear-powered attack submarine of the new Barracuda type. The combat system is the submarine’s central nervous system. It manages all command and control functions involving all sensors and weapons in real time.
 

DCNS and PIRIOU enter into exclusive negotiations to create a leader in maritime security ships
 
DCNS and PIRIOU have entered into exclusive negotiations to set up a joint venture specialising in maritime security ships built to civilian shipbuilding standards. The project is part of both companies’ growth strategies and will expand their accessible markets.

DCNS and PIRIOU have entered into exclusive negotiations to set up a joint venture specialising in maritime security ships built to civilian shipbuilding standards. The project is part of both companies’ growth strategies and will expand their accessible markets.

 

Russia may be making new super silent torpedoes for submarines
 
The appearance of a new submarine, especially a nuclear-powered cruiser equipped with missiles, is always an outstanding event, since it represents the security of a country. How can one make it as invulnerable as possible and not too expensive at the same time? It turns out that it is not that hard: the submarine only needs to be outfitted with silent weapons.

The appearance of a new submarine, especially a nuclear-powered cruiser equipped with missiles, is always an outstanding event, since it represents the security of a country. How can one make it as invulnerable as possible and not too expensive at the same time? It turns out that it is not that hard: the submarine only needs to be outfitted with silent weapons.

 

Production challenge met: DCNS delivers first FREMM frigate to French Navy
 
On 23 November, European Joint Armament Cooperation Organization OCCAR* formally signed acceptance documents on behalf of French defence procurement agency DGA following the delivery of FREMM frigate Aquitaine in compliance with all contractual requirements.
On 23 November, European Joint Armament Cooperation Organisation OCCAR* formally signed acceptance documents on behalf of French defence procurement agency DGA following the delivery of FREMM frigate Aquitaine in compliance with all contractual requirements.
 

Space, power and weight savings as Thales updates Australian Collins submarine sonar systems
 
Thales Australia has signed a major contract with the Defence Materiel Organisation to deliver a significant update to the Royal Australian Navy’s submarine sonar systems. The company will address obsolescence issues on the Collins class Scylla sonar, boosting the reliability of a system that was initially designed over a quarter of a century ago.

Thales Australia has signed a major contract with the Defence Materiel Organisation to deliver a significant update to the Royal Australian Navy’s submarine sonar systems. The company will address obsolescence issues on the Collins class Scylla sonar, boosting the reliability of a system that was initially designed over a quarter of a century ago.

 

Russian Navy to buy L-CAT/EDA-R landing catamarans from France for Mistral class LHD
 
Russian Ambassador in Paris, Alexandre Orlov, Anounced on Friday 23rd 2012 that Russia will be purchasing the L-CAT fast amphibious landing craft (dubbed EDA-R for "engin de débarquement amphibie rapide" by the French Navy) to be used with the Russian Navy's future Mistral class LHDs.

Russian Ambassador in Paris, Alexandre Orlov, Announced on Friday 23rd 2012 that Russia will be purchasing the L-CAT fast amphibious landing craft (dubbed EDA-R for "engin de débarquement amphibie rapide" by the French Navy) to be used with the Russian Navy's future Mistral class LHDs.

 

Babcock to develop tactical weapons handling and launch for UK's future SSBN
 
Babcock has been awarded a contract for the system definition (SD) of the tactical weapons handling and launch system (WHLS) and submerged signal ejector (SSE) for the UK's future strategic nuclear deterrent, the Vanguard replacement submarine.
Babcock has been awarded a contract for the system definition (SD) of the tactical weapons handling and launch system (WHLS) and submerged signal ejector (SSE) for the UK's future strategic nuclear deterrent, the Vanguard replacement submarine.
 

Japan to boost maritime defense
 
Japan’s opposition Liberal Democratic Party, tipped to win next month’s general election, has promised to boost spending on maritime defence and ease restraints on the military imposed by its pacifist constitution.
Japan’s opposition Liberal Democratic Party, tipped to win next month’s general election, has promised to boost spending on maritime defence and ease restraints on the military imposed by its pacifist constitution.
 

BAE Systems successfully completes sea trials for its new Bofors 40 Mk4 40mm naval gun system
 
BAE Systems has successfully conducted the first ship-borne live fire testing of its future Bofors 40 Mk4 4-mm single-barrel naval gun system. The sea trials took place in Sweden with the gun mounted on an older Swedish Navy picket ship.
BAE Systems has successfully conducted the first ship-borne live fire testing of its future Bofors 40 Mk4 40 mm single-barrel naval gun system. The sea trials took place in Sweden (Baltic Sea) with the gun mounted on an older Swedish Navy picket ship.
 

FREMM Aquitaine leaves DCNS shipyard in Lorient to join her homeport: French Naval Base in Brest
 
After five years of construction led in Lorient by DCNS contractors and partners, the multi-mission frigate FREMM Aquitaine (head of class) sailed Tuesday 6 November to join Brest French naval base, her future home port. Final testing of the ship's systems will continue until the end of 2012.
After five years of construction led in Lorient by DCNS contractors and partners, the multi-mission frigate FREMM Aquitaine (head of class) sailed Tuesday 6 November to join Brest French naval base, her future home port. Final testing of the ship's systems will continue until the end of 2012.
 

Norwegian MoD submits RFI regarding submarine capability beyond 2020 to several shipyards
 
Norwegian Ministry of Defence has just made public the fact in submitted to many shipyards a Request for Information regarding the purchase of a new fleet of submarines. The Royal Norwegian Navy is looking to replace its fleet of 6 Ula class submarines (U-Boot-Klasse 210). A decision should be made around 2014.

Norwegian Ministry of Defence has just made public the fact in submitted to many shipyards a Request for Information regarding the purchase of a new fleet of submarines. The Royal Norwegian Navy is looking to replace its fleet of 6 Ula class submarines (U-Boot-Klasse 210). A decision should be made around 2014.

 

DCNS and its Norwegian partners deliver the fifth Skjold FPB to Norwegian Navy
 
DCNS delivered the fifth-of-class fast patrol boat (FPB) P965-Gnist to the Royal Norwegian Navy. The six-boat Skjold program is led by a consortium comprising DCNS and two Norwegian contractors with DCNS acting as the combat system design authority and co-supplier. The naming ceremony of Gnist took place at Umoe yard in Mandal last week.
DCNS delivered the fifth-of-class fast patrol boat (FPB) P965-Gnist to the Royal Norwegian Navy. The six-boat Skjold program is led by a consortium comprising DCNS and two Norwegian contractors with DCNS acting as the combat system design authority and co-supplier. The naming ceremony of Gnist took place at Umoe yard in Mandal last week.
 

Barracuda next-generation SSNs: DCNS completes first hull ring of SSN Tourville
 
DCNS’s Cherbourg centre has completed the first pressure hull ring for the third Barracuda-type nuclear-powered attack submarine (SSN) almost one month ahead of schedule. This is an important milestone for a particularly ambitious DCNS-led programme.

DCNS’s Cherbourg centre has completed the first pressure hull ring for the third Barracuda-type nuclear-powered attack submarine (SSN) almost one month ahead of schedule. This is an important milestone for a particularly ambitious DCNS-led programme.

 

Boeing delivers 5th production P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft to U.S. Navy
 
Boeing [NYSE: BA] on Nov. 2 delivered the fifth production P-8A Poseidon aircraft to the U.S. Navy. The P-8A is one of 24 low-rate initial production (LRIP) maritime patrol aircraft that Boeing is building for the Navy as part of contracts awarded in 2011 and 2012.
Boeing [NYSE: BA] on Nov. 2 delivered the fifth production P-8A Poseidon aircraft to the U.S. Navy. The P-8A is one of 24 low-rate initial production (LRIP) maritime patrol aircraft that Boeing is building for the Navy as part of contracts awarded in 2011 and 2012.
 

French Procurement Agency with DCNS and Thales prepare the use of UAVs on naval platforms
 
The French Defense Procurement Agency (DGA, Direction générale de l’armement) has recently conducted successful sea trials of D2AD (Démonstration technologique d’un système d’Appontage et d’Atterrissage pour Drones), an automatic takeoff and landing system for rotary wing UAVs. D2AD is a demonstrator, designed and built by DCNS and Thales who were awarded the contract in late 2008.
The French Defense Procurement Agency (DGA, Direction générale de l’armement) has recently conducted successful sea trials of D2AD (Démonstration technologique d’un système d’Appontage et d’Atterrissage pour Drones), an automatic takeoff and landing system for rotary wing UAVs. D2AD is a demonstrator, designed and built by DCNS and Thales who were awarded the contract in late 2008.
 

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