May 2013 Maritime Defense Industry and World Naval Forces News
 
 

Raytheon, US Navy complete first phase of RAM Block 2 developmental testing
 
The U.S. Navy completed the first series of developmental and operational testing (DT/OT) of Raytheon Company's Rolling Airframe Missile Block 2. In at-sea tests conducted from the U.S. Navy's Self-Defense Test Ship, RAM Block 2 missiles engaged two targets in tactical dual-salvo scenarios designed to demonstrate the advanced missile's defensive capabilities.
The U.S. Navy completed the first series of developmental and operational testing (DT/OT) of Raytheon Company's Rolling Airframe Missile Block 2. In at-sea tests conducted from the U.S. Navy's Self-Defense Test Ship, RAM Block 2 missiles engaged two targets in tactical dual-salvo scenarios designed to demonstrate the advanced missile's defensive capabilities.
 


SILLINGER Wins Contract With The French Military & Strengthens Its Presence On Domestic Market
 
The French RIB manufacturer SILLINGER, famous worldwide thanks to its iconic shark logo, has just won a tender launched by the Logistics Department of the French Navy (SLM). The seven years market order comes under the pooling of the ressources of the French Navy.
The French RIB manufacturer SILLINGER, famous worldwide thanks to its iconic shark logo, has just won a tender launched by the Logistics Department of the French Navy (SLM). The seven years market order comes under the pooling of the ressources of the French Navy.
 


Thales awarded milestone Royal Navy services contract
 
Thales UK has today signed a 10-year contract with the Ministry of Defence (MOD), worth up to £600M, for the in-service support of the Royal Navy’s major sensor systems. The new Sensors Support Optimisation Project (SSOP) builds on the proven success of Thales’s Contractor Logistics Support contract, originally signed in 2003, which has provided support to the Royal Navy’s sonar and electronic warfare systems for the past 10 years.
Thales UK has today signed a 10-year contract with the Ministry of Defence (MOD), worth up to £600M, for the in-service support of the Royal Navy’s major sensor systems. The new Sensors Support Optimisation Project (SSOP) builds on the proven success of Thales’s Contractor Logistics Support contract, originally signed in 2003, which has provided support to the Royal Navy’s sonar and electronic warfare systems for the past 10 years.
 

Several countries interested in buying ex-Spanish Navy Aircraft Carrier Principe de Asturias
 
According to rumors that emerged recently in the Spanish press, the Philippines as well as several Arab countries have expressed interest in purchasing the former Spanish Navy Aircraft Carrier Principe de Asturias. In case of a sale, the contract would include refit and upgrading of the vessel by Spanish shipyard Navantia.

According to rumors that emerged recently in the Spanish press, the Philippines as well as several Arab countries have expressed interest in purchasing the former Spanish Navy Aircraft Carrier Principe de Asturias. In case of a sale, the contract would include refit and upgrading of the vessel by Spanish shipyard Navantia.

 

US Navy Successfully Tests RIM-116 Block 2 Rolling Airframe Missile
 
The US Navy successfully completed tests of the Rolling Airframe Block 2 missile at the Navy's Pacific Missile Test Range, May 10. The missiles were launched from a Self Defense Test Ship operated by the Naval Surface Warfare Center Port Hueneme and intercepted turbojet-powered targets emulating enemy anti-ship cruise missiles.
The US Navy successfully completed tests of the Rolling Airframe Block 2 missile at the Navy's Pacific Missile Test Range, May 10. The missiles were launched from a Self Defense Test Ship operated by the Naval Surface Warfare Center Port Hueneme and intercepted turbojet-powered targets emulating enemy anti-ship cruise missiles.
 


Third Damen Stan Patrol Spa 4207 patrol vessel for Mexican Navy
 
The Mexican Navy has contracted Damen Shipyards Group for the design and material package of a Damen Stan Patrol 4207, including technical assistance. Construction of the vessel will start in the summer of 2013 at ASTIMAR 1 (Tampico), one of the five naval shipyards of Astilleros de la Secretaría de Marina.
The Mexican Navy has contracted Damen Shipyards Group for the design and material package of a Damen Stan Patrol 4207, including technical assistance. Construction of the vessel will start in the summer of 2013 at ASTIMAR 1 (Tampico), one of the five naval shipyards of Astilleros de la Secretaría de Marina.
 

U.S. Navy MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft System Completes First Flight
 
The US Navy's newest unmanned Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft platform, the MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS), completed its first flight from Palmdale, Calif. May 22, marking the start of tests which will validate the Northrop Grumman-built system for future fleet operations.
The US Navy's newest unmanned Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft platform, the MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS), completed its first flight from Palmdale, Calif. May 22, marking the start of tests which will validate the Northrop Grumman-built system for future fleet operations.
 


Damen Stan Patrols 5509 for Guardia di Finanza Corp
 
Together with its Italian partner yard Cantiere Navale Vittoria S.p.a., Damen Shipyards are building  two Stan Patrols  5509 to the Italian Guardia di Finanza. This Italian law enforcement agency, deals with financial crime, smuggling Illigal Immigration and narco traffic and maintains a fleet of about 250 vessels.
Together with its Italian partner yard Cantiere Navale Vittoria S.p.a., Damen Shipyards are building two Stan Patrols 5509 to the Italian Guardia di Finanza. This Italian law enforcement agency, deals with financial crime, smuggling Illigal Immigration and narco traffic and maintains a fleet of about 250 vessels.
 


USS Freedom (LCS 1) Littoral Combat Ship Makes Debut in Singapore
 
USS Freedom (LCS 1) made its debut in Singapore May 14-19, participating in an international trade show and a maritime exercise with regional navies. Freedom also hosted thousands of visitors, from Singaporean citizens to senior government and military officials, during a series of ship tours.
USS Freedom (LCS 1) made its debut in Singapore May 14-19, participating in an international trade show and a maritime exercise with regional navies. Freedom also hosted thousands of visitors, from Singaporean citizens to senior government and military officials, during a series of ship tours.
 

USNS Montford Point mobile landing platform ship (MLP 1) delivered to U.S. Navy
 
The U.S. Navy accepted delivery of the first Mobile Landing Platform, USNS Montford Point (MLP 1), from General Dynamics-NASSCO on May 14, in San Diego, Calif. The Mobile Landing Platform is a new class of ship and highly flexible platform that will provide capability for large-scale logistics movements such as the transfer of light and heavy vehicles and equipment from sea to shore.
The U.S. Navy accepted delivery of the first Mobile Landing Platform, USNS Montford Point (MLP 1), from General Dynamics-NASSCO on May 14, in San Diego, Calif. The Mobile Landing Platform is a new class of ship and highly flexible platform that will provide capability for large-scale logistics movements such as the transfer of light and heavy vehicles and equipment from sea to shore.
 


New Steregushchy class corvette (Project 20380) "Boiky" was handed over to Russian Navy
 
Russia’s newest Baltic Fleet warship, the Project 20380 Boiky corvette, was handed over to the Navy on Thursday, a fleet spokesman said. The 20380 class, designed by the Almaz naval design bureau and built at St. Petersburg's Severnaya Verf shipyard, is optimized for antisubmarine and surface warfare and support for land operations. The class incorporates stealth technology, which has considerably reduced its radar and infrared signatures.
Russia’s newest Baltic Fleet warship, the Project 20380 Boiky corvette, was handed over to the Navy on Thursday, a fleet spokesman said. The 20380 class, designed by the Almaz naval design bureau and built at St. Petersburg's Severnaya Verf shipyard, is optimized for antisubmarine and surface warfare and support for land operations. The class incorporates stealth technology, which has considerably reduced its radar and infrared signatures.
 

Raytheon's newest SM-3 takes out complex, separating short-range ballistic missile target
 
A Raytheon Company Standard Missile-3 Block IB fired from the USS Lake Erie destroyed a complex, separating short-range ballistic missile target with a sophisticated separating mock warhead. Despite stressing conditions designed to challenge the missile's discrimination capabilities, the SM-3 successfully engaged the target using the sheer kinetic force of a massive collision in space.
A Raytheon Company Standard Missile-3 Block IB fired from the USS Lake Erie destroyed a complex, separating short-range ballistic missile target with a sophisticated separating mock warhead. Despite stressing conditions designed to challenge the missile's discrimination capabilities, the SM-3 successfully engaged the target using the sheer kinetic force of a massive collision in space.
 

Australia renews interest in MQ-4C Triton UAS Unmanned Aircraft System
 
The Australian Ministers for Defence and Defence Materiel announced May 15 that the government of Australia will enter into a Foreign Military Sales (FMS) planning case with the U.S. Navy for the MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS). The FMS planning case will help Australian defense officials assess the applicability of Triton’s capabilities to their high-altitude, long-endurance UAS for maritime patrol and other surveillance requirements.
The Australian Ministers for Defence and Defence Materiel announced May 15 that the government of Australia will enter into a Foreign Military Sales (FMS) planning case with the U.S. Navy for the MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS). The FMS planning case will help Australian defense officials assess the applicability of Triton’s capabilities to their high-altitude, long-endurance UAS for maritime patrol and other surveillance requirements.
 


PIRIOU and DCNS set up KERSHIP, to build ships intended for State action at sea
 
PIRIOU and DCNS announce the establishment of KERSHIP, a joint company for building ships to civil standards intended for implementation of State action at sea. This project forms part of the respective growth strategies of the two stakeholders, broadening their access to markets. KERSHIP is now in business.
PIRIOU and DCNS announce the establishment of KERSHIP, a joint company for building ships to civil standards intended for implementation of State action at sea. This project forms part of the respective growth strategies of the two stakeholders, broadening their access to markets. KERSHIP is now in business.
 


Naming ceremony of fuel cell submarine “U36” for the German Navy in Kiel
 
One of the most modern non-nuclear submarines in the world was named today at the shipyard of ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems GmbH, a company of ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions AG, under the name of “U36”. This marks another important milestone in the ongoing shipbuilding programme for the German Navy. U36 is the second boat of the second batch of HDW Class 212A submarines destined for operation in the German Navy. The German town of Plauen has assumed sponsorship for U36. The ultra-modern submarine was named by Silke Elsner, companion to the Mayor.
One of the most modern non-nuclear submarines in the world was named today at the shipyard of ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems GmbH, a company of ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions AG, under the name of “U36”. This marks another important milestone in the ongoing shipbuilding programme for the German Navy. U36 is the second boat of the second batch of HDW Class 212A submarines destined for operation in the German Navy.
 


1st P-8I Maritime Patrol Aircraft Arrives in India, Indian Navy to receive 2 more P-8Is by end of 2013
 
The first Boeing P-8I long-range maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare aircraft arrived today, on schedule, at India Naval Station Rajali. The P-8I is one of eight aircraft Boeing is building for India as part of a contract awarded in 2009.
The first Boeing P-8I long-range maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare aircraft arrived today, on schedule, at India Naval Station Rajali. The P-8I is one of eight aircraft Boeing is building for India as part of a contract awarded in 2009.
 


Australia, Sweden sign agreement on submarine design, technology
 
Australia and Sweden have achieved a "significant milestone agreement" relating to Intellectual Property rights for submarine design and technology, Defence Minister Stephen Smith said in a statement on Thursday. According to the joint statement with Sweden's Minister for Defence Karin Enstrom, this followed extensive negotiations between Australia's Defence Materiel Organisation and the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration.
Australia and Sweden have achieved a "significant milestone agreement" relating to Intellectual Property rights for submarine design and technology, Defence Minister Stephen Smith said in a statement on Thursday. According to the joint statement with Sweden's Minister for Defence Karin Enstrom, this followed extensive negotiations between Australia's Defence Materiel Organisation and the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration.
 

Saab promotes its "Sea Gripen", a possible naval variant of the Gripen NG fighter jet
 
Besides Brazil, Saab identified future demand for naval fighters in countries like India, Italy and the UK, which, in the coming years will be commissioning new aircraft carriers in their navies. According to Saab, there is a real and viable market for this type of aircraft. Aiming this market, the company is already developing a naval version of JAS-39 Gripen, which aims to be a variant of its newest product, the Gripen NG (Next Generation). This new version was named Sea Gripen.
Besides Brazil, Saab identified future demand for naval fighters in countries like India, Italy and the UK, which, in the coming years will be commissioning new aircraft carriers in their navies. According to Saab, there is a real and viable market for this type of aircraft. Aiming this market, the company is already developing a naval version of JAS-39 Gripen, which aims to be a variant of its newest product, the Gripen NG (Next Generation). This new version was named Sea Gripen.
 

MBDA and Lockheed Martin join forces, enter MoU for integration of naval missile systems
 
MBDA, Europe’s leading missile manufacturer, and Lockheed Martin, manufacturer of the MK 41 Vertical Launch System (VLS), have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). Under the terms of this MoU both companies agree to jointly explore the market for the integration of MBDA naval missile systems into Lockheed Martin launching systems, plan for all necessary common developments and, more broadly, pursue mutually beneficial opportunities.
MBDA, Europe’s leading missile manufacturer, and Lockheed Martin, manufacturer of the MK 41 Vertical Launch System (VLS), have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). Under the terms of this MoU both companies agree to jointly explore the market for the integration of MBDA naval missile systems into Lockheed Martin launching systems, plan for all necessary common developments and, more broadly, pursue mutually beneficial opportunities.
 

Raytheon ESSM intercept of high-diving threat proves expanded defensive capability
 
Raytheon Company's (NYSE: RTN) Evolved SeaSparrow Missile (ESSM) destroyed a high-diving, supersonic threat during a recent firing from the U.S. Navy's Self-Defense Test Ship. "The success of this firing, highlighted by a skin-to-skin intercept, is a direct result of a series of enhancements to what is truly an international missile," said Rick Nelson, vice president of Raytheon Missile Systems' Naval and Area Mission Defense product line.
Raytheon Company's Evolved SeaSparrow Missile (ESSM) destroyed a high-diving, supersonic threat during a recent firing from the U.S. Navy's Self-Defense Test Ship. "The success of this firing, highlighted by a skin-to-skin intercept, is a direct result of a series of enhancements to what is truly an international missile," said Rick Nelson, vice president of Raytheon Missile Systems' Naval and Area Mission Defense product line.
 

French Minister of Defence confirms 11 FREMM Frigates and 6 Barracuda Submarines will be built
 
French Minister of Defence Jean-Yves Le Drian confirmed this morning in Daily Ouest-France, the construction of 11 FREMM multi-mission frigates (as opposed to eight according to recent rumors following the publication of a White Paper on Defense last week) and six Barracuda new generation nuclear-powered attack submarines (SSN). The Minister also announced an increase in defense resources and personnel in Brittany.
French Minister of Defence Jean-Yves Le Drian confirmed this morning in Daily Ouest-France, the construction of 11 FREMM multi-mission frigates (as opposed to eight according to recent rumors following the publication of a White Paper on Defense last week) and 6 Barracuda new generation nuclear-powered attack submarines (SSN). The Minister also announced an increase in defense resources and personnel in Brittany.
 

ROK Navy and US Navy started a joint naval exercise off the Korean east coast
 
South Korea and the United States started on Monday two-day joint naval exercises off the east coast involving a US nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, South Korean media reported. Earlier in the day, the 97,000-ton USS Nimitz (CVN 68) left the southeastern port of Busan for the drills with South Korea's navy in the East Sea near Pohang, the Yonhap news agency quoted a senior military official as saying.
South Korea and the United States started on Monday two-day joint naval exercises off the east coast involving a US nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, South Korean media reported. Earlier in the day, the 97,000-ton USS Nimitz (CVN 68) left the southeastern port of Busan for the drills with South Korea's navy in the East Sea near Pohang, the Yonhap news agency quoted a senior military official as saying.
 

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