May 2015 News - Naval Forces, Defense Industry, Navy Technology, Maritime Security
 
 

MH-60R Multi-Mission Helicopters and associated equipment Foreign Military Sale for Saudi Arabia
 
MH-60R Multi-Mission Helicopters and associated equipment Foreign Military Sale for Saudi Arabia
The U.S. State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for MH-60R Seahawk Multi-Mission Helicopters and associated equipment, parts and logistical support for an estimated cost of $1.9 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on May 20, 2015.
 

Refit and maintenance of RNLN torpedo ship Zr Ms Mercuur by Damen
 
Damen Shiprepair & Conversion has recently won the contract for the life-prolonging maintenance and refit project of the Royal Netherlands Navy torpedo ship Zr Ms Mercuur. The ship, originally built at Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding in 1987, will be refitted in order to make her suitable for a range of new tasks and assignments. The aim of the maintenance project is to keepthe ship operational until 2025.
Damen Shiprepair & Conversion has recently won the contract for the life-prolonging maintenance and refit project of the Royal Netherlands Navy torpedo ship Zr Ms Mercuur. The ship, originally built at Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding in 1987, will be refitted in order to make her suitable for a range of new tasks and assignments. The aim of the maintenance project is to keepthe ship operational until 2025.
 

A first in Europe: French Navy FREMM Frigate Aquitaine fires MBDA's Naval Cruise Missile
 
The frigate Aquitaine, the first unit in the multi-mission frigate program (FREMM), has successfully fired its first naval cruise missile on May 19 on the firing ranges of the DGA missile testing centre off Levant Island. This is the first time that a European surface ship has fired a cruise missile.
The frigate Aquitaine, the first unit in the multi-mission frigate program (FREMM), has successfully fired its first naval cruise missile on May 19 on the firing ranges of the DGA missile testing centre off Levant Island. This is the first time that a European surface ship has fired a cruise missile. On May 12, the frigate also successfully fired its first Exocet MM40 surface-to-surface missile.
 

BAE Systems 40 Mk4 Naval Gun Selected By Brazilian Navy for 500T “Macae” Class Patrol Vessels
 
BAE Systems has been awarded a contract to produce and deliver five Bofors 40 Mk4 Naval Guns for the Brazilian Navy’s 500T “Macae” Class Patrol Vessels. The 40 Mk4 gun is the latest naval version of the successful Bofors 40mm Gun that is used by many Navies and Coast Guards around the world.
BAE Systems has been awarded a contract to produce and deliver five Bofors 40 Mk4 Naval Guns for the Brazilian Navy’s 500T “Macae” Class Patrol Vessels. The 40 Mk4 gun is the latest naval version of the successful Bofors 40mm Gun that is used by many Navies and Coast Guards around the world.
 

Indian Navy's Fourth Kamorta Class ASW Corvette ‘INS Kavaratti’ Launched by GRSE Shipyard
 
The Fourth Kamorta class Anti Submarine Warfare (ASW) Corvette (Project-28), christened ‘Kavaratti’, was launched today at a glittering ceremony held at Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Ltd (GRSE), Kolkata. The Hon’ble Raksha Rajya Mantri, Shri Rao Inderjit Singh was the Chief Guest at the occasion. In keeping with the nautical traditions, the ship was launched by Smt Manita Singh, wife of the Hon’ble Raksha Rajya Mantri. After an invocation to the Gods was recited, Smt Manita Singh broke a coconut on the Ship’s Bow, named the ship and wished her future crew good luck.
The Fourth Kamorta class Anti Submarine Warfare (ASW) Corvette (Project-28), christened ‘Kavaratti’, was launched today at a glittering ceremony held at Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Ltd (GRSE), Kolkata. The Hon’ble Raksha Rajya Mantri, Shri Rao Inderjit Singh was the Chief Guest at the occasion. In keeping with the nautical traditions, the ship was launched by Smt Manita Singh, wife of the Hon’ble Raksha Rajya Mantri. After an invocation to the Gods was recited...
 

Russian Navy Future Leader Class Destroyers To Be Fully Nuclear-Powered
 
According to ITAR-TASS citing a source in the defense industry, Russia’s Defense Ministry has amended a technical assignment for developing the Leader-type missile destroyer for the Navy, which will have a nuclear power unit as the sole option.
According to ITAR-TASS citing a source in the defense industry, Russia’s Defense Ministry has amended a technical assignment for developing the Leader-type missile destroyer for the Navy, which will have a nuclear power unit as the sole option.
 

MH-60R Foreign Military Sales team supports Royal Australian Navy
 
A team of U.S. Navy and defense industry contractors recently delivered an advanced helicopter training device to the Royal Australian Navy. The MH-60R Foreign Military Sales (FMS) team from the Naval Aviation Training Systems Program Office (PMA-205) and Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division, in conjunction with CAE USA of Tampa, Florida, defined and procured training devices to support aircrew proficiency and real-world mission rehearsal for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) in February.
A team of U.S. Navy and defense industry contractors recently delivered an advanced helicopter training device to the Royal Australian Navy. The MH-60R Foreign Military Sales (FMS) team from the Naval Aviation Training Systems Program Office (PMA-205) and Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division, in conjunction with CAE USA of Tampa, Florida, defined and procured training devices to support aircrew proficiency and real-world mission rehearsal for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) in February.
 

Northrop Grumman's Voyage Management System Approved for Use on US Navy SSN and SSGN
 
The U.S. Navy has approved the use of Northrop Grumman Corporation's Voyage Management System (VMS), version 9.3, onboard SSN and SSGN nuclear powered submarines. The VMS software package will be installed on 55 SSNs and four SSGNs operating globally from all U.S. Navy submarine homeports. Installations have already begun and will be completed by the end of 2016.
The U.S. Navy has approved the use of Northrop Grumman Corporation's Voyage Management System (VMS), version 9.3, onboard SSN and SSGN nuclear powered submarines. The VMS software package will be installed on 55 SSNs and four SSGNs operating globally from all U.S. Navy submarine homeports. Installations have already begun and will be completed by the end of 2016.
 

IDEF 2015: ADIK Shipyard unveiled a new LHD/LST concept
 
During the IDEF 2015 defense exhibition (held recently in Istanbul, Turkey) Turkish shipyard ADIK (Anadolu Shipyard) unveiled a fairly unique Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) concept: The design has a flat top to accomodate several helicopters as well as a well deck like any LHD, but it is also uniquely fitted with a large door at its bow, similar to Russia's Ivan Gren class). This LHD design would therefore be able to perform beaching operations like a Landing Ship Tank (LST).
During the IDEF 2015 defense exhibition (held recently in Istanbul, Turkey) Turkish shipyard ADIK (Anadolu Shipyard) unveiled a fairly unique Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) concept: The design has a flat top to accomodate several helicopters as well as a well deck like any LHD, but it is also uniquely fitted with a large door at its bow (similar to Russia's Ivan Gren class). This LHD design would therefore be able to perform beaching operations like a Landing Ship Tank (LST).
 

NATO Anti-Submarine Warfare Exercise ‘Dynamic Mongoose’ Concluded
 
On May 14, submarines, and maritime patrol aircraft successfully completed the annual NATO anti-submarine warfare (ASW) Exercise DYNAMIC MONGOOSE, in which 10 Allied nations participated alongside partner nation Sweden. The exercise was run by Allied Maritime Command (MARCOM) through NATO Submarine Command (COMSUBNATO), in close coordination with the host nation Norwegian Navy. Surface forces participating in the exercise were led by Rear Adm. Brad Williamson...
On May 14, submarines, and maritime patrol aircraft successfully completed the annual NATO anti-submarine warfare (ASW) Exercise DYNAMIC MONGOOSE, in which 10 Allied nations participated alongside partner nation Sweden. The exercise was run by Allied Maritime Command (MARCOM) through NATO Submarine Command (COMSUBNATO), in close coordination with the host nation Norwegian Navy. Surface forces participating in the exercise were led by Rear Adm. Brad Williamson...
 

U.S. Clears Possible FMS to Japan for UGM-84L Harpoon Block II Anti-Ship Missiles
 
The U.S. State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Japan for UGM-84L Harpoon Block II Missiles and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $199 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on May 12.
The U.S. State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Japan for UGM-84L Harpoon Block II Missiles and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $199 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on May 12.
 

IDEF 2015: ASELSAN ÇAFRAD, Multifunction, Phased Array Radar System Nearly Completed
 
On the occasion of IDEF 2015 (the International Defence Industry Fair which was held last week in Istanbul, Turkey), Navy Recognition contacted leading Turkish defense company ASELSAN to learn about the ÇAFRAD radar system, the radar that will be fitted on the future Turkish Navy Frigate TF2000 class. ASELSAN got back to us with the latest development in this major program.
On the occasion of IDEF 2015 (the International Defence Industry Fair which was held last week in Istanbul, Turkey), Navy Recognition contacted leading Turkish defense company ASELSAN to learn about the ÇAFRAD radar system, the radar that will be fitted on the future Turkish Navy Frigate TF2000 class. ASELSAN got back to us with the latest development in this major program.
 

US Navy Declares Initial Operational Capability for New Rolling Airframe Missile RAM Block 2
 
The U.S. Navy successfully achieved Initial Operational Capability (IOC) for the Block 2 Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS Arlington (LPD 24) May 15. RAM is a highly successful, 39-year U.S. cooperative program with the German government that has yielded the U.S. taxpayer more than $800 million in cost avoidance and has delivered arguably one of the most capable anti-ship cruise missile defense systems in the world. The new RAM Block 2 missile is designed to counter advanced anti-ship cruise missile threats that U.S. and Allied Navies face today.
The U.S. Navy successfully achieved Initial Operational Capability (IOC) for the Block 2 Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS Arlington (LPD 24) May 15. RAM is a highly successful, 39-year U.S. cooperative program with the German government that has yielded the U.S. taxpayer more than $800 million in cost avoidance and has delivered arguably one of the most capable anti-ship cruise missile defense systems in the world...
 

DSME Launched The Sixth Type 214 – KSS-2 Diesel Electric Submarine For ROK Navy
 
South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) has launched the Republic of Korea Navy’s (ROKN) sixth KSS-2 (Type 214) diesel-electric submarine (SSK). The submarine is nammed "Yu Gwan-sun", a patriotic martyr who died in her youth while struggling against Japanese coercion.
South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) has launched the Republic of Korea Navy’s (ROKN) sixth KSS-2 (Type 214) diesel-electric submarine (SSK). The submarine is nammed "Yu Gwan-sun", a patriotic martyr who died in her youth while struggling against Japanese coercion.
 

Chinese Aerospace Industry Started Research on a STOVL Naval Jet
 
According to China Daily, China's aviation industry is working on the development of aircraft with short takeoff and vertical landing capabilities needed for an important role in the Chinese navy's future operations, military experts said. "Research and development on components of STOVL aircraft, such as the engine, have started," Wang Ya'nan, deputy editor-in-chief of Aerospace Knowledge magazine, told China Daily.
According to China Daily, China's aviation industry is working on the development of aircraft with short takeoff and vertical landing capabilities needed for an important role in the Chinese navy's future operations, military experts said. "Research and development on components of STOVL aircraft, such as the engine, have started," Wang Ya'nan, deputy editor-in-chief of Aerospace Knowledge magazine, told China Daily.
 

Russian Navy Aircraft Carrier Kuznetsov in Dry Dock for Unknown Reasons and Length of Time
 
Russia’s sole aircraft carrier, The Admiral Kuznetsov, went into the dock of a shipyard in north Russia for repairs, the Northern Fleet’s press office reported on Thursday, giving no timeframe for the repairs. "The repair workers will first make the ship’s inspection in the dock, after which a decision will be made on the scope of the repairs," the fleet’s press office said, adding the repairs would be carried out by specialists of the 82nd shipyard at Roslyakovo in the Murmansk Region.
Russia’s sole aircraft carrier, The Admiral Kuznetsov, went into the dock of a shipyard in north Russia for repairs, the Northern Fleet’s press office reported on Thursday, giving no timeframe for the repairs. "The repair workers will first make the ship’s inspection in the dock, after which a decision will be made on the scope of the repairs," the fleet’s press office said, adding the repairs would be carried out by specialists of the 82nd shipyard at Roslyakovo in the Murmansk Region.
 

DCNS at SITDEF Defense Exhibition in Lima Peru Showcasing SSK, Corvette and OPV
 
DCNS is a world leader in naval defence and an innovator in the energy sector. As a naval prime contractor, systems integrator and shipbuilder, DCNS combines resources and expertise spanning the naval defence value chain and entire system lifecycles. DCNS delivers innovative solutions from integrated warships to strategic systems, equipment, services and new energy solutions. DCNS will participate to SITDEF exhibition in Lima (Peru) from 14 to 17 May 2015.
DCNS is a world leader in naval defence and an innovator in the energy sector. As a naval prime contractor, systems integrator and shipbuilder, DCNS combines resources and expertise spanning the naval defence value chain and entire system lifecycles. DCNS delivers innovative solutions from integrated warships to strategic systems, equipment, services and new energy solutions. DCNS will participate to SITDEF exhibition in Lima (Peru) from 14 to 17 May 2015.
 

IDEF 2015: RMK Marine Unveiled Some New Fast Attack Craft and Corvette Designs
 
During IDEF 2015 (the International Defence Industry Fair which was held last week in Istanbul, Turkey), local shipyard RMK Marine (member of the Koç Holding Group of Companies) unveiled several news design for both domestic and export market: A new Fast Attack Craft Missile (FACM), a new Multi Mission Corvette (MMC) and an update to an existing Corvette design.
During IDEF 2015 (the International Defence Industry Fair which was held last week in Istanbul, Turkey), local shipyard RMK Marine (member of the Koç Holding Group of Companies) unveiled several news design for both domestic and export market: A new Fast Attack Craft Missile (FACM), a new Multi Mission Corvette (MMC) and an update to an existing Corvette design.
 

US Navy Teams Completed IFF Mode 5 Developmental Testing for F/A-18E/F and EA-18G Aircraft
 
The US Navy Naval Air Traffic Management Systems Program Office (PMA-213) took the next evolutionary step with the threat-recognition system for the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler through a series of ground and flight test events conducted by Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23, along with the PMA-213 Combat Identification (CID) team.
The US Navy Naval Air Traffic Management Systems Program Office (PMA-213) took the next evolutionary step with the threat-recognition system for the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler through a series of ground and flight test events conducted by Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23, along with the PMA-213 Combat Identification (CID) team.
 

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