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May 2016 News - Naval Forces, Defense Industry, Navy Technology, Maritime Security
 
 

Video: Australia’s 1st P-8A Poseidon Maritime Patrol Aircraft Completes Maiden Flight

Video: Australia’s 1st P-8A Poseidon Maritime Patrol Aircraft Completes Maiden Flight
 
Australia’s first P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft has completed its maiden flight. The aircraft flew a short distance from Renton Airfield to Boeing Field in Washington State USA, to where the P-8A’s sophisticated mission systems will be installed as part of project AIR 7000.
Australia’s first P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft has completed its maiden flight. The aircraft flew a short distance from Renton Airfield to Boeing Field in Washington State USA, to where the P-8A’s sophisticated mission systems will be installed as part of project AIR 7000.
 

Russian Defense Ministry Orders Additional Project 03160 High Speed Patrol Boats

Russian Defense Ministry Orders Additional Project 03160 High Speed Patrol Boats
 
The Russian Defense Ministry and Pella Shipyard have signed a contract for over 10 Project 03160 Raptor-class patrol boats before 2018, according to the Gazeta.ru online news agency. Under the contract, the fast boats are to be delivered before year-end 2018. In addition, the manufacturer will build Project 16609 special harbor tugboats for the Russian Navy.
The Russian Defense Ministry and Pella Shipyard have signed a contract for over 10 Project 03160 Raptor-class patrol boats before 2018, according to the Gazeta.ru online news agency. Under the contract, the fast boats are to be delivered before year-end 2018. In addition, the manufacturer will build Project 16609 special harbor tugboats for the Russian Navy.
 

nEUROn goes naval – DGA to flight test the UCAV alongside French Navy Aircraft Carrier

nEUROn goes naval – DGA to flight test the UCAV alongside French Navy Aircraft Carrier
 
The French Procurement Agency (DGA) has initiated its new project that aims at taking UCAV nEUROn to the seas. The first flight test took place on 17 May at Istres Air Base in France. DGA will overview the new project that will evaluate the unmanned combat air vehicle’s capability to operate in a maritime environment.
The French Procurement Agency (DGA) has initiated its new project that aims at taking UCAV nEUROn to the seas. The first flight test took place on 17 May at Istres Air Base in France. DGA will overview the new project that will evaluate the unmanned combat air vehicle’s capability to operate in a maritime environment.
 

Russian Navy Kirov-class Nuclear Powered Missile Cruiser Pyotr Veliky Back at Sea

Russian Navy Kirov-class Nuclear Powered Missile Cruiser Pyotr Veliky Back at Sea
 
Russia’s heavy nuclear-powered missile cruiser Pyotr Veliky (Kirov class) has been docked for repairs in the Murmansk Region in north-west Russia, Head of the Northern Fleet’s press service Captain 1st Rank Vadim Serga said on Monday. The ship will be repaired at the 82nd shipyard in the settlement of Roslyakovo, he added.
The Project 11442 (NATO reporting name: Kirov-class) Pyotr Veliky nuclear-powered guided missile cruiser, the flagship of the Russian Navy’s Northern Fleet, has put out to sea for the first time in two years, the fleet’s press office told journalists.
 

UK MoD signs contract with MBDA for the Weapon Development Phase of the SPEAR missile

UK MoD signs contract with MBDA for the Weapon Development Phase of the SPEAR missile
 
The United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence (MOD) has signed a contract worth over £400M with MBDA for the Weapon Development Phase of the SPEAR air to surface, precision strike missile. This contract will further advance MBDA’s SPEAR weapon design and builds on a successful series of technical milestones during the preceding Assessment Phase. The contract will run through to completion during 2020 and will employ 350 highly skilled missile engineering jobs across MBDA’s sites in Stevenage, Bristol and Lostock, with an equivalent number of jobs in the wider supply chain.
The United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence (MOD) has signed a contract worth over £400M with MBDA for the Weapon Development Phase of the SPEAR air to surface, precision strike missile. This contract will further advance MBDA’s SPEAR weapon design and builds on a successful series of technical milestones during the preceding Assessment Phase. The contract will run through to completion during 2020 and will employ 350 highly skilled missile engineering....
 

Russia to upgrade its Udaloy-class (Project 1155) Anti-Submarine Warfare Destroyers Sonars

Russia to upgrade its Udaloy-class (Project 1155) Anti-Submarine Warfare Destroyers Sonars
 
Russia’s Defense Ministry will spend over 75 million rubles ($1.2 million) on upgrading and repairing sonars of the Russian Navy Project 1155 large anti-submarine warfare (ASW) ships and small ASW craft, according to the information posted on the state procurement website.

Russia’s Defense Ministry will spend over 75 million rubles ($1.2 million) on upgrading and repairing sonars of the Russian Navy Project 1155 large anti-submarine warfare (ASW) ships and small ASW craft, according to the information posted on the state procurement website.

 

US report on Chinese ability for conventional strikes on Guam released

US report on Chinese ability for conventional strikes on Guam released
 
The US-China Economic and Security Review Commission released on 10 May 2016 a report with the title “China’s Expanding Ability to Conduct Conventional Missile Strikes on Guam”. The report examines the reasons of why China develops conventional weapons that can strike Guam, while highlighting how that military capability is continually growing.
The US-China Economic and Security Review Commission released on 10 May 2016 a report with the title “China’s Expanding Ability to Conduct Conventional Missile Strikes on Guam”. The report examines the reasons of why China develops conventional weapons that can strike Guam, while highlighting how that military capability is continually growing.
 

Russian Navy May Sign Contract on New Aircraft Carrier Construction by End of 2025

Russian Navy May Sign Contract on New Aircraft Carrier Construction by End of 2025
 
A contract for the construction of an aircraft carrier for the Russian Navy may be signed by the end of 2025, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov said on Friday. "I think this is most likely to happen by the end of 2025. Three projects worked out by the Krylov State Research Center are available. They are rather good. A decision on the aircraft carrier will be made by 2025," Borisov said.
A contract for the construction of an aircraft carrier for the Russian Navy may be signed by the end of 2025, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov said on Friday. "I think this is most likely to happen by the end of 2025. Three projects worked out by the Krylov State Research Center are available. They are rather good. A decision on the aircraft carrier will be made by 2025," Borisov said.
 

Saab Receives Order From FMV For Development And Production Of New Lightweight Torpedo

Saab Receives Order From FMV For Development And Production Of New Lightweight Torpedo
 
Defence and security company Saab has received an order from the Swedish Defence Material Administration (FMV) for the development and production of New Lightweight Torpedo system.The total order value amounts to approximately SEK1.53 billion and deliveries will take place during the period 2016-2024.
Defence and security company Saab has received an order from the Swedish Defence Material Administration (FMV) for the development and production of New Lightweight Torpedo system.The total order value amounts to approximately SEK1.53 billion and deliveries will take place during the period 2016-2024.
 

Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System Successfully Tracks Simulated Missile

Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System Successfully Tracks Simulated Missile
 
The USS JOHN PAUL JONES (DDG 53), supported by the U.S. Navy, Missile Defense Agency and Lockheed Martin, used Aegis Baseline 9 terminal engagement capability to detect and track a Medium Range Ballistic Missile (MRBM) target. This exercise marked the first demonstration of Aegis’s ability to conduct a complicated tracking exercise against a MRBM during its endo phase of flight.
The USS JOHN PAUL JONES (DDG 53), supported by the U.S. Navy, Missile Defense Agency and Lockheed Martin, used Aegis Baseline 9 terminal engagement capability to detect and track a Medium Range Ballistic Missile (MRBM) target. This exercise marked the first demonstration of Aegis’s ability to conduct a complicated tracking exercise against a MRBM during its endo phase of flight.
 

US Navy Accepts Delivery of Future USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000)

US Navy Accepts Delivery of Future USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000)
 
The Navy accepted delivery of future USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000), the lead ship of the Navy's next-generation of multimission surface combatants, May 20. DDG 1000 is tailored for sustained operations in the littorals and land attack, and will provide independent forward presence and deterrence, support special operations forces, and operate as an integral part of joint and combined expeditionary forces.
The U.S. Navy accepted delivery of future USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000), the lead ship of the Navy's next-generation of multimission surface combatants, May 20. DDG 1000 is tailored for sustained operations in the littorals and land attack, and will provide independent forward presence and deterrence, support special operations forces, and operate as an integral part of joint and combined expeditionary forces.
 

Lockheed Martin & Indra Demonstrate Next Gen Radar for Future Spanish Navy F-110 Frigates

Lockheed Martin & Indra Demonstrate Next Gen Radar for Future Spanish Navy F-110 Frigates
 
Indra and Lockheed Martin recently demonstrated the first phase of integration of new a solid state S-band radar system being developed for the future Spanish F-110 Frigate. The test was part of the technology development phase in the joint development of this next generation radar system.
Indra and Lockheed Martin recently demonstrated the first phase of integration of new a solid state S-band radar system being developed for the future Spanish F-110 Frigate. The test was part of the technology development phase in the joint development of this next generation radar system.
 

Damen Delivers Four Stan Patrol 1605 Patrol Vessels to Nigerian Navy

Damen Delivers Four Stan Patrol 1605 Patrol Vessels to Nigerian Navy
 
Damen Shipyards has delivered four patrol vessels to Nigeria. The delivery was completed by C&I Leasing Plc after the conclusion of the sea trials. The four Damen Stan Patrol 1605 boats will carry security patrols and escort operations for the LNG tankers docking at the country’s Bonny LNG terminal.
Damen Shipyards has delivered four patrol vessels to Nigeria. The delivery was completed by C&I Leasing Plc after the conclusion of the sea trials. The four Damen Stan Patrol 1605 boats will carry security patrols and escort operations for the LNG tankers docking at the country’s Bonny LNG terminal.
 

Russian Helicopters Actively Working on New-Generation Maritime Helicopter to Replace Ka-27

Russian Helicopters Actively Working on New-Generation Maritime Helicopter to Replace Ka-27
 
The Russian Helicopters Holding is actively working on a new-generation craft for the Russian Navy, Deputy Director General of the holding for production and innovations Andrei Shibitov said.
The Russian Helicopters Holding is actively working on a new-generation craft for the Russian Navy, Deputy Director General of the holding for production and innovations Andrei Shibitov said.
 

Video: French Navy Horizon Class Destroyer Forbin Launches an MM40 Exocet Anti-ship Missile

Video: French Navy Horizon Class Destroyer Forbin Launches an MM40 Exocet Anti-ship Missile
 
French Navy's Horizon-class AAW Destroyer Forbin (classified as "Frigate" in the French Navy) succesfully test-fired an MM40 Blk II anti-ship missile, the French Navy (Marine Nationale) announced. The test took place on May 9th in the Mediterranean Sea.
French Navy's Horizon-class AAW Destroyer Forbin (classified as "Frigate" in the French Navy) succesfully test-fired an MM40 Blk II anti-ship missile, the French Navy (Marine Nationale) announced. The test took place on May 9th in the Mediterranean Sea.
 

Hellenic Navy Type 214 Submarines... Swift, Silent and Lethal

Hellenic Navy Type 214 Submarines... Swift, Silent and Lethal
 
After a series of problems regarding the management of the Skaramagkas Shipyards, the Hellenic Navy surfaced the HN Matrozos (S-122), a TKMS Type 214 submarine, at the island of Megisti (also known as Kastelorizo). The pictures were published during the submarine’s operational sail at the Eastern Aegean and Mediterranean Sea.
After a series of problems regarding the management of the Skaramagkas Shipyards, the Hellenic Navy surfaced the HN Matrozos (S-122), a TKMS Type 214 submarine, at the island of Megisti (also known as Kastelorizo). The pictures were published during the submarine’s operational sail at the Eastern Aegean and Mediterranean Sea.
 

French Navy's First B2M Vessel D'Entrecasteaux Set Sails for Homeport in the Pacific

French Navy's First B2M Vessel D'Entrecasteaux Set Sails for Homeport in the Pacific
 
The French Navy (Marine Nationale) announced that first ship of the class "D'Entrecasteaux" set sail for its homeport of Noumea, New Caledonia in the southwest Pacific Ocean. The first B2M (for bâtiment multi-missions or multi-mission vessel) left Brest on May 11 2016. This new class of vessel intended for the overseas missions of sovereignty.
The French Navy (Marine Nationale) announced that first ship of the class "D'Entrecasteaux" set sail for its homeport of Noumea, New Caledonia in the southwest Pacific Ocean. The first B2M (for bâtiment multi-missions or multi-mission vessel) left Brest on May 11 2016. This new class of vessel intended for the overseas missions of sovereignty.
 

Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov to go to sea in late June after repairs

Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov to go to sea in late June after repairs
 
Russia’s Project 11435 aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov will go to sea in late June after repairs, a source in the Russian defense and industrial sector told TASS on Thursday. "There are plans to fully repair all shipborne mechanisms and systems used for basing and operating the ship’s aircraft and helicopters, as well as the electric power supply complex and life-support systems before June 20," the source said.
Russia’s Project 11435 aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov will go to sea in late June after repairs, a source in the Russian defense and industrial sector told TASS on Thursday. "There are plans to fully repair all shipborne mechanisms and systems used for basing and operating the ship’s aircraft and helicopters, as well as the electric power supply complex and life-support systems before June 20," the source said.
 

U.S. Navy Aegis Ashore Missile Defense System At NSF Deveselu in Romania Now Operational

U.S. Navy Aegis Ashore Missile Defense System At NSF Deveselu in Romania Now Operational
 
U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th (CNE-CNA/C6F), recognized a key milestone to complete Phase II of the European Phased Adaptive Approach by deeming the Aegis Ashore Missile Defense System in Romania as operationally certified in a ceremony held in Deveselu, May 12.
U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th (CNE-CNA/C6F), recognized a key milestone to complete Phase II of the European Phased Adaptive Approach by deeming the Aegis Ashore Missile Defense System in Romania as operationally certified in a ceremony held in Deveselu, May 12.
 

Russian Navy Caspian Flottila Project 11661 Frigate Tatarstan Completes Modernization

Russian Navy Caspian Flottila Project 11661 Frigate Tatarstan Completes Modernization
 
The Russian Gepard-class frigates (Project 1166.1) Tatarstan which is the flagship of the Caspian flotilla has completed modernization, the press service of the Southern military district said.
The Russian Gepard-class frigates (Project 1166.1) Tatarstan which is the flagship of the Caspian flotilla has completed modernization, the press service of the Southern military district said.
 

French Navy E-2C Hawkeye and Rafale M in Tiger Meet Livery

French Navy E-2C Hawkeye and Rafale M in Tiger Meet Livery
 
The French Navy (Marine Nationale) released pictures of an E-2C Hawkeye and Rafale M fighter painted in a special livery for the 2016 NATO Tiger meet to be held next week in BA Zaragoza, Spain.
The French Navy (Marine Nationale) released pictures of an E-2C Hawkeye and Rafale M fighter painted in a special livery for the 2016 NATO Tiger meet to be held next week in BA Zaragoza, Spain.
 

U.S. Navy Delivers First MH-60R Seahawk Helicopters to Danish Defense

U.S. Navy Delivers First MH-60R Seahawk Helicopters to Danish Defense
 
Three MH-60R Seahawk helicopters departed Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation’s William P. Gwinn Airfield May 10, aboard two C-17 aircraft to join their new home with Air Squadron 723, Karup Air Base in Denmark.
Three MH-60R Seahawk helicopters departed Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation’s William P. Gwinn Airfield May 10, aboard two C-17 aircraft to join their new home with Air Squadron 723, Karup Air Base in Denmark.
 

Germany's TKMS Offers Type 214 Diesel Electric Submarines to India for P75I

Germany's TKMS Offers Type 214 Diesel Electric Submarines to India for P75I
 
Germany is offering TKMS Type 214 submarines to India on government-to-government contract, according to Economic Times of India newspaper. The latest offer is for the P75I (Project 75 India) programme, which will provide six new submarines to the Indian Fleet, in addition to the DCNS Scorpène (Project 75) currently being built.
Germany is offering TKMS Type 214 submarines to India on government-to-government contract, according to Economic Times of India newspaper. The latest offer is for the P75I (Project 75 India) programme, which will provide six new submarines to the Indian Fleet, in addition to the DCNS Scorpène (Project 75) currently being built.
 

US Navy Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) Conducts Initial Fast Cruise

US Navy Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) Conducts Initial Fast Cruise
 
More than 2,000 PCU Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) Sailors participated in the ship's first fast cruise exercise, May 3-5, in Newport News, Virginia. A fast cruise is a simulated underway, designed to prepare the crew for life at sea and get them in an operational mindset. The exercise is geared toward preparing Sailors for future deployments.
More than 2,000 PCU Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) Sailors participated in the ship's first fast cruise exercise, May 3-5, in Newport News, Virginia. A fast cruise is a simulated underway, designed to prepare the crew for life at sea and get them in an operational mindset. The exercise is geared toward preparing Sailors for future deployments.
 

Indian Navy Replaces Venerable Sea Harriers with Russian-made MiG-29K fighters

Indian Navy Replaces Venerable Sea Harriers with Russian-made MiG-29K fighters
 
The Indian Navy has replaced all of its venerable British-made Sea Harrier carrierborne fighters with Russian-built Mikoyan MiG-29Ks (NATO reporting name: Fulcrum-D) in a ceremony at Indian Naval Station Hansa in Goa state on the southwest coast of India, according to the Indian Navy’s press office.
The Indian Navy has replaced all of its venerable British-made Sea Harrier carrierborne fighters with Russian-built Mikoyan MiG-29Ks (NATO reporting name: Fulcrum-D) in a ceremony at Indian Naval Station Hansa in Goa state on the southwest coast of India, according to the Indian Navy’s press office.
 

Further Qualification Trials for USMC V-22 Osprey and French Navy Mistral-class LHD

Further Qualification Trials for USMC V-22 Osprey and French Navy Mistral-class LHD
 
The French Navy (Marine Nationale) announced that it took another step in the interoperability between the V-22 Osprey and the Mistral-class LHD Dixmude on May 2nd 2016. While V-22s have been tested with the Mistral class several times to date (they were even officially qualified with the Mistral-class last year) it is the first time that the Bell-Boeing tilt-rotor aircraft was qualified for "blades and wings folding and long time parking" aboard the French Navy LHD.
The French Navy (Marine Nationale) announced that it took another step in the interoperability between the V-22 Osprey and the Mistral-class LHD Dixmude on May 2nd 2016. While V-22s have been tested with the Mistral-class several times to date (they were even officially qualified with the Mistral-class last year) it is the first time that the Bell-Boeing tilt-rotor aircraft was qualified for "blades and wings folding and long time parking" aboard the French Navy LHD.
 

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