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September 2013 Maritime Defense Industry and World Naval Forces News
 
 

B-1B Lancer conducts first live-fire test of LRASM anti-ship missile

B-1B Lancer conducts first live-fire test of LRASM anti-ship missile
 
A B-1B Lancer successfully struck a waterborne target with a live warhead for the first time Aug. 27. The 337th Test and Evaluation Squadron completed their first of three scheduled live-fire tests of a Long Range Anti-Ship Missile, or LRASM, on-board a B-1.
A B-1B Lancer successfully struck a waterborne target with a live warhead for the first time Aug. 27. The 337th Test and Evaluation Squadron completed their first of three scheduled live-fire tests of a Long Range Anti-Ship Missile, or LRASM, on-board a B-1.
 

Israeli Navy orders 3 additional Super Dvora Mk III fast patrol craft from IAI

Israeli Navy orders 3 additional Super Dvora Mk III fast patrol craft from IAI
 
Israel Aerospace Industries will Supply Three New Super Dvora Fast Patrol Boats to the Israel Navy. IAI's President & CEO Joseph Weiss: "IAI's commitment to the Israel Navy is amongst the deepest of Israeli and international defense industries"
Israel Aerospace Industries will Supply Three New Super Dvora Fast Patrol Boats to the Israel Navy. IAI's President & CEO Joseph Weiss: "IAI's commitment to the Israel Navy is amongst the deepest of Israeli and international defense industries"
 

Raytheon's Griffin missile demonstrates maritime protection capabilities

Raytheon's Griffin missile demonstrates maritime protection capabilities
 
Raytheon Company and the U.S. Navy demonstrated the Griffin® missile's combat proven capabilities in a maritime environment by successfully engaging fast-moving small boats from various platforms throughout a series of at-sea tests.
Raytheon Company and the U.S. Navy demonstrated the Griffin® missile's combat proven capabilities in a maritime environment by successfully engaging fast-moving small boats from various platforms throughout a series of at-sea tests.
 

New Images Of UK’s Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers Released

New Images Of UK’s Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers Released
 
The Aircraft Carrier Alliance has today released new computer generated images showing in detail what the two ships will look like when fully operational. The new pictures have been developed by designers at the Aircraft Carrier Alliance and show the Queen Elizabeth Class ships – HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales - as they will look when in-service, complete with helicopters and the F-35B Joint Strike Fighter.

The Aircraft Carrier Alliance has today released new computer generated images showing in detail what the two ships will look like when fully operational. The new pictures have been developed by designers at the Aircraft Carrier Alliance and show the Queen Elizabeth Class ships – HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales - as they will look when in-service, complete with helicopters and the F-35B Joint Strike Fighter.

 

“Vikramaditya” Aircraft Carrier to be Delivered to Indian Navy in November

“Vikramaditya” Aircraft Carrier to be Delivered to Indian Navy in November
 
A Russian-built aircraft carrier is to be handed over to the Indian Navy on November 15, and will reach India by February 2014, a senior official at the Russian arms exports monopoly said Wednesday. The Vikramaditya carrier, which is already years past its original 2008 delivery date, was supposed to have been handed over to India in December 2012, but last year’s sea trials revealed that the vessel's boilers were not fully functional.
A Russian-built aircraft carrier is to be handed over to the Indian Navy on November 15, and will reach India by February 2014, a senior official at Rosoboronexport said Wednesday. The Vikramaditya carrier, which is already years past its original 2008 delivery date, was supposed to have been handed over to India in December 2012, but last year’s sea trials revealed that the vessel's boilers were not fully functional.
 

Lockheed Martin-Built Trident II D5 Missile Achieves a Total of 148 Successful Test Flights Since 1989

Lockheed Martin-Built Trident II D5 Missile Achieves a Total of 148 Successful Test Flights Since 1989
 
The U.S. Navy has conducted four successful test flights of the Trident II D5 Fleet Ballistic Missiles built by Lockheed Martin. The U.S. Navy launched the unarmed missiles Sept. 10 and 12 in the Atlantic Ocean from a submerged Ohio-class submarine home-ported at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Georgia.
The U.S. Navy has conducted four successful test flights of the Trident II D5 Fleet Ballistic Missiles built by Lockheed Martin. The U.S. Navy launched the unarmed missiles Sept. 10 and 12 in the Atlantic Ocean from a submerged Ohio-class submarine home-ported at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Georgia.
 

Thales wins support contract for MRR radars aboard Royal Norwegian Navy Skjold class FPB

Thales wins support contract for MRR radars aboard Royal Norwegian Navy Skjold class FPB
 
Thales has signed the first contract to provide through-life support for six MRR (Multi-Role Radar) systems aboard Royal Norwegian Navy Skjold-class corvettes. The five-year contract with the Norwegian Defence Logistics Organisation (NDLO) highlights the company’s excellent relations with its Norwegian customer.
Thales has signed the first contract to provide through-life support for six MRR (Multi-Role Radar) systems aboard Royal Norwegian Navy Skjold-class corvettes. The five-year contract with the Norwegian Defence Logistics Organisation (NDLO) highlights the company’s excellent relations with its Norwegian customer.
 

Lockheed Martin Receives $18 Million Contract to Transition the LRLAP to Production

Lockheed Martin Receives $18 Million Contract to Transition the LRLAP to Production
 
Lockheed Martin received an $18 million contract from the National Warhead and Energetic Consortium to transition the Long Range Land Attack Projectile (LRLAP) to production. The contract includes developing production line tooling, test equipment and manufacturing process plans for initial production of the advanced projectile. The guidance and control unit will be assembled at Lockheed Martin’s Ocala, Fla., facility. Final assembly of LRLAP will be performed at the company’s Troy, Ala., facility.
Lockheed Martin received an $18 million contract from the National Warhead and Energetic Consortium to transition the Long Range Land Attack Projectile (LRLAP) to production. The contract includes developing production line tooling, test equipment and manufacturing process plans for initial production of the advanced projectile. The guidance and control unit will be assembled at Lockheed Martin’s Ocala, Fla., facility. Final assembly of LRLAP will be performed at the company’s Troy, Ala., facility.
 

Shtil system to be fitted on Russian Navy future Admiral Grigorovich class Frigate (Project 11356)

Shtil system to be fitted on Russian Navy future Admiral Grigorovich class Frigate (Project 11356)
 
The Russian navy will receive new advanced surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems next year, a defense industry executive said Monday. Shtil vertical-launch modular air-defense systems are designed for a series of six Project 11356 frigates now under construction, and can effectively engage any existing and future combat aircraft, Maxim Kuzyuk, general director of the Aviatsionnoye Oborudovaniye (Aircraft Equipment) holding, told RIA Novosti

The Russian navy will receive new advanced surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems next year, a defense industry executive said Monday. Shtil vertical-launch modular air-defense systems are designed for a series of six Project 11356 frigates now under construction, and can effectively engage any existing and future combat aircraft, Maxim Kuzyuk, general director of the Aviatsionnoye Oborudovaniye (Aircraft Equipment) holding, told RIA Novosti

 

Northrop Grumman Readies MQ-8C Fire Scout for Flight Operations

Northrop Grumman Readies MQ-8C Fire Scout VTOL UAV for Flight Operations
 
Northrop Grumman Corporation turned on the power to the U.S. Navy's first MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter and rotated the aircraft's four blades for the first time during initial ground testing and engine runs at Naval Base Ventura County Point Mugu, Calif., Sept. 20.
Northrop Grumman Corporation turned on the power to the U.S. Navy's first MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter and rotated the aircraft's four blades for the first time during initial ground testing and engine runs at Naval Base Ventura County Point Mugu, Calif., Sept. 20.
 

Chinese Navy (PLAN) Liaoning Aircraft Carrier Carries Major Tets

Chinese Navy (PLAN) Liaoning Aircraft Carrier Carries Major Tets
 
China's first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, returned to its homeport Saturday after a three-month voyage, during which it carried out major and crucial tests. During the voyage that started on June 11, the carrier witnessed more than 100 sorties of landing and takeoff by various aircraft, including the J-15 carrier-borne fighter, the official Liberation Army Daily (Jiefang ribao) said Sunday.
China's first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, returned to its homeport Saturday after a three-month voyage, during which it carried out major and crucial tests. During the voyage that started on June 11, the carrier witnessed more than 100 sorties of landing and takeoff by various aircraft, including the J-15 carrier-borne fighter, the official Liberation Army Daily (Jiefang ribao) said Sunday.
 

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) Delivers Home-made Hawk Mk 132 to Indian Navy

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) Delivers Home-made Hawk Mk 132 to Indian Navy
 
HAL has achieved another milestone by handing over the first home-made Hawk Mk -132 aircraft to Indian Navy at a function here today. “We built this aircraft in time and this is the first of the five aircraft to be delivered to the Indian Navy. The remaining four will be delivered soon”, said Dr. R. K. Tyagi, Chairman, HAL. He handed over the related documents to Vice Admiral Pradeep K Chatterjee, AVSM, NM, Deputy Chief of Naval Staff.
HAL has achieved another milestone by handing over the first home-made Hawk Mk -132 aircraft to Indian Navy at a function here today. “We built this aircraft in time and this is the first of the five aircraft to be delivered to the Indian Navy. The remaining four will be delivered soon”, said Dr. R. K. Tyagi, Chairman, HAL. He handed over the related documents to Vice Admiral Pradeep K Chatterjee, AVSM, NM, Deputy Chief of Naval Staff.
 

Republic of Benin taps AdvanFort as first PMSC to provide critical West Africa maritime protection

Republic of Benin taps AdvanFort as first PMSC to provide critical West Africa maritime protection
 
AdvanFort International, Inc., a leading U.S. maritime security firm, has announced that the Government of the Republic of Benin has granted it permission—the first given by a West Africa government—to conduct counter-piracy operations for both domestic and foreign-flagged commercial vessels throughout Benin's waters.
AdvanFort International, Inc., a leading U.S. maritime security firm, has announced that the Government of the Republic of Benin has granted it permission—the first given by a West Africa government—to conduct counter-piracy operations for both domestic and foreign-flagged commercial vessels throughout Benin's waters.
 

X-47B UCAS conducts 100th flight from NAS Patuxent River

X-47B UCAS conducts 100th flight from NAS Patuxent River
 
The US Navy’s X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator safely conducted its 100th flight from Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md.on September 18 2013. The Navy UCAS program successfully completed all objectives for the carrier demonstration phase with the X-47B in July.
The US Navy’s X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator safely conducted its 100th flight from Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md.on September 18 2013. The Navy UCAS program successfully completed all objectives for the carrier demonstration phase with the X-47B in July.
 

Russian Navy Aircraft Carrier Admiral Kuznetsov Takes Part in Barents Sea Drills

Russian Navy Aircraft Carrier Admiral Kuznetsov Takes Part in Barents Sea Drills
 
Russia's sole aircraft carrier, the Admiral Kuznetsov, is currently taking part in a five-day naval exercise in the Barents Sea. The exercise started on Saturday and will end on September 25, according to a spokesman from Russia’s Northern Fleet.
Russia's sole aircraft carrier, the Admiral Kuznetsov, is currently taking part in a five-day naval exercise in the Barents Sea. The exercise started on Saturday and will end on September 25, according to a spokesman from Russia’s Northern Fleet.
 

Kongsberg to Supply MINESNIPER Mk III Mine Disposal Weapon System to Royal Norwegian Navy

Kongsberg to Supply MINESNIPER Mk III Mine Disposal Weapon System to Royal Norwegian Navy
 
The B-1B Lancer may have made its name supporting ground troops and destroying land-based targets, but the Air Force is now developing tactics for using the aircraft over the ocean. A B-1B Lancer from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, alongside other bomber and fighter aircraft, participated in a maritime tactics development and evaluation Sept. 4 with the goal of improving and better understanding the aircraft's capabilities in the new environment.
Kongsberg Defence Systems (KONGSBERG) has signed a contract for supply of the MINESNIPER Mk III One Shot Mine Disposal Weapon System to the Royal Norwegian Navy. The contract is won in international competition and made between the Norwegian Defence Logistics Organisation and KONGSBERG, represented by the Naval Systems & Surveillance division.
 

U.S. Air Force tests B-1B Lancer bomber for maritime environment & anti-ship missions

U.S. Air Force tests B-1B Lancer bomber for maritime environment & anti-ship missions
 
The B-1B Lancer may have made its name supporting ground troops and destroying land-based targets, but the Air Force is now developing tactics for using the aircraft over the ocean. A B-1B Lancer from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, alongside other bomber and fighter aircraft, participated in a maritime tactics development and evaluation Sept. 4 with the goal of improving and better understanding the aircraft's capabilities in the new environment.
The B-1B Lancer may have made its name supporting ground troops and destroying land-based targets, but the Air Force is now developing tactics for using the aircraft over the ocean. A B-1B Lancer from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, alongside other bomber and fighter aircraft, participated in a maritime tactics development and evaluation Sept. 4 with the goal of improving and better understanding the aircraft's capabilities in the new environment.
 

U.S. Navy Expands Surveillance Mission for MQ-4C Triton Maritime Unmanned Aircraft

U.S. Navy Expands Surveillance Mission for MQ-4C Triton Maritime Unmanned Aircraft
 
The U.S. Navy will increase by 50 percent the monthly surveillance flights of a Northrop Grumman Corporation-built maritime unmanned demonstrator under a contract awarded Sept. 6. The contract will allow Navy commanders to keep closer tabs on activities in the ocean and coastal regions of the Middle East.
The U.S. Navy will increase by 50 percent the monthly surveillance flights of a Northrop Grumman Corporation-built maritime unmanned demonstrator under a contract awarded Sept. 6. The contract will allow Navy commanders to keep closer tabs on activities in the ocean and coastal regions of the Middle East.
 

Atlas Elektronik UK to deliver more Cerberus Diver Detection Systems to international Customers

Atlas Elektronik UK to deliver more Cerberus Diver Detection Systems to international Customers
 
ATLAS ELEKTRONIKUK Ltd is delighted to announce that it has recently secured two significant contracts for the supply of its class leading Cerberus Mod 2 Diver Detection Sonar (DDS) systems. Both orders are for permanently deployed systems which will be used for the protection of key overseas infrastructure with one of the installations being an integrated, multiple head system to provide complete underwater sonar protection for a location of high national importance.
ATLAS ELEKTRONIK UK Ltd is delighted to announce that it has recently secured two significant contracts for the supply of its class leading Cerberus Mod 2 Diver Detection Sonar (DDS) systems. Both orders are for permanently deployed systems which will be used for the protection of key overseas infrastructure with one of the installations being an integrated, multiple head system to provide complete underwater sonar protection for a location of high national importance.
 

US Navy launches two Raytheon-made SM-3 missiles against single ballistic missile target

US Navy launches two Raytheon-made SM-3 missiles against single ballistic missile target
 
In a Missile Defense Agency test, the U.S. Navy launched two Raytheon Company made Standard Missile-3 Block IBs from the USS Lake Erie against a complex, separating short-range ballistic missile target. The first guided missile successfully destroyed the target using the sheer kinetic force of a massive collision in space.
In a Missile Defense Agency test, the U.S. Navy launched two Raytheon Company made Standard Missile-3 Block IBs from the USS Lake Erie against a complex, separating short-range ballistic missile target. The first guided missile successfully destroyed the target using the sheer kinetic force of a massive collision in space.
 

DCNS launches FREMM Provence, third Frigate of the Aquitaine class for the French Navy

DCNS launches FREMM Provence, third Frigate of the Aquitaine class for the French Navy
 
On 18 September 2013, DCNS launched FREMM Provence at its Lorient shipyard. This industrial milestone marks an important step in building the ship. It emphasizes once again the industrial dynamism of DCNS as five multimission frigates are currently being built simultaneously and are at different stages of completion.
On 18 September 2013, DCNS launched FREMM Provence at its Lorient shipyard. This industrial milestone marks an important step in building the ship. It emphasizes once again the industrial dynamism of DCNS as five multimission frigates are currently being built simultaneously and are at different stages of completion.
 

Lockheed Martin Successfully Launches First LRASM Boosted Test Vehicle From MK 41 VLS

Lockheed Martin Successfully Launches First LRASM Boosted Test Vehicle From MK 41 VLS
 
Lockheed Martin successfully launched the first Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) Boosted Test Vehicle (BTV) from a MK 41 Vertical Launch System (VLS) canister at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. During the company-funded test, the MK41 VLS successfully launched the LRASM BTV. The BTV, which includes the proven Vertical Launch Anti-Submarine Rocket (VL/ASROC) Mk-114 rocket motor, ignited successfully, penetrated and exited through the canister cover and performed a guided flight profile similar to a tactical configuration.
Lockheed Martin successfully launched the first Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) Boosted Test Vehicle (BTV) from a MK 41 Vertical Launch System (VLS) canister at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. During the company-funded test, the MK41 VLS successfully launched the LRASM BTV. The BTV, which includes the proven Vertical Launch Anti-Submarine Rocket (VL/ASROC) Mk-114 rocket motor, ignited successfully, penetrated and exited through the canister cover and performed a guided flight profile similar to a tactical configuration.
 

Russian Navy planning to fit its vessels with naval versions of Pantsir and TOR air defense systems

Russian Navy planning to fit its vessels with naval versions of Pantsir and TOR air defense systems
 
According to industry sources, naval variants of the Pantsir and TOR-M2 short-range air defense systems should enter service with the Russian Navy in about two years. “The Defense Ministry showed great interest in the naval variant of the Pantsir. It has been decided that several destroyers and other large warships will be modernized to accommodate the system,” said Dmitry Konoplev, managing director of the KBP Instrument Design Bureau.
According to industry sources, naval variants of the Pantsir and TOR-M2 short-range air defense systems should enter service with the Russian Navy in about two years. “The Defense Ministry showed great interest in the naval variant of the Pantsir. It has been decided that several destroyers and other large warships will be modernized to accommodate the system,” said Dmitry Konoplev, managing director of the KBP Instrument Design Bureau.
 

ATK Delivers 100th Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile (AARGM) to U.S. Navy

ATK Delivers 100th Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile (AARGM) to U.S. Navy
 
ATK reached a significant achievement on the path to Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile (AARGM) Full Operational Capability (FOC) with delivery of the 100th AARGM to the U.S. Navy. Elected officials and U.S. Navy leaders attended a commemoration ceremony at the ATK Ridgecrest California Production facility in honor of the milestone.
ATK reached a significant achievement on the path to Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile (AARGM) Full Operational Capability (FOC) with delivery of the 100th AARGM to the U.S. Navy. Elected officials and U.S. Navy leaders attended a commemoration ceremony at the ATK Ridgecrest California Production facility in honor of the milestone.
 

LRASM Anti-Ship Missile Prototype Successfully Conducts First Solo Test Flight

LRASM Anti-Ship Missile Prototype Successfully Conducts First Solo Test Flight
 
Adversaries’ sophisticated air defense systems can make it difficult for current air- and surface-launched anti-ship missiles to hit their targets at long range. To engage specific enemy warships from beyond the reach of counter-fire systems, warfighters may require launching multiple missiles or employing overhead targeting assets such as radar-equipped planes or Global Positioning System (GPS) satellites—resources that may not always be available.
Adversaries’ sophisticated air defense systems can make it difficult for current air- and surface-launched anti-ship missiles to hit their targets at long range. To engage specific enemy warships from beyond the reach of counter-fire systems, warfighters may require launching multiple missiles or employing overhead targeting assets such as radar-equipped planes or Global Positioning System (GPS) satellites—resources that may not always be available.
 

U.S. Navy Awards Lockheed Martin $37 Million Contract for Heavyweight Torpedo Program

U.S. Navy Awards Lockheed Martin $37 Million Contract for Heavyweight Torpedo Program
 
Lockheed Martin will provide the U.S. Navy and allied navy customers from Canada and The Netherlands with upgrade kits and services for the MK 48 heavyweight torpedo under a new, $37 million contract award, part of a five-year effort to upgrade the entire submarine fleet.
Lockheed Martin will provide the U.S. Navy and allied navy customers from Canada and The Netherlands with upgrade kits and services for the MK 48 heavyweight torpedo under a new, $37 million contract award, part of a five-year effort to upgrade the entire submarine fleet.
 

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