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April 2014 Maritime Defense Industry and World Naval Forces News
 
 

Indonesian Army (TNI AD) unveils its new "KMC Komando" Fast Assault Craft

Indonesian Army (TNI AD) unveils its new "KMC Komando" Fast Assault Craft
 
On April 29th 2014, the Indonesian Army unveiled a new model of Fast Assault Craft known as the Kapal Motor Cepat (KMC) Komando, manufactured by local shipbuilder PT Tesco Indomaritimin in collaboration with a group of technicians and experts from local universities. The KMC Komando shares several design attributes with Swedish built CB90-class fast assault craft.
On April 29th 2014, the Indonesian Army unveiled a new model of Fast Assault Craft known as the Kapal Motor Cepat (KMC) Komando, manufactured by local shipbuilder PT Tesco Indomaritimin in collaboration with a group of technicians and experts from local universities. The KMC Komando shares several design attributes with Swedish built CB90-class fast assault craft.
 

Raytheon tests new passive seeker for Tomahawk Block IV cruise missile

Raytheon tests new passive seeker for Tomahawk Block IV cruise missile
 
Raytheon Company successfully completed a passive seeker test designed for a Tomahawk Block IV cruise missile using company-funded independent research and development investment. The captive flight test, using a modified Tomahawk Block IV missile nose cone, demonstrated that Raytheon's advanced, next-generation; multi-function processor can enable the cruise missile to navigate to and track moving targets emitting radio frequency signals.
Raytheon Company successfully completed a passive seeker test designed for a Tomahawk Block IV cruise missile using company-funded independent research and development investment. The captive flight test, using a modified Tomahawk Block IV missile nose cone, demonstrated that Raytheon's advanced, next-generation; multi-function processor can enable the cruise missile to navigate to and track moving targets emitting radio frequency signals.
 

BAE Systems to Maintain and Modernize U.S. Navy Ships in Hawaii

BAE Systems to Maintain and Modernize U.S. Navy Ships in Hawaii
 
BAE Systems has received a multi-ship, multi-option (MSMO) contract from the U.S. Navy to repair, maintain, and modernize nine destroyers and cruisers, either homeported in or visiting Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
BAE Systems has received a multi-ship, multi-option (MSMO) contract from the U.S. Navy to repair, maintain, and modernize nine destroyers and cruisers, either homeported in or visiting Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
 

General Dynamics Awarded $18 Billion by U.S. Navy for 10 Virginia-Class Submarines

General Dynamics Awarded $18 Billion by U.S. Navy for 10 Virginia-Class Submarines
 
The U.S. Navy today underscored its commitment to an advanced and adaptable submarine force by awarding General Dynamics Electric Boat a contract valued at $17.6 billion for the construction of 10 additional Virginia-class submarines. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics.
The U.S. Navy today underscored its commitment to an advanced and adaptable submarine force by awarding General Dynamics Electric Boat a contract valued at $17.6 billion for the construction of 10 additional Virginia-class submarines. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics.
 

Thales finalises delivery of MELTEM II CASA CN-235 maritime patrol aircraft to Turkey

Thales finalises delivery of MELTEM II CASA CN-235 maritime patrol aircraft to Turkey
 
Thales announces the delivery of the final standard for the maritime patrol aircraft to Turkey as part of the MELTEM II programme, for which Thales is the prime contractor. To this day, five of the six aircraft have been delivered to this standard, with the sixth set for delivery before the summer. This follows the three maritime surveillance aircraft which were sent to the Turkish coastguards last year.
Thales announces the delivery of the final standard for the maritime patrol aircraft to Turkey as part of the MELTEM II programme, for which Thales is the prime contractor. To this day, five of the six aircraft have been delivered to this standard, with the sixth set for delivery before the summer. This follows the three maritime surveillance aircraft which were sent to the Turkish coastguards last year.
 

Russian shipyard lays keel of new class Replenishment Oiler "Academician Pashin” (project 23130)

Russian shipyard lays keel of new class Replenishment Oiler "Academician Pashin” (project 23130)
 
On April 26th, 2014, a keel-laying ceremony in presence of Admiral Viktor Viktorovich Chirkov (Russian Navy's Commander-in-Chief) took place at Nevsky Shipyard for a new generation of Replenishment Oiler for the Russian Navy. Described by the shipyard as "Medium-sized sea tanker Academician Pashin” (Project 23130) the vessel is the first tanker to be built for the Russian Navy since the collapse of the Soviet Union.
On April 26th, 2014, a keel-laying ceremony in presence of Admiral Viktor Viktorovich Chirkov (Russian Navy's Commander-in-Chief) took place at Nevsky Shipyard for a new generation of Replenishment Oiler for the Russian Navy. Described by the shipyard as "Medium-sized sea tanker Academician Pashin” (Project 23130) the vessel is the first tanker to be built for the Russian Navy since the collapse of the Soviet Union.
 

Drumgrange Deliver Acoustic Hailing Devices (AHD’s) to Japanese Coast Guard

Drumgrange Deliver Acoustic Hailing Devices (AHD’s) to Japanese Coast Guard
 
Drumgrange is pleased to announce it has been successful in delivering over a million pound contract to the Japanese Coast Guard. The contract, which was awarded in November 2013, was delivered to Tokyo, Japan on the 14th February 2014. This is a first for Drumgrange in the supply of AHD’s to the Japanese market and was achieved with the enormous support of its Japanese partner, Marubun Corporation, a Tokyo based trading house.Drumgrange’s Acoustic Hailing Devices have been designed for high speech intelligibility at distances up to 1500m both on land and at sea, making them the ideal communicator for naval applications, commercial security, CBRN, merchant shipping, emergency services, oil & gas platforms and port & border protection.
Drumgrange is pleased to announce it has been successful in delivering over a million pound contract to the Japanese Coast Guard. The contract, which was awarded in November 2013, was delivered to Tokyo, Japan on the 14th February 2014. This is a first for Drumgrange in the supply of AHD’s to the Japanese market and was achieved with the enormous support of its Japanese partner, Marubun Corporation, a Tokyo based trading house.
 

50 Years Later the C-2A Greyhound is Still Completing the U.S. Navy's Mission

50 Years Later the C-2A Greyhound is Still Completing the U.S. Navy's Mission
 
Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 30 celebrates 50 years of utilizing the C-2A Greyhound, marking a huge milestone for this aircraft platform. VRC-30 transports mail, personnel, aviation and shipboard parts to aircraft carriers throughout the Pacific Fleet, contributing to mission completion.
Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 30 celebrates 50 years of utilizing the C-2A Greyhound, marking a huge milestone for this aircraft platform. VRC-30 transports mail, personnel, aviation and shipboard parts to aircraft carriers throughout the Pacific Fleet, contributing to mission completion.
 

Royal Navy Type 45 destroyer HMS Dragon intercepted and escorted Russian Udaloy I Destroyer

Royal Navy Type 45 destroyer HMS Dragon intercepted and escorted Russian Udaloy I Destroyer
 
China's first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, returned to Dalian Shipyard dock to undergo its first interim service on April, 17, 2014. Experts predicted that the service will last for six months; comprehensive overhaul and maintenance will be conducted on the power, weapons, and other systems. Complex weapon systems require regular maintenance, and aircraft personnel also need to be trained and rest to maintain combat effectiveness.
In an example of routine work for the Royal Navy’s Fleet Ready Escort, the ship’s company of HMS Dragon have tracked, and met up with, the Vice Admiral Kulakov - a large Russian destroyer - as it transits past the United Kingdom.
 

China's Aircraft Carrier Liaoning Will Undergo Its First Interim Maintenance

China's Aircraft Carrier Liaoning Will Undergo Its First Interim Maintenance
 
China's first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, returned to Dalian Shipyard dock to undergo its first interim service on April, 17, 2014. Experts predicted that the service will last for six months; comprehensive overhaul and maintenance will be conducted on the power, weapons, and other systems. Complex weapon systems require regular maintenance, and aircraft personnel also need to be trained and rest to maintain combat effectiveness.
China's first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, returned to Dalian Shipyard dock to undergo its first interim service on April, 17, 2014. Experts predicted that the service will last for six months; comprehensive overhaul and maintenance will be conducted on the power, weapons, and other systems. Complex weapon systems require regular maintenance, and aircraft personnel also need to be trained and rest to maintain combat effectiveness.
 

US Navy deploys Standard Missile-3 Block IB for first time

US Navy deploys Standard Missile-3 Block IB for first time
 
In partnership with the Missile Defense Agency, the U.S. Navy deployed the second-generation Standard Missile-3 Block IB made by Raytheon Company for the first time, initiating the second phase of the Phased Adaptive Approach.
In partnership with the Missile Defense Agency, the U.S. Navy deployed the second-generation Standard Missile-3 Block IB made by Raytheon Company for the first time, initiating the second phase of the Phased Adaptive Approach.
 

Royal Navy AW-159 Wildcat maritime helicopter takes part in Exercise Joint Warrior

Royal Navy AW-159 Wildcat maritime helicopter takes part in Exercise Joint Warrior
 
The newest helicopter in the Royal Navy’s arsenal came through its toughest test yet as it spent a fortnight taking part in Europe’s biggest naval war games. Wildcat – which will provide the aerial eyes and punch of the Royal Navy’s frigates and destroyers for the next quarter of a century – joined HMS Dragon on Exercise Joint Warrior.
The newest helicopter in the Royal Navy’s arsenal came through its toughest test yet as it spent a fortnight taking part in Europe’s biggest naval war games. Wildcat – which will provide the aerial eyes and punch of the Royal Navy’s frigates and destroyers for the next quarter of a century – joined HMS Dragon on Exercise Joint Warrior.
 

Oto Melara DART/STRALES 76mm guided ammunition successfully tested

Oto Melara DART/STRALES 76mm guided ammunition successfully tested
 
The first lot of DART/STRALES 76mm guided ammunition, produced by OTO Melara, was successfully tested at the end of March. The firing trials were conducted on board one of the Italian Navy’s ships equipped with Strales 76mm SR and Selex NA25 fire control system.
The first lot of DART/STRALES 76mm guided ammunition, produced by OTO Melara, was successfully tested at the end of March. The firing trials were conducted on board one of the Italian Navy’s ships equipped with Strales 76mm SR and Selex NA25 fire control system.
 

KONGSBERG to deliver C4I CORTEX for the Combatant Craft Medium Mark One (CCM Mk 1) program

KONGSBERG to deliver C4I CORTEX for the Combatant Craft Medium Mark One (CCM Mk 1) program
 
KONGSBERG will provide the C4I infrastructure solution for the CCM Mk 1 production contract, awarded to Oregon Iron Works, Inc. (OIW) in Clackamas, OR on February 10th, 2014. KONGSBERG will provide their C4I CORTEX system to fulfill the requirements of the program’s Tactical Computer System.
KONGSBERG will provide the C4I infrastructure solution for the CCM Mk 1 production contract, awarded to Oregon Iron Works, Inc. (OIW) in Clackamas, OR on February 10th, 2014. KONGSBERG will provide their C4I CORTEX system to fulfill the requirements of the program’s Tactical Computer System.
 

U.S. Navy, Raytheon and Boeing started flight testing Advanced Airborne Sensor on P-8A Poseidon

U.S. Navy, Raytheon and Boeing started flight testing Advanced Airborne Sensor on P-8A Poseidon
 
A U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft was recently spotted at the Boeing headquarter's in Seattle conducting tests (including flight tests) with Raytheon's Advanced Airborne Sensor (AAS) fitted under the aircraft. Based on the existing AN/APS-149 Littoral Surveillance Radar System (LSRS), the AAS is designed to detect moving targets both on the surface of water and on land.
A U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft was recently spotted at the Boeing headquarter's in Seattle conducting tests (including flight tests) with Raytheon's Advanced Airborne Sensor (AAS) fitted under the aircraft. Based on the existing AN/APS-149 Littoral Surveillance Radar System (LSRS), the AAS is designed to detect moving targets both on the surface of water and on land.
 

Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding lays keel of first SIGMA 10514 PKR Frigate for TNI AL (Indonesia)

Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding lays keel of first SIGMA 10514 PKR Frigate for TNI AL (Indonesia)
 
In accordance with the agreed planning in the contract for the construction of a Damen SIGMA Frigate for the Indonesian Navy, the keellaying ceremony has taken place on 16 April 2014 at the PT PAL (Persero) Shipyard in Surabaya, Indonesia. The construction of the 4 modules that are going to be built at PT PAL (Persero) Shipyard Surabaya and the two modules that are being built in Vlissingen, are proceeding according to schedule.
In accordance with the agreed planning in the contract for the construction of a Damen SIGMA Frigate for the Indonesian Navy, the keellaying ceremony has taken place on 16 April 2014 at the PT PAL (Persero) Shipyard in Surabaya, Indonesia. The construction of the 4 modules that are going to be built at PT PAL (Persero) Shipyard Surabaya and the two modules that are being built in Vlissingen, are proceeding according to schedule.
 

US Navy and Austal held a keel laying ceremony for the future USS Gabrielle Giffords, 10th LCS

US Navy and Austal held a keel laying ceremony for the future USS Gabrielle Giffords, 10th LCS
 
The US Navy and Austal USA held a keel laying ceremony for the future USS Gabrielle Giffords, the Navy's tenth littoral combat ship (LCS), on April 16 in Mobile, Ala. The keel-laying ceremony recognizes the first joining together of a ship's components. While modern shipbuilding processes allow fabrication of individual modules to begin months earlier, the laying of the keel represents the formal beginning of a ship.
The US Navy and Austal USA held a keel laying ceremony for the future USS Gabrielle Giffords, the Navy's tenth littoral combat ship (LCS), on April 16 in Mobile, Ala. The keel-laying ceremony recognizes the first joining together of a ship's components. While modern shipbuilding processes allow fabrication of individual modules to begin months earlier, the laying of the keel represents the formal beginning of a ship.
 

U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command Awards Lockheed Martin $10 Million Contract To Maintain MK-48 Torpedoes

U.S. Navy Awards Lockheed Martin $10 Million Contract To Maintain MK-48 Torpedoes
 
Operational readiness of the U.S. Navy’s MK-48 heavyweight torpedo inventory will continue to be ensured by Lockheed Martin. The Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) awarded Lockheed Martin a contract option worth approximately $10 million to support the Navy’s intermediate-level maintenance activities for all MK-48 torpedoes. This is the first option exercised from a contract awarded in 2013 and brings the total contract value to more than $18 million.
Operational readiness of the U.S. Navy’s MK-48 heavyweight torpedo inventory will continue to be ensured by Lockheed Martin. The Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) awarded Lockheed Martin a contract option worth approximately $10 million to support the Navy’s intermediate-level maintenance activities for all MK-48 torpedoes. This is the first option exercised from a contract awarded in 2013 and brings the total contract value to more than $18 million.
 

US Approves $250M contract for German Navy P-3C Maritime Patrol Aircraft Upgrade

US Approves $250M contract for German Navy P-3C Maritime Patrol Aircraft Upgrade
 
The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Germany for P-3C aircraft upgrades and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $250 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on April 11, 2014.
The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Germany for P-3C aircraft upgrades and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $250 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on April 11, 2014.
 

U.S. Navy Christened USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000), New Class of Destroyer

U.S. Navy Christened USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000), New Class of Destroyer
 
The U.S. Navy christened the USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) April 12, during a ceremony at General Dynamics-Bath Iron Works shipyard in Bath, Maine. The lead ship and class are named in honor of former Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Admiral Elmo R. "Bud" Zumwalt Jr., who served as the 19th CNO from 1970-1974.
The U.S. Navy christened the USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) April 12, during a ceremony at General Dynamics-Bath Iron Works shipyard in Bath, Maine. The lead ship and class are named in honor of former Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Admiral Elmo R. "Bud" Zumwalt Jr., who served as the 19th CNO from 1970-1974.
 

Northrop Grumman to Build Five More MQ-8C Fire Scouts for the U.S. Navy

Northrop Grumman to Build Five More MQ-8C Fire Scouts for the U.S. Navy
 
Northrop Grumman Corporation will build five additional U.S. Navy MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopters, which allow ship commanders to extend their intelligence-gathering capabilities far beyond the horizon. Final assembly of the aircraft will take place at the company's Unmanned Systems Center in Moss Point, Miss. The MQ-8C is based on a larger helicopter airframe that provides greater range, endurance and payload capacity over the currently fielded MQ-8B Fire Scout variant.
Northrop Grumman Corporation will build five additional U.S. Navy MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopters, which allow ship commanders to extend their intelligence-gathering capabilities far beyond the horizon. Final assembly of the aircraft will take place at the company's Unmanned Systems Center in Moss Point, Miss. The MQ-8C is based on a larger helicopter airframe that provides greater range, endurance and payload capacity over the currently fielded MQ-8B Fire Scout variant.
 

U.S. Navy to deploy first laser weapon prototype onboard USS Ponce this spring

U.S. Navy to deploy first laser weapon prototype onboard USS Ponce this spring
 
US Navy engineers are making final adjustments to a laser weapon prototype that will be the first of its kind to deploy aboard a ship late this summer. The prototype, an improved version of the Laser Weapon System (LaWS), will be installed on USS Ponce for at-sea testing in the Persian Gulf, fulfilling plans announced by Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert at the 2013 Sea-Air-Space Expo.
US Navy engineers are making final adjustments to a laser weapon prototype that will be the first of its kind to deploy aboard a ship late this summer. The prototype, an improved version of the Laser Weapon System (LaWS), will be installed on USS Ponce for at-sea testing in the Persian Gulf, fulfilling plans announced by Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert at the 2013 Sea-Air-Space Expo.
 

Huntington Ingalls Industries delivers Future USS America (LHA 6) to U.S. Navy

Huntington Ingalls Industries delivers Future USS America (LHA 6) to U.S. Navy
 
The U.S. Navy officially accepted delivery of the amphibious assault ship America (LHA 6) from Huntington Ingalls Industries during a ship custody transfer ceremony in Pascagoula, Miss., April 10. More than 900 Sailors and Marines assigned to Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) America marched to the ship to take custody on the flight deck.
The U.S. Navy officially accepted delivery of the amphibious assault ship America (LHA 6) from Huntington Ingalls Industries during a ship custody transfer ceremony in Pascagoula, Miss., April 10. More than 900 Sailors and Marines assigned to Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) America marched to the ship to take custody on the flight deck.
 

Latest success for MdCN MBDA’s Naval Cruise Missile

Latest success for MdCN MBDA’s Naval Cruise Missile
 
On 8th April 2014, the French DGA (Direction Générale de l'Armement) successfully carried out the second qualification firing of the naval cruise missile (MdCN or Missile de Croisière Naval) currently under development by MBDA. The firing, which took place at the DGA’s Biscarrosse missile test centre (situated in the department of Landes in South West France) , was representative of a firing from a frigate and demonstrated the missile’s flight capabilities at high altitude.
On 8th April 2014, the French DGA (Direction Générale de l'Armement) successfully carried out the second qualification firing of the naval cruise missile (MdCN or Missile de Croisière Naval) currently under development by MBDA. The firing, which took place at the DGA’s Biscarrosse missile test centre (situated in the department of Landes in South West France) , was representative of a firing from a frigate and demonstrated the missile’s flight capabilities at high altitude.
 

JMSDF and US Navy deployed AEGIS Destroyers to possibly intercept North Korean Missiles

JMSDF and US Navy deployed AEGIS Destroyers to possibly intercept North Korean Missiles
 
Japan’s defense minister has ordered the Japanese Armed Forces to shoot down any North Korean ballistic missiles that are tested in the coming weeks, Reuters reported on Saturday, April 5, 2014. Meanwhile U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced that the U.S. Navy will send two destroyers to counter possible threats.
Japan’s defense minister has ordered the Japanese Armed Forces to shoot down any North Korean ballistic missiles that are tested in the coming weeks, Reuters reported on Saturday, April 5, 2014. Meanwhile U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced that the U.S. Navy will send two destroyers to counter possible threats.
 

Vietnam Navy receives 2 Russia-made project 636 Kilo class diesel electric submarines

Vietnam Navy receives 2 Russia-made project 636 Kilo class diesel electric submarines
 
Vietnam received two submarines on Thursday and Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung said that it marked new development of Vietnamese navy and army. Dung made the remarks at a national flag-raising ceremony to the two Russia-made Kilo class submarines held in central Cam Ranh port on Thursday.
Vietnam received two submarines on Thursday and Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung said that it marked new development of Vietnamese navy and army. Dung made the remarks at a national flag-raising ceremony to the two Russia-made Kilo class submarines held in central Cam Ranh port on Thursday.
 

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