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

Royal Navy Queen Elizabeth Carrier Officers aboard Marine Nationale's Charles de Gaulle CVN
Royal Navy Officers visiting French carrier Charles de Gaulle 1
In the framework of the Franco-British cooperation, a delegation of British officers was received on board the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle currently deployed in the eastern Mediterranean to participate in Operation Chammal. The British officers are responsible for the Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier program. According to the French Navy (Marine Nationale), the goal of their visit was to observe the use of a carrier strike group in real conditions in order to enrich their analytical work.

Airbus Helicopters delivers first three AS565 MBe Panther for Indonesian Navy TNI AL
AS565 MBe Panther TNI AL Indonesia Airbus Helicopters
Airbus Helicopters has delivered the first three of the 11 AS565 MBe Panther helicopters to Indonesia, ahead of contract schedule, at a ceremony at Airbus Helicopters’ headquarters in Marignane, in the presence of representatives from Indonesia’s Ministry of Defence and the Indonesian Navy.

KONGSBERG's Minesniper MkIII conducts successful neutralization of sea mines
Kongsberg Minesniper MKIII
Kongsberg Defence Systems` (KONGSBERG) latest generation One-Shot Mine Disposal Weapon System, the Minesniper MkIII, is a result of fifteen years of operational experience and continuous evolution. It represents the latest and most advanced technology within countermeasures of sea mines. The Royal Norwegian Navy (RNoN) has played an active role in the development of the latest generation of the Minesniper System.

Routine maintenance of Le Triomphant-class SSBNs: DCNS selected once again
DCNS Le Triomphant SSBN French Navy
The French Navy Fleet Support Department has just awarded to DCNS the through-life support contract for the four ballistic nuclear submarines based in Brest. This new contract is awarded for a total duration of almost nine years. It represents a direct follow-on to the previous SSBN routine maintenance contracts.

Thales to upgrade RAN Collins submarines with latest generation sonar systems from UK & France
Collins class Submarine SSK RAN Australia
Thales has signed a design and pre-production contract to upgrade Australia’s Collins class submarine sonar systems, enhancing their capability to outperform the most advanced underwater threats in an increasingly complex environment. As Australia’s leading provider of sonar technologies, Thales will build on its local and international expertise to prepare for upgrades to the submarines’ cylindrical array, flank array, and on-board processing to maintain Royal Australian Navy superiority in the region.

Russia offers Egypt advanced weapons, electronic warfare gear to equip Mistral-class LHDs
ENS Anwar El Sadat L 1020 Mistral class LHD Egyptian Navy
Russia has offered Egypt sophisticated weaponry and electronic warfare (EW) and communications systems for equipping the Egyptian Mistral amphibious assault ships. The talks are in progress, Vladimir Kozhin, assistant to the Russian president for military-technical cooperation, has told TASS.

U.S. Navy Awards BAE Systems $192 Million Contract for Work on New DDG 1000 Ships
The U.S. Navy's newest and most technologically advanced warship, USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) was commissioned into active service Saturday, Oct. 15, at North Locust Point in Baltimore. Zumwalt, the lead ship of a class of next-generation multi-mission destroyers, features a state-of-the-art electric propulsion system, wave-piercing tumblehome hull, stealth design, and the latest warfighting technology and weaponry available. BAE Systems has received an indefinite delivery / indefinite quantity contract from the U.S. Navy for post-construction work aboard the guided missile destroyers USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) and USS Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001). The contract has an initial award of $10.3 million and a maximum value of $192.7 million for work through September 2021.

Fincantieri Laid the Keel of Italian Navy Future Logistic Support Ship LSS
LSS fincantieri Italian Navy
Another key milestone in the Logistic Support Ship (LSS) Programme was successfully achieved on 13th October 2016, with the keel laying of the fore section of the new 23,000 tonne full load displacement ship at Fincantieri’s Castellammare di Stabia (Naples) shipyard.

Admiral Kuznetsov Aircraft Carrier Upgrade Implies Strengthening its Air Wing - USC President
Russia aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov to receive Ka 52K helicopter
The modernization of the Project 11435 (NATO reporting name: Kuznetsov-class) Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier implies improving its control systems and beefing up its air wing, United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC) President Alexei Rakhmanov has told the Rossiya 24 television channel in an interview.

First AW101 Merlin Mk4 for Royal Navy's Commando Helicopter Force makes its maiden flight
1st Royal Navy AW101 Merlin Mk4 maiden flight
Leonardo-Finmeccanica announced today the first AgustaWestland AW101 Merlin Mk4 successfully completed its maiden flight on 24th October 2016 at its Yeovil facility in southwest England. Leonardo is upgrading 25 Royal Navy Merlin Mk3/3A aircraft to Merlin Mk4/4A standard as part of the Merlin Life Sustainment Programme (MLSP) contract. The MLSP contract is valued at £330 million and was awarded in January 2014 by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD). Deliveries of aircraft will start in 2017 and continue through to 2020 with the work being performed at Leonardo’s Yeovil facility.

Russia’s nuclear-powered missile cruiser Pyotr Veliky to start undergoing upgrade after 2018
Petr Velikiy Kirov class nuclear cruiser Russian Navy
Work to repair and upgrade Russia’s Project 11442 heavy nuclear-powered missile cruiser Pyotr Veliky to the Project 11442M level will start after 2018, Vice-President for Warship Construction at Russia’s United Shipbuilding Corporation Igor Ponomaryov said.

Third Project 15A Kolkata-class Guided Missile Destroyer INS Chennai Joins the Indian Navy
INS Chennai third Project 15A Kolkata class destroyer 1
INS Chennai, a P 15A Guided Missile Destroyer, was commissioned into the Indian Navy by the Hon’ble Raksha Mantri Shri Manohar Parrikar at an impressive ceremony held at the Naval Dockyard, Mumbai today. The event marks the formal induction into the Navy of the third and the last of the three ‘Kolkata’ class destroyers, indigenously designed by the Indian Navy’s in-house organisation, Directorate of Naval Design and constructed by Mazagon Dock Limited, Mumbai.

MBDA Next Gen Anti-Ship Missile Closer to Reality with UK-French Centres of Excellence Strategy
MBDA perseus missile FCASW
MBDA's next gen anti-ship missile, currently known as the Future Cruise and Anti-Ship Weapon (FCASW) project, moved closer to reality last week, following an announcement made at a Franco-British Council meeting last week in Paris. Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon has announced Franco-British Centres of Excellence for missile technology in Stevenage and Bolton.

Video: New Long Range Anti Submarine ROCket ASROC Emerges Out of China
PLAN ASROC ASW Missile Torpedo China
Our colleagues from East Pendulum are reporting that recent CCTV-7 report lifted the veil on a new long range ASROC (Anti Submarine ROCket) system. The TV report, focusing on a test range of the People's Liberation Army land forces, shows the launch of an unkown missile from a sloped canister.

Russia’s 2nd Project 955A SSBN Submarine Completes Hydraulic Pressure Tests
SSBN Yuri Dolgoruky project 955 Russia
The first serial-produced Project 955A Borei-A-class nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine Knyaz Oleg has completed its hydraulic pressure tests, the press office of Russia’s Sevmash Shipyard said. The Sevmash Shipyard is a subsidiary of Russia’s United Shipbuilding Corporation.

Sweden Re-introducing Truck-Based RBS15 Coastal Defence Batteries
RBS 15 anti ship missile SAAB Sweden
The Swedish Armed Forces (Försvarsmakten) announced today that land-based coastal defence batteries are on their way back. By reintroducing them, the Swedish Navy will be able to launch Saab-made RBS15 anti-ship missiles from the country's coastlines against targets at sea at great distances.

Rockwell Collins awarded $27 million to activate U.S. Navy P-8A radio components depot capability
P 8A Poseidon MPA US Navy
Rockwell Collins was awarded $27 million to activate a depot capability for the U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon aircraft HF-121C radios and miscellaneous components. Under contract through 2020, establishing this depot capability creates military jobs, reduces the repair pipeline and improves availability of aircraft.

Saudi Border Guards Received their First TNC 35 Fast Patrol Boat Built by German Shipyard Lürssen
Saudi Border Guards patrol boat TNC 35 Lurssen
Shipspotters from Germany have published pictures in early November showing a TNC 35 fast patrol boat on a transport vessel bound for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The vessel, "TRS 5243 Jeddah" is the first of fifteen built by the German shipyard Fr. Lürssen Werft for the Saudi Border Guards following a major contract signed in 2013.

Decision on upgrading Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier yet to be made
Russia aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov to receive Ka 52K helicopter
No decision has been made yet as to when the Russian Navy’s only aircraft carrier, the Project 11435 (NATO reporting name: Kuznetsov-class) Admiral Kuznetsov operating in the Mediterranean now, will undergo repair and upgrade, United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC) President Alexei Rakhmanov told TASS.

Jamaica Defence Force Orders Two Stan Patrol 4207 Vessels from Damen for Fleet Renewal
Damen Stan Patrol 4207
The Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) has awarded Damen Shipyards Group a contract for two new Stan Patrol 4207 vessels. Representing a renewal of their fleet, the new vessels will replace the JDF Coast Guard Unit’s three Damen-built County Class Offshore Patrol Vessels, the HMJS Cornwall, HMJS Middlesex and HMJS Surrey.

First stage of Russian Navy Tracking Ship Marshal Krylov Modernization Completed
Marshal Krylov range ship Russian Navy
The first stage of modernization of the only sounding vessel in the Russian Navy, The Marshal Krylov of the Pacific fleet was completed by Dalzavod Shipyard in Primorye region. After maintenance and upgrade the vessel will participate in ensuring national space security and rocket launches from Vostochny cosmodrome in Amur region, spokesman of the Eastern military district for the Pacific fleet Captain 2nd rank Vladimir Matveyev told TASS.

RCN Sailors work alongside Spanish counterparts aboard ESPS Patiño Auxiliary Vessel
Spanish Naval Ship ESPS Patino
Twenty-two Canadians joined the crew of ESPS Patiño, a Spanish auxiliary ship that has been providing replenishment support to the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN), on September 12, 2016. The Canadian contingent included representatives from a variety of trades including boatswains, naval equipment systems operators, electricians, a medical technician, and maritime surface and sub-surface officers.

Latest Russian Navy Frigate & Corvette Classes to Be Upgraded with RAM Radar Absorbing Coating
The Project 22350 lead frigate Admiral Gorshkov is planned to be delivered to Russia’s Navy in November 2016, Chief of the Russian Armed Forces’ Armament Department Lieutenant-General Anatoly Gulyayev said on the single military hardware acceptance day.
The Russian-built Project 29380 (NATO reporting name: Steregushchy-class) and Project 20385 corvettes and Project 22350 (Gorshkov-class) frigates will receive radar absorbing coating as part of their upgrade, says the press office of defense contractor Ruselectronics (a subsidiary of Rostec).

Thales & LiG Nex 1 Upgrade the Goalkeeper CIWS Aboard KDX-I Destroyers of the ROK Navy
Thales 30mm Goalkeeper CIWS
Thales and LiG Nex1 signed a contract for the overhaul of two Goalkeeper close-in weapon systems on board the KDX-I class vessels of the Republic of Korea Navy. The overhaul will be carried out by Thales in close cooperation with DMI (the Naval Maintenance organisation of the Netherlands Ministry of Defence) and LIGNex1.

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