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February 2017 News - Naval Forces, Defense Industry, Navy Technology, Maritime Security

ECA Group to supply Degaussing & UAV IT180 based magnetic ranging system to Asian Customer
eca group aerial ranging sterna 2 ECA Group will supply Degaussing Systems and UAV IT180 based Magnetic Ranging Systems to an Asian Ministry of Defence through a Contract of more than 7 million euros. The knowledge of the ship signature and efficiency of its Signature Reduction System is of prime importance to assess vulnerability against underwater mines and unfriendly detectors. To reduce the magnetic signature of Client’s vessels, ECA Group will provide and set-up degaussing systems in compliance with NATO standards.

Boustead & Royal Malaysian Navy Hold Keel Laying Ceremony for 2nd Gowind Frigate LCS - SGPV
Boustead Heavy Industries Corporation Berhad (BHIC) and the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN or Tentera Laut DiRaja Malaysia; TLDM) held today the keel laying ceremony of the second Gowind frigate Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) as part of the Second Generation Patrol Vessel (SGPV) program.

Pantsir-M Naval Air Defense Missile/Gun System to Enter Service with Russian Navy Before Year-End
At IMDS 2015 maritime defense exhibition currently held in St Petersburg, KBP Instrument Design Bureau (based in Tula, Russia) unveiled a naval variant of its famous Pantsir-S1 Air Defense System (????
A navalized Pantsir anti-air gun/missile system will have entered service before the end of the year, Dmitry Konoplyov, dual-hatted as director general of High-Precision Systems and managing director of the Instrument Design Bureau (KBP), has told TASS at the 13th IDEX international arms show (IDEX 2017).

Leonardo delivered the first Italian Navy NH90 MITT tactical transport helicopter
Leonardo NH90 MITT Helicopter Italian Navy Leonardo delivered in January the first NH90 MITT (Maritime – Italian Navy Tactical Transport) helicopter to the Italian Navy. The aircraft was designated ‘MH-90’ by its operator. The handover was performed during an official ceremony held at Luni Naval Base in the presence of representatives and dignitaries from the Italian Navy and industry.

Two Gepard-3.9 frigates built for Vietnam to be delivered in mid-2017
Gepard 3.9 class frigate Vietnam
The two Project 11661 Gepard-3.9 (NATO reporting name: Gepard-class) frigates built for Vietnam will be delivered in the middle of 2017, Zelenodolsk Shipyard Director General Renat Mistakhov has told TASS at the IDEX 2017 international arms show in Abu Dhabi.

Russian Project 667BDR Delta III-class SSBN Ryazan Returned to Permanent Base After Upgrade
Project 667BDR Delta III class SSBN The Project 667BDR (Delta III-class) nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) Ryazan has returned to its home station in Kamchatka in Russia’s Far East after it was upgraded and repaired, Russian Eastern Military District spokesman for the Pacific Fleet Captain 2nd Rank Vladimir Matveyev said.

US Navy MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft Systems to be Deployed From Florida
MQ 4C Triton US Navy UAS The U.S. Navy has selected Naval Station (NS) Mayport in Florida as the East Coast Forward Operating Base (FOB) for the MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS), Feb. 15, 2017. Mayport will be a permanent duty station for about 400 Triton UAS personnel and will support rotational deployments outside the continental United States. Facility construction will begin this year with the first Triton UAS scheduled to arrive in 2020.

GDEB Awarded $126 Million by U.S. Navy for Virginia-Class Block V Long Lead Time Material
GDEB Virginia class payload module VPM 2
General Dynamics Electric Boat has been awarded a $126.5 million contract by the U.S. Navy for long lead time material for the first two Block V Virginia-class submarines, SSN-802 and SSN-803. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics.

Two Project 11356 Frigates Built for Russia Black Sea Fleet Will Be Transferred to the Indian Navy
Admiral Makarov Project 11356 frigate
Two Project 11356 (NATO reporting name: Admiral Grigorovich-class) ASW Frigates hulls built for the Russian Black Sea fleet will be transfered to India, Deputy Director of the Russian Federal Service for Military and Technical Cooperation (FSVTS) Vladimir Drozhzhov told TASS.

Kelvin Hughes SharpEye Radars for Royal Malaysian Navy Gowind Frigates & MMEA Patrol Vessels
Charles de Gaulle mid life refit Kelvin Hughes continues to enjoy considerable success in exporting its maritime systems to Malaysia. Kelvin Hughes was contracted by Boustead Naval Shipyard (via their in-country representative D’Aquarian Services Sdn Bhd) to supply a pair of type-approved, upmast I-Band (X-Band) and E/F-Band (S-Band) SharpEye™ Doppler radars for each new ship in the Royal Malaysian Navy’s...

UMS SKELDAR announces 1st customer with delivery of the SKELDAR V-200 VTOL UAV to Indonesia
UMS SKELDAR V 200 VTOL UAV Indonesia Europe’s only fixed-wing and rotary UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) provider, UMS SKELDAR, has completed delivery and acceptance tests for Indonesia of the SKELDAR V-200 VTOL (Vertical Take-off and Landing) UAV. The deal is the world’s first delivery of the only heavy fuel UAV platform in its class.

Thales to supply Continuous Wave Illumination transmitters to the Royal Danish Navy
Thales F361 Iver Huitfeldt forsvaret dk On 31 January 2017, Thales has been awarded a contract by the Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organization for the delivery of 14 Continuous Wave Illumination (CWI) transmitters to be integrated in the current ESSM fire control systems on-board the Absalon and Iver Huitfeldt class vessels of the Royal Danish Navy.

Brazil Gives Up Modernization Plans for Aircraft Carrier Sao Paulo, Prepares for Decommissioning
Sao Paulo aircraft carrier Brazil According to Brazilian daily newspaper Estado, the Brazilian Navy (Marinha do Brasil) has just decided to decommission its sole aircraft carrier Sao Paulo (hull number A12) acquired from France in 2000. Brazil has long been considering a modernization plan for the aircraft carrier with French naval shipbuilding group DCNS, but according to Estado, "modernization costs were considered excessive by the admiralty".

U.S. Navy Christens Austal-built Independence-class Littoral Combat Ship USS Tulsa (LCS 16)
Littoral combat ship USS Coronado LCS 4
The U.S. Navy celebrated the christening of the future USS Tulsa Littoral Combat Ship (LCS 16) on February 11, 2017 as ship sponsor, Kathy Taylor, broke the ceremonial champagne bottle on the bow of the ship at a shipyard in Mobile, Alabama. The USS Tulsa is scheduled for delivery in 2018 and has a maximum speed of more than 40 knots, a 28,000 square foot mission bay, and a flight deck capable of simultaneously holding two H-60 helicopters...

Russian Navy Slava-class Cruiser Varyag in ASuW, AAW and Coastal Target Drills
Varyag guided missile cruiser The Russian Pacific Fleet’s Guards missile cruiser Varyag detected and destroyed high-speed targets in the stratosphere while accomplishing the K-2 task, Russian Eastern Military District spokesman for the Pacific Fleet Captain 2nd Rank Vladimir Matveyev told TASS.

Fincantieri Cuts Steel of First Italian Navy PPA Multipurpose Offshore Patrol Ship
PPA Italian Navy Aster 30 Blick 1NT The steel cutting ceremony of the Multipurpose Offshore Patrol Ship (PPA) took place today at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Muggiano (La Spezia), officially marking the beginning of construction works on the first unit. The ceremony was attended among others by the Undersecretary of State for Defence, Domenico Rossi, by the Chief of Staff of the Italian Navy, Admiral Valter Girardelli, by the General Manager of Fincantieri, Alberto Maestrini, and by the Senior Vice President Naval Vessels Business Unit & Italy Business Unit of Fincantieri, Angelo Fusco.

Norway & Germany initiate extended industrial cooperation related to the Norwegian submarine
NSM Test US Navy USS Coronado LCS 4 Norwegian and German authorities initiates a comprehensive industrial cooperation on submarine and missile deliveries that could entail considerable contracts for KONGSBERG. KONGSBERG, together with a network of approximately 100 small and large suppliers across Norway, will have large and key deliveries to the new submarines, where amongst other the submarines’ combat management system will be delivered by Norwegian industry.

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