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

Morye shipyard lays down Project 22800 Karakurt-class corvette Vikhr
Karakurt class corvette small missile boat project 22800 2 The Morye shipyard in Feodosiya laid down another serial Karakurt-class guided missile corvette (small missile boat) of project 22800. The order of Navy Commander-in-chief Admiral Vladimir Korolev was read out at the ceremony which named the vessel Vikhr (Whirlwind), the Russian Defense Ministry said.

Royal Navy Completes MBDA Sea Ceptor Missile Firing Trials
Sea Ceptor firing CAMM MBDA Royal Navy 1
The Royal Navy has successfully conducted the final First of Class firing trials of the new Sea Ceptor air defence system – completing the qualification firings of this cutting-edge new capability for the Royal Navy.

ROK Navy Future ASR-II Submarine Rescue Vessel Passes Capability Test
South Korea's Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) has announced that the design of the ASR-II project passed the military's required operational capability (ROC) test last month. ASR-II is a new generation Auxiliary Submarine Rescue vessel intended to strengthen the existing Cheonghaejin Class ASR submarine rescue ship as the Republic of Korea (ROK) Navy has commissioned nine KSS-II class submarines (Type 214) as well as building the new class of large submarine, the KSS-III.

Delivery of Project 667BDRM - Delta IV class SSBN Submarine K-114 Tula Delayed to 2018
Project 667BDRM Tula SSBN submarine The handover to the fleet of Project 667BDRM (NATO reporting name: Delta IV-class) Tula nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) is rescheduled from the fourth quarter of 2017 to March of 2018. The schedule is disrupted by faulty products of one supplier of the Zvyozdochka shipyard in Severodvinsk where the boat is repaired. This has been revealed to the FlotProm Internet publication by Yevgeny Gladyshev, the spokesman of the enterprise.

HII Awarded Contract For Columbia-Class Integrated Product & Process Development
GDEB Receives US Navy Contract for Continued Columbia-Class SSBN Submarine Development
Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced today that its Newport News Shipbuilding division was awarded a contract from General Dynamics Electric Boat worth up to $468 million to begin work on integrated product and process development for the U.S. Navy’s new Columbia-class submarines.

Boeing Shares Sneak Peek of Aerial Refueler for MQ-25 Competition
MQ 25 boeing
Boeing for the first time is showing what it believes is the unmanned aircraft system (UAS) best suited for refueling U.S. Navy jets operating from aircraft carriers. Through its MQ-25 competition, the Navy is seeking unmanned refueling capabilities that would extend the combat range of deployed Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet, Boeing EA-18G Growler, and Lockheed Martin F-35C fighters. The MQ-25 will also have to seamlessly integrate with a carrier’s catapult and launch and recovery systems.

India Launched its Second Arihant-class SSBN Ballistic Missile Submarine Arighat
INS Arihant updated
As reported by Indian English-language fortnightly news magazine and news television channel India Today, the second Arihant-class SSBN was launched in a very low key (some would say secret) ceremony on November 19, 2017 at the Ship Building Centre (SBC) in Visakhapatnam.

Russian Navy Ka-29 Helicopter Tested Aboard Project 11711 Landing Ship Ivan Gren
Ka 29 Ivan Gren LST 1
The Project 11711 large amphibious assault ship (LST landing ship tank) Ivan Gren built by the Yantar Shipyard in Kaliningrad in west Russia continues its final sea trials in the Baltic Sea. Recent pictures show that air operations have been tested with a Kamov Ka-29 helicopter belonging to the Baltic Fleet.

BAE Systems wins JSS 2 fleet-wide CMS support contract for Royal Navy
BAE Systems Joint Support Solution 2 JSS 2 Royal Navy Fleet
BAE Systems has been contracted by the Ministry of Defence’s (MOD) Maritime Combat Systems (MCS) team to ensure the combat management systems, tactical networks and shared infrastructures aboard 38 Royal Navy platforms will remain available, coherent, safe and secure.

Indra will supply TKMS with SATCOM terminals to enhance stealth capacities of two submarines
TKMS HDW 212A U31 DIMDEX 2012 news pictures
Indra will supply ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS), one of the world's biggest shipbuilders, with new satellite communications systems for two submarines for the export market. The company will deliver a Ku band system mounted on a three-axis stabilized platform that ensures that vessels will remain connected even in the most difficult sea states. It is a well proven system used by fleets all over the world which Indra has already delivered to several navies.

French Navy Rafale M Fighters to Train with a US Navy Aircraft Carrier in April 2018
French Navy (Marine Nationale) Rafale M fighters will fly to the United States in April 2018 in order to conduct training and carrier qualifications from a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier. The announcement came when the U.S Navy Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John Richardson met his French counterpart, Chief of Staff of the French Navy (CEMM) Adm. Christophe Prazuck on December 6th in Paris.

Boustead & Royal Malaysian Navy Hold Keel Laying Ceremony for 3rd 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 third Gowind frigate Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) as part of the Second Generation Patrol Vessel (SGPV) program.

U.S. Navy Commissions Fifth Freedom-class Littoral Combat Ship USS Little Rock (LCS 9)
USS Little Rock US Navy LCS
The U.S. Navy commissioned USS Little Rock (LCS 9) –– the nation's fifth Freedom-variant Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) –– on the Buffalo River on Dec. 16. This milestone officially places the ship, which was designed and built by Lockheed Martin and Fincantieri Marinette Marine into active service.

Chinese Shipyard Launched the 29th Type 054A Frigate for the PLAN
Chinese Shipyard Launched the 29th Type 054A Frigate for the PLAN 1
Our colleagues from East Pendulum are reporting that the Hudong-Zhonghua Shipyard of the Chinese naval group CSSC launched a Type 054A frigate for People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN or Chinese Navy) on December 16 2017. This is the 15th frigate of this class (designated Jiangkai II-class by NATO) built in this shipyard, located near Shanghai in Eastern China, and the 29th overall in the series. The 28th Type 054A was launched less than 4 months ago, showing once again the fast pace of China's naval shipbuilding industry.

Navantia, Saab and CEA Join Forces for Canada's CSC Frigate Program
SEA5000 Fincantieri PACIFIC 2017
A Navantia-led team has submitted its tender response for the Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) program, with global defence and security company Saab as the Combat Systems Integrator (CSI) and CEA Technologies providing key elements of the proposed solution.

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Completes First F-35C Carrier Qualification
USS Abraham Lincoln CVN 72 Completes First F 35C Carrier Qualification 1
The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) successfully completed Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) Carrier Qualifications for the F-35C Lightning II program, carrier qualifying the first nine fleet aviators in the new aircraft, while underway Dec. 7-11.

Brown-water warships to become priority for Russian navy development - part 2
Russia is losing perspectives as a global sea power. Such conclusions can be drawn from official Defense Ministry statements about navy development priorities in the coming ten years. The so-called brown-water or inner maritime zone warships are to become a priority, expert Alexander Shishkin writes in the Vzglyad business daily.

Raytheon Completes CEC Design & Testing for 1st Australian Air Warfare Destroyer HMAS Hobart
First Air Warfare Destroyer HMAS Hobart Handed Over to Royal Australian Navy
Raytheon Company has completed design, development and testing of its Cooperative Engagement Capability system, which will be certified by the U.S. Navy for the system’s first international installation. Onboard the Royal Australian Navy’s HMAS Hobart, CEC will expand the ship’s battlespace awareness by sharing sensor data among a network of other Australian and allied CEC-equipped ships and aircraft.

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