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

Airbus Helicopters recognizes USCG for reaching 1.5 million flight hours in MH-65 Dolphins
USCG MH 65 Airbus Helicopters Inc. saluted the U.S. Coast Guard on Wednesday for its recent milestone achievement of reaching 1.5 million flight hours with the service’s fleet of MH-65 Dolphin patrol and search-and-rescue helicopters. From patrolling the skies over Lake Michigan to performing life-saving rescues in the Gulf of Mexico, the Coast Guard’s MH-65 Dolphin has become the most recognizable search and rescue aircraft in the world.

BRAHMOS Extended Range (ER) missile successfully test-fired
BRAHMOS Extended Range missile successfully test fired  As part of capability enhancement endeavour, a major milestone was achieved on 11th March 2017 when an enhanced version of the BRAHMOS supersonic cruise missile with an Extended Range (ER) was successfully test-fired from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) Chandipur at sea in Balasore, off the coast of Odisha.

Russian Navy to receive Project 667BDRM - Delta IV class SSBN Submarine K-114 Tula in Q4/2017
Project 667BDRM Tula SSBN submarine The Project 667BDRM (NATO reporting name: Delta IV-class) Tula nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) was moved out of the covered slipway of the Zvyozdochka Shipyard on February 26, according to the press office of the United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC).

Russia Navy to Receive 2 Project 22350 Gorshkov-class Frigates with Advanced AD Systems by 2021
Project 22350 Admiral Kasatonov Frigate Russia 1
The Russian Navy will have received two Project 22350 (NATO reporting name: Admiral Gorshkov-class) frigates equipped with an advanced air defense missile and gun system featuring several types of surface-to-air missiles (SAM), including a long-range one, before year-end 2020, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said during a teleconference call.

Russia to Upgrade and Overhaul Sole Aircraft Carrier Admiral Kuznetsov by July
Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov dry dock The Zvyozdochka Shipyard in Severodvinsk in north Russia will start repairing and upgrading the heavy aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov in the first quarter of 2017, a source in Russia’s defense industry told TASS. The repair will last 2.5 years, the source added.

KONGSBERG, TKMS & Atlas Elektronik in teaming agreement for submarines
KONGSBERG TKMS Atlas Elektronik teaming agreement Submarine 1 The companies join resources and establish a joint venture company in Norway that will be the international strategic and exclusive supplier of combat systems for thyssenkrupp Marine Systems’ submarines. On February 3rd 2017, the Norwegian Government announced that Germany was chosen as strategic partner for new submarines, and that Norway enters into negotiation with prime contractor thyssenkrupp Marine Systems.

DCNS Opens Office in Bogota, Pitches Gowind Corvette and Belh@rra Frigate to Colombia
DCNS Gowind Corvette Colombia Olivier Michel, DCNS Latin America Vice President, opened the new DCNS Representative Office in Bogota, Colombia, on Wednesday, March 8th, in the presence of His Excellency Ambassador of France in Colombia, Jean-Marc Laforêt. This inauguration will be followed by DCNS participation in Colombiamar, the Colombian Naval Defence Exhibition which will be held in Cartagena from 15th to 17th March.

Germany to Procure Northrop Grumman's MQ-4C Triton UAS to Replace Cancelled Euro Hawk
MQ 4C Triton UAS US Navy According to Reuters citing ministry sources, Germany's defence ministry has decided to buy Northrop Grumman-built MQ-4C Triton unmanned air systems (UAS) to replace the RQ-4C-based Euro Hawk, which Berlin cancelled in May 2013. Sensors for the new aircraft are to be built by Airbus, as planned under the previous programme, the sources said. The number of planes to be procured has not been disclosed yet but Germany had planned to buy five Euro Hawk aircraft.

ADIK Shipyard to Deliver New Landing Ship Tank LST-class TCG Bayraktar to Turkish Navy
TCG Bayraktar LST Turkish Navy ADIK Anadolu Shipyard ADIK Shipyard will deliver the first ship of a new class of landing ships (LST), TCG Bayraktar, this month following successful trials. Navy Recognition learned this information from a company representative during NAVDEX 2017, the international naval defense exhibition held from 19th to 23rd February in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.

US Navy Ohio-class SSBN Test Launched Four Trident II D5 Ballistic Missiles
Ohio class trident II D 5 ballistic missile
An Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine assigned to Submarine Group 9 completed a Follow-on Commander's Evaluation Test (FCET) Feb. 16, resulting in four successful test flights of Trident II D5 missiles. Designated FCET-53, the operation spanned a three-day period.

First Air Warfare Destroyer for Royal Australian Navy Successfully Completes Sea Acceptance Trials
RAN AWD Hobart successfully completes Sea Acceptance Trials 1
Today, the Air Warfare Destroyer Alliance celebrated the successful completion of Sea Acceptance Trials by the first destroyer Hobart following 21 days at sea off the coast of South Australia. AWD Alliance General Manager Paul Evans remarked that sea trials were a significant achievement for the Air Warfare Destroyer project in proving the advanced platform and combat systems on-board the ship.

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