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AUGUST 2018 news

Naval Forces, Defense Industry, Navy Technology, Maritime Security

Royal Navy aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, has departed her home port of Portsmouth, bound for the USA to land fast jets on deck for the very first time. Eight years since a British aircraft carrier last flew a fast jet from her decks, the 65,000-tonne carrier will embark two F-35B test aircraft, from the Integrated Test Force (ITF), based out of Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland.

The French Navy (Marine Nationale) announced that its nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) Le Téméraire, left a dry dock at Brest naval base on July 20th following 19 months of complex overhaul (called unavailability for maintenance and repairs or IPER). The main objectives of this overhaul was to adapt the submarine to the new generation M51 submarine launched ballistic missile (SLBM) as well as refuel its nuclear reactor.

Ukraine armed forces conducted today a test firing of the locally developed Neptun anti-ship cruise missile. The test was attended by Oleksandr Turchynov, Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council. The missile successfully hit a target at sea 100 Km away.

The Republic of Korea Navy (ROK Navy) is looking to adapt its two Dokdo-class LPHs to deploy the F-35B STOVL aircraft. According to Yonhap News Agency, the ROK Navy issued a public notice of tender through an electronic defense procurement system of South Korea's Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA), citing moves by neighboring countries to consider running F-38Bs aboard their vessels.

Austal Limited (Austal) is pleased to report that the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago (GORTT) has announced its intention to purchase two Austal Cape Class Patrol Boats. The vessels will enhance the border protection capabilities of the country in conjunction with the existing Coast Guard fleet, and will join six Austal Fast Patrol Craft acquired in 2009.

UMS SKELDAR, the world-class provider of rotary Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) solutions and avionics software has been awarded a procurement contract through Munich-based partner and prime contractor Elektroniksystem- und Logistik-GmbH (ESG) for a new, unmanned, airborne reconnaissance system for the German Navy specified by the Federal military procurement agency Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw).

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has entered an agreement to provide advanced defense systems to Israel Navy's Sa'ar-6 corvettes. The systems will be used to protect Israel's exclusive economic zone and strategic facilities which are faced with diversified threats in the marine arena. The contract was led by the navy, Directorate of Defense Research and Development (DDR&D) and the procurement administration in Israel's Ministry of Defense. The Barak-8 system was chosen after it was demonstrated to meet the operational requirements and future challenges faced by the Navy.

Chinese shipyard Wuchang Shipbuilding Industry Group (a member of CSIC China Shipbuilding Industry Co.) started construction of the first Littoral Mission Ship (LMS) for the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN). A first steel cutting ceremony was held on July 31st at the shipyard in presence of RMN official, including the Chief of Navy, Admiral Kamarul.

The United States Navy's Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) released a video showing a successful flight test of the Raytheon Evolved Seasparrow Missile (ESSM) Block 2, intercepting a BQM-74E aerial target. NAVSEA first mentionned the test on July 5, but the footage was released August 15.

The Baltic fleet will be reinforced with the Alrosa submarine, the only SSK (diesel-electric submarine) in the world equipped with a pumpjet. It is the most silent Russian sub of project 877. The Alrosa will be transferred from the Black Sea fleet. Experts believe it will reinforce the Baltic fleet which has currently remained practically without submarines, the Izvestia daily writes.

In August 2018, MV-22 Osprey pilots successfully tested rolling landing and takeoffs in excess of 57,000 pounds on the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). This key capability allows the Osprey to haul more weight than the C-2A, which is limited to landing at 49,000 pounds. GHWB’s onboard testing included integrating the MV-22 into flight deck operations, and heavy gross weight rolling landings and takeoffs.

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