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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Defence ministry clears Israeli anti-tank missile, six submarines

Spike ATMThe defence ministry Saturday cleared big ticket defence deals worth Rs.80,000 crore which include Israel's guided anti-tank missile Spike, sources said.

Spike missiles were chosen instead of the US' Javelin missiles, for which Washington had lobbied hard.

India will be buying over 8,000 missiles worth Rs.32,000 crore.

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6 Made-in-India Submarines for Navy for 53,000 Crores

INS VagliThe Defence Acquisition Council of India on Saturday cleared defence deals worth Rs. 80,000 crore.

The deal includes the acquisition of six conventional submarines to augment the aging and depleted submarine fleet and two midget submarines -- also known as 'Swimmer Delivery Vehicles' - which are used for special operations.

Following Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'make in India' campaign and the overall policy to build and strengthen the fledgling Indian defence industry, all six boats will be made in Indian shipyards.

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Video and photo coverage: Catamaran 2014 large joint amphibious exercise with CVN, LHD, LPD

From October 13 to 26, French forces (as well as British ones at staff level) take part in a large-scale operational exercise simulating an expeditionary amphibious operation in a crisis situation.

The joint maneuvers take place in the western Mediterranean and the French Riviera.

The French Navy (Marine Nationale) invited Navy Recognition to cover the exercise: We could witness some of the amphibious assault, we then got on board an EDA-R (L-CAT) to reach the Mistral LHD at sea and the pinnacle of the event was a tour on board the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier.

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Kongsberg showcased a Vertical Launch Joint Strike Missile (VL JSM) during AUSA 2014

Vertical Launch Joint Strike Missile (VL JSM)AUSA 2014 (Association of the US Army) may be an army event (which our affiliate website Army Recognition was covering) an eminently naval product was showcased, from our knowledge for the first time, at the Kongsberg booth: A vertical launch version of the Norwegian company's anti-ship missile.

Nobody at the Kongberg booth at AUSA could comment on the reason why this model was showcased at an army event, and nobody could confirm if it was the first time Kongsberg was showing a vertical launch version of the missile. From our own knowledge it very much was.

Navy Recognition exclusively reported on the submarine launch version of the NSM back in June while covering Balt Military Expo in Poland.

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Bath Iron Works lands $32.5 million contract modification for second stealth destroyer

USS ZumwaltThe U.S. Navy has awarded Bath Iron Works a $32.5 million contract modification to perform technical and industrial engineering work on the future USS Michael Monsoor, the second Zumwalt-class destroyer, at its Bath shipyard.

The modification follows a $24.4 million modification awarded in April for additional detail design and construction of the Navy’s newest class of destroyers.

Bath Iron Works is building three DDG 1000s for the U.S. Navy, which truncated the line after deeming construction costs to be too high. The USS Zumwalt, named for Adm. Elmo R. “Bud” Zumwalt Jr., was christened in April.

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German helicopter fleet 'not fit for Nato'

Bundeswehr NH90Germany's fleet of NH90 helicopters is undergoing engineering checks after one of them suffered a serious engine failure, in the latest blow to the country's military capabilities.

Die Welt reported on Friday that a medical evacuation flight from Uzbekistan to Afghanistan in June had to make an emergency landing in the Uzbek city of Termes after an engine exploded just four minutes into the journey.

The crew were only able to land the stricken machine by the skin of their teeth as many of the aircraft's electronic systems immediately failed.

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You Spot, I Shoot: Aegis Ships Share Data To Destroy Cruise Missiles

SM-6 missileImagine you’re a sniper. Imagine the bad guys are coming — but you can’t see them yet. Imagine your spotter can see them — but only because he’s miles away from where you are, with a better view. Now imagine that when you put your eye to your gunsights, you see the view through his. You fire. You hit the target. It goes down.

Replace the sniper and spotter in this scenario with a pair of 9,000-ton warships, replace the bad guys with incoming anti-ship cruise missiles, and replace your sniper rifle with a Raytheon SM-6 Standard Missile: Now you’ve got what actually happened in a recent Navy test whose results were announced today.

For the first time, one Navy ship shot down a simulated cruise missile — two of them in a row, actually — that its own radars couldn’t see, relying entirely on data relayed from another vessel. (In this case, the shooter was the Aegis cruiser Chancellorsville, the spotter was the Aegis destroyer Sampson).

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Navy's top officer wants Sea Dragons retired

MH-53E Sea DragonThe Navy's top officer says he would like to retire the service's aging fleet of mine-sweeping helicopters "sooner than later," primarily because they are expensive to operate and not as efficient as the underwater robots that will someday replace them.

Adm. Jonathan Greenert, the chief of naval operations, made the remarks Wednesday after a Virginian-Pilot reporter asked about the state of the Navy's mine warfare program.

Greenert, who was in Norfolk talking to sailors in an all-hands call, said the program is in a state of transition. The service is in the process of testing a new fleet of underwater, unmanned vehicles that can be launched from littoral combat ships to find and disable underwater mines.

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Navy tests MQ-8C unmanned helos

Northrop Grumman's MQ-8C unmanned autonomous helicopter has completed precision sloped landing tests at a U.S. Navy base in California.

The testing of Fire Scout at Naval Base Ventura County, Point Mugu, was to further validate the aircraft's capabilities in preparation for at-sea testing later this year.

"The sloped takeoff and landing tests are designed to be as real as it gets to actually operating on a Navy ship," said Capt. Patrick Smith, Fire Scout program manager at Naval Air Systems Command. "The autonomous MQ-8C Fire Scout system is able to precisely track and understand the roll and pitch of the surface which resembles at-sea conditions."

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China, Tanzania carrying out month long joint naval drills

0The Chinese People Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) and the naval wing of the Tanzania People's Defence Force (TPDFA) are carrying out a month-long joint naval training exercise off the Indian Ocean coast as the two countries extend their long-standing defence and military training partnership to the naval domain.

A statement posted on the Chinese Ministry of National Defence website and attributed to the PLAN said exercise "Beyond 2014" involves various aspects of naval training for maritime security operations in the high seas.

"The Chinese People’s Liberation Army and the Tanzanian People’s Defence Force navies began a one-month-long joint marine military training code-named “Beyond 2014” on October 16, 2014, in Dar es Salaam, capital of Tanzanian.

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Navantia to conduct risk reduction design study on new Australian frigates

F-105 frigateNavantia has received a risk reduction design study contract from the Australian Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) for the SEA 5000 programme for new frigates.

The company will carry out management and coordination activities at its offices in Adelaide, Australia.

Under the agreement, which will last for approximately nine months, Navantia will analyse the impact of deployment of the CEA Australian aerial radar and SAAB command and control system on the F-105 frigate, as well as specific Australian requirements.

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Official: Navy far behind in attack sub, ship repairs

USS ToledoThe Navy's top maintenance official warned this week that the service is "in a tail-chase" to get submarines and ships the overhauls they need, with some running much longer than foreseen.

Vice Adm. William Hilarides said the shipyards got backed up because of budget cuts and a hiring freeze that left thousands of jobs unfilled at Naval Sea Systems Command, which Hilarides leads.

"We found ourselves almost 2,000 people behind out of a workforce of 30,000, on an increasing workload ... and we fell behind," he said.

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Russia And China Are Sprinting To Catch Up With The US's Advanced Submarine Fleet

Amur 1650 class SSKUS national security officials are concerned about the pace and intensity of Russian submarine development, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jon Greenert said Thursday.

"There are competitors that are pursuing us. We know about China. That is very well spelled out, but not as many people know what the Russians are up to. I can't go into detail, obviously, but they spend a lot of money.

The Russians have been working on a sea-based strategic deterrence — and an SSN (attack submarine)," Greenert said at the Naval Submarine League's annual symposium in Falls Church, VA.

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Israel seals long-delayed $144 million missile deal with India

Barak missileIndia will take possession of hundreds of Israeli-made Barak missiles for its battleships late next year, following approval of a weapons deal between the two countries that had been delayed for years.

The purchase deal was approved by India’s cabinet committee on security matters, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, according to the Times of India.

Under the plan, India will take delivery of 262 Barak 1 missiles over the course of about five years, starting in December of 2015.

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South Korea may cancel F-16 upgrade contract with BAE

KF-16 Fighting FalconThe South Korean Government is likely to cancel a contract with BAE Systems for modernisation of the national air force's KF-16C/D Block 52 fighter aircraft fleet.

In December 2013, BAE received a foreign military sales contract from the US to upgrade the Republic of Korea Air Force's ageing fleet of 134 KF-16 fighters in two phases at a cost of KRW1.75tn ($1.7bn).

Two US-based sources were quoted by Reuters as saying that the deal ran into rough weather after the US Air Force (USAF) added on significant risk 'reserves' to proposed costs.

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China launches unmanned spacecraft

China today launched an unmanned spacecraft to fly around the moon and back to Earth in order to test technologies to be used in the Chang’e-5, a future probe that will conduct the country’s first Moon mission with a provision to return back.

The lunar orbiter was launched atop an advanced Long March-3C rocket from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China’s Sichuan Province in the early hours.

The test spacecraft separated from its carrier rocket and entered the expected orbit shortly after the lift-off, the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence said.

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Second Chinese aircraft carrier to be completed in 6 years: Kanwa

J-15 Flying SharkChina is capable of completing construction on its first Type 001A aircraft carrier within just six years according to Kanwa Defense Review, a military magazine operated by Andrei Chang, a military analyst in Canada who is also known as Pinkov.

To celebrate the Liaoning's second year of service with the People's Liberation Army Navy, the Sina Military Network based in Beijing displayed photos of the ship.

A defense expert told the London-based News of the World that China's Type 001A aircraft carrier will look very similar to the Liaoning, however, it will likely be larger.

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Navy readies for 1st F-35 carrier landing

F-35C Lightning IIBefore the Navy’s oldest active aircraft carrier docks for a 16-month maintenance period, it’s helping other ships get ready for deployment, and next month, will host the first landing of the F-35C on a carrier.

The Marine version of the Joint Strike Fighter, the short-takeoff, vertical-landing F-35B, has made successful landings aboard ships at sea.

But the Navy’s version, the F-35C, which is designed to land on carriers, has not — in part because of problems with the tail hook.

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China criticizes U.S. missile defense radar in Japan

AN/TPY-2The United States is damaging stability in the Asia-Pacific region by positioning a missile defense radar in Japan, China said on Thursday.

Japan, an ally of the United States, has voiced growing anxiety over China's more assertive posture in the East China Sea, where the neighbors are locked in a dispute over control of a group of uninhabited islets.

North Korea has carried out a series of missile tests this year, including two medium-range missiles capable of hitting Japan. Pyongyang has also threatened another nuclear test.

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CNO on Ohio Replacement Submarine: ‘We’re Going to Build It’

Ohio class SSBNThe chief of naval operations (CNO) affirmed to a fraternity of current and former submariners that the Navy is committed to building the next generation of ballistic-missile submarine (SSBN).

Speaking Oct. 23 to an audience of the Naval Submarine League in Falls Church, Va., ADM Jonathan W. Greenert said the replacement to the Ohio-class SSBN “is our No. 1 program. That is the one we have to get right.”

“There is a strong commitment for Ohio Replacement,” said James Thomsen, principal civilian deputy to the assistant secretary of the Navy for research, development and acquisition, noting that the Navy-industry team has the strong peer-to-peer relationships necessary to build and run a stable program.

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Navy Starting Work on New SSN(X) Nuclear Attack Submarine

Virginia class SSNThe U.S. Navy is starting early preparation work to design a new nuclear attack submarine to replace the Virginia-class boats (SSN-774) in the 2030s. The new attack boat would become operational in 2044 after the last Block VII Virginias are built.

“The long range shipbuilding plan is for a new SSN authorized in 2034 in lieu of the eighth block of Virginia-class,” Rear Adm. Dave Johnson, Naval Sea Systems Command’s program executive officer for submarines told the Naval Submarine League Symposium in Falls Church, Va., on Thursday.

“2034 may seem far off, but the design research community needs to take action now.”
There will likely be an analysis of alternative for the new submarine—which has tentatively dubbed SSN(X) — in about 10 years or 2024.

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Virginia subs to get berthing changes for female crew

Berthings aboard Virginia-class attack submarineSub designers are puzzling out how to fit enlisted women into the berthings on the Virginia-class attack submarines already in the force.

“Right now we are doing the work to do the design changes for the in-service Virginias,” said Rear Adm. David Johnson, the program executive officer for submarines, in a Thursday speech.

“Frankly the tough part is to integrate the enlisted berthing and the chief's quarters. The officers are fairly easy to adapt to, but the enlisted berthing and the chief’s quarters you have to do a little bit of work on the ships and we're trying to do that as affordably and non-disruptively as possible,” Johnson said.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Elbit Systems Awarded Approximately $85 Million in Contracts from an Asian Customer to Perform an F-5 Upgrade Program and to Supply Electro-Optic and Communication Systems

RTAF F-5E/FElbit Systems Ltd. announced today that it was awarded contracts from an Asian country in a total amount of approximately $85 million.

Most of the amount is for an F-5 aircraft avionics upgrade program and the balance is for the supply of electro-optic and communications systems. The contracts will be performed over a three-year period.

Bezhalel (Butzi) Machlis, President and CEO of Elbit Systems. commented: "Asia-Pacific is a very important market for Elbit Systems, and we are pleased to be awarded further programs in the region, which programs benefit from the synergies across the various parts of our organization.

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Taiwan set to purchase advanced trainers in 2017: defense minister

AT-3 SaggerTaiwan is planning to purchase advanced trainers to replace its aging fleet of F-5E/F jet fighters and AT-3 jet trainers, Defense Minister Yen Ming said Thursday.

The plans to procure advanced trainers are expected to be included in the Ministry of National Defense budget for 2017, Yen said while fielding questions from Legislator Lin Yu-fang of the ruling Kuomintang before the Legislature's Foreign Affairs and National Defense Committee.

Yen also confirmed that the trainers will be multi-functional -- meaning that they can be used for routine flight training missions but will also be capable of use in combat missions in time of war.

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Lockheed Martin Teams with Roketsan of Turkey on New Standoff Missile for the F-35

SOM MissileRoketsan and Lockheed Martin signed a teaming agreement today for collaboration on the SOM-J, a new generation air-to-surface Standoff Cruise Missile for the F-35 Lightning II.

The SOM system is an autonomous, long-range, low-observable, all-weather, precision air-to-surface cruise missile. The SOM-J variant is tailored for internal carriage on the F-35 aircraft. The companies will jointly develop, produce, market and support SOM-J for internal carriage on the F-35 aircraft or external carriage on other aircraft.

Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control Executive Vice President Rick Edwards and Roketsan Chairman of the Board Eyüp Kaptan signed the agreement.

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