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  • China Displays World’s Largest Conventional Submarine

    06/12/2014 9:08:09 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | June 13, 2014 | Zachary Keck
    State media report that China’s new Type 032 Qing-class submarine was displayed at an expo last week. China’s state-run media is reporting that Beijing publicly displayed what is believed to be the largest conventional submarine in the world last week. According to Want China Times, which cited a Chinese-language report in the state-run Guangming Daily, China’s new Type 032 Qing-class test submarine was on display last week at the Sixth Shipping Expo held in Guangdong province in southern China from June 6 to June 8. IHS Jane’s also noted the report was carried in China’s state media outlets. The Type...
  • PLA to up number of Type 041 submarines to at least 60 in 10yrs

    05/30/2014 9:40:49 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    WantChinaTimes ^ | 2014-05-31
    Experts have predicted that China is likely to increase the number of its type 041 conventional submarines to 60 or 70 over the next decade. The Japanese navy also plans to increase the number of its Soryu-class diesel-electric powered submarines from 16 to 22 in response to a perceived threat from China, reports our Chinese-language sister newspaper Want Daily. Soryu-class diesel-electric powered submarines are the latest model of the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force. The vessel has a displacement of 2,000 tonnes and is equipped with an air-independent propulsion system. Japan will purchase another five of the submarine and will get...
  • Tomorrow’s Stealthy Subs Could Sink America’s Navy

    05/12/2014 8:51:01 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 20 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 05.12.14 | Bill Sweetman
    PH1 (AW/NAC) Michael Moriatis/Wikimedia Commons The U.S. military is relying on sub-hunting tech that’s decades old. Meanwhile, the targets they’re trying to find are getting quieter and more invisible by the day. Submarines are getting quieter, stealthier, and better armed. And that could mean major trouble for the U.S. Navy and its aging fleet of sub-hunters. The tactical balance between the surface warship and the submarine has strategic impact. The submarine is not made for a show of force. Its principal weapon is designed not to damage a ship, but to sink it—rapidly and probably with much loss of life....
  • Pakistan likely to buy S20 submarines from China

    02/08/2014 12:59:41 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    Want China Times ^ | 2014-02-08 | Chang Kuo-wei and Staff Reporter
    A senior Pakistani official recently told the UK's Jane's Defence Weekly that the country is likely to purchase six submarines from China. The official said the deal will be completed soon and an agreement is expected to be signed by both parties by the end of the year. The Sina news web portal also cited a Pakistani official who said Islamabad and Beijing had settled the details for the arms sales and only the payment issue needed to be finalized. The Pakistani source revealed that the S20 diesel-electric submarines, an improved model of the People's Liberation Army's Yuan-class submarines, may...
  • Russia Prepared to Modify Submarines for Indian Tender

    02/06/2014 12:46:24 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Ria Novosti ^ | 06/02/2014
    MOSCOW, February 6 (RIA Novosti) – Russian shipbuilders could adopt the design of submarines for an upcoming Indian tender to accommodate Brahmos missiles and an Indian-made air-independent propulsion system, the Rubin design bureau said Thursday. Russia is planning to offer its fourth-generation Amur-1650 boats in India’s $ prospective 11.8-billion tender for the supply of six “stealth” diesel-electric submarines. France, Germany and Spain have also said they will take part in the tender, which the Indian Defense Ministry is expected to open in the near future. “We have considered arming Amur-1650 with vertical launchers, and have made significant progress in designing...
  • Pakistan’s dirty bomb threat

    01/16/2014 11:57:12 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    Deccan Chronicle, India ^ | 17/01/14 | Arun Kumar Singh
    These are difficult times for India. To counter the growing blue water capability of the Indian Navy, China has transferred designs and expertise to enable the Pakistan Navy to introduce tactical nuclear weapons (TNWs) at sea. On November 5, 2013, the Pakistan Army’s Strategic Forces Command fired two quadruple salvos (i.e. eight missiles) of the NASR short-range (60 kilometre) battlefield ballistic missile capable of carrying a “new miniaturised” 200 kg plutonium warhead, (under development since 2011, but essentially a copy of a Chinese TNW tested in 1992 by China), thus introducing TNWs on land. These NASR missile batteries with TNWs...
  • Japan asked to share submarine technology (with Australia)

    12/06/2013 11:25:44 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    The Australia ^ | DECEMBER 07, 2013 | BRENDAN NICHOLSON
    AUSTRALIA has asked Japan to consider providing highly advanced propulsion technology to be used in the navy's planned 12 new submarines. Defence Minister David Johnston has told The Weekend Australian Japanese officials had visited submarine maintenance facilities in Adelaide and talks were continuing. In a speech to the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, Senator Johnston spoke about the Abbott government's wish to cement closer defence ties with Japan, including much closer defence-industry ties. Senator Johnston said later he was particularly interested in the use of Japan's extremely effective submarine technology in Australia's future submarine, which is most likely to be an...
  • Singapore to acquire two submarines from German firm

    12/02/2013 11:42:59 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    Agence France Presse ^ | 02 December 2013
    SINGAPORE: Singapore, which has Southeast Asia’s most modern military, said Monday it was acquiring two new submarines from German defence contractor ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems. In a statement, the defence ministry said it signed a contract to acquire two “Type 218SG” submarines, which are projected to be delivered in 2020. It said the deal included a logistics package and a crew training arrangement in Germany, but did not reveal the total cost. The two new submarines, along with Archer-class submarines purchased from Sweden in 2005 will replace its Challenger-class submarines that were built in the 1960s and acquired by the city-state...
  • Take Her Deep: Reforming the U.S. Silent Service

    11/05/2013 7:29:21 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 21 replies
    Project On Government Oversight ^ | Oct. 31, 2013 | Roger Thompson
    By Roger Thompson, MA, FRSA In 1959, The U.S. Navy commissioned its final diesel-electric submarine combatant, the USS Blueback, which served until 1990. She was the last of her kind in the American Navy because of its insistence, or some would say, dogma, that all combatant submarines must be nuclear powered. After all, diesel-electric submarines are merely surface ships that can submerge only for short periods of time. They are too slow as well, and for these reasons primarily, they are thought to be inferior to nuclear submarines. At least that's the way the U.S. Navy thinks, but I would...
  • Japan launches newest submarine Kokuryu amid party atmosphere

    11/04/2013 12:47:23 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 20 replies
    Japan Daily Press ^ | Nov 04, 2013 | John Hofilena
    It’s not the usual kind of fanfare you would associate with the launching of a nation’s cutting edge new submarine, but this is Japan – and they do things a little bit differently here. Amid balloons, party banners, the odd “rising sun” war flag here and there, and confetti (lots of confetti, there has to be confetti), the Japan Marine Self Defense Force (MSDF) launched its newest state-of-the-art toy – the submarine Kokuryu, which literally means “Black Dragon”. The submarine Kukoryu was made by Kawasaki Heavy Industries and is said to be made with leading edge technology, costing Japanese taxpayers...
  • Saudi Arabia 'plans to buy German submarines'

    11/03/2013 11:40:37 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 45 replies
    dpa, Reuters, AFP ^ | 03.11.2013
    Saudi Arabia 'plans to buy German submarines' A German newspaper has reported that Saudi Arabia plans to buy submarines from Germany. The news could intensify discussion on weapons exports during the current coalition negotiations in Berlin. The German weekly Bild am Sonntag said on Sunday that Saudi Arabia wanted to purchase five German Type 209 submarines for 12 billion euros ($16.5 billion). The paper said that in the long term, the kingdom was interested in buying altogether 25 of the vessels. The newspaper said it had information that the German chancellery had in the summer already signaled a willingness to...
  • PLA Navy to modify purchased Lada-class submarines with Russia

    10/02/2013 7:24:41 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Want China Times ^ | 2013-09-16
    PLA Navy to modify purchased Lada-class submarines with Russia A Lada-class submarine designed by the Russian Rubin Design Bureau. (Internet Photo) Sources from Russia's Rubin Design Bureau based in St Petersburg said that the Lada-class mini submarines sold to the People's Liberation Army Navy will be equipped with Chinese power and electronic fire-control systems, reports the Kanwa Defense Review operated by Andrei Chang or Pinkov (Andrei Chang), a military analyst in Canada. The purchase was confirmed in a report by the US-based Strategy Page, but it is said that the four Lada class diesel-electric submarines will be modified specifically for...
  • Torpedoes and sandals: The daily life of a submarine's crew (Israel)

    09/26/2013 2:22:10 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies ^ | 09.26.13 | Yoav Zitun
    Torpedoes and sandals: The daily life of a submarine's crew A half-billion dollars worth submarine carries IDF soldiers to covert ops thousands of miles away from home. What does keeping quiet has to do with missile precision? What do they do when a soldier needs surgery? And who's the lucky guy who gets a daily shower? Ynet gets rare glimpse into Israel's most covert unit Few IDF soldiers receive a personal thank-you from a major general when they return to their base after an operation. Thus, the importance of the submarine unit, one of the most covert units in the...
  • A daunting quest to save our subs (Australia)

    09/25/2013 11:15:38 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    The Australian ^ | September 25, 2013 | Cameron Stewart
    A daunting quest to save our subs "UP periscope" is the famed catchcry of submarine commanders in Hollywood war films, but even that basic command now poses a challenge for Australia's real-life Collins-class submarines. The periscopes on the Collins-class boats are riddled with electrical problems, are prone to breakdown and sometimes suck water into the submarine. Almost a third of their electrical components are obsolete and when they break, there are no spares, meaning they have to be sent to Germany to be fixed. A confidential Defence report, revealed in The Australian today, says the periscopes alone pose a "very...
  • PLA said to have built world's largest conventional submarine

    07/31/2013 4:23:43 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 21 replies
    Want China Times ^ | 2013-07-24
    PLA said to have built world's largest conventional submarine Military, a website dedicated to global military development based in the United States, has published photos to suggest that China's PLA Navy has recently constructed the world's largest conventional submarine. The submarine shown in the photo is claimed to be a Type 032 Qing-class test submarine, designed as a new diesel-electric ballistic missile submarine to replace the older Golf-class submarines. With a submerged displacement of 6,628 tonnes, the Qing-class is currently the largest diesel-electric submarine in the world. The development of the submarine began in 2005 and was completed in...
  • Italy, Russia to Modernize Diesel Submarine Project

    07/05/2013 2:36:30 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    Ria Novosti ^ | 05/07/2013
    Italy, Russia to Modernize Diesel Submarine Project ST. PETERSBURG, July 5 (RIA Novosti) – Russia and Italy have decided to optimize their joint next-generation diesel submarine project, a Russian naval design bureau said Friday. The S-1000, a 1,000-ton diesel submarine, is a joint project begun in 2004 by Russian submarine builder Rubin and Italy’s Fincantieri. Russia and Italy presented a mockup model of the S-1000 at an international arms show in France in October 2006. Andrei Baranov, deputy head of the Rubin Central Design Bureau, said that in its proposed configuration, the S-1000 is of “little interest” for potential clients,...
  • Russia Touts New Submarine

    02/14/2013 12:36:35 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    Ria Novosti ^ | 13/02/2013
    Russia Touts New Submarine MOSCOW, February 13 (RIA Novosti) - Foreign customers have shown high interest in Russia’s advanced Amur-1650 class submarine, state-run arms dealer Rosoboronexport said on Wednesday. “Of the nine countries that are planning to modernize or develop their submarine fleets…three have already chosen the Amur-1650 project,” Rosoboronexport’s director Anatoly Isaikin said. He did not name the countries in question. The ongoing work on air-independent (closed cycle) propulsion systems for the submarine should further fuel the customers’ interest, he added. The Amur 1650 is one of several participants in a tender by the Indian Navy for six submarines...
  • Russia plans to sell multipurpose submarines abroad

    01/23/2013 12:54:14 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Russia Beyond the Headlines ^ | January 22, 2013 | Andrei Lvov
    Russia plans to sell multipurpose submarines abroad January 22, 2013 Andrei Lvov Russia’s military-industrial complex is increasing arms exports through Rosoboronexport, year after year, and the naval component is no exception. However, the latest contract for the supply of non-nuclear submarines is unique. Rosoboronexport is in continued talks with Italy on the supply of S1000 submarines. However, these boats will not see action in either the Russian or the Italian navy. Instead, they will be sold exclusively to third-party countries. Experts at the Rubin Central Design Bureau for Marine Engineering and Italy’s Fincantieri completed the conceptual design of the S1000...
  • Operation Samson(Israel's Deployment of Nuclear Missiles on Subs from Germany)

    06/06/2012 4:47:03 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Operation Samson Israel's Deployment of Nuclear Missiles on Subs from Germany Many have wondered for years about the exact capabilities of the submarines Germany exports to Israel. Now, experts in Germany and Israel have confirmed that nuclear-tipped missiles have been deployed on the vessels. And the German government has long known about it. By SPIEGEL The pride of the Israeli navy is rocking gently in the swells of the Mediterranean, with the silhouette of the Carmel mountain range reflected on the water's surface. To reach the Tekumah, you have to walk across a wooden jetty at the pier in the...
  • The ultimate tool of warfare (new Israeli sub)

    05/07/2012 7:56:13 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    Israel Defense ^ | 7/5/2012 | Arie Egozi
    The ultimate tool of warfare New details regarding the capabilities of the 4th Dolphin submarine that the Israeli Navy is expected to receive in 2013 The Israeli Navy's new Dolphin submarine is the ultimate tool of warfare. Forget everything you knew about submarines, most of which is probably from watching war movies. This is something entirely different. We will not list all the measures installed onboard the submarine. This is in part because not all is known to us, and also because parts of it are classified. However, according to foreign publications, the submarine has two systems from which one...
  • Canada 'daft' for buying British subs: British MP

    03/15/2012 8:34:26 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 25 replies · 2+ views
    Canada 'daft' for buying British subs: British MP OTTAWA — Canada was "daft" in purchasing four used submarines with "intrinsic problems" from Britain, a British MP who raised questions about the 1998 sale said Thursday. British Liberal Democrat MP Mike Hancock told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation that Ottawa should ask for a refund. "Why were the Canadians daft enough to buy them?" he said. "It's either incompetence on behalf of the Canadians or sheer, smooth-talking salesmen from the MOD (ministry of defense) here in Britain." "My God, it's a sad tale, isn't it? 'Buyer beware' should have been painted on...
  • Ministry denies plan to buy German submarines (Taiwan)

    02/26/2012 8:01:45 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    Taipei Times ^ | Mon, Feb 27, 2012 | Rich Chang
    Ministry denies plan to buy German submarines By Rich Chang / Staff Reporter The Ministry of National Defense yesterday denied a magazine report saying Taiwan plans to procure four German-made -diesel-electric submarines that were originally intended for Greece. The Hong Kong-based Chinese-language magazine, Asian Week, reported in its latest edition that Greece had ordered four Type 214 diesel-electric submarines from German company Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft GmbH (HDW), but because Greece was struggling to save itself from bankruptcy and was unable to pay for the submarines, HDW planned to sell them to Taiwan. The report said HDW would otherwise face bankruptcy. The...
  • J’lem and Berlin sign contract for sixth submarine

    02/05/2012 7:24:39 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 02/05/2012 | YAAKOV KATZ
    J’lem and Berlin sign contract for sixth submarine By YAAKOV KATZ 02/05/2012 02:38 Exclusive: German defense official dismisses reports that Merkel considered canceling deal in response to Gilo construction. Israel and Germany signed a contract a few weeks ago finalizing the sale of a sixth Dolphinclass submarine to the Israel Navy, The Jerusalem Post has learned. The Defense Ministry initiated talks with Germany last year about buying a sixth submarine but Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government initially balked when Israel asked that it underwrite part of the cost. In late November, though, Germany announced that it had approved the deal and...
  • Indonesia’s Submarine Play

    01/19/2012 8:53:31 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | January 19, 2012 | Koh Swee Lean Collin
    Indonesia’s Submarine Play Indonesia's military has signed a $1.1 billion contract for three submarines. What does that mean for the region? The latest $ 1.1 billion contract for three Type-209/1400 diesel-electric submarines looks set to breathe new life into the Indonesian Navy (Tentera Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Laut or TNI-AL). It represents the third major TNI-AL purchase after the acquisition of new corvettes and landing ships since 2000 and has also been described as a move to “maintain power balance in the region,” prompting various analysts to attribute the purchase to Jakarta’s attempt to play regional submarine “catch-up.” For more...
  • Half-price super subs tempt navy (Australia)

    12/25/2011 7:33:50 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    The Australian ^ | December 26, 2011 | Cameron Stewart
    Half-price super subs tempt navy by: Cameron Stewart From:The Australian AUSTRALIA can build a new fleet of 12 state-of-the-art submarines in Adelaide for $18 billion, less than half the cost of initial estimates, according to a major report to be released next month. The report, by strategic think tank the Kokoda Foundation, will be embraced by the Gillard government, which has been under pressure from critics to opt for smaller, cheaper, ready-made submarines from Europe rather than pursue Navy's more expensive but preferred option of building a next generation of the Collins-class boats. The report - Australia's Future Submarine, obtained...
  • New home needed for Russian Cold War boat

    12/15/2011 8:49:41 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    Medway Messenger, UK ^ | December 15 2011
    New home needed for Russian Cold War boat What do Berlin, Glasgow Cardiff and London all have in common? They have all been considered as new homes for The Black Widow, a Russian submarine that has been moored on the River Medway for almost a decade. The boat moved to Medway in 2003 and is on the Strood side of the Rochester Bridge. Skelwith, the company that owns the vessel, is searching for a new location. John Sutton, 47, who manages the submarine, said the company would like to open it as a tourist attraction, but has encountered a number...
  • Taiwan giving up on US subs, eyeing local plan: analyst

    12/15/2011 4:27:13 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies · 2+ views
    Taipei Times ^ | Thu, Dec 15, 2011 | J. Michael Cole
    Taiwan giving up on US subs, eyeing local plan: analyst By J. Michael Cole / Staff Reporter Thu, Dec 15, 2011 - Page 1 Taiwan has all but given up on acquiring diesel-electric submarines from the US and is expected to embark on a domestic program with assistance from abroad, a leading defense analyst told the Taipei Times. Longstanding plans to augment TaiwanÂ’s small and aging submarine fleet gained momentum in 2001, when the administration of US president George W. Bush offered to provide eight diesel-electric submarines to Taiwan for about US$12 billion. With efforts going nowhere, in 2003 the...
  • Australia seeks European designs on $36 bln submarine fleet

    12/13/2011 7:25:10 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki
    Reuters ^ | Dec 13, 2011 | Rob Taylor
    Australia seeks European designs on $36 bln submarine fleet Dec 13 (Reuters) - Australia has asked three European companies to submit designs to replace its submarine fleet at a cost of up to A$36 billion ($36 billion) in a defence buildup aimed at protecting resource exports and countering an accelerating arms race in Asia. French naval builder DCNS, part owned by Thales, Germany's Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft GmbH and Spanish state shipbuilder Navantia had been asked for information on conventional submarine designs, Australia's Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare said on Tuesday. "The Future Submarines Project is the biggest and most complex...
  • Australian Navy submarine crew's sacrifices go deep

    11/28/2011 8:46:24 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    The Courier-Mail ^ | November 29, 2011 | Ian McPhedran
    Australian Navy submarine crew's sacrifices go deep SOMEWHERE beneath the wild seas of the Great Australian Bight, 50 Australian Navy submariners are heading home to their HMAS Stirling base in Western Australia after seven weeks in eastern waters. Under the command of 22-year submarine veteran Commander Jason Cupples, the Collins-class boat HMAS Dechaineux will spend about 10 days cruising hundreds of metres below the surface before it sees the sun again off the WA coast near Rockingham. The Courier-Mail spent a day on board Dechaineux off Jervis Bay on the NSW south coast last Friday to witness the capability of...
  • Report: Germany could halt Israeli submarine deal over settlements

    10/30/2011 7:55:40 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    Report: Germany could halt Israeli submarine deal over settlements Oct 30, 2011, 12:15 GMT Berlin - Germany has threatened to suspend the delivery of a nuclear-capable submarine to Israel, in protest at the country's settlement policy, according to a media report released Sunday. Government sources confirmed to Der Spiegel news magazine that Germany may withhold a Dolphin submarine commissioned by the Israeli military. Israel already owns three strategically important Dolphin submarines, the weekly magazine reported, while two more are being built in the German harbour city of Kiel. Earlier this year, the German government granted 135 million euros (191 million...
  • Costs sinking our submarine fleet (Australian navy)

    10/16/2011 8:15:24 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    The Courier-Mail ^ | October 17, 2011 | Ian Mcphedran
    Costs sinking our submarine fleet * by: Ian Mcphedran * From: The Courier-Mail AUSTRALIA'S troubled Collins Class submarines are more than twice as costly to operate as US Navy nuclear submarines that are more than five times larger. According to new figures obtained by News Limited, the six Collins boats cost about $630 million a year or $105 million each to maintain and sustain, making them the most expensive submarines of any type to ever put to sea. At present just two of the fleet of six boats could go to war and with a maximum of three available at...
  • Korea to make $1.1 bil. sub sale to Indonesia

    10/11/2011 7:10:03 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    The Korea Times ^ | 10-11-2011 | Jung Sung-ki
    Korea to make $1.1 bil. sub sale to Indonesia By Jung Sung-ki Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) has begun final-phase negotiations with the Indonesian government over the construction and sale of three 1,300-ton, Type-209 submarines valued at $1.1 billion, the company said Tuesday. Korea’s biggest arms sale is expected to be completed by November. Previously, a $400 million deal with Indonesia to sell 16 T-50 Golden Eagle supersonic trainer jets, jointly built by Korea Aerospace Industries and Lockheed Martin of the United States, was the biggest weapons sale. “We have launched talks to sign a contract with Indonesia’s defense...
  • Talk of the Day -- Taiwan mulling to build submarines

    09/19/2011 11:23:40 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Focus Taiwan ^ | 2011/09/19
    Talk of the Day -- Taiwan mulling to build submarines 2011/09/19 21:58:20 Taiwan is studying the feasibility of building diesel-electric submarines itself after the United States shelved its procurement request for many years, a local newspaper reported Monday. The United Daily News cited unidentified military sources as saying that research on submarine building has been launched and that the military is trying to acquire production know-how from abroad. The following are excerpts from the local media coverage of the issue: United Daily News: The military has commissioned a local shipbuilder to contact a non-U.S. country capable of building submarines for...
  • How Israel’s doomsday fleet responded to 9/11

    09/10/2011 12:06:36 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies ^ | 9 September 2011 | Alex Fishman
    How Israel’s doomsday fleet responded to 9/11 9 September 2011 Rare glimpse into Israel’s doomsday weapon – the submarine fleet By Alex Fishman The day the Twin Towers collapsed in Manhattan, September 11, 2001, Israeli submarine “Leviathan” of the advanced Dolphin model was on a training sail somewhere at sea – the exact location of Israel’s submarines will always remain classified, even dozens of years after the fact. At one point, the submarine rose to the surface to take a break. The sub’s commander, then-Lt. Colonel Oded, looked through the periscope and saw a calm, blue sea. However, one...
  • "Almost Like a Nuclear Submarine" (Israel)

    09/09/2011 7:54:04 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 21 replies · 1+ views
    Israel Defense ^ | 8/9/2011
    "Almost Like a Nuclear Submarine" A security official discusses the capabilities the navy’s sixth submarine The new submarines have a dramatically different capability from the existing ones in terms of their propulsion systems,” a security official tells IsraelDefense. This comes on the heels of recent publications about Israel and Germany agreeing to the construction of a sixth submarine for the Israeli navy’s fleet of three active submarines. The reports say the deal was almost closed, during German Defense Minister Thomas de Maizière’s last visit to Israel. A previous contract, following the Second Lebanon War, was between Israel and two German...
  • All Canadian submarines now out of commission

    09/04/2011 6:21:09 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 46 replies
    Postmedia News ^ | September 4, 2011 | David Pugliese
    All Canadian submarines now out of commission By David Pugliese, Postmedia News September 4, 2011 The navy’s last operational submarine is now sidelined until 2016, leaving the service without an underwater capability and potentially throwing into question the future of the submarine fleet. The submarine program, which has already cost around $900 million, has been plagued with various maintenance issues that have prevented the boats from being available for operations on a regular basis. A media report in July noted that one of the subs, HMCS Windsor, arrived in Canada in the fall of 2001 but since then it has...
  • RSS Archer submarine arrives in Singapore

    08/19/2011 5:49:41 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    The Straits Times ^ | Aug 18, 2011
    RSS Archer submarine arrives in Singapore RSS Archer, the most advanced submarine in the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN), arrived here for the first time on Wednesday morning. Chief of Navy Rear-Admiral Ng Chee Peng and other senior naval officers were at Changi Naval Base to witness its arrival from Karlskrona, Sweden. The Archer-class boat is one of two former Royal Swedish Navy Vaastergotland-class submarines acquired second-hand by the RSN in 2005. It was launched in Karlskrona for sea trials two years ago, after undergoing upgrading to operate in tropical water conditions. Submarine crew members from the RSN have been...
  • Vietnam to get sub fleet in six years: state media

    08/04/2011 6:26:36 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 29 replies
    Vietnam to get sub fleet in six years: state media (AFP) – 6 hours ago HANOI — Vietnam will have a submarine fleet within six years, the defence minister reportedly announced on Thursday, in what analysts say is intended as a deterrent to China's increasing assertiveness at sea. Russian media reported in December 2009 that Vietnam had agreed to buy half a dozen diesel-electric submarines for about $2 billion. "In the coming five to six years, we will have a submarine brigade with six Kilo 636-Class subs," Defence Minister Phung Quang Thanh was quoted as saying by the state-controlled Tuoi...
  • Russian Black Sea Fleet to receive 6 new diesel subs

    07/29/2011 9:19:07 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Ria Novosti ^ | 29/07/2011
    Russian Black Sea Fleet to receive 6 new diesel subs Sevastopol © RIA Novosti. Sergey Petrosjan MOSCOW, July 29 (RIA Novosti) Russia's Black Sea Fleet will be strengthened with six Kilo class diesel-electric submarines in the next few years, Navy Commander Adm. Vladimir Vysotsky said on Friday. "Six diesel-electric submarines of Project 636 [Kilo class] will be built for the Black Sea Fleet in the next few years," Vysotsky said in an exclusive interview with RIA Novosti. The Black Sea Fleet, based in Sevastopol, has only one submarine, the Project 877 Alrosa, which is undergoing scheduled repairs in Kaliningrad. Vysotsky...
  • Israel’s Boomers On the Rise

    07/26/2011 6:19:30 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Defense Tech ^ | July 24th, 2011 | Joe Buff
    Israel’s Boomers On the Rise By Joe Buff — Defense Tech Undersea Warfare Contributor The State of Israel has long followed what early nuclear war-fighting theorist Henry Kissinger called a policy of nuclear ambiguity. Israel, officially, neither confirms nor denies possessing any nuclear arms, although many defense analysts, politicians, and diplomats the world over have long considered Israel an undeclared nuclear power. To have nukes for strategic deterrence would make sense for such a small nation surrounded by enemies. These enemies don’t just include today’s dangerously volatile nuclear aspirant Iran but also Saddam Hussein in the first Gulf War (he...
  • German government to subsidize sale of sixth submarine for Israel

    07/17/2011 9:13:21 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    German government to subsidize sale of sixth submarine for Israel Berlin, July 17, IRNA -- German tax payers are to foot part of the bill for the highly controversial sale of a sixth submarine to Israel, the Hamburg-based news magazine Der Spiegel said in a report on Sunday. German government to subsidize sale of sixth submarine for Israel The German government is to allocate 135 million euros from next year's defense budget to pay for the Dolphin-class submarine, estimated to cost aroud 500 million euros. The deal was apparently sealed during the latest Israel visit of German Defense Minister Thomas...
  • Brazil launches construction of four Scorpene-class submarines

    07/17/2011 9:06:04 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    Ria Novosti ^ | 17/07/2011
    Brazil launches construction of four Scorpene-class submarines The construction of four Scorpene-class attack submarines for the Brazilian Navy was launched on Saturday at a plant near Rio de Janeiro. Brazil and France signed a $4.25-billion contract on the construction of the four enlarged S-BR diesel-electric submarines, jointly designed by France and Spain, in 2008. The first submarine is expected to enter service in 2017. Scorpene-class submarines are equipped with six 533-mm torpedo tubes for 18 torpedoes or SM.39 Exocet anti-ship missiles, or 30 mines in place of torpedoes. Unlike other modifications of the Scorpene-class submarine, the S-BR submarine is not...
  • Submarine Sails (China-Pakistan all-weather friendship scales new heights)

    06/11/2011 12:31:44 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Force Magazine, India ^ | June 2011 | Prasun K. Sengupta
    Submarine Sails China-Pakistan all-weather friendship scales new heights Pakistan’s efforts to have a sea-based minimum credible nuclear deterrent vis-a-vis India took a significant step forward last month when the state-owned, Wuhan-based China State Shipbuilding Industrial Corp (CSIC) ferried the first Qing-class conventional attack submarine (SSK) to Shanghai to begin a year-long series of sea trials, which is likely to include the test-firing of three CJ-10K submarine-launched, 1,500km-range land attack cruise missiles (LACM) capable of being armed with unitary tactical nuclear warheads. Called the Qing-class SSK, it is a variant of the Type 041A Improved Yuan-class SSK, which is also due...
  • Not a single submarine seaworthy (Australia)

    06/09/2011 8:57:21 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies
    The Australian ^ | June 10, 2011 | Cameron Stewart
    Not a single submarine seaworthy Cameron Stewart From: The Australian June 10, 2011 12:00AM EXCLUSIVE: For the first time in a generation, Australia does not have a single submarine available to defend the nation today. The Australian understands the entire fleet of six Collins-class submarines cannot be put to sea despite the navy's claim that two of them remain officially "operational". The situation is so dire the navy is believed to have deferred major scheduled maintenance work on its most seaworthy submarine, HMAS Waller, in the hope that at least one submarine will be available in the coming weeks. Not...
  • Taiwan subs plan tests the waters

    05/31/2011 6:20:49 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies · 1+ views
    Asia Times Online ^ | Jun 1, 2011 | Jens Kastner
    Taiwan subs plan tests the waters By Jens Kastner TAIPEI - To help speed up a long-awaited arms deal, Taiwan has decided to accept a United States proposal that Taipei buy four diesel-electric submarines instead of eight, according to local media. The story is difficult to believe as submarines are the last weapons system Beijing wants the Taiwanese to get their hands on. Almost immediately after People's Liberation Army (PLA) Chief of General Staff Chen Bingde ended his recent high-profile visit to the US, Taiwan's Kuomintang (KMT) government-leaning China Times carried a report according to which Washington proposed and Taipei...
  • Das Boot? Das Running Shoe, More Like (new French sub design)

    05/24/2011 6:20:44 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 25 replies
    Aviation Week ^ | 5/24/2011 | Bill Sweetman
    Das Boot? Das Running Shoe, More Like Posted by Bill Sweetman at 5/24/2011 6:55 AM CDT French shipbuilder DCNS raised eyebrows at last October's Euronaval show with its extraordinary SMX-25 concept for a submarine like no contemporary design - sharp-prowed, with a big but low sail and a jet-like stern. At the IMDEX show in Singapore last week, DCNS gave a few more details of the design. It doesn't look like other submarines because it's designed for a different job - primarily, anti-surface warfare, rather than anti-submarine warfare. That changes everything. The submarine needs mobility to catch and stay up...
  • Asians Look To Counter Chinese Submarine Presence

    05/20/2011 10:53:23 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies ^ | May 20, 2011 | Leithen Francis
    Asians Look To Counter Chinese Submarine Presence May 20, 2011 By Leithen Francis SINGAPORE — Concerns over China’s growing submarine fleet are leading Asian nations to invest in anti-submarine warfare (ASW) capability. The Malaysian Navy uses six Westland SuperLynx helicopters for ASW, but wants ASW helicopters with more capability and plans to buy six, a senior official from the navy tells Aviation Week on the sidelines of this week’s Imdex naval defense show in Singapore. The government has included the requirement in the country’s 10th Malaysia Plan 2011-2015, he says. The official says the navy wants medium-lift helicopters that have...
  • Indian Navy’s second Submarine Line will witness strong competition

    05/15/2011 11:12:43 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    India Strategic ^ | May 2011 | Cmde Ranjit B Rai (Retd)
    Indian Navy’s second Submarine Line will witness strong competition By Cmde Ranjit B Rai (Retd) Mumbai. Indian Navy’s submarine arm had clocked an impressive strength of 21 submarines in the 1980s and its Order of Battle (ORBAT) included the Charlie class nuclear propelled submarine INS Chakra, taken on lease from the Soviet Union from 1987 to 1991. The Indian Navy (IN) successfully absorbed the Chakra’s nuclear propulsion technology while it was based at Vishakapatnam. The submarine was seen exercising with a few selected fleet units of the Navy in Anti Submarine Warfare (ASW) maneuvers. Since then however, the Navy has...
  • Israel buys Dolphin submarine (6th sub)

    05/05/2011 5:13:33 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies ^ | 05.05.11 | Shimon Shiffer
    Israel buys Dolphin submarine Sixth addition to fleet officially purchased from Germany at marked-up price of $1 billion Shimon Shiffer Israel will purchase its sixth Dolphin submarine from Germany at the expense of $1 billion, officials announced Thursday, despite constant objections by the IDF echelon. special ministerial committee decided to accept the recommendations of Defense Minister Ehud Barak, who promoted its purchase. Israel already operates three Dolphins and bought two more from Germany in 2006. Dedicated to the security of the Jewish state founded in the wake of the Holocaust, Germany had sold those submarines at deep discounts. But Berlin,...
  • Vertical launching system for attack subs developed (South Korea)

    05/04/2011 6:08:46 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    The Korea Times ^ | 05-02-2011 | Jung Sung-ki
    [Exclusive] Vertical launching system for attack subs developed A 1,800-ton Type-214 submarine of the South Korean Navy sails in waters off Busan. The diesel-electric sub was built by Hyundai Heavy Industries with technical cooperation from HDW of Germany. After 2018 South Korea plans to build 3,000-ton heavy attack submarines equipped with vertical launching systems that allow a variety of weapons, including long-range cruise missiles, to be deployed. / Courtesy of ROK Navy By Jung Sung-ki Korea has developed a vertical launching system (VLS) to be installed on 3,000-ton heavy attack submarines to be deployed after 2018, according to a shipbuilding...