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  • US State Department Approves $143 Million Sale of Submarine Missiles to Egypt

    05/18/2016 5:43:35 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    EGYPTIAN STREETS ^ | MAY 18, 2016
    The US State Department has approved a request by Egypt to purchase 20 Harpoon Block II encapsulated missiles for submarines as well as related equipment and training, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced in a statement. In addition to the Harpoon missiles, the proposed sale, worth approximately USD 143 million, includes two encapsulated harpoon certification training vehicles, technical assistance, personnel training and logistics support provided by the US. The missiles will be used by Egyptís new Type 209 submarines, built by the German company ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems, according to military intelligence and analysis website IHS Janeís 30. ďThe proposed sale...
  • Wonky welds keep West Coast submarines stuck in port (Canada)

    05/17/2016 6:28:10 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 39 replies
    CBC News ^ | May 17, 2016 | Dean Beeby
    More bad news for Canada's problem-plagued submarine fleet: two of the boats will be out of commission for most of this year because of shoddy welding. HMCS Chicoutimi and its sister, HMCS Victoria, are stuck in their Vancouver Island port for months because several hundred welds can't be trusted to hold tight when the boats dive. "Numerous welds are located outside the boats' pressure hull, which will require docking to complete the review and effect repairs," says a briefing note for Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan, obtained by CBC News under the Access to Information Act. "Both submarines will be alongside...
  • Navy assembles first homegrown submarine (South Korea)

    05/17/2016 4:49:38 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki
    The Korea Herald ^ | 2016-05-17 | Yoon Min-sik
    South Koreaís military on Tuesday held a ceremony to formally start the assembly of its first domestically developed submarine, slated to be deployed in the 2020s. The Defense Acquisition Program Administration said the keel laying ceremony -- which officially recognizes the start of a shipís construction -- for batch 1 of Jangbogo-III submarine was held by its builder Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Co. The steel cutting ceremony for the vessel was held in November 2014. Daewoo had also built the Navyís 209-class Jangbogo-I and won a maintenance contract for the submarines, according to the companyís officials on Tuesday. Jangbogo-III,...
  • Australia Is Getting The Baddest Diesel Electric Submarines On The Planet

    05/13/2016 8:05:13 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    THE DRIVE ^ | MAY 13, 2016 | Tyler Rogoway
    Australia Is Getting The Baddest Diesel Electric Submarines On The Planet And the US should buy them too. Here's why. was one of the biggest international defense contracts in recent memory. Australiaís Collins class submarine replacement program, also known as SEA1000, looked to procure 12 highly advanced diesel-electric multi-role submarines, each equipped with the latest in air independent propulsion (AIP) and quiet running technologies. These new foreign-designed submarines, which would be outfitted with American combat systems, would be fielded in the next decade and would serve into the latter half of the century. The programís total cost is estimated just...
  • French Barracuda submarine: the most complex artefact in Australia

    04/26/2016 10:01:53 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 19 replies
    The Australian ^ | APRIL 27, 2016 | Brendan Nicholson
    By the end of last year the French were convinced they had made a breakthrough in the race to win Australiaís $50 billion submarine contract. Over a series of meetings in Paris, LíOrient, Cherbourg and Adelaide, engineers from the French naval shipbuilder DCNS shared with Australian naval officers secret data on their submarineís acoustic signature. The French Barracuda submarine, with its pump jet propulsion system, matches other conventional submarinesí noise emissions at very low cruising speeds under 5 knots. But the data showed that when the Barracuda accelerated, as any submarine must do when pursuing an enemy or evading an...
  • Why the US Needs Conventional Submarines

    04/14/2016 10:03:27 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 25 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | April 14, 2016 | Torsten Heinrich
    The U.S. Armed Forces operate a wide array of sophisticated weaponry, in many cases superior to anything else in the world. But while the new destroyers, carriers, or the F-22 might have no equal, the U.S. Armed Forces face a significant gap in their capabilities: the total lack of any conventional submarines. The United States hasnít produced any conventional submarines since the Barbel-class in the late 1950s; every submarine class since then has been nuclear powered. This might have made sense in the context of the Cold War, where Soviet nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines had to be shadowed, but times...
  • The submarine problem - deeper than meets the eye (Australia)

    04/07/2016 11:39:47 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Itís been said so often but never actually examined in great detail Ė the Future Submarine Program is strategic for Japan and Australia. In speaking to the submarine community, past and present, what comes through is that cooperation with Japan results in a Future Submarine that can approach the performances of Collins but only with a completely new design and one that will definitely not be regionally superior post 2030. This is alarming and requires pause for thought. The root-cause of this problem is that Japan does not have any technology that is, well, regionally superior. Indeed it is the...
  • Russia's 2nd & 3rd Lada Class Submarine Delivery Slips to 2019, Fate of the Class Uncertain

    01/22/2016 4:54:39 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | Friday, 22 January 2016
    There are no plans to discontinue the construction of Project 677 Lada-class diesel-electric submarines (SSK) yet, Deputy Navy Commander-in-Chief Vice Admiral Alexander Fedotenkov told journalists on Thursday. The second and third submarines, the Kronstadt and Velikiye Luki, will be delivered later than scheduled in 2019 but the Russian Navy says the class is much quiter compared to the Project 636 Kilo-class. Lada class Diesel Electric Submarine (SSK) Project 677 "The Navy will decide on how many Project 677 Lada submarines it needs based on the outcome of the operational evaluation of the Kronstadt and Velikiye Luki submarines. The termination of...
  • Israel's Newest And Most Advanced Submarine Is Their Last Line Of Nuclear Deterrence

    01/13/2016 11:45:24 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | 1/13/2016 | Tyler Rogoway
    Arguably Israel‚Äôs most critical military capability is their small but very deadly submarine fleet. Beyond being able to stealthily spy on enemies, insert operatives onto foreign shores and wreak havoc on enemy ships on a whim, they represent Israel‚Äôs ‚Äúsecond strike‚ÄĚ nuclear deterrent. Now Israel has received its fifth such vessel, the Rahav. The importance of the INS Rahav, and Israel‚Äôs small but elite submarine force was underscored by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during the new submarine‚Äôs arrival ceremony: ‚ÄúOur submarine fleet serves as a deterrent to our enemies who seek our destruction.‚ÄĚ He continued, ‚Äúthey need to know that...
  • ‚ÄėIf you don‚Äôt hear about us, it means we completed our mission‚Äô: Israeli sub captain

    01/13/2016 5:28:24 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 01/13/2016 | YAAKOV LAPPIN
    The arrival of Israel‚Äôs fifth Dolphin-class submarine, and second new-generation air independent propulsion platform has doubled the navy‚Äôs long-range operational capabilities, a soon-to-be submarine commander told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday. Lt.-Cmdr. M is a former deputy commander of the INS Tannin, Israel‚Äôs first air independent propulsion submarine, and is currently training in a submarine command course. Commenting on the arrival of the INS Rahav in Haifa‚Äôs submarine dock at Haifa naval base, he said: ‚ÄúToday is a historic day, and the completion of a long process. We have a fleet of submarines ‚Äď something we‚Äôve been dreaming about having...
  • China and Pakistan Join Forces Under the Sea

    01/06/2016 9:32:06 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    The National Interest ^ | January 7, 2016 | Koh Swee Lean Collin
    While attention has been on the simmering tensions in the East and South China Seas letely, a small event took place in the East China Sea off the coast of Shanghai. Pakistan Navy (PN) guided missile frigate Shamsheer and fleet replenishment vessel Nasr drilled with a pair of PLA Navy Type-054A Jiangkai II frigates, Xuzhou and Yangzhou from December 31 to January 1. According to Chinese reports, the fast-paced, high-intensity exercise involved day and night maneuvers including joint escort, counter-piracy and live-firing. This constitutes a logical progression from the limited scope when this bilateral exercise first began in 2003 as...
  • Germany to build two additional submarines for Egypt

    12/24/2015 8:10:09 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Ahram Online, Egypt ^ | 24 Dec 2015
    Two additional submarines are currently being constructed in Germany to be delivered to Egypt, after the latter received a submarine earlier this month, German ambassador to Cairo told state news agency MENA. The submarines are being built in the Germany's northern Kiel City by ThyseenKrupp Marine System Company. The same company delivered to Egypt the country’s first Type-209/1400, which was inaugurated by the commander of the country’s naval forces in Hamburg on 10 December. Ambassador Julius Georg Luy didn’t specify if the two additional submarines would also be Type-209/1400. Luy also announced that Egypt’s Foreign Affairs Minister Sameh Shoukry would...
  • Fifth Israel Navy submarine leaves Germany for Haifa port

    12/18/2015 12:48:28 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 26 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 12/17/2015 | YAAKOV LAPPIN
    The Israel Navy‚Äôs fifth Dolphin- class submarine and second new-generation AIP (air independent propulsion) platform is making the 3,000- mile journey to its home base at the Haifa naval base from its German manufacturing center, a senior naval source said Thursday. The INS Rahav is carrying some 50 personnel, and ‚Äúminimal weapons needed to protect itself,‚ÄĚ before its arrival in Israel next month. After its arrival, Israeli systems will be installed on board. ‚ÄúWe expect the submarine to be fully operational in a number of months,‚ÄĚ the naval officer said. AIP submarines can remain submerged for significantly longer periods of...
  • 'The characteristic is secrecy': Behind the scenes on Japan's state-of-the-art submarine

    12/13/2015 2:52:58 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    ABC News ^ | 12/13/2015 | Matthew Carney
    Until now, the Soryu submarine and its unique technology have been a closely guarded state secret. But the Japanese navy, or the Maritime Self Defence Forces as they are known, gave North Asia correspondent Matthew Carney an exclusive look at the Soryu at the Yokosuka Naval base on the outskirts of Tokyo. Many believe the Soryu is best conventional submarine in the world and should be the leading contender to replace the Collins class submarines. The Japanese are now in a race with the Germans and the French to win Australia's biggest ever defence contract worth nearly $50 billion. I...
  • Japan‚Äôs crack submarine fleet

    11/27/2015 5:03:11 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies
    SENTAKU MAGAZINE ^ | NOV 26, 2015
    China has lately been resorting to defiant and audacious acts like claiming its territorial rights over waters around artificial island it has built in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea and unilaterally designating an air defense identification zone in the East China Sea. While these acts are visible to all, the real front battle line lies deep in the sea where submarines are principal players. This article attempts to provide in-depth descriptions of the real picture of submarines of the Maritime Self-Defense Force and their roles, as little has so far been made known about them. During the...
  • Bidders in Australian submarine project hit by hackers

    11/09/2015 8:54:20 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    KYODO ^ | November 09, 2015
    SYDNEY ‚Äď All three bidders competing for a 50 billion Australian dollars ($35.3 billion) submarine contract have been targeted by Chinese and Russian cyberattacks, according to local media reports. The submarine builders in France, Germany and Japan have all been provided with the highly confidential technical requirements for the Royal Australian Navy‚Äôs new submarines, which will form the basis for each country‚Äôs proposal. Manfred Klein, campaign manager of German shipbuilder ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems, told The Australian newspaper, ‚ÄúWe have about 30 to 40 (hacking) attempts per night, that‚Äôs what our IT people say.‚ÄĚ The bidders declined to publicly say which...
  • Will Indonesia Buy French Stealth Submarines?

    10/08/2015 10:36:47 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | October 08, 2015 | Franz-Stefan Gady
    Indonesian defense official have expressed interest in purchasing French-built Scorpene-class 1000 diesel-electric attack submarines (SSK) IHS Janeís Navy International reports. Representatives of the French shipbuilder DCNS, the company offering the boats, confirmed Indonesian-French government-to-government talks at this yearís Pacific 2015 International Maritime Exhibition currently taking place in Sydney, Australia. ďThe talks are going on at the government-to-government level, mostly to discuss the needs of the Indonesian Navy,Ē according to a DCNS representative interviewed by IHS Janeís Navy International. ďSo far, what the Indonesians have identified is the need for a complementary submarine fleet that can fill in the gaps of...
  • Japan offers advanced science to build new subs (Australia)

    10/07/2015 1:55:32 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    The Australian ^ | OCTOBER 6, 2015 | Brendan Nicholson
    Japan has offered to build Aus≠tralia a larger version of its ultra- stealthy 4000-tonne Soryu, or Blue Dragon, submarine to ≠dramatically increase its range. The ďenhancedĒ Soryu diesel-electric submarine, which could be built in Australia, would be powered by a new and safer generation of highly efficient lithium ion ≠batteries developed by Japanese engineers. The 88m long Soryu would be extended with the ≠addition of a new hull section 6-8m long, which would be placed behind the submarineís fin, The Australian was told in a briefing yesterday. Japan, which is one of three contenders bidding to build Australiaís submarines, has...
  • Poland may buy submarines with other NATO members -minister

    09/07/2015 12:31:42 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | 06 Sep 2015
    WARSAW: Poland may join forces with other NATO members such as Norway or the Netherlands to buy submarines in a bid to cut costs, instead of buying them alone, Deputy Defence Minister Czeslaw Mroczek said on Sunday. The ministry had planned to buy three submarines with delivery set for 2020-25 and at a cost of 7.5 billion zlotys (US$2 billion) in a tender due to be launched at the start of this year. This was postponed when Poland decided to change the contract specification to arm the fleet with manoeuvring missiles. "We are considering obtaining submarines, for instance together with...
  • Israel Navy: Technical Failure Likely Sank Sub in 1968 With 69 Sailors Aboard

    08/31/2015 11:12:06 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    HAARETZ ^ | Sep 01, 2015 | Gili Cohen
    An Israeli submarine that sank 47 years ago probably went down due to a technical failure, according to a report released by the navy yesterday. The report was released at a gathering of the families of the 69 sailors killed when the Dakar went down. Exactly what happened in the critical moments before the submarine sank remains unknown. But yesterday the navy released all the reports drafted after the incident, which had hitherto been classified, as well as a document summarizing all the efforts to search for the sub and any other information the defense establishment has about it. According...
  • French firm DCNS release design of submarine it wants Australia to buy

    07/15/2015 5:43:46 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    The Australian ^ | JULY 15, 2015 | Brendan Nicholson
    The French company, DCNS, has released details of its plans for the new submarine it wants to build for Australia. Itís a 4000 tonne, conventionally powered design based on of its Barracuda nuclear powered attack submarine. DCNS will call the Australia version the Shortfin Barracuda after the local species PPP of the ferocious fish. DCNS says itís ďpre-concept designĒ is for the worldís most advanced conventional submarines. France, Germany and Japan are competing for the contract to build up to 12 submarines for the Royal Australian Navy worth more than $20 billion. DCNS Australia CEO Sean Costello said the new...
  • Essay: Chinaís Submarine Solution for the Taiwan Strait

    07/09/2015 9:40:02 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    USNI News ^ | July 8, 2015 | Henry Holst
    While several Chinese security-scenarios are discussed in defense circles, Chinaís Taiwan dilemma is still the primary driver for Peoples Liberation Army (PLA) acquisition. Resolving Chinaís Taiwan issue has been the PLAís justification for double-digit budget increases over decades. The force needed to deal with a U.S. military intervention during a Taiwan contingency far outweighs that required to handle Chinaís other external security goals. The Taiwan issue is reflected in the PLA Navyís (PLAN) undersea force structure, which in recent years has heavily prioritized the construction of Type-39A Yuan-class conventional submarines (SSK). According to Naval War College professor and PLAN watcher...
  • Thailand to buy 3 submarines from China

    06/25/2015 6:52:32 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    Bangkok Post ^ | JUNE 26, 2015
    BANGKOK ó The Thai navy has picked Chinese submarines costing 12 billion baht (S$447.5 million) each to be commissioned in the force, a source on the procurement committee says. The majority of the 17-strong committee voted to buy three Chinese submarines, saying it was the ďbest value for moneyĒ. The rest were split between submarines from Germany and South Korea. The navy also received offers from Russia, Sweden and France. The source said China beat other competitors as it offered subs equipped with superior weaponry and technology. Its subs are also able to stay underwater longer. Deputy Prime Minister and...
  • Vietnam buys submarine-launched land attack missiles to deter China

    04/29/2015 11:44:52 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 30 replies
    Reuters ^ | 30 Apr 2015
    HONG KONG: Vietnam is arming its expanding submarine fleet with land attack missiles that could be capable of reaching Chinese coastal cities, a choice of weapon likely to be seen as provocative by China in the ongoing South China Sea dispute. The independent Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) recently updated data on its website to show Vietnam's acquisition of the Russian-made land attack variant of the Klub missile for its state-of-the-art Kilo attack submarines. SIPRI arms researcher Siemon Wezeman said the entry was based on an earlier but little-noticed filing Vietnam made last year to the United Nations' register...
  • Beijing eyes bigger arms exports after Pakistan deal, experts say

    04/25/2015 9:54:02 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | 04/26/2015 | Angela Meng and Minnie Chan
    Vows by China and Pakistan to deepen security and defence ties will reinforce Beijing's ambitions to increase its arms exports, which could create unease among some countries in the region, especially India, security experts say. President Xi Jinping made his first state visit to Pakistan last week and met Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif, with the sides agreeing to boost their partnership to "all-weather levels". The two nations also decided to step up dialogue between their armed forces, and expand cooperation in defence technology and production. Three weeks before Xi departed for the trip, Sharif approved a US$5 billion deal to...
  • Germany Approves Fifth 'Special' Submarine for Israel (wants 3 more!)

    04/13/2015 6:31:15 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 04/13/2015 | Hillel Fendel
    Germany has approved the delivery of the fifth of six promised submarines to Israel Ė amid claims that the sub will be outfitted with nuclear weapons. Is this part of Israel's answer to the US nuclear agreement with Iran? The German Federal Security Council, which monitors Germany's export of military goods, has given the green light for the delivery of another submarine to Israel. The news has renewed claims that Israel will fit the sub with one or more nuclear-tipped cruise missiles. The six submarines ordered by Israel several years ago have been and are being built by the German...
  • Pakistan to buy eight submarines from China

    04/01/2015 7:04:40 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    The Indian Express ^ | April 2, 2015 | Sushant Singh
    Pakistan government has approved the purchase of eight submarines from China, as per an ďin principleĒ decision conveyed during a hearing of the Pakistan National Assemblyís Standing Committee on Defence. Pakistan has been negotiating the purchase of six submarines Ė now increased to eight ó from China since 2011. Pakistan Navy currently operates five French submarines: three Agosta 90B submarines purchased in the 1990s and two Agosta 70 submarines of late 1970s vintage. It also has three MG110 miniature submarines. After the recent accidents, the number of active duty submarines in Indian Navy is now down to 13 diesel-electric submarines...
  • India asks Japan if itís interested in Rs 50,000 crore submarine project

    01/28/2015 6:32:49 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    The Times of India ^ | Jan 29, 2015 | Rajat Pandit
    NEW DELHI: Russia, France, Germany and Spain, all better watch out. They may have to contend with Japan in the race to supply submarines to India. In keeping with their expanding strategic partnership, the Modi government has asked the Shinzo Abe administration whether it would be interested in the over Rs 50,000 crore project to build six stealth submarines in India. With Japan recently ending its decades old self-imposed arms export embargo, New Delhi has forwarded "a proposal" to Tokyo to "consider the possibility" of making its latest diesel-electric Soryu-class submarines in India, say sources. This "feeler" dovetails into PM...
  • Is This Jumbo Diesel Electric Submarine A True Nuclear Alternative?

    11/03/2014 7:06:35 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 30 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | November3, 2014 | Tyler Rogoway
    Air Independent Propulsion equipped diesel electric submarines offer incredibly stealthy and long diving capabilities, but they have remained somewhat diminutive in size and limited in capabilities compared to their larger nuclear counterparts. Now, renowned French naval ship builder DCNS is looking to change that with their super-sized SMX-Ocean sub concept. The SMX-Ocean's size is telling ó 328 feet long and displacing 4,750 tons while surfaced (more while submerged). That makes her roughly three times the size of the innovative AIP capable Swedish Gotland Class AIP diesel electric subs (diesel electric subs are also known as SSKs) that largely introduced the...
  • Sweden Has A Sub That's So Deadly The US Navy Hired It To Play Bad Guy

    10/25/2014 6:45:34 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | 10/23/2014 | Tyler Rogoway
    We have been glued all week to the sub saga off the coast of Sweden, where six days in Swedish forces have only now called off their search for an elusive sub hiding in the waters off Stockholm. Yet what nobody has mentioned is just how deadly and capable Sweden's own subs are, and there are few better weapons for catching a sub than another sub. Sweden's submarine force is relatively tiny, just five boats make up the entire inventory, but those five vessels are extremely stealthy and lethal, especially their three Gotland Class diesel-electric submarines. Entering service in the...
  • Technology change to boost Japanese bid to replace Collins subs (Li-ion Batteries)

    10/20/2014 7:51:00 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    THE AUSTRALIAN ^ | OCTOBER 21, 2014 | Rick Wallace & Cameron Stewart
    JAPAN is preparing to change the sub-surface propulsion system for its Soryu submarines, dumping German and Swedish technology in a move that could clear a potential barrier to Australia purchasing the Japanese boats. Tokyoís plans to switch from the Kockums propulsion system to specially developed lithium ion batteries eliminates the potential embarrassment for Australia in ≠rejecting German and Swedish bids in favour of using a sub that is powered by their intellectual property. The Kockums air-independent propulsion (AIP) system was designed in Sweden but licensed to Kawasaki Heavy Industries to incorporate into the Soryu class to power the subs on...
  • Germany fights for Australian submarine defence contract after Japan makes a bid for it

    10/13/2014 5:38:46 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    news.com.au ^ | OCTOBER 14, 2014
    A HIGH-POWERED German submarine delegation is in Canberra to demand an open competition for the nationís biggest ever defence contract ó a new navy submarine. German giant ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS), the parent company of leading submarine builder HDW, has launched an aggressive bid to head off Japan for the multi-billion dollar job. And in good news for thousands of shipyard workers at the ASC yard in Port Adelaide and elsewhere around the nation, TKMS said it would be happy to build the boats in Australia. The company has built more than 160 diesel powered submarines and it has promised...
  • U.S. Submarines: Run Silent, Run Deep...On Diesel Engines?

    09/18/2014 11:49:07 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 31 replies
    The National Interest ^ | September 18, 2014 | James Holmes
    "Now may be the time to break up the nuclear monopoly." "Underway on nuclear power", radioed the skipper of USS Nautilus in 1955, after taking history's first nuclear-powered attack submarine to sea for the first time. Nautilus's maiden cruise left an indelible imprint on the navy. Her success, cheered on by the likes of Admiral Hyman Rickover, the godfather of naval nuclear propulsion, helped encode the supremacy of atomic power in the submarine force's cultural DNA. Things were never the same after that. America built its last diesel-electric sub, once the state of the art, not long after Nautilus took...
  • China Displays Worldís 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 Chinaís new Type 032 Qing-class submarine was displayed at an expo last week. Chinaís 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, Chinaís 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 Janeís also noted the report was carried in Chinaís 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...
  • Tomorrowís Stealthy Subs Could Sink Americaís 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 thatís decades old. Meanwhile, the targets theyíre 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 itórapidly 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) Ė 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 Indiaís $ prospective 11.8-billion tender for the supply of six ďstealthĒ 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. ďWe have considered arming Amur-1650 with vertical launchers, and have made significant progress in designing...
  • Pakistanís 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 Armyís 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 ďnew miniaturisedĒ 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 Asiaís 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 ďType 218SGĒ 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
    Itís not the usual kind of fanfare you would associate with the launching of a nationís cutting edge new submarine, but this is Japan Ė and they do things a little bit differently here. Amid balloons, party banners, the odd ďrising sunĒ 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 Ė the submarine Kokuryu, which literally means ďBlack DragonĒ. 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
    Ynetnews.com ^ | 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 Photos.net, 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) Ė 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 Italyís 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 ďlittle interestĒ 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 Russiaís advanced Amur-1650 class submarine, state-run arms dealer Rosoboronexport said on Wednesday. ďOf the nine countries that are planning to modernize or develop their submarine fleetsÖthree have already chosen the Amur-1650 project,Ē Rosoboronexportís 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 customersí interest, he added. The Amur 1650 is one of several participants in a tender by the Indian Navy for six submarines...