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  • Scrapping Trident nuclear missiles 'would save £83.5bn'

    03/21/2012 11:41:52 PM PDT · by U-238 · 13 replies · 1+ views
    The Guardian ^ | 3/21/2012 | Richard Norton-Taylor
    Scrapping the Trident nuclear missile system would save £83.5bn and many of the jobs at risk could be transferred to alternative defence projects, according to an authoritative study published on Wednesday. An average annual saving of £1.86bn would be made until 2062, it says. The study, commissioned by senior figures from all three main parties, points out that the savings would not be available immediately because cancellation and decommissioning costs would have to be taken into account. The report, by Professor Keith Hartley, a leading defence economist, is published by a commission set up by the British American Security Information...
  • Submarines: The Quiet Bulwark of the Russian Navy

    03/20/2012 9:22:04 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies · 1+ views
    Ria Novosti ^ | 20/03/2012 | Konstantin Bogdanov
    Submarines: The Quiet Bulwark of the Russian Navy The Russian submarine fleet is marking its 106th anniversary perhaps not in the best of shapes. Nevertheless, its role today is more important than ever. Today it appears to be fulfilling what might even be called a crucial role. Russia has not even managed to hold onto the position held by the Soviet Union in terms of the number of surface ships and their combat potential (add to that the fact that back then the Soviet Navy was objectively weaker than the American Navy already). The submarine fleet was handed a dubious...
  • 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...
  • Launching Of The USS Gurnard

    03/10/2012 9:37:35 PM PST · by WSGilcrest · 13 replies · 1+ views
    Launching Of The USS GurnardWhile rummaging through my dad's attic, I came across this old tape of the launching of the Gurnard. I had to go to the Goodwill store and pick up an old VCR so I could transfer the tape to digital format. My pa was the Chief Naval Architect on Mare Island and I had the good fortune to witness several launchings.
  • US 'taken aback' by HMS Astute (British sub)

    03/06/2012 8:15:14 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 32 replies · 1+ views
    Defence Management ^ | 06 March 2012
    US 'taken aback' by HMS Astute 06 March 2012 The United States Navy was 'blown away' by the performance of HMS Astute during sea trials in the Atlantic recently, the ship's commanding officer has said. Commander Ian Breckenridge, 45, led HMS Astute through four-and-a-half months of sea trials off the US east coast and said the submarine had demonstrated "tremendous capability". "We met and surpassed every expectation. She is just better than any other submarine I have ever been on," he said. During the trials, Astute took part in simulated battles with American Virginia Class submarine USS New Mexico, deep...
  • Chinese Drones Will Use Genetic Algorithms to Learn to Hunt For Submarines

    03/02/2012 1:18:39 AM PST · by U-238 · 27 replies · 135+ views
    Popular Mechanics ^ | 2/29/2012 | Clay Dillow
    China usually holds its military hand very close to the vest--that, or things “mysteriously” leak that it doesn’t (does) want the world to know about--so we’re left to wonder why the People’s Republic has decided to publish this in the journal Advanced Materials Research. Nonetheless, it’s pretty interesting. Chinese navy researchers have plans for a new submarine hunting scheme that uses ship-launched UAVs running genetic algorithms. Genetic algorithms narrow down a range of possibilities to an optimal solution much the way evolution does (at least in a simplified sense)--by weeding out the weaker offspring and mating the best with the...
  • Taiwan to Arm Subs with U.S. Missiles: Report

    02/26/2012 11:47:19 PM PST · by U-238 · 4 replies
    AFP ^ | 2/22/2012 | AFP
    Taiwan's navy will arm its submarines with anti-ship missiles for the first time ever beginning next year, a report said Wednesday, as the island boosts its defence capabilities against rival China. The Taipei-based United Daily News said the navy, which ordered the US-built Harpoon missiles in 2008, recently test-fired the weapons in the United States, in preparation for installing them on its two Dutch-built submarines. "The missiles will become operational on the two submarines next year," the newspaper said, citing an unnamed naval source. It said that the more than 30 missiles, which have a range of 120 kilometres (72...
  • 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...
  • New Israeli Sub Spotted in German Shipyard

    02/22/2012 9:00:00 PM PST · by gandalftb · 9 replies · 1+ views
    Xinhua ^ | 2012-02-22 | Bi Mingxin
    The latest Dolphin-class submarine to be delivered to Israel by year-end was recently seen in Germany's northern Kiel shipyard, according to local media. The 68-meter-long craft, the largest produced in Germany since World War II, is said to be one of the world's most advanced craft of its kind and can launch nuclear weapons, according to foreign sources. The diesel-electric powered submarine is currently said to be undergoing tests by shipbuilders Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft (HDW) , and will join three other such German-built craft already in Israel's fleet, Ma'ariv noted.
  • US offers Australia nuclear subs: report

    02/21/2012 7:53:07 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies · 2+ views
    US offers Australia nuclear subs: report The United States has signalled that it is willing to lease or sell a nuclear-powered submarine to Australia, as the local Defence Department searches for a replacement for its Collins class vessels, according to The Australian Financial Review. US Ambassador to Australia, Jeffrey Bleich, told the newspaper Washington viewed Australia’s submarine program as crucial to security in the Asia-Pacific region. While Defence Minister Stephen Smith has previously ruled out the purchase of a nuclear sub, Coalition leader Tony Abbott would be expected to consider the option if he becomes prime minister, the AFR said....
  • Controversial Israeli sub surfaces in Kiel

    02/21/2012 8:25:45 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies · 1+ views
    Controversial Israeli sub surfaces in Kiel A controversial submarine soon to be delivered to Israel – the largest produced in Germany since World War II – has made an appearance at the northern port city of Kiel. he 68-metre-long sub is currently at the shipyard of the HDW shipbuilding company, which is testing the vessel before it is shipped to Israel later this year. Police in boats have been protecting it. Although HDW and government officials have lately remained silent about the sub, it is thought that officials are preparing to begin extensive in-water checks before delivery. The advanced Dolphin-class...
  • Navy to embark on submarine program (Taiwan)

    02/20/2012 9:07:46 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies · 1+ views
    Taipei Times ^ | Tue, Feb 21, 2012 | J. Michael Cole
    Navy to embark on submarine program TAKING THE DIVE::After several years of prevarication, the navy is to develop its own unique prototype, while US companies have been told to stay away from the program By J. Michael Cole / Staff Reporter Tue, Feb 21, 2012 - Page 1 After more than a decade of delays and reversals, the navy has confirmed that it will embark on a domestic submarine program next year, with a prototype to be delivered within three to four years. Taiwanese and US sources told the Taipei Times earlier this month that officials from the Republic of...
  • Russia faced major nuclear disaster in 2011: report

    02/14/2012 10:36:48 AM PST · by SmithL · 16 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo! ^ | 2/14/12 | Guy Faulconbridge | Reuters
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia came close to nuclear disaster in late December when a blaze engulfed a nuclear-powered submarine carrying atomic weapons, a leading Russian magazine reported, contradicting official assurances that it was not armed. Russian officials said at the time that all nuclear weapons aboard the Yekaterinburg nuclear submarine had been unloaded well before a fire engulfed the 167-metre (550 feet) vessel and there had been no risk of a radiation leak. But the respected Vlast weekly magazine quoted several sources in the Russian navy as saying that throughout the fire on December 29 the submarine was carrying 16...
  • Russian Navy to Drop Lada Class Subs – CinC Vysotsky

    02/09/2012 4:03:25 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Ria Novosti ^ | 09/02/2012
    Russian Navy to Drop Lada Class Subs – CinC Vysotsky The Russian Navy has decided against construction of Lada class submarines (Project 677) and will instead modernize its existing boats, Navy Commander-in-Chief Adm. Vladimir Vysotsky said in an interview with RIA Novosti. The design of the diesel-electric Lada class was completed at the end of the 1990s, but none of the planned boats have entered service, although the lead ship in the class, the Saint Petersburg, is undergoing trials with the Baltic Fleet, Vysotsky said. “The Russian Navy does not need the Lada in its current form,” he said. Vysotsky...
  • Subs, silos, UAVs: Rumors cloud Israel's Iran clout

    02/05/2012 7:38:10 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | Feb 5, 2012 | Dan Williams
    Subs, silos, UAVs: Rumors cloud Israel's Iran clout By Dan Williams JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Asked about the profusion of foreign reports that their armed forces could soon attack Iran, Israeli officials tend to smile and shrug enigmatically, seemingly content to let such guesswork simmer. The diplomatic dumbshow, which preserves military secrecy while keeping war-wary world powers negotiating for a halt to Tehran's nuclear programme, also conceals genuine bemusement in Israel at some of the assumptions abroad about its capabilities. "This is speculation which is not entirely connected to reality," Vice Prime Minister Moshe Yaalon, a former top Israeli general, said...
  • 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...
  • The Russian Navy Grows from Bottom up

    02/03/2012 9:21:00 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    Ria Novosti ^ | 03/02/2012 | Konstantin Bogdanov
    The Russian Navy Grows from Bottom up While the nation’s leaders work at overhauling the Navy organization, the Navy itself continues to order new ships. Last year’s persistent scandals over nuclear submarine contracts proved a hard nut to crack when assigning government contracts in 2011. For a time, the submarine scandals confused the process for ordering surface ships. Meanwhile the focus there is being shifted to the production of time tested projects built around today’s armaments. “Due to the lack of funding, the Navy has come close to a numerical minimum required to fulfill its mission,” Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry...
  • Pentagon Unveils New Plan for Conventional Submarine-Based Ballistic Missiles

    01/30/2012 8:38:48 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 23 replies
    National Journal ^ | : January 27, 2012 | Elaine M. Grossman
    Pentagon Unveils New Plan for Conventional Submarine-Based Ballistic Missiles The U.S. Defense Department plans to develop a new conventional ballistic missile for fielding on attack submarines, according to major budget decisions announced on Thursday at the Pentagon (see GSN, Dec. 23, 2011). “The Navy will invest in a design that will allow new Virginia-class submarines to be modified to carry more cruise missiles and develop an undersea conventional prompt strike option,” Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said at a press conference. Obama administration national security leaders -- like their Bush administration predecessors -- have touted the idea of developing conventional military...
  • 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...
  • Battle for control of Asia's seas goes underwater

    01/19/2012 3:09:49 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 01/19/2012 | ERIC TALMADGE
    Battle for control of Asia's seas goes underwater YOKOSUKA, Japan (AP) — It's getting a bit more crowded under the sea in Asia, where Andrew Peterson commands one of the world's mightiest weapons: a $2 billion nuclear submarine with unrivaled stealth and missiles that can devastate targets hundreds of miles (kilometers) away. Super high-tech submarines like Cmdr. Peterson's USS Oklahoma City have long been the envy of navies all over the globe — and a key component of U.S. military strategy. "We really have no peer," Peterson told The Associated Press during a recent port call in Japan. But America's...
  • ‘Iran stealth subs could lie in wait to hunt hostile aircraft carriers’

    01/18/2012 11:37:11 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 61 replies
    Tehran Times ^ | 18 January 2012
    ‘Iran stealth subs could lie in wait to hunt hostile aircraft carriers’ TEHRAN – The deputy commander of the Armed Forces has said that Iranian stealth submarines are able to lie in wait in the Persian Gulf to target hostile aircraft carriers that are moving near them. “If an ordinary submarine submerges in the Persian Gulf, it could be the worst threat to the enemy. It is one of the Americans’ fears because our submarines are covered with coatings that do not allow sound to travel through them and do not reflect sound waves sent by (enemy vessels’) sonar systems,”...
  • Confederate submarine finally revealed after being buried at sea for 150 years

    01/13/2012 6:49:45 AM PST · by C19fan · 121 replies · 1+ views
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 13, 2012 | Staff
    The world got an unobstructed view of the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley for the first time since the Civil War on Thursday as a massive steel truss that had surrounded the first sub in history to sink an enemy warship was finally removed. The truss weighing more than 8 tons had shrouded the sub since it was raised off the coast of South Carolina almost a dozen years ago.
  • Submarine’s torpedo compartment was on fire

    01/03/2012 9:08:42 AM PST · by SmithL · 58 replies
    Barents-Observer ^ | 1/3/12 | Thomas Nilsen and Trude Pettersen
    Revealing photos of the nuclear powered submarine “Yekaterinburg” from before and during last week’s fire clearly indicate that the flames come from inside the torpedo-compartment.
  • India to achieve N-arm triad in February

    01/01/2012 8:45:22 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    The Times of india ^ | Jan 2, 2012
    India to achieve N-arm triad in February NEW DELHI: India will take a big step towards achieving a credible nuclear weapon triad in February when its first indigenous nuclear submarine INS Arihant begins sea trials off Visakhapatnam. Top defence ministry sources say the "sea-acceptance trials'' (SATS) of INS Arihant are slated to begin "towards end-February'' after the completion of its ongoing harbour-acceptance trials (HATS). "It will take at least six months of extensive SATS and missile trials before the boat is ready for commissioning into Navy,'' said a source. With INS Arihant's induction, India for the first time will brandish...
  • No injuries, radiation leak as n-submarine catches fi

    12/29/2011 6:48:29 PM PST · by SmithL · 25 replies
    MOSCOW - A massive fire engulfed a Russian nuclear submarine at an Arctic shipyard Thursday, but there has been no radiation leak, or injuries, officials said. The fire broke out while the nuclear submarine Yekaterinburg was undergoing repair at the Roslyakovo shipyard in the Murmansk region, said Irina Gretskaya, a spokeswoman for the Emergencies Ministry's branch in the area. The K-84 Yekaterinburg nuclear submarine is one of seven Delta-IV class submarines in service, all deployed in the Northern Fleet. The core of the naval component of the Russian nuclear triad at present, Delta-IV submarine carries 16 Sineva (NATO classification "Skiff")...
  • U-boats may be on navy's shopping list (new subs for Australia)

    12/28/2011 7:39:23 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    The Canberra Times ^ | 29 Dec, 2011 | DAVID ELLERY
    U-boats may be on navy's shopping list BY DAVID ELLERY DEFENCE REPORTER 29 Dec, 2011 01:00 AM Australia's ''future submarine'' could be a super U-boat built by a German company that made many of the submarines that nearly brought Britain to its knees in World War II. HDW has released details of a concept design, designated the Type 216, for a long-range conventional submarine. Experts say the design, based on the successful Type 214, is specifically targeted at Sea 1000 - Defence's future submarine program. Rex Patrick, a former submariner and the director of Acoustic Force, said yesterday the information...

    12/28/2011 10:27:11 AM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 20 replies · 1+ views
    Photobucket ^ | 12/28/11 | swampsniper
    Awesome torpedo!
  • India to get Russian nuclear attack sub in days: Report

    12/28/2011 3:58:25 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 21 replies
    India to get Russian nuclear attack sub in days: Report MOSCOW: Indian Navy is set to receive a major boost when the much-awaited Russian 'Nerpa' nuclear attack submarine would join its fleet "in the next few days" on a 10-year lease worth USD 920 million. The Akula-II class Nerpa nuclear submarine has finished sea trials and is now ready to be leased to the Indian navy in the next few days, a Russian engineer said today. "The submarine is now fully ready to carry out its tasks," a senior executive at the Amur Shipyard, where the submarine was built, was...
  • Russian subs to get advanced missiles

    12/26/2011 11:57:40 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies · 1+ views
    The Voice of Russia ^ | Dec 26, 2011 | Ilya Kramnik
    Russian subs to get advanced missiles Supremacy at sea has always been a fashion. Almost all countries are either building new submarines or modernizing their underwater fleets. For one, Australia and Canada have thought of strengthening and expanding their navies. Russia is also strengthening the combat capacity of its submarines. The Australian and Canadian governments are planning to buy nuclear-powered submarines. The strengthening of the Chinese Navy in the Pacific worries Australia. Canada’s plan to buy nuclear-powered submarines broaches Russia’s interests since the move might upset the balance in the Arctic. Russia is not staying idle against the background of...
  • Belgrano was heading to the Falklands, secret papers reveal

    12/26/2011 11:42:12 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 60 replies
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | 26 Dec 2011 | Thomas Harding
    <p>Top secret papers are set to prove that the warship Belgrano was heading into the Falkland's exclusion zone when it was sunk, and not heading back to port as the Argentinians claimed.</p> <p>For decades debate and recrimination has raged over where the ship was heading when it was torpedoed by a Royal Navy submarine.</p>
  • Israeli Jets, Sub 'Strike in Sudan'

    12/25/2011 9:23:21 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 49 replies · 1+ views
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 25/12/11 | Gil Ronen
    Israeli fighter jets, helicopters and possibly a submarine were involved in multiple attacks on targets in Sudan last week, according to local news outlets. The reports say that Israeli jets hit targets in the eastern part of the African country, near its border with Egypt, last Thursday. They hit six Land Cruiser jeeps and killed four people. An earlier strike took place last Sunday and reportedly involved Israeli helicopters. A truck was targeted. Some reports say an Israeli submarine was also spotted at the same time. However, the Sudanese army spokesman, Col. Al-Sawarmi Haled Sa'ad, said that the military's air...
  • 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...
  • Daewoo Shipbuilding Bags Order for 3 Subs from Indonesia

    12/20/2011 7:10:12 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies · 1+ views
    Daewoo Shipbuilding Bags Order for 3 Subs from Indonesia Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering said it picked up a huge order to build submarines from the Indonesian Ministry of Defense on Wednesday. The company will build three 1,400-ton class diesel-powered submarines in a project worth about W1.3 trillion (US$1=W1,162), representing the biggest single export contract in the history of Korea’s defense industry. Daewoo now ranks as the first Korean company to export submarines it has created with its own technologies. It first received technological support from Germany in late 1988 and used this at the time to build a 1,200-ton...
  • 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...
  • Orthodox Submarine: In Nukes We Trust

    12/10/2011 11:11:43 AM PST · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | 12/7/11
    The Russian nuclear submarine Aleksandr Nevsky will be fitted with its own Orthodox chapel after the vessel finishes its sea trials. It has become the second nuke-carrying sub equipped with a sanctuary in addition to ballistic missiles. ­The military chapel will allow sailors to attend religious services right on board during the sub’s long missions. It was donated to the vessel’s crew by the Omophor Fund (omophorion), which brings together both able-bodied and war-wounded veterans who spent their lives serving their motherland and who are continuing that service in the field of social and church charity. It is the sixth...
  • Orthodox submarine: In nukes we trust (Russian chapel)

    12/10/2011 8:15:56 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 07 December, 2011
    Orthodox submarine: In nukes we trust The Russian nuclear submarine Aleksandr Nevsky will be fitted with its own Orthodox chapel after the vessel finishes its sea trials. It has become the second nuke-carrying sub equipped with a sanctuary in addition to ballistic missiles. ­The military chapel will allow sailors to attend religious services right on board during the sub’s long missions. It was donated to the vessel’s crew by the Omophor Fund (omophorion), which brings together both able-bodied and war-wounded veterans who spent their lives serving their motherland and who are continuing that service in the field of social and...
  • Report: Israel concession on Palestinian funds forced by German submarine deal

    12/04/2011 11:01:33 AM PST · by Nachum · 2 replies
    Deutsche Presse-Agentur ^ | 12/4/11 | Staff
    Israel's decision to release frozen public funds to the Palestinians last week came after Germany insisted it did so as a condition for the completion of the sale of a submarine, a German newspaper reported Sunday. The Welt am Sonntag quoted sources as saying Germany had told Israel it could not go ahead with the purchase of the submarine unless it made political concessions. According to the report, aides of German chancellor Angela Merkel had confidentially informed leaders of opposition parties in parliament that Israel made a concession before Berlin approved the sale on Wednesday.
  • Iranian Navy Receives 3 Ghadir-Class Submarines

    11/28/2011 11:00:56 AM PST · by QT3.14 · 36 replies
    FARS News Agency ^ | November 26, 2011 | Staff
    The Iranian Navy expanded the fleet of its submarines after it received three more Ghadir-class submarines today, Iranian Army's Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari announced on Saturday.
  • 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...
  • Russia orders five Yasen class nuclear subs

    11/10/2011 7:40:16 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | Nov 10, 2011 | Gleb Bryanski
    Russia orders five Yasen class nuclear subs By Gleb Bryanski SEVERODVINSK, Russia | Thu Nov 10, 2011 4:35am IST SEVERODVINSK, Russia (Reuters) - Russia announced plans to build five nuclear submarines and made $9 billion worth of orders for the navy on Wednesday as part of an ambitious programme to modernise its army and fleet spear headed by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. Putin, who will seek his third term as president next year, visited Alexander Nevsky, the new Borei class nuclear submarine, which will carry Bulava intercontinental missiles, and attended the signing ceremony at the Sevmash shipyard on the White...
  • Why Australia Needs Nuclear Subs

    11/08/2011 4:10:22 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | November 08, 2011 | Ross Babbage
    Why Australia Needs Nuclear Subs Australia’s government is considering developing the country’s own submarine fleet. It would be better off buying American. The Australian Government is courting disaster with its approach to this country’s largest-ever defense program, the purchase of new submarines. The government seems determined to spend over $30 billion designing and building in Australia 12 new submarines that will almost certainly have serious flaws, will be delivered late, will be unnecessarily expensive and will be inadequate for our defense needs. How could the government get itself into such a bad position? Some key decision-makers have failed to appreciate...
  • 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...
  • Canada may buy nuclear submarines

    10/28/2011 7:42:27 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 27 replies
    CBC News ^ | Oct 27, 2011 | Greg Weston
    Canada may buy nuclear submarines Harper government considers mothballing 4 British-made diesel subs by Greg Weston, CBC News CBC News has learned the Harper government is considering buying nuclear submarines to replace its problem-plagued fleet of diesel-powered subs, all of which are currently awash in red ink and out of service for major repairs. The four second-hand subs Jean Chrétien’s Liberal government bought from the British navy in 1998 for $750 million were portrayed at the time as the military bargain of the century. Instead, they have spent almost all of their time in naval repair yards, submerging Canadian taxpayers...
  • Russia’s Nuclear-Powered Attack Submarine Goes to Sea Trials

    10/19/2011 8:32:59 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 19 replies
    The Heritage Foundation ^ | October 19, 2011 | Lajos F. Szaszdi
    Russia’s Nuclear-Powered Attack Submarine Goes to Sea Trials Lajos F. Szaszdi October 19, 2011 It was reported early in October that Russia’s first fourth-generation nuclear-powered multipurpose attack submarine, the Severodvinsk, successfully conducted its first sea trials. In naval terms, a fourth-generation submarine belongs to the latest and most modern generation of submarines. The Severodvinsk is a Project 885 submarine of the Yásen’ (ash tree) class that has been described as “an undersea nuclear-powered guided-missile cruiser.” Plans are for six or seven Yásen’ class submarines to be built, with the second vessel, Kazan, currently under construction. The Severodvinsk has significant characteristics...
  • Virginia-Class Subs Could Bolster Cruise Missile Fleet, But Where's the Money?

    10/18/2011 5:11:00 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Aol Defense. ^ | October 18, 2011 | David Axe
    Virginia-Class Subs Could Bolster Cruise Missile Fleet, But Where's the Money? By David Axe The nuclear-powered submarine USS Florida was lying in wait, quietly submerged off the Libyan coast, when the order came from then-Secretary of Defense Robert Gates to launch its cruise missiles. It was the evening of March 19. Two days before, the U.N. Security Council had unanimously voted to approve Resolution 1973, authorizing a no-fly zone over Libya aimed at protecting civilians against the forces of Muammar Gaddafi's repressive regime. To clear the way for the no-fly zone, the U.S. Navy and Royal Navy prepared a barrage...
  • 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...
  • Russia scraps Typhoon nuclear submarines: timeline of a Cold War Symbol

    09/29/2011 12:52:18 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 27 replies · 3+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | 29 Sep 2011 | Andrew Osborn
    Russia scraps Typhoon nuclear submarines: timeline of a Cold War Symbol The Russian navy is planning to scrap its legendary Typhoon-class nuclear submarine by 2014, at least five years early. By Andrew Osborn, Moscow 6:18PM BST 29 Sep 2011 Here are the main dates in its history: 1974: Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev gives a speech talking about a new type of ballistic nuclear missile submarine and mentions the word 'typhoon,' prompting Nato to christen the new vessel the Typhoon class. 1976: Construction work on the first submarine begins at the Sevmash shipyard in northern Russia. 1980: The first submarine of...