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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...