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  • Late and overweight - Germany's new frigates found wanting

    05/15/2017 6:05:45 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 24 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 12, 2017 | Sabine Siebold
    Germany's much-delayed new frigates, built by ThyssenKrupp (TKAG.DE) and Luerssen for at least 650 million euros (£551.4 million) apiece, are overweight and float with a persistent list to starboard, according to a confidential report seen by Reuters. The ships, designed to need a crew of only 120, less than half their predecessors, are a crucial element in Germany's plans to beef up its military to face an increasingly uncertain European security landscape and a more assertive Russia. Designed to remain at sea for far longer than the German armed forces' existing fleet, the new F125 frigates need extensive servicing only...
  • IDEF 2017: STM Unveils its TF4500 Anti-Air Warfare Frigate (new Turkish warship)

    05/10/2017 8:53:52 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 22 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 09 May 2017
    At IDEF 2017, the international defense exhibition currently held in Istanbul, Turkey, STM unveiled today the TF4500 Anti-Air Warfare Frigate. IDEF 2017: STM Unveils its TF4500 Anti-Air Warfare FrigateThe TF4500 Frigate on STM stand at IDEF 2017 TF4500 is a monohull vessel designed to perform anti-air warfare duties on the open seas, under heavy sea conditions, equipped with gas turbine and diesel propulsion system. STM engineers focused on stealth when designing this vessel, the end result is a surface combatant featuring very futuristic lines TF4500 has been designed for the following missions: - Command and control - Air defence -...
  • Planes for Warships: Turkey Signs Arms Trade Memorandum With Pakistan

    05/10/2017 8:01:24 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Sputnik ^ | 11.05.2017
    Turkey and Pakistan have signed a memorandum of understanding on a mutual arms deal: Turkey will buy 52 Pakistani training planes, while Pakistan will buy four Turkish corvette warships. The agreement was announced by Turkey's defense industry undersecretariat. Under the agreement, Karachi Shipyard & Engineering Works (KS&EW) will buy four Turkish corvettes made under Ankara's MILGEM warship program, the purpose of which is to build a modern littoral combat warship with indigenous anti-submarine warfare and high-seas patrol capabilities. Turkey, meanwhile, is set to buy 52 Super Mushshak training propeller planes, made by Pakistan Aeronautical Complex, to replace the Cessna T-41...
  • U.S. warship collides with S. Korean fishing boat

    05/09/2017 7:53:27 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 26 replies
    yonhap ^ | 2017/05/09 18:00
    SEOUL, May 9 (Yonhap) -- A U.S. naval ship collided with a South Korean fishing vessel in the East Sea on Tuesday during its training mission, defense authorities here said. "There was an accident involving the U.S. cruiser USS Lake Champlain and the South Korean fishing ship 502 Namyang in the waters south of Ulleung Island at around noon today," a military official said. But there was no report of any casualties from the accident involving the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser, he added. As part of the Carl Vinson Strike Group, the cruiser is participating in joint drills with South Korea's...
  • New fleet of £8bn Royal Navy warships to be fitted with launchers that CANNOT fire British missiles

    03/24/2017 8:50:18 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 21 replies
    The Sun ^ | 27th February 2017 | CHRIS POLLARD
    WARSHIPS MISFIRE New fleet of £8bn Royal Navy warships to be fitted with launchers that CANNOT fire British missiles A FLEET of new Royal Navy warships costing £8billion is being fitted with missile launchers that cannot fire British missiles, it emerged yesterday. The Type 26 Global Combat frigates have been designed with an American missile system for which the navy has no ammo. Critics say it will cost a fortune to buy new Tomahawk missiles which can be used with the MK-41 silos – and cast doubt on whether it will happen at all. The Ministry of Defence’s £178billion ten-year...
  • Italian, Spanish Frigates Sail to Do Battle In Australia

    01/23/2017 5:30:04 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies ^ | JANUARY 23, 2017
    Built by Fincantieri to the French-Italian FREMM design, Carabiniere is the fifth of the Italian Navy’s Bergamini-class frigates which, displacing 6,700 metric tonnes, are in fact destroyer-sized ships fitted out in both ASW and air-defense versions. (Italian navy photo) PARIS --- A major naval battle is brewing Down Under, as two of Western Europe’s most modern surface combatants steam through the Indian Ocean to fight for the next prize offered by the Royal Australian Navy. At stake is an A$35 billion order for 8 or 9 SEA Future Frigate (FF) to be built in Adelaide, South Australia, under the SEA5000...
  • The U.S. Navy’s Redesigned Future Ship Still Won’t Fight

    12/16/2016 3:48:40 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    Project On Government Oversight ^ | December 16, 2016 | MANDY SMITHBERGER & PIERRE SPREY
    The ‘Independence’-class Littoral Combat Ship USS ‘Coronado’ in October 2016. U.S. Navy photo The Navy’s $29 billion Littoral Combat Ship program provides a step-by-step case study in acquisition failures and the costs and risks of unacceptable levels of concurrency. Its design requirements were poorly conceived, the manpower planning was wildly unrealistic, Navy leadership and program managers repeatedly circumvented acquisition rules — increasing concurrency and cost risk — and production was approved despite poor and rushed analysis. Production milestones were approved despite glaring program failures. Moreover, the program is an example of how unwilling Congress is to step in and hold defense acquisition programs accountable....
  • All aboard the warship that'll make you Sicker (Royal Navy)

    12/09/2016 5:32:03 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    The Register ^ | 9 Dec 2016 | Gareth Corfield
    The Royal Navy will receive two more River-class offshore patrol vessels – and the motto of one appears to encourage her crew to vomit everywhere. HMS Tamar and HMS Spey were ordered from BAE Systems today as the Ministry of Defence signed the contract for the two ships, with Minister for Defence Procurement Harriett Baldwin pressing the official button to start cutting the first steel. Both were ordered to take up the slack in naval shipbuilding between now and the eventual start of the construction of the Type 26 frigate. The two new ships, along with the support package for...
  • German move on new ship radars paves way for missile defense role

    12/09/2016 4:27:01 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | Dec 8, 2016
    The German military is to buy new, more capable air defence radar systems for three F-124 frigates, paving the way for the ships to become part of NATO's broader missile defence system, a defence ministry spokesman said on Thursday. General Volker Wieker, the top military officer, decided to buy radar systems available on the market instead of opting for a new development programme or a simple replacement of the current radar systems, the spokesman said. Experts have said the new system will cost about 450 million euros and is likely to be built by France's Thales, which built the radars...
  • Royal Navy to lose missiles and be left only with guns (Harpoons to be retired)

    11/16/2016 5:33:26 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies
    The Telegraph, U.K. ^ | November 15, 2016 | Ben Farmer
    Royal Navy warships will be left without anti-ship missiles and be forced to rely on naval guns because of cost-cutting, the Ministry of Defence has admitted. The Navy’s Harpoon missiles will retire from the fleet’s frigates and destroyers in 2018 without a replacement, while there will also be a two year gap without helicopter-launched anti-shipping missiles. Naval sources said the decision was “like Nelson deciding to get rid of his cannons and go back to muskets” and one senior former officer said warships would "no longer be able to go toe-to-toe with the Chinese or Russians". Harpoon missiles are unlikely...
  • Malaysia Plans to Buy Ships from China as Beijing Courts Southeast Asia

    11/10/2016 1:07:35 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Marking a new step in military cooperation between China and Malaysia, Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak has announced that his country will be purchasing “at least” four naval ships from China tailored for missions in littoral waters. The deal will involve Chinese-designed Littoral Mission Ships (LMS), and up to 10 could potentially be produced. Most likely these new ships are scaled-down derivatives of the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) Type 056A (Jiangdao class) corvette, similar to the type ordered by the Bangladesh Navy, the Durjoy class. Those ships were built by Wuchang Shipbuilding Industry Company, part of the larger China...
  • Saudi Arabia to Buy 5 Spanish Corvettes In €2 Billion Deal

    11/09/2016 5:38:55 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    The Avante 2020 corvette selected by Saudi Arabia is derived from the offshore patrol vessels that Navantia built for Venezuela; they are 98 meters long and displace 2,450 tonnes. Shown here is the third ship, Yekuana. (Navantia photo) PARIS --- Saudi Arabia has decided to order five Spanish corvettes, marking a major victory for Spain’s Navantia shipyards in a naval market that has hitherto been dominated by France. The contract is worth over €2 billion and is expected to be signed during Spanish King Philip VI’s first official visit to Saudi Arabia, which begins Nov. 12. It also includes the...
  • How Do America and China’s Huge New Warships Stack Up? (‘Zumwalt’ versus Type 055)

    11/01/2016 11:44:04 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    War is Boring ^ | November 1, 2016 | DAVID AXE
    USS ‘Zumwalt.’ Photo via Wikipedia On Oct. 15, 2016 in Baltimore on the U.S. East Coast, the U.S. Navy commissioned the guided-missile destroyer USS Zumwalt into service following a protracted and costly development. Six hundred feet long and displacing 14,500 tons, Zumwalt — the first of three stealthy land-attack destroyers — is America’s largest surface combatant in generations. But she’s not alone in her weight class. While the Americans were celebrating Zumwalt’s entry into service, on the other side of the world at a shipyard in Shanghai, the Chinese navy was hard at work on its own 14,000-ton-displacement surface warship. The Type 055 just...
  • Russia designing new ‘aircraft carrier killer’ torpedo to boost naval power

    10/27/2016 5:49:46 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 20 replies
    Russia Behind the Headlines ^ | October 26, 2016 | ALEXANDER VERSHININ
    In early October, Russian military analysts reported that a group of designers working for the navy were completing work on a completely new high-speed torpedo. The widely-known Shkval (“Squall”) torpedo, which for a long time was a global leader in terms of speed and the destructive force of its warhead, will be replaced by a new torpedo, called Khishchnik (“Predator”). No specific information is available yet on what the new torpedo is like and what its technical characteristics are: The project is classified. It is only known that it is being developed by the Elektropribor design bureau, which specializes in...
  • Philippines seals deal for frigates

    10/24/2016 10:47:44 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Shephard ^ | 23rd October 2016 | Gordon Arthur
    Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) announced on 24 October that it had won a contract to build two frigates for the Philippine Navy (PN). The lot 1 contract covers the ship platform and launchers. This contract for the most advanced vessels the PN has ever operated was signed during a ceremony in Manila. A notice of award worth PHP15.7 billion (US$337 million) for these South Korean-built warships was delivered last month. HHI offered its HDF-3000 design as the basis for the PN requirement, upon which South Korean Incheon-class frigates are also based. The company said in a press release, ‘The frigates...
  • China's biggest ever stealth warship takes shape: New pictures reveal progress '

    10/21/2016 8:15:32 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 19 replies
    DAILYMAIL.COM ^ | 21 October 2016 | STACY LIBERATORE
    Asia's most powerful warship has been shrouded in mystery since construction began last year at the Jiangnan Changxing shipyards. Known as a Type 005 destroyer, the vessel is said to be armed with electromagnetic railguns that can shoot down missiles and attack land targets. Now, leaked images give a glimpse of the battle ship's progress - there appears to be four portals on the stern for sensors and weapons - along with up to 128 vertical launch system cells for missiles. Construction of this 175 meter long ship began in 2015, but officials have been very careful not to reveal...
  • Expert: China-Made Aircraft Carrier May Enter Water At Year End

    09/29/2016 6:11:34 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    China Military Online ^ | September 28, 2016
    BEIJING --- Photos about the progress of China's first home-made aircraft carrier were revealed online again lately. Britain's Jane's Defence Weekly claimed that the carrier island is already lifted in place, a milestone before China's second aircraft carrier enters water. Military expert Cao Weidong said in an interview that China's first home-made aircraft carrier is likely to have Active Phased Array Radar (APAR) and can carry 40-50 aircraft of various types at most. Laser weapon will probably find its way to future carriers and large vessels too. According to Cao, carrier island installation is the last step of building the...
  • Royal Navy FARCE: £6bn Type 45 destroyers spend DOUBLE time at port than defending Britain

    09/16/2016 12:18:39 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    Express, U.K. ^ | September 16, 2016 | TOM BATCHELOR
    According to newly released official stats, the six vessels clocked up 1,515 days in British docks in the year to this April. Four of the state-of-the-art ships remained berthed for more than 300 days each, the data obtained from a Freedom of Information request shows. Former head of the Navy Admiral Lord West said there was a "desperate need" to get the destroyers "out and doing their job". He said: "We are using Royal Fleet Auxiliary and offshore protection vessels to do jobs that historically would have been done with frigates or destroyers." The Ministry of Defence (MoD) insisted the...
  • Colossal Stealth Destroyer USS Zumwalt Ready to Set Sail and Join the Navy

    09/07/2016 8:18:01 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 52 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 7, 2016
    <p>The largest and most expensive destroyer ever built for the U.S. Navy once headed to sea in a snowstorm during builder trials. Now, it's heading into the remnants of a tropical storm as it leaves Maine for good.</p> <p>The skipper is watching the weather as the stealthy Zumwalt destroyer prepares to depart from Bath Iron Works on Wednesday en route to its commissioning in Baltimore, and then to its homeport in San Diego.</p>
  • Achieving mastery of the seas- Indonesian warship factory quietly serves the world

    08/29/2016 5:01:24 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    The Jakarta Post ^ | August 29, 2016 | Liza Yosephine
    The sun shone brightly one morning in Surabaya Port, East Java, setting a-shimmer a sea lined with muted, grey warships docked along the vast harbor. To the side stood one giant crimson-colored vessel, probed and prodded by dozens of men all across its surface still unfinished. "This is a work in progress of the second strategic sealift vessel [SSV] warship to be delivered to the Philippines,” a man dressed in cerulean uniform and white hard hat said proudly. The man, M. Firmansyah Arifin, is the president director of state-owned shipbuilder PT. PAL Indonesia (PAL). He recently took team across...