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  • Spain signs $2.2b framework deal to sell warships to S Arabia

    04/15/2018 8:57:39 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | 04/14/2018
    MADRID (Reuters) - Spain and Saudi Arabia have signed a framework agreement to sell the Gulf Arab state warships under a deal estimated to be worth around 1.8 billion euros ($2.2 billion). Saudi Arabiaís crown prince and Spainís defence minister signed an ďexecutive summary to facilitate the necessary proceduresĒ for the Saudi Defence Ministry to sign a contract with Spanish state-owned shipbuilder Navantia for the supply of warships, a Saudi government statement said late on Thursday. It said another agreement was signed between state-owned Saudi Arabian Military Industries Company and Navantia, but did not provide further details. A Spanish Defence...
  • Inverted-Bow Warships Back in the Aegean Sea ?

    04/04/2018 8:42:45 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 31 MARCH 2018 | D-Mitch
    Navy Recognition is pleased to welcome guest writer D-Mitch, operations research analyst and creator of the famous (if you don't know his blog yet, you should definitely check it out as it really is top quality!). D-Mitch looks at the potential return of "inverted bow warships" in the Aegean sea as the Hellenic Navy is reportedly looking closely at the Belh@arra frigate by French shipbuilder Naval Group. He also gives us his take on the design and features of this next generation frigate. By D-Mitch, operations research analyst and creator of Today, the Greek Navy (Hellenic Navy) is...
  • Guardians of the seas: Ten years of Russia's formidable multi-purpose corvettes

    02/27/2018 7:21:46 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    TASS ^ | February 27, 2018
    Steregushchiy corvette © Vitaliy Nevar/TASS MOSCOW, February 27. /TASS/. February 28, 2018 will mark ten years since the Project 20380 lead ship Steregushchiy was accepted for service in the Russian Navy. Project 20380/20385 warships are a series of multi-purpose corvettes (guard ships) developed for the Russian Navy for coastal water operations. Projectís history As most shipbuilding projects in Russia were put on hold in the 1990s, the Navy stopped receiving not only missile cruisers, destroyers and strategic missile-carrying submarines but also 2nd and 3rd class warships - guard ships, small anti-submarine warfare ships and minesweepers. The situation was further aggravated...
  • One Of These Five Ships Will Become The U.S. Navy's Next Frigate

    02/19/2018 6:03:55 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    The Drive ^ | FEBRUARY 17, 2018 | TYLER ROGOWAY
    The Navy has moved forward with funding five potential designs that could fulfill its future guided missile frigate FFG(X) requirement. At least 20 of these vessels will be built, and as we have discussed in detail before, the project is among the Navy's most important initiatives. Fielding a highly capable surface combatant that can pick up many missions currently being conducted by over-tasked and far more expensive destroyers will be essential to providing a more flexible and sustainable fleet in the decades to come. The $15M contracts were awarded to General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, Fincantieri Marine, Huntington Ingalls, Austal...
  • With high-tech warships, Navy readies to guard gas fields from Hezbollah, Hamas

    02/09/2018 7:51:17 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 5 February 2018 | JUDAH ARI GROSS
    A computer graphic rendering of a Sa'ar 6 corvette, which is currently being constructed for the Israeli Navy in Germany. (Israel Defense Forces) The Israeli Navy is charged with defending the countryís territorial waters, an area that is twice as large as the state itself and is becoming increasingly crowded with highly lucrative natural gas fields and shipping lanes, and it needs help. For Israelís enemies these naval sites are ďpreferred targets,Ē and both the Iran-backed Hezbollah terror group in Lebanon and ó to a lesser extent ó Hamas in Gaza have the capabilities to threaten them, a senior Israeli...
  • Beijing Outraged As US Warship Sails Within 12 Miles Of Contested Island

    01/20/2018 11:09:18 AM PST · by blam · 25 replies
    Newz Sentinel ^ | 1-20-2018
    The new year is barely three weeks old and already the US Navyís ďfreedom of navigationĒ operations are eliciting furious threats of retaliation from the Chinese military. Since President Donald Trump took office one year ago, the Navy and Air Force have increasingly sought to test the Chinese military response in the Pacific by sailing or flying within a certain perimeter Ė usually 12 miles Ė of one of Chinaís disputed territorial holdings in the South China Sea, according to RT.In the latest clash, the USS Hopper missile destroyer sailed within 12 nautical miles of Huangyan Dao, a tiny island...
  • Frigate Design Awards By April; $950M Max, VLS Mandatory

    01/10/2018 7:58:08 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 42 replies
    Breaking Defense ^ | January 09, 2018 | SYDNEY J. FREEDBERG JR.
    Lockheed Martin model of their proposed frigate design, based on the Littoral Combat Ship, on display at the 2018 Surface Navy Association conference. Note VLS hatches on foredeck, behind turret and flanked by OTH launchers. UPDATED with CNO comment on importance of program CRYSTAL CITY: By the end of March, the Navy will award four to six contracts for ďconceptualĒ designs of a future frigate. That ship that must cost under $950 million, have ďGrade A shock hardeningĒ on key systems to survive blasts, and carry at least 16 Vertical Launch System cells to defend itself and nearby vessels, program...
  • Russia To Begin Testing Its Fearsome New "Pantsir-ME" Naval Close-In Defense System

    12/28/2017 7:32:18 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    The Drive ^ | DECEMBER 28, 2017 | TYLER ROGOWAY
    Russian media is reporting that the long awaited upgrade of the Kashtan (Chestnut) close-in weapon system (CIWS) will begin testing in 2018. Trials will start on a land range before moving to the sea aboard one of Russia's Project 1241 Molniya missile corvettes in the Black Sea. The country's new Project 22800 Karakurt corvettes will be the first vessels to receive the system operationally once testing is complete. Panstir-ME appears to be something of a mix between the potent Pantsir-S1 land-mobile self-propelled anti-aircraft artillery gun system and existing Kashtan CIWS installations found on many Russian-built naval vessels dating back to...
  • The German Navy Decided To Return Their Bloated New Frigate To The Ship Store This Christmas

    12/24/2017 8:18:25 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 50 replies
    The Drive ^ | DECEMBER 23, 2017 | TYLER ROGOWAY
    ARGE F125/Lerssen-Defence Just weeks ago we told the story of Germany's puzzling Baden-Wurttemberg class Type 125 (F125) frigate program. Not only did we discuss the ship's odd mission and design features, but we also highlighted some of the troubling post-delivery issues with the lead ship in the class. These problems include a persistent list to starboard and the fact that the ship is dramatically overweight, which would limit its performance, increase its cost of operation, and most importantly, negatively impact the Deutsche Marine's ability to add future upgrades to the somewhat sparsely outfitted vessel. Now the German Navy has officially...
  • It's HMS You, Ma'am! The Queen declares Britain's biggest warship ready for duty

    12/07/2017 7:46:38 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 52 replies
    THE DAILY MAIL ^ | 7 December 2017 | LARISA BROWN
    It was more than 70 years ago, in the closing months of the war in Europe, that Princess Elizabeth launched her first warship at the age of 18. Then it was the mighty battleship Vanguard, the last of its kind to serve in the Royal Navy. And yesterday, aged 91, the Queen commissioned Britainís biggest ever warship, the HMS Queen Elizabeth, into the Royal Navy. In a moving speech to the crew while stood in the hangar of the 65,000 ton aircraft carrier at Portsmouth naval base, she said it embodied the Ďbest of Britishí. The Queen said: ĎThe most...
  • Russiaís new, stealthy rocket ships will soon be wreaking havoc at sea

    12/03/2017 6:21:13 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 28 replies
    Russia Beyond the Headlines ^ | NOV 30, 2017 | NIKOLAI LITOVKIN
    For the first time in the fleetís history, it will be equipped with high-tech vessels that will be almost invisible to enemy radar and brimming with deadly weapons. This November the first serial small rocket ship of the 22800 project known as ďKarakurtĒ (or Mediterranean Black Widow) will join Russiaís Fleet. These rocket cruisers are named after the worldís deadliest arachnid for a reason: They are loaded with some of Russiaís most devastating weapons. A force to reckon with Project 22800 vessels are small littoral combat ships. They each displace 800 tons of water, are 60 meters in length, and...
  • Lockheed Martin Awarded First Contract for New Saudi Frigates

    11/30/2017 8:43:35 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    USNI News ^ | November 30, 2017 | Sam LaGrone
    Artistís concept of a Lockheed Martin Multi-Mission Surface Combatant. US Navy Lockheed Martin has been awarded the first contract for a quartet of frigates the company is building as part of a $20 billion foreign military sales package to Saudi Arabia, USNI News has learned. Last week, the company was awarded a $22.74 million Pentagon contract to modify the design of the existing Freedom-class Littoral Combat Ship class for a more heavily armed, ďMulti-mission Surface Combatant.Ē The new frigates will the centerpiece of the long-awaited Saudi Naval Expansion Program II. SNEP II is set to modernize the Royal Saudi Navyís...
  • More details of PLAís ace Type 055 destroyer unveiled

    11/05/2017 7:00:56 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Asia Times ^ | NOVEMBER 3, 2017
    China has accelerated the deployment of its ace guided-missile destroyers, known as Type 055, as four of the latest-generation warships, capable of attacking targets onshore, offshore and underwater, are being built at the nationís two largest shipyards in Shanghai and Dalian. The latter is also the home port of the first Chinese-built aircraft carrier. When the first ship of the 055 class was launched at the end of June in Shanghai, Chinaís official media offered scant details of the brand-new destroyer, though some observers reckoned that it might be the largest warship in the Asia-Pacific region except for aircraft carriers....
  • Navy 'offered to sell warships to Chile and Brazil': Fury over secret talks ... (U.K.)

    10/25/2017 7:45:57 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 26 October 2017 | Larisa Brown
    Secret talks have been held about selling vital Royal Navy warships to save money in the Ministry of Defence, it was claimed yesterday. A number of Type 23 frigates plus two amphibious assault ships would be sold to Chile and Brazil under the plans. But last night sources within the department reacted with fury and dismissed the claims, denying there was any such plan to sell current ships to the South American nations. The Government is currently conducting a security and capability review, which is largely seen as a cuts exercise. Service chiefs have been told to find billions in...
  • What will the Navy's future aircraft carriers look like? They could be much smaller.

    10/23/2017 10:58:53 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 52 replies
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | October 22, 2017 | Brock Vergakis
    NORFOLK Congress told the Navy to develop concepts for less expensive aircraft carriers than those being built at Newport News Shipbuilding after the USS Gerald R. Ford, which was commissioned in July as the first of a new class of warships, suffered repeated cost overruns and delays. The federally funded Rand Corp. came up with four alternatives , released this week in an unclassified report. Two designs call for nuclear-powered carriers, while two call for much smaller, conventionally powered ships that could only launch aircraft capable of taking off and landing vertically. The Navy sent copies of Randís report to...
  • US officials check ROC ship with eye on N Korea: report

    10/15/2017 9:02:05 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    Taipei Times ^ | Oct 16, 2017 | William Hetherington
    US military officials allegedly recently inspected the Republic of China Navy¬ís fast combat support ship Panshi to evaluate its capacity for battlefield medical support in the event of combat with North Korea, local media reported yesterday. Ministry of National Defense spokesman Major General Chen Chung-chi (ťô≥šł≠ŚźČ) refused to comment on a report by the Chinese-language Apple Daily when asked for details. The newspaper said a small contingent of US military officials boarded the Panshi to inspect its facilities and make inquiries regarding its capacity for surgical operations. The report cited a military source as saying that if the US were...
  • Japan MHI launched the Second 25DD/Asahi-class ASW Destroyer "Shiranui" for JMSDF

    10/12/2017 10:41:24 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 24 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 12 October 2017
    Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) Nagasaki shipyard held the launch ceremony for the second (and last) 25DD/Asahi-class ASW Destroyer. The vessel, named "Shiranui" (hull number DD-120) will join first ship of the class "Asahi" in Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) service. Asahi started sea trials in July 2017. The Asahi-class is an anti-submarine warfare (ASW) class of destroyers based on the existing Akizuki-class (19DD) of destroyers which is more focused on AAW. The vessel displaces over 5,000 tons for a length of 151 meters, a width of 18.3 meters and a draft of 5.4 meters. Shiranui Destroyer DD25 Asahi class...
  • Warship designers scramble to assemble boatload of supporting documents for bids (Canada)

    10/11/2017 10:21:49 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies
    CBC News ^ | October 11, 2017 | Murray Brewster
    Companies bidding to design Canada's new warships have to throw in specifications for everything ó including the kitchen sink and the paperwork to prove it works. That is one of about 600 technical requirements in the design stage of the $60-billion frigate replacement program ó the myriad tiny details that some of the 12 companies in the competition say are excessive. One section of the bid documents, obtained by CBC News, lists the appliances and expectations for the ship's galley. It is an extensive list, including a 40-litre mixing machine, one four-rack convection oven, a single two-compartment steamer cooker, two...
  • The Navy Is Set to Retire Half of Its Biggest Surface CombatantsóWith No Replacement in Sight

    10/10/2017 11:28:17 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 77 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | Oct 9, 2017 | Kyle Mizokami
    A full half of the U.S. Navy's largest surface warships are set to retire in three years, with nothing available to take their place. Eleven Ticonderoga-class cruisers, each with more than a hundred vertical missile silos, are scheduled to retire starting in 2020. The retirement of these ships will leave a bog hole in the Navy arsenal. The U.S. Navy's Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruisers were introduced in the 1980s. Weighing nearly 10,000 tons and measuring 567 feet long, the ships were designed primarily for the air defense roles. Equipped with the Aegis Combat System, the Ticonderogas were designed to protect...
  • Chinaís Giant New Cruiser Matches Americaís Naval Firepower

    10/05/2017 12:25:45 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 24 replies
    War is Boring ^ | October 5, 2017 | David Axe
    Chinese state television has broadcast the first clear, overhead view of the Chinese navyís first Type 055 cruiser. The image confirms what foreign analysts have expected since the new cruiser began taking shape in 2014. The Type 055 carries no fewer than 122 missiles in vertical cells ó any mix of anti-air, anti-ship and land-attack models. That matches the weapons-loadout of the U.S. Navyís Ticonderoga-class cruisers Ö and exceeds the armament of every other surface warship in the Pacific region. The new cruiser could enter service as early as 2018. The Type 055 ó which is an estimate 590 feet...