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  • Australian Disappointment at $80 Billion Submarine Program
    Australian Disappointment at $80 Billion Submarine Program February 15 2020
    Relations between the Australian Federal Government and the French company designing future submarines have hit a new low, with the Australian Defence Minister declaring she will hold the group to account on its local industry commitments. France-based Naval Group questioned the capability of local suppliers and suggested Australian businesses may not get half of the value of contracts under the $80 billion program. Naval Group Australia chief executive John Davis told The...
  • Qatar Submarine in the Arabian Gulf
    Qatar Submarine in the Arabian Gulf February 6 2020
    Located on the world's third-largest natural gas and oil reserves, Qatar may operate the submarine. Doha has taken a new step that will be effective in changing the balances in the Gulf region. A new memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Italian defence giant Fincantieri covers the "supply of cutting-edge naval vessels and submarines". The Qatari submarines may be part of a much larger 5 billion Euro deal with Italy which was agreed in 2017. Currently, Iran is the only submarin...
  • Two Countries Threatening the US Navy: China and Russia
    Two Countries Threatening the US Navy: China and Russia February 6 2020
    Vice Admiral Andrew Woody Lewis made a statement that Russia and China are capable of targeting the US Navy. Lewis, who leads Joint Forces Command Norfolk and the Navy's newly reactivated 2nd Fleet, has been tasked with protecting the Atlantic from “great power” rivals such as Russia and China. The fleet, a mainstay of American defences during the Cold War, was mothballed in 2011 and then re-established in 2018 as the United States's relationship with Russia deteriorated. ...
  • UK’s Card for Scotland; £1.7bn a year Defence Expense
    UK’s Card for Scotland; £1.7bn a year Defence Expense January 31 2020
    The United Kingdom officially exits from the European Union with concerns about Scotland behind. Political aspirations have peculiar and unexpected results. British conservatives voted against the European Union with the fear that the Union would divide them. The result, however, brings the concern to reality. While the member of Kingdom leaves Union, Scotland wants to stay. The Kingdom self divides. Under the shadow of Britain exiting from EU, British defence journal ukde...
  • Stary Oskol Submarine Enters Maintenance Period
    Stary Oskol Submarine Enters Maintenance Period January 31 2020
    Project 06363 Stary Oskol (B-262) submarine , deployed by Russia in the Mediterranean, entered maintenance and repair period. The Black Sea Fleet submarine Stary Oskol arrived at the Kronstadt Marine Plant for planned repairs after its deployment in the Russian Navy’s permanent Mediterranean taskforce, a source in Crimean defence circles told TASS on Wednesday. "Last night, an operation was fulfilled to place the submarine into the dock of the Kronstadt Marine Plant," the sour...
  • ASELSAN Sign on Radar Absorbent Material
    ASELSAN Sign on Radar Absorbent Material January 29 2020
    ASELSAN, which carries out the development activities of high importance systems under the New Type Submarine Project, has completed factory acceptance tests of a critical product. Thanks to the component that the company designed and developed with its own capabilities, the detection of Reis Class (Type 214) submarines will become more difficult. According to the news published by Anadolu Agency, factory acceptance tests of composite radar absorbent material pro...
  • US Navy Retires Nuclear Submarine
    US Navy Retires Nuclear Submarine January 23 2020
    Continuing to put Virginia class submarines into service, the American Navy is also retiring platforms that are at the end of their economic life. Los Angeles class submarines, which were work horse of the US Navy during the Cold War, are slowly phasing out. The USA officially initiated the inactivation process of USS Pittsburgh (SSN 720) at a ceremony held at the Naval Underwater Museum located in Keyport, Washington. The submarine, which has been in naval service fo...
  • Tender for Indian Submarine
    Tender for Indian Submarine January 22 2020
    Having serious problems in the maintenance of vehicles and heavily damaged the nuclear submarine in 2018 with the hatch left open, India announced the short list in its tender for the procurement of air-independent propulsion submarines. The Indian Defense Acquisition Council (DAC) has announced shortlisted companies as part of its nuclear submarine procurement program. L&T company and Mazagon Docks Ltd. (MDL) are took place on the list. As part of the 7 billion USD te...
  • AGOSTA 90B Back to Sea December 24 2019
    Pakistan Navy’s AGOSTA 90B class submarine (PNS / M Hamza (S-139), modernised by Turkish Defence Technologies Engineering and Trade Inc. (STM) was launched to sea. To upgrade the submarine, the Ministry of Defence of Pakistan launched a 1 + 2 (option) submarine modernisation tender in 2016. The French Naval Group shipyard (former DCNS Shipyard), which built the submarine, also participated in the bid. Pakistan chose STM and expanded the scope of the Submarine Modernization Project with ...
  • China Equips Destroyer with Long-Range Land-Attack Missiles
    China Equips Destroyer with Long-Range Land-Attack Missiles December 24 2019
    Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy equips the Type 055 class guided-missile destroyer Nanchang with long-range land-attack cruise missiles. The PLA Navy said on China's Twitter-like social platform Sina Weibo that the service operates not only vessels but also submarine-launched intercontinental ballistic missiles with strategic missile submarines and long-range land-attack cruise missiles with 10,000 ton-class guided-missile destroyer. China displayed its...
  • Trump Signs $738B Defence Bill Including Sanctions Targeting Turkey
    Trump Signs $738B Defence Bill Including Sanctions Targeting Turkey December 21 2019
    US President Donald Trump signed off the sprawling 2020 National Defence Authorization Act (NDAA) earlier Friday, authorising a top-line budget of $738 billion that includes $635 billion for base Pentagon spending. Trump signed the bill at a ceremony at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. The bill includes the building of 100 new F-35 jets, 155 Army helicopters, 165 Abrams tanks, two new Virginia-class submarines, among others. The NDAA also renewed a decision to exclu...
  • Nuclear Submarine Test Started
    Nuclear Submarine Test Started December 6 2019
    Designed by the Russian-based Malakhit Marine Engineering Bureau, the latest Project Yasen-M multirole nuclear-powered submarine Kazan, test-fired torpedo weapons from its submerged position in the White Sea. According to the Russian Northern Fleet, the torpedo test-fire passed successfully. Tested in the White Sea, torpedoes successfully destroyed the underwater target. The fleet also announced that they would continue to test Kazan in the White Sea in the coming days. It was laid ou...
  • Britain introduces Rocket Man
    Britain introduces Rocket Man November 22 2019
    Ex-Royal Marines Reservist Richard Browning has flown off the aircraft carrier with a jet-powered suit. A video of the former reservist flying around HMS Queen Elizabeth was shared on a social media account of Gravity Industries, a British aeronautical innovation company founded by Mr Browning. HMS Queen Elizabeth is currently off the east coast of the United States as part of the Westlant 19 Carrier Strike Group deployment. Former Marine flew from aircraft carrier towards...
  • Shelter for Submarines
    Shelter for Submarines November 12 2019
    Russia will build an armoured shelter for submarines. The shades designed for Borey class Project 995, Yasen class project 885 and Lada class electric submarines will protect the platforms from missiles and nuclear weapons. The construction of bunker will begin this year in Vilyuchinsk base of the Pacific fleet in Kamchatka, sources in the Defence Ministry said. In 2020, the installation will start in Northern fleet deployment bases near Severomorsk. The shelter will protect submarines f...
  • Electric Submarine to Enter Russia's Inventory
    Electric Submarine to Enter Russia's Inventory November 7 2019
    Russia-based Admiralty Shipyard, a subsidiary of United Shipbuilding Corporation, laid two new Project 636.3 diesel-electric submarines for the Russian Navy's Pacific Fleet. Ships called Ufa and Magadan are being built under a contract for six submarines for the Pacific Fleet signed with the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in September 2016. Following the agreement, the first platform, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, was laid down in 2017 and is scheduled to be delivered to the Russian Navy on Novemb...
  • Modernization Process Ended
    Modernization Process Ended November 5 2019
    Within the scope of the CSR 1 Program of the Republic of Korea, Type 209 submarines developed by the German HDW Shipyard were put into service. South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) handed over Chang Bogo (Type 209/1200)-class submarine Lee Eok Gi to the Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) on 31 October after completing an upgrade The Korean Ministry of National Defence announced on November 1 that the 57-meter-long electric-diesel submarine...
  • A New Era of Maritime Patrol for the RAF
    A New Era of Maritime Patrol for the RAF November 4 2019
    The Royal Air Force has taken delivery of its first submarine-hunting Boeing Poseidon MRA1 Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA). The UK's last dedicated MPAs flew out of RAF Kinloss from Lossiemouth, in 2010. However, a growing Russian submarine threat in the North Atlantic prompted the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) to invest £3 billion in nine Poseidon aircraft to track maritime targets. The aircraft will eventually be based at RAF Lossiemouth in Moray, Scotland. An RAF crew wil...
  • Putin Announces Russian Navy to Deploy Zircon Missiles by Year’s End
    Putin Announces Russian Navy to Deploy Zircon Missiles by Year’s End November 4 2019
    Russian President Vladimir Putin stated that the Russian Navy is set to deploy the world’s first-class of the hypersonic cruise missile, the Zircon, by the end of 2019. Putin declared the development during an inspection of the new corvette Gremyashchiy at a shipyard in the Kaliningrad region. The warship is expected to enter service in December 2019. President Putin stated regarding the launch of the new ship: “the Zircons will certainly be there.” The missile is expected t...
  • ICBM Drill From Russia
    ICBM Drill From Russia October 18 2019
    The Russian nuclear forces have terminated their annual readiness exercise, dubbed “Grom [Thunder] 2019,” which will involve 12,000 troops, 213 intercontinental-range ballistic missile launchers, up to 105 aircraft and around 20 warships, according to the Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD). Two RSM-50 [NATO reporting name: SS-N-18 Stingray] ballistic missiles were launched towards the Chizha firing range. The exercise took place from October 15 to 17 in all...
  • Indigenous Submarine Project Started
    Indigenous Submarine Project Started October 15 2019
    The Indigenous Submarine (MİLDEN) project, which constitutes the second stage of the Air Independent Propulsion (AIP) submarines of the Turkish Navy, has officially started. Speaking at the Ninth Naval Systems Seminar, Deputy General Director of Shipyards of the Ministry of National Defence, Rear Admiral Mehmet Sarı, made a presentation about the MİLDEN Project. According to Sarı's statement, the first cadres were appointed, and the first appointments were made. Aft...
  • Korea re-runs for Nuclear-Powered Submarine
    Korea re-runs for Nuclear-Powered Submarine October 11 2019
    The Republic of Korea is considering to own nuclear-powered submarine. According to the Korea Herald, the Navy is running a task force on the potential construction of nuclear-powered submarines. ROK pushed to build such submarines in 2003 behind the scenes as part of its long-term military build-up program.  The project was suspended about a year later after it was disclosed in a media report. Then in 2017, the defence ministry researched the matter through private e...
  • India Receives Second Scorpène Submarine
    India Receives Second Scorpène Submarine September 21 2019
    India's Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) has delivered second licence-built Kalvari (Scorpène)-class diesel-electric submarine (SSK) to the Indian Navy on 19 September at a delivery ceremony in Mumbai. India has ordered six submarines under an INR230 billion (USD3.2 billion) contract signed with Naval Group (then known as DCNS) in October 2005 under India's Project 75 submarine programme. The programme's first-of-class, INS Kalvari, was commissioned in Dece...
  • The Navy's First Electric Diesel Submarine: S26T September 16 2019
    In April 2017, the Government of Thailand approved the purchase of approximately $ 411 million worth of diesel-electric submarines from China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation. The Royal Thai Navy (RTN) and Chinese shipbuilder Wuchang Shipbuilding Industry Group Co. Ltd held the keel-laying ceremony for the RTN’s first S26T diesel-electric submarine. The ceremony was held in Wuchang Shipbuilding’s yard in Wuhan.  The S26T was based on the Type 039B Yuan-class s...
  • Navy's Second LPD Coming
    Navy's Second LPD Coming September 12 2019
    The Royal Thai Navy (RTN) will procure second Landing Platform Dock (LPD) to its inventory. RTN has signed a contract of procurement Chinese Type 071E (Yuzhao)-class LPD. The deal worths USD130 million. The new helicopter-capable LPD is expected to be delivered in the early 2020s and will be operated by the RTN as a multirole vessel involved in operations including territorial surveillance and patrol, training, logistics and troop-carrying, and disaster relief. The HTMS Angthong (LPD-791) is ...
  • Decision to Continue Production
    Decision to Continue Production September 5 2019
    Russia has begun the design of the A-42 aircraft to replace the Beriev Be-12 Chayka (NATO Code: Mail) maritime patrol aircraft. Its design was suspended in 1993. Now the aircraft will be modernized and accepted into service. Defence Ministry sources told the decision in principle to resume A-42 production had been made. The ministry is drafting tactical and technical requirements to the upgraded project. The main one is to create a universal antisubmarine and rescue aircraft. So far...
  • Russia’s "Black Hole" at Tests
    Russia’s "Black Hole" at Tests August 21 2019
    Russian newest diesel-electric submarine Project 636.3 Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky (Kilo-class submarine B-274) arrived at Baltic Sea for Trials. Built for Russia's Pacific Fleet, the submarine began sea tests.  “During the shipbuilders’ sea trials, some of the submarine Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky’s shipboard systems will be checked, including communications and hydro-acoustics,” Navy Spokesman said. Russian Deputy Defence Minister Alexei Krivor...
  • The incentive for Submarine Program
    The incentive for Submarine Program August 19 2019
    Lockheed Martin Australia has announced that it will finance research and development (R & D) solutions for Attack Class Submarines. Lockheed Martin officials said that each of the projects expected to include new methods and technologies for Australia's Assault Class Submarine. Successful applicants will receive seed grants of $75,000 each. Participants can apply in a total of eight separate areas. The first round of R&D grants saw more than $900,000 allocated to industry and aca...
  • New Termal Eyes for Turkish Submarines
    New Termal Eyes for Turkish Submarines August 8 2019
    Turkey has signed an agreement, which is worth 45 million US Dollar, with Hensoldt. Under the agreement, the Turkish Navy will supply eight SERO 400 periscopes with thermal imaging capabilities. Periscopes will be integrated into Preveze Class (Type 209/1400) submarines. Preveze Class (Type 209/1400) submarines are named after the Type 209 steel, which is the construction material of the submarine, and weight of the submarine, which is 1400 tons. The platform, which has a displ...
  • The Ocean Shield from Russia
    The Ocean Shield from Russia August 1 2019
    Russia's Ocean Shield 2019 drill in the Baltic Sea will be held between 1-9 August. Around 49 warships and combat craft, 20 logistic support vessels, 58 aircraft of the Navy and the Aerospace Force and 10,634 personnel of the Russian Armed Forces will be involved in the drill, which will be commanded by Russian Navy Commander-in-Chief Admiral Nikolai Yevmenov. The drills will practice the deployment of the Navy’s inter-fleet grouping and the skills of commanding the fleet’s fo...
  • BAE Systems for Navy
    BAE Systems for Navy July 26 2019
    BAE Systems has signed a follow-on contract with US Navy to produce 28 more payload tubes for Block-V Virginia-class submarines. BAE Systems will deliver seven sets of four tubes each for the Virginia Payload Modules (VPM). Builder of the Virginia class, BAE Systems will deliver seven sets of four tubes each for the VPM. These systems will increase the payload capacity and firepower by extending the length of mid-body section of the submarine. Each large-diameter payload tube can launch seven...
  • USS Oakland Slid Into the Water
    USS Oakland Slid Into the Water July 22 2019
    The U.S. Navy’s newest Independence-variant littoral combat ship (LCS), the future USS Oakland slid into the waters in Alabama. The new build is a fast, agile, focused-mission platform designed for operation in near-shore environments yet capable of open-ocean operation. It is designed to defeat asymmetric “threats such as mines, quiet diesel submarines and fast surface craft. With a displacement of 3,200 tons, LCS 24 has a length of 127.4 meters and can reach a speed of 40+ knots...
  • First Suffren Received July 12 2019
      Jane’s reported that France received the first of its new generation Suffren class (Barracuda) nuclear-powered attack submarine for its Navy. Suffren’s drydock will not actually be flooded until the end of July. Harbour trials are planned to start on 13 July and will continue until the second quarter of 2020, after which at-sea trials will begin. The loading of the nuclear core of the reactor is planned for September 2019, and the reactor is expected to go critica...
  • 40 Percent Light Plate Coming
    40 Percent Light Plate Coming June 24 2019
    The Corps is gearing up to field its new lightweight body armor plates, designed to be worn in the low intensity or counterinsurgency style conflicts. Nearly 40 percent lighter body armor coming to Marines in 2020. On Friday the Defence Department announced the Navy awarded a nearly $216 million contract to Point Blank Enterprises for the purchase of the new lightweight plates. Maj. Ken Kunze, a spokesman for Marine Corps Systems Command, told Marine Corps Times that the Corps expects ...
  • First Diesel-Electric Submarine on Trial
    First Diesel-Electric Submarine on Trial June 22 2019
      Republic of Korea has begun sea trials for its first KSS-3 diesel-electric submarine. The vessel, Dosan Ahn Chang-ho, began the trials during the week of 10 June, and these involved mainly tests of the vessel's propulsion systems and steering equipment.  The submarine Dosan Ahn Chang-ho, which is the first of three KSS-3 submarines ordered for the Republic of Korea Navy, has an overall length of 83.5 m, an overall beam of 7.7 m, and a hull draught of 7.62 m...
  • APR-3M to Intercept Western Submarines
    APR-3M to Intercept Western Submarines May 16 2019
    Russian state Research,Development and Enterprise zone; GNPP announced that it completed the APR-3M ASW rocket propelled torpedo tests. Following the completion of the test phase of the system developed under the responsibility of JSC, it was announced that the mass production preparations were started. Russian Defense Ministry started talks with the Ministry of Defense and the system will be ready for sale to Russia and foreign countries. System is a successor of APR-1, A...
  • Denizkurdu Spreads to Three Seas
    Denizkurdu Spreads to Three Seas May 13 2019
    One of the biggest exercises of Turkish Naval Forces Command, DENİZKURDU-2019 started simultaneously in the Black Sea, Aegean Sea and the Mediterranean Sea. The aim of the exercise, which will be performed live fire drills, is increasing the level of readiness of the operation of the amphibious, maritime and naval air units operating under the Naval Forces Command. 110 ships, maritime patrol aircraft, naval helicopters, UAV, marines, SAT and SAS elements are participating in the exe...
  • MAV ZAHA Embarks at IDEF
    MAV ZAHA Embarks at IDEF May 1 2019
     FNSS’ Marine Assault Vehicle (MAV) made its first appearance at IDEF’19. Vice President of Defence Industries Mustafa Şeker attended the ceremony. Visitors to the FNSS stand will have opportunity to see the first prototype MAV, whose main role is to support the combat capabilities of marine forces in line with the requirements of the 21st century combat environments. MAV is being developed as part of the Armoured Amphibious Assault Vehicles (<...
  • Russia may Build New Cruise Missile-Equipped Nuclear Submarines
    Russia may Build New Cruise Missile-Equipped Nuclear Submarines April 22 2019
    Russian Defence Ministry is planning to build new version of Borei-K nuclear submarines capable of carrying long-range cruise missiles. State-run TASS news agency reported that “The ministry is looking into the possibility of building two more Borei-class submarines, equipped with long-range cruise missiles instead of ballistic ones. If the decision is made, the submarines will be built under the new Borei-K project and will be scheduled for delivery after 2027.” ...
  • STM to Upgrade Pakistan’s Second Agosta 90B
    STM to Upgrade Pakistan’s Second Agosta 90B March 9 2019
    Turkish state-owned defence contractor Savunma Teknolojileri Mühendislik ve Ticaret A.Ş. (STM) announced from its official twitter account that it has won a contract for the mid-life upgrade of the second of three Agosta 90B-class (aka Khalid-class) diesel-electric attack submarines equipped with air-independent propulsion systems, currently in service with the Pakistan Navy. The twitter reads, “Capabilities of Pakistan Agosta90B Submarines enhanced by the main contractor STM throu...
  • India Signs Over $3 Billion Deal with Russia for Nuclear Submarine
    India Signs Over $3 Billion Deal with Russia for Nuclear Submarine March 9 2019
    India has for the third time signed an agreement to lease a Russian Akula-class nuclear-powered attack submarine according to Times of India. New nuclear-powered attack submarine (SSN), will be available by 2025, after a comprehensive refurbishment at a Russian shipyard. The agreement will be realised despite the threat of US financial sanctions looming over the earlier $5.4 billion contract inked for Russian S-400 Triumf missile systems in October last year. This submarine will rep...