Friday, November 25, 2016

Defence Secretary announces UK-French missile cooperation

Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon speaks at the opening of the Franco-British Council in Paris.
November 17, 2016 - Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon has announced Franco-British Centres of Excellence for missile technology in Stevenage and Bolton.
Sir Michael made the announcement, which further deepens the UK-France defence relationship, at the Franco-British Council meeting today in Paris.
The revolutionary Cross-Channel Centres of Excellence Strategy will allow Franco-British defence company MBDA to develop cutting-edge technology in the UK and France while increasing efficiency.
The creation of specialized Centres of Excellence for missile technology will support 400 skilled jobs at MBDA’s UK sites in Stevenage and Bolton.
Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon said:
To keep Britain strong, it’s vital we develop mutual security through innovation and co-operation. By securing a rising defence budget, working with allies and investing in Centres of Excellence, we can keep Britain at the cutting-edge of technology.
This Franco-British defence co-operation ensures high-skilled jobs through innovation and will help keep Britain safer and more secure.
Building on recent Franco-British commitments to work more closely, the strategy seeks to extend the boundaries of traditional interstate co-operation, to the advantage of both countries, including by increasing UK and French military capability and promoting competitiveness in exports.
Minister for Defence Procurement Harriett Baldwin added:
The UK and France are the biggest European investors in equipment, and defence projects such as these Centres of Excellence will ensure we work effectively and innovatively with industry to secure the very best deal for the tax payer.
The UK is investing £178 billion so that our Armed Forces have the equipment they need to keep Britain safe.
During his visit the Defence Secretary also praised the UK and France’s deep and enduring partnership on operations against Daesh. The British and French militaries work closely together daily. RAF Voyager tankers often refuel French Rafales, as well as RAF jets. The RAF and French air force also team up to jointly strike more difficult targets, most recently in western Iraq, where RAF Tornados carrying Stormshadow missiles, and French aircraft successfully destroyed a large group of Saddam Hussein era bunkers used by Daesh for weapons manufacture. And only last week, near Mosul, an RAF Reaper crew could guide French Rafale jets onto a Daesh mortar team, striking the terrorists and eliminating the threat they were posing to Iraqi troops.
In a further boost to innovation the visit comes shortly after the launch of the next phase of a £117 million joint Franco-British Maritime Mine Counter Measures (MMCM) program.
The MMCM program will develop cutting edge maritime mine warfare capability, which will keep the UK and France at the forefront of autonomous systems technology. The development and deployment of unmanned mine clearance vehicle will help keep our personnel safe in challenging maritime environments.

The announcement on Centres of Excellence came at the annual meeting of the Franco-British Council, an organization set up in the 1970s to foster closer UK-French ties. 2016’s conference underlined the continuing strength and progress of the Lancaster House agreement, which is a fundament part of Britain and France’s defence relationship.

U.S. Navy Awards BAE Systems $192 Million Contract for Work on New DDG 1000 Ships

The new guided missile destroyer USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000), along with the USS Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001), will head to BAE Systems’ shipyard in San Diego for post-construction work. (Photo: U.S. Navy)   

November 21, 2016 - BAE Systems has received an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract from the U.S. Navy for post-construction work aboard the guided missile destroyers USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) and USS Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001). The contract has an initial award of $10.3 million and a maximum value of $192.7 million for work through September 2021.
“We’re pleased with the opportunity to help prepare the Zumwalt and Michael Monsoor for initial service in the fleet,” said Bob Koerber, vice president and general manager of BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair. “We look forward to working with industry partners to install the state-of-the-art combat systems aboard these leading-edge combatants and to finish other hull and engineering enhancements following their construction and delivery.”
USS Zumwalt and Michael Monsoor are the first two ships of the Navy’s new class of surface combatants. The ships are 610 feet long, displace about 15,700 tons, and are comprised of steel hulls and composite structure deckhouses. The Zumwalt was commissioned in Baltimore last month and now is enroute to its homeport in San Diego. The Michael Monsoor is currently under construction in Bath, Maine, and will also be homeported in San Diego.
BAE Systems will begin work on the Zumwalt next month. Work on the Michael Monsoor will begin after the ship is delivered to the Navy. Under the new contract, the company’s San Diego shipyard will support the installation and completion of the ships’ combat systems and perform post-construction hull, mechanical, and electrical enhancements. The shipyard also will support the ships’ post-shakedown availabilities following the demonstration and certification of their combat systems and final sea trials.

In addition to the shipyard’s work, BAE Systems’ Weapon Systems business will work on the ships’ gun systems, which will can deliver ordnance against a wide variety of targets. The business also will install the ships’ Mk 57 vertical launch systems, which will provide the capability and flexibility of deploying existing and new missiles without costly, complex reconfiguration or maintenance.

BAE Systems Awarded $86 Million U.S. Navy Contract to Support and Integrate Combat Systems

BAE Systems received a new contract to assist with the integration of U.S. Navy equipment, programs, and combat systems to enhance mission planning, research, and training. (Photo: Missile Defense Agency)   

November 21, 2016 - The U.S. Navy has awarded BAE Systems a five-year contract worth up to $86 million to provide management, engineering, maintenance, and IT support services for the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) at Wallops Island, Virginia.
BAE Systems experts will integrate various mission equipment, combat systems, and computer programs to help NAVSEA’s Surface Combat Systems Center meet current and future operational requirements. The high-fidelity systems are used by sailors for mission planning, testing and evaluation, research, and training.

“We are ensuring the interoperability of deployed systems and integrating next-generation technologies for use in testing and exercises at sea,” said DeEtte Gray, president of BAE Systems’ Intelligence & Security sector. “This is critical work that is supporting the Navy’s strategy to provide the fleet with the advanced capabilities it needs in an increasingly complex maritime environment.”

L-3 to Provide Power Distribution and Switchgear Equipment for the U.S. Navy’s Stealthiest Submarine Program

November 18, 2016 - L-3 Communications announced today that it has been awarded a contract to deliver switchgear equipment in support of the power distribution and protection system for the U.S. Navy’s newest submarine, which will replace the existing Ohio-class platform. This competitively awarded contract includes the detail design and qualification of the switchgear, along with the delivery of select units to the first submarine. Follow-on deliveries will extend to 2035 if the U.S. Navy builds all boats in the current plan of record.
“This is an important contract for L-3 because it demonstrates our ability to meet evolving naval requirements with optimal reliability and performance,” said Michael T. Strianese, L-3’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.
“Our expertise is in electrical protection and distribution equipment that is designed for harsh and rugged environments,” added Christine Montalvo, President of L-3 SPD Electrical Systems (L-3 SPDES), which will complete the work. “We’ve spent two years investing in conceptual designs and improving upon key elements, including electrical performance, weight and reduced cost, and are excited to have won this rigorous competition.”

L-3 SPDES is part of the Power & Propulsion Systems sector within the Electronic Systems business segment. The division currently manufactures switchgear and Air Circuit Breakers (ACBs) for the Virginia-class fast attack submarine.

Navy put into service a new logistic support vessel in Cartagena

Official photo

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November 24, 2016 - Military ceremony will be held tomorrow at 5 pm at the Naval ARC "Bolívar" Base, chaired by Mr. Admiral Leonardo Santamaria Gaitan, Commander of the Navy, with Mr. General del Aire (RA) Jose Javier Perez Mejia, Deputy Minister of Defense for Corporate Social Group and GSED, and Welfare, and the naval command, will serve the Navy's new ship Logistics Support ARC name "Gulf of Morrosquillo".
This is the fourth ship of its kind built in Colombia by the Corporation of Science and Technology for Development of Shipbuilding, Maritime and Fluvial - COTECMAR response to the need for the Navy to strengthen its naval fleet units’ shallow draft that can reach inaccessible areas, to increase state presence and to provide care to the most remote populations.
The ARC "Gulf of Morrosquillo" will become part of the Flotilla of Surface Caribbean under operational command of the Naval Force of the Caribbean, to develop maritime and riverine operations security and defense missions, humanitarian assistance operations for disaster control, military operations area control, logistical support and amphibious landing, among others. its ability to transport vehicles and heavy machinery stands and containers, refrigerated cargo, ro-ro cargo and liquid cargo (water and fuel).
As the first commander of the ARC "Gulf of Morrosquillo" he was appointed Lieutenant Commander Carlos Alvarado Fabian Carvajal, who will lead a crew of 13 people between officers and NCOs. Godmother of the new ship is Mrs. Elisa Beltrán de Santamaría, wife of Commander of the Navy.
The ARC "Gulf of Morrosquillo", named after one of the most important geographical features of the Colombian Caribbean, located between the departments of Sucre and Cordoba, with attractions like Punta Mestizos, Cispatá Bay and Boca de Tinajones. It is the second ship with this name in the Navy.
The ARC "Gulf of Morrosquillo" has a length (L) of 49 meters, a beam (width) of 11 meters, a maximum speed of 9 knots, an average draft of 1.50 meters, accommodation capacity of 15 crew, transport up to 36 people; It has doctor's office and hospital ward to serve four people; It can carry more than 20,000 gallons of water, 21 gallons of fuel and 240 tons on deck. Has a ramp on the bow that allows loading and unloading of equipment and heavy machinery in places of difficult access and a hydraulic crane with lifting capacity up to 15 tons, so that the burden of large containers is possible.

With the entry of the vessel ARC "Gulf of Morrosquillo" to the naval fleet in the Caribbean, the Navy increased its capabilities and reaffirms its commitment to safeguard human life at sea, to exercise military control of the area, providing logistical support, lead missions disaster management and humanitarian assistance, among others.

Italian Navy: First launch of an Aster 30 missile By ITS Bergamini


November 24, 2016 - On the 22nd of this month, at the Salto di Quirra joint armed forces test range, the Italian Navy has successfully conducted from Nave Bergamini the first live firing of an Aster 30 missile with a telemetry head, as part of the qualification program for the surface-to-air extended self defence system (SAAM ESD, Surface to Air Anti-Missile System Extended Self Defence).
With the SAAM ESD system, the firing ship can both protect itself (self-defense) and other consort ships.
The firing was completed in full accordance with the established plan. All the launch phases were accomplished per expectations. The successful firing confirms the excellent team work established and developed in perfect synergy between the Italian Navy and the industry.
This test is one of the most relevant technical/experimental trials that the Italian Navy has carried out within the Salto di Quirra test range, and a very important activity that will support the high-tech national industry, also in the export markets. This event represents also the re-entry into service, after 4 years, of the Sardinian test range, fully compliant with the most updated environmental safety requirements.
The missile system, produced by MBDA, is composed of an AGIS Command and Control System, an active Multi-Function Radar for searching, tracking, detection and missile guidance, together with 2 Sylver A-50 vertical launch firing modules.

The SAAM ESD qualification plan is expected to be completed with a follow-on live firing planned for April 2017, when the anti-air warfare complex will be managed seamlessly integrated with the FREMM’s CMS (Combat Management System).

KONGSBERG wins contract to upgrade the Fridtjof Nansen class frigates worth NOK 313 million


November 23, 2016 - Kongsberg Defence Systems (KONGSBERG) has entered agreement with the Norwegian Defence Material Agency (NDMA) to update the Combat Management System and the Active Sonar System of the Fridtjof Nansen class frigates.
The contract value is 313 MNOK and will be delivered over four years.
KONGSBERG has supplied the anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare systems based on KONGSBERG`s Combat Management System architecture and integrated with the Aegis Combat System. KONGSBERG has conducted update and maintenance activities regularly since the class was introduced. This contract extends the lifetime of the systems.

“KONGSBERG is pleased to be part of the upgrade program extending the lifetime of the systems on board the Fridtjof Nansen class. KONGSBERG is a leading Combat System supplier for ships and submarines delivered to eleven nations around the world, and this contract confirms our strong position”, says Eirik Lie, Acting President, Kongsberg Defence Systems.

Guided Missile Destroyer INS Chennai Joins the Indian Navy

Indian Express

November 21, 2016 - INS Chennai, a P 15A Guided Missile Destroyer, was commissioned into the Indian Navy by the Hon’ble Raksha Mantri Shri Manohar Parrikar at an impressive ceremony held at the Naval Dockyard, Mumbai today. The event marks the formal induction into the Navy of the third and the last of the three ‘Kolkata’ class destroyers, indigenously designed by the Indian Navy’s in-house organization, Directorate of Naval Design and constructed by Mazagon Dock Limited, Mumbai. On his arrival, the Raksha Mantri was received by Admiral Sunil Lanba, the Chief of the Naval Staff and was presented a Guard of Honor by the ship’s crew. The ceremony was witnessed by a large gathering which included several dignitaries and senior officials from the government and all three services.
Hon’ble Raksha Mantri Sh Manohar Parrikar, whilst addressing the gathering, termed the commissioning of INS Chennai, last of the Project 15 A class Destroyers, as a historic day for the Indian Navy as it adds another milestone in our relentless journey towards achieving self-reliance in battle readiness. The ship represents a significant ‘coming of age’ of our warship building capability and defence preparedness, said the Defence minister. He further stated that the Indian Navy, in addition to providing overall maritime security to our country, also plays a crucial role as the ‘net security provider’ in our adjoining seas. In this regard, Shri Manohar Parrikar also stressed that the Navy’s growth and development must keep pace with the nation’s growth and maritime security needs.
Lauding the role played by the naval designers (DGND) and the ship builders i.e. M/s MDL Mumbai, the Raksha Mantri said “with the induction of INS Chennai, a new benchmark has been achieved for our warship design and construction endeavors, with the sophistication of systems and equipment, and utilization of advanced ship building techniques”.
During his address, Admiral Sunil Lanba the Navy Chief said that commissioning of INS Chennai marks another milestone in the Navy’s quest for self-reliance as it signifies completion of the challenging Project P-15A and heralds a new era of advanced warships built indigenously by Indian shipyards. The Admiral also stated that indigenization of platforms, weapons, sensors and equipment with participation of public as well as private sectors, will continue to remain a focus area of the Indian Navy, in line with the ‘Make in India’ policy enunciated by the Prime Minister. He emphasized that the ‘Roadmap for the Navy’s expansion and growth would continue to remain firmly anchored on Self-reliance and Indigenization’.
The Commanding Officer, Captain CR Praveen Nair, read out the Commissioning Warrant, which was followed by the hoisting of ‘Colors’ (ceremony of hoisting the National Flag and Naval Ensign) which marked the commencement of the ship’s service as a warship of the Navy. The Commissioning event was characterized by closely coordinated sequence of drills and events leading to formal unveiling of the ship’s name plaque by the Chief Guest. On completion of the Commissioning Ceremony, the Honorable Raksha Mantri also unveiled a special cover to commemorate the Commissioning of INS Chennai and completion of the prestigious Project 15A class of stealth destroyers.
Following her formal induction, INS Chennai will be placed under the operational and administrative control of the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command. In due course, the ship will be assigned to the Western Fleet and would be base-ported at Mumbai.
The ship measures 163m in length, 17.4m in breadth with a displacement of 7500 tonnes and can rightfully be regarded as one of the most potent warships to have been constructed in India. The ship is propelled by four powerful Gas Turbines, in a Combined Gas and Gas (COGAG) configuration, capable of achieving speeds more than 30 knots. The ship has enhanced stealth features resulting in a reduced Radar Cross Section (RCS) achieved through efficient shaping of hull, full beam superstructure design, plated masts and use of radar transparent materials on exposed decks.
INS Chennai is packed with contemporary and sophisticated ‘state of the art’ weapons and sensors such as Surface to Surface Missile and Surface to Air Missiles. The ship is fitted with a modern Surveillance Radar which provides target data to the gunnery weapon systems of the ship. The ship’s Anti-Submarine Warfare capabilities are provided by the indigenously developed Rocket Launchers and Torpedo Launchers. The ship is equipped to fight under Nuclear, Biological and Chemical (NBC) warfare conditions.
A unique feature of this ship is the high level of indigenization incorporated in the production, accentuating our national objective of ‘Make in India’. Some of the major indigenized equipment / system onboard INS Chennai include Combat Management System, Rocket Launcher, Torpedo Tube Launcher, Automated Power Management System, Foldable Hangar Doors, Helo Traversing system, Auxiliary Control System and the Bow mounted SONAR.
Named after the iconic port city of Chennai, the ship has a complement of about 45 officers and 395 personnel. Enhancement of crew comfort has been a significant feature of INS Chennai, which has been ensured through ergonomically designed accommodation based on ‘modular’ concepts. The ship will be under the command of Captain CR Praveen Nair, a Communication & Electronic Warfare specialist.
With the changing power dynamics in the Indian Ocean Region, INS Chennai will augment the Indian Navy’s mobility, reach and flexibility whilst proudly flying the Indian flag.

Minister for Defence Procurement visits Faslane

Minister for Defence Procurement Harriett Baldwin

Minister for Defence Procurement Harriett Baldwin today visited Scotland’s military personnel at Her Majesty’s Naval Base (HNMB) Clyde
In her first visit to the base, which is one of Scotland’s largest employment sites, Mrs Baldwin met with personnel from the Royal Navy’s submarine flotilla as well as the many employees and contractors who support the base.
Minister for Defence Procurement Harriett Baldwin said:
Scotland has long been central to the success of our Armed Forces and the investment we are making at Faslane is crucial to maintaining that and will make a huge contribution to the local economy, bringing vital job security to our people and their families.
As one of the primary hubs for the Armed Forces in Scotland, HMNB Clyde is currently benefitting from over £500 million of investment which is being spent on the ship lift, sea walls, jetties and other major projects to ensure Faslane continues as a world leading naval base.
The Minister was given a tour of one of the Vanguard class submarines which carry the UK’s ballistic nuclear missile system – the ultimate guarantee of our nation’s safety. She also saw the waterfront engineering support facilities including the giant ship lift, used to lift the 16,000 tonne submarines out of the water when maintenance work is needed.

In October Defence Secretary Michael Fallon started work on Vanguard’s successor the £1.3 billion Dreadnought program when he carried out the first ‘steel cut.’

Atlas Elektronik UK secures new Cerberus sales

November 23, 2016 - In the past two months AEUK have secured two contracts with undisclosed Middle and Far Eastern naval customers for the supply of its Cerberus Diver Detection Sonar systems.
The first contract is for a follow-on sale of several sonars to be utilized in the expansion of a naval harbour protection system – which will feature AEUK’s multi-sonar software which allows the simultaneous operation of multiple sonars.
The second contract is with a Middle Eastern navy who chose Cerberus for its ability to be operated in challenging sonar environments, as well as full Military Qualification for installation on Navy vessels. The system was delivered from stock within 4 weeks.

Speaking on the new contracts Dr Antoni Mazur, Managing Director of AEUK said, “This year has seen an unprecedented amount of interest in our DDS system and I am really pleased that we have secured follow-on sales as it shows our customers are satisfied with our product and service.”

NZDF thanks foreign crews for supporting relief effort

November 18, 2016 - In an exceptionally Kiwi way, the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) thanked a multinational crew of Australian, Canadian and US military personnel for supporting its disaster relief operation during a traditional powhiri at Kaikoura’s local marae this afternoon.
“It is a fantastic feeling to know that our closest partners offered support without question and quickly mobilized to stand with our sailors, soldiers and airmen to provide support to the people of Kaikoura,” Major General (MAJGEN) Tim Gall, the Commander Joint Forces New Zealand, said.
“I would also like to acknowledge the offers of assistance from the other visiting navies. These offers of support are testament to the strength of camaraderie that exists among these nations, all of whom have experienced their own national tragedies in recent years.”
Warships and maritime surveillance aircraft from Australia, Canada, Japan and the United States, here to take part in the Royal New Zealand Navy’s 75th anniversary, were diverted earlier this week to Kaikoura to support the NZDF’s disaster relief operation. The ships, which have about 660 sailors and four helicopters between them, will sail for Wellington tonight en route to Auckland.
Four maritime helicopters from the foreign warships helped offload about 216 tonnes of aid supplies from the amphibious sealift vessel HMNZS CANTERBURY. Surveillance aircraft from Japan and the US conducted surveys of quake-damaged areas.
About 120 sailors from Australia, Canada and the US joined colleagues from the Royal New Zealand Navy frigate HMNZS TE KAHA to form a multinational team that went ashore in Kaikoura to support relief efforts.
Commander (CDR) Steve Lenik, Commanding Officer of TE KAHA, said the multinational team helped clear debris in primary and secondary schools and distributed hundreds of chemical toilets to Kaikoura households.                                                                                                  
“The sailors helped fix sewage lines and went door-knocking to conduct welfare checks. Some of them also helped prepare food for the community at the marae.”
“It had been quite an eye-opening experience, especially for the younger sailors and a sobering one at that,” CDR Lenik said.
Another 174 Kaikoura residents, one cat and 13 dogs were evacuated today by CANTERBURY, bringing to about 900 the total number of people rescued. ‘
“CANTERBURY has more than 360 bunks in total so everyone will get a bed tonight. During the first evacuations on Wednesday, we were packed to the rafters with about 450 evacuees on board,” CDR Simon Rooke, the Commanding Officer of CANTERBURY, said.
CANTERBURY will sail to Lyttelton around midnight and is expected to arrive there around 8am on Sunday.  

The NZDF has mobilized about 560 personnel, at least 11 aircraft and four vessels to support the Government’s earthquake response. 

India to embark on a path of self-reliance in submarine design and construction

New Delhi November 22, 2016. Shri Manohar Parrikar, Raksha Mantri, speaking at an International Seminar on Current and Future Challenges in Design and Construction of Underwater Vehicles, organized by FICCI with active participation of Indian Navy at Federation House, New Delhi, emphasized the commitment of government towards modernization of armed forces. He mentioned that the current government has cleared more than 2 lakh crore worth defence acquisition since it came to power and is resolved to order 3 lakh crore (cumulative basis) by the end of this financial year.
Mr Parrikkar commended Indian Navy for commendable track record in indigenously designing and constructing the advanced Front Line Warships such as Destroyers, Frigates, Anti-Submarine Warfare Corvettes, Landing Crafts and is amid constructing an Aircraft carrier. He further stated that in keeping with “Make-in-India” the indigenous content of the latest Naval Platforms is today a staggering 85-90 %.
During the deliberations, he mentioned that the 24 submarines which are to be acquired as part of the 30-year submarine building plan of India, out of which 6 submarines have been ordered on MDL and the same are being built with the help of ToT from DCNS. Comparing submarine construction programs in other countries Parrikar further said that India should rethink its submarine building program and expand its fleet beyond the planned 24. He brought out while the underwater platforms built under the aegis of ATVP achieved indigenization content >70% P75 program has not achieved quantitative indigenization and is limited to 30%.
While emphasizing the importance the importance of strategic programs, he mentioned that RFP for the much awaited P75(I) program, under which 6 more submarines are to be built with the help of private sector will be under the Strategic Partnership (SP) Model. He quickly added that the chapter on SP is being drafted and would be finalized soon and thereafter cleared by DAC and then referred to cabinet for approval. With the approval of SP, the program P75(I) program will be fast tracked, having lost some time in finalizing the model.
He further directed the Navy and FICCI to submit specific recommendations as an outcome of the daylong seminar which he would like to take note of for future acquisition plans.
Admiral Lanba PVSM, AVSM, ADC, Chief of the Naval Staff, Indian Navy while addressing the audience mentioned that the Aim of Indian Navy is to indigenously design and construct the submarines with the help of industry, academia and R&D. He brought out that Naval Platforms operate for nearly 25 – 30 years and thus depend on the partnership with the industry. He was quick to add that the Naval Capability Building cannot be accomplished by Navy alone and it must be a collective effort of the government agencies, R&D and industry. He emphasized on the fact that the above aim needs firm support of robust budgets and sound infrastructure. He shared Navy’s belief that self-respect comes from self-reliance. He rued that while Indian Navy achieved large scale indigenization in Warship building the same cannot be said for Submarine design and construction. He was appreciative of the courage of the private industry having invested huge sums in this niche sector and has been resilient in withstanding the long gestation periods. He acknowledged that such efforts are to be supported by long term partnerships and commitments. He committed that Navy and industry would continue to grow on indigenization. He talked of the Strategic Partnership model and said that it was a step in the right direction for building the much-needed submarines at the required pace. He said Navy would continue to promote higher R&D in industry and partner with those who possess domain capacity and capability. He reiterated that life cycle support of the submarines is also to be given equal importance and emphasized that time lines for delivery of submarines is an important factor since delays would lead to obsolescence of technology on board. He highlighted the need for creativity, adaptability and flexibility to compress program cycle times. He directed that the dialogue initiated in the seminar would continue beyond to build long term partnerships.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Harshavardhan Neotia, President, FICCI expressed happiness over the highly collaborative work between Indian Navy’s Submarine Design directorate, MoD and Industry and stated that it is visible in industry’s highly productive and frank interactions with MoD staff to achieve vital national objective of Indigenous design and construction of underwater platforms. He further quipped that Indian industry believes that P75I program is on track and is looking forward to participate productively in this program as well as the subsequent ones. Mr. Neotia stated that industry sees Make in India (Defence) as an opportunity towards not only achieving self-reliance but also creating the eco system that would promote high technology manufacture and high skill jobs in the country.

Rear Admiral CS Rao NM mentioned of low visibility of DND (SDG) matching the underwater platforms and traced the history of the Submarine Design organization of Indian Navy and reiterated the need to nurture the skills required for design and construction of these man made stealthy sea- monsters and brought out that these aspects would be addressed in two sessions; namely, synergy between key players and the emerging submarine technologies.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Two boats 21980 project transferred to the Northern Fleet


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November 24, 2016 - As reported November 23, 2016 JSC "Shipbuilding plant" Vympel "(Rybinsk, Yaroslavl region), in the Northern Fleet in Gadzhiyevo State Commission signed an adoptive act on the two counter-sabotage boat project 21980 (" Rook "code) with serial numbers 01221 and 01222 (on-board numbers "669" and "699"). These are the first two boats 21980 project of construction of "GCC" Vympel "commissioned by the Russian Navy.
Transferred to the Northern Fleet of the Russian Navy the first two counter-sabotage boat project 21980 (code "Rook") Construction of "" Vympel "Shipyard with serial numbers 01221 and 01222. Gadzhiyevo (c) of JSC" Shipbuilding plant "Vympel" 
The press release goes on to say that at the signing ceremony, Deputy commander of submarine forces of the Northern Fleet, Rear Admiral Konstantin Kabanets congratulated the company on the successful completion of the tests, and stressed the quality of construction and finishing boats, reliable set of technical means.
Tests boats were on the outside of acceptance Gadzhiyevo base in the Arctic Circle. Full range of factory performance and state tests was performed, during which confirmed all the declared performance characteristics boats.
Order-in-Chief of the Russian Navy, the boat with factory number 01221 was named "Yunarmeets Arctic."
Soon, will be raised on boats naval flags, and "Grachata" built by JSC "GCC" Vympel "will begin to bear service in the Northern Fleet.
Comment bmpd. JSC "GCC" Vympel "concluded with the Ministry of Defense of Russia January 20, 2014 the state contract 3/1/1/0014 / GK-14-DGOZ to build six counter-sabotage boats Project 21980 (serial numbers 01221 to 01226 on). The first two boats under the terms of the contract must be submitted to the Northern Fleet in 2016. The contract value of boats built with serial number 01222, according to the materials of 2015 on public procurement the company is 911 925 507.86 rubles.
Head Rybinsk "Rook" with serial number 01221 (in the building had several U-340) was launched on 7 June 2016, and the second with the serial number 01222 was launched July 22, 2016.
Rented November 23, 2016, the two boats were the first units of the project 21980 built of "GCC" Vympel ", and the whole 11th and 12th boats like" Rook "in the Russian Navy, and the first boats of this project in the Northern Fleet. Previously, from 2010 to 2014 the Russian Navy received ten counter-sabotage Project 21980 boats (seven were built by JSC "Zelenodolsk plant named after AM Gorky" in Zelenodolsk and three - at JSC "Eastern Shipyard" in Vladivostok). 

Of the five boats are in the Black Sea Fleet, three - the Pacific Fleet, and one - in the Baltic Sea Fleet and the Caspian Flotilla. Contracted to build another 12 boats type "Rook" - four at JSC "Shipbuilding plant" Vympel "in Rybinsk, three - at the Zelenodolsk plant, and three - in the East shipyard.

HMAS Darwin on task in Kaikoura

Guided Missile Frigate HMAS Darwin approaches Underway Replenishment Tanker HMNZS Endeavour to conduct a Replenishment at Sea. (photo: LSIS James Whittle)

November 18, 2016 - Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Darwin has sailed to Kaikoura to provide humanitarian and disaster relief support at the request of the New Zealand government.
Darwin is using her embarked S-70B-2 Seahawk helicopter for the evacuation of civilians and the distribution of emergency supplies.
Commanding Officer, HMAS Darwin, Commander Phillip Henry said the ship and its 200 personnel will remain flexible to any tasks that may be required.
“We’re prepared to do whatever it takes to help our close friends and neighbors in their time of need,” he said.
Darwin, together with warships from the United States, Canada, Japan and Singapore, was scheduled to participate in the country's International Naval Review, in celebration of the Royal New Zealand Navy’s 75th Anniversary.
Despite severe weather in the region, warships made their way to the north east of the South Island to provide relief to isolated residents and tourists.
Commander Henry, himself a native of Roxburgh, New Zealand said the last-minute change in tasking demonstrated the flexibility of the warship and her crew.
“In the space of a few hours we’ve gone from preparing to celebrate a birthday to sailing in a multinational task group with a disaster relief mission,” he said.
On Tuesday afternoon, Darwin conducted a fuel replenishment-at-sea with HMNZS Endeavour to achieve the journey in the fastest time.
“We conducted it in a sea state of four with 35 knots of wind,” Commander Henry said.
“It was right in the upper limits of our safety margin but getting the fuel and getting ahead of the weather was an imperative.”
Darwin arrived in the region on Wednesday morning, together with HMNZ Ships Te Kaha, Te Mana, Endeavour and Royal Canadian Navy frigate HMCS Vancouver.
Commissioned in July, 1984, Darwin is the oldest ship in the Australian fleet and named after the northern city of Darwin.

She bears the symbol of the Phoenix and the motto 'Resurgent', in honor of the strength and resilience of the Darwin community in rebuilding after the devastation caused by Cyclone Tracy.

USS Zumwalt Visiting Cartagena

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November 17, 2016 - Today arrived in the city of Cartagena, the USS "Zumwalt" ship as part of a visit by our country to strengthen the ties of friendship and cooperation with the National Army of Colombia.
This vessel will be in the Port Society until Sunday, the day he set sail to continue its navigation to its home port in the United States.
The USS "Zumwalt" is a new type of ship of the Navy of the United States; It features the latest technology and survival instruments, plus an electric propulsion system edge, helmet undulating drilling and stealth design.

Colombian Navy

It is visually stunning but at the same time difficult to spot; It has great computing capacity that allows the US Navy maritime missions meet and incorporate new technologies to control emerging security environments.

CACI Awarded Prime Position on $192 Million Multiple-Award Contract to Support Navy Training

November 17, 2016 - CACI International Inc announced today that it has been awarded a prime position on a multiple-award, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract with a ceiling value of $192 million, to provide training and curriculum development to the Naval Education and Training Command (NETC). The six-year contract represents new work for CACI in its Logistics and Material Readiness market area.
NETC is the largest shore command in the U.S. Navy, and is responsible for the training and development of Navy personnel to ensure fleet readiness. Under the contract, CACI will support Navy training and distance learning objectives by developing and delivering instructor-based learning and modular, scalable, interactive solutions for mobile and stationary devices.
John Mengucci, CACI’s Chief Operating Officer and President of U.S. Operations, said, “CACI’s experts in curriculum design and instruction offer cost-effective training that can be delivered in a variety of settings and on multiple devices. We will provide the U.S. Navy with engaging, effective instruction that helps ensure our forces are prepared for the complexities of modern naval warfare.”

According to CACI President and Chief Executive Officer Ken Asbury, “CACI has developed and delivered hundreds of hours of interactive multimedia instruction for the Department of Defense and federal civilian agencies. As our government customers seek more efficient, just-in-time training, CACI is ready with innovative solutions that prepare personnel and ensure mission readiness.”

Jamaica Defence Force returns to Damen for fleet renewal

November 17, 2016 - The Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) has awarded Damen Shipyards Group a contract for two new Stan Patrol 4207 vessels. Representing a renewal of their fleet, the new vessels will replace the JDF Coast Guard Unit’s three Damen-built County Class Offshore Patrol Vessels, the HMJS Cornwall, HMJS Middlesex and HMJS Surrey.
Damen is currently completing minor modifications before the outfitting process is concluded. Because both vessels were available on stock, delivery is expected before the end of the year. The new Stan Patrol 4207 vessels will be renamed HMJS Cornwall and HMJS Middlesex.
Winter delivery journey
“We are very proud to announce that the Jamaica Defence Force has once again selected Damen for its fleet requirements,” says Damen Sales Manager Americas Alan Borde. “We are looking forward to seeing these vessels in operation for this much-valued client.”
On completion, two teams of JDF representatives will fly to the Netherlands to sail both vessels back to Jamaica with Damen’s own expedition team. Depending on weather conditions, the vessels are expected to arrive in Jamaica in January 2017.
Preparations for re-sale
As well as the specifications for the new vessels, the contract also details a trade-in agreement that involves JDF’s existing Patrol Vessels. These three vessels were built by Damen and have been in active service with JDF since 2005 and 2006.

After an official decommissioning ceremony, which took place on 8 November in Port Royal, Jamaica, these vessels were handed over to Damen. “A heavy lift ship will collect all three vessels in the coming weeks and transport them to the Netherlands,” continues Mr Borde. “Following some updating and repair works at Damen Maaskant Shipyards Stellendam, we will offer them for sale via Damen Trading.”

CACI Awarded $26 Million Task Order to Provide SPAWAR Systems Center Atlantic With Call Center Support Services

November 22, 2016 - CACI International Inc announced today that it has been awarded a $26 million task order with the Space and Naval Warfare (SPAWAR) Systems Center Atlantic to provide Department of Defense (DoD) travel call center support services. The three-year, seven-month task order, won under CACI’s Information Technology Enterprise Solutions – 2 Services (ITES-2S) contract vehicle, represents continuing work for the company in its Business Systems market area.
Most CACI’s work on this task will support the Defense Travel System (DTS). DTS is a fully integrated, automated, end-to-end travel management application used by all DoD personnel, including the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and every supporting DoD agency. DTS is used worldwide to create travel authorizations, prepare reservations, receive approvals, generate travel vouchers, and initiate travel reimbursements.
Under the award, CACI will continue to provide around-the-clock support of all components of the DTS application, with a focus on delivering customer service for DoD personnel traveling worldwide. With extensive knowledge of defense travel policies and procedures, CACI enhances its DTS call center support by providing outreach and training to address travel policy changes and their effect on Defense organizations and DTS users. CACI’s DTS team has been independently appraised as performing at Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI®) for Services Maturity Level 5, assuring customers of high-quality service support and a commitment to continuous process improvement resulting in productivity gains and time and cost savings.
John Mengucci, CACI’s Chief Operating Officer and President of U.S. Operations, said, “CACI’s repeatable processes, continuous improvements, and quality management system have improved key performance metrics, increased productivity, and increased customer satisfaction for SPAWAR System Center Atlantic’s Defense Travel System call center.”

According to CACI President and Chief Executive Officer Ken Asbury, “This win enhances CACI’s position as a leading provider of efficient and effective help desk services within the Department of Defense. CACI is committed to providing all DoD personnel with the tools and support to participate in the critical national security matters that require their presence throughout the nation and overseas.”

Defence Minister Recognizes Transformative Innovation

November 21, 2016 - The 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) identified innovation – generating ideas and putting them into practice to overcome challenges and exploit opportunities – as a vital element in developing the UK’s economic strength, productivity and competitiveness. Innovation and our exploitation of science and technology are vital to our national security. They underpin the equipment, capabilities and skills that give us an advantage.
Now in its fourteenth year, the Minister for Defence Procurement Acquisition Awards recognizes teams for their exceptional performance, innovation, effort and commitment. Minister Harriett Baldwin presented the Awards at a ceremony held at the Ministry of Defence in Whitehall on Tuesday 15 November. Eight teams were rewarded for their outstanding achievements and the ‘Innovation of the year’ award was presented for the first time.
Congratulating the teams Defence Minister Harriet Baldwin said:
It’s a pleasure to be here today to reflect on the success stories of Defence Procurement and Support. It’s always a privilege to meet those who work day in, day out to ensure our Armed Forces get the world-class kit they deserve, when they need it.
Saving Money
This year’s Special Award was presented to a Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) team who transformed the way the Department operates, identifying a £27.8billion (31%) reduction in the overall Defence inventory, and a £2.5 billion (50%) reduction in raw materials and consumables. These efficiencies will be re-invested to support the MOD’s £178 billion Equipment Program.
Chief of Materiel (Land) DE&S General Paul Jaques said:
Over the course of three years the team has achieved a fundamental reduction in the size of the inventory, improving practices within DE&S resulting in £2.5 billion worth of savings to taxpayers.
This award recognizes this significant achievement and the efforts of all those involved. I am incredibly proud of them.
Saving Lives
This year the brand new ‘Innovation of the Year’ Award was won by the 1710 Naval Air Squadron Corrosion Control & Husbandry Section for their work on Ebola decontamination and contribution to the global understanding of biological security.
The team questioned the recommended Ebola Virus Decontamination measures for aircraft, commissioning testing of several disinfectants at Dstl Porton Down. The tests identified that all but the most damaging disinfectant were inadequate at destroying the virus and proved significant risks to the aircraft structure, but that the commonly used aircraft cleaning solution was the most effective at destroying the virus while carrying no risk to the aircraft.

Among the other teams recognized were a group who delivered critical Military Satellite Communications research. The teams’ achievement will allow UK MOD to have spaced based communications capability for around 15 years without the constant need for physical upgrades. Defence Science and Technology Lab (Dstl).

Induction of DRDO developed Naval Systems into Indian Navy – A Curtain Raiser

November 17, 2016 - Four Naval Systems developed by DRDO will be handed over to the Indian Navy by the Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar at a function, here tomorrow. Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba will formally take over the systems from the Defence Minister which include ABHAY – Compact Hull Mounted SONAR for Shallow Water Crafts, HUMSA UG – Upgrade for the HUMSA SONAR System, NACS – Near-field Acoustic Characterization System, and AIDSS – Advanced Indigenous Distress SONAR System for submarines. Secretary, Department of Defence R&D and Chairman DRDO Dr S Christopher will be present on the occasion.
The systems have been designed and developed by NPOL, a Kochi based premier laboratory of DRDO which has outstanding contributions and achievements in the design of SONAR systems for the Indian Navy to its credit. ABHAY is an advanced Active-cum-Passive integrated SONAR system designed and developed for the smaller platforms such as shallow water crafts and coastal surveillance/patrol vessels. Designed using the latest technology in hardware architecture and advanced signal processing algorithms, the SONAR is capable of detecting, localizing, classifying and tracking sub-surface and surface targets in both its active and passive modes of operation.
The prototype of this compact SONAR ABHAY installed onboard a nominated Naval platform has successfully completed all user evaluation trials to demonstrate the features as per the Naval Staff Qualification Requirements. Indian Navy has proposed to induct this SONAR on three of the ABHAY class ships. Intensifying the command over the high seas is the HUMSA-UG that is designed for upgrading the existing HUMSA SONAR system of the Indian Naval platforms. The hardware architecture is based on the state-of-the-art open architecture processor technologies that will enable smooth upgrade of the system capabilities. This system is proposed to be installed on seven ships of three different classes of ships.
NACS determines the in-situ performance of the SONAR systems which are used to find the frequency-dependent 3-D transmission and reception characteristics of the SONAR. It is also used to measure the magnitude and phase characteristics of the SONAR transmission and reception electronics and the transducers. The NACS has been integrated with the HUMSA-NG SONAR array and proved onboard Naval platforms and this will be fitted on all frontline ships.

NPOL has also developed AIDSS, a distress SONAR that is an Emergency Sound Signaling Device which is used to indicate that a submarine is in distress and enable quick rescue and salvage. It is a life-saving alarm system designed to transmit SONAR signals of a pre-designated frequency and pulse shape in an emergency from a submarine for long period, to attract the attention of Passive SONARS of Ships or Submarines in the vicinity and all types of standard rescue vessels in operation. It is also provided with a transponder capability. With the induction of these four systems, the underwater surveillance capability of the Indian Navy will get a boost, besides providing a fillip to the quest for self-reliance in this critical area of technology.

Landing Craft Utility LCU 57 (Yard 2098) launched at GRSE, Kolkata

November 24, 2016 - The seventh ship of LCU MK IV project is launched Today 24 November 2016 at an impressive ceremony at Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Ltd, Kolkata.
The chief guest, Dr Subhash Ramarao Bhamre , Hon. Raksha Rajya Mantri alongwith Vice Admiral DM Deshpande AVSM, VSM, Controller of Warship Production and Acquisition(CWP&A), Chairman & Managing Director GRSE and various other dignitaries were present for the launch ceremony.
Rear Admiral AK Verma (Retd), Chairman & Managing Director, GRSE Ltd, commenced the proceedings with a formal welcome, which was followed by an address by the Chief Guest.
In accordance with traditions, invocations from Atharva Veda were recited and Smt Bina Bhamre, wife of Hon’ble RRM, applied ‘Kumkum’ on the ship’s stem. She, thereafter, named the ship ‘LCU-L57’, wished the ship good luck and launched the vessel.
LCU-L57 is the seventh vessel in the series of eight Landing Craft Utility Ships being designed and built by M/s GRSE for the Indian Navy. The ship can be deployed for multirole activities like beaching operations, humanitarian and disaster relief operations and evacuation from distant islands.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Thales Australia Awarded Collins Sonar Upgrade Design


November 23, 2016 - The Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today announced that Thales Australia has been awarded a $100 million contract to design a major sonar system upgrade for Collins class submarines.
Minister Pyne said Thales Australia will engage other Australian-based companies including Sonartech Atlas and L3 Oceania, as well as suppliers from the United Kingdom (UK) and France to design the Collins sonar system upgrade.
“The sonar system upgrade will install improved sonar sensor arrays aboard each of the Collins submarines, as well as improved signal processing systems,” Minister Pyne said.
“Under the contract Australian industry will play a key role in delivering leading edge sonar capability for Australian submarines.”
“The Australian industry component of the contract to be led by Thales Australia is worth in the order of $50 million and will support around 50 Australian jobs in Sydney and Perth.

“This is a clear example of our commitment to building and harnessing the innovation potential of Australia’s defence industry, as outlined in the 2016 Defence Industry Policy Statement,” he said.

Minister for Defence Procurement has announced the start of the Defence Industrial Policy Refresh consultation

November 23, 2016 - The Minister for Defence Procurement has today launched a consultation on refreshing Defence Industrial Policy.
The announcement was made at a Defence Growth Partnership Ministerial meeting which was attended by several key defence suppliers.
The meeting was co-chaired by Jesse Norman, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and Allan Cook Chairman of Atkins. This work is being led by the MOD but is closely aligned with the work on the National Industrial Strategy which BEIS are leading.
As part of the Strategic Defence and Security Review 2015 (SDSR15), the Government committed to develop a refreshed defence industrial policy. This will make clear that competition remains our preferred approach, delivering value for money and incentivizing an innovative and productive industrial base. It will outline the further action we will take to help the UK’s defence and security industries small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs), to grow and compete successfully. The development of this policy is an important contribution to the new National Security Objective to promote our prosperity and is closely linked with other work in the MOD to promote innovation, exports and skills.
Minister for Defence Procurement, Harriett Baldwin said:
I am delighted to be able to formally launch the consultation on refreshing Defence Industrial Policy Refresh. This is a milestone in meeting our SDSR15 commitment and presents a unique opportunity for our defence industry, academics and non-traditional defence suppliers to make a valuable contribution to the continuing development of our Industrial Policy.
I therefore call upon all our stakeholders, particularly SMEs, to engage in the consultation over the next 6 weeks to help us to refine our policy to not only deliver the best equipment for defence at the best value for the tax payer, but to support an innovative, prosperous and internationally competitive defence industry.
Allan Cook, Industry co-chair of the DGP said:
As co-chair of the Defence Growth Partnership - which seeks to develop the UK defence capabilities and increase defence export sales - I welcome today’s launch of the industry consultation on the refresh of defence industrial policy. I would encourage industry of all sizes, non-traditional suppliers and academia to participate in the consultation.
The refresh is an opportunity to help to deliver a vibrant, competitive and successful defence sector in the UK, contributing to the needs of our Armed Forces, allies and partners around the world as well as making a significant contribution to the UK’s prosperity.
The MOD is keen to use this opportunity to reach out to all the members of our defence industry, from large defence suppliers to the smallest SME, and are interested to hear the views of non-traditional suppliers.

Our goal is to make it easier for businesses to work with defence and make defence business more attractive to a wider range of suppliers, which is why this external consultation is so important.

Albania Joins NATO SNMG2


November 23, 2016 - The Albanian navy joined it’s first-ever NATO maritime mission with the addition of ALS Oriku to Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 on Monday. The vessel will support NATO activities in the Aegean Sea as part of the international efforts to stop illegal trafficking and migration.
ALS Oriku is an Iliria-class patrol boat manned by 21 crew members who will rotate every two months throughout the yearlong deployment with the NATO group. The Albanian Navy commitment is a welcome addition to the group and the deployment with SNMG2 will support interoperability among the NATO assets.

The Albanian patrol boat has joined ships from Greece, Netherlands, Turkey, and the United Kingdom in support of NATO’s current activities in the Aegean Sea. These units are patrolling and providing real-time daily information to the Coast Guards of Greece and Turkey, the EU Border, and Coast Guard Agency Frontex.
The Standing NATO Maritime Groups are a multinational, integrated maritime force made up of vessels from various allied countries. These vessels (including their helicopters) are permanently available to NATO to perform different tasks ranging from participating in exercises to intervening in operational missions.
These groups provide NATO with a continuous maritime capability for operations and other activities in peacetime and in periods of crisis and conflict. They also help to establish Alliance presence, demonstrate solidarity, conduct routine diplomatic visits to different countries, support transformation and provide a variety of maritime military capabilities to ongoing missions.

The Republic of Albania joined the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in 2009, and is one of the contributors to the Alliance operations to maintain peace and security in Afghanistan. Albania also contributes to the NATO–led Kosovo Force mission in Kosovo continuing to support the cooperation between NATO and Kosovo Security Forces.