JFD completes new Submarine Rescue System for Indian Navy

JFD, the world leading underwater capability provider, has announced that the company has successfully completed the build of the first of its two new innovative 3rd Generation submarine rescue systems, due to be delivered to the Indian Navy in March 2018.

Under the £193m contract, JFD is providing two complete fly-away submarine rescue systems to the Indian Navy, including Deep Search and Rescue Vehicles (DSRV), Launch and Recovery Systems (LARS) equipment, Transfer Under Pressure (TUP) systems, and all logistics and support equipment required to operate the service. The equipment will be designed, manufactured, integrated and tested by JFD prior to shipping in March 2018 for final commissioning and trials. The full, certified systems are due to delivered to the Indian Navy in June 2018.

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JFD provides fast, safe and reliable subsea rescue services, solutions products, engineering services and training to 80 countries and 33 of the world’s navies including the Royal Navy, Australian, Singapore, and Korean Navies, as well as providing the NATO Submarine Rescue System.

You can read JFD press release here

BAE Systems awarded 40 Mk4 Naval Gun contract for Finland

BAE Systems will produce and deliver Bofors 40 Mk4 Naval Guns for the Finnish Navy and its Hamina Class Squadron 2000 fast attack craft, under a contract with Patria, the prime contractor for the vessel’s mid-life upgrade and overhaul program.

With this contract, Finland adds the 40 Mk4 to its installed base of BAE Systems naval guns, including both previous versions of 40-millimeter (mm) L/70 systems and 57-mm Mk3 systems.

The low weight and compact Bofors 40 Mk4 gun system with its high rate of fire and ability to switch between optimized ammunition types – including the intelligent 40mm 3P all-target ammunition – provides high survivability and tactical freedom at all levels of conflict.

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In addition to Finland, more than 10 countries currently use BAE Systems Bofors 40-mm guns.

You can read BAE Systems press release here

 

Rolls-Royce to supply propellers and mission bay technology for UK Type 26 Frigate

Rolls-Royce has signed two contracts with BAE Systems to supply low-noise propellers and mission bay handling technologies for the UK Royal Navy’s new Type 26 Global Combat Ship.

The contracts cover the first three ships – the first of which is currently under construction at the BAE Systems shipyard in Glasgow.

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The Type 26 is designed with modularity and flexibility in mind and a key feature which sets it apart from competing designs is its mission bay. The Rolls-Royce Mission Bay Handling System, will enable efficient movement of craft and containerised mission packages within the mission bay. It also features a launch and recovery capability.

Each ship will feature two Rolls-Royce fixed bolted propellers, designed for extremely low underwater-radiated noise, suited to the ships’ key role of anti-submarine warfare.

You can read Rolls Royce press release here.

Babcock to open a new base in South Korea to support submarine program

Babcock International has announced that it is to open a facility in Busan, South Korea’s second largest city after its capital Seoul.

Babcock International Defence Systems Technology managing director Jeff Lewis said: “Establishing Babcock Korea in Busan will help to support the Jangbogo III programme and will give us access to local skills to support our supply chain, manufacturing and contract activities.

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The company will set up a new office facility in the large Port city of Busan; which they say is an ideal location to support Jangbogo III, South Korea’s first indigenous submarine programme, and new business within the wider defence industry. Babcock is working closely with the Busan Metropolitan City Government and the British Embassy to establish its South Korean base with the facility due to be opened within the next few months according to a release.

In September 2017 Babcock was awarded a seven-year contract to produce and deliver weapons handling and launch equipment for the third KSS-III submarine. This followed an earlier deal in which Babcock was contracted to supply a similar type of equipment set, known as the Weapon Handling Launch System (WHLS), for the first and second boats in the same class.

 

Huntington Ingalls Industries awarded $1.4B for US Navy LPD 29 (San Antonio-Class)

Huntington Ingalls Industries announced today that its Ingalls Shipbuilding division was awarded a $1.43 billion, fixed-price incentive contract for the detail design and construction of LPD 29, the 13thSan Antonio-class amphibious transport dock.

Ingalls has built and delivered 11 San Antonio-class ships. The 11th, Portland (LPD 27), will be commissioned on April 21 in Portland, Oregon. The 12th, Fort Lauderdale, is under construction and is expected to launch in the first quarter of 2020. Preliminary work has begun on LPD 29, and the start of fabrication will take place later this year.

“This contract is further recognition of the confidence the Navy/Marine Corps team has in the great work our shipbuilders are doing in the LPD program,” said Ingalls Shipbuilding President Brian Cuccias. “This efficient work is proven through our hot production line keeping the work going in the shipyard and through our nationwide network of suppliers. We are excited to build this additional ship and in providing our sailors and Marines with the best amphibious ships in the world.”

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The LPD ships measure 684 feet in length and are 105 feet wide.

The San Antonio class is a major part of the Navy’s 21st century amphibious assault force. The 684-foot-long, 105-foot-wide ships are used to embark and land Marines, their equipment and supplies ashore via air cushion or conventional landing craft and amphibious assault vehicles, augmented by helicopters or vertical takeoff and landing aircraft such as the MV-22 Osprey.

You can read the HII press release here.

Fincantieri FREMM evolving into US Navy FFG(X)

The US Navy awarded to Fincantieri’s subsidiary Marinette Marine a $15M contract to evolve its FREMM-design into the next-generation frigate of the FFG(X) program.

Currently, 6 FREMM frigates are in service with the Italian Navy and have successfully completed multi-role missions world-wide. The units of the FREMM class have also been chosen in Australia for the final stage of the SEA5000 tender to acquire 9 Anti-Submarine Warfare Frigates for the Royal Australian Navy.

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According to Fincantieri press release; Fincantieri Marinette Marine has teamed with Gibbs & Cox and Trident Maritime Systems to evolve FREMM to U.S. design standards. This wholly American team will develop a ship design, which, in case of award of the construction contract, would be built at Fincantieri shipyards in the US, where, over the past 9 years the company has developed a highly skilled workforce, an extensive supply chain and expertise in building ships to US Navy standards.

Fincantieri lays keel for Italian Navy LHD

The keel laying ceremony of the multipurpose amphibious unit (LHD or Landing Helicopter Dock) took place at Fincantieri’s shipyard on 20th of February 2018 in Castellammare di Stabia, marking the beginning of the slipway works of the unit.

Construction on the ship started with a steel cutting ceremony on July 12, 2017, and the delivery is expected for 2022.

The unit will be approx. 215 meters long with a maximum speed of 25 knots. It will be equipped with a combined propulsion system diesel/electric and gas turbines (CODLOG).

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According to Fincantieri Press Release; The vessel will have both military and civil profile.

The LHD’s main mission is the transport of people, vehicles and loads of different kinds and in their transfer on land in port areas through on board systems and in not equipped areas with on board staffing vessels (such as the LCM landing craft units with a load capacity up to 60 tons, four of which can be admitted, launched, and recovered through a flooded basin, located on the stern of the vessel).

The civil profile use provides:

  • healthcare and hospital support
  • transfer and landing of people and wheeled or crawled means of transport in equipped and non-equipped areas
  • supply of drinking water to land through onboard desalination plants or storages
  • supply of electricity to land with 2000 kw of power and its distribution through containerized conversion and distribution units
  • possibility of accommodating specialized staff on board or hosting up to 700 civilian personnel, plus the same number in containerized residential units
  • rescue operations base through helicopters and boar staffing vessels

On board there will be a fully equipped hospital, complete with operating rooms, radiology and analysis rooms, a dentist’s office, and a hospital rooms capable of hosting 28 seriously injured patients (further admissions are possible through duly equipped container modules).

Russian frigate Admiral Gorshkov sea trials

The Project 22350 frigate is designed for especially surface and anti-submarine warfare. But the ships have also great capacity as an air defence frigate.


The Project 22350 frigate has a displacement of 4,550 tons and a length of 135 meters. She has 65,000 hp power for propulsion system with a combined diesel and gas turbine engines.

Russia ready to start serial production of marine gas turbine engines

The Russian enterprise “UEC-Saturn” ready to start serial production of marine gas turbine engines for the Russian Navy.

The factory has a portfolio of relevant orders from the Russian defense ministry, told reporters the Managing Director of “Saturn” Victor Polyakov.

From 2014 to 2017 “Saturn” conducted the development of three different marine propulsion with a capacity of 27,500 and 10,000 horsepower.

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As known; Ukraine has refused to manufacture gas turbines for Russian Navy after the Crimea Conflict in 2014. First three ships of the Project 11356 Frigate had their turbines from Ukraine but the other 3 had to wait for Russia to develop and manufacture these turbines.

So this manufacturing move will ensure Russia‘s independence from imports from the Ukraine, previously supplied gas turbine engines.

BAE Systems selected to help U.S. Navy SPAWAR identify and track threats

The U.S. Navy has selected BAE Systems to provide equipment and support services for Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic (SPAWAR).

Work under the contract will help SPAWAR’s Joint Warfare Support Division to field, adapt, and optimize a variety of mission critical surveillance and sensor systems. Services will include systems integration, test and evaluation, training, certification, maintenance, life-cycle management, and technical field service support. The total value of all orders to be awarded over the life of the IDIQ is estimated at $180 million.

You can read the details here on official press release…