The U.S. Navy has awarded BAE Systems a $46.8 million contract option to deliver four additional Mk 45 Naval Guns.
The contract modification calls for upgrading existing guns to the Mod 4 configuration to increase the firepower and extend the range of the weapons. This modification to the initial 10-gun contract brings the full value of the award to $176.8 million for the 14 guns.
The Mk 45 Mod 4 provides NSFS range of more than 20 nautical miles (36 km) with the Navy’s new 5-inch Cargo projectile and an improved propelling charge.
Work on the Mk 45 Mod 4 conversions will be performed at the BAE Systems’ facility in Louisville, Kentucky, with support from the company’s supplier base, and is expected to be complete by 2021.
You can read BAE Systems press release here
The Zelenodolsk shipbuilding yard in the Russian Republic of Tatarstan has held a keel-laying ceremony for its 6th Project 22160 patrol ship on 13 January 2018
Russian Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov said project 22160 was designed for counterterrorist operations and the fight against sea piracy which is widely spread in the Middle East area. “The project was designed to protect the seas without escorting civilian vessels and spending the resource of warships on that. We ordered six such corvettes,” he said.
The Project 22160 ships are intended for economic zone patrol, search-and-rescue operations, anti-piracy and anti-smuggling activities, environmental monitoring, as well as coastal defense and escort service, according to the shipyard. They have a speed of 30 kt, range of 6,000 nautical miles and are armed with a single 57mm cannon, heavy machine guns, air defense system and missile launchers.
Featuring modular design, the Project 22160-class patrol ship is 94m-long, 14-m-wide, and 3.4m- high, has a standard displacement of 4,550t, and can accommodate up to 80 personnel.
Poland is looking to acquire three new submarines to replace its remaining three, old Koben-class submarines.
Defense Ministry of Poland said they received offers from Germany, Sweden and France :
- France – Naval Group : Scorpene-class subs armed with MBDA’s naval cruise missiles
- Germany – ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems : 212CD-class
- Sweden – Kockum (SAAB) : A26-class
The Polish Defence Ministry spokeswoman, Col. Anna Pęzioł-Wójtowicz, said that “a final decision concerning the production of submarines will be made by Poland in the near future, after receiving replies from France, as well as from our other potential partners.”
The discussions form part of Poland’s Orka (Orca) programme, which costs EUR 2.4 billion, plan to acquire modern submarines for the Polish navy. Poland intends to purchase three to four submarines, which will be equipped with cruise missiles.
Once the contractor has been chosen, submarine deliveries are expected to start between 2024 and 2026.
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CAE, L3 Technologies, MDA and Ultra, along with BAE and Lockheed Martin have teamed up to offer the Type 26 Frigate to Canada.
Although Lockheed Martin Canada is leading the team, the Type 26 is a British vessel that was designed by BAE Systems. The first of eight planned Type 26 frigates is currently under construction for the British Royal Navy and promises to be a capable vessel if Canada adopts it.
Speculation is mounting that Canada is seriously considering the Type 26 Frigate for its ‘Canadian Surface Combatant’ project.
Lockheed Martin, BAE and the host of Canadian, European and American firms have modified the basic Type 26 design for Canada’s requirements. Chief among the modifications is the addition of the indigenous Canadian-designed CMS 30 combat management system, which is currently installed onboard the upgraded Halifax-class frigates that are the mainstay of the Canadian fleet.
However, the Type 26 is not the sole competitor for the CSC program. Other bidders are submitting the Dutch De Zeven Provinciën-class frigate design and the French/Italian FREMM design. But regardless of who ultimately wins the CSC design contest, the prime contractor to build the ships will be Irving Shipbuilding Inc
The new frigates will the centerpiece of the long-awaited Saudi Naval Expansion Program II. SNEP II is set to modernize the Royal Saudi Navy’s Eastern Fleet as part of a wide-ranging estimated $20 billion arms package.
The frigates will cost about $6 billion, the largest line item of the $20 billion SNEP-II deal. The package will also modernize the frigate’s planned homeport at the King Abdul-Aziz Naval Base on the Persian Gulf. While the Freedom-class variants are being built in Wisconsin, a final production facility has not been selected.
At about 4,000-tons, the frigate can field a crew of 100 to 130. It runs on a power plant of two Rolls Royce MT-30 gas turbines and two Colt-Pielstick diesel engines. The ship will field eight RGM-84 Harpoon Block II anti-ship missiles (ASM), anti-submarine warfare (ASW) sonar suites, and torpedoes.
The new Saudi ships will be built around an eight-cell Mk-41 vertical launch system and a 4D air search radar. The deal also includes 532 Raytheon RIM-162 Evolved SeaSparrow Missiles (ESSM) which can be loaded four to a Mk 41 cell. With 16 cells per hull, the Saudi Freedoms will be able to potentially field 64 anti-air missiles per-ship.
According to rumors on the web;
A written question in UK Parliament was asked about the Turkish Goverment interest to HMS Ocean.
The question is answered by Mr Tobias Ellwood on Nov 13, revealed that “The Ministry of Defence has received an expression of interest from the Government of Turkey about the potential sale of HMS OCEAN soon-to-be-decommissioned “
The helicopter carrier was constructed in the mid-1990s and commissioned in September 1998.
In November 2015, the MoD confirmed that HMS Ocean is to be decommissioned in 2018.
For a final deployment the vessel is now serving as flagship to NATO’s Standing Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2) in the Mediterranean.
The ship is designed to deliver troops to the centre of the action by helicopter or by landing craft. The ship has six helicopter operating spots on her flight deck with space in the hangar to hold many more. HMS Ocean’s crew of 400 personnel includes Marines who operate four landing craft to take forces ashore. The 21,500 tonne amphibious assault ship has a top speed of 16 knots and a range in excess 8,000 miles.
Turkey is already building a landing helicopter dock which is based on the Spanish Navy’s (LHD) Juan Carlos I and designed by Navantia. The Turkish version of the ship will be named TCG Anadolu and planned to be delivered in 2021.
First steel on the ship, which will be registered as a light aircraft carrier by the Turkish Lloyd, was cut in May 2016, while delivery is scheduled for 2021.
According to France 24; The United Arab Emirates has closed a deal to buy two French-made Gowind navy corvettes, built for coastal surveillance and anti-submarine warfare, French President Emmanuel Macron said Thursday (November 9) in Dubai.
The deal includes an option for two more vessels (for a possible total of four corvettes). The corvettes will be built by Naval Group in cooperation with local shipbuilder Abu Dhabi Shipbuilding (ADSB).
The Gowind design was in competition against Navantia’s Avante 500, Damen 6110, CMN BR71 MkII, Fincantieri Abu Dhabi class and likely the Turkish MILGEM corvette design.
- Total length: 102 metres
- Width: 16 metres
- Displacement: 2,600 tonnes
- Max. speed: 25 knots
- Crew: 65 persons (helicopter detachment included)
- Range: 3,700 nautical miles at 15 knots
A former Republic of Korea Navy (ROK Navy) Flight III Pohang-class corvette was transferred to Egypt.
A Pohang-class corvette presented by the government of South Korea to Egypt arrived at the Alexandria, Ras El-Teen naval base on October 26, 2017. Once the Corvette entered Egyptian naval service, it was named ENS Shabab Misr (Youth of Egypt).
The Pohang-class corvette is a class of general purpose corvettes. They have served in a coastal defense role during the late Cold War and post Cold War period. A total of 24 Pohang-class vessels were built by South Korean shipyards Hyundai Heavy Industries, Hanjin Heavy Industries and Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering. They are also known under their commercial name: HDC 1000 / Jupiter II.
Bollinger Shipyards has delivered the USCGC JOSEPH GERCZAK, the 26th Fast Response Cutter (FRC) to the U.S. Coast Guard. The Coast Guard took delivery on the 9th of November 2017 in Key West, Florida. The vessel’s commissioning is scheduled for March 9, 2018 in Honolulu, HI.
The 154-foot FRC is named after Joseph Gerczak who was killed while defending USS LST-66 from Japanese bombers during an American assault on Borgen Bay in New Britain on Dec. 26, 1943.
The 154 foot patrol craft USCGC JOSEPH GERZACK is the 26th vessel in the Coast Guard’s Sentinel-class FRC program. The FRC has been described as an operational “game changer,” by senior Coast Guard officials. To build the FRC, Bollinger used a proven, in-service parent craft design based on the Damen Stan Patrol Boat 4708. It has a flank speed of 28 knots, state of the art command, control, communications and computer technology, and a stern launch system for the vessel’s 26 foot cutter boat.
Bollinger Shipyards LLC (www.bollingershipyards.com) is a leading designer and builder of fast military patrol boats, ocean-going double hull barges, offshore oil field support vessels, tug boats, rigs, liftboats, inland waterways push boats, barges, and other steel and aluminum products from its new construction shipyards. Bollinger has 10 shipyards and all are strategically located throughout Louisiana with direct access to the Gulf of Mexico, Mississippi River and the Intracoastal Waterway. Bollinger is the largest vessel repair company in the Gulf of Mexico region.
Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding and PT PAL Indonesia have delivered the second SIGMA 10514 Perusak Kawal Rudal (PKR)-class frigate to the Indonesian Navy (TNI-AL) on Monday, October 30.
The vessel which was jointly constructed by Dutch shipbuilding company Damen and PT PAL under the Perusak Kawal Rudal (PKR) programme, was launched in September 2016 and is expected to be commissioned later this year.
The 105-metre, 2365 tonne PKR frigates are designed to undertake a wide range of missions in and around the waters of Indonesia, an archipelago nation made up of over 18,000 islands. Their primary mission is anti-air, anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare. However, they are also equipped for maritime security, search and rescue, and humanitarian support tasks.
The SIGMA 10514 PKR guided-missile frigate has a speed of 28kt. It can sail up to a range of 5,000nm at a 14kt speed and can endure for 20 days at sea.
The combined diesel or electric (CODOE) propulsion system consists of two 10,000kW maximum continuous rating (MCR) diesel engines, two 1,300kW electric motors
• Medium calibre gun 76 mm;
• Close in weapons system;
• 2 x small calibre guns;
• 2 x SSM launchers;
• 12 Cell VL SHORADS;
• 2 x torpedo launchers;
• 2 x decoys/chaff;