ECA Group has signed a contract to deliver steering console for third South Korean KSS-III submarine

Already providing steering consoles for 2 submarines as part of the Korean KSS-III Submarine Project, ECA Group has signed a contract to supply of another steering console for the 3rd submarine.

The first two submarines of the project will be built under the contract of South Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) and the third one to be built by Hyundai Heavy Industries. After this announcement ECA Group has already had contracts with both companies to supply the steering consoles for all three boats.

Download product data sheet here

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South Korea’s newest diesel-electric type, KSS-III, is displacing 3,400t, with the first of an expected nine boats due for delivery in 2020.


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3rd Type 26 Frigate to be named HMS Cardiff

The Royal Navy has announced the name of one of the new Type 26 warships as HMS Cardiff on St. David’s Day.

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said: “HMS Cardiff will be a terrific tribute to Wales and its capital city. She will bolster the United Kingdom’s defences across the seven seas – protecting our aircraft carriers and defending our waters from intensifying threats.

The ship, which will be one of the new Type 26 anti-submarine warfare frigates, is the third of eight to be named in the force’s City class and is expected to enter service in the 2020s.

HMS Cardiff will be built at the BAE Systems shipyard in Govan, Glasgow along with her sister ships HMS Glasgow and HMS Belfast and will be the second to enter production as part of the £3.7 billion contract for the three ships, announced by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in 2017.

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CAE Awarded for Brazilian Navy Seahawk Helicopter Training Contract

CAE announced on March 7 that CAE USA has been awarded a contract by the United States Navy under a U.S. foreign military sale (FMS) program to provide the Brazilian Navy with a comprehensive S-70B Seahawk helicopter training system.

CAE will design and manufacture two S-70B training devices:  a fixed-base S-70B operational flight trainer (OFT) to be used for pilot training along with an S-70B weapons tactics trainer (WTT) to be used for training rear-crew sensor operators and airborne tactics officers. The two training devices can operate independently or when networked they create an S-70B Seahawk tactical operational flight trainer (TOFT) that provides a total aircrew mission training system.

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The S-70B OFT will support training of Brazilian Navy S-70B pilots and co-pilots in normal and emergency procedures as well as a range of mission scenarios.

The S-70B WTT will replicate the back-end of the S-70B helicopter and be used to support the training of sensor operators and airborne tactics officers. The S-70B WTT will feature detailed simulations of the underwater and atmospheric environment and the aircraft weapons and sensors to prepare crew members for anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare missions.

You can read CAE official announcement here.


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SAAB to equip Trackfire RWS for Swedish Combat Boat 90

Saab has received an additional order from the Swedish Defence Material Administration (FMV) regarding Trackfire Remote Weapon Station (RWS) for the Royal Swedish Navy. Trackfire RWS will be installed on the new Combat Boat 90 (Strb90 HSM) used by the navy’s amphibian forces.

The new Combat Boat 90 will be operated by the Swedish navy’s amphibian forces.

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The order is in addition to a Trackfire RWS order received by Saab from the FMV in August 2017.

The family of Trackfire Remote Weapon Stations (RWS) builds on over 40 years of developing electro-optic fire control platforms for both the Land and Naval environments. Thus, Trackfire has designed for use on all types of military platforms including vehicles, vessels and static emplacements.

You can read SAAB original press release here


 

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KSEW delivers two Damen Stan Patrol 1605 FRP boats to Pakistan customs

Karachi Shipyard and Engineering Works handed over two new high speed boats to Pakistan Customs on 10 March. The celebration was attended by distinguished guests including Dr Miftah Ismail, advisor to the Prime Minister on Finance, Revenue & Economic Affairs, Mr. Iftikhar Ahmed, Collector Pakistan Customs, Rear Admiral Syed Hasan Nasir Shah, Managing Director of KS&EW and Mrs. Ardi Stoios-Braken, the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

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The vessels were built by KS&EW with technical and material support from Damen. The entire project took just eight months and was completed successfully thanks to the high level of cooperation and trust between the two partners. The patrolling boats shall be used for monitoring and enforcement activities in Pakistan’s territorial waters.

The boats measure 15.7 m in length and have a displacement of 20 tonnes with maximum speed of 33 knots. They are equipped with 7.6mm and 12.5mm machine guns at aft position. The vessels are powered by two Volvo Penta marine diesel engines and two water jets.

You can read Damen original press release here.

Lockheed Martin to supply MK 41 VLS for Royal Navy Type 26 Frigate

BAE Systems awarded Lockheed Martin a contract to equip the Royal Navy’s new Type 26 Global Combat Ship with the MK 41 Vertical Launching System (VLS).

“Lockheed Martin has a long and successful partnership with the Royal Navy, and we look forward to working with BAE Systems to integrate the MK 41 VLS with the Type 26,” said Paul Livingston, Group Managing Director of Lockheed Martin UK Rotary and Mission Systems. “The MK 41 VLS will provide the Royal Navy’s Type 26 Global Combat Ships with a proven and cost-effective vertical launching solution.”

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Each Type 26 will be equipped with three 8-cell MK 41 VLS modules. BAE Systems’ initial order includes nine MK 41 VLS modules, enough for the first three ships of the class.

There have been more than 3,850 successful firings worldwide. MK41 VLS has been successfully integrated and is in service with the U.S. and 12 allied navies on nearly 200 ships representing 20 ship classes.

Lockheed Martin Official Press Release here.

For additional info please visit MK41 VLS product page here.

BAE Systems to demonstrate Type 31e design at DIMDEX 2018

Visitors to DIMDEX, the Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition & Conference, which is being held from 12-14 March in Doha, Qatar, will be able to see BAE Systems’ proposed design for the Type 31e frigate competition in the UK.

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BAE Systems has brought together its warship design and engineering capability and combat systems expertise with Cammell Laird, the commercial shipbuilder, in a Teaming Agreement to bid for the contract to deliver Type 31e, the UK’s adaptable general purpose frigate.
A key part of the Type 31e programme is configuring the new frigate and its Combat Management System to be attractive to potential international customers and DIMDEX is the first time BAE Systems is showcasing its proposed design outside the UK.
With a proposed top speed in excess of 25 knots and a range of more than 7,500 miles, BAE Systems’ design is equipped with some of the most modern and effective weapons systems available, and has been designed to operate in international waters, including the Gulf. It is capable of operating both independently for significant periods and as part of a task group, offering enormous value in bringing together allied maritime nations.

SAAB to deliver updated ship control system for RAN Collins Class submarines

Saab has signed a contract with ASC for supply of an updated Integrated Ship Control Management and Monitoring System (ISCMMS) for four Royal Australian Navy Collins class submarines. The contract value is AUD 24.2 million (150 MSEK).

“Saab Australia carried out design, software and hardware development work for the updated ISCMMS during the first stage of the project. Saab’s design and production work has been carried out in Australia involving over 50 Saab and local subcontractor staff.” says Andy Keough, Managing Director of Saab Australia.

ASC will integrate the new system into the remaining submarines commencing in 2019, as they complete their maintenance cycles.

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ISCMMS allows the submarine crew to centrally control many submarine systems, fully integrating the management of propulsion, trim, power generation and ship services on board the submarine.

ASC Official Press Release here

SAAB Official Press Release here

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Great photos from NATO Dynamic Manta 2018 exercise

NATO’s Submarine Warfare Exercise DYNAMIC MANTA 2018 (DYMA 18) will develop between the 2nd and 16th March off the Sicilian coast. DYNAMIC MANTA remains to be one of the most challenging exercises for NATO. It provides NATO nations’ with an excellent opportunity for their forces to practice together in a pure joint environment and simultaneously provides NATO the ability to evaluate and further develop Allied Anti-Submarine tactics.

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This year submarines from Canada, Greece, Italy, Spain, Turkey, and the United States, under the control of NATO Submarine Command (COMSUBNATO), will join 9 surface ships from Belgium, France, Greece, Italy, Spain, Turkey, UK, and USA.

NATO HQ MARCOM has shared great photos from its Flicker Account (all photos courtesy of NATO HQ MARCOM and Flicker)

 

 

New Zealand frigate arrives in Canada for combat system and electronics upgrade

Canada has signed a formal contract with the New Zealand government for ship installation and trials to complete the upgrade and modernization of the ANZAC class frigates. The first of two frigates, Her Majesty’s New Zealand Ship (HMNZS) TE KAHA arrived in Victoria on March 6. 

Lockheed Martin Canada is responsible for designing and supplying the upgraded combat system for each ANZAC Class Frigate, including a new combat management system.

Her Majesty’s New Zealand Ship (HMNZS) TE KAHA arrived in Canada yesterday and HMNZS TE MANA is scheduled to arrive in 2019. Under Lockheed Martin Canada supervision and direction, Seaspan Shipyards will refit and install the new systems with an expected completion date of 2020 for the entire contract.

You can read Lockheed Martin official pres release here


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