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…

Russian Navy received 3rd Ship of Project 11356 frigate (Admiral Grigorovich Class)

Baltic Shipbuilding Plant “Yantar” has delivered the Admiral Makarov frigate, third ship of Project 11356, to Defence Ministry of the Russian Federation on the last days of 2017.

Sea trials of the Admiral Makarov frigate commenced in October 2016, they were held in the Baltic Sea and in the Barents Sea. And the acceptance/delivery certificate has been signed on 25 December 2017.

The Admiral Makarov was laid down on February 29, 2012, launched on September 2, 2015. Yantar Shipyard is to build a series of six frigates of Project 11356. The first two ships of the project, The Admiral Grigorovich and the Admiral Essen frigates, were delivered to the customer in 2016.

Project 11356 frigates have Kalibr-NK cruise missiles with a range of 1200 miles and the Shtil-1 medium-range surface-to-air missile system.

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Kaliningrad-based Baltic Shipbuilding Plant “Yantar” (Yantar Shipyard) was founded on July 8, 1945 on the basis of a Koenigsberg unit of German’s Schichau Werft. Yantar Shipyard specializes in building and repair of warships and civil boats. Throughout the years the Shipyard has built 160 warships and more than 500 merchant vessels. The Russian Government holds majority stake in the shipbuilding firm through Western Center of Shipbuilding, a subsidiary of state-owned United Shipbuilding Corporation.

Boeing responded Indian Navy RFI about 57 jets for its aircraft carriers

Boeing has pitched its Advanced F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter jets to India as it seeks to carve a bigger share of the defense market in the South Asian country, among the world’s biggest arms importers.

The Indian Navy last year invited proposals for 57 jets for its aircraft carriers, while the Indian Air Force (IAF) is seeking at least 100 twin-engine fighter planes along with an equal number or more of single engine jets in a different category. Boeing and Saab AB have said in the past that India should combine the two – IAF and Navy – parallel procurements, which would make it the world’s biggest fighter jet order.

The aerospace giant, which already has the biggest share among the US companies in India, is among the multinational respondents now discussing some Requests for Information (RFIs) for potential partnerships with the Indian industry.

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“We would expect them to pull together more definitive requirements based on the inputs that they would have and then move forward with a tender,” said Gene Cunningham, Boeing’s Vice President For Defense, Space and Security adding that, Boeing is looking at local partners to fulfill the ‘Make In India’ part of any potential deal and expects to have preliminary relationships stitched by the end of this year.

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Thales to develop new sonar system for French Future SSBNs

The French defence procurement agency (DGA) has awarded Thales a contract to develop a new sonar system for future SSBNs.

According to Thales official press release; the contract includes a period of a 42-month to conduct a set of studies and technological developments for a sonar system to be equipped on France’s future third-generation nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine (SNLE 3G).

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This new research and development programme builds on the results of studies launched under France’s two previous defence spending plans. It will include final validation of the fourth-generation flank arrays and the development of a new sonar interceptor, with latest-generation adaptive antenna processing and threat classification algorithms as well as an innovative bow-mounted antenna concept.

1st steel cut by TKMS on the Project of SAAR corvettes for Israeli Navy

Steel-cutting ceremony was held at the Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems shipyard in Kiel in 7th February 2018.

The Israel Navy is upgrading its entire combat surface fleet with new German-built, Israeli-equipped Sa’ar-6 corvettes and the integration of new radars and electronic warfare (EW) systems in existing Sa’ar-5 and Sa’ar 4.5 ships.

Measuring 90 meters in length and displacing around 2,000 tons, the Sa’ar 6-class corvettes will be fitted with Israeli-developed armament and radars. According to media reports, the corvettes are set to receive a Israel Aerospace Industries-built AESA radar which will control the Barak 8 surface to air missile system.

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The Saar 6 vessels will not just be “Patrol Vessels” as initially reported but rather powerful Corvettes with a displacement in excess of 2,000 tons and a length of 90 meters.The width of the class is 13.5 meters and its draft is more than 4 meters. Their maximum speed is 26 knots thanks to their diesel power plant and dual-shaft arrangement. The crew complement is about 70 sailors.

The cost of the construction is around 430 million euros of which 115 million euros is reportedly covered by the government of Germany. This is for the four vessels but the vessels only, without the cost of Israeli weapons and electronic equipment, which will be installed in Israel.

BAE Systems awarded $54 Million contract to Modernize USS America and USS Cape St. George

BAE Systems has received two U.S. Navy contracts totalling $54.8 million to modernize the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) and the guided missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG 71).

Both contracts include options that, if exercised, would bring the total cumulative value of the awards to $62.2 million.

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“These contracts are important to expanding the service lives and capability of these Navy ships,” said David Thomas, vice president and general manager of BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair. “Our work on board the America will keep the ship ready for immediate service. For the Cape St. George, it is the beginning of a four-year journey toward full modernization and the ability to serve in the fleet longer.”
The USS America was commissioned in October 2014. BAE Systems will perform hull, mechanical, and electrical repairs, as well as additional flight deck modifications to support F-35 Lightning II operations on board. Work on the 844-foot-long ship will be conducted at Naval Station San Diego by company employees and subcontractors. The modernization is expected to begin in March and be completed in December 2018.
The USS Cape St. George was commissioned in June 1993. BAE Systems will perform ship alternations and repairs aboard the 567-foot-long ship, including the replacement of critical aluminium structures and the removal of obsolete equipment, under the Navy’s cruiser modernization program. BAE Systems’ work on the Cape St. George, to be conducted at the company’s shipyard in San Diego, is expected to begin in March and be completed by January 2019.

U.S. Navy awards BAE Systems contract to modernize USS Philippine Sea

BAE Systems has received a $9.6 million contract from the U.S. Navy to modernize the guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea (CG 58).

The ship will undergo 10 months of work at the company’s Jacksonville, Florida, shipyard and at nearby Naval Station Mayport. This docking selected restricted availability (DSRA) contract includes options that, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value to approximately $72 million.

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“We have extensive experience with the Navy’s Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruisers and specifically with the Philippine Sea,” said Todd Hooks, general manager of BAE Systems Jacksonville Ship Repair. “We will utilize our cruiser experience to accomplish the DSRA and return the ship back to the fleet ready for continued service.”
The USS Philippine Sea was commissioned in March 1989. Work on board the 567-foot-long ship is expected to begin in April and be completed in February 2019. The company’s Jacksonville shipyard currently employs about 540 people.

USS Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001) successfully completed acceptance trials

The future Zumwalt-class destroyer USS Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001) successfully completed acceptance trials on 1st of February 2018

These ships will feature a state-of-the-art electric propulsion system, wave-piercing tumblehome hull, stealth design and the latest war fighting technology and weaponry available.

The Zumwalt-class destroyer will be capable of performing a range of deterrence, power projection, sea control, and command and control missions while allowing the Navy to evolve with new systems and missions. It does all of this while maintaining its stealth – making this visually imposing ship difficult to find whether close to the shore or far out to sea. These warships possess stealth, size, power, survivability systems, and computing capacity that provide the Navy with the ability to meet maritime missions at sea now, as well as incorporate new technologies to meet emerging security environments.