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16 novembre 2015 1 16 /11 /novembre /2015 17:20
Artist’s Concept courtesy of DARPA

Artist’s Concept courtesy of DARPA


November 9, 2015 by Richard A. Burgess,Managing Editor, Seapower Magazine


The unmanned surface vessel designed to track and trail submarines is expected to begin builder’s trials in January or February.

The Anti-Submarine Warfare Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUCV), under development by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), also is being eyed for other tasks, Scott Littlefield, program manager of its DARPA’s Tactical Technology Office, said Oct. 27 during the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International conference.

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3 novembre 2015 2 03 /11 /novembre /2015 12:20
photo Marine Nationale

photo Marine Nationale


02.11.2015 Marine nationale


Durant le mois de septembre, le sous-marin nucléaire d’attaque (SNA) USS Providence a fait escale à Toulon. Son commandant, le Commander Anthony Grayson a accepté de répondre à quelques questions sur la coopération franco-américaine en matière de lutte anti-sous-marine.


Cols bleus : Commandant, quelles sont les actions de coopération franco-américaine?


Commander Tony Grayson : L'amitié française et américaine a été forgée il y a près de 240 ans. Les américains se souviennent de la contribution du marquis de Lafayette et Comte de Grasse à la naissance de notre nation. Aujourd'hui, nous sommes fiers de poursuivre la coopération avec la marine française pour le renforcement de la sécurité maritime et européenne. À cette fin, les navires français et américains se rendent souvent dans les ports  des Etats-Unis et en France, et notre visite à Toulon nous a donné, à moi et aux marins de l'USS Providence, la chance de profiter de la richesse de la culture française dans l'une des grandes villes historiques de la Méditerranée.


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30 septembre 2015 3 30 /09 /septembre /2015 11:35
S-3 Viking anti-submarine warfare (ASW) aircraft - photo US Navy

S-3 Viking anti-submarine warfare (ASW) aircraft - photo US Navy


September 24, 2015: Strategy Page


South Korea is seeking to buy about twenty retired American S-3 anti-submarine warfare (ASW) aircraft to augment South Korean ability to find and destroy North Korean submarines. The United States retired the last of its S-3s in 2009 but put dozens in storage, just in case. Before putting these aircraft in storage the navy took advantage of new, lightweight, search radars and targeting pods and in 2006 began equipping S-3 aircraft with Lantirn targeting pods. This was in an effort to extend the life of the S-3s, as reconnaissance aircraft. That did not prevent the retirement decision.


The S-3 was originally designed as an anti-submarine aircraft, and served in that capacity from its introduction in the mid-1970s, to the late 1990s. The end of the Cold War ended most of the submarine threat so after 1999 the S-3 has served as a patrol aircraft and aerial tanker. It was hoped that a reequipped S-3, with the long endurance (ten hours per sortie), day/night video capability of the Lantirn, and lightweight search radar, would make it a much more effective maritime patrol aircraft. The Lantirn pod costs two million dollars, and is hung off a hard point like a bomb or fuel tank. Despite this effort some 90 late model S-3s, about half the 188 manufactured, are in storage and can be brought back to service in a few months. South Korea would add some of its own electronics and begin using the S-3s for ASW work.


The 23 ton S-3 is a twin-jet ASW aircraft designed to operate from aircraft carriers. It carries a crew of four (two pilots and two equipment operators) and up to 2.2 tons of weapons (bombs, mines, depth charges, ant-submarine torpedoes). Cruise speed is 650 kilometers an hour and stall (slowest) speed is 180 kilometers an hour. Also carried are sixty sonobuoys plus extensive electronics (search radar, night vision camera and magnetic anomaly detector).

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29 septembre 2015 2 29 /09 /septembre /2015 16:50
photo Marine Nationale / OTAN

photo Marine Nationale / OTAN


22/09/2015 Sources : Marine nationale


À l’heure où, dans le monde, de nombreuses nations acquièrent, développent ou réactivent une force sous-marine, les marines de l’OTAN poursuivent leur coopération.


Après une préparation dans le port sicilien de Catane, la frégate anti-sous-marine Jean de Vienne a appareillé le 13 septembre pour l’entraînement opérationnel OTAN de lutte anti sous-marine (ASM) Dynamic Manta 2015. Il s’agit du plus vaste entrainement ASM en Méditerranée. Il mobilise d’importants moyens : cinq bâtiments de surface, quatre avions de patrouille maritime, des hélicoptères et surtout jusqu’à sept sous-marins. Neuf nations y participent : France, Grande-Bretagne, Allemagne, États-Unis, Canada, Italie, Grèce, Espagne et Turquie. La marine nationale met en œuvre une frégate ASM, le Jean de Vienne avec son hélicoptère Lynx de la flottille 34F, deux avions de patrouille maritime Atlantique 2 et un sous-marin nucléaire d’attaque.


Pendant une dizaine de jours de mer, les simulations s’enchaînent selon divers scénarios-types : protection de bâtiment précieux (HVU - high value unit), couverture d’une zone contre une intrusion sous-marine en temps de crise ou encore exercices sous-marin contre sous-marin.


Ce rendez-vous est essentiel car il permet aux marines de l’OTAN de s’entrainer conjointement dans un domaine de lutte très complexe où la coordination et la bonne compréhension mutuelle sont décisives.  Les scénarios permettent de tester des tactiques de lutte qui ont été discutées en profondeur au préalable entre experts nationaux.


C’est l’occasion pour le Jean de Vienne de valoriser le savoir-faire de la marine nationale en ASM et de porter quelques-unes de ses innovations tactiques.

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16 septembre 2015 3 16 /09 /septembre /2015 16:35
S-3 Viking anti-submarine warfare aircraft

S-3 Viking anti-submarine warfare aircraft


16.09.2015 by By Franz-Stefan Gady Pacific Sentinel


Seoul is moving ahead with plans to purchase refurbished Viking S-3 planes.


South Korea’s Navy will procure 12 Lockheed Martin S-3 Viking anti-submarine warfare (ASW) aircraft with the option of eight more from the United States to counter threats from North Korea Yonhap news agency reports.


The article notes that a military program review group approved the purchase in August, which will now have to be evaluated by the Defense Acquisition Program Administration. Final approval will be up to South Korea’s national defense system committee. According to an unnamed South Korean defense official, “using the planes can give the country the ability to deal more effectively with underwater threats.”


The United States retired its fleet of S-3 Vikings in 2009 and purportedly offered its surplus S-3 aircraft to South Korea and other allies thereafter. Between 1971 and 178, a total of 187 S-3As were built. In the 1980s a much-improved S-3B version of the aircraft entered service specifically designed to counter quieter Soviet submarines. There are currently 91 S-3B models in storage out of which 87 could be refitted for active duty, according to the Defense Industry Daily.


Read the full story at The Diplomat

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15 septembre 2015 2 15 /09 /septembre /2015 11:50
photo UK MoD

photo UK MoD


15 September 2015 Ministry of Defence, Defence Equipment and Support and Philip Dunne MP


The Royal Navy’s anti-submarine warfare helicopter, the Merlin Mk2, has achieved Full Operating Capability (FOC), on time and under budget.


The significant milestone of the £807 million programme has now been met, following the delivery of 24 out of a total of 30 Merlin helicopters to the Royal Navy.

The upgraded Merlin Mk2s are the world’s most advanced maritime helicopter and have undergone improvements to their anti-submarine/surface warfare combat capabilities, including radar upgrade, as well as being fitted with advanced glass cockpits.

Each aircraft has improved aircrew consoles, touch-screen displays and are fitted with over 40km of new wiring. The new technology gives them the enhanced ability to detect and track targets, and to share data with other aircraft and ships while airborne.

Defence Minister Philip Dunne:

The considerable investment the UK Government has made in these next-generation Merlin helicopters will ensure that we continue to deliver a flexible capability that meets the needs of our Armed Forces.

This programme forms part of this Government’s commitment to invest £11 billion in our helicopter fleet over the next 10 years as part of our £160 billion Equipment Plan to provide our people with the very best equipment and support.

Air Vice-Marshal Julian Young, Director Helicopters at the MOD’s Defence Equipment & Support organization, said:

The Merlin Mk2 is an exceptional aircraft providing a variety of specialist warfare and general roles, and this programme has been delivered on time and under budget making it a great procurement success.

It is an important part of our overall helicopter force, and has proved itself countless times fulfilling a number of tasks including counter-piracy measures and providing humanitarian relief.


Merlin MK2 Infographic - UK MoD

Merlin MK2 Infographic - UK MoD

The upgrade programme was carried out by Lockheed Martin, based in Havant and AgustaWestland in Yeovil, and supported around 1,000 jobs.

The helicopters roles include carrying out counter-piracy and casualty evacuation duties. They have delivered vital support to the UK effort in Sierra Leone to tackle the spread of Ebola and supported the rescuing of migrants in the Mediterranean.

The Merlin Mk2 helicopters are expected to be deployed on the Royal Navy’s next generation Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers, as well as frigates, destroyers and support ships world-wide to help keep Britain safe.

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3 juin 2015 3 03 /06 /juin /2015 12:50
 The future of anti-submarine warfare

3 juin 2015 by NATO


Anti-submarine warfare has dramatically changed since the Cold War. This video looks at new technology and tactics deployed recently during an exercise in the North Sea. Including underwater, unmanned vehicles guided by underwater sensor networks, frigates with variable-depth sonar and specialised airplanes known as Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA). We also speak to submarine commanders and scientists on the cutting edge of underwater technology.

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4 avril 2015 6 04 /04 /avril /2015 16:55
photo Marine Nationale

photo Marine Nationale


03/04/2015 Sources : Marine nationale


En ce début du mois d’avril, la composante anti-sous-marine (ASM) de la flotte  hélicoptères de la force de l’aéronautique navale est en plein renouveau. Grâce à une disponibilité retrouvée du Lynx et à la montée en puissance du Caïman Marine, elle peut répondre présente aux sollicitations d’embarquements de ses appareils.


Ainsi, on dénombre cette semaine à bord des frégates à la mer, pas moins de sept détachements de Lynx(34F) et de Caïman(31F et 33F), répartis en trois zones différentes. Le contrat est rempli quantitativement et qualitativement, les deux frégates de défense aérienne, la frégate multimissions et les frégates anti sous-marines déployées sont équipés des aéronefs adaptés à leur configuration.


Qu’il s’agisse du déploiement du groupe aéronaval, pour la mission « Arromanches », où l’on retrouve un Caïman(31F) sur le Chevalier Paul, de celui du Jean de Vienne avec un Lynx, ainsi qu’ ou bien d’une mission en Atlantique, avec deux Lynx sur le Latouche-Trévilleet le Primauguet, et un Caïman (33F) sur l’Aquitaine, ou même encore d’un entraînement en Méditerranée, avec un Caïman(31F) sur le Forbin et un Lynx sur le Montcalm, les « Marins du ciel », aux côtés de leurs camarades de la force d’action navale, sont sur tous les fronts. Véritable prolongement des systèmes de combat des bâtiments, avec leur capacité de projection au-delà de l’horizon, ces hélicoptères constituent le bras armé des frégates, en assurant la maîtrise de l’espace aéro-maritime, avec leurs capacités de lutte en-dessous mais aussi au-dessus de la surface.


C’est un vrai défi technique et opérationnel auquel font face quotidiennement les équipages et les techniciens aéronautiques, pour que leurs appareils puissent honorer ces embarquements et faire du binôme frégate-hélicoptère un adversaire toujours aussi redoutable.

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29 mars 2015 7 29 /03 /mars /2015 11:20
ACTUV Concept Video

27 mars 2015 DARPA


DARPA’s Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV) seeks to develop a new type of independently deployed unmanned surface vessel (USV) that would track adversaries’ ultra-quiet diesel-electric submarines over thousands of miles at a fraction of current costs. ACTUV would operate under sparse remote supervisory control and safely follow the maritime “rules of the road” for collision avoidance known as COLREGS.

ACTUV Concept Video
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27 mars 2015 5 27 /03 /mars /2015 12:50
Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology Philip Dunne MP at AgustaWestland’s facility in Yeovil - photo UK MoD

Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology Philip Dunne MP at AgustaWestland’s facility in Yeovil - photo UK MoD


26 March 2015 Ministry of Defence


The MOD has awarded a helicopter support contract worth £580 million to AgustaWestland, sustaining more than 1,000 jobs across the UK.


The deal, worth over half a billion pounds, will provide maintenance support to the Royal Navy’s Merlin Mk2 and Mk3 helicopters over the next five years. The new contract is expected to deliver more than £140 million savings over that time.

Many of the jobs the contract will sustain are located at AgustaWestland’s facility in Yeovil and at the Royal Navy Air Station in Culdrose, Cornwall, where the depth maintenance and the Royal Navy’s Merlin training system are located.

Defence Minister Philip Dunne said:

Our fleet of Merlin helicopters has benefitted from considerable investment by the MOD through major upgrades in recent years. This new contract will ensure we can continue to deliver flexible capability to meet the needs of our Armed Forces, as well as excellent value for money for the taxpayer.

This investment forms part of this Government’s commitment to invest £11.2 billion into our helicopter fleet over the next ten years as part of £163 billion Equipment Plan to provide the very best equipment and equipment support to our troops. In addition, the contract will sustain more than 1,000 jobs, which will maintain vital engineering skills in the defence sector.

The Merlin support contract follows the MOD’s recent announcement that it is providing our Armed Forces with one of the most capable and technologically advanced helicopter fleets in the world, with a host of new or upgraded aircraft made ready for operations over the last 12 months.

This includes the Merlin Mk2 anti-submarine helicopter which achieved its In Service Date on 29 May 2014, ahead of schedule and to cost, with 19 of 30 aircraft so far delivered to the Royal Navy at RNAS Culdrose in Cornwall.

The Merlin Mk2 helicopters will operate globally, and are expected to be based on the Royal Navy’s next generation Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers, along with the new F-35B Joint Strike Fighter aircraft, as well as onboard frigates, destroyers and support ships.

Director Helicopters, Air Vice-Marshal Julian Young, at the MOD’s Defence Equipment and Support organisation, said:

The Merlin is an important part of our overall Helicopter Force, providing a variety of specialist and general roles in all weathers over land and sea.

We are bringing in the contract one year earlier than planned to meet the requirements of the Front Line Commands and to deliver financial benefits, which is a great achievement and shows how the MOD can adapt flexibly to support the needs of our Armed Forces.

The Merlin Mk3 is a Battlefield Support helicopter of the Royal Navy Commando Helicopter Force. Hugely successful in the Iraq and Afghanistan Campaigns, it can carry a range of cargo either internally or underslung including artillery, light-strike vehicles and more than five tonnes of freight.

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18 mars 2015 3 18 /03 /mars /2015 17:35
Navy Expands Anti-Submarine Warfare Intel Community

18 mars 2015 US Navy


All Hands Update March 18, 2015 #1
Navy Expands Anti-Submarine Warfare Intel Community and USS Albuquerque and Australian Navy Complete Exercise Lungfish 2015

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6 novembre 2014 4 06 /11 /novembre /2014 12:35
Hélicoptères : joli coup d’Airbus à Jakarta

Les 11 Panther de lutte anti-sous-marine vendus à Jakarta complètent une flotte déjà bien garnie - photo Airbus HC


05/11 Alain Ruello - lesechos.fr


Airbus Helicopters a vendu 11 Panther de lutte anti-sous-marine à l’Indonésie. Une poire pour la soif car l’industriel européen a absolument besoin d’un gros contrat militaire dans les six mois.


C’est toujours ça de pris. Airbus Helicopters a annoncé ce mercredi la vente de 11 AS565 MBe Panther, la version anti-sous-marine du Panther, à l’Indonésie. Le montant du contrat n’a pas été communiqué mais il avoisinerait les 150 millions d’euros, selon nos informations.

Les appareils seront livrés à la marine de Jakarta dans les trois prochaines années, après être passés par les hangars de PT Dirgantara Indonesia, charge au partenaire local d’Airbus Helicopters d’installer un sonar et le système de lancement des torpilles. Une fois en service, les 11 Panther compléteront la flotte, déjà bien garnie, des hélicoptères de l’ex-Eurocopter au sein de l’armée indonésienne qui comprend des Colibris pour l’entraînement, des Fennec (attaque) ou encore des EC725 (pour les missions de sauvetage).


La Pologne dans le radar

Avec ce succès, les commerciaux d’Airbus Helicopters ne vont pas bouder leur plaisir. Mais l’essentiel est ailleurs. Le marché des hélicoptères militaires est déprimé dans les pays occidentaux à cause de la baisse des budgets de défense. L’industriel européen, comme tous ses grands concurrents, se bat férocement pour arracher les quelques grosses affaires dans les pays émergents. « Nous devons conclure une vente significative dans les six mois », confirme un de ses responsables.

Au Mexique, la conclusion de la vente de 10 Panther attend les autorisations budgétaires. Au Qatar, qui a choisi d’acheter 22 NH90 de gré à gré, les discussions avancent au rythme habituel des pays du Golfe. Comme cela sera le cas au Koweït qui vient de lancer un appel d’offres portant sur 24 hélicoptères de transport pour lequel Airbus propose son EC 725.

Mais « LA » grosse affaire sur le radar, c’est la Pologne , toujours sur le segment du transport. Airbus Helicopters, Agusta et Sikorsky remettront à la fin du mois leurs propositions finales pour l’appel d’offres portant sur 70 appareils. A ceci près que le troisième larron a menacé de retirer son Black Hawk si les termes de la compétition n’étaient pas modifiés. Varsovie a répliqué sèchement qu’il n’en était pas question, mais depuis chacun s’interroge sur les motivations de l’Américain.


L’ombre des Mistral russes...

L’autre incertitude en Pologne concerne le projet d’achat de 32 hélicoptères d’attaque. La consultation a été lancée avec retard sur le calendrier initial mais le ministère de la défense semble vouloir aller plus vite que prévu. Au point de rassembler dans un même appel d’offres hélicoptères de transport et d’attaque ? Si c’était le cas, ce serait un avantage pour Airbus qui alignerait son EC725 et son Tigre.

Appel d’offres globalisé ou non, Airbus Group jette toutes ses forces dans la bataille, bien décidé, pour emporter la mise, à faire de la Pologne un de ses pays de référence à grands renforts de transferts de technologie et de partenariat industriel. L’enjeu est stratégique car outre les hélicoptères, l’ex-EADS est en lice sur un important contrat de défense anti-missiles via sa filiale MBDA. Mais tout cela pourrait ne pas peser grand chose si Paris décide entre temps de livrer les Mistral russes à Moscou ...

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24 octobre 2014 5 24 /10 /octobre /2014 17:55
NH90 Caïman : la polyvalence au service du combat aéromaritime

24 oct. 2014 Ministère de la Défense


Le NH90 Caïman de la Marine nationale est employé dans un large panel de missions : le combat aéromaritime embarqué, la lutte anti-sous-marine et antisurface, le contre-terrorisme et la piraterie, le transport de personnel et de matériel, les missions de secours maritime et d’évacuation sanitaire. Grâce à ses caractéristiques techniques (sa masse, ses dimensions, ses pales et son pylône de queue à repliage automatique), l’hélicoptère Caïman est embarqué sur frégates légères de type La Fayette, Horizon, Fremm... et porte-hélicoptères de type BPC.

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13 octobre 2014 1 13 /10 /octobre /2014 07:35
AS565 Panther

AS565 Panther


13.10.2014 Ridzwan Rahmat - Pacific Sentinel


The Indonesian Navy (Tentera Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Laut, or TNI-AL) will equip its three Bung Tomo-class corvettes with AS565 Panther anti-submarine warfare (ASW) helicopters from Airbus Helicopters, a navy source told IHS Jane's on 6 October in Surabaya, Indonesia.


The lead ship in class, KRI Bung Tomo (357), conducted trials with an AS365N Dauphin 2 on 29 September. The trials, which included touch-and-go operations and landings, were held in the seas of central Java ahead of the vessel's appearance at the Indonesian Armed Forces Day celebration on 7 October.


According to the source, the Dauphin 2 involved in the recent trials is on loan from Indonesia's search-and-rescue body (Badan SAR Nasional, or BASARNAS). However, the trials were conducted with the aircraft sporting TNI-AL livery to "keep the exercises realistic," the source said.


Read the full story at IHS Jane's 360

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23 septembre 2014 2 23 /09 /septembre /2014 07:55
SAGRE : Entraînement de lutte anti-sous-marine en Atlantique


22/09/2014 Marine nationale


Plusieurs bâtiments brestois sont actuellement engagés en océan Atlantique dans le cadre de Sagre, un entraînement à la lutte anti-sous-marine (ASM), débuté le 18 septembre 2014,et qui se poursuivra toute la semaine.


Cet entraînement annuel rassemble la FREMM Aquitaine, les frégates anti-sous-marines Latouche-Tréville, La Motte-Picquet et Primauguet, ainsi qu'un sous-marin-nucléaire d'attaque, cible principale du scénario mis en place par la cellule entraînement de la Force action navale de Brest.


Durant plus d'une semaine, les quatre frégates, leurs aéronefs embarqués, renforcés par des moyens de patrouille maritime (Atlantique 2), seront mobilisés pour identifier puis traquer sans relâche le sous-marin nucléaire d’attaque naviguant dans le Golfe de Gascogne.


Premier entraînement de ce type pour la FREMM Aquitaine, où elle mettra en oeuvre, dans des conditions particulièrement réalistes, ses moyens de détection anti-sous-marine et ceux de son hélicoptère Caïman Marine embarqué.


Pour chacun des bâtiments engagés, c'est, plus largement, l'occasion de tester les réflexes des équipages et le respect des procédures définies, afin de parvenir à une efficacité optimale en opération.

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11 juillet 2014 5 11 /07 /juillet /2014 12:35
Philippines : DND Bares Technical Specifications of P5.4-B ASW Helicopter Project

Philippine ASW helicopters to be armed with torpedoes and air-to-surface missiles (image : AgustaWestland)


10.07.2014 Defense Studies

The Department of National Defense (DND), in a supplemental bid bulletin, has revealed the technical specifications of its P5.4-billion anti-submarine warfare (ASW) helicopter project.

These include:

* Endurance of at least two hours in ASW configuration.

* Range of 240 nautical miles in full ASW configuration.

* Must provide individual crew stations for pilots and operational crew to safely operate necessary sensor/equipment during ASW and ASUW (anti-surface warfare) operations. Nevertheless, suppliers may present other options which are responsive to the requirements based on modern technologies being applied in other foreign navies.

* Shall be fitted with an automatic/main rotor blade fold system (if four bladed) and/or tail pylon fold system if longer than the ship's helicopter hangar.

* Identification Friend or Foe (IFF)/Selective Identification Feature (SIF).

* Portable downlink receiver, at least one brand-new unit per helicopter, must be ready to be installed in any surface ship or ground station specified by the Philippine Navy (PN), and must be interoperable with the installed data link system of the ASW helicopter.

Bid opening and submission for the ASW helicopter is set on July 15.p>Money for the two ASW helicopters will be sourced from the Armed Forces of the Philippines Modernization Trust Fund.

Acquisition of the two ASW helicopters is under the Medium Term Development Capability Plan for 2013 to 2017.

The contract includes munition, mission essential equipment, and integrated logistic support.

Winning bidders must be able to deliver the aircraft within 730 calendar days.

The PN earlier announced that it is looking at the possibility of acquiring the AW-159 "Wildcat" as its ASW helicopters.

The Navy is in the market for two ASW helicopters.

This is part of the country's Medium Term Defense Acquisition List for the next four years.

The ASW choppers will be assigned to the BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (PF-15) and BRP Ramon Alcaraz (PF-16).

The AW-159 (previously called the Future Lynx and Lynx Wildcat) is an improved version of the Westland Super Lynx military helicopter.

The AW-159 will serve in the battlefield utility, search-and-rescue and anti-surface warfare roles.

The helicopter has been ordered for the Royal Navy and British Army.

It is to enter service with the British Army in 2014 and with the Royal Navy in 2015.

It has a crew of two, a maximum speed of 291 km/h (181 mph), range of 777 km (483 miles), ferry range of 963 km (598 miles) and an endurance of one-and-a-half hours (fours hours and 30 minutes if fitted with auxiliary fuel tank).

The AW-159 is fitted with forward firing CRV7 rockets and machine guns, pintle mounted machine gun, Sea Skua missiles and Sting-Ray torpedoes and depth charges.

The acquisition process for these ASW helicopters is expected to go on full gear once the PN completes its five AW-109 order deal from AgustaWestland by the third quarter of 2014.


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18 juin 2014 3 18 /06 /juin /2014 11:35
India Proposes $2.25B Tender for ASW Shallow Water Craft



NEW DELHI — India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has issued a tender to local shipyards to build 16 shallow water anti-submarine warfare (ASW) vessels, a $2.25 billion program that would mark the first such effort by domestic yards.


The tender, in the “Buy and Make India” category, was issued last week to private sector companies Larsen & Toubro, ABG Shipyard, Pipavav Defense and Offshore Engineering, and to state-owned Goa Shipyard and Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers. The vessels would replace Russian-made Abhay-class corvettes commissioned in 1989 and 1991.


The domestic companies will need to tie up with overseas defense companies to acquire certain critical technologies, officials said.


“The domestic defense companies have the ability to build the shallow craft but will need to tie up with overseas companies, especially to procure a variety of sonars,” said a senior Indian Navy official.


Read the full story at DefenseNews

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19 février 2014 3 19 /02 /février /2014 08:20
Boeing Eyes P-8 Exports


February 11, 2014 By Bill Sweetman Source: AWIN First


“Four or five nations” are showing strong interest in the Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol and antisubmarine warfare (ASW) aircraft, according to Chris Raymond, Boeing Defense, Space & Security vice president for business development and strategy.


“These are down to a technical level, not a cursory what-is-it level,” Raymond said on the eve of the Singapore air show. “They are doing analysis of range and coverage, how it would fit in their fleets, life-cycle costs.”


Two or three of the potential candidates are in the Asia-Pacific area, Raymond says. (One of the others is most likely the United Kingdom.) Not all of them currently operate fixed-wing ASW aircraft. “These are new requirements, not just replacements,” Raymond says.


In some cases, Boeing sees its new Maritime Surveillance Aircraft, based on a Bombardier Challenger 605 airframe, as being complementary to the P-8 or other ASW platforms. The company is moving towards the idea of a family of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems ranging from the P-8 through the MSA and the King Air-based Ramis (reconfigurable airborne multi-sensor system) to the Insitu ScanEagle and Integrator unmanned air systems.

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21 novembre 2013 4 21 /11 /novembre /2013 12:20
Beechcraft wants to offer anti-submarine warfare capabilities with its Special Mission King Air 350ER. (Hawker Beechcraft)

Beechcraft wants to offer anti-submarine warfare capabilities with its Special Mission King Air 350ER. (Hawker Beechcraft)


Nov. 19, 2013 - By ANDREW CHUTER – Defense News


DUBAI — Beechcraft is looking to add anti-submarine warfare (ASW) to the lengthy list of capabilities offered by its King Air 350 ER in the special missions market, according to Justin Ladner the company sales vice president.


Ladner said Beechcraft has been approached by several systems integrators for an ASW-lite concept capable of combating the increasing numbers of mini-submarines used by drug smugglers and the military.


The executive, who heads Beechcraft’s special mission aircraft sales worldwide, said ASW is an emerging market and he expected to receive several tenders in the next 12 months that an ASW-capable version of the twin-engined King Air 350ER could address.


Some of those requests would be for customers in the Arabian Gulf region he said.


Mini-submarine numbers are on the rise. United Arab Emirates Navy chief Rear Adm. Ibrahim al Musharrakh recently told the Gulf Naval Commanders Conference that Iranian midget submarines are an imminent threat they were looking to counter.


The growing potential of mini-subs was illustrated at the Defence Security Exhibition International show in London in September when British company James Fisher Defence created considerable interest with a range of small submersibles capable of transporting special forces on covert operations.


Company officials at the show reported heavy interest in the craft on the back of the recapitalization of naval special forces.


Drug smugglers are also known to use mini-subs to transport narcotics in places like Latin America.


The addition of ASW capabilities would add to already strong levels of interest for the King Air in the maritime role. Ladner said Beechcraft was increasing its list of maritime patrol aircraft operators by handing over aircraft to Argentina this week.


The growing interest in maritime surveillance opportunities in the gulf and elsewhere is not limited to Beechcraft. Boeing and Saab both emphasized their interest in the sector at the Dubai show.


Boeing chose to use the show to take the wraps off a tie-up with Bombardier and Field Aviation to offer a Challenger 605 business jet-based maritime surveillance aircraft and Saab turned up with actual hardware in the shape of the smaller, and considerably cheaper, converted 340 turboprop airliner. Neither offer ASW capabilities.


A move into the bottom end of the ASW sector could provide Beechcraft with further opportunities to build a special missions aircraft operation that already accounts for more than a third of the company’s annual business.


It’s a sector that already spans intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft, such as the King Air Shadow machines widely used by the British in the Afghanistan conflict, through to the less technically demanding training and air ambulance roles.


Special mission business was constrained last year by Beechcraft undergoing Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, but having emerged from that Ladner said business in the sector was already 2.5 times higher than 2012 with the prospect of further deals to come before the year ends, including at least one in the gulf region.


“The gulf region is one of the fastest growing market sectors for special mission aircraft as customers had the needs and the budgets to acquire aircraft,” said Ladner speaking at the Dubai air show this week.


The Beechcraft executive reported high levels of interest in special mission aircraft at Dubai.


“It’s been one of the busiest shows of the year for us,” he said.

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30 mai 2013 4 30 /05 /mai /2013 16:50
Saab Wins Order for Underwater Vehicle

May 30, 2013 defense-unmanned.com

(Source: Saab AB; issued May 30, 2013)


Saab Receives Order for the Underwater Vehicle System AUV62


Defence and security company Saab has signed a contract on delivery of Autonomous Underwater Vehicle systems, AUV62, in training configuration. The order has a total value of MSEK 148 and system deliveries will take place during 2014.


The order comprises the supply of AUV62, the latest version of the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle in a configuration as training target for Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) training.


“The AUV62 is a competent and advanced system that will enhance and strengthen the customer’s underwater capabilities. We are of course very satisfied to have been able to secure yet another order for the system,” says Görgen Johansson, Senior Vice President and Head of Business Area Dynamics.


The AUV62 is an advanced and highly modern Autonomous Underwater Vehicle available in several different configurations and already selected by a number of customers.


Equipped with an acoustic payload it is an advanced and capable system for cost-efficient training of a navy’s ASW forces. The AUV62 is an artificial acoustic target that mimics a submarine in a way that is compatible with any torpedo- and sonar system on the market today. The AUV62 system fully replaces the use of a submarine in the role as a manoeuvring training target.


Equipped with a Synthetic Aperture Sonar (SAS) payload it is an efficient system for mine search, reconnaissance and seabed mapping. With the AUV62 Saab offers a state-of-the-art Autonomous Underwater System for demanding customers investing in the future.


The industry’s nature is such that depending on circumstances concerning the product and customer, information regarding the customer will not be announced.



Saab serves the global market with world-leading products, services and solutions ranging from military defence to civil security. Saab has operations and employees on all continents and constantly develops, adopts and improves new technology to meet customers’ changing needs.

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28 février 2013 4 28 /02 /février /2013 08:35



Feb. 27, 2013 - By NICK LEE-FRAMPTON – Defense News


Wellington, New Zealand — New Zealand’s Ministry of Defence has issued a request for information (RfI) for an “Underwater Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (UWISR)” system.


It may seem axiomatic that such an obviously maritime nation as New Zealand would maintain a credible anti-submarine warfare (ASW) capability, yet in recent years the focus of the Royal New Zealand Air Force’s six Orion aircraft has been on overland intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.


The missions system upgrade that marked the Orions’ transition from P-3K to P-3K2 status (in 2011) was accompanied by renaming the Maritime Patrol Force the Airborne Surveillance and Response Force.


In August 2008, Air Commodore Gavin Howse, then Air Component commander at Headquarters Joint Forces New Zealand, told Defense News, “we will still be able to do maritime surveillance, but the capabilities on board will make [the P-3K2] an excellent overland surveillance aircraft.”


However, it appears the ASW role was neglected, for in December 2011 Air Vice Marshal Peter Stockwell, chief of the Air Force, told Defense News, “We are only maintaining a fairly rudimentary capability in the ASW world at the moment.”


However, he added, “There is certainly discussion around the need to modernize the airborne ASW role.”


Yet, in November 2012, when asked about ASW capability, Lt. Gen. Rhys Jones, chief of the Defence Force, said, “It is impossible for us to counter every threat, every issue, and that’s where we need to balance things up.”


“Submarine proliferation in the area is growing. Is it going to be an issue for us? Yes, it will in the future … but is it a greater priority than overland surveillance or other surveillance that we might need to have in our region?”


The UWISR RfI seeks information, by April 4, on a replacement for the P-3K2 Orion’s existing acoustics system, a magnetic anomaly detection (MAD) system and an improved airdropped stores ejection system.


Ground training equipment, including a postmission acoustic analysis system and a MAD simulator are included in the RfI.


This suggests the Air Force’s ASW capabilities may not remain “rudimentary” as Asia-Pacific submarine fleets expand and modernize.

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17 février 2012 5 17 /02 /février /2012 08:25
SE Asian Nations Seek Improved ASW, AEW

Photo: Lockheed Martin


Feb 16, 2012 By Leithen Francis defense technology international


Singapore - Concerns over China’s claims to the South China Sea are sparking an arms race among its Southeast Asian neighbors, some of which have maritime patrol, airborne early warning and anti-submarine warfare (ASW) aircraft high on their priority lists.


China has laid claim to most of the South China Sea, a body of water that includes vital sea lanes and under which lie rich deposits of oil and gas.


In May of last year, Chinese ships reportedly cut the cables of Binh Minh 02, an oil-surveying vessel within Vietnam’s 200-nm exclusive economic zone and operated by the Vietnam Oil & Gas Group. In the same month, two Chinese fighters allegedly entered Philippine airspace, an intrusion related to the disputed Spratly Islands. The Philippine navy also found wooden posts erected on Amy Douglas Bank, Reed Bank and Boxall Reef—all within Philippine-claimed waters. The navy, which promptly removed the posts, accused China of placing them there.


Vietnam’s foreign minister, Pham Binh Minh, and the Philippines foreign minister, Albert del Rosario, met in Hanoi last year to discuss implementation of a defense cooperation agreement.


The dispute with China has led the Philippines and Vietnam to seek closer defense ties with the U.S., a remarkable development in terms of U.S.-Vietnam relations considering their history. It seems that memories of the Vietnam War are no longer a stumbling block. On Sept. 19, Vietnam’s deputy defense minister, Nguyen Chi Vinh, and the U.S. deputy assistant secretary of defense, Robert Scher, signed a memorandum of understanding aimed at boosting military cooperation.


Sources say the Vietnamese are seeking to buy ASW aircraft and have shown interest in the Lockheed Martin P-3. The Southeast Asian nation wants the P-3s to protect its exclusive economic zone in the South China Sea and to help stop Chinese submarines from entering Vietnamese waters. China’s largest submarine base is on the southern tip of Hainan Island, just off the northern Vietnam coast.


Vietnam has a 3,444-km (2,135-mi.) coastline, so it needs long-range aircraft. Advanced sonar-detection equipment also is required to combat China’s increasingly advanced submarines. For ASW, Vietnam has been using four Beriev Be-12 amphibious aircraft that it received in 1981, as well as dozens of Kamov Ka-25/-27 helicopters.


When the P-3s last operated in Vietnam during the war, Cam Ranh Bay coincidentally was their main base. The U.S. Navy used P-3As to patrol the coastline in search of gunboats and Chinese trawlers providing supplies to the Vietcong hiding in South Vietnam.



The other contender for Vietnam’s ASW requirement is the Airbus Military C295. The Spaniards have already developed a relationship there, having sold three Airbus Military C212 maritime patrol aircraft to the Vietnam marine police. The first aircraft was delivered late last year.


The Philippine air force is also seeking to buy maritime patrol aircraft. Some of the models being considered include the Alenia ATR 42MP, Hawker Beechcraft King Air 350ER, Airbus CN235, Viking Air Twin Otter and Bombardier Q-series.


The country’s leaders have also talked up the prospect of the Philippines once again procuring fighter aircraft. The Philippines has had no fighter aircraft since 2005 when it retired its last Northrop F-5.


Philippines President Benigno Aquino, 3rd, disclosed in December that he will be visiting the U.S. early this year and plans to ask U.S. President Barack Obama for military assistance. “I will meet President Obama next year, perhaps by April. I will remind him of our strategic partnership and he might remember that we don’t have a fighter [jet],” Aquino said in a speech to Philippine air force personnel late in 2011. He added that he will ask the U.S. to donate used fighter aircraft to the Philippines, under an arrangement similar to that between the U.S. and Indonesia. The U.S. last year agreed to donate 24 second-hand Lockheed Martin F-16A/Bs to Indonesia, which could then pay to upgrade them to the C/D standard.


Malaysia also has a requirement for fighters and is seeking to buy 18 new aircraft to replace its MiG-29s. The contenders are the Boeing F/A-18E/F, Saab Gripen, Dassault Rafale, Sukhoi Su-30, Sukhoi Su-35 and Eurofighter Typhoon.


The MiG-29s are stationed at Kuantan AFB, in West Malaysia overlooking the South China Sea. If Malaysia ever has an armed conflict with China, it is likely that the fighter squadron at Kuantan will be at the front line. East and West Malaysia are separated by the South China Sea, and Malaysia has a requirement for maritime patrol and airborne early warning (AEW) aircraft to monitor its exclusive maritime economic zone. Malaysia’s defense minister, Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, says Malaysia has a requirement for three AEW aircraft, one each to be stationed in East and West Malaysia and one standby.


Northrop Grumman is proposing to sell the E-2D, Saab is promoting its Saab Erieye radar mounted on an Embraer EMB-145, and Airbus Military is pushing the C295 AEW. Lockheed Martin U.K. and Thales, meanwhile, are each proposing that Malaysia use one of the air force’s existing aircraft, such as a Lockheed Martin C-130, and upgrade it with AEW capabilities using roll-on, roll-off mission systems.


Malaysia’s air force chief, Gen. Rodzali bin Daud, says “It is important to maintain a high degree of situational awareness and central to this is AEW.” Malaysia is relying on ground-based radar supplemented by some Beechcraft King Air 350s fitted with Thales radar, but these small aircraft have limited flying range. Rodzali also says: “Land-based radar’s lack of mobility puts it second to airborne systems.”


Malaysia has a requirement for ASW aircraft as well. Its navy has stated it wants to buy six ASW helicopters. It is considering the Sikorsky MH-60R and the AgustaWestland AW159. Defense Minister Ahmad told DTI’s sister publication Aviation Week & Space Technology in December that “the project is in our pipeline, but because of budget constraints, it hasn’t been given a priority [go-ahead] yet.” Industry executives say the government may be waiting until after the next national election, expected sometime in 2012, before moving ahead with this procurement.


In fact, this is the case with all the other requirements. Malaysia will only allocate a budget and select a winner for its AEW and fighter requirements after the elections.


Malaysia’s Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) is also still waiting for a budget for the five maritime patrol aircraft it plans to acquire on long-term wet leases. Three types are in the running—the RUAG 228NG, Cessna Grand Caravan and Alenia ATR 42MP.


Singapore uses Fokker 50s for maritime patrol and has one of the most advanced AEW capabilities in the region, thanks to its Gulfstream G550s fitted with AEW mission equipment from Israel Aerospace Industries’ Elta Systems. For ASW, it has Sikorsky S-70Bs, but industry executives say is also planning to buy fixed-wing ASW aircraft (see p. 23).


The island nation, unlike other countries in Southeast Asia, has no territorial disputes with China. But Singapore, which is dependent on sea trade for its livelihood, can ill afford to have submarines blocking its sea lanes.


China has been adding Shang-class nuclear-powered subs, while India has announced that it plans to buy six more diesel-electric models. (Russia’s arms export agency, Rosoboronexport, disclosed that it will be proposing Russian-built Amur 650-class subs.) Six French Scorpene vessels from an earlier tender are under construction in India.


Singapore’s closest neighbors have also been adding submarines, largely in response to China’s submarine buildup.


Vietnam’s defense minister, Gen. Phung Quang Thanh, says his country has six Kilo-class diesel-powered subs on order from Russia. Malaysia recently added three submarines: two new Scorpene-class subs jointly built by French and Spanish companies, and one reconditioned ex-French navy Agosta-class vessel. Indonesia has two German-built Cakra-class subs and in December ordered three submarines from South Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering. Thailand’s navy is eyeing second-hand Type U206As from Germany, according to local news reports.

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20 novembre 2011 7 20 /11 /novembre /2011 09:00



November 19, 2011 by Feng - informationdissemination.net


The long rumoured ASW aircraft has finally been revealed. In recent photos from an airport (my guess in Shaanxi AC), we see Y-8 ASW aircraft (dubbed HIgh New 6) amongst them. Here are some of its photos. You can see from here that it has a large surface search radar under its chin, a FLIR sensor, internal bomb bays on both side of of the middle section of fuselage, a series of antennas underneath the fuselage and MAD boom at the back. You can also see a large window on each side of the rear fuselage for observation purpose. The aircraft itself is using the Y-8 Category 3 platform as can be seen by the 6 blade propellers.

Before anyone gets overly anxious or excited about this ASW aircraft, one should remember that there are over 100 P-3Cs in service with JMSDF and over 150 P-3Cs with USN. Since this is only a second generation ASW aircraft, it's probably a generation behind P-8 Poseidon in terms of the platform and sensors. At the moment, there appears to only be 2 of this aircraft. When one considers all of the different types of Y-8 special mission aircraft and the production capabilities of Shaanxi AC (around 10 such platform a year), it's really hard to see this number will go much higher in the next years.

In the same set of photos, we also see the tails of other Y-8 aircraft. Two of the tails are for Y-8 ASW aircraft, two are for KJ-200 and the remaining two are for unidentified platform.

We also get a picture of these aircraft from outside. It seems to indicate the existence of 3 KJ-200 here.

We see a KJ-200 painted in PLANAF colours with number 9421. We've previously seen a KJ-200 with number 9371. This should be joining the same PLAN regiment. The other two maybe joining the same regiment too or maybe for a new unit.

I have a previous article on the Y-8 special missions series of aircraft here.

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