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19 juillet 2013 5 19 /07 /juillet /2013 16:50
Astute Class attack submarines under construction at Barrow-in-Furness -Picture BAE Systems

Astute Class attack submarines under construction at Barrow-in-Furness -Picture BAE Systems

18 July 2013 Ministry of Defence and Defence Equipment and Support

 

Assembly of the Royal Navy's sixth Astute Class attack submarine, Agamemnon, has begun at Barrow-in-Furness.

 

The keel, which is the first part of the boat to be built, was unveiled at a ceremony at BAE Systems’ shipyard in Barrow-in-Furness by Defence Minister Philip Dunne today, 18 July.

It comes as MOD announces that the first 2 of the 7 Astute Class submarines, HMS Astute and HMS Ambush, are nearing completion of their extensive sea trials and have been handed over to the Royal Navy to begin to prepare for operations.

The 7 Astute Class submarines are being built for the Royal Navy to replace the Trafalgar Class submarines. The Astute Class have greater firepower, state-of-the-art communications equipment and advanced stealth technology, making them quieter than their predecessors and harder to detect.

HMS Astute and HMS Ambush are the first submarines in class to be accepted by Navy Command, which is responsible for operating all of the Royal Navy’s vessels. The next 3 submarines in the class: Artful, Audacious and Anson are all at varying stages of build and today’s keel-laying for Agamemnon marks the next key milestone for the programme.

BAE Systems Maritime - Submarines is responsible for delivering all 7 Astute Class submarines and for the design of the successor to the Vanguard Class, which will carry the UK’s nuclear deterrent.

MOD has agreed a new contract with BAE Systems that will not only help to sustain the thousands of highly skilled defence jobs based at Barrow-in-Furness but also drive down the costs of building future submarines.

Agamemnon's keel is unveiled at a ceremony at BAE Systems’ shipyard in Barrow-in-Furness by Defence Minister Philip Dunne [Picture: Andrew Linnett, Crown copyright]

Agamemnon's keel is unveiled at a ceremony at BAE Systems’ shipyard in Barrow-in-Furness by Defence Minister Philip Dunne [Picture: Andrew Linnett, Crown copyright]

Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology Philip Dunne today signed a new contract which will deliver £380 million of savings over the next 8 years. This will ensure that the Royal Navy’s submarine capability is delivered efficiently and provides good value for money for the taxpayer.

Mr Dunne said:

The keel-laying of the sixth submarine, Agamemnon, and the handover of HMS Astute and HMS Ambush to the Royal Navy are huge milestones, reflecting significant progress in the programme.

By ensuring the UK’s submarine programme remains affordable, this new contract will help deliver the Astute Class, pave the way for the future Successor nuclear deterrent submarines and secure around 5,000 jobs at BAE Systems and thousands more in over 400 suppliers across the UK submarine supply chain.

Rear Admiral Simon Lister, MOD’s Director of Submarines, said:

This is the sixth submarine in the Astute Class and we expect her to be built quicker and more efficiently than her predecessors, demonstrating the re-establishment of the national submarine-building capability in Barrow-in-Furness.

Better organised, better planned and better built, new techniques in the back office and on the shop floor will ensure the time-honoured skills of the workforce are made the most of.

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19 juillet 2013 5 19 /07 /juillet /2013 11:50
DTEB Database: a future EDA tool to support Test and Evaluation capabilities development
Brussels | Jul 15, 2013 European Defence Agency
 

The Defence Test and Evaluation Base (DTEB) is a mechanism to increase the pooling and sharing of experimentation, test and evaluation capabilities for EU Member States. The DTEB is being progressed with the governance arrangements of the DTEB Development Plan agreed in 2010. An initial requirement set by pMS was the need for capability information sharing.


To meet this initial requirement, a web-based, access protected, DTEB Database is currently in preparation at EDA and scheduled to go online in 2014.
The overall objective of the DTEB Database project is to put in place, on a European scale, a Test & Evaluation (T&E) support tool to improve information sharing during the development or acquisition of defence equipment. The project will help answer the need of continuous optimization of T&E capabilities and adaptation to nationally and internationally defined requirements. Participating T&E Centres defined at national level, T&E experts as well as capability programme managers and other users will be entitled to access and contribute to the Database.


Participating T&E Centres will be able to:
• show and offer their own T&E capabilities to the European Defence Community
• be considered in European Capability, Research and Armament projects
• participate in European Pooling and Sharing initiatives


DTEB end-users will be able to:
• quickly identify potential cooperation partners for T&E activities
• implement European T&E capabilities in their projects
• quickly obtain details of Subject Matter Experts to seek advice


Transparency of information on T&E plans and activities, visibility of T&E capabilities, harmonisation of methods, cooperation between T&E facilities and competencies will be key elements to ensure the effectiveness of DTEB. This is why a bottom-up approach to this database application will guide the initiative. Test & Evaluation Centres recognized at national level and governmental Defence Project managers are invited to join and to express interest for participation.


Once launched, the DTEB Database will constitute a valuable tool for T&E experts, industrial consortium and programme managers, who will benefit from the Database as final users.
For further details please contact the EDA DTEB Project Officer via armaments@eda.europa.eu.

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18 juillet 2013 4 18 /07 /juillet /2013 21:55
Bretagne : DCNS Lorient, la frégate du Morbihan

Grâce au programme Fremm, le plan de charge du constructeur est assuré jusqu’en 2022

 

18 juillet 2013 Stanislas du Guerny - L'Usine Nouvelle n°3340

 

Premier employeur industriel du département, le constructeur naval bénéficie d’un plan de charge qui fait les beaux jours de la sous-traitance locale.

 

Lorient vit au rythme de DCNS. Il suffit de se poster à la principale porte d’entrée du chantier pour comprendre que tout va bien. Le ballet des véhicules est incessant. Premier employeur industriel du Morbihan, DCNS occupe une emprise de 46 hectares proche du centre-ville. Le constructeur naval doit y construire, dans le cadre du programme Fremm, 12 frégates multifonction pour le ministère de la Défense. Une commande complétée par celle du Maroc, qui a décidé de se doter de l’un de ces bâtiments. Le plan de charge est assuré jusqu’en… 2022 ! « Nous livrons une frégate tous les dix mois. Cela représente 3 millions d’heures de travail pour le chantier. Cinq navires sont en cours de réalisation », précise Jérôme Hémonet, le directeur de la communication du chantier. À Lorient, DCNS emploie 2 000 salariés : 200 postes supplémentaires ont été créés au cours des deux années écoulées, principalement en production. Ce contrat Fremm fait les beaux jours de la sous-traitance locale. Quelque 800 salariés, répartis entre les entreprises lorientaises de peinture et les ateliers de chaudronnerie et de tôlerie, interviennent tous les jours sur le site.

 

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12 juillet 2013 5 12 /07 /juillet /2013 16:50
Spanish Navy Sub Begins Sea Trials After Refit

July 9, 2013 Source: Navantia

(Issued in Spanish; unofficial translation by defense-aerospace.com)

 

The Submarine S-73 "Mistral" Begins Its Sea Trials

 

Navantia has begun, on July 4, the sea trials of the submarine S-73 'Mistral', which marks the beginning of the final phase of the major refit work carried out at the Cartagena Shipyard.

 

A total of eight sailings are scheduled for this month (July) to complete all the tests. The goal is for the submarine to be delivered to the Spanish Navy in the month of September, ready to sail for another five years.

 

The 'Mistral' has remained on the premises of the Navantia-Cartagena facility for 18 months, and in the work tied to the fourth major refit of this submarine more than 200 people have been involved, including Navantia personnel and from subcontractors.

 

The submarine 'Mistral' is the third vessel in the series of four units of the Agosta class. It was launched on November 14, 1983 and was delivered to the Navy on June 5, 1985. It is the fourth time that a major refit is carried out on this submarine.

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Two Canadian Forces G-Wagen photo Tyler Brenot

Two Canadian Forces G-Wagen photo Tyler Brenot

July 11, 2013 Source: Swiss Dept. of Defence

(Unofficial English translation by defense-aerospace.com)

 

After twenty years of using off-road vehicles made by Puch, the Swiss Army is expected to replace them with the Mercedes G-class. The acquisition will be submitted to Parliament under a specific weapons program.

 

The Mercedes-Benz range of vehicles was chosen because it is the most advantageous economically. Other reasons for the choice are that they are particularly robust and use proven technology, the reduction to essential components and ease of use for the troops.

 

As part of the evaluation by armasuisse – the Department’s competence center for acquisitions and technology - the Mercedes G won against three competitors. The chosen model chosen is already in use in many armies.

 

The new Swiss army all-terrain vehicles will be equipped with a 6-cylinder, 184 hp diesel engine and used for all types of transport of people and goods.

 

Parliament will take a decision in the context of a weapons program.

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12 juillet 2013 5 12 /07 /juillet /2013 16:40
SU-35 photo RP Defense

SU-35 photo RP Defense

12 juillet, 2013 Paul Duvernet, La Russie d'Aujourd'hui

 

L’expert Konstantin Makienko estime que faute d’un véritable partenariat stratégique avec l’Europe, l’industrie aéronautique civile russe peine à reprendre place sur le marché mondial. Les avions de combat continuent par contre de bien s’exporter.

 

La Russie a-t-elle laissé passer sa chance de revenir parmi les grands pays constructeurs d’avions civils ? C’est la question à laquelle s’est efforcé de répondre Konstantin Makienko, directeur adjoint du Centre d’analyse de stratégies et technologies (CAST) lors d’une conférence jeudi 11 juillet.

 

Organisateur de l’événement, l’observatoire franco-russe a jugé bon de faire le point sur l’industrie, après le Salon du Bourget le mois et dernier et avant le salon moscovite MAKS en août. M. Makienko s’est fendu d’un exposé remontant aux années 90, montrant l’émergence de deux pôles autour de MiG et de Sukhoi, jusqu’à l’unification au sein d’UAC (consortium d’Etat regroupant les principaux constructeurs civils et militaires).

Ce choix du Kremlin de créer un « champion national » a eu pour conséquence, selon l’expert, « d’entraîner la sortie d’EADS du capital d’UAC ».

Du coup, « la question de la création d’alliances stratégiques internationales n’a toujours pas été résolue (…) la Russie a laissé échapper pour longtemps la possibilité de devenir un acteur indépendant de premier plan sur le marché de l’aviation commerciale », avec la localisation profonde de la production d’appareils Airbus, qui aurait gardé à flot et permis la modernisation des capacités industrielles russes.

Pour M. Makienko, la coopération avec l’Ukraine (Antonov) ne mène à rien par la faute de ces derniers « incapables de respecter des engagements »

Parmi les invités de la conférence, tous ne partagent pas cette vision « pessimiste » de l’aviation civile. Un représentant d’EADS a souligné la fructueuse coopération franco-russe sur le moteur du Superjet. L’attaché pour l’aéronautique de l’ambassade de France a rappelé l’importante contribution de plusieurs fabricants français dans les programmes civils russes (Safran, Airbus, Thalès, Sagem, Turbomeca).

M. Makienko s’est gardé de dénigrer les deux principaux projets civils russes (Superjet et MS-21), mais estime que l’industrie russe serait « dans un bien meilleur état si le partenariat entrepris avec EADS en 2005 avait été mené à bien »

Sur le versant militaire, l’expert estime au contraire que l’aéronautique russe a su maintenir ses positions grâce à de bons produits (hérités de l’époque soviétique) et de solides clients comme la Chine et l’Inde. Le futur est moins réjouissant alors que la Chine tarde à préciser la taille de sa commande pour le Su-35.

Concernant l’Inde, M. Makienko note que le gros appel d’offre pour un chasseur léger de 4ème génération (auquel le Rafale français participe) lui semble tout à fait caduc. « L’Inde ferait mieux de consacrer ce budget pour développer un chasseur de 5ème génération avec la Russie ».

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12 juillet 2013 5 12 /07 /juillet /2013 16:30
Leopard 2 tank photo KMW

Leopard 2 tank photo KMW

Jul. 12, 2013 – Defense News (AFP)

 

General Dynamics considered as alternative

 

FRANKFURT — German defense technology group Krauss-Maffei-Wegmann is about to lose a contract worth at least 5 billion euros from Saudi Arabia, the daily Handelsblatt reported Friday.

 

The Saudis are losing patience over Berlin’s foot-dragging on a deal, worth US $6.5 billion, to deliver 270 Leopard combat tanks, which is the subject of fierce controversy in Germany, the newspaper said.

 

As a result, Riyadh is considering awarding the contract to US giant General Dynamics.

 

Handelsblatt also reported that KMW was in “advanced” merger talks with French rival Nexter.

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12 juillet 2013 5 12 /07 /juillet /2013 16:20
LCS: Latest Update

July 11, 2013 Source: US Navy

 

Littoral combat ships remain one of the top priorities for Navy leadership. The program has had stable requirements since the capabilities definition document was first approved by the Joint Requirements Oversight Council in 2004.

 

There is and continues to be discussion on changes to the ships and mission packages. This is by design; the program is fundamentally about the ability to deliver changes and improvements to fielded capability. However, the key performance parameters and the requirements have been fundamentally unchanged and stable for a decade.

 

LCS fills current capability gaps for the Joint Force in the littorals and is a balanced force, structured to defeat adversaries in times of war and maintain a sizeable, continuous naval presence across the globe. Upon reaching full operational capability, LCS will deliver more mission capability in mine countermeasures, surface warfare and anti-submarine warfare than our current mine countermeasure, coast patrol and frigates ships with the added advantage of being rapidly reconfigurable across the three mission areas at a reduced cost.

 

Procurement

 

The Navy plans to buy 52 LCS in accordance with our long-range shipbuilding plan – continuing the remainder of the block buy ships through FY 2015 (up to hull number 24) and then starting the next procurement contract in FY 2016. To date, the Navy has taken delivery of USS Freedom (LCS 1), USS Independence (LCS 2) and USS Fort Worth (LCS 3).

 

Both LCS shipyards have invested considerable resources into facility improvement and have rapidly incorporated lessons learned from construction of Freedom, Independence and Fort Worth. LCS 4 (Coronado) is scheduled to be delivered in September 2013. LCS 5 through 8 — Milwaukee, Jackson, Detroit, and Montgomery — will be delivered by the end of FY15.

 

Operations

 

Freedom continues to perform well on her deployment to Southeast Asia. Instead of working out the kinks near her homeport of San Diego, this first-of-class ship has been conducting purposeful, forward presence while her crew of 91 captures valuable lessons learned for incorporation in future LCS construction and deployments.

 

Despite initial maintenance issues, Freedom has met every deployment milestone including departing San Diego and arriving in Singapore on time, debuting at the International Maritime Defence and Exhibition conference, hosting visitors during the Shangri-La dialogues, and participating in the Malaysia phase of the Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training exercise series.

 

During CARAT Malaysia, Freedom accomplished many firsts for the ship and the LCS program:

 

-- During the underway phase, Freedom operated alongside USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) to complete a series of maneuvers and exercises with the Royal Malaysian Navy’s guided missile frigate KD Jebat, as well as the offshore patrol vessel KD Kelantan.

-- A Malaysian navy helicopter became the first foreign aircraft to land on Freedom during deck qualifications.

-- The ship’s embarked visit, board, search and seizure team – part of the maritime security module – boarded KD Jebat during maritime security drills.

-- Freedom and her embarked MH-60R helicopter participated in a combined anti-submarine warfare exercise.

 

 

CARAT Malaysia marked Freedom’s first-ever operational experience with partner nations and the vessel’s performance at-sea drew praise from both participating navies. Capt. Abdul Halim Bin Hj Shaari, KD Jebat’s commanding officer, said, “The ship itself is fantastic. My boarding team went aboard and they learned a lot. The opportunity to command that type of ship would be great.”

 

LCS 2 and 3 Fleet Testing and Evaluation

 

LCS 2 conducted two iterations of calm water trials, which are high-speed maneuvers to test the ship’s stability. The crew also supported a human systems integration study, conducted to determine the ease of shipboard equipment and how Sailors respond in a combat environment to include crew rest/sleep time. They exercised detect-to-engage scenarios, and were certified in their proficiency to land helicopters and conduct crash and salvage operations. In May, the ship underwent a week-long planned maintenance availability. The ship also is preparing for INSURV special trials and had the ship’s engineering systems verified for proper alignment/operation and technical documentation.

 

 

USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) Photo Lockheed Martin

USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) Photo Lockheed Martin

Fort Worth is the next LCS slated to deploy, planned for mid-to-late 2014. After almost two months in drydock undergoing a planned shakedown availability, LCS 3 returned pierside July 2 and will complete the planned shakedown availability by the end of the month. Following sea trials, she will enter a regimen of underway periods for testing and proficiency. Prior to the planned shakedown availability, LCS 3 embarked Freedom’s Blue Crew for deployment training in preparation for this summer’s crew swap in Singapore with LCS 1 Gold Crew.

 

Mission Packages

 

Production of LCS mission packages continues to pace LCS ship construction and meet needs associated with mission package testing, crew training and operational deployments of LCS ships. Developmental testing is underway for the mine countermeasures and surface warfare mission packages. Testing performed to date on individual mission systems and the mission package has shown that the Increment I Surface Warfare – which will reach Initial Operating Capability aboard Forth Worth in spring 2014 – and the mine countermeasures mission package will meet their requirements. The Mine Countermeasures Mission Package Increment I already provides approximately twice the coverage rate of legacy systems.

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12 juillet 2013 5 12 /07 /juillet /2013 16:20
Navmar Wins $11M for Persistent Surveillance UAV

July 11, 2013 Source: U.S Department of Defense

 

Pentagon Contract Announcement

 

Navmar Applied Sciences, Warminster, Pa., is being awarded an $11,207,449 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price contract (N68335-12-C-0353) to exercise an option for the procurement of hardware in support of the persistent surveillance unmanned aerial system (PSUAS) for the U.S. Army.

 

This effort includes the procurement of 15 additional Tiger Shark PSUAS air vehicles and 15 i200 turrets, which will be integrated into the PSUAS.

 

Work will be performed in Fairfax, Va. (68 percent); Afghanistan (28 percent); and Raleigh, N.C. (4 percent), and is expected to be completed in January 2014. Fiscal 2012 Other Procurement, Army contract funds in the amount of $11,207,449 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.

 

The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Lakehurst, N.J., is the contracting activity

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MQ-9 Reaper taxis in Afghanistan photo Staff Sgt. Brian Ferguson US Air Force

MQ-9 Reaper taxis in Afghanistan photo Staff Sgt. Brian Ferguson US Air Force

July 11, 2013 Source: U.S Department of Defense

 

Pentagon Contract Announcement

 

General Atomics - Aeronautical Systems Inc., Poway, Calif., has been awarded a $23,951,449 modification (004940) to a cost-plus-incentive and firm-fixed-price contract (FA8620-05-G-3028) for additional 904.6 systems release tasks for the MQ-9 Hunter and Killer System Development and Demonstration (SDD) bridge effort.

 

The total cumulative face value of the contract is $114,143,253. The modification includes additional capabilities added to the basic SDD bridge effort, one aircraft retrofit, and one Systems Integration Laboratory upgrade.

 

Work will be performed at Poway, Calif., and is expected to be completed twelve months from date of award. Fiscal 2012 Research and Development funds in the amount of $3,427,374 and Fiscal 2013 Research and Development funds in the amount of $8,548,349 are being obligated at time of award.

 

Air Force Life Cycle Management Center/WIIK, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity

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12 juillet 2013 5 12 /07 /juillet /2013 13:50
Leopard 2 tank (KMW photo)

Leopard 2 tank (KMW photo)

12/07/2013 finances.net

 

Berlin, 12 juil 2013 (AFP) -: Le francais Nexter est en discussions avancées sur une possible fusion avec l'allemand Krauss-Maffei-Wegmann, lequel est sur le point de perdre un gros contrat de.chars de combat avec l'Arabie Saoudite, rapporte vendredi le quotidien allemand Handelsblatt.

 

Selon le journal, Ryad aurait perdu patience alors que le gouvernement allemand se faisait prier pour accorder une autorisation d'exportation pour 270 chars de combat Leopard par Krauss-Maffei-Wegmann (KMW), sur fond de forte polémique en Allemagne sur les livraisons d'armement dans le Golfe.

 

KMW, pour lequel l'export est un impératif au regard d'un marché européen qui rétrécit, cherche son salut dans un partenariat avec le groupe public français Nexter qui pourrait aller jusqu'au mariage, écrit le Handelsblatt, ajoutant que les deux intéressés en sont déjà à l'examen mutuel de leurs comptes ("due diligence"). Les tractations sont en cours "depuis des mois", écrit le quotidien.

 

L'Arabie Saoudite avait dès 2011 exprimé le souhait d'acheter des chars à KMW, l'un des grands acteurs de ce marché, une information qui n'a toutefois jamais été officiellement confirmée ni par le fabricant ni par Berlin. Toute vente d'armes à l'étranger doit être avalisée par le gouvernement.

 

Selon le Handelsblatt, le gouvernement saoudien préfèrerait maintenant faire affaire avec les Américains, plus précisément avec General Dynamics.

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12 juillet 2013 5 12 /07 /juillet /2013 12:50
Moog delivers Turret Test System to Lockheed

12 July 2013 army-technology.com

 

Lockheed Martin has taken delivery of turret test systems (TTS) from Moog Industrial Group to evaluate stabilisation of military vehicles at its facility at Ampthill, UK.

 

The system will be used for validation of turret stabilisation systems of the UK Army's Warrior infantry fighting vehicle (IFV), as part of the Warrior Capability Sustainment Program (WCSP) and Scout IFVs.

 

Warrior Armoured Fighting Vehicle

Warrior Armoured Fighting Vehicle

The enhanced turret is integrated with a 40mm cased telescoped gun requiring optimisation of gun aiming and stability performance during manoeuvres for simulation of a typical battlefield mission.

 

Previously, such trials were carried out on an external remote test track or proving ground, requiring engineers to adjust the gun aiming and stability settings in less-than-perfect conditions, which limited their work, in addition to making it difficult to consistently replicate dynamic motion inputs.

"The user-friendly system can precisely reproduce time history files recorded by a vehicle on a test track using its replication module in a controlled in-house environment."

 

Capable of handling a turret weighing up to 53,000lb, the system features a six degrees-of-freedom (DOF) motion base, control cabinet and replication module of the Moog integrated test suites software.

 

Also present is a motion base system, which has been designed to deliver desired dynamic performance with up to 17,500lb payloads, and also facilitate installation of an actual turret or a remote weapon station (RWS).

 

In addition to addressing particular excursions, velocities or accelerations requirements, the user-friendly system can precisely reproduce time history files recorded by a vehicle on a test track using its replication module in a controlled in-house environment, saving time and enhancing the test results reliability.

 

The 24/7 laboratory testing enables the engineers to perfect the optimum vehicle set-up for combat readiness, saving money on putting a fully operational vehicle on a test track and working in a confidential environment.

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12 juillet 2013 5 12 /07 /juillet /2013 12:45
Moroccan Navy's FREMM ship undergoing sea trials. Photo DCNS

Moroccan Navy's FREMM ship undergoing sea trials. Photo DCNS

12 July 2013 naval-technology.com

 

The Royal Moroccan Navy's DCNS-built frégate Européen multi-mission (FREMM) vessel, to be named Mohammed VI, has successfully completed the third series of sea trials off the Brittany coast, France.

 

During testing, the ship demonstrated its combat system's main sensors performance capabilities by maintaining consistency of the data analysed and displayed, with the results obtained during shore-based simulations.

 

Scheduled to be delivered at the end of 2013, the ship has validated its target engagement sequences using Aster anti-air and MM40 anti-ship missiles, as well as undergoing fire-control tests for the 76mm main gun and exhaustive testing of the multifunction radar.

 

Additional capability trials for the vessel involved helicopter approach control and the various towed devices deployment.

 

DCNS Morocco FREMM programme manager Gilles Raybaud said the recent sea trials have marked a major milestone for the overall FREMM programme, particularly for the vessel's combat system.

 

"Our crews thoroughly tested the full suite of combat system hardware and software that makes FREMM frigates among the most versatile and advanced on the world market," Raybaud said.

 

DCNS is currently under contract to build 11 FREMM ships for the French Navy and one for the Moroccan Navy.

 

The French Navy received the first FREMM vessel, Aquitaine, in November 2012, while the third ship of the class, named Normandie, is scheduled to be commissioned in May 2014.

 

FREMM vessel Provence, the fourth ship of the class, is due to be rolled out of building dock later this year for the French Navy, while the fifth and sixth of type are undergoing construction.

 

The 142m-long FREMM ships have a displacement capacity of 6,000t, a range of 15k, can cruise at a speed of 27k and are each capable of accommodating a crew of 145.

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Une combinaison spéciale pour les pilotes de T-50

Pilote de T-50

 

12 juillet 2013 Info-Aviation

 

Les pilotes de chasseurs russes T-50 de cinquième génération seront munis d’un équipement de protection unique visant à compenser la pression en cas de surcharge prolongée (source : Izvestia).

 

Cette innovation de l’entreprise Zvezda comprend deux combinaisons anti-charge et un système d’équilibrage de la pression au niveau des poumons, permettant d’effectuer des manœuvres à un facteur de charge de 9G pour une durée de 30 secondes. Les pilotes seront également en mesure de s’éjecter à une altitude de 23 kilomètres.

 

Nikolaï Dergounov, constructeur en chef adjoint de Zvezda, a expliqué que la protection des pilotes comptera deux combinaisons : une anti-charge PPK-7 et une de compensation de l’altitude VKK-17. Le choix de l’une ou de l’autre dépendra de l’altitude : le PPK-7 est efficace jusqu’à 12 kilomètres, alors que le VKK-17 pourrait servir à des altitudes jusqu’à 23 kilomètres.

Combinaison de vol d’un pilote sur T-50.

Combinaison de vol d’un pilote sur T-50.

Les deux combinaisons sont liées au système d’équilibrage AD-17 qui pompe l’air dans des cavités spéciales et apporte l’oxygène dans le respirateur du pilote en cas de facteur de charge important.

 

Selon Mikhaïl Doudnik, spécialiste en chef de Zvezda, la pression de l’oxygène dans le respirateur pourrait atteindre 6 ou 7 fois celle de l’atmosphère en cas de facteur de charge. Ce procédé permet de gonfler les poumons du pilote de l’intérieur pour compenser la pression extérieure sur le thorax. Qui plus est, l’ordinateur de bord est en mesure de prévoir ces surcharges, permettant d’éviter une réaction tardive du système d’équilibrage.

 

« Cet équipement est notre savoir-faire unique : il n’existe pas dans le monde d’équivalents à ce système », remarque Mikhaïl Doudnik.

 

Ces deux combinaisons sont conçues en matière thermorésistante et sont munies de cavités et de tubes. Lors des manœuvres le système pompe l’air grâce à ces tubes et gonfle le costume. Le tissu fait pression sur le corps du pilote pour empêcher le retour du sang à la tête – au contraire de quoi le pilote perdrait immédiatement connaissance.

 

Selon Sergueï Bogdan, pilote d’essai décoré de la médaille du héros de la Russie, fut le premier à piloter le T-50 et assure actuellement ses essais. Sans ce système de compensation le nouvel avion pourrait tuer l’homme pendant les virages du fait de sa manœuvrabilité exceptionnelle.

 

« Un facteur de charge de 9G multiplie votre poids par neuf. La surcharge crée une pression énorme sur le thorax, ce qui rend la respiration extrêmement difficile. On peut la tolérer pour 2 ou 3 secondes mais il est tout à fait impossible de la subir au cours de 20 ou même 30 secondes », affirme Sergueï Bogdan.

Le PAK FA T-50.

Le PAK FA T-50.

La combinaison de compensation de l’altitude VKK-17 est conçue d’un tissu plus dense et possède un garnissage spécial permettant au pilote de survivre à la dépressurisation ou de s’éjecter à 23 kilomètres d’altitude. Le VKK-17 est également muni d’un gilet de ventilation qui sert à refroidir le corps du pilote. Néanmoins, ce système n’est pas en mesure de compenser à 100% la chaleur et les pilotes préfèrent donc le PPK-7 quand il s’agit d’altitudes moins importantes.

 

Les trois derniers prototypes de T-50 sont déjà munis de systèmes de pompes à air et d’équilibrage de pression. Les combinaisons sont actuellement à l’essai mais seront bientôt transmises aux pilotes : Sergueï Bogdan espère obtenir son exemplaire dès la semaine prochaine.

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Mark V Patrol Boats for Saudi Arabia

July 12th, 2013 By US Defense Security Cooperation Agency - defencetalk.com

 

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress July 9 of a possible Foreign Military Sale to Saudi Arabia of 30 Mark V patrol boats and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $1.2 billion.

 

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has requested a possible sale of 30 Mark V patrol boats, 32 27mm guns, spare and repair parts, support equipment, personnel training and training equipment, publications and technical documentation, U.S. Government and contractor engineering, technical, and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistics support. The estimated cost is $1.2 billion.

 

This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of Saudi Arabia which has been, and continues to be, an important force for stability in the Middle East. This sale of Mark V patrol boats will give the Royal Saudi Naval Forces (RSNF) an effective combat and threat deterrent capability to protect maritime infrastructure in the Saudi littorals. This acquisition will enhance the stability and security operations for boundaries and territorial areas encompassing the Saudi Arabian coastline.

 

The purchase of Mark V patrol boats represents an upgrade and modernization of the RSNF’s existing patrol boat capability. The proposed sale will enhance interoperability between the U.S. and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and will contribute to the stability in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the region. The Mark V patrol boats will provide additional capability to rapidly identify, engage, and defeat maritime security threats in the near-offshore region of the Saudi littorals. The boats will be used primarily to patrol and interdict intruders in Saudi territorial seas, and recognized economic exclusion zones. Saudi Arabia will have no difficulty absorbing these additional boats.

 

The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region.

 

The principal contractor for this effort has not yet been determined. There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale.

 

Implementation of this proposed sale will require an additional three to four U.S. Government and contractor representatives to Saudi Arabia for a period of seven years to provide logistics and technical support and warranty work during delivery of the boats.

 

There will be no adverse impact on U.S. defense readiness as a result of this proposed sale.

 

This notice of a potential sale is required by law and does not mean the sale has been concluded.

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AUS: Opportunities for Australian industry in the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program

12 July 2013 Pacific Sentinel

 

Minister for Defence Materiel Dr Mike Kelly AM MP today addressed representatives of Australian companies at a Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) industry day outlining the benefits and opportunities associated with the multi-billion dollar program.
 
The Canberra event was attended by about 100 representatives from Australian industry, US companies involved in the F-35 program and US and Australian Government staff working on industry aspects of the F-35 program.
 
The Australian companies represented included those presently supplying components and services to the program as well as candidates for future sustainment of the Royal Australian Air Force and world-wide F-35 fleet. 
 
Dr Kelly told the audience the Australian Government is committed to the JSF program, the world’s largest military aerospace program ever undertaken.
 
“Australian industry is well placed to capitalise on the Government’s investment in the program, winning $329 million in contracts to date,” Dr Kelly said.
 
Over the past 12 months, the program has seen very steady progress and the production of aircraft is going very smoothly.
 
Dr Kelly said while Australian companies are currently bidding for work making parts for the construction of F-35 aircraft, in the near future there will be opportunities to bid for work associated with the maintenance and support of the world-wide F-35 fleet.
 
Dr Kelly congratulated Australian companies who have already secured contracts on the JSF, including Quickstep Technologies, Marand Precision Engineering, Lovitt Technologies, TAE, Ferra Engineering, Levett Engineering and Broens.
 
“Support provided by the Defence Materiel Organisation’s Industry Support Program, Skilling and Training Programs, as well as the Defence Materials Technology Centre and the Global Supply Chain Program have all helped Australian industry secure work,” Dr Kelly said.
 
“The ability of Australian companies to be ‘world class’ and cost competitive in high technology aerospace manufacturing processes requires world leading innovation and a highly trained and well managed workforce.”
 
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Maestrale class frigate - photo US Navy

Maestrale class frigate - photo US Navy

 

July 12, 2013: Strategy Page

 

The Philippines has decided to buy two newly built Italian two Maestrale class frigates for $208 million each. Italy has some older Maestrales for sale at a much lower price but the Filipino navy is full of second hand ships and the government wants some new ones to help persuade China to back off from claiming many shoals and uninhabited islands off the Filipino coast.

 

The Maestrales are 3,100 ton ships each armed with four anti-ship missiles, short range anti-aircraft missiles, a 127mm gun, two autocannon for defense against missiles and eight torpedo tubes. Two helicopters can be carried. These ships are well equipped for anti-submarine operations. Top speed is 59 kilometers an hour and crew size is 225.

 

The United States recently sold the Philippines two refurbished Hamilton class Coast Guard cutters. The first of these 3,200 ton, ocean going patrol ships will be the flagship of the Philippine Navy, replacing a World War II era destroyer escort. Built in the late 1960s, the Hamiltons have been well maintained, but worked hard since they entered service over four decades ago. The Hamiltons are armed with a 76mm gun, two 25mm autocannon and two Phalanx 20mm anti-missile gun systems. The ship has a top speed of 52 kilometers an hour, endurance of 45 days and a crew of 167. The Philippines is paying $15 million for each ship, but this will mostly cover the cost of some refurbishment and upgrades that will be done in the United States before the ship is delivered.

 

For most of the last decade, the Philippines military has been energetically seeking hand-outs and second-hand weapons. One of the poorest nations in the region (largely because of corruption), the armed forces have not had the money to replace aging equipment. While American training efforts have improved the combat effectiveness of army units, especially special operations and infantry units, there has been much less help for the air force and navy. To help out, the U.S. has provided dozens of cheap, or free, second-hand helicopters and aircraft. The navy has received second hand patrol ships from South Korea and the United States.

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Ukraine's state arms exporter presents to Thai army officials first production of T-84 Oplot tank

12 July 2013 Pacific Sentinel

 

Ukrspetsexport, Ukraine's state arms exporter presents to Thai army officials the first main battle tank T-84 Oplot which will be delivered to the Army of Thailand. According to the contract by the end of 2014, Ukraine should submit 49 such machines to Thailand.
 
Ukrspetsexport, Ukraine's state arms exporter, unveiled the first production model of the Oplot for the RTA at the Kharkiv Malyshev Plant (KMP) on 26 June. 
 
In comments reported on the Ukroboronprom (Ukrainian Defence Industries) website, Director General Sergey Gromov said the Oplot contract would be completed by the end of 2014.
 
Read the full story at Army Recognition
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INS Trikand Set sail for service

July 12, 2013 idrw.org (The Hiindu)

 

INS Trikand, the last of the three ‘Follow-On Talwar Class’ frigates built in Russia, was recently commissioned into the Indian Navy at Kaliningrad, Russia by Vice Admiral R.K. Dhowan, the Vice Chief of the Naval Staff, Indian Navy, in a glittering ceremony that included both the Indian and the Russian navies.

 

The commissioning of INS Trikand marks the culmination of a three-ship contract for ‘Follow On Talwar Class’ ships built in Russia, and is therefore a milestone in the Indo-Russian military-technological cooperation. Her sister ships, INS Teg and INS Tarkash, were commissioned last year and are now undertaking operations as part of the Western Fleet. The keel of INS Trikand was laid in June 2008 and the ship was launched in May 2011. Extensive acceptance trials were conducted in the Baltic Sea in April and May 2013.

 

INS Trikand carries a state-of-the-art combat suite which includes the supersonic BRAHMOS missile system, advanced surface-to-air missiles Shtil, upgraded A190 medium range gun, electro-optical 30 mm Close-in Weapon System, anti-submarine weapons such as torpedoes and rockets and an advanced Electronic Warfare System.

 

The weapons and sensors are integrated through a Combat Management System ‘Trebovanie-M’, which enables the ship to simultaneously neutralise multiple surface, sub-surface and air threats. The ship also incorporates innovative features to reduce radar, magnetic and acoustic signatures, which have earned this class of ships the sobriquet of ‘Stealth’ frigates. The ship is powered by four gas turbines and is capable of speeds in excess of 30 knots. The ship can carry an integrated Kamov 31 helicopter which is best suited for airborne early warning roles.

 

INS Trikand is commanded by Captain Ajay Kochhar, a gunnery and missile Warfare specialist, who was commissioned into the Indian Navy in 1988. The ship has a complement of about 300 personnel, including officers. The ship will soon undertake her maiden passage to India to join her sister ships of Western Fleet.

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Marwan Lahoud élu président du GIFAS

12.07.2013 Mariama Diallo - journal-aviation.com

 

Marwan Lahoud, président d’EADS France et directeur général délégué à la Stratégie et à l'International du groupe européen d’aérospatiale et de défense, a été élu hier, jeudi 11 juillet, président du Groupement des Industries Françaises Aéronautiques et Spatiales (GIFAS). Il succède à Jean-Paul Herteman, patron du motoriste français Safran, qui était à la tête du GIFAS depuis 2009 et dont le mandat s’achève statutairement cette année.

 

L’assemblée générale ordinaire du groupement a également élu de nouveaux membres au sein du bureau et du conseil d’administration. Ainsi, Éric Trappier, PDG de Dassault Aviation, a été désigné comme premier vice-président du CA. Patrick Daher, président du groupe Daher, et Marc Ventre, directeur général délégué opérations de Safran, ont été élu vice-présidents.

 

Pascal Brier, directeur général adjoint d’Altran, Guillaume Faury, PDG d’Eurocopter et Alain Sauret, PDG de Labinal rejoignent, eux, le bureau.

 

Par ailleurs, Emeric d'Arcimoles a été réélu commissaire général des Salons Internationaux de l'Aéronautique et de l'Espace (SIAE).

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Atlas Humanoid Robot Revealed Ahead of DARPA Robotics Challenge

July 12, 2013 By  J. T. Quigley - Tech Biz

 

Move over, ASIMO. The new humanoid robot from the U.S. Department of Defense’s Advanced Projects Agency (DARPA) does away with the cutesy voice and toy-store design in favor of something much more Terminator-inspired. The hulking 6-foot 2-inch bipedal machine weighs 330 pounds and achieves unparalleled mobility thanks to 28 hydraulically actuated joints.

Atlas, built by Boston Dynamics with funding from DARPS, is modeled after the ultra high-tech robotics firm’s Petman. Judging from Boston Dynamics’ earlier projects, including BigDog and Cheetah, it is highly unlikely that Atlas will suffer from an embarrassing loss of balance like its Honda-made predecessor. In fact, Atlas was designed to take a beating while remaining upright.

In a video released earlier this week, DARPA shows off the Atlas Proto robot jumping from a ledge, navigating over a gap in the ground, and quickly climbing stairs without falling. Then, the current Atlas is shown balancing on one foot and then being hit by a wrecking ball. It stabilizes itself while remaining on only one foot. Finally, researchers put wooden planks under a walking Atlas’ feet. The robot manages to take one step onto the plank, step off, and readjust its path to avoid the obstacle.

“It's designed to not only walk and carry things, but can travel through rough terrain outdoors and climb using its hands and feet. Its head includes stereo cameras and a laser range finder,” said CNET.

While Boston Dynamics’ other robots are primarily designed for military applications, Atlas will be accessible to civilians. For DARPA’s international Robotics Challenge (DRC), seven lucky teams will have the opportunity to program Atlas with their own custom software. The DRC kicked off in October 2011, and will continue this December in Miami.

The DRC will pit teams of robot engineers against each other in a simulated industrial disaster setting, reminiscent of the March 11 2011 disaster in Japan.

“DARPA specifically mentions the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear accident as an example of a disaster that would have benefited from more capable robots. In fact, the scenario DARPA is planning for the final competition closely resembles the dramatic events that unfolded in the first 24 hours at Fukushima, when human workers attempted but ultimately failed to fix one of the crippled reactors,” said IEEE Spectrum.

Tasks that the challengers’ robots must be able to complete will be breaking down a wall, finding a leaky pipe, and fixing a cooling pump.

The winning team will be awarded a $2 million cash prize by DARPA.

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LM Completes Captive Carry Tests with LRASM, Future USAF and Navy Missile

Jul 12, 2013 ASDNews Source : Lockheed Martin Corporation

 

Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] recently completed a series of Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) captive carry flight tests at the Sea Range in Point Mugu, Calif., advancing the research program toward its first missile release and free flight test later this year.

 

The captive carry missions were flown aboard a U.S. Air Force B-1B from the 337th Test and Evaluation Squadron at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas. The primary mission objectives were to collect telemetry for post-flight analysis, verify proper control room telemetry displays and simulate all the test activities that will occur in later air-launched flight tests. All test objectives were met.

 

“Collecting telemetry data while flying in the B-1B bomb bay significantly reduces risk ahead of the first launch,” said Mike Fleming, LRASM air launch program manager at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. “Initial assessments indicate the missile performed as expected.”

 

The LRASM program is in development with the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) and the Office of Naval Research. After a competition in 2009, Lockheed Martin’s LRASM was selected to demonstrate air- and surface-launched capability to defeat emerging sea-based threats at significant standoff ranges.

 

LRASM is an autonomous, precision-guided anti-ship standoff missile leveraging the successful Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile Extended Range (JASSM-ER) heritage, and is designed to meet the needs of U.S. Navy and Air Force warfighters in a robust anti-access/area-denial threat environment.

 

Armed with a proven 1,000-lb. penetrator and blast-fragmentation warhead, LRASM employs a multi-mode sensor, weapon data link and an enhanced digital anti-jam Global Positioning System to detect and destroy specific targets within a group of ships.

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12 juillet 2013 5 12 /07 /juillet /2013 07:55
Concarneau. Piriou met à l'eau l'Almak, son premier «bateau gris»

11 juillet 2013 Ouest-France

 

Jour important que ce jeudi pour les chantiers Piriou. Après des mois de construction, leur tout premier «bateau gris», destiné à la formation de militaires des marines étrangères, vient d'être mis à l'eau.

 

Pour Pascal Piriou, «ce 313e bateau est le symbole de l'évolution de l'entreprise. Un premier pas dans le secteur de la défense... Cela ne signifie toutefois pas que ce secteur remplacera celui de la pêche, même si ce dernier ne va pas bien.»

 

Avec ses 44 mètres de long et 9,60 m de large, le bâtiment sera exploité par Nav'Océan (filiale de DCI et de Piriou) dès que l'armement sera terminé et que les essais à quai et en mer auront été effectué. Les premiers cadets devraient embarquer fin octobre.

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FREMM Mohammed VI photo DCNS

FREMM Mohammed VI photo DCNS

July 10, 2013 Source: DCNS

 

DCNS Pursues Sea Trials with FREMM Frigate for Royal Moroccan Navy

 

LORIENT, France --- The FREMM multi-mission frigate on order for the Royal Moroccan Navy is pursuing sea trials off the French coast in preparation for delivery later this year. In June, French naval shipbuilder DCNS successfully completed a third series of trials to test the performance of the ship’s combat system.

 

The crew and DCNS specialists completed the latest trials off the Brittany coast. This series of tests was designed to check the performance of the combat system’s main sensors.

 

Operational scenarios were executed to check the consistency of the data analysed and displayed by the combat system sensors with the results obtained during shore-based simulations. Specific tests included target engagement sequences using Aster anti-air missiles and MM40 anti-ship missiles, fire control tests for the 76-mm main gun and exhaustive testing of the multifunction radar. Other vessel capability tests involved helicopter approach control and the deployment of various towed devices.

 

“This third series of sea trials represents a major milestone for the overall programme and more particularly for the ship’s combat system. Our crews thoroughly tested the full suite of combat system hardware and software that makes FREMM frigates among the most versatile and advanced on the world market”, says Gilles Raybaud, DCNS's FREMM programme manager for Morocco.

 

To acquaint them with shipboard operations, members of the crew that will take over once the vessel enters service with the Royal Moroccan Navy participated in the trials. Working in tandem with the French Navy crew, they took part in activities ranging from bridge and propulsion watchkeeping to safety exercises and platform management. The Moroccan crew members had previously completed simulation-based training at DCNS’s Lorient and Le Mourillon centres to familiarise them with the FREMM platform management systems.

 

Vice-Admiral Laghmari, inspector-general of the Royal Moroccan Navy, toured the future Mohamed VI FREMM at Lorient, meeting members of the Moroccan crew assigned to the trials and congratulating them on the tasks already completed. He encouraged them to continue to familiarise themselves with the new ship prior to delivery, and indicated that he was fully satisfied with the programme’s progress and the results of the sea trials.

 

The first series of sea trials, conducted in April, demonstrated the full compliance of the ship’s propulsion and navigation systems with the relevant performance requirements.

 

FREMM, a major programme for DCNS and partners

 

The French FREMM programme calls for 12 ships – 11 for the French Navy and one for the Royal Moroccan Navy.

 

DCNS delivered the Aquitaine, the first FREMM multimission frigate, to the French Navy in November 2012.

 

In accordance the contractual provisions, the second-of-type is scheduled for delivery to the Royal Moroccan Navy by the end of this year. The ship will be named the Mohammed VI.

 

DCNS is currently working on four FREMM frigates at different stages of completion:

- third-of-type FREMM frigate Normandie will begin sea trials later this year and is scheduled for delivery to the French Navy in 2014

- fourth-of-type FREMM frigate Provence is approaching completion and scheduled to be floated out of her building dock later this year

- the fifth and sixth of type are at earlier stages of construction.

 

FREMM technical data

 

These heavily armed warships are being built under DCNS prime contractorship to deploy state-of-the-art weapon systems and sensors including the Herakles multifunction radar, MdCN cruise missiles, Aster anti-air missiles, Exocet MM40 anti-ship missiles and MU90 torpedoes.

•Length overall: 142 m

•Beam: 20 m

•Displacement (approx.): 6,000 tonnes

•Max. speed: 27 knots

•Complement: 108 (including helicopter crew)

•Accommodation:145 men and women

•Range: 6,000 nm (at 15 knots)

 

 

DCNS designs and builds submarines and surface combatants, develops associated systems and infrastructure, and offers a full range of services to naval bases and shipyards. The Group has also expanded its focus into civil nuclear engineering and marine renewable energy. The DCNS Group employs 13,200 people and generates annual revenues of €2.9 billion

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La Russie remet en service le sous-marin diesel Kaluga

11 juillet 2013 Par Rédacteur en chef. PORTAIL DES SOUS-MARINS

 

La Russie a remis en service le sous-marin classique Kaluga qui a subi des réparations et une modernisation.

 

C’est la première fois en 20 ans qu’un sous-marin classique est réparé dans les chantiers de Severodvinsk. Le Kaluga restera en service jusqu’en 2023.

 

Le sous-marin est considéré comme l’un des plus silencieux de la marine russe et présente de nombreux autres avantages.

 

« Le Kaluga mérite des éloges. En hiver, lorsque nous accostions à Severodvinsk, il pouvait briser une glace de presque 30 cm d’épaisseur sans aucun dégât. C’est un sous-marin très fiable, » a commenté son commandant, Oleg Mijolap.

 

Le sous-marin était arrivé à Severodvinsk en 2002 pour subir une modernisation, mais les travaux n’ont commencé qu’en 2010 à cause de la situation financière.

 

Un autre sous-marin classique, le Vladikavkaz, se trouve actuellement dans les chantiers de Severodvinsk pour une modernisation.

 

Référence : RIA Novosti (Russie)

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