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15 octobre 2013 2 15 /10 /octobre /2013 16:30
Iranian Navy to launch modernised Lavan warship in November

Jamaran frigate



15 October 2013 naval-technology.com


The Iranian Navy will launch its modernised warship, dubbed Lavan, on 28 November, Iranian Navy commander rear admiral Habibollah Sayyari said.


Farsnews Agency cited Sayyari as saying to reporters in Tehran that the Iranian Navy will launch the overhauled Lavan warship, fitted with advanced weapons and radar systems, on the Iranian month of Azar 7, and will also unveil a number of important overhauled projects.


"The overhaul operations have been thoroughly made by the young and committed experts of the naval industry," Sayyari said.


In September, the warship has been upgraded with advanced weapons and radar systems to enhance its performance and fire power, Sayyari announced earlier.


"The warship needed an overhaul and equipment with the state-of-the-art technologies and therefore the warship's weapons have been modernised."

"The warship needed an overhaul and equipment with the state-of-the-art technologies."


Changes have been made to the ship's body as well as the sailing, sonar and radar systems, weapons and information-gathering sensors.


In June, Iran had also overhauled and modernised a vessel, named Bayandor, aimed to safeguard its territorial waters as well as to maintain security in regional and international waters.


Upgrades to the Bayandor ship involved installation of main engines, heat exchangers and fuel and oil systems as well as optimising the monitoring control systems.


The Iranian Navy currently developing another warship, known as Persian Gulf, for training navy personnel.


Earlier, Iranian defence ministry officials said the third generation of the home-made vessel, Jamaran-3, will enter service with the Iranian Navy by the end of the current Iranian year, which is from 21 March 2013 to 20 March 2014.

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11 septembre 2013 3 11 /09 /septembre /2013 07:40
Russia Sets ‘New Rules’ For Naval Shipbuilders – Report

MOSCOW, September 6 (RIA Novosti)


A senior Russian defense official has unveiled “new rules” for the country’s military shipbuilding industry in a bid to shake up warship production, Kommersant daily reported Friday.

Citing unnamed sources who attended the closed-door meeting at the Krylovsky research center in St. Petersburg, Kommersant said Deputy Defense Minister Yury Borisov’s address “in fact set out new rules of the game” in the shipbuilding industry. Similar meetings will soon take place on the military aerospace and space sectors, the sources told the paper.

Borisov said Russia's new military shipbuilding program until 2050, which has to be drafted by November, should primarily focus “on quality.” He said less funding will be provided for the program than previously, but did not say by how much.

The new naval shipbuilding program will cut the number of ship types while increasing their number, and also ensure more efficient budget spending throughout the entire life cycle of each ship, Borisov said according to Kommersant.

“We need ships that will serve 50 years, not 30 years and that can undergo five or six modernizations,” Borisov said, the paper reported, adding that it was important to encourage shipbuilders to build fewer ships of better quality.

Under the rearmament program for the period until 2020, some 5 trillion rubles ($150 billion) has been allocated for the Navy, Borisov said, of which 47 per cent will go into building new ships.

Borisov criticized previous state rearmament programs, that he said had not been fulfilled due to “wrong assessment of planned spending, the high inflation rate, low level of prepayment, underestimated costs and out of control growth in prices” for warships. He compared the cost of building a ship to the "budget of a city," saying pricing is a burning issue for the industry, the report said.

Borisov’s ultimatum to the industry is the latest in a series of direct addresses by senior Russian officials to naval shipbuilders, and in particular the United Shipbuilding Corporation.

Last May, President Vladimir Putin fired the corporation’s boss Andrei Dyachkov after just ten months in the job, replacing him with the head of tank maker Vladimir Shmakov, with a brief to shake up the sector.

In August, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, who oversees the defense industry, said all contracts for naval ships should be “unified,” including all systems on board including weapons, in a bid to keep control of costs.

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27 août 2013 2 27 /08 /août /2013 16:35
Australia PM: Warships Could Be Moved North

Aug. 27, 2013 - By MADELEINE COOREY – Defense News (AFP)


SYDNEY — Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said Tuesday that key naval assets could be relocated north to adapt to a changing security landscape and put personnel nearer to their fields of operation.


Rudd, facing national polls on Sept. 7, said moving Sydney Harbour’s Garden Island base to Queensland, in the east, and Western Australia could improve the nation’s ability to sustain operations in the Asia-Pacific.


“Our national security challenges of the future lie to our northeast, to our north, and to our northwest,” the Labor leader said in a foreign policy speech.


“That has been the strategic logic of Australia’s defense policy for the last 30 years. This is a continuum in Australian defense force policy.”


Rudd said the approach underlined Canberra’s enduring interest in regional stability and would better facilitate Australian military responses to humanitarian crises in the Asia-Pacific.


A move would also take defense personnel closer to their fields of activity and at the same time open up Sydney Harbour to the growing cruise ship industry, he said.


Rudd said if re-elected he would establish a future navy taskforce to advise on how best to shift some or all of Garden Island’s Fleet Base East to Queensland and Perth, in Western Australia.


It would also advise on “developing, upgrading or expanding” bases in Darwin in the Northern Territory, and the northern Western Australian town of Broome.


“The government would expect the relocation of fleet elements north and west to be completed by 2030,” Rudd said.


Australia is seen as a critical pillar in the US “pivot” to Asia and Washington’s rebalancing of its military strategy, with hundreds of American Marines already stationed in Darwin.


But the idea of moving the navy’s major base north has not been universally welcomed, with New South Wales Premier Barry O’Farrell saying it would cost thousands of jobs in his state.


O’Farrell, who crossed paths with the prime minister on the Sydney Harbour foreshore after Rudd’s speech, said his comments had come as a shock.


“A phone call would’ve been nice,” he said to Rudd as they walked past each other.


“We stand to lose 4,000 direct jobs all because we have a federal political leader so spooked by the polls he will do anything, even use defense infrastructure, as a tactic to try and win votes,” O’Farrell said.


Conservative opposition leader Tony Abbott, who opinion polls suggest will win the upcoming national election, said he was not against shifting military assets appropriately “over time.”


“What I am against is policy on the run by a desperate government,” Abbott told reporters.


James Brown, a military fellow at the Lowy Institute think-tank, said while Australia’s strategic interests were increasingly to the north and west, it was not necessary to “uproot the entire navy to secure them.”


Brown said positioning new amphibious assault vessels closer to the army units they would embark with would allow them to respond to a crisis 24 hours faster than if there were based in Sydney.


“But the sheer scale of upheaval required to move navy bases, as well as the cost, would outweigh this benefit,” he said, adding that the cost of a new east coast base had been estimated conservatively at Aus $6 billion to $9 billion (US $5 billion to $8 billion).


The Australian Defence Association lobby group said Brisbane, in Queensland, was not a viable option for a major naval base because the city was built on a flood-prone river that opened onto a shallow bay, unlike Sydney’s deep water harbour.

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22 avril 2013 1 22 /04 /avril /2013 21:40
source Ria Novisti

source Ria Novisti

Nuclear-powered missile cruiser Pyotr Veliky


MOSCOW, April 22 (RIA Novosti)


The flagship of Russia’s Northern Fleet, the nuclear-powered missile cruiser Pyotr Veliky made a simulated detection of a foreign submarine in the Barents Sea during a recent exercise and guided other assets to track it, Fleet spokesman Vadim Serga said on Monday.


The simulated submarine contact was located in international waters north of Kildin Island, and an anti-submarine warfare (ASW) ship and two ASW aircraft, an Il-38 and Tu-142, were sent to the area to track and “engage” it, he said.


Serga did not say when the exercise began.


On Monday, the Pyotr Veliky will continue practising ASW missions in conjunction with other Northern Fleet warships, including a live fire exercise.


The war games are being conducted to test the combat readiness of the Northern Fleet’s ASW assets on alert duty.


The Pyotr Veliky's armament includes 20 P-700 Granit anti-ship missiles, 48 S-300F Fort and 46 S-300FM Fort-M (SA-N-20 Gargoyle) medium-range surface-to-air missiles, with an effective range of up to 200 kilometers(120 miles), 128 3K95 Kinzhal (SA-N-9 Gauntlet) short-range SAMs, and six CADS-N-1 Kashtan gun/missile systems. The cruiser also has its own anti-submarine component of three Ka-27 Helix helicopters.


Its radars are capable of detecting and tracking aerial targets at an altitude of 30 km (100,000 feet) and a range of 300 km (180 miles).

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