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Fin des partages entre Scoop.it et Viadeo

Fin des partages entre Scoop.it et Viadeo | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

La nouvelle vient d'être officialisée par @Hélène Brevet, Viadeo a fermé son API à Scoop.it (entre autre ??).

 

Suite à un message de @Frédéric DEBAILLEUL sur la communauté  des Scoopiters francophone de Google+

 

"En effet nous venons de désactiver le partage sur Viadeo.
Je vous explique : nous avons remarqué depuis 15 jours maintenant que le partage sur Viadeo ne fonctionnait plus, que vos scoops n'apparaissaient plus dans les timelines Viadeo. Nous nous sommes rapprochés des équipes de Viadeo pour en connaître la raison et ils nous on fait savoir qu'ils avaient changé de stratégie quant à l'ouverture de leur API. Ils ont coupé l'accès à leur API, on ne peut donc plus vous proposer le partage sur Viadeo"

 

[Edit] @Hélène Brevetnous précise en commentaire que c'est une stratégie globale sur l'API de Viadeo et pas propre à Scoop.it.


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Patrick H. 's insight:

C'est une très mauvaise nouvelle pour tous ceux qui avaient l'habitude de lire les articles depuis ce réseau social...il reste donc Linkedin !

La stratégie de Viadeo est incompréhensible...

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Nathalie Paoletti's curator insight, December 2, 2013 11:45 AM

Pourquoi Viadéo se prive-t-il d'informations ?

Hirinuca's curator insight, December 3, 2013 6:40 PM

Et bien tant pis pour nous mais tant pis pour Viadeo aussi. Cela n'arrange pas son image à mon sens !!

J-Philippe Déranlot's curator insight, December 4, 2013 6:02 PM

suicide d'une start-up française contre une autre : le navire Viadeo se saborde en désactivant son API Scoop.it

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La "Newsletter navale" fait une courte pause de quelques jours

La "Newsletter navale" fait une courte pause de quelques jours | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

Les mises à jour quotidiennes sur la "Newsletter navale" reprendront le 2 ou le 3 septembre prochains.

Merci de votre fidélité qui m'a permis de franchir cette semaine le cap des 400.000 vues.

En attendant le retour des news, n'oubliez pas que vous pouvez consulter  les informations récentes ou moins récentes sur des sujets d'intérêt précis en activant la recherche par "tags" sur le bouton "search in  topic" en haut à doite. Bonne lecture.

Pour toute question, remarque ou suggestion, vous pouvez m'écrire à l'adresse :

navalenewsletter@gmail.com

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Philippines : le gouvernement examine un schéma de paiements progressifs pour le lancement de son programme de frégates neuves

Philippines : le gouvernement examine un schéma de paiements progressifs pour le lancement de son programme de frégates neuves | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

The government is looking at the possibility of using the so-called progressive payment scheme for the Department of National Defense’s (DND) P18-billion frigate program.

This was confirmed by Commodore Roland Mercado, Navy technical working group head, in a text message to the Philippines News Agency.

“The issue that has to be resolved is the progressive payment scheme because this will affect proponents’ financial proposals,” he said.

Mercado also stressed that the GPPB or Government Procurement Policy Board must also give its go-ahead for this setup to speed up the frigate program.

Sources earlier said that the DND is looking at the possibility of making eight payments for the two ships, which will give the Navy a much-needed boost in surveillance and firepower capability.

This can be broken down into the following:

  • 15 percent during the awarding of the contract.
  • 15 percent for the finalization of the contract.
  • 10 percent for the laying of the keel of the ships.
  • 10 percent for the construction of the vessel.
  • 15 percent for installation of engines, weapons, communications, sensor systems, and auxiliary machinery.
  • 15 percent during the acceptance trials.
  • 10 percent during the delivery of the frigates to the Philippines.
  • 10 percent for the completion of the warranty period.

Building of the two ships is expected to be completed within two years.

Technical specifications of the DND’s P18-billion frigate program include a capability to conduct air-to-air warfare, anti-surface warfare, antisubmarine warfare, and electronic warfare.

Aside from this, these naval vessels should be able to do extended maritime patrol with an embarked helicopter and operating up to Sea State 6.

It must also have a range of 4,500 nautical miles at 15 knots, endurance of 30 days in tropical condition, and capable of running up to 25 knots of continuous speed.

Navigation equipment of the two ships, at a minimum, must consist of two navigation radars; GPS, depth sounding set, and vessel tracking system compatible to PN’s existing system.

The frigates’ weapon system, at a minimum, should consist of a 76-mili-meter gun; stabilized secondary gun; four .50-caliber machine guns; surface-to-surface missile launchers; surface-to-air missile launching system; and anti-submarine torpedoes.

Earlier, two more foreign shipbuilders have joined the Navy’s P18-billion frigate program. These are Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Ltd. of India and STX France SA.

They were allowed to join in the bidding after their motions for reconsideration were considered by the DND’s Special Bidding Awards Committee.

They were earlier excluded from the project due to deficiencies in documentary requirements.

These companies now join Navantia Sepi (RTR Ventures) of Spain and South Korean firms STX Offshore & Shipbuilding, Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. Ltd. and Hyundai Heavy Industries Inc. who have passed the first stage of the bidding.

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Pour mémoire, 6 industriels différents dont STX France sont qualifiés pour le 2ème tour de l'appel d'offres de ce programme de frégates :

http://www.scoop.it/t/newsletter-navale/p/4020915848/2014/05/07/fregates-pour-les-philippines-les-industriels-indiens-et-francais-finalement-qualifies-pour-le-2eme-tour-de-l-appel-d-offres


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Discussions d'état-major Vietnam-Etats-Unis : le Vietnam pourrait acquérir un porte-aéronef d'assaut amphibie classe Wasp d'occasion

Discussions d'état-major Vietnam-Etats-Unis : le Vietnam pourrait acquérir un porte-aéronef d'assaut amphibie classe Wasp d'occasion | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

Expert: US-Vietnam military relations warming Vietnam was America intentionally offensive weapons
During the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff revealed Martin Dempsey on the 16th visit to Vietnam, the United States in the "near future" to discuss whether to cancel the ban lethal weapons to Vietnam provisions. Military expert Du Wenlong said during an interview with CCTV, said Vietnam needs offensive weapons, thereby improving sea and air forces of neighboring countries deterrent. China Research Institute of International Ruan Zongze that the warming of US-Vietnam military relations between the two countries, the United States marked the further deepening of the South China Sea issue involved.

Vietnam hopes to obtain weapons deterrent from the United States

U.S. arms embargo against Vietnam has experienced a process from tightening to relax. United States arms embargo against Vietnam South Vietnam regime collapse began in 1975, when the Viet Cong seized a large number of American arms left over to South Vietnam, the United States this has been brooding. 1984, Washington formally implemented an arms embargo against Vietnam. However, in recent years the attitude taken by the United States embargo has been softened. In 2007, the United States policy toward Vietnam weapons ban obvious change, the Bush administration revision of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations, as the case may allow the sale of non-lethal weapons to Vietnam, but all deadly weapons remains limited. The United States if the "partial lifting of the ban on the sale of lethal weapons", arms exports to Vietnam will further relaxed....


...Du Wenlong noted that the Vietnamese want to get the most air and sea and amphibious equipment. Most Vietnam helicopters currently in use or during World War II and the Vietnam War from the United States seized the UH-1 helicopters, if Vietnam has A-10 attack aircraft and AH-64 "Apache" helicopter gunships, then Vietnam will be the ability to control at low altitude substantial increase in the target for reconnaissance capability will enhance the surrounding seas. In addition, the special needs of amphibious ships in Vietnam to improve amphibious capabilities, such as second-hand "Wasp" class amphibious assault landing craft or other common, with these weapons, the ability to defend and attack capabilities Vietnam vested interests will be greatly improved. Vietnam may also purchase radar, through a wide range of remote surveillance and early warning, raise the South China Sea maritime and aerial reconnaissance capabilities.

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Tension dans le ciel de la Mer de Chine : un chasseur chinois J-11B (Su-27) exerce une forte menace sur un avion PATMAR US P-8A

WASHINGTON — A Chinese high-performance fighter intercepted and buzzed a US Navy P-8A maritime patrol and surveillance aircraft on Tuesday in international air space over the South China Sea, the Pentagon confirmed on Friday.

The interception was “very close, very dangerous ... pretty aggressive and very unprofessional,” Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby told reporters.

The Chinese aircraft, a Shenyang J-11B Flanker B from the People’s Liberation Army Air Force, made a number of close passes to the P-8A Poseidon, a military version of the well-known Boeing 737 jetliner.

The interception took place about 135 miles east of Hainan Island, Pentagon officials said, noting that the area in which, per international law, military activities may be conducted “as an exercise of the freedoms of navigation and overflight.”

“On three different occasions, the Chinese J-11 crossed directly under the US aircraft with one pass having only 50-100 feet separation between the two aircraft,” the Pentagon said in a statement.

“The Chinese jet also passed the nose of the P-8 at 90 degrees with its belly toward the P-8 to show its weapons load out. In doing so, the [Chinese] pilot was unable to see the P-8, further increasing the potential for a collision,” the Pentagon said. “The Chinese pilot then flew directly under and alongside the P-8 bringing their wingtips within 20 feet and then, before he stabilized his fighter he conducted a roll over the P-8 passing within 45 feet.”

The P-8A, according to one source, is from Patrol Squadron 45, based at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Florida, and deployed to the western Pacific, operating from Kadena Air Base on the Japanese island of Okinawa.

The Poseidon is a relatively new aircraft in US Navy service, with deployments beginning only last year.

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Réaction chinoise à cet évènement : l'appréciation américaine est "sans fondement" :

http://www.defensenews.com/article/20140823/DEFREG03/308230018/China-Criticism-US-Navy-jet-encounter-groundless-


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Le sous-marin conventionnel Kilo NG Projet 636.3 Novorossiysk livré officiellement à la marine russe aujourd'hui

Le sous-marin conventionnel Kilo NG Projet 636.3 Novorossiysk livré officiellement à la marine russe aujourd'hui | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

On August 22, 2014, RF Navy flag raising ceremony was held at the Admiralty Shipyards (Saint-Petersburg) for the diesel-electric submarine Novorossiysk (Or 636.3 Varshavyanka), IAA PortNews reporter says.
The Novorossiysk, the first submarine of project 636.3 in the series being built by Admiralty Shipyards for RF Navy was laid down in August 2010.  All submarines of the series are named after Hero-Cities or Cities of Military Glory The second submarine, Rostov-on-Don, was laid in November 2011; the third, Stary Oskol, - in August 2012.
The construction of submarine Novorossiysk is the first step in implementation of the long-term plan of RF Ministry of Defence aimed at recovery of tactical efficiency of the Black Sea Fleet and the programme on modernization of Russia’s fleet of diesel-electric submarines.
Varshavyanka-class submarines, the third generation of Diesel-Electric submarines, feature one of the  the lowest level of noise among ships worldwide. Characteristics: surface speed – 20 knots; maximum dive – 300 m; cruising capacity – 45 days; crew – 52 persons, submerged displacement – about 4,000 t.

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On apprend également ici :

http://www.b-port.com/news/item/136087.html

qu'il a appareillé de St Petersbourg pour 2 semaines d'essai en Flotte du Nord. Il passera par les détroits danois. A l'issue de ces essais, il ralliera son port-base de Sébastopol en Crimée, pour être affecté comme prévu à la Flotte de Mer Noire

Lire aussi :

http://www.rusnavyintelligence.com/2014/08/breves.html

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Le brise-glaces de l'USCG Healy effectue avec Lockheed Martin des essais de télécommunications par satellite avec MUOS en zone Arctique

Le brise-glaces de l'USCG Healy effectue avec Lockheed Martin des essais de télécommunications par satellite avec MUOS en zone Arctique | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

Most naval tasks in the Arctic has always been difficult — and not just because of the cold. The region is one of the least charted int he world and the infrastructure is limited.

Even basic communications from units deployed north of Arctic Circle (66 degrees 33 minutes north latitude) are tough.

But Lockheed Martin is pitching their new five-satellite Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite communication constellation — developed for the Navy — as a partial solution to Arctic communication, Paul Scearce, Lockheed Martin’s Military Space Advanced Programs Director, told USNI News on Wednesday.

“Up in the Arctic Sea you can’t get reliable communication from traditional military systems,” Scearce said.
“Our system spec that we were designed to stops at 65 [degrees north latitude]. In order to meet the new requirements there was a lot of inherent capability built in. We didn’t add these features to go to the Arctic, it’s just inherent in the architecture.”

In 2013 Lockheed conducted its own tests to see if MUOS would work in the region.

“We took it out on our own. We chartered a C-130, took three different radio and made calls all the way up to 89.5 [degrees north latitude],” Scearce said.
“When we started showing the demonstration a lot of users perked up… [Now] these are now government exercises that we’re supporting.”

Other recent government tests included a trip to the Navy’s 2014 ICEEX in May.

The U.S. Coast Guard icebreaker USCGC Healy (WAGB-20) is currently testing the Arctic efficacy of the two MUOS satellites currently in orbit.

The test, sponsored by NORAD and U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM), will start at 65 degreed north latitude and travel as far north as possible. The Lockheed onboard will attempt to communicate with sites as far north as Canadian Forces Station Alert, as well as Colorado Springs, Colo. and San Diego, Calif., Scearce said.

He’s quick to point out there are limitations.

“It’s not complete Polar coverage 24-7. That’s part of what the operators want to understand,” Scearce said.

Current estimates say the Northwest Passage — between the Arctic and Canada — could enjoy 24-hour coverage and it diminishes to about 8 hours a day closer to the North Pole.

The 7.3 billion MUOS system is designed to replace the current constellations of Ultra High Frequency Follow-On (UFO) constellation the Pentagon currently uses for satellite communications.

The system promises a ten times increase in data speed from the legacy UFO systems with rates up to 384 kbs.

The planned five MUOS satellites will plan to be used in conjunction with ground stations Hawaii, Italy, Western Australia and Chesapeake, Va.

The program has suffered setbacks. Ongoing protests in Sicily, the location of the Italian ground station, have delayed completion of the signals station.

Additionally, the 2011 cancellation of the Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) has left only the General Dynamics AN/PRC-155 manpack radio as the only program-of-record terminal, though Rockwell Collins and Harris have developed their own MUOS capable terminals.

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Le chef des forces navales russes en visite au Pakistan pour la toute première fois

Le chef des forces navales russes en visite au Pakistan pour la toute première fois | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

ISLAMABAD: Commander-in-Chief, Russian Federation Naval Forces, Admiral Viktor V. Chirkov, has arrived here on a four days first ever historic official visit to Pakistan on the invitation of Chief of the Naval Staff.

Upon arrival at Naval Headquarters, the Russian Commander-in-Chief was received by Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Mohammad Asif Sandila.

A smartly turned out contingent of Pakistan Navy clad in ceremonial dress, presented him the Guard of Honour.

The visiting dignitary was introduced to Principal Staff Officers at Naval Headquarters.

Later, Admiral Chirkov, called on Chief of the Naval Staff and had detailed discussion on professional matters with his counterpart.

Various avenues of cooperation including conduct of bilateral Naval Exercises were also discussed in detail.

A comprehensive brief on Pakistan Navy's Role in Regional Maritime Security Situation and Operational developments in the Indian Ocean was also given to the visiting dignitary.

During the visit, the Admiral is scheduled to call on Defence Minister, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC), Chief of Air Staff (CAS) in addition to Naval Field Commands at Karachi.

Admiral Chirkov is a graduate of Higher Naval School, Vladivostok, Russian Naval Academy and Academy of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Russian Federation.

Besides holding the appointment as Commander-in-Chief of Russian Navy, he has had the privilege to serve on coveted appointments including Chief of Staff/First Deputy Commander of the Troops and Forces of North East Flotilla, Commander Pacific Fleet, Chief of Staff/First Deputy Commander and then Commander of the Baltic Fleet.

Admiral Chirkov is also the recipient of various awards including Order of Service to the Homeland in the Russian Armed Forces, Order of Military Merit and Order of Naval Merit.

This visit is expected to greatly augment the bilateral cooperation between both the Navies.

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TRINITE-ET-TOBAGO : future acquisition d'un navire-école et de deux patrouilleurs océaniques

TRINITE-ET-TOBAGO : future acquisition d'un navire-école et de deux patrouilleurs océaniques | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

08/19/2014

(Infodefensa.com) Carlos E. Hernández. Caracas - Minister of National Security of Trinidad and Tobago , Gary Griffith , reported on the priorities of the Coast Guard of your country, on ships as review a press release for office.

First, the minister said Griffith urgent need to purchase a training ship for naval training through the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard ( TGCT ).

He said that training should include, among other specialties, the following: Duty Officer, Operating a Vessel, Sailing, Seamanship, Equipment Operator, and System Controller (machines).  

Maritime Patrol

Similarly, announced that the Ministry of National Security is proceeding to acquire two Long Range Patrol Vessels (patrol high) and, in this regard, said they are exploring all avenues to ensure that officers and sailors of TGCT are well trained and ability to operate these ships in order to obtain maximum performance.

The Griffith minister recalled that previous acquisition agreements, it was discovered that they were being purchased three ships patrol ocean (OPV) without considering the human resources required to operate such vessels. Consequently, the TTTCG was found in the position of not having a full complement of officers to properly operate the three OPV simultaneously.

Problems with BAE Systems

With regard to the above, note that in April 2007, the government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago signed a contract with VT Ship Building ( BAE Systems ) to build three patrol vessels type OPV whom were baptized Port of Spain (GC50), Scarbrough (GC51) and San Fernando (GC52). The first vessel was launched at sea in November 2009, while the other two launchings occurred in July 2010 The problems began in 2010, when it was postponed twice, delivery Port of Spain . In addition, serious problems arose with the combat system, which did not correspond to the contract specifications. Consequently, in September 2010 the Trinidadian government terminated the contract, and in February 2012, the Brazilian Navy bought three ships

Regarding the two Long Range Patrol Vessels being purchased, although note the supplier is not required, it is important to remember that during a visit to China last January, Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Kamla Persad-Bissessar "convinced" his counterpart Li Keqiang to sell one of the two long-range patrols were under construction for the coastguard Asian country However, there has been no further information on the subject since then.     

Training in naval ships of Japan

Moreover, the minister noted Griffith representing the benefit for the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard training received from the Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force during the recent visit to Trinidad for its Training Squadron ..

At the invitation of Admiral Hideki Yuasa , TGCT members sailed on ships of Training Squadron and received training on board during the trip to Kingston , Jamaica.

Griffith expressed his gratitude to the Japanese naval squadron to provide the opportunity to gain experience TGCT aboard vessels carrying high.



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Le fournisseur pourrait être la Chine.

L'article cite à l'origine de cette décision le non respect par BAE Systems des spécifications techniques du système de combat et des délais de livraison prévus dans le contrat pour l'acquisition de trois patrouilleurs côtiers. Notamment pour le dernier, le Port of Spain.

En conséquence, les trois navires ont été postérieurement acquis par la Marine Brésilienne.

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Le fournisseur pourrait être la Chine.


L'article cite à l'origine de cette décision le non respect par BAE Systmes des spécifications techniques du système de combat et des délais de livraison prévus dans le contrat pour l'acquisition de trois patrouilleurs côtiers. Notamment pour le dernier, le Port of Spain.


En conséquence, les trois navires ont été postérieurement acquis par la Marine Brésilienne.


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Entraînement LCS-4 Coronado-USMC : les qualités inhérentes des LCS trimarans idéales pour les raids aéroportés de Marines ?

Entraînement LCS-4 Coronado-USMC : les qualités inhérentes des LCS trimarans idéales pour les raids aéroportés de Marines ? | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

Last week Littoral Combat Ship USS Coronado (LCS 4) demonstrated the ability to rapidly stage and deploy a U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) ground unit. Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadrons 469 and 303 conducted day and night deck-landing qualifications in preparation for an airborne raid of Marines from the 1st Reconnaissance Battalion onboard USS Coronado.

The ship’s inherent qualities, including speeds in excess of 40 knots, its large flight deck and reconfigurable mission bay, proved that littoral combat ships (LCS) can provide the Navy and USMC with significant operational flexibility anywhere in the world.

 

Independence-variant LCS’ offer a variety of air and small-boat employment and delivery options for USMC ground and air tactical units, and ample space to embark a small USMC ground unit—even with an embarked mission module. On this platform, UH-1Y and AH-1W helicopter operations are fully supportable.

Link to Independence class Littoral Combat Ship technical datasheet

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Exclusif NDTV : la première photo en extérieur du SNLE de construction indienne INS Arihant avant ses essais à la mer

Exclusif NDTV : la première photo en extérieur du SNLE de construction indienne INS Arihant avant ses essais à la mer | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

The INS Arihant, country's first made-at-home nuclear submarine is being built in top secret conditions at Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh.
NDTV's Science Editor Pallava Bagla has accessed the first images of the 6,000-tonne vessel, the first of a class of three nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines with a displacement of 6,000 tonnes. She is designed to carry four nuclear-tipped submarine-launched ballistic missiles called the K-4 which have a range of 3,500 kilometres or a dozen Bo 5 missiles which can strike targets about 700 kilometres away.
The heart of the Arihant is its nuclear reactor, an Indian designed-and-built 83MW pressurized water reactor. The Arihant still faces its biggest trial - the test launch of a ballistic missile while submerged. It is only once that happens that the Arihant will be battle-worthy.
When the submarine is declared fighting-fit, India will become one of only six countries in the world with the knowledge of designing, engineering and operating a nuclear submarine.
Nuclear submarines are the ultimate stealth weapon. Highly mobile and technically capable of remaining underwater for months if required, a ballistic missile submarine effectively gives a nuclear power like India the ability to keep shifting a mobile nuclear base which needs to be prepared to strike after authorized launch codes are transmitted from the country's nuclear command. Detecting nuclear submarines underwater has become a finely calibrated art practiced by the superpowers through decades of the Cold War. The more quiet a nuclear submarine, the more stealthy it is.

India presently operates another nuclear submarine, the INS Chakra, a nuclear attack submarine of the Akula-2 class from Russia. The Chakra does not carry nuclear weapons but would likely be deployed with the Arihant during its pre-commissioning trials to protect this key nuclear asset.
Like other key strategic weapons systems, the INS Arihant is being developed under the aegis of the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO), which is accountable to the Defence Ministry. Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the agency in Delhi today and said, "At least five DRDO labs should be identified exclusively for innovation with young scientists up to the age of 35 years. They should be managed by leaders also in the same age group". (Also read: PM Modi at DRDO Flays 'Chalta Hai' Attitude)
"DRDO is becoming hollow at the bottom," says Dr Avinash Chander, the agency's chief. He said he can induct only about 70 fresh scientists every year instead of the nearly 300 recruits it used to add annually till recently.

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Ce programme ayant pris un retard considérable, les premières photos étaient attendues depuis au moins 3 ans !

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BAE Systems présente son offre détaillée au Ministère de la Défense britannique pour le programme de frégates Type 26

BAE Systems présente son offre détaillée au Ministère de la Défense britannique pour le programme de frégates Type 26 | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

LONDON — BAE Systems is finishing proposals to build a new generation of frigates for the Royal Navy and has begun delivering details of the bid to the British Defence Ministry ahead of a decision expected by the end of the year, company officials said.

The Royal Navy is looking to acquire 13 of the Type 26 frigates for a total of roughly £4 billion (US $6.6 billion), with the first of the warships expected to be delivered starting late 2021 to provide what will eventually become the backbone of the fleet out to around 2060.

The warships will replace the Royal Navy’s aging Type 23 fleet.

“Initial documents to support the business case for Type 26 have been submitted. The process is underway but not finalized yet. We expect that to be complete by the end of the summer,” a BAE spokeswoman said.

BAE is concluding a four-year, £150 million assessment phase on the Type 26 this year and hopes to get the development and build phase approved in order to start cutting metal in 2016.

The 6,000-ton Type 26 is primarily intended for anti-submarine warfare, but the design gives the Royal Navy the versatility that is essential given its small number of surface combatants — 13 Type 23 frigates and six Type 45 destroyers.

“We are planning for a class of 13 ships, but this will be confirmed at the main investment decision, which is expected towards the end of 2014,” an MoD spokeswoman said.

BAE’s proposals are based on a 13-ship fleet, but Jeff Searle, the company’s program director, told reporters on June 3 that he “expected a phased commitment” by the MoD.

During a parliamentary debate in December, defense procurement minister Philip Dunne said there would be an initial order for eight Type 26s, but the MoD spokeswoman last week would not comment on whether that remained the case.

Dunne told Defense News in a recent interview that getting the Type 26 build program under contract was one of his priorities ahead of the general election in May 2015.

That’s a view BAE would echo, industry executives said.

The Type 26 deal is one of several planned major defense equipment investments that the government is attempting to get approved ahead of the election, a strategic defense review and potentially further defense spending reductions all threatening to impact the sector next year.

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Le nouveau sous-marin de construction iranienne Fateh (500 T) en service opérationnel en novembre prochain ?

Le nouveau sous-marin de construction iranienne Fateh (500 T) en service opérationnel en novembre prochain ? | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 18

By Umid Niayesh - Trend:

Iranian Navy Commander Habibollah Sayyari announced that the home-made Fateh (Conqueror) submarine will join the Navy in late-November.

The commander went on to note that Iran achieved the technology for building submarines 20 years ago, the country's official IRNA news agency reported on Aug. 18.

Iran has failed to unveil the Fateh submarine despite earlier announced dates.

In 2011, for the first time Iranian officials announced that Fateh would launch operation, then in 2013 Sayyari said that "the submarine will become operational in the current year."

Iran's Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan announced this March that the submarine would probably join the Navy on May 24, the date honoring the anniversary of the liberation of Khorramshahr city during the eight-year war with Iraq.

Dehqan said that the submarine has undergone necessary tests and its faults have been corrected.

Fateh weighs nearly 500 tonnes and it is Iran's newest semi-heavy submarine.

The Iranian media outlets reported that Fateh class subs can operate more than 200 meters below the sea surface for nearly five weeks.

The country has so far launched different classes of home-made advanced submarines including Ghadir, Qaem, Nahang, Tareq and Sina.

Sayyari underlined that Iran is currently mass-producing Ghadir class submarines.

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Le Mindef bulgare lance un plan de modernisation de ses armées : l'acquisition de navires de surface et d'1 sous-marin est prévue

Le Mindef bulgare lance un plan de modernisation de ses armées : l'acquisition de navires de surface et d'1 sous-marin est prévue | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

WARSAW — Bulgarian Defense Minister Velizar Shalamanov has announced a 1 billion leva (US $680 million) program to modernize the military’s armament and decrease its dependency on weapons and components from Russia by 2020.

The ministry aims to ensure that Bulgaria’s defense industry takes part in the designed program, Shalamanov said, as reported by local news site Mediapool.bg.

Shalamanov said the most important military procurements for the forthcoming years will include acquisition of new multipurpose fighter jets by the Bulgarian Air Force. Currently, all fighter jets operated by Bulgaria are Russia-built. These include the MiG-21, MiG-29 and the Sukhoi Su-25.

Other major armament programs in the pipeline include acquisition of a new submarine and an undisclosed number of new vessels for the Navy, according to the minister.

Shalamanov said the ministry is aiming to draft a program that will enable the government to boost military expenditure to 2 percent of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP). Currently, Bulgaria is spending about 1.3 percent of its GDP on national defense.

Shalamanov was appointed Bulgaria’s defense minister Aug. 6 in the caretaker government of Prime Minister Georgi Bliznashki. A new government is expected to be formed following the parliamentary election, which is scheduled for Oct. 5.

Patrick H. 's insight:

Ce plan vient confirmer l'expression de besoin formulée très récemment par le chef de la Marine bulgare :

http://www.scoop.it/t/newsletter-navale/p/4025906702/2014/08/07/le-chef-de-la-marine-bulgare-exprime-le-besoin-de-nouveaux-navires-et-sous-marins-a-construire-sur-les-chantiers-du-pays

En 2007, DCNS avait tenté en vain d'obtenir en Bulgarie un contrat pour l'achat de corvettes :

http://www.leblogfinance.com/2007/12/armaris-dcns-re.html

http://www.defenseindustrydaily.com/bulgaria-orders-4-gowind-200-frigates-from-dcns-03951/



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Le gouvernement britannique veut investir £3 milliards pour la base de sous-marins nucléaires de Faslane, quel que soit le résultat du référendum écossais

Le gouvernement britannique veut investir £3 milliards pour la base de sous-marins nucléaires de Faslane, quel que soit le résultat du référendum écossais | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

Plans for the jobs bonanza are now fully developed, say sources, despite the threat posed to the ­Royal Navy’s future on Gare Loch.

The revelation has led to ­renewed speculation that if there is a Yes vote next month, the Ministry of Defence expects to strike a deal to keep the UK’s nuclear deterrent in Scotland.

In the event of a No vote, Faslane will become Britain’s only ­specialist submarine base with the ­capacity for 16 vessels by 2022.

It will house seven new nuclear-powered Astute Class attack subs, currently being built at a cost of £1bn each, as well as the four Trident-carrying Vanguard Class vessels.

Two attack boats, HMS Astute and HMS Ambush, are already based at Faslane after being ­handed to the Royal Navy by ­defence contractor BAE Systems.Scotland will also become the sole maintenance home for the submarine fleet, following the ­closure of Portsmouth dockyard last year and after the Devonport base near Plymouth is scaled down by 2017.

While the MoD estimates that around 1,500 military and civilian jobs will be added at Faslane, ­thousands more jobs will be ­created as construction begins.

A source said: “The blueprints have been drawn up and the transition plans for the new Faslane are now under way. The original facility was designed to hold seven ­submarines, but under the new plans, a ­total of 16 will be hosted at any given time. The design plans are currently before the MoD and will effectively double the size of the facility and bring thousands of new jobs to the area. It’s a massive boost for Scotland.”

A Royal Navy spokesman said: “HM Naval Base Clyde is the ­biggest employment site in ­Scotland, with direct employment of 6,700 military and civilian jobs.

“Numbers of personnel at HM Naval Base Clyde are set to increase to an estimated 8,200 by 2022 as it becomes the UK’s Sub- marine Centre of Specialisation.

“There are currently six sub- marines and seven mine hunters base-ported at the site. By 2022 we expect that all the Royal Navy’s submarines, and seven mine ­hunters, will be at Clyde.”

In response to the latest developments, the Scottish Government reiterated its plans to remove ­Trident by 2020 and keep Faslane as Scotland’s main naval base. The SNP has said the country would inherit a share of Royal Navy ­vessels, as well as investing in an undisclosed number of “new ­frigates, conventional submarines and maritime patrol aircraft”.

A Scottish Conservative spokesman said the investment would be a massive boost for Scotland, but warned: “Unfortunately, all we hear from the Scottish Government is how they can’t get rid of the base quickly enough. As a result, a Yes vote in September would be hugely damaging.”

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Inde : le Mindef pourrait reconsidérer la politique de "liste noire" frappant les sociétés du groupe Finmeccanica

Inde : le Mindef pourrait reconsidérer la politique de "liste noire" frappant les sociétés du groupe Finmeccanica | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

In February 2013, Italian prosecutors arrested Giuseppe Orsi, the chief executive of Italian defence multinational, Finmeccanica on suspicion of paying bribes to facilitate the sale of VIP helicopters to India. Since then, the ministry of defence (MoD) has been in a quandary about whether to blacklist Finmeccanica and all its subsidiaries, or only AgustaWestland, the subsidiary that built and sold the AW-101 helicopters to India.
Blacklisting all Finmeccanica companies - which include marine specialist, WASS; radar and communications specialist Selex Electronics Systems; aerospace giant, Alenia Aeromacchi; and armaments major, Otomelara - would undermine Indian tenders, in which they are important players.
On Saturday, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley said the MoD would see how wrongdoers could be punished without blocking acquisitions and the flow of spares.
"It is a serious challenge. We have to balance between two competing public interests. One is contracts are meant to be abided with and not violated, even by our suppliers. The other is the larger public interest in terms of our national security and defence preparedness. We are finding an answer. You will hear from us soon."
Referring to the AW-101 VIP helicopters, of which India had taken delivery of three before ending the contract with AgustaWestland for twelve, Jaitley said the decision "relates to cases where (a) violations have taken place and (b) the consequences of those violations affect our defence preparedness…particularly where parts and spares are to be made available."
The MoD has been alarmed by the potential consequences of blacklisting all Finmeccanica subsidiaries. WASS has been selected in a $300-million tender to supply 98 Black Shark torpedoes for the Scorpene submarines. A reconsideration of this would delay the operationalisation of the Scorpene, several years late. When the submarines start joining the navy's fleet in 2016, it will be armed only with the Exocet anti-ship missile. There will be no weapon to take on Pakistan's silent new Khalid-class submarines, the French Agosta-90B. WASS is also a contender for a new decoy system for torpedoes.
Finmeccanica company, Otomelara, is the licensee for 76-millimetre (mm) guns, built by Bharat Heavy Electricals, which equip all Indian warships. Otomelara is a leading bidder in the navy contract for heavier 127 millimetre guns, considered more suitable than the lighter, older guns. It is being considered for supplying 12.7-mm stabilised guns.
A subsidiary, Selex Electronics Systems (Selex ES), is fitting radar systems on the INS Vikrant, the navy's indigenous aircraft carrier being built by Cochin Shipyard. Cancelling this would cause major delay in a project three years behind schedule. Selex ES is bidding to upgrade the navy's Kamov-28 anti-submarine helicopter. It has completed trials for supplying an advanced pilotless target aircraft, for training air defence gunners.

Meanwhile, Alenia Aeromacchi, a subsidiary, is a desired partner in the project for the Indian private sector to build 56 transport aircraft to replace the obsolescent Indian Air Force (IAF) Avro. Alenia's C-27J transport aircraft, a proven design, is considered closest to what the IAF desires.
AgustaWestland is a leading contender for supplying the navy with a multi-role helicopter in the 12-tonne class, to fly from warships and perform the job the Sea King 42B has been doing for decades. With three AW-101 VIP helicopters delivered, ending the contract would create uncertainty about spares and support.
Since the blacklisting of AgustaWestland, the United Progressive Alliance government failed to take a decision on Finmeccanica. Since it came to power, the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance government has sent mixed messages.
In June, Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh had indicated he would not favour trigger-happy blacklisting that may hinder Indian defence procurement by preventing many companies from responding to Indian tenders. Yet, earlier this month, the MoD sent a circular directing that, while tenders involving Finmeccanica companies could continue being evaluated, no Finmeccanica company would be awarded a contract.
Contacted for comments, MoD spokesperson Sitanshu Kar said Finmeccanica had not been blacklisted.

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L'INS Kamorta, 1ère corvette spécialisée dans la lutte ASM construite en Inde, a été admise au service actif

L'INS Kamorta, 1ère corvette spécialisée dans la lutte ASM construite en Inde, a été admise au service actif | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

India's first indigenously built submarine hunting ship, INS Kamorta was handed over to the Navy by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Ltd. (GRSE) here Saturday, a defence statement said.

The super-sophisticated frontline warship will be formally handed over by GRSE chairman and managing director, Rear Admiral (retd) A.K. Verma to the Indian Navy at a brief ceremony at GRSE's fitting-out jetty.

INS Kamorta, first in its class of four ASW corvettes being built by GRSE for the Indian Navy, is the first Indian naval warship ever built in the country with almost 90 percent of indigenous content, a defence ministry release said.

It is also the first naval warship built in the country with indigenously developed special grade high-tensile (DMR249A) steel produced by Steel Authority of India. The hull of the ship encompasses the bulk of sensors and weapon systems that are also indigenously manufactured by various Indian industries.

The ASW corvette brings to fruition a significant project in India's pursuit for self-reliance in indigenous warship building, bringing closer home the navy's quest to be a "Builder's Navy" as well as a true "Blue-water Navy" with ships and submarines designed and built within the country.

Designed by Directorate of Naval Design (DND), the successful construction of ASW corvettes with advanced stealth features also bears testimony to GRSE's growing capabilities in building state-of-the-art naval combatants comparable with the best in the world, the release added.

Patrick H. 's insight:

Elle avait été livrée à la Marine indienne le 12 juillet dernier :

http://www.scoop.it/t/newsletter-navale/p/4024522621/2014/07/12/grande-semaine-pour-la-marine-indienne-apres-le-destroyer-kolkata-voici-la-livraison-de-la-corvette-asm-kamorta

La fiche de caractéristiques de cette classe de corvettes :

http://www.naval-technology.com/projects/kamorta-class-asw-corvettes/


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La Tunisie se fait livrer 12 patrouilleurs par le gouvernement italien pour lutter contre l'immigration clandestine

La Tunisie se fait livrer 12 patrouilleurs par le gouvernement italien pour lutter contre l'immigration clandestine | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

The Tunisian National Guard and Navy have almost finished taking delivery of 12 patrol boats donated by the Italian government in its attempt to curb the flow of immigrants from North Africa.
The boats are being supplied in terms of an inter-governmental deal signed in April 2011 in which the Italian government pledged to build and supply patrol boats to Tunisia for use in border control and anti-immigration patrols. This followed a massive influx of African immigrants landing on Italian shores after launching from Tunisian ports.
In terms of the deal, Italy is supplying six P270TN patrol boats for the Tunisian Navy and six P350TNs for the National Guard, all of them built by Cantiere Naval Vittoria (CNV) in Adria.
CNV chairman Luigi Duo told IHS Jane's Defence Weekly that five P350TNs and three P270TNs have been delivered, with the first being supplied in December 2012. Another two P270TNs will be delivered by October while the remaining P350TN and P270TN (originally options) will be delivered by February 2015.
The first P270TN, Joumhouria (P 202), was handed over to the Tunisian Navy in July last year but only arrived at its home port of La Goulette near Bizerte that September. P270TNs El Jala (P 203) and Remada (P 204) were handed over on 12 June this year at La Goulette and replaced French 31.45 m, 80 tonne Istiqlal-class patrol boats of the same name, according to IHS Janes.

The 'Patrouilleur Class' patrol boats are based on the P350 project design used by the Libyan Coast Guard. With a 140-tonne full displacement, a 35 m length, and a 7.2 m beam, the new patrol vessels are built of aluminium and feature a propulsion system based on two shafts, with one 3120 kW MTU 16V4000 M93 diesel engine and two Rolls-Royce Kamewa 63 S3 NP hydrojets, offering a maximum speed of over 38 knots, a range of 600 nautical miles and an endurance of five to six days.
Each of the patrol boats accommodates a crew of 16 and features integrated command, control and navigation suites including satellite and radio links and Simrad and Furuno radars, which were provided by Italian company AlmavivA. They can be equipped with guns of up to 30 mm calibre.
The P270TN model has a length of 27 m, a beam of 7.2 m, a full-load displacement of around 90 tonnes, and a crew of 14. It is propelled by a waterjet propulsion system using a Kamewa Rolls-Royce 40A3 and two Kamewa Rolls-Royce 50A3 waterjets, each driven by an MTU 12V2000M84 engine giving a range of 500 nautical miles.
Command, control, communications, and navigation system includes Simrad and Spery Marine radars, an electro-optical sensor and satellite communications.
Italy in May 2011 delivered four Cantieri Navali del Golfo (CNG) Carabinieri Classe 700 patrol boats to the National Guard. Between 2009 and 2011 Italy refitted seven of the National Guard's 17 m patrol boats and eight Squalo/P58-class patrol boats and transferred two 500 Classe patrol boats, 13 radar sets for patrol boats, and 38 marine engines, according to IHS Janes.
The patrol boats will boost the Tunisian National Guard's capacity to conduct counter-piracy, anti-smuggling and human trafficking patrols and will play an instrumental role in patrolling Tunisia's 1 148 kilometre coastline.
African migrants frequently try to reach Europe from the coasts of Tunisia and Libya – in February the Tunisian Navy rescued 100 African migrants after their vessel started taking on water. Earlier this month Spanish emergency services picked up nearly 700 African immigrants travelling across the Mediterranean.

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L'Alexander Nevsky, 2ème SNLE russe type Borei, devrait arriver à sa base du Kamchatka avant la fin de l'année 2014

L'Alexander Nevsky, 2ème SNLE russe type Borei, devrait arriver à sa base du Kamchatka avant la fin de l'année 2014 | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

Russia’s new nuclear submarine Alexander Nevsky will arrive at its base in Kamchatka before the end of the year to begin combat training, Eastern Military District Commander, Colonel-General Sergei Surovikin said on Thursday.

Surovikin is inspecting the construction of infrastructure facilities for the fourth-generation submarines in Vilyuchinsk, Kamchatka.

“The commander inspected the construction of the pier, including mooring areas and support facilities, to ensure that work was proceeding according to the schedule approved by the ministry of defense,” Eastern Military District spokesperson Alexander Gordeyev told ITAR-TASS.

The general demanded strict compliance with the construction schedule and technical specifications approved by the Defense Ministry and the Navy, which require improved seismic resistance and the use of high anti-corrosion technologies.

The Alexander Nevsky is the second Borei-class submarine and the first serial Project 955 ship of the Borei Class. It was laid down on March 19, 2004. This is a fourth generation strategic underwater missile cruiser.

The leading submarine of the series, Yuri Dolgoruky, went into service in January 2013. It was the 129th nuclear-powered submarine built by the Sevmash shipyard and the first one in the past 12 years. Prior to that, in December 2001, the shipyard handed over the multirole submarine Gepard (carrying no ballistic missiles) to the Navy.

The Alexander Nevsky is the first serial strategic rocket carrier of the Borei class. It is 170 metres long, 13.5 metres wide, maximum operating depth is 450 metres, underwater speed is 29 knots, and a crew of 17 sailors.

Borei class submarines are designed to serve as the basis of Russia's strategic nuclear capabilities for the decades to come. They are designed by the St. Petersburg-based Naval Design Bureau Rubin. Each submarine can be armed with 12 ICBMs with MIRVs. They will also have an escape capsule for all crewmembers.

The Borei claims to be a state-of-the-art submarine, featuring characteristics superior to any submarine currently in service, such as the ability to cruise silently and be less detectable to sonar. Advances include a compact and integrated hydrodynamically efficient hull for reduced broadband noise and the first ever use of pump-jet propulsion on a Russian nuclear submarine.

The submarines will be armed with Bulava missiles. The Bulava carries the NATO reporting name SS-NX-30 and has been assigned the GRAU index 3M30. In international treaties, the common designation RSM-56 is used.

The Russian Defense Ministry plans to build at least eight new Borei-class submarines that should become the main naval component of Russia’s strategic nuclear forces.

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L'Equateur va construire sur ses chantiers 2 patrouilleurs Stan patrol 5009 sous licence Damen

L'Equateur va construire sur ses chantiers 2 patrouilleurs Stan patrol 5009 sous licence Damen | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

Damen has recently signed a contract with Astilleros Navales Ecuatorianos (Astinave) to construct two Damen SPa’s 5009 for the Ecuadorian Coastguard.

The Ecuadorian shipyard will build both vessels locally with Damen Technical Cooperation, which is Damen’s method of ‘building on site’.

Damen Technical Cooperation (DTC) will supply Astinave with prefabricated kits to build both vessels. As well as the numerous advantages that local construction brings to the contract-signing table, DTC uses proven Damen designs that guarantee technical and operational performance. Due to the sheer complexity of building the Stan Patrol 5009, Damen’s agreement with Astinave includes on-site technical assistance during the construction and commissioning periods.

Strategic alliance

Although this latest contract represents the first Damen Stan Patrol 5009 for Astinave, the yard has built up considerable experience with Damen designs over the years.

Customer specifications

The Ecuadorian Coastguard will mobilise the two new Damen SPa’s 5009 for general patrol duties – benefitting from a top speed of 23 knots provided by four fixed-pitch propellers. They specified that both vessels had the capacity to accommodate 32 people operating for up to 30 days without external support – something that required a number of design adaptations.

Ecuador’s Coastguard already operates three Damen SPa’s 2606, with a fourth currently under construction at Astinave’s facilities on the banks of the Guayas River. After delivery of the two patrol vessels, the fleet will total six Damen builds.

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Du changement dans le planning 2014 de la reprise des essais du missile stratégique russe Bulava

Du changement dans le planning 2014 de la reprise des essais du missile stratégique russe Bulava | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

The first test launch of the Bulava SLBM in 2014 will be conducted from the Yuri Dolgorikiy submarine, not from Vladimir Monomakh, as it was planned earlier.

It's probably a stretch, but it may be that the change is related to some lingering doubts about Bulava - in the original plan the launch was supposed to be part of Vladimir Monomakh state trials, rather than a test of the missile. Switching to Yury Dolgorukiy is a way to test the missile, not a submarine.

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L'indonésie modernise sa base navale des îles Riau près de la Mer de Chine méridionale

L'indonésie modernise sa base navale des îles Riau près de la Mer de Chine méridionale | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

The red arrow points Riau Islands

The Indonesian Navy (Tentera Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Laut, or TNI-AL) has begun upgrading its naval base at Ranai in Riau Islands to support a planned increase in ship numbers in the region, a senior TNI-AL officer has said.

Speaking to IHS Jane's on 14 August in Jakarta, TNI-AL Chief of Staff for the Western Fleet (KOARMABAR) Commodore Amarulla Octavian described the upgrades as consisting primarily of logistics support facilities, including the building of fuel depots, that will enable the TNI-AL to sustain deployments in the area.

"The logistics facilities are being [upgraded] to support the TNI-AL's increasing presence in the region so that we may safeguard the country's maritime territories from any hostile forces should they pose a threat", he said, although without making specific reference to any particular country.

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Essais d'acceptation réussis pour les canons téléopérés 25 mm Typhoon (Rafael) sur les patrouilleurs océaniques néo-zélandais

Essais d'acceptation réussis pour les canons téléopérés 25 mm Typhoon (Rafael) sur les patrouilleurs océaniques néo-zélandais | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

The Royal New Zealand Navy's (RNZN's) Otago-class offshore patrol vessels (OPVs), HMNZS Otago and HMNZS Wellington , have completed successful acceptance trials of the Typhoon naval gun system, an RNZN spokesperson told IHS Jane's on 20 August.

The trials were conducted over 11-12 August at an undisclosed location. "The aim of the trials was to verify that the installed Rafael Typhoon Weapon System functions correctly firing live ammunition at a towed target," said Lieutenant Commander Vicki Rendall.

The vessels, formerly armed with the MSI DS 25M Autsig 25 mm gun system as primary weapons, were installed with the Rafael Typhoon 25 mm stabilised naval gun as part of an upgrade programme.

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Australie : un plan de construction de frégates utilisant les mêmes coques que les destroyers AWD classe Hobart ?

Australie : un plan de construction de frégates utilisant les mêmes coques que les destroyers AWD classe Hobart ? | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

A PLAN to save Australia’s ship building industry by bringing forward construction of eight potent new frigates for the Royal Australian Navy is being considered by the Abbott government.

This option to bridge the so-called “valley of death” for shipbuilding would mean constructing sections of some of the new frigates when the hulls of the three air warfare destroyers (AWDs) are completed. That would mean the 7000-tonne frigates would use the same hulls as the destroyers so that they could be built with the existing equipment and the same workforce.

The sections, or “blocks” can be built in different shipyards and then welded together.

This option will be discussed in a speech to be made by Defence Minister David Johnston to key defence industry figures in Canberra today.

The valley of death is the tag given to the point when current defence contracts run out with the completion of the AWDs and two giant landing ships. Companies say they will have to sack thousands of skilled workers unless more ships are ordered.

That follow’s last night’s warning by Royal Australian Air Force chief Geoff Brown that the world was entering a period of political and economic instability “which will shape a potentially volatile and dangerous security environment, especially in our region”.

“Of particular concern to Australia is the rising tension in the South China Sea where our vital interests are directly engaged,” Air Marshal Brown told The Australian Strategic Policy Institute.

He said air power was the most agile and responsive military instrument available to government.

The use of air power by the US to save refugees trapped on Iraq’s Mount Sinjar had demonstrated how decisive it could be.

Senator Johnston will tell the industry representatives today the AWD project is running 21 months late and more than $360 million over budget.

He stresses the option of building the frigates in Australia ­depends on the shipbuilding industry demonstrating that it can complete the destroyers without further cost overruns or delays.

“This is to ensure everything is in place to allow a continued naval shipbuilding industry in Australia,” he will tell the Australian Business Defence Industry Group.

“All we are asking is that industry demonstrates it can meet an acceptable benchmark for cost and productivity.

“Part of the work on the future frigate program is to examine whether we can commit to the construction of some early blocks to ensure there is no break in production overall.”

Senator Johnston says no decision has been made on the design of the navy’s new submarines but work is progressing well on ­options. The government has ­already provided $78m for preliminary work on the new frigates.

The new class was set out in the Rudd government’s 2009 defence white paper which intended they’d be operational by the mid-2020s.

The ships were to carry cruise missiles and they were likely to be equipped with a system able to ­destroy ballistic missiles.

Co-operation on such a system was announced in Sydney last week at the annual AUSMIN talks between Australia’s foreign affairs and defence ministers and their US counterparts.

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Le chantier russe Zvezdochka de Severodvinsk va moderniser à partir de l'été prochain un 6ème sous-marin Kilo Projet 877EKM indien, l'INS Sindukesari

Le chantier russe Zvezdochka de Severodvinsk va moderniser à partir de l'été prochain un 6ème sous-marin Kilo Projet 877EKM indien, l'INS Sindukesari | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

ARKHANGELSK, August 19. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia’s Severodvinsk-based Zvezdochka defense shipyard will repair and modernise India Navy’s diesel-electric submarine Sindukesari, the shipyard said on Tuesday.

The shipyard specialists have carried out in India the submarine’s pre-repair fault detection and agreed on the working documents, the shipyard’s press service told ITAR-TASS.

“On the basis of this package of documents, the Zvezdochka shipyard and India’s Defense Ministry will work out the terms of the Sindukesari repair contract. The contract is expected to be signed in the first half of 2015,” the press service said....

...Next summer, the Indian submarine will arrive in Severodvinsk. Sindukesari will be the sixth Russian-built Indian submarine of Project 877EKM of the Varshavyanka class to be modernised by Zvezdochka. Nevertheless, this contract will be special for the enterprise, the shipyard says, as it will be the second Sindukesari repair. The submarine was built by the Leningrad Admiralty Association (now Admiralty Wharves Shipyard) in 1988, and in 1999 - 2001, the Petersburg shipbuilders conducted medium repair and modernization of the submarine. Thus, Sindukesari will be the first vessel of the Indian group of Varshavyanka class submarines to reach the service life of 35 years with maintaining high operational and combat qualities. In September 2013, the Indian side officially said it intended to conclude a contract with Zvezdochka in 2015 - 2019 on the repair of two Project 877EKM submarines with the extension of their service life.

Zvezdochka, specializing in the repair and scrapping of nuclear-powered submarines, since 1997 has modernised on the Indian Navy order five diesel-electric submarines - Sinduvir, Sinduratna, Sindugosh, Sinduvijay and Sindurakshak. The enterprise also continues the repair and modernisation support of the Sindukirti submarine at its permanent base - Visakhapatnam city.

All these Russian-built submarines of Project 887EKM (NATO reporting name Kilo) were designed by the Rubin Central Design Bureau for Marine Engineering (St. Petersburg). They are designed for fighting enemy’s submarines and ships and defending naval bases, coastal and sea service lines, reconnaissance and patrolling missions. The displacement of these submarines is 2,300 tonnes, length - 72.6 metres, submerged speed - 19 knots (about 35 km per hour), crew - 52 people and cruising capacity - 45 days. The kilo submarine is armed with six 533-mm calibre torpedo launchers. The submarines are modernized with the installation of the Club-S modern Russian cruise missile system (designed by the Novator design bureau) with the firing range of about 200 kilometres.

Patrick H. 's insight:

Les travaux préparatoires à cette modernisation ont été menés ce mois-ci par du personnel russe du chantier en Inde.

Un accord pour une modernisation de 2 sous-marins avait été conclu le mois dernier :

http://www.scoop.it/t/newsletter-navale/p/4025284847/2014/07/26/accord-inde-russie-pour-une-iper-modernisation-de-2-sous-marins-kilo-indiens-projet-877ekm-au-chantier-russe-zvezdochka

Le dernier en date  à être passé en modernisation sur ce chantier était le Sindurakshak, renfloué début juin, 10 mois après son terrible accident d'aout 2013 :

http://www.scoop.it/t/newsletter-navale/p/4023957442/2014/07/02/des-photos-du-sous-marin-indien-ins-sindhurakshak-projet-877ekm-renfloue-10-mois-apres-son-accident


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L'industriel turc Havelsan espère vendre son système de combat GENESIS aux nations ayant acheté des frégates OH Perry à moderniser

L'industriel turc Havelsan espère vendre son système de combat GENESIS aux nations ayant acheté des frégates OH Perry à moderniser | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

ANKARA — Turkey’s procurement office, in connection with state-controlled military software company Havelsan, has launched efforts to export an indigenous naval combat management system.

Havelsan developed the GENESIS advanced combat management system for the US-built Oliver Hazard Perry (G)-class frigates used by the US Navy and a number of allied countries worldwide.

The company has upgraded Turkish frigates with the GENESIS system. One company official said further upgrades on the system, including a ship data link system and 3-D search radar integration, are underway, scheduled for completion later this year.

“We think that there is a potential [need] for GENESIS from navies across the world that have in their inventories G-class frigates, most notably the US,” one official from Turkish procurement agency SSM said.

Turkey earlier spent efforts to secure deals with Bahrain and Pakistan to outfit their G-class frigates with the GENESIS system but no deal has been formalized. Another potential deal with Egypt failed due to political disputes between Ankara and Cairo.

“We are particularly hopeful about a contract to upgrade the US frigates,” the official said.

The Havelsan official said other potential buyers include Taiwan and Spain. ■

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