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Cubic développe une technologie d'entraînement basée sur le jeu vidéo pour les équipages de LCS

The US Navy has awarded Cubic, a global provider of defense, and transportation systems and services, a series of contracts to develop a game-based training technology that will train its next generation of sailors for duty on the Littoral Combat Ships.Cubic Defense Systems, a subsidiary of Cubic Corporation announced that the contract valued up to $112 million was awarded by the Naval Air Systems Command, Training Systems Division (NAWCTSD) to develop hands-on training devices, desktop trainers and simulators for each variant of the Littoral Combat Ship’s (LCS) Mission Bays.

Under the contract, Cubic will provide training solutions for the preparation, launch, handling, recovery, and securing of the ships mission equipment. These virtual trainers will be used at LCS training facilities in San Diego, Calif. and Mayport, Fla.


(0:07) The Navy has an immediate problem at hand. Their problem is that their ships take a minimum compliment of sailors aboard and for that reason, they can't train when they are aboard. However, they have to report for duty being fully familiar with the shipboard systems and the ship itself.
(0:26) We can train sailors completely in an immersive environment and certify them.
(0:31) The LCS program team is made of up of experienced instructional systems designers, game-development software engineers, 3D artists, industrial organizational psychologists, and retired Navy subject matter experts.
(0:44) The training program provides comprehensive, immersive training for LCS watch standards and maintainers. The uniqueness of this solution lies in the ability to present an entirely new environment through implementing revolutionary control methods, which improves training time and familiarity within the space they are required to complete tasks.
(1:02) The program combines the best features of computer based training and on the job training while removing limitations and instructional shortcomings. The program is designed to improve training effectiveness while reducing training cost and time.
(1:14) All initial training takes place in a safe, controlled and realistic environment. Upon completion of the training, the learner is ready to perform the duties of his or her assigned watch station. He or she is trained to standard on all essential skills and reports for shipboard duty confident and ready.

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Israël cherche à acquérir des corvettes ...allemandes (!) pour protéger ses exploitations de gaz off shore

Israël cherche à acquérir des corvettes ...allemandes (!) pour protéger ses exploitations de gaz off shore | Naval |

In previous navy purchases, Germany agreed to cover one third of the cost as a way of expressing its commitment to Israel’s security.

Israel is seeking to buy advanced missile boats from Germany to protect drilling operations in its offshore natural gas fields. The government is hoping the deal can be concluded at a cost of about 1 billion euros.

Israel previously bought six Dolphin submarines from Germany. The German government agreed to cover one third of the cost of those purchases, as a way of expressing its commitment to Israel’s security.

Berlin hasn’t yet responded to the current request, partly because the new government elected in September hasn’t yet been sworn in. Chancellor Angela Merkel will need to consult her new foreign and defense ministers before making a decision.

A senior Israeli official said Israel needs three or four missile boats to protect the gas fields, which are located in the Mediterranean Sea. On October 21, the Israeli business daily Globes reported that the navy had drawn up a list of the equipment it needs to protect the fields and presented it to the diplomatic-security cabinet. The paper also reported that Israel had obtained price quotes from shipyards in Germany, South Korea and the United States.

The diplomatic-security cabinet discussed the matter and decided to try to purchase the boats from Germany. But in contrast to the submarines, which Israel never seriously considered buying from any country but Germany, the planned missile boat deal has sparked interest from several other countries.

Germany’s largest shipyard is currently in difficult economic straits and is hungry for new projects.

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Patrick H. 's curator insight, December 6, 2013 5:31 PM

Cet article vient confirmer les intentions exprimées en octobre dernier :

Depuis octobre, l'enveloppe a grimpé à 1 milliard d'euros, ce qui représente une somme conséquente pour une telle acquisition.


Du côté allemand, selon le Bild Zeitung relayé par l'AFP, il s'agirait d'un accord d'un montant similaire mais pour seulement 2 unités de la taille destroyer (???)


On s'attendait pourtant à voir Israël investir dans le nouveau modèle de mini-corvette Saar 72 d'Israel Shipyards dévoilé au salon IMDEX en mai dernier et coûtant moins cher qu'une Saar 5 :

On peut rappeler, qu'en 2010, Israël avait regardé de près l'acquisition de corvettes modulaires furtives Meko CSL de TKMS (proches de la LCS de Lockheed Martin) :

et qu'on trouve toujours au catalogue de TKMS :


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Frégates pour les Philippines : 4 industriels (Espagne et Corée du Sud) retenus pour le 2ème tour de l'appel d'offres

Frégates pour les Philippines : 4 industriels (Espagne et Corée du Sud) retenus pour le 2ème tour de l'appel d'offres | Naval |

MANILA, Philippines - Four companies have qualified for the next stage of the bidding for the acquisition by the Philippine Navy of two frigates worth P18 billion.

Navantia Sepi (RTR Ventures) of Spain and South Korean firms STX Offshore & Shipbuilding, Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. Ltd. and Hyundai Heavy Industries, Inc. hurdled the first stage of the bidding process, which involved the inspection of company documents, The STAR learned.

Fourteen firms bought bid documents but only seven submitted bids for the frigate acquisition project, one of the big-ticket items in the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ upgrade program. The ships can be used to boost the Philippines’ security presence in the West Philippine Sea and conduct humanitarian missions.

The Department of National Defense’s bids and awards committee said documents submitted by three of the seven bidders had deficiencies. Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Ltd. of India, STX France SA and Thyssenkrupp Marine System can still file a motion for reconsideration to prove that they are qualified to bid for the project, the committee said.

The seven firms that bought bid documents but did not submit offers were  Piriou Naval Services, Damen Shipyards, Fincantieri, DCNS France, Magazon Dock Pipavav Defense Pvt. Ltd., Stone of David and Rouvia Yachts / Rouvia Defense Inc.

Second stage

The second stage of the bidding will involve the opening of financial proposals and technical documents. This phase will determine if the bidders’ offers are well within the approved budget of P18-billion and if their goods are in line with the specifications provided in the bid documents. The second phase of the bidding will be held this month.

The government decided to conduct a two-stage competitive bidding due to the technical and detailed nature of the project.

The winning bidder is required to deliver the ships within four years from the opening of a letter of credit, a document that assures the supplier that the government will honor its financial obligations.

This means that that the vessels may arrive in the country after President Aquino steps down from office in 2016.

Defense officials, nevertheless, said what is important is they have started to modernize the Philippine Navy, said to be one of the ill-equipped units in the region.

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La Marine chinoise évalue son besoin à 20 sous-marins nucléaires pour défendre ses intérêts maritimes

La Marine chinoise évalue son besoin à 20 sous-marins nucléaires pour défendre ses intérêts maritimes | Naval |

The Changzheng 6, a Xia-class nuclear-powered submarine. (Photo/CNS)

China does not need as many nuclear-powered submarines as the United States but it will need at least 20 to defend its maritime interests, according to Rear Admiral Yang Yi of the People's Liberation Army Navy in an article written for the Global Times, a tabloid under the auspices of the Communist Party mouthpiece People's Daily.

Yang said that a nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine is by far the most powerful naval weapons system that currently exists. With the world's largest fleet of nuclear submarines during the Cold War, the Soviet Union was able to compete with the United States and its aircraft carriers. After the collapse of Soviet Union in 1991, Yang said that the United States is now the only maritime superpower with both aircraft carriers and nuclear submarines.

Taking the Virginia-class fast attack submarine as an example, Yang said that US nuclear submarines are designed to complete multiple missions. Virginia-class subs can not only launch ballistic missiles against enemy strategic targets on the ground, but can also be used in anti-submarine or anti-ship operations, Yang said. The admiral added that each of US Navy's four Ohio-class cruise missile submarines are also able to launch 156 Tomahawk cruise missiles, while the other 14 Ohio-class ballistic missile submarines have the capability to wipe out a medium-size nation with 100 UGM-133 Trident D-5 missiles.

Yang believes it is unnecessary for Beijing to launch an arms race with Washington, however, as the United States has a more experience in operating nuclear submarines. It is already a miracle that China has developed a fleet of nuclear-powered submarines in such a short period of time since the 1970s, according to Yang.

In an interview with the state-run China News Service, Yang added that it is now time for the world to know the capability of the PLA's North Sea Fleet operating from its base in Qingdao in eastern China's Shandong province. However, Yang denied that China has the ability to produce and operate between 70 and 80 nuclear submarines like the United States.

China is one of the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council and 20 nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines is more than enough to uphold the nation's status in the global community, Yang said. He said China should build its military force patiently and that the current submarine fleet can be used to maintain world peace while also defending the country's national interests.

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La Marine australienne passe à la peinture "gris brume" (Haze grey) pour réduire la signature infrarouge

La Marine australienne passe à la peinture "gris brume" (Haze grey) pour réduire la signature infrarouge | Naval |

The Chief of the Royal Australian Navy, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs, has announced that the Navy will progressively change the color of its surface fleet to meet modern war-fighting and regional environmental conditions. The new ‘Haze Grey’ paint scheme uses reflecting pigments reducing the ship’s infrared signature. It also reduces external shipboard temperatures by up to 20 degrees Celsius, compared to the current ‘Storm Grey’ color.

While not normally apparent to the bystander, subtle differences in the grey color schemes used by various navies are adapted to meet regional environmental conditions, such as the percentage of cloud cover or sunlight. The recent International Fleet Review with 17 international ships visibly demonstrated that color schemes do vary significantly between nations.

The Royal Australian Navy has traditionally used the Storm Grey color based upon a traditional northern hemisphere ‘Light Grey’ which was developed to deter detection under overcast skies. That paint scheme was adopted in the 1950’s. With predominant sunlit conditions faced in Australian waters and significant improvements in paint technologies, the Chief of Navy decided to introduce a more appropriate paint scheme.

The revised scheme and new paint technologies were reviewed through extensive consultation with the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) Maritime Group. The basis for the new scheme is around the regionally compatible Haze Grey colour, utilising new technologies in polysiloxane paints with Near Infrared Reflecting Pigments (NIRR).

Research has shown that the polysiloxane paints provide improved durability and fire resistance over older polyurethane systems. The use of reflecting pigments in the Haze Grey formulation reduces external shipboard temperatures by up to 20 degrees Celsius compared to the traditional Storm Grey. This contributes to decreased demand on shipboard environmental systems.

The scheme will be implemented by a phased introduction in scheduled maintenance periods and will yield operational improvements as well as reduce costs and improve technical performance.

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La Russie va renforcer la coque de ses sous-marins stratégiques pour les missions en Arctique (projet à 6,5 millions d'euros)

La Russie va renforcer la coque de ses sous-marins stratégiques pour les missions en Arctique (projet à 6,5 millions d'euros) | Naval |

Le ministère russe de l'Industrie et du Commerce a décidé d'améliorer l'efficacité des sous-marins russes en Arctique, écrit lundi le quotidien Izvestia.

D'ici 2015, les sous-marins seront équipés de nouveaux éléments et leur coque sera renforcée : elle permettra au sous-marin de percer une épaisse couche de glace sans être endommagée lors de la remontée à la surface.

Le cahier des charges indique que la remontée d'urgence sous la glace pourrait être nécessaire dans le cadre d’une mission ou pour sauver l'équipage en cas d'accident. Les dispositifs actuels des sous-marins pour briser la glace ne permettent pas de remonter suffisamment vite sans endommager la coque.

Igor Kourdine, ancien commandant du sous-marin nucléaire Ekaterinbourg et président du club des sous-mariniers de Saint-Pétersbourg, explique que deux moyens existent actuellement pour remonter à la surface dans une région recouverte de glace : la remontée stationnaire ou, en cas d'urgence, la remontée en mouvement en brisant la glace avec la coque.

"La remontée en mouvement est susceptible d'endommager la coque, les dispositifs amovibles, le sonar et les systèmes de torpilles. Actuellement, on ne connait pas de cas de glace brisée en mouvement. Alors que l'émersion stationnaire est une manœuvre classique utilisée fréquemment", a déclaré Igor Kourdine.

L'expert explique qu'avant la remontée classique le sous-marin se retrouve "suspendu" dans l'eau, puis commence à remonter lentement – quelques centimètres par minute. Selon lui il sera nécessaire de renforcer le centre de commandement et la proue du sous-marin pour une remontée en mouvement car ces parties encaissent le choc.

Après la percée réussie de la glace et la remontée à la surface survient le problème de déblayage de la glace sur le pont du sous-marin – la solution à ce problème est également prévue par le projet du ministère de l'Industrie et du Commerce.

Igor Kourdine relève que souvent, la glace obstrue les zones cruciales des sous-marins stratégiques : les silos de missiles.

D'après lui les sous-marins russes modernes peuvent en moyen franchir 60 centimètres de glace en émersion stationnaire et 80 centimètres en mouvement. Un programme spécial pour les systèmes de navigation du sous-marin sera créé dans le cadre de ce projet pour rechercher la zone où la glace est la plus mince.

Igor Kourdine précise que le détecteur d'épaisseur de la glace sera une écho-sonde orientée vers la surface - en connaissant la profondeur du sous-marin il est possible d'obtenir des informations sur l'épaisseur de la glace en utilisant les données du sondeur acoustique.

Le projet inclut également la création d'une soute de sauvetage pour l'équipage, qui devra également être capable de percer la glace pour avoir accès à l'air et contacter les sauveteurs. Après la remontée de la soute en surface il est prévu d'utiliser des dispositifs de chauffage. La soute de sauvetage sera équipée de moyens de communications, d'appareils de navigation et de bouées de signalement.

Pour assurer une meilleure sécurité des sous-marins arctiques au moment de la percée de la glace, le ministère propose de créer un centre terrestre qui aura pour mission d'analyser l'état de la glace dans les zones où naviguent les sous-marins.

Le ministère compte mettre au point cette technologie d'ici avril 2015 et les premiers dispositifs pourraient être installés sur les sous-marins en Arctique en 2016. Ce projet est estimé à 285 millions de roubles, soit près de 6,5 millions d'euros.

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Patrick H. 's curator insight, December 9, 2013 12:56 PM

Le retour inattendu du Youri Dolgorukiy au chantier Sevmash quelques semaines après son intégration à la Flotte du Nord pourrait-il être lié à cette opération ? :


Dans cet autre article, on évoquait il y a quelques jours des reprises à effectuer sur son revêtement anéchoïque...(curieux juste après son admission au service actif) :


Les expériences de systèmes de percée de la banquise sont déjà assez anciennes dans les forces sous-marines russes. Voir cet article intéressant sur le site de Starshiy :



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Taïwan relance l'idée de construire ses propres sous-marins avec une aide technologique américaine

Taïwan relance l'idée de construire ses propres sous-marins avec une aide technologique américaine | Naval |

Taiwan is evaluating the feasibility of building submarines on its own with technical assistance from the United States, according to a local newspaper.

The U.S. government approved the sale of eight diesel-powered submarines to Taiwan in 2001, but no progress has been made on the project since then.

Frustrated by the country's inability to procure submarines, Taiwan's military has gradually changed its attitude from "waiting for U.S. approval" to considering building submarines on its own with U.S. technological support, the United Daily News (UDN) said in a special report Monday.
The shift became even more evident after Yen Ming became defense minister and Adm. Chen Yung-kang took over the helm of the Navy Command Headquarters, according to the paper.
The following are excerpts from the UDN special report on the submarine-related issues:
Both the military and local shipbuilding community are assessing the feasibility of building conventional diesel-powered submarines at home instead of procuring them from the U.S.
A shipbuilding industry association is scheduled to come up with a comprehensive assessment report by June 2014.
Sources familiar with the Navy's submarine procurement project cited several reasons why the potential deal with the United States has remained stalemated.
First, the U.S. asked Taiwan to pay a contract design fee of more than NT$10 billion (US$338.36 million) even before the type of submarine to be sold to Taiwan was determined.
Partisan wrangling over the issue at the time prompted Taiwan's Legislature to balk at making the upfront payment.
A more critical obstacle to progress lies in the U.S. Navy's reluctance to build diesel-electric submarines at a U.S. shipyard because it fears that Congress would ask it to buy the conventional submarines to save money if an American shipyard had the capability to build such a ship.
Acting on the instructions of Defense Minister Yen, the Navy sponsored a closed-door seminar at the Armed Forces Club in Taipei in late November to discuss the feasibility of building submarines in Taiwan.
Adm. Chen chaired the meeting, which was attended by representatives from government agencies as well as academia and the private sector.
All participants reportedly agreed to list "building submarines locally" as an option.
Military and shipbuilding industry executives admitted that Taiwan still cannot build torpedoes, sonar, propulsion systems, combat systems and submarine periscope lenses.
Taiwan also needs to upgrade its blueprint design technology, they said.
Against this backdrop, they said Taiwan should seek U.S. technology transfer in those fields if it wants to build submarines at home.
A model used in Taiwan's building of Ching-kuo indigenous defense fighters (IDFs) in the past could be applied to the submarine building project, they said. U.S.-based General Dynamics had helped with IDF design.

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Patrick H. 's curator insight, December 9, 2013 8:52 PM

Cette idée avait déjà émergé au printemps dernier car ce pays est lassé d'attendre depuis des années un accord pour l'achat de sous-marins :


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In defence of the Royal Navy - The World Outline

In defence of the Royal Navy - The World Outline | Naval |
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In defence of the Royal Navy
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To all intents and purposes, Axe argues that the government's present maritime defence strategy is flawed because it does not advocate a wartime-strength navy.
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