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Un nouveau revêtement d'absorption acoustique potentiellement utilisable pour la discrétion des sous-marins ?

Un nouveau revêtement d'absorption acoustique potentiellement utilisable pour la discrétion des sous-marins ? | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

Imagine a material that wicks sound across its surface like water droplets sliding over a windowpane. For submarines, such a coating would mean an entirely new way to slip past sonar without detection as sound waves pass harmlessly around the vessel.

Physicist Baile Zhang and his colleagues at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore think they may have found a way to design such a coating, which could work for any 3D shape—sharp corners included. In a new research paper published in the journal Physical Review Letters, he describes why this theoretical material could work and what you'd need to make it.

How it works

Zhang says that when sound waves like sonar hit his proposed coating, they strike an acoustically tuned material called a phononic crystal. That crystal bends the waves so that when they bounce off the hull, they loops around—smacking right back onto the surface to bounce over and over again. Zhang likens the process to a professional soccer player curving the ball.

Theoretically, the shape of the material you've coated doesn't matter. As you can see above, the curving sound waves will bounce past sharp corners and flat surfaces alike.

Zhang says that while this new surface is still just a theoretical prospect, he sees no reason why he and his colleagues can't build and begin experimenting on the coating within the next few months.

As for the future promise it might hold for sonar camouflage: "In principle, if a sound wave can be smoothly guided around the submarine without reflection, it can escape detection from sonar, because the sonar works by detecting deflected signals," he says.

Many ways to hide a sub

Avoiding sonar detection is just a game of making sure you don't let incoming sound-waves bounce back to where they came from, Zhang ssays. That means there are plenty of other (at least theoretical) cloaking methods that also could do the job. So how does Zhang's approach compare?

Valentine Leroy, a physicist at Paris Diderot University in France, has developed a different method of sub camouflage. He's proposed a way to almost perfectly sound-proof a submersible. "The general idea goes back to Germany during WWII," Leroy says, "the idea then was to use some coating material like rubber to dampen the sonar [bounce-back]," making a submarine harder to detect, he says.

Rather than rubber, Leroy found that that a thin sheet of bubble-filled material (think of it like Bubble Wrap) works even better. Why? When the sonar wave smacks the bubbly coating, the energy of the wave is transformed into the vibration of the tiny bubbles, which which soaks up and disperses sound. In practice, a 4-millimeter film of such a material could dampen a sonar signal by as much as 99 percent, Leroy says.

There are other even crazier sounding ideas for acoustic camouflage. One concept would use an array of underwater speakers blast back a synchronized sound wave (with the exact opposite amplitude) whenever sonar hits a ship. In theory, the deflected sonar would be cancelled out into silence.

The undersea cat-and-mouse game continues.

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Singapour met en chantier le 1er futur patrouilleur océanique de type Littoral Mission Ship Vessel (LMV)

Singapour met en chantier le 1er futur patrouilleur océanique de type Littoral Mission Ship Vessel (LMV) | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

The keel laying ceremony for the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN)'s first Littoral Mission Vessel (LMV) was held at Singapore Technologies Marine (ST Marine) in Jurong today. Permanent Secretary (Defence) Mr Chan Yeng Kit officiated at the ceremony. The keel laying of the first LMV marks another significant milestone for the RSN.

This LMV is the first of eight new LMVs to be built for the RSN by ST Marine, together with ST Electronics and DSO National Laboratories. The Defence Science and Technology Agency is the overall programme manager and systems integrator for the LMV programme.

The LMVs, to be equipped with advanced combat systems, will be highly versatile and capable of embarking on various mission modules to fulfil a full spectrum of operations. To enable enhanced operational efficiency with a leaner crew size, cutting-edge technologies and innovative concepts have been integrated into the design of the LMVs.

The LMVs will replace the existing Fearless-class Patrol Vessels, which have served the RSN well for close to 20 years. The addition of the LMVs to the RSN will enhance the capabilities of the RSN for the seaward defence of Singapore.

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Le design avait été présenté au salon IMDEX 2013 :

http://www.scoop.it/t/newsletter-navale/?tag=SINGAPOUR


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Le drone de surface Vigilant de la firme singapourienne Zycraft intéresse les Marines du Moyen-Orient et d'Asie du Sud-Est

Le drone de surface Vigilant de la firme singapourienne Zycraft intéresse les Marines du Moyen-Orient et d'Asie du Sud-Est | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

Singapore-based unmanned marine systems developer Zycraft has received strong indications of interest from several Middle Eastern navies for its Vigilant independent unmanned surface vehicle (USV) platform.

"We have received very good indications primarily from navies that are looking to use the platform for their port patrolling operations," Zycraft's president, James Soon, told IHS Jane's on 12 May.

The Vigilant is a 16.5 m vessel that can reach top speeds in excess of 30 kt and maintain a cruise speed of 12 kt at a range of 1,500 n miles. The USV can carry fuel and mission payload of up to 7,000 kg, including high-definition cameras that can transmit images in real time and conduct independent patrols continuously for more than 30 days.

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Singapore Airshow 2014: ST Electronics débute les essais d'un drone de surface spécialisé pour l'ASM

Singapore Airshow 2014: ST Electronics débute les essais d'un drone de surface spécialisé pour l'ASM | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

Singapore Technologies (ST) Electronics has begun testing its Venus unmanned surface vehicle (USV) for anti-submarine warfare (ASW) operations.

The Venus USV programme was conceived as a modular platform reconfigurable for various missions. (IHS/Alex Pape)

Speaking with IHS Jane's at the Singapore Airshow on 11 February, Ng Tee Guan, vice-president of marketing for ST Electronics said that the company has integrated one 16.5 m-long Venus USV platform with a launch and recovery system for dipping sonars and is currently conducting a series of tests on the unit including its deployment abilities under various sea states.

The Venus USV is an indigenous effort believed to have grown out of Singapore's previous involvement in the US Navy's Spartan Scout Advanced Concept Technology Demonstration (ACTD) programme.

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L'industrie allemande des sous-marins a le marché asiatique en ligne de mire

L'industrie allemande des sous-marins a le marché asiatique en ligne de mire | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

10/01/2014

(Infodefensa.com) Madrid - The German defense industry is increasing interest in the Asian market. Conflicts of interest contribute to the Far East by the German submarines at a time that also coincides with the difficulties posed by the continuing budget cuts in most Western countries. The recent custom of Singapore two submersible type 218SG to ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems ( TKMS ) is a good example of this phenomenon.

The international version of the German Spiegel Online this week a piece dedicated to the interests of his country to sell submarines to the growing Asian market. It explains that the new type 218SG has a capacity to be quiet and stay under water unmatched by other conventional models.

These ships are capable of being deployed at sea for more than eighty days and spent four consecutive weeks submerged, making them, according to the publication, in vessels especially suitable for the largest ocean: the Pacific .

Singapore's contract for delivery of two ships this type in 2020 is valued at 1,600 million that will go directly to the German economy, according to Spiegel . The agreement also contributes to the increase of the arms race to dominate the Pacific, in which, amongst others, are China , Japan , Vietnam , Malaysia and even Russia and the United States .

The fisheries resources of this area, disputes over its many islands and large deposits of minerals that are believed to be in the deep ocean contribute to the area to become one of the world's main centers for security policy .

It is a state of things that promise a great deal for the German defense industry, says textually Spiegel Online , adding that the German economy is particularly lucrative selling large submarines. Each of these vessels involves, depending on their size, cost between 400 million and 800 million euros.

For this reason, the information continues, the country's government supports the business. In the case of the agreement with Singapore, for example, the State guarantees the maintenance of German submarines value, which is a risk worth because the state in turn benefits from the tax revenue generated by these exports.

A market of 46,000 million

According to calculations by AMI International , an American company specializing in the analysis of navies, "the armed forces of the region Asia-Pacific will spend a total of 180,000 million dollars in 2031 to nearly 800 new ships, including surface vessels and submarines ". The report estimates that during that period a hundred Submersible be acquired 40 percent of the total market for new submarines, which sum, together with future systems antisubmarine warfare ( ASW , for its acronym in English), an approximate value of $ 63,000 million (46,000 million euros).

With these figures the area will emerge as the largest market in the world underwater in their number, and the second in spending, after the United States.

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Singapour : le contrat des sous-marins a une valeur stratégique pour l'Allemagne

Singapour : le contrat des sous-marins a une valeur stratégique pour l'Allemagne | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

In early December, German shipbuilder Thyssen announced that Singapore’s navy had contracted two Type 218SG U-boats, a variety previously unknown. While the Type 216 concept has been in public discussion Type 218 had not. As it seems, Type 218SG is an improved version of Type 214, adjusted to Singapore’s specific needs, thus the “SG” suffix. Given its size and operational profile, Type 214/218SG subs are very well suited for operations in coastal waters, such as those around Singapore. Thyssen’s offered Type 216 concept is would have been too large.

Thanks to the air-independent propulsion (AIP) fuel cells the U-boat operates almost noiselessly like a nuclear-powered submarine, but without the heat signature caused by the reactor. In consequence, by 2020, Singapore will receive the most advanced non-nuclear-powered submarines in the Indo-Pacific.

Why Singapore Needs U-boats

Lately, international attention has largely been on aircraft carriers and, through China’s ADIZ, with air forces. However, Asia’s arms race takes pace underwater as much as it does on the surface. China is expanding its fleet of nuclear and conventionally powered attack submarines in quality and quantity and the U.S. will commission even more new Virginia-class nuclear subs.
Japan, South Korea, Vietnam, Indonesia, Australia, the Philippines, and Pakistan all maintain programs to modernize and expand their submarine fleets. South Korea has already been a customer of Germany’s submarines. Especially small countries, who are missing the resources and capacities for large expeditionary fleets, will respond to China’s increasing capabilities by expanding of their submarine forces.

The U.S. and Britain will favor ally Singapore’s procurement of top-of-the-line German U-boats, but the purchase will certainly not please China’s navy. All Chinese warships underway to the Indian Ocean by the far-most economic route have to pass the shallow waters around Singapore, thereby coming in range of the barely detectable 218s.

The purchase of a German product also helps keep Singapore’s fleet interoperable with Western navies. For the West this is advantageous in the event that continued Chinese “assertiveness,” spurs the formation of new coalitions in Southeast Asia. Japan is already pursuing that track. Given China’s desire to establish an ADIZ in the South China Sea, at least one aircraft carrier would have to transit to the south of the South China Sea to enforce it. China’s fighter jets lack the range to launch from the mainland and aerial refueling capabilities are too immature. Thus, Singapore’s Type 218s would pose a serious challenge to any Chinese carrier task force.

How far China has advanced in sonar techniques and submarine detection is hard to say. If German Type 212s can make their way through the anti-sub-defense of a U.S. aircraft carrier, the even more advanced 218s should have no major difficulty embarrassing the Chinese navy.

Yet just two 218s will not be enough because Singapore’s navy also has an Endurance-class LPD and surface warships to protect. One rule applies to warships as well as submarines: one at sea, one in the yard, and one developing its readiness. Of course, the Singaporeans know that. Thus, given a successful program development, we will likely see an order of a second tranche.

Strategic Value for Germany

The announced deal is also a win for Germany. Besides the good deal for the German defense industry, the secured jobs, and the revenue, the deal’s strategic value must also be examined. By purchasing amphibious landing ships, new frigates and the F-35, Singapore, with its central geo-strategic location, is on the way to become a military powerhouse. It is therefore in the interests of a maritime trade-dependent nation like Germany, to have good relations with Singapore, as it inhabits one of the world’s most important ports.

Germany has not yet had any maritime security access east of the Malacca Strait in Southeast Asia. Even its role in the Indian Ocean has remained unusually limited. With the further pace-taking maritime arms-race in Southeast Asia, Germany now has a bright foot in the door. In addition, Singapore will become dependent after 2020 on German spare part deliveries. 

It should be noted that a submarine deal with South Korea, to this day, has not produced any immediate strategic value or results in practical security policy. Through two customers instead of one that could change, especially as Germany pursues additional export deals in the region.

In addition to the potential for these lucrative arcontracts, Germany has an interest in a stable, peaceful maritime arc running from Singapore and Vladivostok. China’s re-armament, coupled with a more assertive military doctrine, and its aggressive enforcement ensures the opposite. Since one can doubt U.S. resolve thanks to the Obama Administration and the federal budget, the countries of the region must be able to balance China’s rise, at least partially, by themselves. Therefore, German-built subs can surely do their share.

 

Felix Seidler is a fellow at the Institute for Security Policy, University of Kiel, Germany, and runs the site Seidlers-Sicherheitspolitik.net (Seidler’s Security Policy).

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Singapour signe finalement pour 2 sous-marins TKMS Type 218SG à livrer en 2020 après une lutte avec DCNS

Singapour signe finalement pour 2 sous-marins TKMS Type 218SG à livrer en 2020 après une lutte avec DCNS | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

Singapour, a annoncé lundi l'acquisition de deux sous-marins allemands, sans préciser les sommes engagées.Le ministère de la Défense a signé un contrat avec ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems pour deux sous-marins de "Type 218SG" devant être livrés en 2020. Le contrat prévoit notamment l'entraînement de l'équipage en Allemagne.Les deux submersibles viendront renforcer la flotte d'Archer achetés à la Suède en 2005 pour remplacer ses sous-marins de la classe Challenger construits dans les années 1960 et acquis dans les années 1990."Les sous-marins de remplacement auront des capacités significativement supérieures et seront équipés de systèmes de propulsion anaérobie" permettant des plongées prolongées, a précisé le ministère dans un communiqué. Singapour a prévu 12,34 milliards de dollars locaux (7,2 milliards d'euros) pour son budget militaire cette année, une hausse de quelque 500 millions par rapport à 2012.

La cité-Etat est entourée d'imposants voisins (Chine, Indonésie, Malaisie) et n'a eu de cesse de s'armer depuis sa scission douloureuse d'avec la Malaisie en 1965.

 

From "La Tribune" :

C'est un gros coup de bambou pour Paris, qui avait beaucoup œuvré pour la réussite de DCNS à Singapour. Le ministère de la Défense de l'Ile-Etat a finalement choisi ThyssenKrupp Marine System (TKMS) pour l'acquisition de deux sous-marins, selon un communiqué publié ce lundi. Le chantier naval allemand a réussi à vendre deux 218SG, qui ont pris le dessus sur les Scorpène proposés par DCNS. Ces sous-marins remplaceront les vieux sous-marins suédois Challenger.

Pour les deux compétiteurs, cette campagne était très importante. Car c'est d'abord un très joli contrat évalué à 1,8 milliard d'euros pour les deux premiers sous-marins. Au-delà, Singapour fait partie des clients de référence très recherchés par les industriels de l'armement du monde entier. Leur comité d'évaluation est en général apprécié pour le sérieux de leur choix. Enfin, la compétition entre les deux rivaux va se déplacer dans quelques années en Australie, qui reste attentif au choix de Singapour.

 

DCNS pourtant moins cher de 10 %

 

Depuis le début de l'été, TKMS avait la préférence du comité d'évaluation de Singapour. Après avoir déposé début 2013 une première offre, les deux compétiteurs en ont remis une deuxième au printemps, dite Best offer (BO). C'est là que Singapour a opté pour le groupe TKMS, avec lequel il négocie en exclusivité depuis plusieurs mois. Un succès pour TKMS qu'il doit au patron de TKMS international, Jonathan Kamerman, un homme qui sent pourtant le soufre. Cet ancien contre-amiral de la marine sud-africaine avait en effet choisi puis donné le feu vert dans les années 2000 en tant que chef de projet SITRON au ministère de la Défense à Prétoria, à l'acquisition par la marine sud-africaine de corvettes Meko A200 fabriqués par le chantier naval allemand Blohm+Voss.

Pourtant DCNS, fortement aidé par le gouvernement, avait tenté d'inverser la tendance. La dernière offre du groupe naval français avait semble-t-il au bout du compte fait son chemin dans les esprits à Singapour. Car Paris avait mis tout son poids dans la balance pour inverser la tendance. Et le comité d'évaluation des offres, selon nos informations, avait déjà estimé que la deuxième offre française était supérieure techniquement et financièrement à celle des allemands. DCNS serait moins cher de 10 %  que TKMS.

Patrick H. 's insight:

L'accord avec TKMS prévoit du soutien logistique et de l'entraînement de personnel sous-marinier en Allemagne :

http://dmilt.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=8595:singapore-navy-selects-tyssenkrupp-type-218sg-submarines&catid=3:asia&Itemid=56

La bataille entre TKMS et DCNS sur ce marché était engagée dans l'ombre depuis l'an dernier :

http://www.scoop.it/t/newsletter-navale/p/4010541380/2013/11/06/singapour-guerre-de-l-ombre-entre-dcns-et-tkms-a-singapour-pour-un-contrat-de-3-sous-marins-neufs

http://www.scoop.it/t/newsletter-navale/p/4010573845/2013/11/07/sous-marins-a-singapour-comment-dcns-tente-de-couler-son-rival-allemand-tkms-1-2

 

TKMS a dû aussi écarter et "torpiller" sa filiale suédoise Kockums :

http://www.scoop.it/t/newsletter-navale/p/4010647579/2013/11/08/sous-marins-a-singapour-comment-l-allemand-tkms-veut-torpiller-sa-filiale-suedoise-kockums-2-2

 

Le sous-marin Type 218SG n'existe pour l'instant que sur le "papier". Il s'agirait d'une évolution du Type 214 :

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Type_214_submarine

 

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Sous-marins à Singapour : comment DCNS tente de couler son rival allemand TKMS (1/2)

Sous-marins à Singapour : comment DCNS tente de couler son rival allemand TKMS (1/2) | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

DCNS et son rival allemand TKMS se livrent une guerre totale dans les eaux chaudes du détroit de Malacca. Enjeu, un contrat pour deux sous-marins (et deux en option) évalué à 1,8 milliard d'euros.

A Singapour, DCNS et son rival allemand TKMS (ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems) se livrent une guerre totale pour signer un contrat portant sur la vente de deux sous-marins (plus deux exemplaires en option), seulement armés de torpilles. Une guerre entre le Scorpène de DCNS, qui a remporté de nombreux succès à l'étranger (Chili, Malaisie, Inde et Brésil) et le U218, un projet pour le moment de papier qui sera dérivé du modèle U214, sans aucune référence export.

Pour les deux compétiteurs, cette campagne est très importante. Car c'est d'abord un très joli contrat évalué à 1,8 milliard d'euros pour les deux premiers sous-marins....

 

...TKMS a une longueur d'avance

 

Depuis le début de l'été, TKMS a la préférence du comité d'évaluation de Singapour. Après avoir déposé début 2013 une première offre, les deux compétiteurs en ont remis une dernière au printemps, dite Best offer (BO). C'est là que Singapour a opté pour le groupe TKMS, avec lequel il négocie en exclusivité depuis plusieurs mois.

Car DCNS n'a été convoqué que pour une séance de clarification de quelques jours seulement sur sa seconde offre avec la Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA), la direction générale de l'armement (DGA) locale.

"Il n'y a pas eu de second round de négociations. Ils n'ont pas réellement considéré au printemps la nouvelle offre de DCNS", explique-t-on à La Tribune.

Pas de chance pour DCNS, sa seconde offre est beaucoup plus performante que la première.

 

...DCNS serait  10 % moins cher que TKMS

 

Pour les Français, à la fin de l'été, la messe semble dite. Et ces derniers s'attendent même que la ville-Etat annonce son choix le 9 août, date de la fête nationale de Singapour. Rien ne se passe. A la mi-août, la DSTA poursuit son dialogue avec TKMS. Et pose ses valises en Allemagne. les équipes de la DSTA visitent les chantiers naval d'Hambourg, puis de Kiel avant de débarquer à  Eckenförde, le centre de formation de la marine allemande. Mais aucun contrat n'est signé. Ce qui donne des ailes à DCNS, qui depuis septembre reprend espoir.

Car la dernière offre du groupe naval français a semble-t-il au bout du compte fait son chemin dans les esprits à Singapour. Et elle pourrait être prise en compte par les Singapouriens devant l'insistance de la France et surtout de la qualité de la dernière offre transmise par DCNS fin octobre. Car Paris a mis tout son poids dans la balance pour inverser la tendance. Et le comité d'évaluation des offres, selon nos informations, a déjà estimé que la deuxième offre française était supérieure techniquement et financièrement à celle des allemands. DCNS serait moins cher de 10 %  que TKMS....

 

...Enfin, le délégué général pour l'armement, Laurent Collet-Billon, a confirmé dans un courrier adressé à son homologue singapourien  tous les transferts de technologies consentis dans le cadre de cet appel d'offres. Un courrier qui est arrivé à la DSTA peu avant le voyage du Premier ministre singapourien. "Nous avons fait tout ce qui était possible de faire pour renverser la tendance", explique-t-on à La Tribune. Après la visite à Paris de Lee Hsien Loong, Singapour donnera-t-il sa chance dans les prochains jours à DCNS ?

 

 

Lire l'intégralité de l'article sur le site de "La Tribune" :

http://www.latribune.fr/entreprises-finance/industrie/aeronautique-defense/20131106trib000794380/sous-marins-a-singapour-comment-dcns-tente-de-couler-son-rival-allemand-tkms-12.html

 

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Le Vietnam et Singapour signent un accord de coopération dans le domaine du sauvetage de sous-marins

Le Vietnam et Singapour signent un accord de coopération dans le domaine du sauvetage de sous-marins | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

La Marine populaire du Vietnam et la Marine de Singapour ont récemment conclu un accord de coopération en matière de sauvetage de sous-marins.

Le document a été signé lors d'une visite à Singapour du vice-ministre de la Défense et commandant de la Marine populaire du Vietnam, l'amiral Nguyen Van Hien, débutée le 6 septembre.

Lors sa visite de trois jours, l'amiral Nguyen Van Hien a rencontré le contre-amiral Ng Chee Peng, commandant de la Marine singapourienne. Ils ont également signé un mémorandum sur l'échange d'informations concernant les activités maritimes non militaires des Marines vietnamienne et singapourienne.

La signature de ces documents traduisent les bonnes relations bilatérales entre les deux pays dans la défense. Actuellement, les forces armées des deux pays effectuent régulièrement des visites de hautes délégations et des échanges d'informations.

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Le Vietnam commence à construire sa flotte sous-marine avec le contrat en cours d'acquisition de sous-marins Projet 636 Kilo construits en Russie. Ses capacités de secours à un sous-marin en détresse sont encore nulles actuellement.

 

Singapour est leader dans le domaine du sauvetage de sous-marins en Asie du Sud-Est.

La Marine singapourienne opère le véhicule sous-marin de sauvetage SRV DSAR6  qui  a été mis en service en 2009 avec son "mothership" Swift Rescue. Son immersion maximale est 500m, son autonomie 10 h ; il peut accueillir 17 sous-mariniers en détresse et opérer jusqu’à mer 5.

http://www.jfdefence.com/casestudies/swiftrescue/index.html

Les caractéristiques du DSAR-6 sont à comparer à celles du SRV du système NSRS OTAN (financé à parts égales par la Grande-Bretagne, la Norvège et la France)qui, lui, peut opérer jusqu'à 610 m de profondeur.

 

Singapour a déjà signé un accord de coopération dans ce domaine avec l'Australie :

http://www.scoop.it/t/newsletter-navale/p/4001697341/les-marines-australiennes-et-singapouriennes-signent-un-accord-pour-le-sauvetage-de-sous-marin

 

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Les Marines australiennes et singapouriennes signent un accord pour le sauvetage de sous-marin

Les Marines australiennes et singapouriennes signent un accord pour le sauvetage de sous-marin | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) signed an arrangement with the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) during the International Maritime Defense Exhibition and Conference (IMDEX) in Singapore.

Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Ray Griggs, who signed the agreement with his Singaporean counterpart Rear Admiral Ng Chee Peng, said the Submarine Rescue Support and Cooperation Arrangement was developed between the RAN and RSN to enhance submarine rescue system availability between both navies.

“Having the arrangement in place will assist in facilitating an Australian request to Singapore for support if ever required in areas within the reach of the Singaporean submarine rescue system,” Vice Admiral Griggs said.

The arrangement also allows for familiarization visits between the two Navies to ensure interoperability of these important systems.

“This will ensure the compatibility of our systems, procedures and documentation, and establishes a framework for the conduct of future submarine rescue exercises at sea,” Vice Admiral Griggs said.

Patrick H. 's insight:

La Marine singapourienne opère le véhicule sous-marin de sauvetage SRV DSAR6  qui  a été mis en service en 2009 avec son "mothership" Swift Rescue. Son immersion maximale est 500m, son autonomie 10 h ; il peut accueillir 17 sous-mariniers en détresse et opérer jusqu’à mer 5.

http://www.jfdefence.com/casestudies/swiftrescue/index.html

 

La Marine australienne opère en leasing le véhicule sous-marin de sauvetage LR5 (ex-britannique) propriété de l’entreprise James Fisher Defense, dont l'immersion maximale est 400 m, qui peut accueillir 15 sous-mariniers en détresse

http://www.naval-technology.com/projects/lr5/

 

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Vidéo reportage sur le salon naval IMDEX 2013 à Singapour

http://Defense-update.com provides a first view of IMDEX ASIA 2013 naval exhibition at Singapore. In this review you can view: Lockheed Martin Multimission Combat Ship, a new derivative of the US Navy Freedom Class Littoral Combat Ship, the latest Compact light frigate, new versions of RAFAEL's Typhoon, IAI's Maritime Heron UAS, Thales's FLASH dipping sonar, new French Infrared Search/Track systems from Cilas and Sage, the 76/62mm STRALES turret and 76mm guided ammunition from Oto Melara, the mysterious SMX36 submarine proposed by CDNS and ore... Stay tuned for more reports from Defense-Update VideoReport!

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Le sous-marin singapourien RSS Swordsman, 2ème du type Archer, déclaré bon pour le service opérationnel

Le sous-marin singapourien RSS Swordsman, 2ème du type Archer, déclaré bon pour le service opérationnel | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

The last of Singapore's most advanced submarines was declared battle-ready on Tuesday, sharpening the capabilities of the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) in underwater warfare.

The RSS Swordsman was commissioned, following more than two years of tests and torpedo-firing exercises in Sweden and in the warmer and more corrosive waters here. The 60.5m diesel-electric vessel arrived in Singapore in last December. This is the second Archer-class vessel to be added to the RSN's 171 Squadron, after the first, RSS Archer, was declared operational in 2011. The submarine squadron also comprises four ageing Challenger-class submarines.

Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam, who was at the ceremony in Changi Naval Base, said the new vessel will strengthen the navy's ability to safeguard Singapore's "continued and unimpeded access to the maritime routes".

He noted that Tuesday's ceremony also marked the end of the RSN's eight year journey to replace some of the Challenger-class submarines, which were built in the 1960s.

Patrick H. 's insight:

Ces 2 sous-marins ont été désarmés par la Marine suédoise en 2005 pour être vendus à Singapour.

Ils ont été remis à niveau par par leur constructeur suédois Kockums à Karlskrona. Ils sont maintenant équipés d'un module de propulsion AIP Stirling.

Ils sont aussi équipés du système de direction de combat SUBTICS de DCNS.

Le Swordsman est arrivé à sa base de Singapour début janvier 2013 :

http://www.straitstimes.com/breaking-news/singapore/story/submarine-returns-changi-naval-base-20121231

 

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Le Ministre de la Défense singapourien déclare envisager de remplacer ses sous-marins agés

Le Ministre de la Défense singapourien déclare envisager de remplacer ses sous-marins agés | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

SINGAPORE - Plans to enhance the fighting capabilities of the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) and tighten training safety were spelt out by the Ministry of Defence (Mindef) in the Budget debate yesterday.

Here are some key highlights.

New defence machines

Mindef is in the "final stages" of evaluating the still-in-development F-35 jet to "modernise" the Republic of Singapore Air Force's fighter fleet, said Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen.

He said the jet has "the potential to be the most advanced multi-role fighter aircraft for decades to come".

Mindef is also looking to replace its ageing Challenger-class submarines, which were built in the 1960s.

Patrick H. 's insight:

La Marine singapourienne possède 4 sous-marins type ex-SS A-12 Sjöormen suédois mis en service en 1968-69 acquis en 1995-97, et modernisés par Kockums en Suède. Ils ont été remis en service opérationnel entre 2000 et 2004.

Elle possède également 2 sous-marins ex-suédois plus modernes type Västergötland, également modernisés chez Kockums entre 2007 et 2012, destinés à remplacer 2 des sous-marins Sjöormen.

Le premier, l'Archer, est arrivé à Singapour en 2010. Le deuxième, le Swordsman, vient d'arriver début janvier 2013 :

http://www.scoop.it/t/newsletter-navale/p/3952880158/le-sous-marin-singapourien-rss-swordsman-de-retour-a-sa-base-apres-une-refonte-en-suede

Un possible appel d'offre singapourien pour l'achat de nouveaux sous-marins  a commencé à filtrer à l'été 2012 :

http://www.infosdefense.com/vente-en-vue-de-sous-marins-a-singapour-76590/


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Singapour : un nouveau centre d'entraînement pour équipages de sous-marins et 2 sous-marins retirés du service

Singapour : un nouveau centre d'entraînement pour équipages de sous-marins et 2 sous-marins retirés du service | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

SINGAPORE - The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) has launched a new Submarine Training Centre (STC) at Changi Naval Base on Wednesday afternoon, said MINDEF in a statement.

The launch was officiated by Chief of Navy Rear-Admiral Lai Chung Han, and attended by senior officials and pioneer submariners from RSN.

MINDEF said that the new STC is a one-stop training facility featuring simulators that enhance realism, effectiveness and efficiency during submarine training.

The training centre will also meet all operational training and qualification requirements for the submariners, MINDEF added.

On the same day of the launch, two RSN Challenger-class submarines, RSS Challenger and RSS Centurion, were retired after 18 years of service.

The new STC has been named RSS Challenger in recognition of the submarine's role as Singapore Navy's first submarine and training platform.

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Singapour réexprime son besoin d'un bâtiment multi-missions de grande dimension JMMS pour des opérations interarmées

Singapour réexprime son besoin d'un bâtiment multi-missions de grande dimension JMMS pour des opérations interarmées | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) is considering buying a Joint Multi-Mission Ship (JMMS) — a larger ship compared with the Land Ship Tanks (LSTs) on the SAF’s books — that will enable it to send more helicopters to crisis-hit areas.Revealing this in a media interview last week to mark SAF Day today, Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen noted an increasing recognition by militaries around the world, including the SAF, that “in specific circumstances, the military is an organisation which, if it can, can step forward to help”.
Citing humanitarian assistance and disaster relief as clear examples, he said: “We know that the responsibility falls squarely on the SAF to protect Singapore, that we are very clear. But beyond that, we recognise that there are increasing demands for what we call expanded operations ... During the haze, the SAF also stepped forward to distribute masks.”He said the SAF’s experience in helping with relief efforts for Typhoon Haiyan, which hit the Philippines in November last year and reportedly killed thousands of people, underscored the need for a JMMS, which has greater capacity and longer range than the LST. The latter can carry two Super Puma helicopters or one Chinook.
“The typhoon was so devastating that … communications were knocked out. There was no centralised ability for command and control for the air space. And in that context, a ship such as the JMMS would be very useful,” said Dr Ng.The Ministry of Defence is in the final legs of evaluating what is required for such a ship, said Dr Ng.In April, Singapore offered to host a regional humanitarian assistance and disaster relief coordination centre at its Changi Command and Control (C2) Centre. Dr Ng said that since then, several countries have expressed support for the proposal.“A number of military chiefs have visited our Changi Command and Control Centre. They feel that it’s an idea that meets the needs of the times and I would say we are working out the mechanics,” he said.In the meantime, the Republic is actively seeking to build networks with other militaries and also civilian groups such as voluntary welfare organisations and United Nations agencies.
Stressing that no single country will have all the resources to cope with a catastrophe, Dr Ng said: “Part of building the networks is cultivation of relationships, knowing where your resources can be or where they can be pre-positioned, and who is available to be activated ... Obviously, the affected country must agree to the help but once it does, then we can move.”Another area that the SAF is working on is beefing up cyber defence, which will have an increasingly large impact on the Republic’s defence operations, Dr Ng said.
The SAF is ramping up its hiring, training and deployment of officers in this area.“I would say that all countries are grappling with this because we recognise that it is a new frontier that can have an impact sometimes equivalent, sometimes even more than, the physical terrain. So if your networks are knocked out, for example, it can have security implications and that is something that we take very seriously,” said Dr Ng.

Patrick H. 's insight:

Cette information était déjà sortie au mois de mars dernier :

http://www.scoop.it/t/newsletter-navale/p/4017350500/2014/03/10/singapour-examine-la-possibilite-d-acquerir-des-portes-helicopteres-amphibies-de-plus-grande-dimension

On peut imaginer que Navantia et DCNS vont se positionner avec leurs designs respectifs de LHD, mais aussi Fincantieri avec le modèle Cavour

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Singapour examine la possibilité d'acquérir des portes-hélicoptères amphibies de plus grande dimension

Singapour examine la possibilité d'acquérir des portes-hélicoptères amphibies de plus grande dimension | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) is examining the possibility of acquiring larger multipurpose amphibious landing platform dock ships (LPDMs) for the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN), Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen disclosed in parliament on 6 March.

Ng praised the performance of the city-state's current LPDM fleet in supporting humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) missions in recent years.

"The SAF has also found the multirole landing ship tank [LST] to be an effective workhorse in our relief efforts, so whether it was to the Indian Ocean tsunami or the Northern Arabian Gulf, or whether it was to relief efforts elsewhere, they were found to be effective", Ng said during a parliamentary debate on Singapore's 2014 defence budget. "[However] if there was one limitation, it was in their carrying capacity", he added.

"We are therefore studying carefully the need for larger LSTs that can carry more helicopters as well as more cargo", he said. Ng also indicated that the RSN will acquire two more Sikorsky S-70B Seahawk naval helicopters.

The RSN currently operates a fleet of four Endurance-class multipurpose LPDMs which were commissioned between 2000 and 2001. Each of the 8,636-tonne full-load displacement vessels can accommodate two Super Puma helicopters on deck and carry up to 18 main battle tanks (MBTs).

The vessels were built by Singapore Technologies (ST) Marine.

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ST Marine présente un nouveau design de patrouilleur océanique (NGOPV) au Singapore Airshow

ST Marine présente un nouveau design de patrouilleur océanique (NGOPV) au Singapore Airshow | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

Singapore Technologies Marine (ST Marine) introduced a line of offshore patrol vessels at the Singapore Airshow.

The boats, known as the New Generation Offshore Patrol Vessel (NGOPV), are based on the Fearless-class hull form, but feature an extended length that can fit a helicopter landing dock. The hull design of the 95 m craft is touted as having been optimised and model-tested for high-speed performance. The shipbuilder has also promised long-range fuel economy at cruising speed.

Speaking to IHS Janes's on 9 February, ST Marine Vice President for Marketing Siow Chee Khiang said the NGOPV was "suitable for countries looking to secure their maritime boundaries.

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Les 6 corvettes lance-missiles singapouriennes Victory ont été remises à niveau (avec un UAV Scan Eagle)

Les 6 corvettes lance-missiles singapouriennes Victory ont été remises à niveau (avec un UAV Scan Eagle) | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

“Lianhe Zaobao on 7 Dec 2013 featured the capabilities of the upgraded missile corvettes. The upgrades made included: (i) an enhanced Combat Management System; and (ii) advanced sensor systems, including the ScanEagle UAV. However, the MCVs would no longer have anti-submarine capabilities such as anti-submarine torpedoes and variable depth sonar detectors. The six MCVs had been in service for more than 20 years, and had been upgraded to ensure that they retained the capability and flexibility to meet new and evolving demands.

CO RSS Victory LTC Tony Wong said that the upgraded MCVs would continue to meet the RSN’s operational need to around 2020. The upgrade would also give the vessels better situational awareness thus allowing the crew to make quicker and more informed decisions. In the past, the MCVs had to approach a threat to identify it. However with the UAV capability, they could now assess it without putting the vessel and crew risk. The upgrades were also completed two months earlier than planned. The first CO of RSS Valour COL (Ret) Gary Lee shared his experience onboard the vessel. He said that one of his proudest moments was in 1991 when he commanded RSS Valour. Alongside RSS Vigour, the two vessels participated in Exercise Southern Friendship, sailing 22,000km in 72 days stopping at nine ports. COL (Ret) Lee “proudly” said that the voyage proved that the RSN’s strength and demonstrated the crew abilities. ME5 Foo Suan Yong shared that the current batch of soldiers were technologically savvy thus allowing them to easily master the high-tech systems.”

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Le futur sous-marin 218 SG de TKMS pour la Marine singapourienne : quelles caractéristiques ?

Le futur sous-marin 218 SG de TKMS pour la Marine singapourienne : quelles caractéristiques ? | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

Le design du futur sous-marin 218SG conçu par TKMS pour Singapour se situera-t-il entre le Dolphin AIP construit pour les israéliens et le 216 récemment présenté au salon IMDEX Asia ?

 

Singapore is likely to expand the missions and operational capabilities of its submarine force in the next decade, fielding large ocean going submarines with mission endurance of weeks, even months in the next decade. Sofar the island state operated much smaller subs, designed for operations in shallow waters and littorals closer to home. The Defense ministry of Singapore announced this week it has ordered two new ‘Type 218SG’ submarines from the German-based ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS).

The 218SG is a customized design from ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems. TKMS did not provide much detail about the specification of the ‘Type 218’ submarine, hitherto an unknown designation, although the company mentioned the submarines would be fitted out with ‘air independent propulsion’ (AIP) from the baseline (unlike the Archers, that had to be cut apart to ‘plug in’ the AIP). The new submarine will be customized to address specific requirements of the Singapore Navy. Among those systems will be a comprehensive combat system provided by Atlas Elektronik GmbH, to be co-developed and adapted to the customer requirements by Singapore based ST Electronics.

German industry experts commenting about the deal said the project would cost about one billion Euros and is expected to take six years to complete. The first submarine will be delivered to the Singapore Navy in 2020.

Singapore is already operating two Archer Class submarines modified by the Swedish Kockums shipyard to meet the requirements of the Singapore Navy. Kockums, now a subsidiary of TKMS, built both Archer and Challenger, both designed for littoral, shallow sea operations.

The two Archer class submarines were bought from Swedish navy surplus in 2009. They were thoroughly modernized, fitted with Stirling Air Independent Propulsion engine and entered service with the Singapore navy this year. The diesel-electric powered Challenger Class vessels were built in 1967-8, and entered service with the Singapore Navy in 2001. With the introduction of new models they will be progressively retired from service. Singapore planned to buy four Archer Class submarines; it is yet unclear whether Singapore will exercise this option parallel to the acquisition of the new Type-218SGs.

What is Type 218SG?

At the recent IMDEX naval expo in Singapore TKMS submarine branch Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft (HDW) displayed models of its newly released Type 216 ‘concept submarine’. It is likely that the Singaporean Type 218SG will be a derivative based on this new class. In the past HDW extended the capacity of former models – for example, the Type 209 grew over the years from the basic 1000 tons submerged displacement to 1500, 1700, 1900 and even 2,300 tons (submerged displacement of the Type 800 Dolphin class).

Building upon a baseline platform of 4,000 ton displacement, HDW’s Type 216 is designed to be scaled up or down, thus better matching the requirements of navies seeking large, ocean going AIP-augmented diesel-electric powered submarines – as reflected in current Australian, Canadian and Indian acquisition programs.

 

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Sous-marins à Singapour : comment l’allemand TKMS veut torpiller sa filiale suédoise Kockums (2/2)

Sous-marins à Singapour : comment l’allemand TKMS veut torpiller sa filiale suédoise Kockums (2/2) | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

L'appel d'offres de Singapour pour l'acquisition de deux sous-marins (plus deux en option) a révélé de très fortes dissensions entre TKMS et sa filiale Kockums.

En lui interdisant de présenter une offre à Singapour, le groupe allemand veut torpiller son concurrent suédois.

Une relation ancienne entre Kockums et Singapour

Depuis de longues années, le chantier naval suédois entretient une relation commerciale, opérationnelle et industrielle étroite avec Singapour et sa marine. Elle lui a notamment vendu dans les années 1990 quatre sous-marins de la marine suédoise de la classe Sjöormen (mis en service en 1968 et 1969 en Suède), sous le nom de Challenger, qui ont été livrés entre 2000 et 2004.

Puis, Singapour commande en 2005 pour 128 millions de dollars deux sous-marins suédois de la classe Västergötland (A17), qui ont succédé chez Kockums aux Sjöormen. Ces deux sous-marins ont été livrés entre 2011 et 2013 à la marine de Singapour sous le nom d'Archer. Parallèlement, Kockums conclut des accords industriels avec le groupe singapourien ST Engineering. Enfin, la marine suédoise fournit l'entrainement des équipages à Singapour. Ce que ne fait pas la marine allemande.

Le diktat allemand

Malgré cette longue coopération opérationnelle et industrielle, Kockums, qui souhaitait à l'origine proposer son futur sous-marin de nouvelle génération l'A26 à Singapour, est brutalement écarté de la compétition par son actionnaire TKMS....

 

Lire l'intégralité de l'article de Michel Cabirol sur le site de "La Tribune" :

http://www.latribune.fr/entreprises-finance/industrie/aeronautique-defense/20131107trib000794682/sous-marins-a-singapour-comment-l-allemand-tkms-veut-torpiller-sa-filiale-suedoise-kockums-22.html

 

 

Patrick H. 's insight:

Suite du dossier entamé hier autour de ce potentiel contrat de vente de sous-marins à Singapour :

http://www.scoop.it/t/newsletter-navale/p/4010573845/2013/11/07/sous-marins-a-singapour-comment-dcns-tente-de-couler-son-rival-allemand-tkms-1-2

 

Cet article éclaire d'un nouveau jour l'information récente selon laquelle TKMS chercherait à couler sa filiale suédoise Kockums, entreprise acquise en 2005 :

http://www.scoop.it/t/newsletter-navale/p/4009351450/2013/10/16/l-industriel-allemand-tkms-veut-il-couler-le-suedois-kockums-dont-il-est-proprietaire

 

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SINGAPOUR - Guerre de l'ombre entre DCNS et TKMS à Singapour pour un contrat de 3 sous-marins neufs

SINGAPOUR - Guerre de l'ombre entre DCNS et TKMS à Singapour pour un contrat de 3 sous-marins neufs | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it
Les industriels navals TKMS et DCNS se battent au couteau pour vendre trois sous-marins dernier-cri à Singapour. Montant du contrat : 1,8 milliard $.(...)
Patrick H. 's insight:

Les négociations côté DCNS avaient, semble-t-il déjà commencées l'an dernier (à l'époque, on parlait de 4 exemplaires de Scorpene :

http://www.infosdefense.com/vente-en-vue-de-sous-marins-a-singapour-76590/

http://www.navyrecognition.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=528

 

On se souviendra aussi, qu'au printemps dernier, le Ministre de la Défense singapourien faisait part de la volonté de remplacer ses sous-marins type Challenger jugés âgés :

http://www.scoop.it/t/newsletter-navale/p/3998208410/le-ministre-de-la-defense-singapourien-declare-envisager-de-remplacer-ses-sous-marins-ages

 

Pour mémoire,la Marine singapourienne possède 4 sous-marins type Challenger ex-SS A-12 Sjöormen suédois mis en service en 1968-69 acquis en 1995-97, et modernisés par Kockums en Suède. Ils ont été remis en service opérationnel entre 2000 et 2004.

Elle possède également 2 sous-marins ex-suédois plus modernes type Västergötland, également modernisés chez Kockums entre 2007 et 2012, destinés à remplacer 2 des sous-marins Sjöormen.

Le premier, l'Archer, est arrivé à Singapour en 2010. Le deuxième, le Swordsman, vient d'arriver début janvier 2013 :

http://www.scoop.it/t/newsletter-navale/p/3952880158/le-sous-marin-singapourien-rss-swordsman-de-retour-a-sa-base-apres-une-refonte-en-suede

 

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ST Marine a présenté le design du Littoral Mission Vessel (LMV) singapourien au salon IMDEX 2013

ST Marine a présenté le design du Littoral Mission Vessel (LMV) singapourien au salon IMDEX 2013 | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

ST Marine unveiled its Littoral Mission Ship Vessel (LMV) design for the Republic of Singapore Navy's (RSN 's) Fearless-class replacement programme at the International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference (IMDEX) Asia, held in Singapore on 13 May.
The Singapore Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) announced on 30 January that ST Marine had been awarded a contract to design and build eight new vessels to replace the RSN's existing Fearless-class patrol vessels.
Deliveries are set to start in 2016, with all eight vessels to be fully operational by 2020.
ST Electronics will supply the core combat systems and integration solutions, while ST Marine will perform platform system integration as lead system integrator.
AT IMDEX ST Matine revealed an 80 m, 1,200-tonne displacement ship capable of achieving a maximum speed in excess of 27 kt. The vessel will have a core crew of up to 30, with potentially a further 30 embarked as specialised mission crew according to tasking.
A flight deck aft is designed to support the operation of a medium helicopter, while stern ramp facilities provide for the launch and recovery of two sea boats. Space under the flight deck allows embarkation of containerised payloads.
The sensor suite system includes a surveillance radar, navigation radar and electrooptical system, while the weapon fit encompasses a medium-calibre gun, small calibre guns and a point defence system. Weapons and sensors
will be integrated into an indigenously developed combat management system (CMS).

 

Source : JDW

Patrick H. 's insight:

Il est un peu plus petit que l'Adroit de DCNS :

http://www.netmarine.net/bat/patrouil/adroit/caracter.htm

 

 

De nombreuses et belles photos du salon IMDEX et son "Warship display" sont disponibles à cette adresse :

http://www.flickr.com/photos/xtemujin/sets/72157633484740871/

 

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Salon naval IMDEX 2013 : reportage photo

Salon naval IMDEX 2013 : reportage photo | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

The new Littoral Mission Vessel (LMV) class program for Singapore comprises eight 1,200-tonne vessels. The program is being led by ST Marine as prime contractor. These boats will replace the country’s current Fearless-class patrol vessels.

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Sagem signe un contrat important avec la Marine singapourienne pour la livraison de systèmes de conduite de tir GFCS

Sagem signe un contrat important avec la Marine singapourienne pour la livraison de systèmes de conduite de tir GFCS | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

Sagem (Safran) has signed a contract with the Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA) of Singapore to develop and produce a new Gun Fire-Control System (GFCS) for eight Littoral Mission Vessels ordered by the Republic of Singapore Navy.

Sagem’s new GFCS is a centralized system located at the ship’s operations center that integrates several functions: main and secondary guns, radar, optronics and navigation systems. Capable of operating from several multifunction consoles concurrently, Sagem’s GFCS will also be interfaced with the combat management system. It’s open architecture not only allows for easy integration but also ensures flexibility and scalability for future upgrades and enhancement.
A long-standing partner to the Singapore Navy, Sagem has also supplied the GFCS for the six Formidable class frigates, and four Endurance class LSTs.
The new GFCS will be developed by Sagem at its Massy R&D center near Paris. Through this program Sagem provides further proof of its capabilities as systems integrator for combat systems, sensors and decentralized information on military platforms.

(1) The upcoming Littoral Mission Vessel class program for Singapore comprises eight 1,200-tonne vessels. This program, being led by ST Marine as prime contractor, will replace the country’s current Fearless-class patrol vessels.

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Lire aussi l'article de Mer et Marine :

http://www.meretmarine.com/fr/content/sagem-fournira-la-conduite-de-tir-des-futures-corvettes-singapouriennes

 

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Présentation du salon naval IMDEX Asia 2013 qui aura lieu à Singapour du 14 au 16 mai

Présentation du salon naval IMDEX Asia 2013 qui aura lieu à Singapour du 14 au 16 mai | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

Exhibitors and delegates at the upcoming International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference (IMDEX Asia) will have the opportunity to meet more key players from international navies, coast guards and maritime agencies as the biennial exhibition is set to host the highest number ever of Navy Chiefs from all over the world. IMDEX Asia, returning for its ninth edition from 14 to 16 May 2013 at the Changi Exhibition Centre (CEC) in Singapore, is recognised as Asia-Pacific’s foremost maritime defence show.

Some 30 Navy Chiefs, Coast Guard Directors-General and heads of maritime agencies in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond will be taking part in IMDEX Asia 2013. IMDEX Asia 2013 will also showcase an impressive line-up of warships from around the world with the participation of 15 warships from nine countries including Australia, France, India, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, the United States and Singapore. Trade visitors will also get to see, for the first time, USS Freedom, which has just arrived in Singapore. The warship display will offer a rare opportunity for delegates to board the ships, gain insight into the various operations on-board, and to meet and network with senior naval officers from the world over.

Jimmy Lau, Managing Director of Experia Events, said:“The increasing number of Navy Chiefs and VIPs attending IMDEX Asia is a testament to the growing stature of the event globally. With the Asia-Pacific region now the world’s second largest naval market, IMDEX Asia is more than ever a must-attend show in the international naval and maritime defence calendar. With new highlights and features in place for this year, we are confident that IMDEX Asia 2013 is more than ready to deliver an even greater experience for both exhibitors and visitors.”

Debuting at this year’s IMDEX Asia will be Technology Seminars, which provide a platform for exhibitors to present their latest and most innovative technologies to potential buyers from the Asia-Pacific region and beyond. The Technology Seminars will be held in a dedicated area, located at the heart of the main exhibition hall with participation from companies such as Arneson Industries, Viking Air, Saab, Wartsila and General Dynamics Canada. IMDEX Asia 2013 will also feature an array of rigid-inflatable boats (RIBs) and unmanned aerial systems (UAS) in the Static Display.

Some 180 exhibitors have confirmed their participation at IMDEX Asia 2013, with 40% of them joining the show for the first time this year. These new exhibitors include notable companies such as Devor Technologies, Fincantieri, Lurssen Marine Technology, Scania, Schiebel, Westport Shipyard, Viking Air and Liquid Robotics, and visitors can expect to view their latest products and innovations at the show. As a testament to the value IMDEX Asia brings to them, returning exhibitors include major players in the industry such as Austal, DCNS, Lockheed Martin, MBDA, ST Engineering and ThyssenKrupp Marine.

Held in conjunction with IMDEX Asia will be high-level conferences such as the prestigious invitation-only International Maritime Security Conference (IMSC) and the first-ever Asian edition of the International Naval Engineering Conference (INEC@IMDEX Asia). IMSC will gather Navy Chiefs, Directors-General of Coast Guard and heads of maritime agencies from around the world to discuss evolving challenges to naval security, while INEC@IMDEX Asia will gather representatives from navies, designers and shipbuilders, manufacturers, defence-related organisations and academia, focussing on the latest innovations and challenges faced by the naval engineering industry.

The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) will once again host the Maritime Information Sharing Exercise (MARISX) and the Western Pacific Multilateral Sea Exercise (WMSX), bringing together navies and maritime agencies to foster international co-operation.

About IMDEX Asia

Established in 1997, the biennial IMDEX Asia is the premier dedicated maritime defence show serving the Asia-Pacific region and beyond. IMDEX Asia comprises four inter-related events – Exhibition, Conference, VIP Delegations’ Programme and Warship Display – and has established a reputation within the maritime defence industry as a must-attend show. IMDEX Asia 2013 will be the ninth in the series.

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