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ECA : Premier succès commercial pour le robot autonome sous-marin de dernière génération A18

ECA	 :  Premier succès commercial pour le robot autonome sous-marin de dernière génération A18 | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

Le groupe ECA annonce la vente du premier robot autonome sous-marin de dernière génération A18 pour un montant de plusieurs millions d'euros. Le robot sera livré au client en 2016.

Après plusieurs succès en 2013 et 2014 avec l'A91, cette vente à l'export est la première pour le dernier-né des robots autonomes sous-marins (AUV) du groupe ECA. Elle intervient très rapidement après le lancement de la commercialisation en octobre 2014 et avant même la fin du développement.

Ceci est la confirmation de l'intérêt grandissant des clients pour des AUV à grand rayon d'action mais plus compacts du fait de la miniaturisation des capteurs et des équipements embarqués.

Le robot vendu est la version A18D capable de plongées de plus de 24 heures jusqu'à 3000 mètres. Equipé de capteurs de dernière génération et des dernières évolutions logicielles en termes de missions, ce robot possède les meilleures capacités opérationnelles pour les levés hydrographiques, la recherche océanographique, l'exploitation des ressources naturelles des fonds marins ou encore la recherche d'objets et le sauvetage.

Rappel de la gamme des AUV du groupe ECA
Le groupe ECA possède une gamme complète d'AUV des plus compacts avec les A9 aux plus gros avec les A272 ou ALISTAR3000. Tous partagent une architecture informatique, des logiciels d'autonomie et une interface de supervision communs.

La gamme A9 est une gamme récente de petits AUV de 50Kgs à 120Kgs. Disponibles depuis fin 2012, ils peuvent être mis en œuvre simplement par 2 personnes sans moyen particulier de mise à l'eau. La marine française est équipée d'AUV A9 depuis 2013. Trois autres pays l'ont acheté en 2014. Ils sont très bien adaptés pour les missions côtières ou portuaires. Le prix catalogue des A9 s'étend de 0,5 à 2M€.

La nouvelle gamme A18 est composée de robots de 350 à 650Kgs pouvant aller jusqu'à 3000 mètres de profondeur. Ils constituent le nouveau milieu de gamme AUV du groupe ECA. Les performances de l'A18 sont suffisantes pour les besoins des principaux clients. Ils peuvent être déployés à partir de plateforme navale légère à partir de 12m, au moyen de différents dispositifs de mise à l'eau et récupération proposés également par ECA. Le prix catalogue des AUV de type A18 s'étend de 1,5M€ à 5M€.

Les A27 ou ALISTAR3000 sont à l'origine de la gamme AUV du groupe ECA. Développés entre 2003 et 2013, ils ont une grande endurance (supérieure à 30 heures) et une grosse capacité d'emport de capteurs. Ils permettent de réaliser les missions les plus exigeantes. L'AUV A27 est utilisé par la marine française notamment pour l'hydrographie et les opérations de surveillance sous-marine à grand rayon d'action. Les prix catalogues de ces gros AUV s'étendent de 3 à 9M€.

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Ceci est la confirmation de l'intérêt grandissant des clients pour des AUV à grand rayon d'action mais plus compacts du fait de la miniaturisation des capteurs et des équipements embarqués.Le robot vendu est la version A18D capable de plongées de plus de 24 heures jusqu'à 3000 mètres. Equipé de capteurs de dernière génération et des dernières évolutions logicielles en termes de missions, ce robot possède les meilleures capacités opérationnelles pour les levés hydrographiques, la recherche océanographique, l'exploitation des ressources naturelles des fonds marins ou encore la recherche d'objets et le sauvetage.

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La Marine allemande commande 18 hélicoptères navals NH90 NFH "Sea Lion"

La Marine allemande commande 18 hélicoptères navals NH90 NFH "Sea Lion" | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

Germany announced it has ordered 18 NH90 helicopters in "Nato Frigate Helicopter" (NFH) configuration for its navy (Bundesmarine). The helicopters will be called "Sea Lion" and will replace the ageing fleet of Sikorsky SH-3 Sea King. First deliveries of the Sea Lion helicopters are expect to start by 2018.

The German NH90 NFH will be deployed primarily for search and rescue (SAR), transportation, and other specialized missions. The helicopter will be produced in Donauwörth, Germany.

According to NH Industries, the NH90 NFH is the most modern and the best naval helicopter in its class. It has been designed with safety and versatility in mind in order to fulfill the most demanding missions in the harshest weather conditions for the XXIst century.

The NH90 features a redundant fly by wire system, a full composite corrosion free airframe,two powerful engines, a fully integrated weapon system as well as a wide cabin easily reconfigurable. It can operate from a shore base or a Frigate up to sea state 5.

Main Missions
Anti Submarine Warfare (ASW).
Anti Surface Warfare (ASuW).
Search and Rescue.
Maritime Surveillance and Control.
Limited Airborne Early Warning.
Logistic Transport and Utility support.
Vertical Replenishment (VERTREP).
Casualty Evacuation (CASEVAC).
Special Operations including Counter Terrorism and Anti-Piracy.

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Le gouvernement indien sélectionne 2 chantiers navals pour construire ses futurs sous-marins

Le gouvernement indien sélectionne 2 chantiers navals pour construire ses futurs sous-marins | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

Le gouvernement indien a retenu 2 chantiers navals — Larsen & Toubro (L&T) et Pipavav Defence & Offshore Engineering Company — pour l’attribution d’un contrat de construction de 6 sous-marins classiques dans le cadre de son projet 75i.

Selon des sources haut-placées, un comité de haut-niveau présidé par le vice-amiral Subhedar, a inspecté à la fois des chantiers navals privés et publics en vue de sélectionner les chantiers pouvant postuler à l’attribution du contrat. Dans sa présentation au ministère de la défense la semaine dernière, le comité a retenu les 2 chantiers navals du secteur privé : le chantier Katupalli de L&T et Pipavav.

Le contrat sera du type “achat et construction en Inde”. Cela implique que le ou les chantiers devront conclure des accords avec des sociétés étrangères.

Le chantier Pipavav a déjà conclu de tels accords, avec DCNS par exemple. L’objectif du chantier est de se diversifier sur le marché des sous-marins. Il a aussi la capacité de construire plusieurs sous-marins en même temps.

Le Projet 75i prévoit la construction de 6 sous-marins classiques à propulsion anaérobie. La livraison doit intervenir en 2022.

Référence :

Financial Express (Inde)

Patrick H. 's insight:

Dans l'article original, on pourra également trouver les précisions suivantes :

"Among the potential foreign submarine contenders in the race for Project 75i are French DCNS ‘Scorpene’, Russia’s Rubin Amur 1650, the German HDW Type 214, Spain’s Navantia S-80 which broke its partnership with DCNS a while ago has been offering the S-80 design with an ethanol based AIP supplied by Abengoa.

Navantia also has a tie-up with Lockheed Martin for combat management systems and on India, it is known to have been working closely with L&T albeit on surface ship projects. The Swedish Kockums Archer-class is also in the race. Interestingly, DCNS of France, already has a technology tie-up with Pipavav Defence. Sembcorp Marine (Singapore), part of Temasek of the Singapore government and a leading global marine engineering group, has a strategic and equity partnership with Pipavav Defence."

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L'industriel sud-coréen Hyundai propose à la Thaïlande un modèle de petit sous-marin de 500 t adapté à ses besoins

L'industriel sud-coréen Hyundai propose à la Thaïlande un modèle de petit sous-marin de 500 t adapté à ses besoins | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

BANGKOK, -- Having previously Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) origin South Korea filed a class submarine Type-209 to consider the Thai Navy, on this occasion the South Korean company that others are HHI also offers submarine to the Royal Thai Navy.
It should be noted that the Type-209 submarines / Mod proposed by DSME is proposed also to the Thai Navy   by ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) from Germany. Thailand hopes that the submarine offered no physical form and is used by the Navy. From this side of the Type-209 / Mod-made DSME actually quite satisfy, but it is impossible to compete with ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems with hull Type-209 submarines are the same although the respective copyright.
On the other hand HHI has proposed submarine HDS- 500 to the Thai navy has been no information regarding its use by the South Korean Navy, also does not appear on the site information HHI. The new submarine is being developed and was offered as an alternative to the Navy other countries, but have yet to find customers, as well as artificial Amur Russia.
Since 2011 the Agency for Defense Development (ADD) , which is regulated by the Defense Advanced Research belongs to the South Korean government has launched a program KSS-500A submarine, a small submarine that can replace class submarines Dolgorae small classes in South Korea last year also reported that the HHI developed a small submarine. Maybe submarine HDS-500RTN developed from KSS-500A, if this is true then it is a great option for the smallest submarine fleet RTN today.
This boat may have a weight of 510 tons with roaming capabilities are  continuous as far as  2,000 nautical miles for 21 days, the maximum speed of 20 knots and a maximum depth of 250 meters, this ship has a crew of about 10 people.

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Grande-Bretagne : les programmes de frégates Type 26 et de futur SNLE dans la ligne de mire des coupes budgétaires

Grande-Bretagne : les programmes de frégates Type 26 et de futur SNLE dans la ligne de mire des coupes budgétaires | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

The projects most vulnerable to Ministry of Defence cuts are also those most critical to maintaining industry capacity in Britain. They include:

Type-26 ships

The Type-26 Global Combat Ship will replace the Type-23 frigate as the workhorse of the Royal Navy, with capability for battle, maritime security and international engagement.

The first is set to enter service in 2022 and the last will remain operational until 2060. The programme promises to be one of the single most financially burdensome projects for the next government with estimates running to up to as £400m per ship. Current plans are to replace the 13 Type-23 frigate with 13 Type-26 ships delivered in two variants: anti-submarine warfare and general purpose vessels.

The government has said the development contract will safeguard 1,700 UK jobs, including 600 on the Clyde, at BAE Systems and in its supply chain.

Ministers recently awarded an £859m “demonstration” contract to BAE Systems, the first of its kind to be used for a combat ship, in a move that allows the company to start ordering long-lead items, such as gas turbines, generators and steering gear.

The Type-26 programme will sustain the UK’s sovereign ability to design and build warships for the next 20 years, according to ADS, the industry lobby group.

Conceding that skills will have to be maintained to ensure future warship building capability, the Ministry of Defence in 2013 awarded a contract to BAE for three offshore patrol vessels, which will provide work between the completion of the Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers and the Type-26.


Trident successor

Vanguard-class submarines that carry the Trident nuclear warheads and missiles come out of service in 2028.

Their replacement is known as the successor, which will provide a continuous at sea nuclear deterrent. The successor submarine is being developed jointly by the MoD and three industrial partners — BAE Systems, Rolls-Royce and Babcock International.

About 2,200 people are working on the successor programme, of whom more than 50 per cent are engineers and designers. The MoD estimates that jobs on the successor programme will peak at 6,000 during the build phase from 2016 to the late 2020s and involve an estimated 850 British companies. If the wider supply chain is taken into account the programmes will support 5,000-17,000 jobs, according to ADS.

The main investment decision on successor is expected next year with total costs estimated to be £14bn-£17bn, ADS says.

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Le MoD britannique va-t-il étendre la zone exlusive du polygone d'essais sous-marins BUTEC en Ecosse sans consultation ?

Le MoD britannique va-t-il étendre la zone exlusive du polygone d'essais sous-marins BUTEC en Ecosse sans consultation ? | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has been accused of almost doubling the size of a submarine test site in Scotland without any prior consultation.

The British Underwater Test and Evaluation Centre (BUTEC) is in the Inner Sound between the Isle of Raasay and Applecross on the mainland.

Fishing is banned in the BUTEC which was six miles (10km) long, three miles (6km) wide and up to 656ft (200m) deep.

MSP Dave Thompson said fishermen should have been asked about expanding it.

The SNP MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch said the exclusion zone was to be expanded to the shorelines of the Inner Sound.

The MoD has been asked for a response to the claims.

Attack submarines

Mr Thompson told BBC Scotland: "I have no problem with them putting in greater investment and developing the area.

"But if they wish to expand the restricted area, which will stop other people from earning a living, then any extra benefit to the local community will be totally negated."

The BUTEC provides a sonar and weapon system tests area for the Royal Navy crews of Vanguard-class nuclear weapon submarines and Astute and Trafalgar-class attack submarines.

Fishing is prohibited in the area and fishing boats and other vessels can only remain in the BUTEC for as long as it is necessary for them to pass through the Inner Sound.

The submarine ranges are run from a site near Kyle of Lochalsh.

In 2009, politicians including Lib Dem MP Charles Kennedy campaigned to have the centre safeguarded against planned cuts to UK military spending.

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Présentation du nouveau radar de surveillance aéroporté AESA Thales SEARCHMASTER au salon IDEX 2015

Il équipera l’avion de patrouille maritime français Atlantique 2 dans le cadre de sa rénovation, tout en étant proposé à l’export. Thales a dévoilé son nouveau radar aéroporté multirôle, le Searchmaster. Prévu pour équiper des avions de surveillance du sol et de patrouille maritime, des hélicoptères mais aussi des drones de type MALE, puisque son poids est inférieur à 80 kg, ce radar s’appuie sur la technologie des antennes actives. Thales a, bien entendu, profité des récents développements réalisés en la matière pour le radar RBE2 AESA, qui équipe le Rafale depuis 2012. Par rapport à un radar classique, l’antenne active apporte des avantages significatifs. En plus de sa portée, de l’ordre de 200 nautiques, le radar présente un temps de rafraîchissement très bref et réalise des fauchées, offrant une vue complète depuis l’aplomb de l’aéronef jusqu’à la limite de la portée du radar. A l’instar de ce qui se pratique avec les sonars à ouverture synthétique, comme le DUBM-44 (T-SAS) de Thales, le Searchmaster, également à ouverture synthétique (SAR), pourra produire une véritable imagerie radar, avec un niveau de résolution extrêmement élevé.  Un atout considérable, notamment pour la détection à grande distance (plusieurs dizaines de kilomètres) de mouvements au sol, provenant par exemple de véhicules ou d’individus. Une fonction GMTI (Ground Moving Target Indicator) qui permet de facto de réaliser aussi une désignation d’objectifs au sol. C’est d’ailleurs l’un des grands besoins exprimés par l’Etat-major des armées françaises, l’Atlantique 2 jouant désormais un rôle important dans ce domaine. En plus de leur emploi maritime, les appareils de la marine sont de plus en plus sollicités sur les théâtres d’opérations terrestres afin d’effectuer des missions de renseignement, de reconnaissance et de repérage de cibles, au profit notamment des avions de combat. On a ainsi vu les ATL 2 intervenir en Libye (2011), au Mali (2012) ou encore en Irak cette année.

Patrick H. 's insight:

En savoir plus sur le SEARCHMASTER :

http://www.meretmarine.com/fr/content/searchmaster-le-nouveau-radar-de-surveillance-aeroporte-de-thales


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Présentation des produits DCNS au salon IDEX 2015 Defense qui vient de se terminer à Abu Dhabi

DCNS is a world leader in naval defence and an innovator in energy. As a naval prime contractor, shipbuilder and systems integrator, DCNS combines resources and expertise spanning the naval defence value chain and entire system lifecycles. DCNS delivers innovative solutions from integrated warships to strategic systems, equipment, services and new energy solutions. DCNS participates to NAVDEX and IDEX.

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Merci à Xavier Vavasseur de Navy Recognition de me permettre de diffuser cet excellent reportage

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La Marine indienne veut acquérir des drones aériens déployables sur batiments de surface

La Marine indienne veut acquérir des drones aériens déployables sur batiments de surface | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

Seeking to enhance its surveillance capabilities on its warships, the Indian Navy (IN) has now announced a global competition for procuring ‘Ship-Borne Unmanned Aerial Vehicles’ (UAV) that can augment various patrolling and search-related tactics on its vessels. The IN currently operates two squadrons of UAVs, but they are land-based platforms operating from naval air stations in Gujarat and Kerala.

The Request for Information (RFI), issued by the Directorate of Naval Air Staff (DNAS) last month seeks 50 Naval Shipborne Unmanned Aerial System (NSUAS) for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) and monitoring of Sea Lines of Communication (SLOC), Exclusive Economic Zone safety, anti-piracy and anti-terrorism functions along with Search and Rescue (S&R) roles, naval officials said. At present, the IN operates two squadrons of Israeli-origin Heron and Searcher Mk.II UAVs at the Indian Naval Air Station (INAS) 342 at Kochi and INAS 343 at Porbandar in Gujarat.

“However, the smaller UAVs launched from ships increases the vessels’ surveillance range. They also enhance the ship’s communication with other friendly vessels by relaying signals, especially from the Rukmani, the dedicated naval communications satellite. It is part of a larger intertwining communications network in a naval manoeuvre coordinating with other aircraft, ships and satellites.

An important function is also to track the trajectories of friendly missiles towards their targets,” explained an IN source. One such NSUAS was also tested here when the Austrian make Schiebel S-100 Camcopter being launched from an Indian Coast Guard ship a few years ago.

While the RFI does not specify the type of ‘recovery’ provision — whether ‘assisted’ or ‘auto’ for the UAV — it does stipulate that the craft should also be capable of operating from ashore, although it is primarily intended to be controlled from ships. According to defence industry sources, Boeing firm Insitu is one of the interested companies, looking forward to pitch their ScanEagle NSUAS.

Various technical queries in the RFI the interested bidders are expected to answer also includes questions on whether the system’s control can be handed over from one ship to the other and whether the control station can be miniaturised into a ‘stand alone laptop control’, indicating the IN’s needs for a versatile platform.

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Tous les articles de Navy Recognition sur le salon IDEX/NAVDEX qui a eu lieu à Abu Dhabi du 22 au 26 février

Tous les articles de Navy Recognition sur le salon IDEX/NAVDEX qui a eu lieu à Abu Dhabi du 22 au 26 février | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

Navy Recognition online naval defence industry magazine, naval industry, military technology, maritime defense news, navy news, world navies.

http://www.navyrecognition.com/index.php/news/naval-exhibitions/navdex-2015-show-daily-news.html

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Les dispositifs équipant les navires marchands pour lutter contre la piraterie maritime

Les dispositifs équipant les navires marchands pour lutter contre la piraterie maritime | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

Armed guards

Estimates from the Maritime Security Centre Horn of Africa indicate that approximately 80% of vessels transiting the piracy high-risk area used armed guards at the height of the attacks. In 2013, with the lower incidence of piracy, 35-40% of ships still used armed guards in transit.

The cost of a 3-4 man team is between $28,500 and $38,000, but the hefty bill is well worth it – seeing arms on board is a big deterrent,  this story by the Economist says, as pirates are playing it safe by first scouting for guards, whereas previously they indiscriminately opened fire to intimidate crews into submission.

Security installations on ships

If the pirates can’t board the ship, then they can’t hijack it. So piracy spurred a buzz of security innovations, which made it all but impossible for pirates to board the ships.

It started with good old barbed/ razor wire and electric fencing, but the inventions quickly got really interesting.

1. Water cannons/ ‘Anti-Piracy Curtain’

A system of high-powered streams of water that can be aimed at pirates trying to board a ship, or aimed at their boats, flooding and destabilising them.

In one version trademarked the ‘Anti-Piracy Curtain’, water hoses are dangled off the sides of the vessel, and when water is sprayed through the high-pressure nozzle, the hoses jerk wildly back and forth, packing enough force to seriously injure anyone in the way.

Some inventors were even mulling the idea to mix chilli oil into the water hoses for an added punch.

2. Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD)/ ‘Sound Cannon’

Shaped like a big, round loudspeaker, the LRAD can emit painfully loud sound frequencies that are enough to disorientate any approaching pirates. But the real ingenuity is in the fact that the LRAD concentrates the sound waves into a narrow beam, making it easy to direct the sound at a specific target, much like using a spotlight. It means that the ship crew can direct the offensive sound at the pirates, and spare their own ears.  

3. Lasers

Another deterrent in use is a  laser beam capable of providing a visual warning to pirates at distance of over 2 km, and at shorter distances the glare is intense enough to temporarily blind attackers so that they are unable to target their weapons effectively.

4. Boat trap

Because most pirates approach a ship on motor-propelled boats, floating a net just under the water surface on the sides of the ship traps and disables the motorboat propeller.

5. Lubricant foam

Slippery foam or anti-traction material is a non-lethal substance which can be used to make the deck or sides of a ship slippery to avoid pirates from climbing it. The highly viscous substance substantially reduces traction of anything that comes in contact with it, making it difficult to walk or stand.

6. ‘Pain Ray’

The ‘Pain Ray’ - it’s official name is Active Denial System (ADS) - is a non-lethal weapon which transmits a narrow beam of electromagnetic energy to heat the skin without causing permanent damage. The wave penetrates beneath the skin which causes unbearable burning sensation, forcing pirates to run away or jump overboard.

7. ‘Guardian Anti-Piracy Barriers’

Perhaps the simplest and most ingenious invention is Guardian Anti-Piracy Barriers, a smooth, P-shaped casing of hard plastic that fits over the rail of any ship and prevents ladders and grappling hooks from getting a hold on the sides of the vessel.

It solves the fundamental problem of barbed/razor wire, which is its inherent danger to the crew itself – clothes get trapped in it and it’s easy to get nicked, and it’s cumbersome because has to be removed when the ship is entering port.

The inventors of barriers– a husband-and-wife duo from Britain –  called in the Royal Marines to test the  design, and after two hours of trying to latch on, the Marines gave up, and the design was declared a success.


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IDEX 2015: la société chinoise CSTC présente un nouveau concept de TCD plus petit qu'un Type 071 et taillé pour l'export

IDEX 2015: la société chinoise CSTC présente un nouveau concept de TCD plus petit qu'un Type 071 et taillé pour l'export | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

The China Shipbuilding and Trading Company (CSTC) used the IDEX show in Abu Dhabi to reveal a model of a new landing platform dock (LPD) that it could build for export.

A CSTC official told IHS Jane's that the concept was not developed to meet any current customer requirement, but was done to "show we have these capabilities".

The CSTC official could not confirm reports that China had offered a version of its Type 071 LPD in 2006 to meet a Malaysian requirement, but did not discount them.

CSTC's export LPD concept appears to be slightly smaller than the Type 071, the fourth of which was launched for the Chinese navy on 22 January. The model's vehicle and well deck contained 18 main battle tanks and 16 smaller utility vehicles.

Its hangar appears to hold two helicopters the size of the Changhe Z-8. Defensive armament included a 76 mm gun on the foredeck and two automatic cannon.

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Italie : une campagne de recrutement pour la Marine en...anglais provoque la colère du public et des politiciens du pays

Italie : une campagne de recrutement pour la Marine en...anglais provoque la colère du public et des politiciens du pays | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

It gave the world the linguistic sophistication of Latin and the poetry of Dante, but Italy has had its pride dented by the increasing use of English in prominent publicity campaigns.

Conservative politicians and commentators are indignant that the Italian navy – or Marina Militare – has adopted as its latest recruiting slogan “Be Cool, join the Navy”, using English rather than Italian.

The phrase appears on posters and billboards in a new recruitment campaign, along with images of Italian warships ploughing through the waves and commandos equipped as underwater frogmen.

Fabio Rampelli, an MP with the Right-wing Fratelli d’Italia (Brothers of Italy) party, said the use of English was unpatriotic and unacceptable.

“I ask myself how it came into the mind of the Italian navy to launch, with our money, a campaign in the English language to recruit young people,” he told parliament.

Basilio Catanoso, an MP from Silvio Berlusconi’s centre-Right Forza Italia party, said “it provokes anger, disgust and sadness to see the Marina Militare transformed into 'the navy’”.

Annamaria Testa, an advertising consultant and communications expert, told La Repubblica: “It seems a rather provincial approach. Why use the phrase “be cool”? There are plenty of equivalents in Italian.”

Employing an English slogan to drum up sailors for the Italian navy was “like putting ketchup on macaroni,” she said.

There were also critical comments on the Italian navy’s website, with one person wondering whether the adoption of English amounted to “war reparations” for Italian attacks on Royal Navy ships during the Second World War. “How can we be proud of our country if we don’t even use our own language?”

On the navy’s Facebook page, another indignant Italian wrote: “Are we now an American colony?”

But a spokesman for the navy said the campaign was intended to show the service as “modern, dynamic and international” and would appeal to an increasingly connected, internet-savvy younger generation.

Roberta Pinotti, the defence minister, said the campaign had succeeded in boosting applications to join the navy by 20 per cent since it was launched in January.

There was similar scorn this month when the city of Rome unveiled its new campaign to attract tourists.

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Berlin envisagerait un appel d’offres européen pour des corvettes (programme MKS 180)

Berlin envisagerait un appel d’offres européen pour des corvettes (programme MKS 180) | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

Ce serait une première en Europe pour un pays disposant d'une industrie navale militaire. L’Allemagne envisagerait de lancer un appel d'offres européen dans le cadre du programme MKS 180 de navire de combat polyvalent. C’est en tout cas ce qu’affirme l’agence Reuters, qui dit s’appuyer sur une source au sein du ministère de la Défense allemand.

Patrick H. 's insight:

L'industriel allemand Lürssen serait sur les rangs pour cet appel d'offre.


Traduction en anglais de l'article original de REUTERS DEUTSCHLAND :

"Berlin (Reuters) - The common development of a German Dutch Mehrzweckkampfschiffes is according to military data virtually from the table.

The abilities demanded by the countries of the ships are too different, said a representative from military circles on Thursday of the news agency Reuters. The Netherlands wanted a ASW frigate, while Germany wants to use the ships adaptably for different duties. However, a cooperation with components is further conceivable. The project should be written out anyway European, one said in circles of the ministry of defence. The armed forces have a budget of a good 2.5 milliard euros for the purchase of four to six of the new ships with which it should concern bigger, stronger armed frigates. So that the first ship can be delivered in 2023 to the armed forces, the contract must be concluded till 2017.

The new ship with just 100 soldiers occupying should be usable for different application scenarios., Among the rest, it should be able to fire from lake from land aims and to stretch a protective screen more than 20 kilometres away against air raids over other ships. Moreover, the so-called MKS180 should dispose of a very well equipped military hospital. In addition come according to armed forces data other modules which arm the ship for special duties and are presumably installed by means of containers aboard: Modules are checked to the submarine hunt, drones for the sea room supervision, underwater drones to the mine hunt or also a substitute prison for pirates. In Germany the Lürssen shipyard might be interested in the order."

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La marine iranienne a pris livraison d'une nouvelle frégate Damavand, 2ème unité de la classe Moudge

March 9, 2015 (Persian calendar 1393/12/18) Iran’s domestically-made frigate, Damavand دماوند, has officially joined the Navy’s fleet in the Caspian Sea دريا...
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Grande-Bretagne : le MoD dément avoir un projet d'extension de la zone d'exclusion du polygone d'essais sous-marins BUTEC

Grande-Bretagne : le MoD dément avoir un projet d'extension de la zone d'exclusion du polygone d'essais sous-marins BUTEC | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has said claims that a test area in Scotland for Royal Navy submarines has been expanded without consultation are untrue.

SNP MSP Dave Thompson said it was his understanding local fishermen had not been consulted on extending the ranges between Raasay and the mainland.

Fishing is banned in an area six miles (10km) long and three miles (6km) wide in the Raasay Ranges.

The MoD said consultation on a planned expansion was due to begin in June.

A spokesman said: "It is absolutely not true to say that the MoD has already doubled the size of the protected areas of Raasay Ranges.

"Consultation with local sea users regarding the proposed expansion of the protected area is due to begin in June 2015 as part of the MoD byelaw review, led by the Ministry of Defence's Defence Infrastructure Organisation.

"No final decisions will be made before then."

Exclusion zone

The ranges in the Inner Sound between the Isle of Raasay and Applecross on the mainland form part of the British Underwater Test and Evaluation Centre (Butec).

Butec provides a sonar and weapon system test area for the Royal Navy crews of Vanguard-class nuclear weapon submarines and Astute and Trafalgar-class attack submarines.

Fishing is prohibited in the area and fishing boats and other vessels can only remain in the Butec test area for as long as it is necessary for them to pass through the Inner Sound.

The submarine ranges are run from a site near Kyle of Lochalsh.

Earlier this week, Mr Thompson, SNP MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, said the ranges' exclusion zone was to be expanded to the shorelines of the Inner Sound.

He told BBC Scotland: "I have no problem with them (MoD) putting in greater investment and developing the area.

"But if they wish to expand the restricted area, which will stop other people from earning a living, then any extra benefit to the local community will be totally negated."

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L'article qui a fait réagir le MoD a été publié hier :

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Budget 2016 de l'US Navy : réduction de format pour les modernisations de 5 destroyers qui n'auront pas la capacité BMD

Budget 2016 de l'US Navy : réduction de format pour les modernisations de 5 destroyers qui n'auront pas la capacité BMD | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

Five Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers (DDG-51) will forgo a combat system upgrade that would allow the ships to fight ballistic missile threats as part of a reduction in modernization funding included in the Navy’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 budget that will save the service $500 million over the next five years, USNI News has learned.

Modernization periods for five Flight IIA Burkes — USS Howard (DDG-83); USS McCampbell (DDG-85); USS Mustin (DDG-89); USS Chafee (DDG-90); USS Bainbridge (DDG-96) — will not include the Baseline 9C Aegis Combat System series of processing power and software upgrades to bring an Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) capability to the destroyers, according to an unclassified version of the current modernization plan seen by USNI News.

Instead, the ships will undergo a much more modest upgrade that will focus on hull, mechanical and electrical (HM&E) systems repairs, leaving the ships — all commissioned between 2001 to 2004 — without any ballistic missile defense (BMD) capability.

Additionally — without the Baseline 9 upgrade — the ships will not be wired into the Navy’s emerging Naval Integrated Fire Control-Counter Air (NIFC-CA (pronounced: nifk-kah)) that would allow destroyers to download targeting information from assets outside of the range of their SPY-1D radars to attack air and BMD threats with the Raytheon Standard Missile 6 (SM-6).

The budget line item in FY 2016 budget reduces modernization funding by $63.1 million — about what it would cost to upgrade a ship to Baseline 9 — which precluded the Baseline 9 upgrade for Howard.

Equivalent cuts to the Burke modernization line in the Navy’s Future Years Defense Plan (FYDP) — about $500 million over five years, USNI News understands — created a knock-on effect for the McCampbell, Mustin, Chafee and Bainbridge modernizations preventing the service from buying long-lead materials for the ships and allowing even a basic BMD capability, USNI News has learned.

When asked about the reductions following a House appropriations hearing on Thursday, Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert told USNI News the cuts were a result of hard fiscal choices and reflected the service’s priorities.

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Navantia a présenté au salon NAVDEX 2015 sa frégate F-538 conçue pour la marine péruvienne

Navantia a présenté au salon NAVDEX 2015 sa frégate F-538 conçue pour la marine péruvienne | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

At NAVDEX 2015 naval defense exhibition which was taking place in Abu Dhabi, UAE, last week, Navantia unveiled the F-538 frigate design it is proposing for the Peruvian Navy. Navantia representatives at NAVDEX 2015 told Navy Recognition that this new Frigate design is based on the proven AVANTE 3000/2400 design. This new design incorporates lessons learned in building the Spanish F-100, Norwegian F-310 and Australian AWS destroyers.

The F-538 incorporates the Spanish Navy Combat Management System (CMS) foundand proven on board Spanish Navy LHD, replennishment vessel and Meteoro class OPVs. The new Frigate is fitted with the COMPLEX Integrated Platform Management System developed entirely by Navantia.
With a moderate displacement of about 3,800 tons, the F-538 is Navantia's answer to navies looking for mid-size frigates to conduct a wide range of missions.

The scale model on display at NAVDEX 2015 showed the F-538 fitted according to the Peruvian Navy requirements. The informed observer will immediatly notice a quite unique weapons fit on top of the helicopter hangar: No less than three Close In Weapon System (CIWS) are present:
- 2x Rheinmetall Millenium 35mm gun systems
- 1x Raytheon RAM launcher (21x RAM block A1 missiles) between the two guns

Navantia representative explained that this quite unique configuration were part of the Peruvian Navy requirements. Final specifications and weapons fit may evolve however. Quite unusual also is the fact that two triple torpedo launchers are fitted on top of the main structure instead of being housed inside the structure.

The F-538 model at NAVDEX also featured:
- A 76mm main gun by Oto Melara
- 16x Mk 41 VLS for Raytheon ESSM surface to air missiles located forward, behind the main gun
- 2x Hitrole 12.7 mm remote weapon system by Oto Melara fitted on top of the bridge
- 8x MBDA Exocet Blk III anti-ship missiles
- 2x RF/IR/acoustic decoy launchers
- A Smart-S Mk2 radar by Thales
- A Thales Sting 2.0 fire control radar
- A Thales Kingklip hull sonar

The helicopter deck and hangar can accomodate SH-3D or NH-90 helicopters. The F-538 was designed with great attention focused on low radiated noise, reduced radar cross section, low infra red signature, low magnetic signature and low electric signature. The propulsion system is CODAD type (Combined diesel and diesel). The requirement of the Peruvian Navy is for 5 frigates.

F-538 main characteristics:
Length overall: 113.2m
Maximum beam: 15.6m
Draught: 4.7m
Full load displacement: 3800 t
Max. Speed: 30 kn
Range: 4000 nm

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Le Portugal envisage l'achat du TCD Siroco

Le Portugal envisage l'achat du TCD Siroco | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

The Portuguese defence procurement agency (DGRDN) is considering buying the French Navy's landing platform dock (LPD) Siroco , the Portuguese Ministry of National Defence (MND) has told IHS Jane's .

However, no final decision has been made to buy the ship yet due to financial considerations. In order to finance the EUR80 million (USD90 million) purchase and associated equipment, transfer, and training, the MND is considering diverting funds previously allocated to upgrading two frigates.

Siroco is scheduled to be decommissioned from the French Navy in mid-2015, a French Navy spokesperson told IHS Jane's . The Portuguese Navy has made two technical visits to Siroco , one in 2014 in France and a second during a port call to Lisbon between 28 January to 2 February.

Portugal's Military Programming Law 2015-26, which doesn't include the purchase of Siroco , does include further improvements to Portugal's three Vasco da Gama-class MEKO 200PN frigates and two Bartolomeu Dias-class Type M frigates.

Commissioned in December 1998, Siroco is the second of the Foudre-class Transport de Chalands de Débarquement (TCD) design. First-of-class Foudre was sold to Chile, being commissioned in December 2011 as Sargento Aldea . Chile previously announced an interest in Siroco but later abandoned these plans.

The Brazilian Navy has also shown interest in purchasing the ship and other French Navy vessels. However, this plan seems to have been cancelled, possibly due to budget constraints and to favour the local construction under license of two amphibious vessels under the Programa de Obtenção de Navios Anfíbios (PRONANF).

Meanwhile, in 2007 Portugal received the basic design of an LPD from ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems as part of the offset package from Portugal's purchase of Type 209PN submarines from Germany. Construction of this Navio Polivalente Logistico (NAVPOL) LPD was due to be carried out in Portugal under a contract awarded to the now-defunct Portuguese shipbuilder Estaleiros Navais de Viana do Castelo (ENVC).

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Présentation des produits THALES Underwater Systems au salon NAVDEX 2015 qui vient de se terminer à Abu Dhabi

At NAVDEX 2015 naval defense exhibition currently held in Abu Dhabi, Thales is showcasing its latest sonar solutions:
- The SeeMapper, a turnkey system providing continuous, high-resolution mapping of the sea-bed using a towed synthetic aperture sonar.
- The BlueWatcher hull-mounted sonar and its associated towed array sonar, the Captas-1, represent a new range of compact sonars for surface combatants and patrol vessels displacing 300 tonnes or more.

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La frégate vénézuélienne General Soublette (classe Lupo) va être modernisée sur le chantier cubain Gramma Shipyard

La frégate vénézuélienne General Soublette (classe Lupo) va être modernisée sur le chantier cubain Gramma Shipyard | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

The frigate General Soublette ( F-24 ) from the Navy Venezuela will be subjected to increased maintenance work in Cuba. These reviews shall be conducted by Cuban state companies at a cost of 92,508,989 euros (104,600,000 dollars).

In this regard, by order of the Ministry of Defense , published in the Official Gazette of the Republic of February 13, was appointed to serve decentralized Coordinating Office of Maritime Support of the Navy ( Ocamar ) to act as the executing agency Financial of that ministry to the National Development Fund ( Fonden ).

At the same time, he was delegated to the Director of Ocamar, Vice Admiral Ferrero Patricia Silva , signing financial agreements with Fonden for the contract CGA-CNALO-002-15 with the Union of Military Industry , Company Military Industrial Shipyard Granma dependent the Revolutionary Armed Forces of the Republic of Cuba .

The contract is the largest preventive maintenance of hull structure and related systems with logistical support from the frigate General Soublette.

Type Lupo

The frigate General Soublette (F-24) belongs to a group of six units of type Lupo / class Mariscal Sucre , which were built in Italy for the Navy of Venezuela by Cantieri Navali Riuniti in their yards Ancona and Riva Trigoso . Were delivered between 1980 and 1982 .

These ships move 2 525 tons at full load and measuring 112.8 meters in length, 11.98 meters wide and 3.84 meters deep. Its armament includes a cannon Oto Melara of 127/54 mm. Eight antiship missile launchers Otomat Mk.2, an anti-aircraft missile system Dardo (eight missiles Aspide ), two double mounts Oto Melara Compact of 40/70 mm., two machine guns of 12.7 mm. and two triples Mk.32 torpedo of 324 mm. (Antisubmarine torpedoes A-244S). Furthermore, in the aft section has a flight deck and hangar for a medium helicopter Agusta / Bell AB-212ASW.

The General Soublette was built at the shipyard in Riva Trigoso and was assigned to the Venezuelan Navy on December 4, 1981.

The six ships are assigned to Frigate Squadron of the Fleet Command , whose headquarters is located at the naval base cabinet Admiral Augustine in Puerto Cabello .

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L'Inde finance la construction d'une nouvelle flotte de 12 chasseurs de mines sur son chantier GSL de Goa

L'Inde finance la construction d'une nouvelle flotte de 12 chasseurs de mines sur son chantier GSL de Goa | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

India's Defense Acquisition Council (DAC) has awarded INR 30,000 crore (US$4.8 billion) contract for 12 mine countermeasure vessels (MCMV) or minesweepers to Goa Shipyard.

Last November, Defense Ministry had scrapped INR 2,700 crore (US$4.3 billion) for acquiring eight minesweeper vehicles from South Korean firm, Kangnam after the firm had employed middlemen, which is a violation of the tender conditions.

Earlier last year, the deal for eight MCMV from South Korean firm Kangnam Corporation were scraped as Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar discussed the idea of giving the order to Goa Shipyard.

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Des années de négociations avec la société Kangnam sud-coréenne n'ont pas abouti :

http://sco.lt/7MJZrt

et finalement, le choix de construire sur un chantier national avec un partenaire étranger avait été décidé en novembre 2014 :

http://sco.lt/7B4jcv

On ne sait toujours pas si le partenaire étranger sera coréen ou autre...

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Un think tank américain souligne le rôle vital de Gibraltar pour les opérations des sous-marins nucléaires de l'US Navy

Un think tank américain souligne le rôle vital de Gibraltar pour les opérations des sous-marins nucléaires de l'US Navy | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

Gibraltar plays a ‘vital’ role for the US Navy’s submarine operations at a time of increased Russian naval activity, a US think tank said. The Heritage Foundation made the statement in its Index of US Military Strength 2015, a wide-ranging annual research project that assesses the ability of the United States Armed Forces.

The document notes that the US Navy keeps a number of submarines in the European region and that these contribute to the intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capacities of EURCOM, the US military’s Germany-based European Command.
Some of these submarines ‘frequently’ dock at the Z Berth in the naval base at Gibraltar, the Heritage Foundation said. “The US cannot dock nuclear powered submarines in Spain making access to Gibraltar’s Z berths vital,” the report added.
“Gibraltar is the best place in the Mediterranean to carry out repair work.” “Strong US–UK military cooperation assists the US in keeping submarine assets integrated into the European theatre.”
The Heritage Foundation cites retired US Navy Admiral James Stavridis, who in 2012 highlighted the importance of the US Navy’s European submarine operations against the backdrop of increased Russian naval activity. Since then, Russian ships have remained active in the Mediterranean and regularly sail through the Strait of Gibraltar, including calls at Ceuta for fuel.
“These [US submarine] capabilities are increasingly important as the Russian Federation Navy increases the pace, scope and sophistication of its submarine fleet,” Admiral Stavridis said.
The US Navy also has a fleet of P-3 Maritime Patrol Aircraft and EP-3 Reconnaissance Aircraft operating from US bases in Italy, Greece, Spain and Turkey. These aircraft complement the intelligence-gathering capabilities of US submarines.
In its regional assessment of the European operating environment, the Heritage Foundation also notes the strategic importance of the Strait of Gibraltar. At 40 miles long and 8 miles wide at its narrowest point, the strait is one of the world’s most important maritime choke points.
“More than 200 cargo vessels pass through the Strait of Gibraltar every day carrying cargoes between Asia, Europe, Africa, and the Americas,” the report notes.
“Its proximity to North Africa, combined with the narrowness of the strait, has presented security challenges for US and allied warships.”
The report notes the importance of the US military’s presence in southern Europe, particularly at a time of mounting instability across much of North Africa.
It highlights the role of US naval bases in Europe including the Naval Air Station in Sigonella, Italy; the Naval Support Activity Base in Souda Bay, Greece; and the Naval Station at Rota, Spain.
Naval Station Rota will be home to four destroyers equipped with the Aegis ballistic missile air defense system. In addition, the USS Mount Whitney, a Blue Ridge-class command ship, is permanently based in the region. This ship provides a key command-and-control platform, which was successfully employed during the early days of the recent Libyan operation.

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Saab va développer pour l'agence FMV suédoise une nouvelle torpille légère et d'autres systèmes de lutte sous-marine

Saab va développer pour l'agence FMV suédoise une nouvelle torpille légère et d'autres systèmes de lutte sous-marine | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it
Key Points
  • Saab receives SEK175 million (USD20.8 million) FMV order to develop new torpedo and to support other underwater systems
  • Order placed within framework of 2014 Letter of Intent signed between Saab and the FMV

Swedish defence and security company Saab has received orders from Sweden's defence materiel administration (FMV) for continued development of the New Lightweight Torpedo (NLT) plus maintenance support for the Hydra sonar and other underwater systems, the company announced on 20 February.

The order, valued at approximately SEK175 million (USD20.8 million) according to the Saab statement, has been made within the framework of a Letter of Intent (LoI) signed between Saab and the FMV on 9 June 2014.

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Propulsion du futur destroyer russe : ce sera le nucléaire - Le portail des forces navales de la Fédération de Russie

Propulsion du futur destroyer russe : ce sera le nucléaire - Le portail des forces navales de la Fédération de Russie | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

C'est en tout cas ce qu'a annoncé le commandant en chef de la marine russe, l'amiral Viktor Tchirkov, à l'occasion de la mise sur cale de deux nouvelles corvettes au chantier naval du Nord (Saint-Pétersbourg) le 20 février dernier.

 

Par ces déclarations, le commandant en chef de la marine russe semble clore un débat qui durait depuis la fin des années 2000 sur la nature de la propulsion du futur destroyer : turbine à gaz ou nucléaire. La rupture de la coopération militaro-technique avec l'Ukraine, dans le contexte de la crise qui dure depuis fin 2013, a dû influencer la prise de cette décision. La Russie recevait en effet ses turbines à gaz de l'entreprise ukrainienne Zorya Machproject située à Nikolaïev. Les turbines ukrainiennes équipent en effet les premières unités des frégates russes des projets 11356M et 22350, mais suite à la rupture de la coopération avec Kiev, Moscou va devoir se tourner vers des fournisseurs indigènes, et c'est l’entreprise Saturn (Rybinsk) qui pourrait fournir les prochaines turbines à gaz. La Russie n'a plus mis sur cale de bâtiment à propulsion nucléaire depuis le croiseur atomique Pierre le Grand (Projet 1144, ex Youri Andropov) mis sur cale en 1986 à l'usine de la Baltique (St Pétersbourg).

L'annonce, faite au chantier naval du Nord, semble en outre confirmer que c'est ce chantier qui sera en charge de la construction du bâtiment dont la première unité pourrait être mise sur cale dès 2017, selon une source au sein du complexe militaro-industriel russe. Rappelons que le programme d'armement 2011-2020 ne comporte pas de budget dédié à la construction du futur destroyer, mais qu'en revanche, les fonds pour la phase d'avant-projet et d'étude ont bien été budgetés. Le programme d'armement 2016-2025 devrait quant à lui comporter le budget pour la constructions de plusieurs unités : l'idée, très ambitieuse, est de disposer à l'horizon 2025 de 12 unités, dont 6 dans la flotte du Nord et 6 dans la flotte du Pacifique.

Sur le design du bâtiment, il semblerait que ce soit l'institut Krilov qui ait remporté la mise sur le bureau Severnoe. Le 'Lider' déplacerait 14 000 tonnes pour 185 mètres de long et 22 mètres de large (donc équivalent de point de vue là au destroyer américain de type Zumwalt), et comme le montre les photos ci-après, de 6 complexe universels de tirs pour navire UKSK (pour les missiles de type Kalibr et Onyx notamment) et 12 VLS (système de lancement vertical) situés tous deux à l'avant, tandis qu'à arrière se situent encore 2 VLS, près de la plateforme pour hélicoptères. Krilov semble ainsi avoir revue sa copie depuis la visite que Vladimir Poutine avait réalisé dans les locaux du bureau d'étude en 2009 au cours de laquelle une maquette lui avait été présentée.

Ces déclarations prouvent que malgré les difficultés économiques, la Russie affiche toujours autant de détermination à vouloir assumer un statut de puissance navale. Au-delà du double défi technique que représente la construction d'un bâtiment de 14 000 tonnes à propulsion nucléaire, avec l'intégration de systèmes de navigation et de combat (cf. sérieuses difficultés d'intégration déjà rencontrées sur les frégates du projet 22350), il se pose également la question du budget. Combien coûte une unité ? L'objectif de 12 unités est-il réaliste d'un point de vue financier (ne parlons pas du calendrier qui est incantatoire) ? En période de difficultés économiques, si des coupes budgétaires sont à prévoir dans la marine, il est fort probable que les programmes de grands bâtiments de surface soient les premiers touchés.

Sources : Lenta, Flotprom, Bmpd, Paralay.com, RIA Novosti, Kommersant, forums.

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