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  • Russia’s ‘Mini Red October’ Subs Will Lack Advanced Propulsion System

    08/16/2017 7:22:02 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | AUGUST 17, 2017 | Franz-Stefan Gady
    Project 677 Lada-class diesel-electric attack submarines will lack air-independent propulsion systems (AIP) for the foreseeable future, the head of Russian-state owned Admiralty Shipyards, Alexander Buzakov, revealed in a recent interview with Russian media this month. Buzakov confirmed that the third and fourth boat of the class will operate without AIP. AIP vastly improves the underwater endurance of a submarine by allowing it to operate its propulsion system without access to atmospheric oxygen. Given that there is less need for AIP subs to surface or use a snorkel to charge their batteries, the stealth capability of any boat fitted with this...
  • Indonesia Commissions First Attack Submarine in 34 Years

    08/06/2017 9:40:44 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | Aug 03 2017 | Franz-Stefan Gady
    The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Laut) has commissioned its first attack submarine in over three decades this week. The first out of three ordered Type 209/1400 Chang Bogo-class (a license-built variant of the German Type 209 sub) diesel-electric attack submarine was handed over by South Korean defense contractor Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) on August 2. The new boat was subsequently inducted into the Indonesian Navy in a commission ceremony at the Okpo shipyard shipyard in Geoje Island, in the southeastern part of South Korea attended by senior Indonesian officials including Indonesian Minister of Defense Ryamizard Ryacudu on...
  • South Korea Considering Nuclear-Powered Submarine for ROK Navy

    08/03/2017 10:31:31 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 02 August 2017
    According to Yonhap News Agency, South Korean Defense Minister Song Young-moo said nuclear-powered submarines could be considered to counter the threat from North Korean submarines. South Korea Considering Nuclear-Powered Submarine for ROK Navy KSS-III Batch I is a 3000 tons SSK submarine project fitted with 6x VLS (vertical launch systems) Asked about the need to build nuclear-powered submarines in the face of the growing military threat from the North, Song said that the ministry is "ready to review" it. "To catch an enemy submarine, we should also have one," Song said in response to a question on what countermeasure the...
  • India Wants New Subs While Ones They Already Have Sail With Broken Periscopes

    07/24/2017 9:09:00 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    The Drive ^ | JULY 24, 2017 | JOSEPH TREVITHICK
    After nearly a decade, India says it will finally move ahead with plans to team up with a foreign contractor to build advanced diesel electric submarines. The announcement comes amid reports that despite ambitious plans to upgrade their equipment, each of the country’s eight front line Sindhughosh-class submarines have only one working periscope instead of two. On July 24, 2017, the Indian government reportedly declared it would begin considering offers from six different countries to pair up with an Indian shipyard to build a total of six advanced diesel-electric “stealth” submarines, according to The Times of India, which described the...
  • North Korea’s Next Missile Test Could be Launched From a Submarine

    07/23/2017 9:04:46 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 20 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 7/20/17 | Conor Gaffey
    North Korea’s Next Missile Test Could be Launched From a Submarine By Conor Gaffey On 7/20/17 at 3:25 AM North Korea may be preparing for another missile launch aimed at the United States. Kim Jong Un’s regime conducted its first successful intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test on July 4—Independence Day in the U.S.—with some experts speculating that the missile could reach the U.S. states of Alaska and Hawaii, or even the Pacific Northwest. And now the totalitarian regime appears to be preparing for submarine-based missile launches in the future. Two U.S. defense officials told CNN on Thursday that a North...
  • Six in fray for Navy’s €8.3-billion advanced submarine project

    07/19/2017 7:18:17 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    The Hindu ^ | July 19, 2017 | AMRITA NAIR-GHASWALLA
    Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Thyssenkrupp among bidders MUMBAI, JULY 19: Six advanced submarines, to be built under Project 75(I) to scale up the Navy’s warfare capabilities, are set to get off the starters’ block, with the Navy issuing a Request for Information (RFI) to six foreign original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) for the €8.3-billion submarine project. “The Indian Navy has issued an RFI asking competent companies that have independently designed and constructed a modern submarine, which is either currently in service or is undergoing sea trials,” confirmed officials who got the RFI, adding that “the L1 for P-75(I) will...
  • NATO Bombed Soviet Submarines With Tiny, Annoying Magnets

    07/10/2017 9:50:33 AM PDT · by Lower Deck · 35 replies
    War Is Boring ^ | 7/9/`7 | Steve Weintz
    At the height of the Cold War, the Soviet Union had so many hundreds of deadly submarines at sea that Western war planners willing to try almost any possible countermeasure, however goofy sounding. Some seemingly crazy ideas proved actually worthwhile, such as the underwater Sound Surveillance System—a vast chain of seafloor microphones that patiently listened for Soviet subs … and remains in use today. Other less elegant anti-submarine tools survive only as anecdotes. In his book Hunter Killers, naval writer Iain Ballantyne recalls one of the zanier ideas — air-dropped “floppy-magnets” meant to foul up Soviet undersea boats, making them...
  • Scientists used abacuses to develop China’s first nuclear submarine

    07/10/2017 6:17:49 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 37 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | 10 July, 2017 | Binglin Chen
    China’s first nuclear submarine was developed with the aid of an abacus, according to the scientist who led the project in the late 1950s. Now 93, Huang Xuhua, chief designer of the Long March-1, said he still owns one of the suanpan [abacuses] that were used by his team almost 60 years ago, Chutian Metropolis Daily reported on Monday. “Lots of critical data used in the development of the nuclear submarine jumped out from this suanpan,” he was quoted as saying. Often referred to as the “Father of China’s nuclear subs”, Huang worked for China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation, which had...
  • India shows subs skills curve starts steeply

    07/06/2017 8:28:11 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    The Australian ^ | July 7, 2017 | BRENDAN NICHOLSON
    There are abundant lessons in India for the Australians negotiating the huge and complex $50 billion contract for the navy’s 12 new submarines. The Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) yard in Mumbai is halfway through a program to build six conventionally-powered Scorpene-class submarines in collaboration with the French shipbuilder Naval Group, which has just changed its name from DCNS. Against competition from Japan, Germany and, earlier on, Sweden, Naval Group won the contract to design and help build 12 very large Shortfin Barracuda submarines in Australia. The Shortfin is a conventionally-powered version of another Naval Group class, the nuclear-powered Barracuda...
  • Idea of an Australian nuclear submarine fleet just won’t float

    06/30/2017 10:53:14 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    The Australian ^ | July 1, 2017 | GREG SHERIDAN
    Here is a news flash for the Australian political community: a policy position can be true even if Tony Abbott argues for it. Abbott’s speech this week to the Centre for Independent Studies on the case for nuclear sub­marines was well researched, cogently argued and at a strategic level powerfully persuasive. There is no doubt nuclear subs would be a much better option than the conventional subs we are committed to. But, because I don’t want to be misunderstood, let me give you the punchline straight away. ­Abbott’s proposal is also completely unrealistic and, if it gains any traction, can...
  • Have our politicians been hoodwinked over submarine tender process? (French ships for Australia)

    06/21/2017 10:36:18 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    The Australian ^ | June 22, 2017 | ROBERT GOTTLIEBSEN
    The first signs are emerging that the French in the Australian submarine tender process hoodwinked Australian government politicians, including the Prime Minister. Just what knowledge defence officials had of the French government’s real intentions is likely to become a major issue. Last night before a Senate Committee we saw the French winning bidder DCNS back tracking on the clear promises both it and our government politicians had made — that 90 per cent of the work would take place in Australia. Before I set out the latest Senate revelations I want to go back to the time of the tender....
  • China's first AIP submarine reaches 10-year service milestone

    06/15/2017 8:52:59 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies ^ | 2017-06-16
    (Xinhua/Han Lin) China has mastered air-independent propulsion (AIP) technology, and the country's navy submarines can now be equipped with the system to reach the advanced level of similar systems throughout the world. This information was disclosed in a feature published on the website of the Ministry of National Defense on June 14. According to the article, China's first AIP submarine has already completed over 50 important tasks and safely voyaged hundreds of thousands of miles since it was put into service 10 years ago. An industry insider who asked not to be named told the Global Times on June 14...
  • Turnbull government rejected US advice to prefer Japanese subs (over French ones)

    06/06/2017 9:35:59 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    The Australian ^ | June 5, 2017 | CAMERON STEWART
    Washington was rebuffed by the Australian government when it tried to convey strategic concerns about the $150 billion new submarine project, a former senior Pentagon official has revealed. Washington was “not able to have a serious alliance discussion” with the Turnbull government about the Americans’ preference for Japan to build the navy’s new submarines to strengthen Australia-US-Japan ties in the face of a rising China. In the first public comments by a senior Pentagon official at the time, Amy Searight has revealed hidden tensions between the Obama administration and the Australian government last year over the submarine project, which was...
  • China's new submarine engine is poised to revolutionize underwater warfare

    06/04/2017 8:07:15 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 40 replies
    Popular Science ^ | June 2, 2017 | Jeffrey Lin and P.W. Singer
    RED OCTOBER SSBN The Red October, a fictionalized version of the Akula (NATO reporting name Typhoon) submarine, has two pumpjets built into its rear for silent propulsion (though implausibly stated to use a noisy magnetohydrodynamic drive in the movie). According to Chinese state media, the nation's new nuclear submarines will soon use a similarly silent, cutting-edge pumpjet. Paramount Pictures In Tom Clancy's book (and, later, the 1990 film) The Hunt For Red October, a Soviet submarine debuts a revolutionary, ultra-quiet engine that uses pumpjets and electrical propulsion technology to elude its foes. Chinese state media has reported that the nation...
  • Sub-optimal? Australia’s future submarine charts rocky course

    05/28/2017 10:43:11 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    The Australian ^ | May 27, 2017 | HANS J OHFF
    The proposed Shortfin Barracuda Block 1A concept for Australia will be an entirely new, unproven diesel-electric submarine class. By putting the cart firmly before the horse, the Australian Department of Defence has accepted maker DCNS’ proposal to define the displacement of the future submarines before the design, equipment selection, integration and validation of systems have been completed. Both the Japanese and the Germans offered alternative, proven platforms — the former an evolved Soryu-class and the latter an amalgam of their Type 212, 214 and 218 designs. The French have offered a submarine design that houses the evolved propulsion system of...
  • Sweden Unveils Model of Its First Submarine With Tomahawk Missile Capability

    05/19/2017 12:09:08 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Sputnik ^ | 19.05.2017
    SwedenÂ’s Saab aerospace and defense company has unveiled its first conventional diesel-electric-powered submarine designed for using the Tomahawk Land Attack Missile (TLAM). The model was demonstrated at the IMDEX Asia 2017 show in Singapore. SwedenÂ’s Saab has displayed a model of its A26 conventional diesel-electric-powered submarine (SSK) which has been designed with the Tomahawk Land Attack Missile capability (TLAM). The model was demonstrated at the IMDEX Asia 2017 maritime defense exhibition and conference, which wrapped up in Singapore on Thursday. This is the first time when a conventional submarine will carry the subsonic cruise missiles, according to Shephard Media website,...
  • Brazilian Submarines Equipped with New Torpedoes

    05/04/2017 6:53:37 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    Diálogo ^ | 05/03/2017 | Andréa Barretto
    The Brazilian Navy (MB, per its Portuguese acronym) is planning an exercise to test its MK-48 torpedoes, a new weapon being installed in the national fleet’s five submarines. This training is meant to let service members in the Submarine Force Command observe the system in operation, and the torpedo in use. “The last launch was successfully done in October 2016, from the Tupi (S-30) submarine. It was done in the final phase of certification testing for the combat system. That exercise took place in the vicinity of Rio de Janeiro,” stated Rear Admiral Oscar Moreira da Silva Filho, commander of...
  • Russia's Massive Arctic "Research" Submarine Will Be The World's Longest

    05/03/2017 8:36:50 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 25 replies
    The Drive ^ | MAY 3, 2017 | TYLER ROGOWAY
    The record for the world's longest submarine has been held by the massive Soviet-era Typhoon class for nearly the last four decades. That is about to change as Russia's currently under construction arctic "research" submarine, which is a highly modified variant of the Oscar II class of nuclear-powered guided missile subs, will be lengthened from 505 feet to (roughly) an even more impressive 604 feet. The Typhoon boats, of which just one remains in limited service, have a length of 574 feet. The Oscar II class, which was made famous by the loss of the Kursk in 2000, is already...
  • Aircraft carrier debacle offers a lesson on the submarine (Thailand)

    05/01/2017 8:22:09 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    The Nation, Thailand ^ | May 02, 2017
    Will a new vessel we don’t need and can’t afford end up, like another infamous purchase, as a tourist attraction? Further details have emerged from the Royal Thai Navy about its planned Bt13.5-billion purchase of a Yuan-class S26T submarine from China. But fundamental questions are still being ignored. And the irony was palpable when senior Navy officials chose HTMS Chakri Naruebet – Thailand’s only aircraft carrier – as the location for Monday’s press conference about the sub deal. When the military staged a coup in May 2014 to topple the civilian government, the Navy was all but assured of realising...
  • North Korea Threatens To Sink U.S. Nuclear Submarine Deployed To South Korea

    04/30/2017 3:15:07 PM PDT · by blam · 37 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 4-30-2017
    SEOUL, April 30 (Yonhap) -- After the United States deployed a nuclear-powered submarine and an aircraft carrier to South Korean waters amid high inter-Korean tensions, North Korea on Sunday threatened to sink the underwater vessel, accusing America of stepping up military intimidation. "The moment the USS Michigan tries to budge even a little, it will be doomed to face the miserable fate of becoming a underwater ghost without being able to come to the surface," the North's propaganda website Uriminzokkiri said in a posting. "The urgent fielding of the nuclear submarine in the waters off the Korean Peninsula, timed to...