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  • Russian Navy Upgrading its Project 949A Oscar II SSGN Submarines into 949AM Variant

    05/25/2016 6:12:12 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    TASS ^ | 25 May 2016
    Russia has started the multi-year program to upgrade Project 949A (Antey-class, NATO reporting name: Oscar II) nuclear-powered submarines armed with cruise missiles (SSGN), according to a source in Russian defense industry. "The upgraded Project 949A submarines will be designated as Project 949AM (M stands for upgraded, Modernizirovannaya). The number of cruise missiles is planned to be increased from 24 to 72 and 3M45 Granit (SS-N-19 Shipwreck) cruise anti-ship missiles (ASM) are to be replaced by a mix of 3M55 Onyx (SS-N-26 Strobile) ASM and 3M54 Kalibr (SS-N-27 Sizzler) ASM/land-attack missiles. The upgrade of Project 949A SSGNs does not require drastic...
  • Egypt Sends Robot Submarine to Hunt for EgyptAir Jet

    05/22/2016 8:36:19 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Sunday, 22 May 2016
    Egypt deployed a robot submarine on Sunday to hunt for the EgyptAir plane that crashed in deep Mediterranean waters, President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi said, warning investigations into the disaster would take time. In his first public remarks on Thursday's crash of the Airbus 320 jet, which killed all 66 people on board, Sisi also said all possible scenarios were still being considered and cautioned against rushing to conclusions. ďSearch equipment has moved today from the oil ministry, they have a submarine that can reach 3,000 meters under water,Ē he told assembled ministers and members of parliament at the opening of a...
  • US State Department Approves $143 Million Sale of Submarine Missiles to Egypt

    05/18/2016 5:43:35 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    EGYPTIAN STREETS ^ | MAY 18, 2016
    The US State Department has approved a request by Egypt to purchase 20 Harpoon Block II encapsulated missiles for submarines as well as related equipment and training, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced in a statement. In addition to the Harpoon missiles, the proposed sale, worth approximately USD 143 million, includes two encapsulated harpoon certification training vehicles, technical assistance, personnel training and logistics support provided by the US. The missiles will be used by Egyptís new Type 209 submarines, built by the German company ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems, according to military intelligence and analysis website IHS Janeís 30. ďThe proposed sale...
  • Wonky welds keep West Coast submarines stuck in port (Canada)

    05/17/2016 6:28:10 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 39 replies
    CBC News ^ | May 17, 2016 | Dean Beeby
    More bad news for Canada's problem-plagued submarine fleet: two of the boats will be out of commission for most of this year because of shoddy welding. HMCS Chicoutimi and its sister, HMCS Victoria, are stuck in their Vancouver Island port for months because several hundred welds can't be trusted to hold tight when the boats dive. "Numerous welds are located outside the boats' pressure hull, which will require docking to complete the review and effect repairs," says a briefing note for Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan, obtained by CBC News under the Access to Information Act. "Both submarines will be alongside...
  • Navy assembles first homegrown submarine (South Korea)

    05/17/2016 4:49:38 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki
    The Korea Herald ^ | 2016-05-17 | Yoon Min-sik
    South Koreaís military on Tuesday held a ceremony to formally start the assembly of its first domestically developed submarine, slated to be deployed in the 2020s. The Defense Acquisition Program Administration said the keel laying ceremony -- which officially recognizes the start of a shipís construction -- for batch 1 of Jangbogo-III submarine was held by its builder Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Co. The steel cutting ceremony for the vessel was held in November 2014. Daewoo had also built the Navyís 209-class Jangbogo-I and won a maintenance contract for the submarines, according to the companyís officials on Tuesday. Jangbogo-III,...
  • Australia Is Getting The Baddest Diesel Electric Submarines On The Planet

    05/13/2016 8:05:13 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    THE DRIVE ^ | MAY 13, 2016 | Tyler Rogoway
    Australia Is Getting The Baddest Diesel Electric Submarines On The Planet And the US should buy them too. Here's why. was one of the biggest international defense contracts in recent memory. Australiaís Collins class submarine replacement program, also known as SEA1000, looked to procure 12 highly advanced diesel-electric multi-role submarines, each equipped with the latest in air independent propulsion (AIP) and quiet running technologies. These new foreign-designed submarines, which would be outfitted with American combat systems, would be fielded in the next decade and would serve into the latter half of the century. The programís total cost is estimated just...
  • Royal Navy fires warning shots as Spanish vessel harasses US sub in Gibraltar

    05/06/2016 3:38:59 AM PDT · by ScaniaBoy · 23 replies
    Daily Telegraph ^ | 2016, 5 May | Ben Farmer, defence correspondent
    The Royal Navy fired flares to warn off a Spanish patrol boat approaching an American nuclear submarine off Gibraltar. The fast patrol boat HMS Sabre fired warning shots across the bow of a Guardia Civil vessel as it twice tried to cut across the path of USS Florida during an incursion into Gibraltarís waters. Gibraltar says Spanish vessels regularly stray deep into its territorial waters and the Foreign Office has attacked the incursions as provocative. But defence sources said it was rare for a Royal Navy vessel to fire flares and it had only happened a couple of times in...
  • EXCLUSIVE: India's first conventional submarine in 15 years goes to sea

    04/29/2016 10:52:34 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    India Today ^ | April 30, 2016 | Jugal R Purohit
    After Kalvari, the subsequent five submarines will be delivered at a gap of nine months each. When it comes to submarines, a usually buoyant Indian Navy (IN) experiences what can be termed as a 'mood swing'. However, this Sunday, there is reason to be upbeat. Its first French-designed conventional, diesel electric submarine in over 15 years, the Kalvari, is going to sea. Credible sources associated with the project (code named Project 75) have confirmed that Harbour Acceptance Trials (HATs) are 'largely complete' and she has been readied for 'Sea Trials', indicating the final stage of checks before she becomes a...
  • North Koreaís New Nuclear Sub Is Wickedly Unsafe

    04/27/2016 7:19:01 AM PDT · by C19fan · 36 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | April 27, 2016 | David Axe
    North Koreaís new sea-launched, nuclear-capable ballistic missile and the submarine that fires it are both technologically backward, unreliable, and wickedly unsafe for the unfortunate souls tasked with operating them. In short, Pyongyang's new undersea nukeówhich the hermit regime test-launched off the country's eastern coast on April 23óis a dud by any normal standard.
  • French Barracuda submarine: the most complex artefact in Australia

    04/26/2016 10:01:53 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 19 replies
    The Australian ^ | APRIL 27, 2016 | Brendan Nicholson
    By the end of last year the French were convinced they had made a breakthrough in the race to win Australiaís $50 billion submarine contract. Over a series of meetings in Paris, LíOrient, Cherbourg and Adelaide, engineers from the French naval shipbuilder DCNS shared with Australian naval officers secret data on their submarineís acoustic signature. The French Barracuda submarine, with its pump jet propulsion system, matches other conventional submarinesí noise emissions at very low cruising speeds under 5 knots. But the data showed that when the Barracuda accelerated, as any submarine must do when pursuing an enemy or evading an...
  • France wins $40 billion Australian submarine contract - sources

    04/25/2016 6:59:36 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | Apr 26, 2016 | Colin Packham, Nobuhiro Kubo and Tim Kelly
    Australia has awarded the A$50 billion ($40 billion) contract to build the country's new fleet of submarines to French naval contractor DCNS, sources said on Tuesday, dealing a major blow to Japan's nascent defence export industry. Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will officially announce on Tuesday the winner of the contract to build the country's 12 new submarines, but two sources familiar with the process told Reuters that France has secured the contract ahead of Japanese and German bidders. Another source at the French naval contractor said he was "quietly confident" of success ahead of the announcement by Turnbull. Australia...
  • Uss Sunfish (SSN 649)

    04/22/2016 6:35:26 PM PDT · by chasio649 · 17 replies ^ | 1/21/2016 | wikipedia
    1969Ė1974 Sunfish spent the period from April to August 1969 undergoing shakedown and in various exercises such as torpedo firing, sound trials, control drills, and casualty drills. A short dependents' cruise in late August 1969 was followed by post-shakedown repairs and alterations at Groton, Connecticut. The last two weeks of 1969 were devoted to a leave and recreation period for the crew.......
  • Russia Bolsters Its Submarine Fleet, and Tensions With U.S. Rise

    04/21/2016 5:40:31 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    The New York Times ^ | Apr 20, 2016 | ERIC SCHMITT
    NAPLES, Italy ó Russian attack submarines, the most in two decades, are prowling the coastlines of Scandinavia and Scotland, the Mediterranean Sea and the North Atlantic in what Western military officials say is a significantly increased presence aimed at contesting American and NATO undersea dominance. Adm. Mark Ferguson, the United States Navyís top commander in Europe, said last fall that the intensity of Russian submarine patrols had risen by almost 50 percent over the past year, citing public remarks by the Russian Navy chief, Adm. Viktor Chirkov. Analysts say that tempo has not changed since then. The patrols are the...
  • Why the US Needs Conventional Submarines

    04/14/2016 10:03:27 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 25 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | April 14, 2016 | Torsten Heinrich
    The U.S. Armed Forces operate a wide array of sophisticated weaponry, in many cases superior to anything else in the world. But while the new destroyers, carriers, or the F-22 might have no equal, the U.S. Armed Forces face a significant gap in their capabilities: the total lack of any conventional submarines. The United States hasnít produced any conventional submarines since the Barbel-class in the late 1950s; every submarine class since then has been nuclear powered. This might have made sense in the context of the Cold War, where Soviet nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines had to be shadowed, but times...
  • The submarine problem - deeper than meets the eye (Australia)

    04/07/2016 11:39:47 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Itís been said so often but never actually examined in great detail Ė the Future Submarine Program is strategic for Japan and Australia. In speaking to the submarine community, past and present, what comes through is that cooperation with Japan results in a Future Submarine that can approach the performances of Collins but only with a completely new design and one that will definitely not be regionally superior post 2030. This is alarming and requires pause for thought. The root-cause of this problem is that Japan does not have any technology that is, well, regionally superior. Indeed it is the...
  • Your First Look at the Pentagonís New Unmanned Sub Chaser. (VIDEO)

    04/03/2016 12:06:52 PM PDT · by golux · 23 replies
    GCAPTAIN ^ | 160331 | Mike Schuler
    The U.S. Department of Defense has released the first footage of its prototype unmanned anti-submarine ship being developed to track quiet diesel-electric submarines over long distances. The new vessel was launched in January at Vigorís shipyard in Portland, Oregon, where it has quietly been under construction for the Pentagonís Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). During a speed tests in February, the vessel reached a top speed of 27 knots.... (snip)
  • Silent Hunter: Russiaís Akula Subs Upgraded With Kalibr Cruise Missiles

    03/20/2016 9:51:17 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Sputnik ^ | 03/20/2016
    Russia plans to upgrade its Project 971 nuclear submarines with Kalibr cruise missiles, Rear Admiral Viktor Kochemazov said in a radio interview on Saturday. ďThe Kalibr cruise missile is a highly efficient weapon as was amply proved by the recent launches from the Rostov-on-Don submarine. Kalibr missiles will be installed on the modernized Project 971 submarines,Ē Admiral Kochemazov told Russkaya Sluzhba Novostei (Russian News Service) radio station in Moscow. Project 971 Shchuka-B or Bars, designated by NATO as the Akula, are the codenames for the multirole nuclear-powered attack submarines which are the backbone of Russia's maritime nuclear deterrence. First deployed...
  • Russia to disarm world's largest nuclear ballistic missile submarine

    03/11/2016 6:41:50 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 11 Mar, 2016
    In 2016 Russia is set to disarm the missile system of the Typhoon-class Arkhangelsk submarine, the largest in the world. The disarmament will be carried out in accordance with the New START agreement between Moscow and Washington. Working in accordance with the New START treaty between Russia and US, the countryís leading Zvezdochka shipyard in the northern Russian city of Severodvinsk will disarm the missile system of the Arkhangelsk submarine, the shipyardís press service told TASS news agency on Friday. ďWe will remove the covers of the submarineís missile launchers and seal them, thus making it impossible to use the...
  • North Korea lost a submarine, defense officials say

    03/11/2016 6:40:22 PM PST · by Signalman · 13 replies
    fox news ^ | 3/11/2016 |
    North Korea has a missing submarine, two defense officials told Fox News Friday. One official told Fox the submarine is a 70-foot Yono class "midget" submarine that is diesel powered and has a crew of two, with room for a squad of saboteurs. It was unclear who may have been onboard. North Korea does not operate large ballistic missile submarines, such as the U.S. Navyís Ohio-class fleet. Fox News has learned North Korea has not asked the United States to assist in search and rescue efforts. On Thursday, North Korea responded to new sanctions from South Korea by firing short-range...
  • U.S. says North Korean submarine missing

    03/11/2016 1:15:22 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 79 replies
    CNN ^ | 03/11/2016 | By Barbara Starr
    The North Korean regime lost contact with one of its submarines earlier this week, three U.S. officials familiar with the latest information told CNN. U.S. spy satellites, aircraft and ships have been secretly watching for days as the North Korean navy searched for the missing sub. The U.S. is unsure if the missing vessel is adrift under the sea or whether it has sunk, the officials said, but believes it suffered some type of failure during an exercise.
  • Algeria may receive two more Project 636 Submarines and two Project 20382 Corvettes

    03/11/2016 4:32:12 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 11 March 2016
    Algeria may receive two Russian Project 636E (NATO reporting name: Improved Kilo) diesel-electric submarines (SSK) in 2018, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute`s (SIPRI) arms transfer database. The contract between Russia and Algeria for two Project 636E SSKs is supposed to have been signed in 2014. According to SIPRI, the delivery of the submarines is scheduled for 2018. SIPRI also mentions the contract for supply of two Project 20382 'Tigr' corvettes to Algerian Navy, which was probably signed in 2011. As the specialists of the institute pointed out, the delivery of both ships is scheduled for 2017. Algerian...
  • Moving the giant sub B-307 to the AvtoVAZ Technical Museum

    03/04/2016 2:57:41 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 12 replies
    War History Online ^ | Feb 10, 2015
    The technical museum named After K. G. Sakharov is probably one of the main places of interest in Togliatti. It was founded in 1998, today it has many unique exhibits and is surely worth visiting. The museum allows to trace the historical development of the automobile, engineering, armoured, aviation, railway, missile, artillery and naval weapons. The B-307 was retired and moved to the museum! The Russian Tango-class submarines (Project 641B Som [Catfish]) were the successors to the Foxtrot-class submarine based in the Black Sea and Northern Fleet areas. The first of the class was completed in 1972 at Gorky. A...
  • Royal Navy fires first torpedo from stealth sub using new AI system

    03/02/2016 9:54:25 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies
    DAILYMAIL.COM ^ | 2 March 2016 | MARK PRIGG
    The British Navy has fired its first torpedo using a radical new 'brain' fitted to a nuclear submarine. The Royal Navy's latest and most advanced Astute class submarine, Artful, used the Common Combat System for the first time. It acts as the submarine's 'brain' Ė controlling its 'eyes', 'ears' and 'nervous system'. Artful, the third in the Astute class family, is the first to use this new technology which is now being retrofitted to earlier Astute class submarines. Work will soon begin to also retrofit Vanguard class submarines. Paul Beavis, Combat Systems & Support Director for BAE Systems Submarines, said:...
  • Life of Collins submarines to be extended by another 10 years

    03/01/2016 5:47:46 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    THE AUSTRALIAN ^ | MARCH 2, 2016 | Brendan Nicholson
    The navy is planning to keep all six of its Collins-class submarines in operation until enough new boats are ready to replace them, well into the 2030s. Close to $2 billion has been allocated for upgrade work. Two of the older Collins boats will require overhauls to extend their lives and the others will be modernised progressively to ensure they can match other submarines in the region. Australian Defence Force chief Mark Binskin told The Australian extra time was needed because the process of selecting, designing and building the new submarines could not be rushed and to ensure that Australia...
  • Danger: America's Great Submarine Shortage in the Pacific

    02/26/2016 6:06:06 PM PST · by MtnClimber · 31 replies
    The National Interest ^ | 25 Feb, 2016 | Dave Majumdar
    The United States Navy needs more submarines, intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capacity, as well as more anti-ship missile capability in the Pacific to counter rising Chinese militarization of the South China Sea. Submarines, especially, are the best way to counter the People's Liberation Army Navy-but the problem is that the United States does not have enough Virginia or Seawolf-class attack submarines. "I don't have the submarines that I feel I need," Adm. Harry Harris Jr., commander of the United States Pacific Command (PACOM) told the House Armed Services Committee on February 24. "But that’s a function of the total...
  • Russia May Revive Its High Performance Cold War Alfa Class Sub With Modern Upgrades

    02/25/2016 9:22:13 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | February 25, 2016 | Tyler Rogoway
    Russia’s Alfa Class fast attack submarine was the SR-71 of the undersea world during the Cold War. The Alfas were largely constructed of titanium, used a liquid-metal cooled nuclear powerplant to obtain extreme speeds, and could reach depths far deeper than their competitors. Now Russia is floating the idea of building a modernized version of the design, one that leverages 40 years in technological advancement to take combat submarine automation to a whole new level. Russian news outlet RT reports that there is an imitative to build a new series of Alfa Class boats that are totally revamped, especially in...
  • Secretive U.S. Navy Submarine Went on a Dangerous Mission

    02/15/2016 10:18:21 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 41 replies
    War is Boring ^ | February 15, 2016 | Joseph Trevithick
    Secretive U.S. Navy Submarine Went on a Dangerous Mission Clues suggest spying in 'extremely hazardous' waters On Jan. 20, 2013, the Seawolf-class attack submarine USS Jimmy Carter left her home port in Bangor, Washington. Less than two months later, the submarine appeared at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii for repairs. It was all quite mysterious. During her time at sea, we don‚Äôt know where Jimmy Carter was or what her crew of nearly 150 were precisely doing. The Seawolf class is one of the most secretive weapons in America‚Äôs arsenal, and information about the Navy‚Äôs ‚ÄúSilent Service‚ÄĚ is difficult to discover...
  • Japanese warn of risks in rival submarine plans (Australia)

    02/15/2016 5:23:47 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    THE AUSTRALIAN ^ | FEBRUARY 16, 2016 | Rick Wallace
    The corporate executive at the head of Japan‚Äôs submarine bid has warned of the ‚Äúrisk‚ÄĚ in retro-fitting a nuclear submarine with a diesel engine as proposed by the French bid, and that scaling up a smaller design would create technical ‚Äúchallenges‚ÄĚ. The caution comes as bid ¬≠leader Mitsubishi Heavy Industries also said it would be willing to bid for future warship contracts in Australia and to launch satellites for the Australian government or telecommunications companies to augment its campaign for the $20 billion submarines contract. MHI chief executive Shunichi Miyanaga, when asked about converting a nuclear submarine to run on...
  • Ohio-Class Subs Approaching Several Firsts As Navy Prepares Them To Reach 42 Years of Service

    02/03/2016 5:05:29 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    USNI News ^ | February 3, 2016 | Megan Eckstein
    The Navy‚Äôs imperative to provide ‚Äúuninterrupted strategic deterrence‚ÄĚ with its ballistic missile submarines requires it meets two goals: development of the new boats must stay on schedule, and the old boats must make it to the end of their expected service lives. The latter isn‚Äôt easy ‚Äď the Navy is counting on the Ohio-class ballistic missile submarines (SSBNs) to stick around for 42 years each, something that‚Äôs never been done. The longest-serving American submarine, the boomer USS Kamehameha (SSBN-642), retired in 2002 after 36 and a half years of service. USS Ohio (SSGN-726) has been around for just over 34...
  • Australian submarine tender narrows to Japanese and French bids

    01/22/2016 9:24:55 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 22, 2016
    TOKYO/ SYDNEY--The competition for the contract to build Australia's next submarine fleet is narrowing to a race between Japan and France as a bid from Germany's ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) loses ground over technical concerns, multiple sources said. Australia is expected to decide the winner of the Australian $50 billion ($34.55 billion) project, one of the world's most lucrative defense contracts, within the next six months, ahead of a national election in which the deal and the jobs it will create is expected to be a key issue for the conservative government. TKMS is proposing to scale up its 2,000-ton...
  • The red button that could launch Britain's nuclear warheads

    01/22/2016 5:02:31 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 52 replies
    With its slightly chipped red grip and retro look, it could be the hand control for a Scalextric set or games console. In fact, the device seen here for the first time is the trigger to Britain’s nuclear deterrent, a button that when pressed could destroy hundreds of thousands of lives. It is in the hand of Lieutenant Commander Woods, the weapons engineer officer on HMS Vigilant, one of four Vanguard class submarines that carries up to eight Trident missiles armed with nuclear warheads. The 38-year-old father of three has spent 16 years training for the moment when Vigilant’s commanding...
  • Russia's 2nd & 3rd Lada Class Submarine Delivery Slips to 2019, Fate of the Class Uncertain

    01/22/2016 4:54:39 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | Friday, 22 January 2016
    There are no plans to discontinue the construction of Project 677 Lada-class diesel-electric submarines (SSK) yet, Deputy Navy Commander-in-Chief Vice Admiral Alexander Fedotenkov told journalists on Thursday. The second and third submarines, the Kronstadt and Velikiye Luki, will be delivered later than scheduled in 2019 but the Russian Navy says the class is much quiter compared to the Project 636 Kilo-class. Lada class Diesel Electric Submarine (SSK) Project 677 "The Navy will decide on how many Project 677 Lada submarines it needs based on the outcome of the operational evaluation of the Kronstadt and Velikiye Luki submarines. The termination of...
  • Israel's Newest And Most Advanced Submarine Is Their Last Line Of Nuclear Deterrence

    01/13/2016 11:45:24 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | 1/13/2016 | Tyler Rogoway
    Arguably Israel‚Äôs most critical military capability is their small but very deadly submarine fleet. Beyond being able to stealthily spy on enemies, insert operatives onto foreign shores and wreak havoc on enemy ships on a whim, they represent Israel‚Äôs ‚Äúsecond strike‚ÄĚ nuclear deterrent. Now Israel has received its fifth such vessel, the Rahav. The importance of the INS Rahav, and Israel‚Äôs small but elite submarine force was underscored by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during the new submarine‚Äôs arrival ceremony: ‚ÄúOur submarine fleet serves as a deterrent to our enemies who seek our destruction.‚ÄĚ He continued, ‚Äúthey need to know that...
  • North Korea Shows Latest Submarine Missile Test Launch

    01/08/2016 7:20:24 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | January 8, 2016 | Bill Gertz
    North Korean missile engine ignites / Screen Capture Two days after conducting a provocative underground nuclear test, North Korea on Friday released video showing what the government said was a successful submarine-launched ballistic missile test launch last month. State-run Korean Central Television, in a 54-minute video, included a report that said the missile launch was observed in December by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who was shown standing on a ship as the missile is ejected from underneath the water and then blasts off. The missile test was first reported Monday by the Washington Free Beacon. Defense officials said...
  • China and Pakistan Join Forces Under the Sea

    01/06/2016 9:32:06 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    The National Interest ^ | January 7, 2016 | Koh Swee Lean Collin
    While attention has been on the simmering tensions in the East and South China Seas letely, a small event took place in the East China Sea off the coast of Shanghai. Pakistan Navy (PN) guided missile frigate Shamsheer and fleet replenishment vessel Nasr drilled with a pair of PLA Navy Type-054A Jiangkai II frigates, Xuzhou and Yangzhou from December 31 to January 1. According to Chinese reports, the fast-paced, high-intensity exercise involved day and night maneuvers including joint escort, counter-piracy and live-firing. This constitutes a logical progression from the limited scope when this bilateral exercise first began in 2003 as...
  • Germany to build two additional submarines for Egypt

    12/24/2015 8:10:09 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Ahram Online, Egypt ^ | 24 Dec 2015
    Two additional submarines are currently being constructed in Germany to be delivered to Egypt, after the latter received a submarine earlier this month, German ambassador to Cairo told state news agency MENA. The submarines are being built in the Germany's northern Kiel City by ThyseenKrupp Marine System Company. The same company delivered to Egypt the country’s first Type-209/1400, which was inaugurated by the commander of the country’s naval forces in Hamburg on 10 December. Ambassador Julius Georg Luy didn’t specify if the two additional submarines would also be Type-209/1400. Luy also announced that Egypt’s Foreign Affairs Minister Sameh Shoukry would...
  • Fifth Israel Navy submarine leaves Germany for Haifa port

    12/18/2015 12:48:28 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 26 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 12/17/2015 | YAAKOV LAPPIN
    The Israel Navy‚Äôs fifth Dolphin- class submarine and second new-generation AIP (air independent propulsion) platform is making the 3,000- mile journey to its home base at the Haifa naval base from its German manufacturing center, a senior naval source said Thursday. The INS Rahav is carrying some 50 personnel, and ‚Äúminimal weapons needed to protect itself,‚ÄĚ before its arrival in Israel next month. After its arrival, Israeli systems will be installed on board. ‚ÄúWe expect the submarine to be fully operational in a number of months,‚ÄĚ the naval officer said. AIP submarines can remain submerged for significantly longer periods of...
  • 'The characteristic is secrecy': Behind the scenes on Japan's state-of-the-art submarine

    12/13/2015 2:52:58 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    ABC News ^ | 12/13/2015 | Matthew Carney
    Until now, the Soryu submarine and its unique technology have been a closely guarded state secret. But the Japanese navy, or the Maritime Self Defence Forces as they are known, gave North Asia correspondent Matthew Carney an exclusive look at the Soryu at the Yokosuka Naval base on the outskirts of Tokyo. Many believe the Soryu is best conventional submarine in the world and should be the leading contender to replace the Collins class submarines. The Japanese are now in a race with the Germans and the French to win Australia's biggest ever defence contract worth nearly $50 billion. I...
  • Russia Developing New Fuel-Cell Air Independent Propulsion System for Submarines

    12/12/2015 3:03:37 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 12 December 2015
    The Rubin Design Bureau and Krylov State Research Center will start developing a prototype submarine air-independent propulsion (AIP) plant and an associated floating test bench, Igor Landgraf, deputy director/chief designer of Krylov’s affiliate TsNII SET said. According to Landgraf, the Russian Industry and Trade Ministry is considering Rubin and Krylov’s proposal for the Development of an AIP Plant Prototype and an Associated Floating Test Bench development work. The proposal had resulted from a resolution by the September 12, 2015 governmental meeting chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin. The proposal was approved by the Russian Navy’s leading research institute. The...
  • First Egyptian Navy 209/1400 Class Submarine ‚ÄúS41‚ÄĚ Named and Launched at TKMS Kiel

    12/11/2015 10:59:14 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | Thursday, 10 December 2015
    The first 209/1400 class submarine (Yard No. 447) for the Navy of the Arabic Republic of Egypt was named and launched at the shipyard of thyssenkrupp Marine Systems in Kiel today. This marks an important milestone in the ongoing submarine programme for the Egyptian Navy. ‚ÄúS41‚ÄĚ is the first of four submarines. Production of the first submarine started in Kiel. Since then, the construction program has proceeded to schedule and achieved a first important milestone with today's naming ceremony and launching. The ceremony has been attended by Vice Admiral Rainer Brinkmann, Deputy Chief of Staff of the German navy, the...
  • Russia targets ISIS from submarine deployed in Mediterranean

    12/09/2015 10:49:33 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    India TV News ^ | 12/09/2015
    Moscow: Russia attacked the Islamic State positions in Syria with Kalibr missiles fired by the submarine deployed in the Mediterranean Sea, Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Tuesday. "It was the first time that Kalibr cruise missiles were fired by the Rostov-on-Don submarine from the Mediterranean Sea," Tass news agency quoted Shoigu as saying during a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. According to Shoigu, the missile launch was carried out by the sub from a submerged position, striking two major targets of the IS. "The objectives were two major points of terrorists in Syrian Raqqa province ... We are...
  • Japan‚Äôs crack submarine fleet

    11/27/2015 5:03:11 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies
    SENTAKU MAGAZINE ^ | NOV 26, 2015
    China has lately been resorting to defiant and audacious acts like claiming its territorial rights over waters around artificial island it has built in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea and unilaterally designating an air defense identification zone in the East China Sea. While these acts are visible to all, the real front battle line lies deep in the sea where submarines are principal players. This article attempts to provide in-depth descriptions of the real picture of submarines of the Maritime Self-Defense Force and their roles, as little has so far been made known about them. During the...
  • Russia‚Äôs New ‚ÄėNuclear Torpedo‚Äô Can Create Giant Tsunamis And Wipe Out Entire Coastal Cities

    11/17/2015 9:59:10 AM PST · by amorphous · 81 replies
    The Economic Collapse ^ | 16 Nov 2015 | Michael Snyder
    While the eyes of the world are on ISIS, Russia is creating weapons unlike anything the world has ever seen before. Plans for a giant self-propelled nuclear torpedo that can create a giant tsunami more than 1,000 feet tall were recently "leaked by mistake" by the Russian media. Apparently the warheads on these torpedos are designed to create so much radiation "that everything living will be killed" - including those that try to survive the attack by hiding in underground shelters. These "robotic mini-submarines" would have a range of up to 10,000 kilometers and would be able to evade all...
  • Bidders in Australian submarine project hit by hackers

    11/09/2015 8:54:20 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    KYODO ^ | November 09, 2015
    SYDNEY ‚Äď All three bidders competing for a 50 billion Australian dollars ($35.3 billion) submarine contract have been targeted by Chinese and Russian cyberattacks, according to local media reports. The submarine builders in France, Germany and Japan have all been provided with the highly confidential technical requirements for the Royal Australian Navy‚Äôs new submarines, which will form the basis for each country‚Äôs proposal. Manfred Klein, campaign manager of German shipbuilder ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems, told The Australian newspaper, ‚ÄúWe have about 30 to 40 (hacking) attempts per night, that‚Äôs what our IT people say.‚ÄĚ The bidders declined to publicly say which...
  • Future Submarines: First look inside Soryu sub as Japan ups ante in contract bid

    10/23/2015 5:42:00 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    A Japanese Soryu Class submarine pictured at sea. Picture: Supplied Source: Supplied JAPAN summoned a submarine back from sea trials to give The Advertiser an exclusive look inside as they dramatically boost their efforts to win the Future Submarines contract. Of the three contenders for the project, Japan has been the most secretive, fuelling speculation they would be difficult to work with and reluctant to share sensitive defence technology. However, they recently confirmed they would share all their technology and this week opened the hatch to a range of South Australians. Visitors were welcomed with Australian flags, officials sporting kangaroo...
  • U.S. Navy Considering Adding Anti-Ship Missiles Back to Submarine Force

    10/21/2015 8:49:09 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    USNI News ^ | October 21, 2015 | Sam LaGrone
    The Navy is investigating adding an anti-ship missile to its submarine force ó bringing it inline with the majority of the world naval submarines, the director of Naval Reactors said on Wednesday. In response to a question from the audience at the 2015 Naval Submarine League Symposium, Adm. Frank Caldwell said the Navy was exploring adding the capability to the fleet. ďFor this audience, Iíll tell you we are considering that and we are taking some some steps to delivering that kind of capability to our submarine force and I canít really say anymore than that,Ē he said. The U.S....
  • The China Factor: Why India's Once-Secret Sub Will Join War Games Today

    10/13/2015 11:03:28 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    NDTV ^ | October 14, 2015 | Vishnu Som
    NEW DELHI: It has been called a "hole in the water," a submarine so quiet that detecting it is often impossible for even the most advanced navies. For years, the Russian designed 'Kilo' class submarine was the ace in the pack of the Indian Navy. It would stealthily monitor warships traversing the waters of the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal. And for years, the Indian Navy flatly refused to give foreign forces a chance to train against the 'Kilo' class, nine of which are in service. Doing so would have given them a chance to potentially detect and...
  • Chinaís Shoddy, Noisy Nuclear Submarines

    10/08/2015 10:48:08 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 32 replies
    THE NATIONAL INTEREST ^ | October 7, 2015 | Dave Majumdar
    Over the past two decades, the Peopleís Republic of China has made great advances in its military capabilities. However, it still lags woefully behind in developing nuclear-powered submarines. The problem for the Chinese is that they lack the necessary quieting and propulsion technologies to build anything remotely comparable to an American or Russian nuclear submarine. Even the newest Chinese Jin-class ballistic nuclear missile submarines and improved Shang-class nuclear attack submarines are louder than 1970s-era Soviet-built Victor III-class attack submarine or the Delta III-class boomer, according to the U.S. Navyís Office of Naval Intelligence. In fact, even Chinaís forthcoming Type 95...
  • Will Indonesia Buy French Stealth Submarines?

    10/08/2015 10:36:47 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | October 08, 2015 | Franz-Stefan Gady
    Indonesian defense official have expressed interest in purchasing French-built Scorpene-class 1000 diesel-electric attack submarines (SSK) IHS Janeís Navy International reports. Representatives of the French shipbuilder DCNS, the company offering the boats, confirmed Indonesian-French government-to-government talks at this yearís Pacific 2015 International Maritime Exhibition currently taking place in Sydney, Australia. ďThe talks are going on at the government-to-government level, mostly to discuss the needs of the Indonesian Navy,Ē according to a DCNS representative interviewed by IHS Janeís Navy International. ďSo far, what the Indonesians have identified is the need for a complementary submarine fleet that can fill in the gaps of...
  • Japan offers advanced science to build new subs (Australia)

    10/07/2015 1:55:32 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    The Australian ^ | OCTOBER 6, 2015 | Brendan Nicholson
    Japan has offered to build Aus≠tralia a larger version of its ultra- stealthy 4000-tonne Soryu, or Blue Dragon, submarine to ≠dramatically increase its range. The ďenhancedĒ Soryu diesel-electric submarine, which could be built in Australia, would be powered by a new and safer generation of highly efficient lithium ion ≠batteries developed by Japanese engineers. The 88m long Soryu would be extended with the ≠addition of a new hull section 6-8m long, which would be placed behind the submarineís fin, The Australian was told in a briefing yesterday. Japan, which is one of three contenders bidding to build Australiaís submarines, has...