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  • China’s 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 People’s 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. Navy’s Office of Naval Intelligence. In fact, even China’s 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 Jane’s Navy International reports. Representatives of the French shipbuilder DCNS, the company offering the boats, confirmed Indonesian-French government-to-government talks at this year’s Pacific 2015 International Maritime Exhibition currently taking place in Sydney, Australia. “The talks are going on at the government-to-government level, mostly to discuss the needs of the Indonesian Navy,” according to a DCNS representative interviewed by IHS Jane’s Navy International. “So 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 Aus­tralia a larger version of its ultra- stealthy 4000-tonne Soryu, or Blue Dragon, submarine to ­dramatically increase its range. The “enhanced” 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 submarine’s fin, The Australian was told in a briefing yesterday. Japan, which is one of three contenders bidding to build Australia’s submarines, has...
  • China to build four submarines in Karachi

    10/06/2015 10:33:16 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    DAWN.COM ^ | October 7th, 2015 | BAQIR SAJJAD SYED
    ISLAMABAD: China will build in Karachi four of eight submarines that it is selling to Pakistan. Minister for Defence Production Rana Tanveer Hussain told at the inauguration of the Defence Export Promotion Organisation (DEPO) Display Centre in the federal capital that the deal for the acquisition of submarines from China had been finalised and four of them would be built here. He further said that construction of the submarines would simultaneously begin in Pakistan and China. China, he said, would transfer the technology to Pakistan for submarine construction. The implementation of the agreement would augment the existing submarine related capacity....
  • India may get US, French cos as partners for building nuclear submarines

    10/01/2015 6:06:36 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    The Economic Times, India ^ | 28 Sep, 2015 | Manu Pubby
    NEW DELHI: For the first time India has options when it comes to finding a partner to build a military nuclear asset. Besides Russia, ship builders from France and the US have started initial conversations with the defence ministry on participating in an Indian effort to build a new class of nuclear-powered attack submarines. Russia has been the traditional ally of India when it comes to sensitive technology and strategic systems. But a Navy plan for constructing six new nuclear-powered attack submarines (SSNs) to patrol the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) and beyond has prompted 'discussions' with the two western nations,...
  • Aboard a U.S. nuclear sub, a cat-and-mouse game with phantom foes

    09/25/2015 7:52:48 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | September 25, 2015 | DAVID S. CLOUD
    America's most advanced nuclear submarine was slicing through the water off Hawaii last month, 400 feet under the surface, when a sonar operator suddenly detected an ominous noise on his headphones. It was a faint thump … thump … thump — the distinctive sound of a spinning, seven-bladed propeller on a Chinese attack submarine called a Shang by the Pentagon and its allies. A neon green stripe on his sonar screen indicated that the Shang was only a few thousand yards off the U.S. sub's bow. "Sonar contact!" he yelled to 15 officers and crew in the dimly lighted control...
  • Chinese Subs Finally Get a Shot at American Carriers

    09/25/2015 5:53:31 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    War is Boring ^ | September 24, 2015 | David Axe
    In 1995 and 1996, Taiwanese politicians signaled greater support for declaring their island country officially independent of China. Beijing’s response was swift, forceful … and ultimately an embarrassment to China. The Chinese army fired several missiles toward small, Taiwanese-held islands. That’s when the United States intervened in a big way, sending two entire aircraft carrier battle groups into the waters around Taiwan — and even sailing one carrier through the Taiwan Strait. The Chinese military was powerless against this show of force. Beijing couldn’t even reliably track the American warships, and had no forces of its own capable of threatening...
  • U.S. Nuclear Missile Submarine Surfaces in Scotland

    09/22/2015 5:13:46 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 19 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | 09/17/15 | Bill Gertz
    Pentagon deploys USS Wyoming amid tensions with Moscow nuclear-armed U.S. ballistic missile submarine arrived in Scotland this week amid growing tensions with Moscow over Ukraine and Russia’s strategic arms buildup. The submarine, the USS Wyoming, arrived at the British naval base at Faslane, Scotland, Wednesday morning for what the U.S. Strategic Command said is a routine visit. However, ballistic missile submarine movements and port visits normally are not announced by the Navy or the Strategic Command, an indication the Wyoming’s port call is intended as strategic messaging to Moscow. The submarine visit “demonstrates the closeness of the U.S./U.K. defense relationship...
  • Study: More Subs, Fewer Carriers to Combat Chinese Military Growth

    09/21/2015 6:16:56 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | Sep 21, 2015 | Wyatt Olson
    Faced with China's growing anti-surface ship capacity, the United States should decrease its emphasis on large aircraft carriers in the Pacific and spend more on submarines, space capabilities and ways to make air bases and aircraft less vulnerable, according to a report released earlier this month by Rand Corp. In the 430-page report, the Santa Monica, Calif.-based think tank analyzed the relative military capabilities of the U.S. and China in certain scenarios based on open-source documents. The analysis makes comparisons using 10 "scorecards" covering air, maritime, space, cyber and nuclear domains. Capabilities were examined at seven-year intervals, beginning in 1996...
  • Exclusive: China trying to undercut Germany on submarine offer to Egypt

    09/16/2015 12:33:23 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    China is trying to sell two submarines to Egypt that are cheaper than vessels on offer from Germany, industry sources told Reuters, as Beijing looks to expand weapons exports beyond its traditional customer base in Asia. Beijing has sought to undercut Western submarine makers on price and by offering attractive export-credit terms for sales in Asia, the sources said. It has won deals with Pakistan and Bangladesh so far. China displaced Germany as the world's third-largest arms exporter, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) said in March, though nearly 70 percent of those weapons went to Pakistan, Bangladesh and...
  • Poland may buy submarines with other NATO members -minister

    09/07/2015 12:31:42 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | 06 Sep 2015
    WARSAW: Poland may join forces with other NATO members such as Norway or the Netherlands to buy submarines in a bid to cut costs, instead of buying them alone, Deputy Defence Minister Czeslaw Mroczek said on Sunday. The ministry had planned to buy three submarines with delivery set for 2020-25 and at a cost of 7.5 billion zlotys (US$2 billion) in a tender due to be launched at the start of this year. This was postponed when Poland decided to change the contract specification to arm the fleet with manoeuvring missiles. "We are considering obtaining submarines, for instance together with...
  • U.S. Shadowing Russian Ship in Atlantic Near Nuclear Submarine Areas

    09/03/2015 7:03:14 AM PDT · by PghBaldy · 2 replies
    (Washington) Free Beacon ^ | September 3 | Bill Gertz
    High-tech spy vessel carries cable-cutting gear, mini-subs U.S. intelligence ships, aircraft, and satellites are closely watching a Russian military vessel in the Atlantic that has been sailing near a U.S. nuclear missile submarine base and underwater transit routes, according to Pentagon officials. The Russian research ship Yantar has been tracked from the northern Atlantic near Canada since late August as it makes its way south toward Cuba.
  • Israel Navy: Technical Failure Likely Sank Sub in 1968 With 69 Sailors Aboard

    08/31/2015 11:12:06 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    HAARETZ ^ | Sep 01, 2015 | Gili Cohen
    An Israeli submarine that sank 47 years ago probably went down due to a technical failure, according to a report released by the navy yesterday. The report was released at a gathering of the families of the 69 sailors killed when the Dakar went down. Exactly what happened in the critical moments before the submarine sank remains unknown. But yesterday the navy released all the reports drafted after the incident, which had hitherto been classified, as well as a document summarizing all the efforts to search for the sub and any other information the defense establishment has about it. According...
  • North Korea 'prepares submarine attack' on South Korea as crisis talks enter third day: live

    08/24/2015 7:30:36 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 21 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 06/24/15
    Seoul refuses to back down and demands apology from Kim Jong-un for landmine blast it claims maimed two soldiers - North Korea's state media - Korean Central News Agency - has just issued another Shakespearean tirade against the South, accusing it of "false propaganda." Quote They [South Korea] claimed the DPRK "promulgated a decree on establishing a donation system" and "the society in the north has turned into the one where loyalty can be bought and sold." They asserted this was a "reliable source" from North Hamgyong Province. They even took issue with the newly built Pyongyang Home for the...
  • Military Sources, "About 50 N. Korean Submarines Left Their Bases...Can't be Located"

    08/23/2015 12:08:44 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 216 replies
    Military Sources, "About 50 N. Korean Submarines Left Their Bases...Can't be Located" 2015.08.23 15:23 /begin my translation Dozens of N. Korean submarines left their bases at both Eastern and Western coast, and can't be located. Military are increasing their surveillance capability to track them, it is confirmed. That accounts for 70% of (N. Korea's) submarine fleet, which totals 70 ships. This is the largest rate of deployment since the Korean War. Military sources said, "This is 10 times more than their normal deployment level. Dozens of them left their bases at both coasts, and we are unable to track them."...
  • Morocco to Buy Russian Amur-1650 Superquiet Submarine

    08/22/2015 5:21:58 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 22 replies
    Morocco and Russia are close to reaching a deal on the delivery of a Russian-made Amur-1650 (project 677E) submarine which would be the kingdom’s first submarine, World Tribune reported. The contract is expected to be signed during King Mohammed VI’s trip to Moscow later this year. The two countries have been in talks on the issue in several stages since 2013, according to the media outlet. The sum of the deal may be €300 million ($342 million), reported. During the DSA-2014 international arms forum in Malaysia, the Malaysian navy also expressed interest for the submarine. "Malaysian navy commander visited...
  • Russia’s Got a Mysterious New Submarine

    08/21/2015 5:06:12 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 08.21.15 | DAVID AXE
    On Aug. 11 at the port of Severodvinsk in northern Russia, a huge and imposing black shape emerged from a dry-dock, observed by ranks of uniformed dignitaries. The Russian navy’s latest submarine is 574 feet long, displaces no fewer than 18,000 tons of water and packs two nuclear reactors. Named Moscow, she’s actually a refurbished, 1980s-vintage ballistic-missile sub that once prowled underneath the Arctic ice, cradling nuclear-tipped ballistic missiles, awaiting Armageddon. Today, as best as any outside observer can tell, the Moscow has a new mission. She appears to be part science vessel, part spy ship, part commando transport, and...
  • Royal Navy's £10billion submarine project at risk due to delays and overspending

    08/13/2015 5:10:51 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    Mirror, U.K. ^ | 12 AUGUST 2015 | BEN GLAZE
    At risk: The new Royal Navy submarine HMS Astute The £10billion project to create a fleet of seven Royal Navy submarines is in yet more troubled waters, a watchdog has warned. Its report on the Astute-class attack boats reveals costs are still rocketing. The subs have been plagued by a string of technical hitches and delays since the first vessel was ordered 18 years ago. And the mammoth project was expected to cost another £87.5million more than planned last year - up from £558.1million to £645.6million. The watchdog, the Major Projects Authority, has issued an amber/red alert, meaning there are...
  • Modernization of French Strategic Oceanic Force: Le Triomphant SSBN Now Fitted with M51 SLBM

    08/13/2015 4:45:29 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 12 August 2015
    On August 4, 2015, the French Navy (Marine Nationale) took over full responsibility and the effective command of ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) Le Triomphant (S616). This transfer of responsibility is an important milestone following the refit period started in May 2013 for maintenance, repairs, modernization and adaptation to the M51 new generation submarine launched ballistic missile (SLMB). Le Triomphant will now start some trials at sea before returning in the operational cycle. An NH90 NFH Caiman transfers personnel on board French Navy Le Triomphant class SSBN. Picture: V.Guyoton © Marine Nationale Le Triomphant, head of the class commissioned in 1997,...
  • 15 Years on, Russians Less Inclined to Cast Blame for Kursk Submarine Tragedy

    08/12/2015 6:04:01 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | Aug. 11 2015
    Fifteen years after one of the worst disasters in Russian naval history — the sinking of the Kursk submarine in the Barents Sea in which all 118 crew members died — the number of Russians who blame the authorities for not doing enough to rescue the sailors has dropped. The tragedy occurred on Aug. 12, 2000, making it one of the first serious challenges faced by Russia's new president Vladimir Putin. While at the time and in the immediate aftermath, the president's actions were criticized, a poll published Monday by the independent pollster Levada Center showed that 40 percent of...
  • Sailor faces charges after photos of Navy attack sub found on cellphone

    08/05/2015 4:25:46 PM PDT · by huldah1776 · 37 replies
    FoxNews ^ | Aug 3, 2015 | n/a
    A Navy sailor assigned to a nuclear-powered submarine has been accused of using his cellphone to snap revealing photos of the sub’s top-secret inner spaces. Prosecutors say Machinist Mate 1st Class Kristian Saucier took the photos aboard the attack submarine Alexandria, the Navy Times reported Saturday. He has been charged with unauthorized retention of defense information and destroying his laptop and a camera to thwart an FBI probe.
  • Deep Designs (India has ground on submarine front)

    07/28/2015 6:28:06 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    The Week, India ^ | August 02, 2015 | Ajit Kumar Dubey
    The Dragon is breathing fire under water. And, Pakistan is close on India’s heels. Over the years, India has lost ground on the submarine front. Hence, the need for more subs, and fast They do it every time. Before the Chinese send their president or prime minister to visit a neighbouring country, they send a few troops across the border—just to test the neighbour’s military and political will. Thus, ahead of Prime Minister Li Keqiang’s May 2013 visit, a few People’s Liberation Army (PLA) troops forayed into western Ladakh and stayed there for close to a month. They moved back...
  • Russian Submarine Wreck Found in Sweden’s Territorial Waters

    A wrecked mini-submarine was found last week in waters off of Sweden’s eastern coast, media in Sweden reported on July 27. Authorities believe it is a Russian model, primarily because of Cyrillic letters on the hull. They have not disclosed the exact location of the wreckage, but say it is around 1.5 nautical miles from the Swedish coast. “We are 110 percent sure that it is within Swedish waters” said Dennis Åsberg, a member of Ocean X Team which made the discovery. Reports say the sub is some 60 feet long and 10 feet wide, and holds a crew of...
  • Steel predator of the Northern Fleet: A tour of the Akula nuclear sub

    07/25/2015 5:15:05 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies
    Russia Beyond the Headlines ^ | July 25, 2015 | Oleg Kuleshov
    The Akula-class nuclear submarine is the biggest in the world. Source: Oleg Kuleshov At the end of June the Dmitry Donskoi nuclear submarine left Severodvinsk, the principal base of the Northern Fleet. It entered the White Sea on a mission, one objective of which is to interact with Russia's antisubmarine forces. This is a unique vessel. The submarines of this series (Project 941, or Typhoon, according to NATO's classification) are considered the biggest in the world. Their length of 124 meters is comparable to two football fields, while the height of this naval predator is that of a nine-story building....
  • China to provide eight submarines to Pak in largest-ever defence deal

    07/24/2015 6:31:00 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    China is to provide eight submarines to Pakistan in a multi-billion dollar deal, which is touted to be the largest-ever defence contract signed by Beijing with any nation so far. According to The Express Tribune, the Pakistani government did not provide any details and even declined to confirm the size of the transaction, despite the magnitude of the agreement. However, the composition of the Chinese delegation, with whom the agreement was reached, suggested that the accord involved purchase of eight submarines. Sources in the finance ministry said that the payments would be made to China in four instalments and the...
  • Exclusive - Japan eyes British help to sink German bid for Australian submarine: sources

    07/23/2015 6:16:49 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | Jul 23, 2015 | TIM KELLY, NOBUHIRO KUBO AND MATT SIEGEL
    A Japanese government team is in talks with at least two top British firms to help a Japanese consortium land one of the world's most lucrative defence contracts, sources in Tokyo said, a $50 billion (£32 billion) project to build submarines for Australia. Germany's ThyssenKrupp (TKMS), a rival bidder, is wooing anxious members of Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s ruling Liberal Party with the economic and political benefits of its proposal. Two Japanese government officials and a company source in Tokyo said Babcock International Group and BAE Systems had approached the consortium of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Kawasaki Heavy Industries with...
  • 'Chinese naval vessels in Indian Ocean should not be taken as a threat'

    07/20/2015 10:16:33 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 5 replies ^ | Tuesday, July 21, 2015 | Press Trust of India
    Justifying the docking of Chinese submarines in Karachi and Colombo, a Chinese think tank questioned criticism in India of the presence of Chinese naval ships in the Indian Ocean, saying China has a right to protect its interests and India should be "broad-minded" to accept it. "But even if Chinese naval ships and submarines appear regularly in the Indian Ocean, so what?," an article in the state-run China Daily questioning the criticism of Chinese vessels in the Indian Ocean said. Written by Zhou Do, an honorary fellow with Centre for China American Defence Relations of Beijing-based Academy of Military Science,...
  • Essay: China’s Submarine Solution for the Taiwan Strait

    07/09/2015 9:40:02 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    USNI News ^ | July 8, 2015 | Henry Holst
    While several Chinese security-scenarios are discussed in defense circles, China’s Taiwan dilemma is still the primary driver for Peoples Liberation Army (PLA) acquisition. Resolving China’s Taiwan issue has been the PLA’s justification for double-digit budget increases over decades. The force needed to deal with a U.S. military intervention during a Taiwan contingency far outweighs that required to handle China’s other external security goals. The Taiwan issue is reflected in the PLA Navy’s (PLAN) undersea force structure, which in recent years has heavily prioritized the construction of Type-39A Yuan-class conventional submarines (SSK). According to Naval War College professor and PLAN watcher...
  • Saab unveils superstealth 'ghost submarine' that is virtually invisible to enemies

    07/03/2015 10:17:16 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 22 replies
    mail Online ^ | 3 July 2015 | MARK PRIGG
    Saab has unveiled what it claims is the world's most advanced stealth submarine. The A26 sub is 207 feet long, and features a 'ghost mode' to make it virtually undetectable when underwater. It also features a unique pod that allows special forces divers to enter and exit the sub while it is underwater. The firm has already signed a $1 billion deal to build two of the new submarines for the Swedish Navy. 'Extreme stealth is at the heart of the Kockums A26 submarine,' the firm said. 'Sweden is unleashing its GHOST (Genuine HOlistic STealth) technology, thus making the Kockums...
  • Thailand to buy 3 submarines from China

    06/25/2015 6:52:32 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    Bangkok Post ^ | JUNE 26, 2015
    BANGKOK — The Thai navy has picked Chinese submarines costing 12 billion baht (S$447.5 million) each to be commissioned in the force, a source on the procurement committee says. The majority of the 17-strong committee voted to buy three Chinese submarines, saying it was the “best value for money”. The rest were split between submarines from Germany and South Korea. The navy also received offers from Russia, Sweden and France. The source said China beat other competitors as it offered subs equipped with superior weaponry and technology. Its subs are also able to stay underwater longer. Deputy Prime Minister and...
  • 2nd Submariner Guilty of Sharing Videos of Women in Shower

    05/28/2015 11:41:44 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 50 replies ^ | May 28, 2015 | Jason Dearen
    A second submariner pleaded guilty Wednesday to sharing videos of female officers undressing for a shower, continuing a case that a prosecutor calls a "black eye" for the Navy's integration of women into the nation's sub fleet. Electronics technician Joseph Bradley entered his guilty pleas in a court-martial and was sentenced to 30 days' confinement and a reduction in rank. Bradley received the videos after they were secretly recorded by another sailor aboard the USS Wyoming nuclear submarine based at Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base in Georgia, prosecutors say. Bradley admitted in a plea agreement to sharing the images with...
  • Former senior defence adviser now heading French sub builder (Australia)

    05/15/2015 9:04:05 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki
    EXCLUSIVE: A former senior government adviser who enjoyed privileged access to top-secret information about the navy’s future submarine project has taken a high paid job with one of three foreign contenders for the $20 billion plus contract. Sean Costello was chief-of-staff to former Defence Minister David Johnston and left his $250,000-a-year government job in January this year. He began work in April — just four months later — as Chief Executive Officer with French Government shipbuilder DCNS Australia. The firm is engaged in a “competitive evaluation process” for the Navy’s future submarine contract alongside Germany’s Thyssen Krupp Marine Systems (TKMS)...
  • Nato's 'Dynamic Mongoose': Hunting for submarines

    05/15/2015 6:26:27 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    BBC News ^ | 14 May 2015 | Jonathan Beale
    In the North Sea, off the coast of Norway, Nato has been conducting its largest ever anti-submarine warfare exercise. It is seen as a response to the growing threat from Russian submarines which have stepped up their own patrols in these very same waters. It has also highlighted a gaping hole in Britain's own defences. For now though it is the hunt for U33, not Red October. The German U-boat is acting as the unseen enemy below the waves. 'Important training' U33's commander Kai Nicklesdorf and his 28 crew, who live in cramped conditions, are trying to avoid detection by...
  • 'Gay sailor' to deter Russian subs from Swedish waters

    05/13/2015 5:35:41 AM PDT · by Paid_Russian_Troll · 31 replies
    Stockholm (AFP) - A Swedish peace group said Tuesday it has lowered a sonar device into the Baltic Sea off Stockholm to deter Russian submarines, emitting the message "This Way if You Are Gay". The Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society's (SPAS) cheeky device emits the message in Morse code and is designed to scare off subs from Russia, which does not share Sweden's acceptance of homosexuality. The so-called Singing Sailor also features a flashing pink neon outline of a seaman clad only in white underpants and a boater's hat, gyrating his hips above the text "Welcome to Sweden -- Gay...
  • N. Korea says it tested ballistic missile from submarine

    05/08/2015 7:54:24 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 27 replies
    ASSOCIATED PRESS ^ | 9 May 2015
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Saturday it has successfully test-fired a newly developed ballistic missile from a submarine in what would be the latest display of the country's advancing military capability. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un personally attended the test launching of what he described as a "world-level strategic weapon," the official Korean Central News Agency said. The report did not reveal the exact timing and location of the launch. Kim praised the test launch as an "eye-opening success" and declared that the North Korea now has a weapon capable of "striking and wiping out in...
  • Australia to get classified Japanese data on stealthy submarines ahead of bid, sources say

    05/07/2015 1:53:57 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX
    Japan Times ^ | May 7, 2015 | Reuters
    Japan will agree this month to give Australia classified submarine data, an unprecedented step signaling Tokyo’s intent to join competitive bidding to sell Canberra a fleet of stealth subs, said two Japanese officials familiar with the plan. The “competitive assessment” will see Germany’s ThyssenKrupp and France’s state-controlled naval contractor DCNS separately competing with a Japanese government-led bid for such contractors as Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd. and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. Japan had been the front-runner in the planned sale of around 12 vessels, for as much as $40 billion, to replace Australia’s ageing Collins class submarines, sources have said, until...
  • Niinistö calls for continuity in foreign policy making

    05/07/2015 1:13:30 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX
    Helsinki Times ^ | 30 Apr 2015 . | Anna-Liina Kauhanen
    The Finnish Navy acted appropriately and extremely resolutely in driving away a possible submarine from the territorial waters of Finland early on Tuesday morning, President Sauli Niinistö lauded on Wednesday after announcing the opening of the new parliamentary session. “The Navy, and captains in general, have been granted considerable powers, and I think they were used appropriately here,” Niinistö said. He underscored that all intrusions by military vessels are serious but admitted that the incident was not particularly surprising in light of growing instability in the Baltic Sea Region. “Such traffic has increased on the Baltic Sea. Whatever was under...
  • Revealed, Royal Navy has just ONE nuclear submarine on active duty

    05/03/2015 4:03:21 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    Mail Online, UK ^ | 3 May 2015 | CLAIRE CARTER
    The Royal Navy has just one nuclear powered submarine in operation after the rest of the fleet has been left out of action due to defects and damage. Four of the Royal Navy's new multi-billion hunter and killer submarines are still in dock at Barrow-in-Furness because of defects that have delayed their production - 15 years after the new ships were first ordered. Only two of the boats have actively joined the fleet, and one has already had to return to the dock and can only be used for training after more than 50 defects were found. Just the HMS...
  • China's pirate patrol submarine is too noisy, say naval experts

    05/03/2015 3:57:06 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | Sunday, 03 May, 2015 | Minnie Chan
    China's recent deployment of a nuclear submarine for an antipiracy mission in the Gulf of Aden may have caused unease among its neighbours, but naval experts say the Type 091 vessel is unlikely to pose any real threat because of the noise it generates. The experts say the international community should instead keep an eye on China's quieter, more advanced diesel-driven submarines. CCTV's military channel last Sunday reported that a nuclear submarine from the People's Liberation Army Navy had completed a two-month escort mission in the pirate-infested waters of the Gulf of Aden, and returned to its base in Qingdao...
  • Submarines Resurface as Growth Business

    05/02/2015 4:53:35 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 23 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 05/01/2015 | DANIEL MICHAELS, CHRISTINA ZANDER, ROBERT WALL
    The submarine battle that erupted across the Baltic Sea was about business. The Swedish government, upset with German ownership of Sweden’s biggest shipyard, last summer compelled ThyssenKrupp AG to sell its Kockums operation to Sweden’s Saab AB. The move, which ThyssenKrupp calls “unfair,” cost the German industrial group a billion-dollar submarine contract and hundreds of skilled engineers. And Sweden’s maneuver established defense contractor Saab as a new rival in the global submarine market. ThyssenKrupp, the world’s top nonnuclear-sub maker, already feels heat from newly active producers in Japan and South Korea, and from old rivals in France and Russia. “It...
  • Finnish navy drops depth charges onto suspected submarine in its territorial waters

    05/01/2015 10:02:37 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 29 replies
    Associated Press (AP) ^ | April 28, 2015 | Associated Press (AP)
    HELSINKI – The Finnish military says it has dropped depth charges onto a suspected submarine in the sea outside Helsinki after twice detecting the presence of a foreign object in the area.
  • Vietnam buys submarine-launched land attack missiles to deter China

    04/29/2015 11:44:52 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 30 replies
    Reuters ^ | 30 Apr 2015
    HONG KONG: Vietnam is arming its expanding submarine fleet with land attack missiles that could be capable of reaching Chinese coastal cities, a choice of weapon likely to be seen as provocative by China in the ongoing South China Sea dispute. The independent Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) recently updated data on its website to show Vietnam's acquisition of the Russian-made land attack variant of the Klub missile for its state-of-the-art Kilo attack submarines. SIPRI arms researcher Siemon Wezeman said the entry was based on an earlier but little-noticed filing Vietnam made last year to the United Nations' register...
  • Finland drops depth charge on suspected Russian sub

    04/28/2015 5:22:46 AM PDT · by McGruff · 17 replies
    Finland’s navy dropped depth charges this morning as a warning to a suspected submarine in waters near Helsinki, raising tensions with neighbouring Russia. The navy said that it had detected an underwater target on Monday and again today and fired warning charges the size of grenades. Carl Haglund, the defence minister, did not say whether Russian involvement was suspected.
  • Beijing eyes bigger arms exports after Pakistan deal, experts say

    04/25/2015 9:54:02 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | 04/26/2015 | Angela Meng and Minnie Chan
    Vows by China and Pakistan to deepen security and defence ties will reinforce Beijing's ambitions to increase its arms exports, which could create unease among some countries in the region, especially India, security experts say. President Xi Jinping made his first state visit to Pakistan last week and met Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif, with the sides agreeing to boost their partnership to "all-weather levels". The two nations also decided to step up dialogue between their armed forces, and expand cooperation in defence technology and production. Three weeks before Xi departed for the trip, Sharif approved a US$5 billion deal to...
  • The Navy's Most Shadowy Spy Is 450 Feet Long & Named After Jimmy Carter

    04/24/2015 6:28:12 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 42 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | 04/23/2015 | Tyler Rogoway
    Submarines are a lot like Batman, they are covered in rubber and are great fighters, but they are gadget toting stealth detectives at their core. Of the Navy’s sub force, there is no boat more capable at sleuthing under the high seas than the heavily modified Seawolf Class submarine, the USS Jimmy Carter SSN-23. The 12,150 ton displacement USS Jimmy Carter, whose namesake qualified in Submarines during his pre-Presidential naval career, is one of only three Seawolf Class submarines ever built. The Seawolfs are relics of the final stages of the Cold War and are the most lethal fast attack...
  • America’s First Strategic Cruise Missile Was Totally Useless (Snark)

    04/14/2015 6:41:53 AM PDT · by C19fan · 40 replies
    War is Boring ^ | April 13, 2015 | Thomas Newdick
    One of the most enduring symbols of the Cold War’s destructive potential is the intercontinental ballistic missile. But during the 1950s, the U.S. Force developed a strategic cruise missile known as the Snark. The Snark was highly unusual at the time. Almost forgotten today, the flying branch developed the missile as a nuclear-armed “pilotless bomber” that would herald a new era of robotic warfare.
  • Germany Approves Fifth 'Special' Submarine for Israel (wants 3 more!)

    04/13/2015 6:31:15 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 04/13/2015 | Hillel Fendel
    Germany has approved the delivery of the fifth of six promised submarines to Israel – amid claims that the sub will be outfitted with nuclear weapons. Is this part of Israel's answer to the US nuclear agreement with Iran? The German Federal Security Council, which monitors Germany's export of military goods, has given the green light for the delivery of another submarine to Israel. The news has renewed claims that Israel will fit the sub with one or more nuclear-tipped cruise missiles. The six submarines ordered by Israel several years ago have been and are being built by the German...
  • Russian nuclear submarine catches fire at shipyard ( Zvezdochka shipyard in Severodvinsk )

    04/07/2015 11:05:01 AM PDT · by george76 · 44 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 07 Apr 2015 | Tom Parfitt
    A Russian nuclear submarine has caught fire in the northern province of Arkhangelsk ... The blaze started in the early afternoon local time when insulation between the craft’s inner and outer hull caught fire during welding. The submarine was the Oscar class K-266 Orel (Eagle), a similar vessel to the Kursk, which sank in the Barents Sea in 2000, claiming the lives of 118 men. A spokesman for the shipyard told Interfax there were no casualties and all crew and workers left the craft in time.
  • China to Commission 3 Nuclear Submarines: Report

    04/05/2015 6:09:41 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Press Trust of India ^ | April 03, 2015
    BEIJING: China would soon commission three indigenously-built advance nuclear-powered attack submarines having a vertical launcher capable of delivering its latest supersonic anti-ship missiles, state media reported today. China Central Television (CCTV) showed a satellite picture earlier this week of three submarines anchored at an unidentified port, and reported that the vessels were China's most advanced Type-093G nuclear-powered attack submarines, just completed by a Chinese shipyard and awaiting delivery. With a teardrop hull, the submarine is longer than its predecessor, the Type-093, and has a vertical launching system, China Daily reported. RELATED Ubisoft Announces New Assassin's Creed Games Set in India,...
  • US to Deploy Unmanned 'Ghost Ships' to Track Submarines

    04/04/2015 1:16:06 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 23 replies
    Marine Link ^ | April 04, 2015, | Aiswarya Lakshmi
    To keep track of increasingly stealthy Russian, Chinese, and Iranian submarines, the U.S. is building a robotic ghost ship - an unmanned, autonomous patrol ship - to follow them around the high seas.