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German Submarines for the Philippines?

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German Submarines for the Philippines?

Posted on 23 April 2016 by admin

Facing a resurgent People’s Republic of China (PRC), the Philippines are relying on rearmament, closer defence relations, and international arbitration over existential disputes with the PRC. Will the former include submarines, and if so, could they be German-made?


In March 2016 President Benigno Aquino stated “We are a natural transit point into the Pacific and we are now studying whether or not we do need a submarine force.” Berlin already cooperates with Manila and during parliamentary hearings in September 2015 it was revealed that Philippines Navy Captain Vincent J. Sibala was undergoing submarine warfare training in Kiel, northern Germany.

A possible conventional hunter-killer submarine (SSK) for the Philippines could be the ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems ‘Type 212’ class, operated by the German and Italian Navies. It can operate in very shallow waters, no more than 17 metres (15 feet) in depth deep, and its armament includes torpedoes and missiles, and in the future could carry the Diehl BGT Defence IDAS (Interactive Defence and Attack System for Submarines) missile. With a range of some 10.7 nautical miles (20 kilometres), the IDAS can be employed against naval support helicopters, small and medium-sized ships, and coastal targets.

Japan, with its ‘Soryu’ class, also looms large as a potential supplier. Tokyo and Berlin are currently competing in Australia to win the contract to replace the Royal Australian Navy’s ‘Collins’ class SSKs. It must be stressed, however, that Manila has not confirmed the purchase of submarines, and cost may still be a major obstacle.


By Alex Calvo


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Russia-India’s strengthened bilateral military cooperation

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Russia-India’s strengthened bilateral military cooperation

Posted on 04 September 2015 by admin

September 1, 2015 will witness the 50th anniversary since the first agreement with India was signed for the delivery of Soviet naval equipment, i.e. four Project I641K diesel-electric submarines, five Project 159E escort ships, and five Project 368P motor boats.


Since 1965, when the first contract with India’s Navy in the history of bilateral relations was signed, over 70 warships have been built at Russia’s shipyards for the country. It is worth mentioning that India was the first foreign customer to get her ships constructed based on special export designs. Never before had anyone ever received anything but generic ships and boats.


Russian and Soviet military equipment accounts for about 80 percent of India’s Navy inventory. It is Russian ships that comprise its backbone. Russia’s long experience and traditions in shipbuilding, enormous combat capabilities and unique characteristics of Russian submarines, surface ships, as well as ship weapons (some are still unsurpassed in the world) keep arousing India’s intense interest.


Close and trustful cooperation is crucial in the strategic partnership between Russia and India. This explains the trend in the bilateral cooperation of getting Russian designs constructed at India’s shipyards, as well as some of her systems integrated into Indian ships. It is still in its infancy but gains pace steadily. It is in order to mention how Russia’s experience in the construction of carriers, including the Vikramaditya, comes in handy in building India’s national Project 71 aircraft carrier and outfitting her with Russian systems. Rosoboronexport also assists the Indian Navy in designing and equipping Project 15A and 15B destroyers, and Project 17 frigates. Thanks to her close ties with Russia, India gained access to unique supersonic, antiship missile technologies that resulted in the whole BrahMos family of missiles.


For the sake of successful implementation of future projects, Rosoboronexport is ready to work closely with Indian state and private organizations and shipyards authorized by India’s MoD.


“Examples are in abundance of successful Indian-Russian projects and everyone is cognizant of those. Russia has been a key partner of India with a vital role in a comprehensive strengthening of her Navy, from construction of warships and shore infrastructure facilities to training of crews,” says Head of Rosoboronexport’s Navy Special Equipment and Services Export Department Oleg Azizov. “India has set a strategic goal to effectively defend the national interest in the immense economic zone and the World Ocean, whereas Russia, her true and faithful friend, and strategic partner, facilitates India in every way.”


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Pacific Australia: DCNS showcases surface ships & submarines

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Pacific Australia: DCNS showcases surface ships & submarines

Posted on 07 October 2013 by admin

DCNS which is world leader in naval defence and an innovator in the energy sector is exhibiting at Pacific 2013 International Maritime Exposition at Sydney, Australia from 7-9 Oct 2013.  As a naval prime contractor, systems integrator and shipbuilder, DCNS combines resources and expertise spanning the naval defence value chain and entire system lifecycles. DCNS delivers innovative solutions from integrated warships to strategic systems, equipment, services and new energy solutions. The DCNS stand showcases:



• The FREMM multimission frigate combines the latest technologies developed by the DCNS group. FREMM frigates are among the most technologically advanced and competitively priced on the world market. France’s total order is 11 vessels and the delivery is scheduled from 2012 to 2022. In addition, one FREMM frigate for Marocco is pursuing sea trials in preparation for delivery later this year.


• The OPV Gowind® Adroit is designed to meet the operational needs of a large number of navies focusing on coastal missions/homeland security. During previous stopovers, many navies around the world have been favourably impressed by L’Adroit and recognised the operational benefits of the Gowind® range.


• The BRAVE support vessel is DCNS’s response to emerging logistic support needs identified by many navies. The ship is ideal for the underway replenishment of all types of products (dry cargo, fuel & other liquids and munitions), to provide logistic support for naval forces and to store and deliver all types of payloads, including dangerous substances.



•The Scorpene medium-size submarines, already chosen by several navies, represent the state-of-the-art in submarine design and construction and benefit from the latest technologies developed for nuclear-powered classes operated by the French Navy, particularly as regards acoustic discretion and combat system performance.


•The Barracuda, a state of the art submarine for the French Navy dedicated to deal with an ever-growing array of challenges. The Barracuda is designed to undertake blue-water missions anywhere in the world; and to do so either alone or as part of a naval force. The first-of-class SSN Suffren is scheduled to start sea trials early 2016 and to enter service in 2017. Between 2017 and 2027 six Barracudas will replace the six Rubis/Améthyste-class boats currently in service.



DCNS is also offering a wide range of support services during the entire lifecycle of both surface ships and submarines. These services stretch from the simplest order of spare parts to the through-life support of complete fleet. For 30 years, DCNS has provided the necessary know-how to enable foreign navies or industrial partners to build warships in their own shipyards and with their own work forces. Fully experienced in assisting foreign countries in the development of their own naval shipbuilding capabilities, DCNS has gained valuable experience in managing technology transfers. DCNS track records in Transfer of Technology include submarines for the Pakistan, Indian and Brazilian Navies, and frigates for Singapore.


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Trident II D5 missile successfully flight tested

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Trident II D5 missile successfully flight tested

Posted on 31 October 2012 by admin

The U.S. Navy supported the Oct. 23 launch of a U.K. Royal Navy Trident II D5 Fleet Ballistic Missile (FBM) built by Lockheed Martin. The unarmed missile was launched from the submerged Royal Navy submarine HMS Vigilant in the Atlantic Ocean.


The test marked the 143rd successful test flight of the Trident II D5 missile since design completion in 1989 – a reliability record unmatched by any other large ballistic missile or space launch vehicle.


“The Royal Navy and the U.S. Navy continue to demonstrate the readiness and reliability of this highly capable system,whose mission is to discourage aggression,” said Melanie A. Sloane, vice president of Fleet Ballistic Missile programs, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, the Trident missile prime contractor. “The cooperation of both governments, supported by industry, provides a credible submarine-based strategic deterrent.”


The test, which was part of a Demonstration and Shakedown Operation that verified the integrity of the strategic weapon system following an overhaul of the submarine, was the 10th consecutive successful Trident II D5 missile test flight by the U.K. since 1994. The missile was converted into a test configuration using a test missile kit produced by Lockheed Martin that contains range safety devices, tracking systems and flight telemetry instrumentation.


First deployed in 1990, the D5 missile is currently aboard U.S. Navy OHIO-class and Royal Navy VANGUARD-class submarines. The three-stage, solid-propellant, inertial-guided ballistic missile can travel a nominal range of 4,000 nautical miles and carries multiple independently targeted reentry vehicles.


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Posted on 29 October 2012 by admin

The UK Ministry of announced that  it has awarded BAE Systems a further £315M for ongoing design work for the replacement to the Royal Navy’s Vanguard class submarines.



The announcement followed the one made in May this year, when it revealed it had placed an initial £328M design phase contract with BAE Systems Maritime – Submarines.


The Vanguard class, which carries the UK’s nuclear deterrent, will be replaced from 2028. BAE Systems already has more than 1,000 employees working on the replacement programme, the majority of which are focused on developing the new submarine’s complex design.



BAE Systems Maritime – Submarines Managing Director John Hudson said: “The design of a nuclear-powered submarine is one of the most complex and technically demanding engineering programmes undertaken by the maritime industry. This further work underlines the MoD’s confidence in our ability to deliver a design that will meet the future needs of the nation’s nuclear deterrent.

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