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Saturday, January 16, 2010

Iran Announces Self-Sufficiency in Naval Industries

A senior Iranian commander on Saturday praised the country's progress in manufacturing advanced naval tools and equipments, and announced that the Islamic Republic's Navy is no more dependant on foreign states for supplying its military needs. 

"Today, the Islamic Republic of Iran's Navy is proud to have been able to reach self-sufficiency in manufacturing all kinds of advanced naval equipments," Commander of the Iranian Army's Naval Force Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said.

 "Today, the Islamic Republic of Iran's Navy is proud to have been able to reach self-sufficiency in manufacturing all kinds of advanced naval equipments," Commander of the Iranian Army's Naval Force Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said.

He further pointed out that production of such missile cruisers and frigates as Paykan, Joshan and Darafsh illustrates Iran's technological mastery in naval industries.

Iran has been pushing an arms development program in recent years in a bid to reach self-sufficiency. It has produced its own jet fighters and armored vehicles as well as radar-avoiding missiles and other high-tech weapons.

Kaji Ulang Kapal Selam

Pengadaan kapal selam oleh Tentara Nasional Indonesia Angkatan Laut dikaji dari awal lagi. Alasannya, selain adanya prioritas anggaran pada kesejahteraan prajurit, juga ada beberapa perubahan dalam spesifikasi teknis yang diajukan TNI AL.

Demikian disampaikan Kepala Staf TNI Angkatan Laut (KSAL) Laksamana Madya Agus Suhartono dan Direktur Jenderal Sarana Pertahanan Kementerian Pertahanan Eris Herryanto di Jakarta, Jumat (15/1), seusai peluncuran buku Mission Accomplished-Misi Pendaratan Pasukan Khusus oleh Kapal Selam RI Tjandrasa karya Atmadji Sumarkidjo.

Cakra401 submarine

”Kapal selam tetap diadakan, tahun 2014 diharapkan sudah selesai,” kata Agus Suhartono.

Ia menyampaikan, kapal selam adalah senjata strategis yang memberikan dampak politis dan penangkalan. Sebagaimana rencana sebelumnya, pada 2014 diharapkan akan ada dua kapal selam baru. Dengan demikian, pada 2010 ini kontrak direncanakan untuk ditandatangani dan pembangunan yang memakan waktu tiga tahun bisa dimulai tahun 2011.

”Kita proses lagi pengadaannya dari awal mulai dari kebutuhan operasi dan spesifikasinya kita tata ulang,” kata Agus.

Israel in talks to buy 6th submarine from Germany

JERUSALEM/BERLIN (Reuters) - Israel has broached the idea of buying a sixth discounted submarine from Germany as part of a military buildup designed to signal strength in the face of Iranian nuclear ambitions, officials said on Thursday.

Israel has three of the Dolphin-class diesel submarines, with two more on order from Kiel shipyard Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft (HDW) and due by 2012. The vessels are widely believed to have been deployed with nuclear cruise missiles.

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak, who visits Berlin with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday, will ask the Merkel government to underwrite another Dolphin sale, aides said.

Dolphins cost some $700 million but those in Israel's fleet came at a deep discount from Germany, which is devoted to the security of a Jewish state founded in the wake of the Holocaust.

"We are in a dialogue about a sixth submarine, but no decision has been made yet. There are tough budgetary issues to deal with," a senior Barak aide told Reuters.

Pak gets two upgraded P-3C Orion aircraft from US

ISLAMABAD (BNS): Pakistan Navy has recently received two upgraded P-3C Orion maritime surveillance aircraft from the US.

Lockheed Martin, which has developed and refurbished the aircraft, had delivered the first P-3C to Pakistan in October, 2009. The second aircraft was delivered on January 7 this year, the company announced on Thursday. It is upgrading a total of seven such aircraft for Pakistan.

The upgraded maritime patrol aircraft are to be supplied to the country as per a 2006 contract with the US Government under its Foreign Military Sales programme.

The aircraft are equipped with enhanced communications, electro-optic and infrared systems, data management, controls and displays, mission computers and acoustic processing, Mike Fralen, director for Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Sensors' maritime surveillance programmes, said.

The P-3C Orion aircraft. Lockheed Martin Photo

PICTURES: Pakistan's navy receives second refurbished P-3 Orion

Lockheed Martin has delivered its second of seven refurbished P-3C maritime patrol and surveillance aircraft to the Pakistan navy.

Handed over at the US Navy's NAS Jacksonville site in Florida on 7 January and subsequently flown to Pakistan, the aircraft follows an earlier refurbished example that was delivered in October 2009.

Carrying the service registration 87, the latest aircraft is drawn from a 2006 contract placed via the US government's Foreign Military Sales framework. This covers the conversion of ex-USN Orions, with Lockheed upgrading their mission equipment and providing maintenance work.


"The aircraft support anti-ship and anti-submarine warfare missions and will enhance Pakistan's ability to conduct maritime surveillance in littoral and deep-water environments," Lockheed says. (sourceflightglobal)

Friday, January 15, 2010

Pengadaan Kapal Selam TNI Tertunda hingga 2014

JAKARTA - Rencana pengadaan dua kapal selam TNI AL dipastikan tidak akan terwujud dalam waktu dekat, lantaran faktor keterbatasan anggaran. Diperkirakan permintaan TNI AL itu baru akan dipenuhi pada tahun 2014.

“Presiden menyatakan untuk sementara masih mempertimbangkan kemampuan negara. Namun diharapkan dua kapal selam akan hadir di Indonesia pada 2014,” ujar Kepala Staf Angkatan Laut (KSAL) Laksamana Madya TNI Agus Suhartono dalam acara silaturrahmi dan lomba menembak antara TNI AL dengan insan pers di Lapangan Tembak Mabesal, Cilangkap, Jakarta Timur, Senin (29/12/2009).
Kendati tertunda, namun proses tender pengadaan kapal selam sudah mulai digelar di Departemen Pertahanan. Dalam kaitan ini, jajaran TNI AL hanya memberikan masukan jenis kapal selam apa yang sesuai dengan kebutuhan di lapangan. Adapun mengenai keputusan kapal akan diimpor dari mana sepenuhnya menjadi wewenang Departemen Pertahanan. “TNI AL sudah mengajukan ke Dephan, sekarang tinggal kita tunggu saja,” ungkapnya.

Dalam kesempatan ini, KSAL mengungkapkan ketersedian alutsista TNI AL masih jauh dari kebutuhan riil di lapangan. Situasi ini karena keterbatasan anggaran dari APBN. Namun, keadaan ini diupayakan tidak menganggu jajaran TNI AL dalam menjalankan tugas pokonya.

Conservatives to delay Trident replacement by five years

The five-year delay in the programme would allow the Conservatives to meet their promise to renew Britain's nuclear deterrent but defer the cost, estimated at more than £20 billion.

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The decision could see the Royal Navy’s four Vanguard submarines remaining in service as late as 2029. That is likely to face resistance from Navy chiefs, who argue that the Vanguards should not be used beyond 2024.

The plan for a delay emerged from heated internal Conservative discussions about how to save money on defence without reducing Britain’s global reach or breaking promises like maintaining an independent nuclear deterrent.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

ASW Squadron

SH-60 Sea Hawk helicopters assigned to Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 7 depart Naval Air Station Jacksonville to embark aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) en route to Haiti. The squadron and several Navy vessels are underway to render humanitarian assistance after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck the Caribbean nation. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Gary B. Granger Jr.)

Source : strategypage

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Russia to lease nuclear submarine to India for decade

Russia will lease a multifunctional nuclear submarine to India for a decade in the second half of this year, the Itar-Tass news agency reported Tuesday, quoting a Russian Defense Ministry official.

Photo : RiaNovosti

The Nerpa nuclear submarine, which successfully concluded tests last December, will be handed over to India this summer or autumn, the unidentified official told Itar-Tass.

Jobs risk at BAE Systems Barrow - claim

SUBMARINE building in Barrow will be dramatically slowed down to save government cash if a defence plan is finally agreed.

SLOW DOWN: Astute class sub Ambush under construction at BAE Barrow. Plans to reschedule the building of the rest of the Astute class could put jobs at risk, the town’s Tory leader claims MIKE VALLANCE

Barrow’s Tory leader says he fears the slowdown could threaten jobs at the shipyard.

A National Audit Office report on major defence projects has revealed the plan to save cash in the short term by deferring the completion of three Astute class, nuclear-powered subs now being built at BAE by nine months each, and also to defer work beginning on boats number five, six and seven.

It would save the cash-strapped Ministry of Defence money in the short term – but would cost more to complete the submarines in the future.

New Russian Subs Await Missiles

Development of strategic nuclear forces remains the top priority for the Russian military. Within the nuclear triad, the military has a big stake in reinforcing naval strategic forces, although the other two elements, ground-based missiles and strategic bombers, are also being modernized.

Yuri Dolgorukiy

The navy accounts for approximately 40% of the defense ministry’s budget, according to Vice Premier Sergey Ivanov, who discussed spending in mid-2009. “It’s much more than is spent on strategic missile forces, space forces and the air force put together. It’s hundreds of billions of rubles,” he said, adding that the navy’s money will be mainly spent for procuring strategic nuclear submarines.

The Russian navy’s main program in this area is the construction of the strategic Borei-class (Project 955) submarines, each armed with 16 R-30 Bulava ICBMs with multiple warheads. These subs have a submerged displacement of 24,000 tons, submerged speed of 29 kt. and endurance of 90 days. The navy plans to have eight such submarines by 2017 to replace the aging fleet of Delta-IV-class boomers.


The second submarine of the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN), the KD Tun Abdul Razak, is expected to arrive at the RMN base in Sepanggar Bay near this capital of the eastern state of Sabah in early June, according to RMN Submarine Commander First Admiral Mohammad Rosland Omar.

He said here Tuesday that the Scorpene submarine, named after the country’s second prime minister, Tun Abdul Razak Hussein, was currently undergoing the second phase of trials being carried out by its Spanish manufacturer, Navatia, in waters off Cartanega in Spain.

Scorpene class submarine 

“The voyage home is expected to take two months. Come June, we will have two submarines here,” he told reporters after the RMN Region II Quality Day at Sepanggar Bay.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Smashing RORSATs: the origin of the F-15 ASAT program

In early 2008, when the United States Navy used a missile launched from a guided missile cruiser to shoot down a failed American reconnaissance satellite, many people in the United States and around the world interpreted it as a response to the Chinese test of an anti-satellite (ASAT) weapon a year before. Although the US government went out of its way to assert that the action was entirely prompted by concern that toxins in the satellite could reach a populated area, it is certain that, during the weeks leading up to the shootdown, officials in the government debated the political aspects of the act, asking how it would be interpreted by other nations. Considering that both Russia and India have since stated their intentions to acquire ASAT capability, it is possible that the Chinese and American actions have had unintended political consequences. The only question remains whether or not political considerations actually contributed to the American decision to shoot down the satellite. Was the Bush Administration trying to send a message to the Chinese and the world? Perhaps someday an enterprising researcher will obtain declassified documents of the debate within the Bush administration and shed some public light on the calculations.

American interest in ASATs in the 1970s was driven in large part by a desire to counter Soviet ocean reconnaissance satellites. (credit: USAF)

It is certain that such a debate occurred because we know of periodic debates throughout the space age about the utility of the United States acquiring an ASAT capability. Over the fifty-plus years of the space age the United States has had an inconsistent—some might even say schizophrenic—attitude toward developing ASATs. In fact, for much of that time the United States has lacked an ASAT capability. Sometimes this was due to a policy decision to pursue arms control rather than space weaponization. (See: “Blunt arrows: the limited utility of ASATs”, The Space Review, June 6, 2005) Hovering over all of these decisions was the fact that ASATs have rather limited utility; they have rarely been viewed as magic bullets.

Russia to resume Bulava missile test this summer

Russia will resume tests of its troubled Bulava submarine-launched intercontinental missile in the summer of 2010, said the Russian Navy on Monday. 

Photo : Ria Novosti

    At least two Bulava missiles will be test-fired on Russia's strategic nuclear-powered submarine Dmitry Donskoi, officials from the Russian Navy were quoted as saying by the Itar-Tass news agency. 

    If the test-launches are successful, more launches, including single and salvo ones, will be conducted on the Yuri Dolgoruky submarine, for which the missile was designed, said the source. 

Monday, January 11, 2010

Rusian Bulava Missile On Movie

3D Model - SS-NX-30 Bulava SLBM


Russian RSM-56 3M30 Bulava-30 SLBM ground tests, first surfaced and submereged launches (2005)

Replacement for Trident nukes ‘delayed indefinitely’

The UK Government’s controversial £20billion programme to replace the Trident nuclear weapons system on the Clyde has been thrown into disarray by an indefinite delay, the Sunday Herald can reveal

The Trident replacement programme has encountered an indefinite delay

The Ministry of Defence has admitted “further time” is now needed before a crunch decision can be taken on the design of the submarines needed to carry the new nuclear missiles. The decision was originally meant to be made last year.

One official statement released last week suggested the earliest the decision could now be taken was July, which would take it beyond the forthcoming general election. But this timetable was later disowned by the MoD in an apparent attempt to save face, without giving an alternative date.

The main reason for the delay is suspected to be difficulties in agreeing the type of nuclear reactors that will power the submarines. According to one senior official, this was “the most tricky issue we have to deal with”.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Strategic Submarines On Movie

The Top 10 Best Diesel-Electric Submarine in the World


Aboard the quietest submarine in the world

Kilo Class Submarines History

The Kilo Class (Project 877) submarine was designed for anti-submarine and anti-ship warfare in the protection of naval bases, coastal installations and sea lanes, and also for general reconnaissance and patrol missions. The Kilo is considered to be to be one of the quietest diesel submarines in the world. The submarine consists of six watertight compartments separated by transverse bulkheads in a pressurised double-hull. This design and the submarine's good reserve buoyancy lead to increased survivability if the submarine is holed, even with one compartment and two adjacent ballast tanks flooded. The foreplanes are positioned on the upper hull in front of the fin or sail. The command and control systems and fire control systems are located in the main control room which is sealed off from the other compartments.

Diesel-Electric Submarine - Project 877

The Project 636 design is a generally improved development of the Project 877EKM Kilo class that represents an interim design between the standard 'Kilo' and the new Lada project. The Project 636 is actively promoted for the world market by the Rosvoorouzhenie state-owned company. This submarine has improved range, firepower, acoustic characteristics and reliability. Visually distinguished by a step on the aft casing, the length of the hull is extended by two frame spacings (2 x 600 mm). The additional length permitted increasing the power of diesel-generators and mounting them on improved shock-absorbing support, and reducing twofold the main propulsion shaft speed. Owing to these improvements, the submarine speed and sea endurance were increased, while the noise level was radically decreased. The low noise level of the submarine has been achieved with the selection of quiet machinery, vibration and noise isolation and a special anti-acoustic rubber coating applied on the outer hull surface.