Tuesday, October 6, 2015

New Terror Craft from Iran's Revolutionary Guards

Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Navy has unveiled a torpedo-armed watercraft which is capable of operating both on and under water.
The domestically-manufactured submersible watercraft, dubbed Zolfaqar, was showcased for the first time at a public exhibition on Saturday, Fars news agency reports.
The 17-meter-long military equipment weighs about 22 tonnes and has a speed of 40 knots (more than 70 kilometers) per hour on the sea surface.
Zolfaqar also employs a four-meter-long torpedo which can target aircraft carriers, vessels weighing up to 200 tonnes, oil platforms as well as loading and unloading docks.

Vympel Shipyard launches yet another Chibis-class boat of project 21850

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On October 2, 2015, Vympel Shipyard (Rybinsk, Yaroslavl Region) launched yet another Chibis-class coast guard patrol boat of Project 21850 (hull No 02131), the shipyard’s press center says. Manufacturer’s sea trials will commence on October 7. Upon completion of acceptance/delivery tests scheduled for October 12, the boat will join the fleet of Russia’s FSB Border Service in Krasnodar Territory (Sochi). Rybinsk, 
Yaroslavl Region based Vympel Shipyard is a fast-growing company specializing in building of medium-, small-tonnage sea-going and river vessels and boats both for military and civil sectors. Since its inception in 1930, VYMPEL Shipyard had built more than 30,000 ships of various types. For the last 40 years the company had built and delivered more than 1,800 boats to customers in 29 countries in Europe, Middle East, South East Asia, Africa and South America. Vympel Shipyard is building serial new generation missile and patrol boats, fast SAR boats, fire-fighting boats, survey and fishery vessels, tugs and other craft. 

INS Astradharini Joins The Indian Navy


An indigenously built Torpedo Launch and Recovery Vessel ‘INS Astradharini’, was commissioned today, 06th October 2015 by Vice Admiral Satish Soni, Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Naval Command at an impressive ceremony held at the Naval Base, Visakhapatnam. Distinguished Scientist Dr. V Bhujanga Rao, Director General (NS &M) DRDO, Shri CD Malleswar, Director NSTL, Visakhapatnam, Mr. Sahay Raj, CMD of M/s. Shoft Shipyard Pvt. Ltd, Bharuch, Gujarat and various other dignitaries were also present during the commissioning ceremony. 
Vice Admiral Satish Soni was received on arrival at the Naval Jetty by Commodore KA Bopanna, the Naval Officer-in-Charge (Andhra Pradesh) and was presented a Guard. The inaugural address was delivered by the Mr. Sahay Raj, CMD of M/s. Shoft Shipyard Pvt. Ltd. which was followed by address of Shri CD Malleswar, Director, NSTL and Distinguished Scientist Dr. V Bhujanga Rao, Director General (NS &M), DRDO. The NOIC(AP) also addressed the gathering which was followed by reading out of the Commissioning Warrant of the Ship by Commanding Officer, Commander Deepak Singh Bist. Subsequently, hoisting of the Naval Ensign onboard for the first time and ‘Breaking of the Commissioning Pennant’ with the National Anthem being played marked the completion of the Commissioning Ceremony. 
Addressing the gathering later, the Chief Guest Vice Admiral Satish Soni congratulated the NSTL for their contribution in partnering the Shipyard through the ship building and trials process which have contributed towards building this fine ship. He said that the induction of INS Ashtradharini adds thrust to the Nation’s ongoing endeavours at indigenisation and achieving the nation’s goal of self-reliance in under water weapons development. He later unveiled the commissioning Plaque and dedicated the ship to the nation. 
The design of the Astradharini was a collaborative effort of NSTL, M/s Shoft Shipyard and IIT Kharagpur and has a unique design of a catamaran hull form that significantly reduces its power requirement and is built with indigenous steel. Having a length of 50 m, the vessel is capable to do speeds up to 15 Knots. It can operate at high sea states and has a large deck area with Torpedo Launchers for deploying and recovering various kinds of torpedos during the trials. The ship also has modern power generation and distribution, navigation and communication systems. The unique hull form of the ship demonstrates the country’s ship design and shipbuilding capabilities. It is a matter of pride that 95% of the ship’s systems are of indigenous design thus demonstrating the Navy’s continued adherence to the ‘Make in India’ philosophy. 
INS Astradharini will be used to carry out the technical trials of underwater weapons and systems developed by NSTL, a naval systems laboratory of DRDO. It is an advanced replacement for Astravahini which was decommissioned on 17th July 2015. 
It has a complement of 02 officers and 27 sailors; Astradharini is can accommodate 13 DRDO scientists and has the capacity to undertake multiple trials during a single sortie. The commissioning of INS Astradharini will add a powerful punch to the DRDO's R&D capabilities and will accelerate the development of underwater weapons and systems. 

20 Indonesia Surveillance Vessels Equipped with the Transas ECDIS


Transas ECDIS has been selected for installation on board 20 Surveillance vessels under operation of the Directorate General of Marine Resources and Fisheries Surveillance, Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (PSDKP – KKP), Republic of Indonesia.
During the contract signing ceremony, the Director General of Marine Resources and Fisheries Surveillance Mr. Asep Burhanudin stated: "Fitting the surveillance vessels with ECDIS will help us to better monitor the Indonesian waters and support prevention of illegal fishing which is one of key issues for the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries".
The systems will be supplied and installed in cooperation with the Transas long-term local partner PT MultiIntegra. "Transas ECDIS will be integrated with main sensors such as GPS, Gyro, Speed Log, Wind Sensor and also AIS Transponder that can be operated in silence mode", said Director of Surveillance Vessel – Directorate General of Marine Resources and Fisheries Surveillance Ir. Budi Halomoan, M.Sci.
Aloys Sutarto, CEO of the PT MultiIntegra added: "PT MultiIntegra and Transas have been working together in the Indonesian market for many years. And the new contract is a sign of our frutiful cooperation in delivering high-class solutions to the shipping industry".
Transas ECDIS has been supplied to numerous customers in Indonesia, including DISHIDROS- the Indonesian Navy, PELNI, PERTAMINA, BASARNAS, private shipping companies such as Gemilang Bina Lintas Tirta (GBLT), Samudera Indonesia, and many more, with local support and after sales service provided by the PT MultiIntegra. 

iRobot receives IDIQ contracts with total potential value of $96 Million from U.S. Navy

Bedford MA October 5, 2015 - iRobot Corp., a leader in delivering robotic technology-based solutions, today announced its Defense & Security business unit has been awarded two indefinite delivery/indefinitely quantity (IDIQ) contracts with a combined total ceiling of $96 million from the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division. Initial orders under the contracts have been placed and total $7.9 million.
The first multi-year IDIQ contract, with a total ceiling of $46.7 million, is for support services, upgrades and spares for Man Transportable Robotic System (MTRS) MK1 robots. MTRS MK1 is modeled after iRobot's multi-mission iRobot 510 PackBot. An initial order valued at $7.5 million has been received under this contract with work to be completed by September 2016.
The second multi-year IDIQ contract has a total ceiling of $49.1 million. It allows for the production of new MTRS MK1 robots, depot level repair parts, spares, consumables and approved accessories to support configuration management and engineering enhancements. An initial order valued at $374 thousand has been received under this contract with work to be completed by September 2016.
"iRobot values its long standing service to multiple agencies within the Department of Defense," said Tom Frost, senior vice president and general manager of iRobot's Defense & Security business unit. "Our family of robots are smart, light, rugged and easy to use. We take pride in the role they play to keep our service members safe, and we remain committed to ensuring the U.S. Navy's MTRS fleet is equipped with the latest in robotic technologies to combat threats that persist globally."
iRobot has delivered more than 5,500 of its defense and security robots to military and civil defense forces worldwide.

Monday, October 5, 2015

US Navy, Raytheon demonstrate network-enabled Tomahawk cruise missiles in flight

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San Nicolas Island CA October 5, 2015 - A Tomahawk Block IV cruise missile successfully showed it can take a reconnaissance photo and follow orders to re-target in mid-flight during a test conducted by the U.S. Navy and Raytheon Company.
During the test, a missile launched from the guided missile destroyer USS Gridley (DDG 101) used its onboard camera to capture battle damage indication imagery and then transmitted the image to fleet headquarters via its two-way UHF SATCOM datalink. The missile then entered a loiter pattern to await further instructions.
Meanwhile, strike controllers at the U.S. Fifth Fleet headquarters in Bahrain retargeted the missile to a new aim point on the Navy's range at San Nicolas Island, off the coast of southern California. The missile performed a vertical dive and struck the designated target.
"We have once again proven the flexibility and utility of the Tomahawk Block IV missile, which has an unprecedented record of reliability and combat success." said Dave Adams, Raytheon Tomahawk senior program director.
The test was designed to show that the missile's strike controllers, located at multiple fleet headquarters, can control and redirect multiple missiles simultaneously. To reduce testing costs, only one of the large salvo of missiles was a live launch. The rest were flown via computer simulation through various missions directed by forward deployed strike controllers.
"Tomahawk continues to be the weapon of choice for combatant commanders requiring very long range, precision strike, with the flexibility to loiter and re-direct after launch," said Adams. "No other weapon has this capability."

Calspan Aerospace to Provide Variable Stability System for U.S. Naval Test Pilot School Helicopter


Buffalo NY September 29, 2015 - Calspan Aerospace has won a $1.57M contract with the U.S. Navy to provide a next-generation Variable Stability System (VSS) for a U.S. Naval Test Pilot School UH-60L Blackhawk helicopter. The U.S. Naval Test Pilot School (USNTPS) trains engineering test pilots, flight test officers, and flight test engineers to conduct test and evaluation at the Aircraft Division of the Naval Air Warfare Center. Graduating students use this expertise to work on aircraft and weapons systems, conduct flight tests and manage the introduction of new assets to the fleet. 
The project involves the design, fabrication, and installation of a sensor suite, fly-by-wire VSS computer system, pilot and aircraft interfaces, safety trip and data recording systems on the UH-60L Blackhawk Helicopter. The modified aircraft will be used to expose students at the school to a myriad of helicopter handling quality characteristics, bringing classroom academics to life using a single airframe.  The project is set to be conducted over the next six months at the Calspan Aerospace headquarters in Niagara Falls, NY.   
The helicopter will become the third-generation variable stability H-60 to be used in the school's training programs and the latest in a long line of variable stability fixed and rotary wing aircraft that Calspan has modified and operated over the last 70 years.  "We are excited to begin this next project with USNTPS, who Calspan has had a long-standing relationship with, and to help create the best learning environment for future Test Pilot School graduates," said Calspan CEO and Test Pilot, Lou Knotts.
Calspan Aerospace operates its flight research and testing business at the Niagara Falls International Airport, in an 80,000 sq. ft. facility, which the company built in 2005.  Calspan operates a fleet of 8 airborne testbeds which are utilized for research, development, test and evaluation work as well as test pilot school training.  Customers include both domestic and international government and commercial companies.