Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Bahraini frigate joins Operation Restoring Hope


November 11, 2015 - The Royal Bahrain Naval Force (RBNF)'s frigate, "Sabha", has left the kingdom to participate in Operation Restoring Hope within the Saudi-led Arab Coalition.
The move is in line with the directives of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, the Supreme Commander.
Commander-in-Chief of the Bahrain Defence Force (BDF) Field Marshal Shaikh Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Khalifa visited the headquarters of the Royal Bahrain Naval Force on Tuesday ahead of the frigate's departure. Upon arrival, he was welcomed by Chief of Staff Lieutenant-General Dheyab bin Saqr Al-Nuaimi, assistant chiefs of staff, RBNF Commander Commodore Shaikh Khalifa bin Abdulla Al Khalifa and senior BDF officers.
In a statement, the commander-in-chief conveyed the greetings of HM King Hamad, the Supreme Commander and his sincere wishes of success for the mission carried out by the BDF to defend legitimacy in brotherly Yemen.
"You embody courage and bravery in the fields of honour and heroism, and you set the example in loyalty to your leadership and beloved nation," he told them.
Royal Bahrain Naval Force (RBNF)'s frigate, "Sabha", has taken part in numerous international military peacekeeping tasks. It also participated in counter-piracy efforts within Task Force 151.

USA & Germany: FarSounder 3D Sonars Integrated into Wärtsilä SAM Electonics NACOS Platinum

November 12, 2015 - FarSounder, the leading developer of 3D forward looking sonar systems for navigation and obstacle avoidance, is excited to announce an integration partnership with Wärtsilä SAM Electronics. 3D sonar data from FarSounder’s navigation systems can now be visualized and controlled directly from all NACOS MULTIPILOT workstations. The unique forward-looking capabilities of FarSounder's navigation products add a used dimension of situational awareness to the NACOS Platinum Series.
"After working with Wärtsilä SAM Electronics for many years on common navigation projects, we look forward to this integration opening used opportunities for both companies,” expressed Cheryl M Zimmerman, FarSounder's CEO. “Their strong presence in the cruise shipping and yachting markets aligns well with our strategic focus," she continued. "Likewise, our FarSounder sonars bring an added safety tool to the NACOS Platinum platform. This is particularly important in polar areas, shallow waters and other challenging environments.”

Kongsberg Maritime: Greek survey uncovers significant underwater antiquities

November 12, 2015 - A team of marine geophysicists from the Laboratory of Marine Geology and Physical Oceanography at the University of Patras has completed a marine geophysical and hydrographic survey off Methoni, Greece. The survey was conducted under the auspices of the Greek Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities (Ministry of Culture and Sports), with support from Kongsberg Maritime.
The extensive geoarchaeological survey, which was undertaken within the Evolved GE.N.ESIS (A marine GEophysical investigatioN for marine knowledge and the anthESIS of Methoni) project, brought to light significant underwater antiquities whilst promoting regional sustainable growth. A number of historical shipwrecks, the town’s ancient submerged pier and harbour, as well as ruins of the submerged prehistoric town were mapped in 2D and 3D with the use of KONGSBERG hydrographic and geophysical instrumentation.
The aim of the GE.N.ESIS project is to highlight the Blue Growth potential in the Methoni coast and to promote the protection of the local marine environment. The project outcomes are expected to highlight underwater resources that have the potential of being drivers for sustainable growth with special focus on the local underwater cultural heritage resources.
Regional physical processes, sensitive seabed habitats and development of the underwater environment through the millennia are also being studied. The identified synergies and conflicts between the underwater cultural heritage resources, local underwater environment, physical processes and human activities are expected to indicate the sustainable growth potential of the area, the environmental challenges and ultimately the necessity for implementation of an Integrated Maritime Policy.
The research team used the Kongsberg GeoSwath Plus Compact bathymetric sonar, the Kongsberg GeoChirp sub-bottom profiler, magnetometer and side scan sonar for the shallow water hydrographic and geoarchaeological investigation. Methoni’s ancient submerged pier and harbour, a number of historical shipwrecks and artefacts, as well as ruins of the submerged prehistoric town were recorded in 2D and 3D.
The project is carried out with the support of CARIS and in the next phase CARIS HIPS and SIPS will be used for bathymetric and side scan data post-processing, analysis and 3D visualisation of the recorded underwater antiquities and of features of potential archaeological interest.
The project objectives also include assessment of the extent of the submerged and semi-buried prehistoric settlement off Methoni, the investigation of evidence for its submersion, the description of physiography and geology of the Methoni bay, the contribution to the monitoring of the erosion pattern along the Methoni coast and the assessment of its impact on the underwater archaeological site evolution.
The project in its final phase will provide consultancy and demonstrate to stakeholders an advanced maritime spatial planning and sea use management platform.

Orbital ATK Establishes Subsidiary in Saudi Arabia to Deliver Cost-Effective Solutions to Its Defense Customers

Dulles VA November 12, 2015 - Orbital ATK, Inc., a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, announced today the establishment of a jointly-owned subsidiary in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to support the company’s growing regional presence. The primary focus will be to strengthen Orbital ATK’s existing alliances in the country and collaborate with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to help it realize its self-sufficiency objectives in national security, defense and training.
“This new Saudi company reflects our long-term commitment to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, a strong ally of the United States.”
Orbital ATK plans to work in partnership with local Saudi industry to develop indigenous capabilities to preserve peace and maintain stability.
“Orbital ATK has been serving the needs of Saudi Arabia for many years,” said Mike Kahn, President, Orbital ATK Defense Systems Group. “This new Saudi company reflects our long-term commitment to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, a strong ally of the United States.”
“We want to create a culture of excellence; a commitment to the highest standards in every aspect of the way we do business,” said Salman Al Malik, CEO of the new company, Alliant Techsystems Operations LTD.
“Saudi Arabia is strategically important to Orbital ATK,” said Amer Kayani, Chairman of the Board of Managers of the new Saudi company. “Our team in the Kingdom is committed to working with the Saudi Government and other local partners to develop business opportunities that sustain long-term jobs for Saudi nationals in the defense and security sectors.”
Orbital ATK’s Defense Systems Group is an industry leader in providing innovative and affordable precision and strike weapons, advanced propulsion and hypersonics, missile components across air-, sea- and land-based systems, ammunition and related energetic products.

New Zealand Defence Force commences SH-2G(I) simulator training

Wellington November 17, 2015 - Today at the New Zealand Defence Industry Association (NZDIA) annual forum, CAE announced it has commenced the provision of maintenance and support services on the New Zealand Defence Force's (NZDF) SH-2G(I) helicopter synthetic training devices.
The NZDF recently recommissioned a SH-2G(I) Full-Mission Flight Simulator (FMFS), which was acquired as part of the acquisition of ten SH-2G(I) helicopters. Over the past year, CAE installed the SH-2G(I) FMFS as well as six SH-2G(I) part-task trainers at Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) Base Auckland. CAE New Zealand Pty Ltd, with initial assistance from its subcontractor Beca Applied Technologies Ltd, will provide on-site maintenance and support services for the next 15 years.
"Our CAE New Zealand team is committed to providing world-class maintenance services that will help ensure the availability of the SH-2G(I) training devices that support the NZDF's training program," said Peter Redman, Vice President and General Manager, CAE Asia/Pacific, Defence & Security. "We look forward to a long-term partnership that will contribute to the safety and readiness of the NZDF's SH-2G(I) helicopter aircrews."
Over the next year, CAE will also perform major updates to the SH-2G(I) FMFS, including updates to the host computer, sensor systems, tactical environment simulation software, and the instructor operator station. The SH-2G(I) FMFS will also be upgraded using the latest-generation CAE Medallion-6000 image generator and Common Database (CDB) architecture.

US Coast Guard Christens Sixth National Security Cutter

National Security Cutter
The Coast Guard's sixth national security cutter, Munro, is prepared for its christening in Pascagoula, Mississippi, Nov. 14, 2015. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.
November 16, 2015 - The Coast Guard christened its sixth national security cutter, Munro, at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Mississippi, Nov. 14.

The cutter was named after Petty Officer 1st Class Douglas A. Munro, the Coast Guard’s sole Medal of Honor recipient, who died while evacuating a detachment of Marines from Guadalcanal Sept. 27, 1942.

Munro’s great-niece, Julie Sheehan, is the ship’s sponsor and performed the honor of breaking a bottle of American sparkling wine across the ship’s bow during the christening ceremony.

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft presided over the ceremony and spoke to the Coast Guard’s need for advanced ships like the NSC to defend the nation and disrupt transnational criminal networks.

“In the last three months, national security cutters like Munro have made nearly 40 interdictions at sea and have removed over $1.5 billion in cocaine,” Zukunft said. “From the keel up, these magnificent platforms were designed and constructed to counter 21st-century maritime threats to our nation.”

Construction on Munro began Oct. 7, 2013. The cutter was launched Sept. 12, 2015, and is scheduled for delivery in 2016.

Each NSC is 418 feet long, has a 54-foot beam and displaces 4,500 tons with a full load. It has a top speed of 28 knots, a range of 12,000 miles and endurance for 60- to 90-day patrol cycles. Each NSC has automated weapons systems and advanced command and control systems that enhance the Coast Guard’s interoperability with its partners in the Defense and Homeland Security departments.

Royal Danish Navy orders Rheinmetall’s Millennium gun


November 16, 2015 - The Danish procurement authorities have contracted with the Düsseldorf-based Rheinmetall Group to supply additional 35mm Oerlikon Millennium guns for ships of the Royal Danish Navy. The order, which also includes spare parts and technical services, is worth around €20 million. The guns will be shipped in 2016.
The Rheinmetall Group won an initial order from Denmark for the Oerlikon Millennium gun back in 2005. Now official, this follow up order is of great importance with regard to international sales, reflecting strong customer satisfaction with existing systems and their performance over the past decade.
Two types of Danish ships will therefore soon be equipped with the Millennium gun, one of the most effective and versatile naval weapon systems anywhere.
Thanks to the flexible ISO Mount installation concept, the guns can be installed on any of the Absalon class or the new Iver Huitfeldt-class frigate. The guns will be managed by SaabTech CEROS fire control systems and Terma command and control technology.
Teamed with Rheinmetall’s high-performance 35mm Ahead airburst ammunition, the Millennium gun gives the Danish Navy a close-range self-defence capability for protecting high-value assets that is second to none. A multipurpose weapon system, it is also capable of neutralizing asymmetric and symmetric threats alike, whether on the surface or in the air.
Besides Denmark, five other NATO nations use Rheinmetall’s programmable 35mm Ahead airburst ammunition which, when combined with the Millennium Revolver Gun 35/1000, results in massive yet flexible firepower that can be scaled to match a wide variety of operational scenarios.