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U.S. NAVY CONDUCTS RESEARCH TO COUNTER INEXPENSIVE YET EFFECTIVE NAVAL MINES
Thursday, August 17, 2017
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United States Navy

Source: US DoD


United States Navy

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NEWTOWN, Conn. - The United States Navy's Mine and Expeditionary Warfare Applied Research program appears to have narrowed its focus to the detection and neutralization of improvised explosive devices. The deployment of IEDs is nothing new. Such weapons were used in Vietnam and Korea, and it could be argued that they go as far back as the American Civil War. What has changed is the degree to which they have become a primary means of attack on U.S. forces, rather than being used as harassment and interdiction tools. Casualties from these devices reportedly have been responsible for more than 60 percent of American casualties and losses in Afghanistan and Iraq have been attributed to IEDs.

From a naval point of view, a much greater concern is the vulnerability of the world’s most important shipping lanes. Most of these run through one or more chokepoints easily infested with mines. Quite apart from the material damage that such a mining campaign might cause, it would also have an economic impact out of proportion to its cost if it managed to close down a major port for even a few days. Many of the subprojects explored in this program are concerned with combating this menace and economizing on the investments needed to defend against terrorist attacks.

Naval mine warfare (including the placement of sea mines) is considered the poor man's option (cheap and very effective), and use of this tactical weapon will likely increase in the future. T and so too, as will the need to counter such weapons will increase accordingly. Look for R&D funding for mine countermeasures to fluctuate wildly over the next few years has the U.S. Navy rushes for funds to cover whatever is the threat of the moment.

Source:  Forecast International
Associated URL: http://www.forecastinternational.com
Source Date: August 17, 2017
Author: R. Sterk, Naval Systems 
Posted: 08/17/2017

 
 
CHILE COMMISSIONS CABO ODGER
Thursday, August 17, 2017
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Chile CABO Odger (OPV 84) After Commissioning

Source: Chilean Ministry of Defense


Chile CABO Odger (OPV 84) After Commissioning

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TALCAHUANO, Chile - Chile has commissioned its newest offshore patrol vessel, Cabo Odger (OPV 84). The ship was commissioned during a ceremony on August 10 presided over by President Michelle Bachelet and Commander in Chief of the Navy, Admiral Enrique Larranaga.

The ceremony was attended by, among others, Undersecretary of Defense Marcos Robledo, Commander in Chief of the Navy, Admiral Julio Leiva, Bío Bío Mayor Rodrigo Díaz, Talcahuano Mayor Henry Campos and the former commander in Chief Enrique Larrañaga.

OPV 84 is part of the Patrulleros de Zona Marítima program, based on Germany's OPV-80 class designed by Fassmer. The ships, also called Danube IV-class vessels, are being built at ASMAR's Talcahuano yard at a cost of $50 million a piece, with Fassmer providing technical support. The first ship (the Piloto Pardo) was commissioned in 2008, with the second (the Comandante Toro) following in August 2009. A third vessel (Marinero Fuentealba) was commissioned in November 2014.

OPV's are 80.6 meters long, have a full load displacement of 1,728 tons, and a maximum speed of 20 knots. They are equipped with a barrel gun and six machine guns and can accommodate a medium-sized helicopter. According to a statement by the Chilean Navy, Santiago plans to purchase a total of six vessels in the class.

The roles of the vessel are: patrolling, monitoring and control maritime territorial waters; Maritime Search and Rescue; Support for the maintenance of maritime signaling; logistical support to remote areas; Maritime transport and auxiliary police.

Chile has been able to use the building program to develop its manufacturing capabilities. Through the program Chile has obtained technologies and has developed processes to build a series of vessels. This demonstrates Chile's continued determination to develop its own defense industry.

Source:  Chilean Ministry of Defense
Associated URL: http://www.defensa.cl/noticias/cabo-odger-construido-en-asmar-presencia-fiscaliz
Source Date: August 17, 2017
Author: B. Ostrove, Analyst 
Posted: 08/17/2017

 
 
GENERAL DYNAMICS RECEIVES CONTRACT MOD FOR VIRGINIA-CLASS SUBMARINE SERVICES
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
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Virginia-class Submarine Under Construction

Source: US Navy


Virginia-class Submarine Under Construction

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WASHINGTON - General Dynamics Electric Boat, of Groton, Connecticut, has been awarded an $115,310,691 cost-plus-fixed-fee modification to a previously awarded contract (N00024-16-C-2111), from the United States Navy, for additional lead-yard services, development studies and design efforts related to Virginia-class submarines.

This modification provides lead-yard services for Virginia-class submarines that will maintain, update and support the Virginia-class design and related drawings and data for each Virginia-class submarine, including technology insertion throughout its construction and post-shakedown availability period. The contractor will also provide all engineering and related lead-yard services necessary for direct maintenance and support of Virginia-class ship specifications.

In addition, this contract modification provides development studies and design efforts related to the Virginia-class submarine design and design improvements, preliminary and detail component and system design, integration of system engineering, design engineering, test engineering, logistics engineering and production engineering. The contractor will continue development studies and design efforts related to components and systems to accomplish research and development tasks and prototypes and engineering development models required to fully evaluate new technologies to be inserted in succeeding Virginia-class submarines.

Work will be performed in Groton, Connecticut (98 percent); Newport, Rhode Island (1 percent); and Quonset Point, Rhode Island (1 percent), and work is expected to be completed by October 2017.

Fiscal 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 shipbuilding and conversion (Navy); and fiscal 2016 and 2017 research, development, test and evaluation (Navy) funding in the amount of $74,627,623 will be obligated at time of award, and funds in the amount of $193,374 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The statutory authority for this sole-source award is in accordance with Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1(a)(2)(iii) - only one responsible source and no other supplies or services will satisfy agency requirements.

Source:  U.S. DoD
Associated URL: https://www.defense.gov/News/Contracts/Contract-View/Article/1280763/
Source Date: August 16, 2017
Author: U.S. DoD 
Posted: 08/17/2017

 

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