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RUSSIA PLANS TO ACQUIRE 30+ POSEIDON UUVS
Saturday, January 12, 2019
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Poseidon UUV

Source: Russian MoD


Poseidon UUV

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MOSCOW -- The Russian Navy plans to acquire more than 30 Poseidon strategic nuclear-capable unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs). Russia is expected to deploy two Poseidon-carrying submarines with the Northern Fleet and two will the Pacific Fleet. Each of these submarines can carry up to eight UUVs.

The Poseidon UUV is under development in Russia designed to carrying a nuclear warhead with a yield of up to 2 megatons.

Source:  TASS
Associated URL: http://tass.com/defense/1039603
Source Date: January 12, 2019
Posted: 01/15/2019

 
 
U.K. ROYAL NAVY MINEHUNTER MOVES OUT OF GIANT SHIP HALL AT PORTSMOUTH NAVAL BASE
Thursday, December 20, 2018
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HMS Chiddingfold (M37) Hunt class MCM vessel

Source: BAE Systems


HMS Chiddingfold (M37) Hunt class MCM vessel

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PORTSMOUTH NAVAL BASE, U.K. -- BAE Systems teams have returned HMS Chiddingfold (M37) to the water following what has been the most extensive package of work ever carried out to the plastic hulls of any Hunt Class mine countermeasure vessels. The completion of this phase of her upkeep has been marked with the launch of the inaugural BAE Systems and the U.K. Royal Navy association program, which aims to forge close links between the ship, the ship’s company and BAE Systems employees responsible for her upkeep and working across the Maritime Services business.

At 60m long and 10m wide, the Hunt Class vessels are the largest Glass-Reinforced Plastic vessels in the world and have been in service for over 30 years. All six are base-ported at Portsmouth Naval Base and maintained by BAE Systems teams.

The first phase of HMS Chiddingfold’s upkeep was carried out in the former ship hall facility, which is now the Minor Vessels Centre of Specialisation. It offers engineers 360-degree access to the ship no matter what the weather, cutting down upkeep times and offering the U.K. Ministry of Defence better value for money.

HMS Chiddingfold’s upkeep program included an extensive blasting of her hull, ship’s side and decks to prepare her for repainting. She also received upgrades to many of her systems including firefighting equipment, new fuel tanks, salvage generator and underwater valve replacements. There were also modifications to the electrical systems, and a new galley was installed so that the crew have better on board facilities.

BAE Systems Maritime Services has completed 26 maintenance and upkeep periods on Royal Navy ships in Portsmouth and overseas during 2018.

These works are part of the £600 million Maritime Services Delivery Framework (MSDF) contract awarded to BAE Systems in 2014 to both manage Portsmouth Naval Base and to carry out all the work required to support the Portsmouth flotilla, which represents more than half of the Royal Navy’s surface fleet.

Source:  BAE Systems
Associated URL: https://www.baesystems.com/en/article/royal-navy-minehunter-moves-out-of-giant-ship-hall-at-portsmouth-naval-base
Source Date: December 20, 2018
Author: BAE Systems 
Posted: 01/15/2019

 
 
OP. BARKHANE: FIRST OPERATIONAL DEPLOYMENT OF THE NEW MMP MEDIUM-RANGE MISSILE
Monday, January 14, 2019
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Source: French MoD


Source: French MoD


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PARIS -- From December 10 to 22, the Picardie Battle Group carried out an operation in the Three Borders region of southeastern Mali, during which the new medium-range missile (Missile a Moyenne Portee) was deployed and used for the first time in-theater.

Arriving in the operations area at dawn, the soldiers of Picardie BG leapt from their armored vehicle to set up the MMP on top of a ridge. Within the group of six soldiers, each has a definite role: commander, gunner, loader, rear gunner, a radio/marksman and driver.

The MMP is now in place. Sergeant Nicolas and the gunner begin to observe their surroundings, and the terrain appears in detail in the MMP's sight. The operator scans each specific point, using the built-in zoom to refine his search. For Sergeant Nicolas, "the MMP is an exceptional weapon system for observation by day and night. The "fusion" mode detects heat sources and allows us, for example, to detect an individual hiding in a grove or behind a tree."

This new missile is a true digest of electronic innovations: with a range of over 4,000 meters, it can be used both as for anti-personnel and anti-vehicle strikes as well as against fortifications and high-value targets. This is an interesting innovation in the Sahelo-Saharan the theater of operations, where the flanks of some rock formations can be used as shelters by members of armed terrorist groups.

On a technical level, the MMP is easy to use, as the sergeant demonstrated: "To switch from anti-personnel mode to anti-infrastructure mode, I just go to the MMP firing station’s drop-down menu and check the corresponding box. Then, since the system’s core is located in the missile itself, after firing my gunner sees in his sight exactly what the missile seeker sees. He can therefore switch targets at any time, thanks to the optical fiber that connects the missile to his console. The missile is equipped with a camera with vision day and night of a remarkable quality," he adds.

Before their deployment, Sergeant Nicolas and his gunner underwent specific training on the MMP at the French Army’s Infantry School in Draguignan.

A major innovation developed for army infantry and light cavalry units, the MMP is the successor of the MILAN system. Now deployed for the first time on combat operations, it will gradually equip the majority of first-line units.

Source:  French Ministry of Defense
Associated URL: https://www.defense.gouv.fr/english/operations/actualites2/barkhane-premier-deploiement-en-operation-du-nouveau-missile-moyenne-portee
Source Date: January 14, 2019
Source Language: French
Posted: 01/15/2019

 

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