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KOCKUMS - FROM DOOM TO ZOOM
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
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Submarine Under Construction In Revitalized Shipyard

Source: Saab


Submarine Under Construction In Revitalized Shipyard

Source: Saab


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Dear Client

In 2014, the Swedish Government used severe pressure to persuade Thyssen-Krupp to sell the Kockums shipyard to Saab. This pressure was part of Swedish plans to build the new A26 class submarines in Sweden to a Swedish design. However, the Swedish government decided that under-investment by TKMS in Kockums had left the yard dilapidated, with its staff of 700 employees suffering very poor morale. To make matters worse, the design capability had been particularly hard-hit and there were grave doubts as to whether the yard was capable of the design work required.

Now, four years later everything has changed. The yard workforce now numbers 1,100 with another 400 contractors. During 2018 another 150 will be added and in 2019 another 100. Morale has improved greatly with Saab undertaking a major investment program to more or less rebuild the shipyard from scratch. Most of the machinery has been replaced with brand new equipment and the rest is in the pipeline, everything from the overhead cranes and the paint shop has been replaced. Northern Europe's largest arbor milling machine has been added, laser welding robots, more floor space and everything else imaginable. Even the classic administrative building, located some distance away from the shipyard itself, will be replaced with a new five story building on the shipyard grounds by 2020.

Improvements within the yard include. *Increased capacity and capability in steel cutting. New large cutting machines that use gas and plasma.

*New four-high steel roller capable of rolling the 80 mm thick submarine hull.

*Robot grinder setup.

*New welding cranes and other welding equipment.

*New arbor mill, bed mill, carousel lathe used for processing large pieces for the submarine such as tube hatches, equipment beds and rudder shafts.

*New surface treatment facility for washing, blastering and painting of details and complete hull sections.

Saab is continuing to aggressively develop the enterprise and adding additional businesses through acquisitions. On December 21st, Saab announced that it will take over both Dockstavarvet, the builder of the Combat Boat 90 - and Muskövarvet - a repair shipyard occupying one half of the yard space inside the Muskö naval base, Kockums already operates the other half.

Strange how quickly things can change in cases when the will to succeed is there.

Source:  Forecast International
Source Date: May 22, 2018
Author: Stuart Slade, Senior Naval Analyst 
Posted: 05/22/2018

 
 
RUSSIAN, UZBEK DEFENSE MINISTERS MEET
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
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Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev

Source: Embassy of the Republic of Uzbekistan


Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev

Source: Embassy of the Republic of Uzbekistan


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TASHKENT -- Russian and Uzbek Defense Ministers met this week to discuss military cooperation between their countries. The meetings follow the Uzbek president's visit to the U.S. last week, in which the two countries signed a 'strategic partnership.'

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu traveled to Tashkent this week to meet with his Uzbek counterpart, Abdusalom Azizov, as well as Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, to discuss the situation in Afghanistan and deepening cooperation between their two militaries. Defense Minister Shoigu called military cooperation with Uzbekistan "very important" and noted, "It refers, first and foremost, to the risks and threats coming from areas bordering Uzbekistan.

"In this regard, one cannot but point to the growing threat of international terrorism that has been moving from Syria to other countries, including Uzbekistan," he said.

He continued, "We cannot say that the situation in Afghanistan is getting safer and more stable as groups leaving Syria are particularly moving to Afghanistan. That said, it is highly important to train the military that would be able to protect the state in case the need arises."

Russia has often cited the potential risk of militancy in Afghanistan destabilizing the Central Asian countries.

Defense Minister Azizov touted historical, cultural, and economic ties with Russia, and stated that he believed the two countries should work to expand their cooperation, especially in regards to the training of military personnel and military-technical matters.

In addition to the meeting with Defense Minister Azizov, Shoigu met with President Mirziyoyev, to discuss Uzbekistan's military reform.

Source:  TASS Russian News Agency
Associated URL: http://tass.com/defense/1005474
Source Date: May 22, 2018
Posted: 05/22/2018

 
 
HENSOLDT WILL PRESENT NEW TRML-4D AIR DEFENSE RADAR AT EUROSATORY 2018
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
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An Artist's Impression of the TRML-4D Air Defense Radar

Source: Hensoldt


An Artist's Impression of the TRML-4D Air Defense Radar

Source: Hensoldt


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VILLEPINTE, France -- According to company sources, Hensoldt will be presenting its new land-based air defense radar at this year's Eurosatory 2018. The new radar, dubbed the TRML-4D is based on the company's TRS-4D naval radar, and features C-Band (NATO G-Band) frequency operation. A secondary radar has also been incorporated, allowing for contemporary IFF operational standards that are compatible with interrogation modes up to Mk XIIA/S.

In keeping with the latest trends in the radar industry, Hensoldt has incorporated Gallium Nitride (GaN) components in the TRML-4D's active electronically scanned array (AESA). The use of GaN components allows for lower power consumption and higher output, creating a more reliable and powerful product. Hensoldt says that the radar is designed for high operational availability during continuous operation, and that the probability for zero critical failures during a 24-hour, seven days a week, three month mission is more than 99 percent.

Operationally, the TRML-4D is optimized for small, fast, and low-flying and/or maneuvering cruise missiles, aircraft, and helicopters. It allows near- to long-range air detection and weapon assignment. The radar also incorporates dedicated C-RAM and C-UAS (C-UAV) modes, while being capable of use in complex environments that include mixed clutter and high target densities. Detection is provided out to a range of 135 NM (250 km) with a stated altitude coverage of 16 NM (30 km) in a -2° to +70° vertical and -50° to +50° horizontal field of regard in a 360° rotating layout.

Although, Hensoldt does not specify missile compatibility within the materials that Forecast International has reviewed, the company does specify that the TRML-4D is compatible with "most of the short range and medium range surface-to-air missile systems."

Company sources say that at least one customer for the TRML-4D has already been secured, but have not named the "non-NATO" customer explicitly. Officials revealed that deliveries are expected to begin in 2020. The company it seems, at Eurosatory 2018, is hoping to add to this client pool.

Eurosatory 2018 is being held at the Paris Nord Villepinte Exhibition Center in France from June 11-15.

Source:  Forecast International
Source Date: May 22, 2018
Author: C. Zachary Hofer  
Posted: 05/22/2018

 

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