The Taiwanese Navy has revealed its plans for a proposed helicopter-carrying, amphibious landing helicopter dock (LHD) warship that aligns with the indigenous defense industry buildup approach being pursued by the administration of President Tsai Ing-wen. Continue reading
Today, more and more nations are using highly advanced diesel-electric submarines that are extremely difficult to detect. And, the U.S. Navy has been forced to rely once again on its Surveillance Towed Array Sensor System (SURTASS) – not seen in priority use since the height of the Cold War. This sonar system is considered essential to America’s efforts to detect newer and quieter diesel-electric submarines, especially those operating in the littoral environment. Continue reading
The Indian Navy’s long-standing quest for a new-build, modern class of mine countermeasures vessels (MCMVs) continues to flounder amid government demands regarding technology transfer and indigenization. A $5 billion project to build 12 MCMVs through state-owned Goa Shipyard Ltd is currently stalled as South Korea’s Kangnam Corporation balks at the Indian Ministry of Defence requirement for transfer of complete intellectual property rights of the ships. Continue reading
Rolls-Royce is solidifying its position in the naval power generation market with new, state-of-the-art applications for the company’s MT30 marine engine. The commissioning of the U.S. Navy’s newest destroyer, the USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000), later in the year and the Royal Navy’ s HMS Queen Elizabeth in 2017 shines a spotlight on the relatively new powerplant, as both platforms feature the MT30 as their main power generation system. The MT30 has a bright future, with Forecast International predicting that nearly 60 units collectively worth $1.345 billion will be produced over the next 10 years. Continue reading
By Derek Bisaccio, Military Markets Analyst, Forecast International.
On June 2, Egypt received the first of its two Mistral helicopter carrier vessels, constructed by French shipbuilder DCNS. The ship, named for Egypt’s late President Gamal Abdel Nasser, is partaking in exercises with the French Navy prior to setting sail for Alexandria. Continue reading
Replacing the five original LHAs was an urgent requirement; the ships were old, had been worked hard, and had reached the end of their operational lives. When the first of the replacement ships was designed, a number of key decisions that seemed logical at the time have since become questionable. Of these, the most controversial has been the deletion of the well deck and the resulting reliance on aircraft to carry out the ships’ missions. In reality, the new ships were LPHs rather than LHAs. Continue reading
Sea-Air-Space Symposium, Washington – One of the topics that invariably comes up at a meeting of naval-oriented people concerns the iniquities of the past wherein ships that were supposedly the perfect solutions to the requirements of the time were scrapped, allegedly to “save money.” Those of the aviation persuasion add in their pleas on behalf of aircraft that were once in service but are now relegated to museums. So, why were these alleged paragons of virtue removed from service and scrapped? Continue reading
Under Finmeccanica’s latest “One Company” restructuring effort (effective January 1, 2016), the firm is now focused on the helicopters; aeronautics; space; and catchall electronics, defense, and security systems sectors. The company serves these sectors through seven divisions formed from the legacy companies of AgustaWestland, Alenia Aermacchi, Selex ES, Oto Melara, and WASS. Previously, the headquarters of Finmeccanica acted as more of a holding company for the aforementioned operating brands. The aim of the restructuring effort is to cut costs by removing areas of duplication in areas such as R&D and to divest unprofitable activities across the board. Continue reading
The significant impact of a tsunami lies not in the height of the wave but in its duration. A tsunami may only be a few feet high but its length, often several miles, means the water just keeps on coming. It is the cumulative volume of water that drives the head of the flood far inland and is responsible for the resulting damage. Continue reading
The Paris Air Show is the world’s largest aerospace trade show, and organizers say that the 2015 event will host 2,260 exhibitors from 47 countries, surpassing the record 2,215 exhibitors hosted in 2013.
One of the highlights of the 2015 exhibition will be the return of the U.S. military, which skipped the 2013 Paris show due to sequestration-related budgetary issues. A large static display of several U.S. military aircraft and rotorcraft is planned for the 2015 show, including a possible last hurrah at Paris for the A-10 close air support aircraft, which the U.S. Air Force has been trying to retire against the wishes of Congress. One notable absence will be the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, which is not scheduled to make the trip to Paris. None of the U.S. military aircraft are slated to perform in the show’s daily flying display. Continue reading