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B-52 upgraded with LRASM... P-8A is (likely) next

LRASM Gets Funding for B-52 Integration – Could Find its Way to the P-8A Eventually
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Lockheed Martin, NAVAIR and the U.S. Air Force will start working on the integration of LRASM on the B-52 following a budget allocation in FY 2019. In addition, fit checks of LRASM aboard the P-8A Poseidon MPA were carried out about a year ago.
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Contacted by Naval News, Capt. Will Hargreaves, LRASM program director at Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), said “Integration of LRASM on the B-52 will include work by both services [ed. note U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force] in a manner similar to the highly successful B-1 integration program […] This is not a new program. Integration of existing weapons on new aircraft provides flexibility to our warfighter as they continue to pace the threat.”
https://www.navalnews.com/naval-news/20 ... ventually/


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Kawasaki Launched the 12th & Final Sōryū-class SSK JS Tōryū とうりゅう – 2nd Li-Ion Submarine for JMSDF
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Japan's shipbuilder Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) launched the 12th and final Soryu-class diesel-electric attack submarine (SSK) for the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF). JS Tōryū (とうりゅう) SS-512 is the second submarine of the class to feature Li-Ion batteries.
https://www.navalnews.com/naval-news/20 ... for-jmsdf/
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Mine warfare in the news:

https://news.usni.org/2019/11/05/u-s-na ... mart-mines

And an interesting article on F/A-18 training and operations:

https://warontherocks.com/2019/11/impro ... -missions/

"Naval aviation should stop strike operations ashore in Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan; increase missile-firing allowances; and specialize each FA-18 squadron for either the fighter or attack role."

This one might bring back memories from the 90's

https://www.marinecorpstimes.com/news/y ... or-combat/
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“‘Who controls the past,’ ran the Party slogan, ‘controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.’”

George Orwell, 1984
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Interesting analysis:

https://www.asiatimes.com/2019/11/artic ... e-emerges/

"And at the end of the day, there’s a big difference between an amphibious force that shows up wanting to be your friend, and one that demands your friendship – or else.

But the US and its key Asian partners had better get to work if they want to keep their friends “rightly influenced.”

It will also be good practice for the day the Chinese MEU/ARGs show up in the Caribbean and Latin America – as they will."
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The Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) have published a report entitled The Gulf Military Balance in 2019: A Graphic Analysis.

https://csis-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/s3fs-public/publication/191107_Gulf_Military_Balance_0.pdf

111 pages (pdf format)
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The Gulf Military Balance in 2019: A Graphic Analysis.
Thanks for this. I've added it to CMANO's unofficial Dropbox reference library.

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Russia to Develop ASW Variant of Project 22800 Corvette to Secure SSBN Deployments
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Project 22800 Karakurt-class corvettes will become the basis for the development of small antisubmarine warfare ships. They will reliably defend the Russian coast from adversary submarines. The small ships will make it difficult to track Russian nuclear ballistic missile submarines close to the naval bases where they are the most vulnerable, the Izvestia daily writes.
https://www.navalnews.com/naval-news/20 ... ployments/

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Russia Laid Keel of Project 636.3 Submarines Ufa & Magadan for the Pacific fleet
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The Admiralty Shipyard laid two diesel-electric submarines of project 636.3 for the Pacific fleet. They are the Ufa and the Magadan. Russian Navy Commander-in-Chief Nikolai Yevmenov and Admiralty Shipyard CEO Alexander Buzakov participated in the ceremony, the shipyard said.
https://www.navalnews.com/naval-news/20 ... fic-fleet/

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USMC F-35Bs & USS America shaping the future of amphibious operations
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When more than a dozen F-35B Lightning IIs thundered across the skies of the Eastern Pacific and touched down on the USS America on Oct. 8, 2019, it signaled the birth of the most lethal, aviation-capable amphibious assault ship to date.
https://www.navalnews.com/naval-news/20 ... perations/

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iXblue’s DriX USV successfully tested by NOAA scientists
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During the month of October, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Ship Thomas Jefferson integrated and operated a DriX, an Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV) created by the French technology company iXblue.
https://www.navalnews.com/naval-news/20 ... cientists/

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French Navy eyes new training system for its VBSS teams
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The French Navy’s VBSS (Visit, Board, Seach and Seizure) teams will soon be able to improve their skills ashore with a new training module the French Armed Forces Ministry plans to build next year at the Toulon naval base (south of France), according to an RFP issued on Tuesday.
https://www.navalnews.com/naval-news/20 ... bss-teams/

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HHI Launched the 2nd and Final Jose Rizal-class Frigate for the Philippine Navy
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South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries launched BRP Antonio Luna, the Philippine Navy’s (PN) second and final Jose Rizal-class frigate. The event took place today at the Ulsan shipyard.
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The lead ship ‘Jose Rizal’ was launched on May 23, 2019 at the same shipyard. It is scheduled for delivery to the Philippine Navy in April 2020 and the Antonio Luna on September 2020.
https://www.navalnews.com/naval-news/20 ... pine-navy/

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Another short delay for the Dutch Navy Walrus-class submarine replacement program
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The Dutch Secretary of State Barbara Visser still hopes to make a decision this year on the Walrus-class submarines replacement, she recently confirmed to the country’s House of Representatives.

According to Dutch media AD.nl which first published the information yesterday, the long awaited « B-Letter » will announce which company or companies will be allowed to participate in the definition phase. Some imprecise words that could mean a further delay in this 3.5 billion Euros program.
https://www.navalnews.com/naval-news/20 ... t-program/
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The writer has been providing some interesting thoughts regarding the future of the Australian military:

https://www.aspistrategist.org.au/is-th ... australia/

Monday's storm clouds:

https://www.usnews.com/news/world-repor ... nto-europe

Tuesday, a bit on the S-500:

https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/ ... yria-95566
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Halifax Shipyard Launches 2nd AOPS for Royal Canadian Navy
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The Royal Canadian Navy’s second Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship (AOPS), the future HMCS Margaret Brooke, was launched today, Nov. 10, 2019, at Halifax Shipyard.
https://www.navalnews.com/naval-news/20 ... dian-navy/

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HHI Launched Third Daegu-class FFX Batch II frigate for ROK Navy
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South Korea's Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) launched ROKS Seoul, the third Daegu-class FFX Batch II frigate for the Republic of Korea Navy (ROK Navy). The event took place on November 11th in presence of the Defense Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo and ROK Navy Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Sim Seung-seob.
https://www.navalnews.com/naval-news/20 ... -rok-navy/

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HII Laid Keel of 1st Flight III Arleigh Burke-class Destroyer
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The keel of the first Flight III destroyer, the future USS Jack H. Lucas (DDG 125), was ceremoniously laid at Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding shipyard in Mississippi on November 7, 2019.

DDG 125 will be the first Arleigh Burke class destroyer built in the Flight III configuration with improved capability and capacity to perform Anti-Air Warfare and Ballistic Missile Defense in support of the Integrated Air and Missile Defense mission.
https://www.navalnews.com/naval-news/20 ... destroyer/

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KONGSBERG awarded follow-on JSM contract with Japan
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Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace has entered into a follow-on contract with Japan to supply the JSM (Joint Strike Missile) for their fleet of F-35 fighter aircraft. The contract is valued 450 MNOK.

This latest announcement follows an initial contract signed earlier this year between Kongsberg and Japan to supply the initial deliveries of JSM.

The JSM is a 5th generation stealth air-to surface missile that can be carried internally in the F-35 thus ensuring the aircraft’s low-signature capabilities. The JSM has superior performance against well-defended sea- and land targets across long distances.
https://www.navalnews.com/naval-news/20 ... ith-japan/

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Russia’s Pacific Fleet Udaloy-class Destroyer & Oscar II-class SSN set for Tsirkon Missile Upgrade
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The Project 1155 large antisubmarine warfare (ASW) ship Marshal Shaposhnikov (NATO reporting name: Udaloy-class) and the Project 949A Antey nuclear-powered submarine Irkutsk (Oscar-II-class) being upgraded for Russia’s Pacific Fleet will be able to launch advanced Tsirkon hypersonic missiles, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Alexei Krivoruchko said.
https://www.navalnews.com/naval-news/20 ... e-upgrade/

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Airbus VSR700 VTOL UAV enhanced prototype performed maiden flights
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The Airbus Helicopters VSR700 naval VTOL UAV made its maiden flight on November 8 at the Aix-en-Provence drone test center (south of France). Several test captive-flights were successfully performed on an enhanced version of the UAV.

The VSR700 performed several take-offs and landings on Friday 8th of November with the longest flight lasting around ten minutes, the company announced
https://www.navalnews.com/naval-news/20 ... n-flights/

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MMSC for Hellenic Navy: No, the cost is not € 2 billion, it is double the amount
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Since the first announcement of the US position through the so-called P&A (Price and Availability) which reportedly was priced at 2 billion euros for four vessels and follow on support (FOS), we had expressed serious reservations. In keeping with our public information ethics, the issue has been further explored in terms of the cost of those ships as we reiterate that in every respect, the price of 2 billion euros for the vessels, their weapons and their FOS is insanely low.
https://www.navalnews.com/naval-news/20 ... he-amount/
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Long article on hypersonic weapons:

https://warontherocks.com/2019/11/hyper ... gic-goals/
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Italian Navy 1st PPA ‘Paolo Thaon di Revel’ Starts Sea Trials
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The Italian Navy's first Multipurpose Offshore Patrol Ship (PPA) “Paolo Thaon di Revel” started sea trials, setting sails in the blue waters of the Gulf of La Spezia on 12th Nov 2019.
https://www.navalnews.com/naval-news/20 ... ea-trials/

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UK MoD Formally Awards Type 31 Frigate Contract to Babcock
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The UK Ministry of Defence today formally awarded Babcock International Group PLC the contract for the Royal Navy's future Type 31e Frigates.

The Type 31 general-purpose frigate programme will provide the UK with a fleet of five ships, at an average production cost of £250 million per ship. The overal program cost is set to be £2 billion (£1.25 billion value to prime contractor Babcock).
https://www.navalnews.com/naval-news/20 ... o-babcock/

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EU Launches Two New PESCO Projects in the field of Naval Defense
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The European Council launched 13 new collaborative projects under the Permanent Structured Cooperation on Defence and Security (PESCO) scheme on November 12 2019. Two of these new projects focus on the maritime domain: A European Patrol Corvette (EPC) and a Maritime Unmanned Anti-Submarine System (MUSAS). There is now a total of 6 PESCO projects in the naval defense field.
https://www.navalnews.com/naval-news/20 ... l-defense/

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MBDA Working on a European Endo-Atmospheric BMD & Hypersonic Missile Interceptor
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Europe's missile leader MBDA announced it is ready to meet the challenge of Europe’s future missile defence and is working on the TWISTER project which calls for a next generation land and sea based interceptor capable of countering current and future missile threats.
https://www.navalnews.com/naval-news/20 ... terceptor/
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Senegal Orders 3 Offshore Patrol Vessels from French Shipyard Piriou
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The Ministry of Armed Forces of Senegal and French shipbuilder PIRIOU signed November 17 a procurement contract for three OPV 58 S for the Navy of Senegal. The vessels will be fitted with missile systems, a first for this African navy.

Length: 62.20 meters

Width: 9.50 meters

Draft: 2.90 meters

Speed: 21 knots

Range / Endurance: 25 days, 4,500 nautical miles @ 12 knots

Hull / Structure: Steel / Aluminum

Accommodations: 48 (24 crew + 24 mission personnel)

Stern ramp for two RHIBs

Based on the images, the OPV 58 S will be fitted with missile systems, a first for both the Senegalese Navy and the Piriou shipyard. The weapons suite of the OPV 58 S appears to consist of:

A 76mm main gun by Leonardo
4x anti-ship missiles placed forward (likely Marte by MBDA)
2x 12.7mm manned manchine guns on the bridge wings
2x 20mm remote weapon stations (Narwhal by Nexter) at the back of the bridge
A SIMBAD-RC surface to air system by MBDA (maybe in its SPIMM containerized variant).

Edit: Contacted by Naval News, MBDA confirmed that the missiles systems are SIMBAD-RC (not SPIMM) and Marte MK2/N. Naval Group will supply the combat management system (POLARIS).
https://www.navalnews.com/naval-news/20 ... rd-piriou/
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Pretty nice summary for those new to the topic:

https://thestrategybridge.org/the-bridg ... ar-of-1973

Monday news: A new draft?

https://www.militarytimes.com/news/your ... the-draft/

and what goes around, comes around:

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-viet ... SKBN1XU0UP

while another strategic paper about Australia lately:

https://www.realcleardefense.com/articl ... 14858.html
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Thursday:

Impossible to comment on this one within this Thread without getting political:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/articl ... world.html
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Just for scenario authors information — no SS-21 Scarab(Tochka-U) in the active service anymore.

Land Forces complete rearmament on Iskander tactical missile system
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ORIGINAL: kevinkins

Thursday:

Impossible to comment on this one within this Thread without getting political:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/articl ... world.html
Why? Because no scientist in the West has ever died trying to create any weapon?
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Just thinking to leave Putin (a head of state) out of the discussion.
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https://zen.yandex.ru/media/greatrussia ... 02d253e0a7

Supposedly an inadvertent disclosure of the new AAM for the Su-57 Felon. No details provided of what the missile on the top shelf is.
Like a short R-77-1 aft which makes me a bit suspect, and the nose and thus sensor is obscured by the red cap?
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I found this (Slovak) commentary about the mythical K30 dating from 2002!.
Its intriguing in that the description of the dynamic layout is much like the missile on the top shelf.

The Russian press recently reported that Vympel NPO is working hard on a new type of missile K-30, which is to compete with its predecessor, the world famous R-73 (AA-11 ARCHER). It is not customary for one company to develop two competing types. It is assumed that the K-30 could be introduced into the arms of the Russian Air Force as early as 2002. It is possible that the K-30 is referred to only as a designation for another improved version of the PLØS R-73. The K-30 is likely to be equipped with a specially developed exit nozzle with extreme deflection capability in combination with a gas dynamic control, which, compared to the R-73, gives the K-30 outstanding maneuverability, greater flexibility, reach and stability over a wide speed range. The swing-out nozzle control is so effective that engineers could have abandoned the front stabilization and steerable wings and only equipped it with small rear steerable wings. An interesting feature is the qualitatively new two-mode passive radar / imaging infrared guidance system. Missile K-30 will most likely be armed especially combat aircraft MiG-29, MiG-31, Su-27 and perhaps Su-35.
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Since the theme of new russian AAMs has emerged, I'm taking the opportunity for asking here:

Has any image of the R-37 (AA-13 Arrow/Axehead?) being operationaly deployed, surfaced at all?

Or does it remains still a paper missile?

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ORIGINAL: Ancalagon451

Since the theme of new russian AAMs has emerged, I'm taking the opportunity for asking here:

Has any image of the R-37 (AA-13 Arrow/Axehead?) being operationaly deployed, surfaced at all?

Or does it remains still a paper missile?

Ancalagon
For my tuppence worth,
Not an operational aircraft that I've come across whilst looking specifically for AAM RUAF stuff, but the usual press releases hinting at it, and from memory manufacturers commenting on being funded to make them.
Being semi recessed carriage and being quite similar to the R-33 I think you could miss it in a distant photo though?
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