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The agreement means Thales will maintain 17 different systems across the British fleet, including the latest Type 45 destroyers, Type 23 frigates and Hunt and Sandown classes of minehunters. It includes the Navy’s nuclear submarines’ visual systems, including periscopes for the Vanguard and Trafalgar classes. It also extends to work on the new Astute class submarines’ advanced optronic masts, bringing the maintenance together under a single contract. The contract will secure 230 Thales jobs at sites in Glasgow, Manchester, Somerset and West Sussex. A further 300 jobs will be secured through the UK supply chain. Signing the contract at Thales’s plant in Crawley, West Sussex, Philip Dunne, Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology, said:“This contract is good news for the Ministry of Defence and UK industry. Not only will it secure a number of jobs across the UK whilst delivering savings but will also provide essential support for the combat equipment that helps give the Royal Navy’s fleet of ships and submarines a vital technological edge.”
Originally posted by LeBombDiggity
I was talking to a French navy friend during the week, he was saying their heart sick the Brits went for the F35B rather than the cats & traps F35. They think it could severely damage cross operations between US, French and British navy ships, they don't think the British F35s will be able to operate easily from US & French ships at all. That is very disappointing to learn, the French Navy was hoping to use HMS Prince of Wales from which to base Rafale M's when their carrier CDG is in for maintenance.
Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced today that its Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) division began flooding the dry dock where the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) has been under construction since November 2009. With the push of a dozen buttons, ship’s sponsor Susan Ford Bales initiated the flow of more than 100 million gallons of water into the dry dock.
New Delhi: All the trials have been completed and INS Vikramaditya, formerly known as Admiral Gorskhov, will be handed over to the Indian Navy on November 15. Once inducted, the warship will join the fleet along with INS Viraat, which is over half a century old but is expected to serve till 2018.
The carrier was purchased by India on 20 January 2004 after years of negotiations at a final price of $2.35 billion. The warship will be equipped with, as a part of the deal, 12 single-seat Mikoyan MiG-29K 'Fulcrum-D' and four dual-seat MiG-29KUB aircraft (with an option for 14 more aircraft), six Kamov Ka-31 "Helix" reconnaissance and anti-submarine helicopters, torpedo tubes, missile systems, and artillery units.
Indian Navy’s long term objective is to be able to respond to emergent situations far away from main land. After China’s ‘string of pearls’ theory, India needs to develop a grand strategy to counter the Chinese aggression in the Indian Ocean. INS Vikramaditya will have to play a crucial role in achieving this objective.
During the three-month sea trials, the ship had demonstrated excellent seaworthiness, speed of 27.9 knots (about 52 km per hour) and manoeuvrability
New Delhi: The long-delayed aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya will be inducted into Indian Navy by Defence Minister A K Antony during his Russia visit slated between November 15-17.
After a delay of around five years, 45,000 aircraft carrier is expected to be handed over to the Navy on November 15 in Russia, where it is presently undergoing refit.
"The Defence Minister is expected to induct the warship into the Indian Navy during his visit for the Indo-Russian Inter-Governmental Commission for Military and Technical Cooperation meeting now expected to be held in November," sources said here.