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[*] posted on 23-2-2019 at 04:19 PM

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Modular ship self-protection [IDEX19D3]


19 February 2019

MBDA (Stand 07-A07) has unveiled details of a new containerised ship self-protection system designed to provide otherwise unarmed ships with a short-range defence capability in high threat zones.

Known as SPIMM (Self- Protection Integrated Mistral Module), the system leverages MBDA’s Mistral missile and SIMBAD-RC remote control turret to protect against airborne threats – including anti-ship missiles, aircraft, UAVs and helicopters – and seaborne fast inshore attack craft. The latter capability was demonstrated for the first time in a trial conducted in December 2018.

According to Christophe Leduc, MBDA’s product executive for naval defence systems, the development of the SPIMM concept reflects navies’ emerging need for a system that can be temporarily installed on support ships, logistics vessels and chartered commercial vessels as they transit littoral waters or chokepoints where there is a heightened threat of attack.

“Such ships may not have an escort 24/7,” said Leduc. “SPIMM enables the urgent and rapid adaptation of these ships to cope with new threats, or for using them in contested areas.”

The SPIMM module is based on a standard ISO 10ft container, on which is mounted a SIMBADRC turret equipped with two ready-to-fire Mistral missiles, and a 360° infrared panoramic system to detect and track air and surface threats. The system is controlled by two operators located in a shelter inside the module; locker space is also provided in the module for the ready storage of up to four additional Mistral missiles. Weighing about 7 tonnes, the SPIMM module occupies a relatively small upper deck footprint and can easily be craned on board. Four twist-lock connectors are used to secure the container on deck: the only ship interface is a standard electrical connection to the ship’s power supply.

For larger ships, two SPIMM modules can be fitted to provide full 360° protection. In this case, said Leduc, the modules are interconnected and configured in a ‘master and slave’ arrangement: the two operators remain in the ‘master unit’, while the ‘slave’ is operated remotely.

The first deliveries of SPIMM could be made within two years of contract. “The technology is all proven and in place,” said Leduc.

“What we are waiting for now is a first contract, which would fund final development [to] complete the packaging and qualification of the whole system.”

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They still trying to flog these off? I just don’t see what threat they are seeing that this will address? A twin launcher that will fly about 8k’s at best?

I honestly don’t see how this is a better investment than a Millenium gun, Phalanx, SeaRamor similar...

Especially at 7tons, it more/less equals SeaRAM...

In a low speed post-merge manoeuvring fight, with a high off-boresight 4th generation missile and Helmet Mounted Display, the Super Hornet will be a very difficult opponent for any current Russian fighter, even the Su-27/30
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[*] posted on 28-2-2019 at 08:19 PM

Iran shows submarine launching missile

Jeremy Binnie, London - Jane's Defence Weekly

27 February 2019

A Ghadir submarine is seen out of the water. It is unclear if the submarine-launched missile is a short-range weapon developed for the class or whether one of the midgets is being used as a test platform for a missile designed for the new Fateh class. Source: Iranian Ministry of Defence and Armed Forces Logistics

The Islamic Republic of Iran Navy (IRIN) showed an anti-ship missile being launched from one of its Ghadir-class midget submarines on 24 February.

The launch apparently took place as part of the ‘Velayet 97’ naval exercise.

“Our Ghadir-class submarines have so far fired cruise missiles and [the new] Fateh [submarine] has this capability too and we will display it in future drills,” the Fars News Agency quoted IRIN commander Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi as saying.

Fars also cited Rear Adm Khanzadi as saying the submarine-launched missile was developed under the Jask-2 project and is based on the new Nasr missile, which has a different range from earlier versions.

The Nasr is the Iranian version of the Chinese C-704, which is a solid-propellent missile that has a range of 38 km when launched from the surface. It has been in Iranian service since at least 2010, but a longer-range version with a turbojet engine called the Nasir was unveiled in April 2017. No range was given for the new model.

It was previously known that Iran was working on its own submarine-launched anti-ship missile.

In February 2015 Iranian television showed footage of a sub-surface missile launch that appeared to be a failure. In May 2017 Fox News quoted US officials as saying that a sub-surface missile launch from an Iranian Ghadir midget submarine had failed.

The latest footage showed a Ghadir apparently launching the missile from the surface. An object was seen leaving one of boat’s two torpedo tubes relatively slowly, then picking up pace as it ran on the surface. In a separate shot, a missile was seen breaching the surface and being launched into the air by a booster. Some remnants of the launch capsule could be seen being discarded.

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[*] posted on 18-3-2019 at 09:52 PM

Russia to test-launch Zircon missile from a frigate at the end of 2019


Russian hypersonic missile, the Zircon, will for the first time be launched from a military vessel at the end of 2019, a source in the Russian military-industrial complex told TASS.

Zircon missile launching trials from a naval vessel may start at the end of 2019 (Picture source : Russia's Defense Ministry press service)

"Trials of launching a missile from a naval vessel are planned to start at the end of the year. The Admiral Gorshkov-class frigate, also known as Project 22350, from the Northern Fleet will be used," the source said, adding that earlier trials included launching Zircon missiles from land. TASS does not have an official confirmation of this information.

As a reminder, the Zircon missile is an hypersonic weapon that differs from previous generations by a bigger ability to destroy aircraft carriers, thanks to low vulnerability, bigger payload and flight speed. The blast is scheduled to even sink big displacement ships.

Hypersonic speed makes the Zirkon less vulnerable than the previous missile generations. All R&D is classified, but open sources said the missile can accelerate to Mach 5-10 speed and destroy targets at distances of 300-500 km. The antiship missiles can be engaged in a group as a single self-coordinated swarm. It makes it impossible to repel the strike.

The antiship missiles can also hit ground targets with known coordinates. Such a possibility is specifically important in coastal areas where corvettes and submarines have to both fight the adversary and back the ground forces.

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[*] posted on 21-3-2019 at 02:47 PM

Anglo-French FC/ASW Missile Programme Successfully Passes its Key Review

(Source: MBDA; issued March 19, 2019)

Two years into the FC/ASW (Future Cruise/Anti-Ship Weapon) Concept Phase, MBDA is proud to announce the successful achievement of its “Key Review”, jointly conducted with Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) and the Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA), the British and French armament procurement agencies.

The conclusion of this Key Review makes it possible to select the most promising missile concepts in order to meet the requirements expressed by both nations’ armed forces. More in-depth studies will now be conducted on these concepts with the aim of identifying the solutions that will be selected at the end of the concept phase in 2020 in order to answer both nations’ requirements for long range anti-ship missions, suppression of enemy air defences and deep strike.

The conclusions of this study will also make it possible to establish the road maps for maturing the technologies required, and to launch any follow-on assessment phase. This new phase will demonstrate the necessary maturity of the weapon system and its key components, to be followed by the development and production phase in the 2024 timeframe, so that current weapons systems can be replaced in accordance with required timescales.

The FC/ASW programme was born from converging requirements expressed by both France and the UK for a long-range anti-ship capability – to deal with the possibility of a confrontation on the high seas, a capability to neutralise the most advanced air defences, and a deep strike capability that can penetrate defences and hit long-distance hardened targets.

The FC/ASW aims to replace Storm Shadow/ SCALP air launched cruise missile in operational service in the UK and France as well as Exocet anti-ship missile in France and Harpoon anti-ship missile in the UK.

Equally funded by France and the UK, the FC/ASW Concept Phase is a product of the very close defence relationship set out between both nations by the Lancaster House treaties.

Valued at €100 million, the current Concept Phase was launched in 2017 for a duration of three years and is split 50/50 in terms of both quantity and quality of content between the UK and France. The effort will see MBDA mature systems and technologies that will increase the survivability, range and lethality of anti-ship and deep strike missiles launched by both air and naval combat platforms.

The FC/ASW Concept Phase is the latest step in the two countries’ highly successful co-operation on missile technologies through MBDA. This joint work already enabled the two countries to develop a range of world-class missile systems, such as Storm Shadow/SCALP, Meteor, and Sea Venom/ANL; to rationalise the development and production of missiles through the ‘One MBDA’ organisation; and to harmonise the research and technology efforts of both nations across their entire missile industrial sector through the MCM-ITP (Missile Components and Materials – Innovation and Technology Partnership) programme.

With a significant presence in five European countries and within the USA, in 2018 MBDA achieved revenue of 3.2 billion euros with an order book of 17.4 billion euros. With more than 90 armed forces customers in the world, MBDA is a world leader in missiles and missile systems. MBDA is jointly owned by Airbus (37.5 %), BAE Systems (37.5 %), and Leonardo (25 %).

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[*] posted on 23-3-2019 at 10:18 AM

Brazil launches the second locally developed anti-ship missile

Victor Barreira, Istanbul - Jane's Navy International

22 March 2019

The Brazilian Navy successfully launched the second prototype of the MANSUP (Mssil Antinavio Nacional de Superfcie) surface-to-surface anti-ship missile from Niteri-class frigate Independncia (F44) on 20 March.

The corvette Barroso (V34) launched the first MANSUP on 27 November 2018.

The Brazilian frigate <I>Independência</I> launches the second prototype of MANSUP anti-ship missiles. (Brazilian Navy)

Independncia launched its missile off the coast between Rio de Janeiro and Cabo Frio. The test was used to further test navigation, control, and guidance of MANSUP.

The fire-and-forget and sea-skimming 5,780 mm-long, 860 kg MANSUP was developed by Avibras Indstria Aeroespacial, Omnisys Engenharia, Fundao Ezute, SIATT Engenharia, and Indstria e Comrcio together with the Brazilian Navy as part of the so-called programme Esporo.

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