February's top stories: Norway-Germany cooperation, Charles de Gaulle refit programme

Norway and Germany initiated a comprehensive industrial cooperation on submarine and missile deliveries, the French Navy's Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier entered a major refit programme and SAIC delivered its first Amphibious Combat Vehicle 1.1 to the US Marine Corps. Naval-technology.com wraps up the key headlines from February.


Norway and Germany start cooperation on submarine and missile deliveries

Authorities from the Norwegian and German governments initiated a comprehensive industrial cooperation on submarine and missile deliveries, thereby securing job opportunities in Norway.

The strategic partnership between the two European countries for the purchase of submarines now includes the Naval Strike Missile (NSM), developed by Norway-based manufacturer Kongsberg.

The missile cooperation between the nations boosts further development of the missile, as the German Navy plans to procure several NSMs for its vessels. It will also support joint maintenance and logistics between the navies of Germany and Norway.

French Navy's Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier enters major refit programme

The French Navy's Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier entered drydock in Toulon, France, to undergo a major refit and modernisation programme.

The mid-life upgrade is scheduled to take 18 months to complete, and is expected increase the vessel’s operational serviceability by 20 years.

Refurbishment activities will entail a range of modifications to the vessel, as well as several standard maintenance operations such as scheduled technical installations and refuelling of the nuclear reactor.

SAIC delivers its first Amphibious Combat Vehicle 1.1 to US Marine Corps

Science Applications International (SAIC) delivered its first Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV) 1.1 prototype for testing to the US Marine Corps (USMC) during a ceremony in Charleston, South Carolina

The delivery follows a $121.5m contract awarded to SAIC for the engineering, manufacturing, and development (EMD) phase of the USMC's ACV 1.1 programme. Testing of the first prototypes is slated to commence next month.

ACV 1.1 is an advanced customised variant of the Terrex infantry carrier vehicle (ICV) developed by Singapore Technologies Kinetics, and is currently fielded by the Singapore Armed Forces.

Austal completes DDR for Australia's $235m Pacific patrol boat replacement project

Austal successfully completed the detailed design review (DDR) for Australia's A$306m ($234.4m) Pacific patrol boat replacement (PPB-R) project.

The PPB-R project supports the improvement of sovereign shipbuilding capability in Australia in the lead up to the Offshore Patrol Vessel and Future Frigate programmes for the Royal Australian Navy, which are slated to begin next year and in 2020 respectively.

Completion of the DDR within time and in accordance with the contracted schedule marks the conclusion of the design phase, and the beginning of the production phase of the PPB-R project.

US Navy deploys aircraft carrier for routine patrolling in South China Sea

The US Navy deployed its Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 1 to commence routine operations in the South China Sea, amidst increasing tensions between the US and China.

Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 1 vessels that have been deployed at the disputed waterway include Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), aircraft from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, and Destroyer Squadron's (DESRON) Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108).

The navy commenced patrol activities a week after Beijing warned the US Government not to challenge China's sovereignty in the strategic waterway of South China Sea, reported Japan Times.

US Navy and MDA complete first intercept test of SM-3 Block IIA missile

The US Navy and the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) successfully completed the first ballistic missile intercept flight test of a Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIA.

SM-3 is a defensive weapon developed by Raytheon that has been designed to defeat short and intermediate range ballistic missile threats.

The anti-ballistic missile was launched by crew members on board the US Navy's third Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones (DDG-53) during the test procedure.

GA secures contract to deliver EMALS for US Navy's aircraft carrier CVN 80

General Atomics (GA) been awarded the sole source production contract modification for the electromagnetic aircraft launch system (EMALS), which is to be fitted on the US Navy's Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carrier Enterprise (CVN 80).

The contract modification is part of the larger production contract secured by GA for the navy’s second Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy (CVN 79), which is currently under construction.

EMALS is being developed by GA to facilitate the launch of an aircraft from the US Navy aircraft carriers, and will replace the existing steam catapult.

New submarine training school at Scotland's HMNB Clyde achieves major milestone

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) achieved a £4m investment milestone with the construction of a new submarine training school at its naval base HMNB Clyde, Scotland.

HM Treasury approved the Initial Gate Business Case for the new submarine school, which will serve as a single UK hub for the navy's submarine service.

Work on the project is scheduled to commence later this year when the final design for the submarine training school development has been approved, which is expected in the near future

US NAWCWD team demonstrates Spike missile capability

The US Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division (NAWCWD) recently demonstrated the capability of the Spike missile at China Lake in California, US.

The Spike missile successfully destroyed an Outlaw unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) with a single shot during the demonstrations, which took place in December last year.

Spike team members also tested the effectiveness of the missile’s proximity fuses on two Outlaw UAVs.

EUNAVFOR Med begins second training package for Libyan Navy and Coast Guard

The second round of training conducted by the European Union Naval Force Mediterranean (EUNAVFOR Med) was launched for the Libyan Navy and Coast Guard.

EUNAVFOR Med is a military operation launched by the EU in an effort to disrupt human smuggling and trafficking networks in the Southern Central Mediterranean and prevent the further loss of life at sea, as well as respond to ongoing migration issues.

The initiative is also known as Operation Sophia and was first agreed upon in a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed on 23 August last year.