January's top stories: US ONR develops new barrier technology, Royal Navy tests electric shipboard handler prototype
The US ONR and Halo Maritime Defense Systems have jointly developed a new maritime security barrier to protect warships in harbour while the UK Royal Navy handlers and engineers have tested the remote controlled Electric Shipboard Handler (Aircraft) kit.
The Military Sealift Command's container ship MV Cape Ray will undergo final sea trials, as part of mission preparation aimed to destroy Syrian chemical weapons, Pentagon spokesman Army Colonel Steve Warren said.
During the sea trials, the crew will validate the ship and its field-deployable hydrolysis system capability in various sea states.
"The crew conducted several training drills and assessed all systems aboard," Warren said.
Iran is planning to make changes to its Sayyad 2 or Hunter missiles to deploy on Mowj-class vessels.
Sayyad 2 missile, which is suitable for mid-range and high-altitude air defense systems, can destroy different types of helicopters, drones and targets with small radar cross-section and high speed and maneuverability within its operational range.
Iran Navy Operations Lieutenant Commander Admiral Siyavash Jarreh was quoted by Fars News as saying that the changes are being made to Sayyad missile to mount on under-construction Mowj vessels, including Mowj 2, Mowj 3, Mowj 4 and Mowj 5.
Fincantieri successfully launched the Algerian Navy's future Kalaat Beni Abbes vessel, for landing and logistics support (Bâtiment de Débarquement et de Soutien Logistique), at its shipyard at Muggiano (La Spezia).
The ship has been developed as part of a broad and innovative Italian-Algerian cooperation programme, which also includes Italian Navy to provide training of the ship's first crew.
In 2011, the Algerian Ministry of Defence selected Italian company Orizzonte Sistemi Navali to develop landing and logistical support vessel for the Algerian Navy in the process of modernising and expanding its fleet, according to Defenceweb.co.za.
The US Navy's Office of Naval Research (ONR) and Halo Maritime Defense Systems jointly developed a new maritime security barrier to protect warships in harbour.
The new Halo Barrier system, which could provide a quantum leap in existing sea-port protection, provides protection to ships against speeding attack vessels in port and requires less manpower and lower maintenance.
ONR deputy director of research Craig Hughes said the new technology is a combination of great ideas, emergent technology and meets a critical need for ONR.
DCNS tested loading of a model of the Missile de Croisière Naval (MdCN) naval cruise missile in cooperation with the French Navy crew of the third Frégate Européen multi-mission (FREMM)-class frigate Normandie.
During the loading trials, conducted at the company's dockyard in Lorient, Brittany, France, the DCNS technicians and French Navy crew demonstrated the loading of a model of the MdCN naval cruise missile.
The crew's ability to safely load the cruise missiles on board the FREMM frigates has also been demonstrated as part of the trial.
L-3 Communications and Raytheon successfully test fired Raytheon-built Talon laser-guided rockets (LGR) from an L-3 remote weapon station using an LAU-68 launcher.
During the testing, the lightweight remote weapon system demonstrated its ability to provide protection for small ships against swarming-boat threats, using currently fielded launcher, sensor systems and Talon missiles.
Raytheon Naval and Area Mission Defense product line vice-president Rick Nelson said the Talon LGR when combined with advanced remote weapon station, offers an affordable, effective and available solution.
The UK Royal Navy handlers and engineers tested the remote controlled Electric Shipboard Handler (Aircraft) kit designed to move the 23t F35B Lightning II safely on to the ships, HMS Queen Elizabeth and Prince of Wales.
Carried out at Pax River, US Naval Air Station Patuxent River, near Washington DC, the trials were conducted without the need to flash up its engine.
A team of Royal Navy and RAF engineers have been collaborating at Pax River for several years to maintain the £120m F35B Lightning II stealthy strike fighter that will replace the Harrier.
Russia commenced a refit programme on the Russian Navy's mothballed Project 1144.2 Kirov-class heavy missile cruise ship, Admiral Nakhimov, after years of delays, the Sevmash shipyard said.
RIA Novosti cited Sevmash shipyard as saying that the schedule for modernisation work on the cruiser, formerly named the Kalinin, has already been drawn up.
Heavy equipment is currently being dismantled before moving the ship from its berth into the dockyard using specially constructed pontoons, the shipyard added.