November's top stories: French carriers attack ISIS, UK’s £1.3bn Astute deal

The French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle launched operations against Islamic State (IS) targets in Iraq for the first time, the UK MoD awarded £1.3bn contract to build Royal Navy’s fifth Astute submarine and Israel Navy tested Barak 8 missile. Naval-technology.com wraps up key headlines from November.


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French aircraft carrier conducts first operations against ISIS

The French Defense ministry announced that the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle launched operations against ISIS targets in Iraq for the first time.

With 26 fighter jets on-board, the 38,000t, nuclear-powered French aircraft carrier group, which includes frigates, a submarine, and a fleet auxiliary supply ship, was deployed to the eastern Mediterranean to support coalition operations in Iraq and Syria.

Four Rafal fighter jets launched from the aircraft carrier and have reportedly destroyed two targets while flying over the Iraqi cities of Ramadi and Mosul.

UK MoD awards £1.3bn contract to build Royal Navy's fifth Astute submarine

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The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) awarded a £1.3bn contract to BAE Systems to build the fifth Astute-class attack submarine, Anson, for the Royal Navy.

UK Defence Minister Philip Dunne said: "This £1.3bn contract marks an important step in the progress of the Astute programme. This is a key part of our £166bn plan to ensure that our armed forces have the equipment they need to defend the UK's interests across the seas, in the skies and on land, both at home and abroad.

"This new contract for Anson not only provides significant financial savings of £50m to the taxpayer but also secures thousands of jobs in Barrow and across the UK supply chain, demonstrating the government's commitment to increase defence spending each year for the rest of the decade."

US deploys AV-8B Harrier jets to support fight against ISIS

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The US deployed AV-8B Harriers fighter jets to support Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR) in its fight against the terrorist group ISIS in Iraq.

The Harriers from the US Marine Corps (USMC) Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM)162 will conduct their first missions over Iraq.

Additionally, the ARG-MEU team of marines and sailors are deployed throughout the region to carry out missions in support of OIR, including theatre security cooperation and maritime security operations.

Israel Navy tests Barak 8 missile

The Israel Navy reportedly carried out test-firing of the Barak 8 medium-range surface-to-air missile from a Sa'ar 5-class corvette INS Lahav for the first time.

During testing, which was conducted in collaboration with Israel Aerospace Industries, the missile successfully "intercepted a small drone simulating an enemy craft."

According to analysts, the missile would be deployed to secure the country's offshore gas rigs. Israel conducted the first test of Barak-8 missile in May 2010.

USMC awards EMD phase contract of ACV 1.1 to BAE Systems' team

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BAE Systems, along with teammate Iveco Defence Vehicles, was awarded a $103.7m contract by the US Marine Corps (USMC) to carry out the engineering, manufacturing, and development (EMD) phase of the amphibious combat vehicle (ACV) 1.1 programme.

The company's ACV 1.1 solution is expected to provide significant capability improvements to satisfy the USMC Corps' current and future needs.

This contract is one of two EMD contracts issued by the USMC. The other contract was awarded to SAIC.

Indian Navy's INS Kochi test fires BrahMos supersonic cruise missile

The Indian Navy's recently commissioned guided missile destroyer, INS Kochi, reportedly test-fired BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles.

Conducted as part of its 'Acceptance Test Firing', the Kolkata-class warship fired the advanced missile system, hitting the decommissioned target ship Alleppey successfully, PTI reported.

Claimed to be the fastest cruise missile in the world, the vertical-launched BrahMos system has a range of 290km, and can carry a 300kg conventional warhead.

Australian Navy decommissions HMAS Sydney after 32 years of service

The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) decommissioned its Adelaide-class guided-missile frigate, HMAS Sydney, after serving the country for more than three decades.

During the decommissioning ceremony, the Australian White Ensign was lowered from the ship and handed to commanding officer Lieutenant Commander David Murphy.

As part of conducting maritime operations worldwide, the warship has covered 959,627nm, across operations in locations including Fiji, Papua New Guinea, and the Solomon Islands.

US Navy and Raytheon complete PDR of next-generation jammer

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The US Navy and Raytheon completed the preliminary design review (PDR) for the next generation jammer (NGJ) programme, marking a key milestone in the acquisition process.

The company is now set to begin detailed design work on the airborne electronic attack system.

Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems Electronic Warfare Systems vice-president Travis Slocumb said: "Raytheon and the navy have made system engineering process discipline a top priority from the outset of the NGJ programme.

"The successful completion of PDR is indicative of the strength of our partnership, and we will apply that same focus as we move into the follow-on phases of the programme."