Type 214 Submarine

Type 214 submarines were developed in Germany to address the requirements form modern navies for more endurance, without using nuclear propulsion. Unlike classic diesel electrically powered subs, Type 214s are using a new fuel cell system providing an Air Independent Propulsion (AIP). The new propulsion system enables an increased diving depth and overall performance efficiency, through specially built hull...

Rafael Introduces Torbuster – 4th Generation Hard-Kill Torpedo Countermeasure

Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. unveiled a 4th generation torpedo decoy called Torbuster. The new decoy combines both acoustic countermeasures and hard kill, targeting enemy torpedos fired at a submarine. Rafael introduced the development of a 4th generation decoy last autumn, at the Subcon conference, but officially unveiled the product at the Pacific 2008 exhibition in Sydney, Australia. Torbuster is...

Russia Plans to Deploy Six Carrier Battlegroups By 2025

By the year 2025 Russia plans to increase its ocean going fleet size to a total of 300 battleships, exceeding the level it maintained during the 'cold war'. The Russian Navy plans to maintain six battlegroups, each consisting of an aircraft carrier and various combat support and auxiliary ships. Three attack groups are to be based in the Northern...

First Borey Submarine To Be Launched Soon

The Yury Dolgoruky, a 'fourth generation' (Project 955) Borey class nuclear missile submarine is expected to be launched this week at the Sevmash submarine shipyard in the northern Arkhangelsk Region. The new submarine is the first vessel expected to be equipped with the Bulava ballistic missile (the naval version of the SS-27 Topol M). The submarine will undergo sea...

Muraena – Mast-Mounted Gun Systems for Submarines

Muraena is another innovative idea for littoral and counter terror warfare is proposed by HDW for submarines. The system is a hoistable, mast-mounted automatic gun designed specifically for submarines. HDW expects to complete the system development by 2007. The unique design enables the submarine to use lethal force without having to surface, therefore maintaining the element of surprise. The...

Upgraded British Attack Submarine Rejoins the Fleet

HMS Talent, the recently upgraded Royal Navy attack submarine has rejoined the active fleet. The nuclear powered submarine went through a £386 million upgrade, which included enhancement of its combat system with the introduction of the new Sonar 2076 systems and fresh reactor core. T-class submarines are equipped with the PWR1 reactor which needs refueling on average twice during a...

Virginia Class Submarine

General Dynamics Electric Boat delivered the latest Virginia class submarine to the U.S. Navy, ahead of schedule on December 22, 2006. Hawaii (SSN-776) is the third ship of the Virginia Class, the US Navy's first major class of combatant ships designed for operation in both littorals and the open oceans. In December 2006 General Dynamics' Electric Boat corp. was awarded...

Rafael Scutter Expandable Torpedo Decoy

SCUTTER is an intelligent expandable torpedo decoy for submarines. Operating as a self-propelled decoy, SCUTTER can be launched instantly, at any depth and provide the submarine with an omnidirectional protection against attacks by all known torpedoes. On receipt of a torpedo alert, SCUTTER is launched from the Submarine Signal Ejector (SSE) or external launchers. The system is automatically activated after...

Bulava M – Submarine Launched Nuclear, Intercontinental Ballistic Missile

Bulava M is considered a sub-launched version of the Topol. The missile is being developed by the Moscow-based Heat Technology Institute, which ALSO designed the ground-based Topol-M (SS-27). Both missiles are considered to form the core of the Russian nuclear deterrent forces until 2040, allowing Russia to maintain nuclear parity with its nuclear opponents. Bulava M has a range...

Black Shark Heavyweight Torpedo

Whitehead Div., Alenia Defesa, Finmeccanica (Europe) Whitehead Division of Alenia Difesa – a member of the Finmechanica group, presented a full scale version of its Black Shark dual purpose, wire guided Heavyweight torpedo, equipped with one of the Astra acoustic head and a new powerful propulsion system. The Black Shark is also equipped with an advanced sensor capability, allowing the...

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