Fire on Board the Russian Navy Akula II Nuclear Submarine kills Twenty Russian Sailors

In the latest incident of undersea tragedies that have struck the Russian Navy, a serious accident aboard a Russian nuclear attack submarine killed at least 20 and injured 22 last Saturday, November 8. The K-152 Nerpa (Seal), a Shchuka (Pike) class, (NATO Akula II) nuclear submarine was apparently on sea trials, sailing out from the shipyard in Komsomolsk-on-Amur, near...

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...

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...

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...

New Vessel Prepared to Rescue Submariners Lost in the Deep

// // A new submarine rescue system, owned jointly by France, Norway and the UK, has successfully completed trials off the coast of Norway. When it comes into service it promises to offer a complete rescue package for trapped submariners, should the unthinkable happen on their submarine, anywhere in the world. The new submersible vehicle will be complement the...

Defexpo 2008 Review

India's Arms Procurement Programs Discussed at the Defexpo 2008 India's Bi-Annual Arms Bazzar (updated March 2008) The Indian Ministry of Defense is planning to double its arms procurement and spend over US$ 20 billion (over Rs 120,000 crore) - more than twice the amount spent in the past 10 years on an annual basis. In the next four years, on...

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...

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...

Germany Cancels Submarine Contract with Greece

The German shipyard Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft GmbH (HDW), from Kiel, Germany, and its Greek subsidiary Hellenic Shipyards S.A. (HSY), of Skaramangas, Athens, announced the cancellation of the two submarine programs signed with the Greek defense ministry in 2000 and 2002. The companies claim the outstanding debtby the Hellenic government has accumulated beyond half billion euros. However, since the construction of...

Brazil to Construct Five French Designed Submarines

The French based shipyard DCSN will construct four conventional-propulsion submarines for the Brazilian Navy under a program worth 6.790 billion euros. The agreement followed a framework contract, part of the strategic defense cooperation agreement signed last year between France and Brazil. The submarines will be built by Itaguaí Construções Navais, a joint venture set up by DCNS and Brazilian...

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