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UDT 2018: US Navy 'gutted' by sequestration

The US Navy has been ‘gutted’ by a sequestration process that has left it unable to properly plan for the future as it tries to build up to a 355-ship fleet, ac

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Naval ASW Sonar Review

Sonar is a key technology in naval warfare that is still widely usedfrom navigating a single ship or craft to oceanographic research on a global scale by fleets of sonar-equipped manned ships and unmanned vehicles.

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Royal Norwegian Navy Maritime Force Overview

Norway is a maritime nation with economic and security interests covering extensive ocean areas within its Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). The country's sea services, made up of the Royal Norwegian Navy (RNoN) and the Coast Guard (RNCG), are responsible for protecting the country's maritime sovereignty, territory and national interests at sea...

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Protecting Naval Vessels - Threats, Concepts and Systems

These attacks are a reminder of the continuing requirement for navies to develop concepts and deploy systems that protect their vessels from attacks in an increasingly lethal naval security environment.

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Africa 2017 - Patrol Boat Requirements Shaping an Emergent Market

Patrol vessels are the fastest growing segment in the naval shipping building industry, a trend expected to continue as fleets retire obsolescent Cold War era assets and look toward platforms capable of supporting missions unforeseen only a few decades ago.

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Australia’s Submarine Decision: Concerns Down Under, Celebrations in Paris

Australia’s choice of French shipbuilding giant DCNS to lead the country’s ambitious 12-ship submarine construction program caught most observers by surprise. The quasi-government-owned DCNS — which often competes in international naval programs but rarely scores a major win — had been seen as an also-ran in competition with Germany’s ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) and the Japanese government for the lucrative, Australian $50 billion (US $38 billion, €33.2 billion) Future Submarine contract.

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Taiwan Moves Forward on Sub Upgrades

TAIPEI - Taiwan is moving forward with the life extension program (LEP) for its two Dutch-built Sea Dragon-class (Zwaardvis Mk 2) submarines. The decision will have direct implications for Taiwan’s Indigenous Defense Submarine (IDS) program to build eight attack submarines.

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BAE Signs Contract With Bangkok Dock

BAE Systems and Bangkok Dock have signed a new contract for the licensed construction of a second 90-meter offshore patrol vessel (OPV) for the Royal Thai Navy (RTN). BAE will supply the engineering support and advice during construction in Thailand, according to a BAE news release.

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Oman's New Billion Dollar Fleet

From a 1960s fleet of wooden dhows and the odd patrol vessel, the pre-rejuvenated Omani navy (pictured above) sourced its naval assets mainly from the West in order to meet its requirements. Fast forward to 2016 and surface assets are coming from all corners, at an expense of approximately $1.4 billion and counting.

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Unmanned Maritime Systems for Naval Applications – Bringing Real Capability to the Fleet

Unmanned maritime systems (UMS) have lagged behind their aerial counterparts over the past two decades. This lag can be measured in technological development, operational capability, spending, or numbers of platforms fielded.

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China's DDGs Set To Outnumber Neighbors'

TAIPEI — China's Navy will outnumber the largest competitor in the region — Japan — in the number of phased-array radar-equipped destroyers in 2018, if production continues on schedule.

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The International Market for Offshore Patrol Vessels

The patrol vessel is a key platform in a nation's mix of maritime assets, Patrol vessels are typically the smallest, most numerous, and least complex part of country's maritime force mix, Patrol vessels also tend to be operated by a wide variety of agencies and services besides navies - marine police, customs services, ministries of interior, and coast guards,

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Izumo Drives Japanese Naval Buildup

TOKYO — Last month's commissioning of the Japanese helicopter carrier Izumo spearheads the buildup of Maritime Self-Defense Force (MSDF) antisubmarine capabilities, analysts said.

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Taiwan to continue to pursue arms broker's illicit gains

Taipei, Feb. 11 (CNA) A special investigation unit said Wednesday that the death of a Taiwanese arms broker who took kickbacks in Taiwan's procurement of Lafayette-class frigates from France in 1991 will not affect efforts to retrieve his illicit gains.

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Bath Iron Works' shipyard's focus on cutting costs builds friction with unions

BATH — Walking through Bath Iron Works’ sprawling shipyard, it’s difficult to reconcile the sight of thousands of workers building five massive Navy destroyers with the talk about potentially huge job losses in the not-too-distant future.

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Mediterranean Dialogue Navies: Examination of the Region's Challenges

The seven naval fleets belonging to the Mediterranean Dialogue nations, Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, and Tunisia, are in the process of modernisation. The rejuvenation of some of the fleets means that a number of obsolescent warship classes of predominantly Soviet/Russian and Chinese origin will be replaced by more modern units, notably frigates, patrol vessels, support ships, and submarines...

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From Syria To South China Sea, Navies Cruise Back Into Vogue

LONDON – After a quarter century of Middle Eastern land wars and a sharp fall in big powers' naval spending after the Cold War, sea power is back in vogue in response to the rise of China and Western reluctance to deploy ground troops in conflicts like Syria.

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Asia's Naval Procurement Sees Major Growth

SINGAPORE — Asia-Pacific nations are modernizing their surface and underwater naval capabilities by buying stealthy warships, attack submarines, patrol vessels, sensors, radars, missiles and unmanned systems.

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India, China to order 100 naval ships each by 2032: report

India and China will order 100 new naval ships and submarines each by 2032 due to changing global security environment and increasing reliance on the sea for trade in the strategic region, according to a US-based naval consultancy.

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Federal Drive Show Blog - May 13, 2013

The armed services are all wrestling with how to maintain mission and readiness in the most difficult budget position since the end of the cold war. The Navy, in theory at least, is supposed to be building toward a 313-ship fleet. But is that realistic given the 2012 budget agreement and the 2013 sequestration? We asked Guy Stitt, the president of the analysis and advisory firm AMI International in Bremerton, Wash. He pointed out a recent long-range ship-building plan issued by Sean Stackley, the assistant Navy Secretary for Research, Development and Acquisition called for 313 ships.

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Special Report: Asia-Pacific Spending Spree - April 2013

TAIPEI — The Asia-Pacific will comprise 26 percent — nearly $200 billion — of global naval and maritime security builds in the next 20 years as complex relationships and rivalries drive procurements designed for particular regional challenges.

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Turkish Navy Programmes - Transformation of a Regional Naval Power

As the Turkish Naval Force (TNF) updates its fleet with new domestically built frigates, corvettes, patrol craft, landing ships, and submarines, the country's shipbuilding industry is undergoing a radical transformation...

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UAS For Maritime Patrol and Security Craft

It is estimated that patrol and security craft in the 10-70m size range will continue to serve the world's Navies and Coast Guards in large numbers over the next 20 years. These platforms typically lack the sensor and operating range of larger ships, limiting their operational effectiveness....

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The Gulf States Navies 2013

The Middle East remains a dynamic naval environment. States in the region are stepping-up investment to a wide spectrum of operational challenges. Latest 20-year forecasts for the 14 countries making up the Mid-East/North African region projects more then 600 new ships will be acquired.

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Images Provide Clues To China’s Naval Might

(DEFENSE NEWS 01 OCT 12) ... Wendell Minnick As China celebrated the launch of its first aircraft carrier last week, images and video posted on the Internet raise new questions as to how far along the country has come in the development of its carrier capability.

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The Indonesian Navy: The Beginning of a Long Modernisation Process

The Beginning of a long modernisation process. In 2003, a Ministry of Defence White Paper, "Defending the Country: Entering the 21st Century" elevated both the status and funding levels of the Indonesian Navy...

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IMDEX Asia 2013 - Charting New Waters

Singapore, Sept 28, 2012 - (ACN Newswire) - The International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference (IMDEX Asia) will return for its ninth edition from 14 to 16 May 2013 at the Changi Exhibition Centre in Singapore. The biennial show, organised by Experia Events with the support of the Republic of Singapore Navy, is Asia Pacific's largest dedicated international maritime defence show and a major event in the international naval and maritime defence calendar.

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The Modernisation of the Romainan Navy - Assets, Innovations and Systems

The Romanian Navy strives to modernise amidst continuing fiscal pressures and reduced naval spending that has characterized the European naval market over the past several years...

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The Indian Navy - Today and Tomorrow

Naval Projections report by AMI International

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Taiwan Anti-Ship Missile Plan Place China’s Navy in Cross Hairs

TAIPEI — Taiwan is planning to build an extended-range anti-ship missile, possibly a variant of the Hsiung Feng 3 (Brave Wind), to be deployed on the eastern side of the island and aimed west toward the Taiwan Strait and China’s coast, a Taiwan defense industry source said.

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U.K. Oiler Buy Shows Strength Of S. Korean Shipbuilding

LONDON and TAIPEI — Spool back a decade and the thought of finding a "made in South Korea" label on a fleet of British naval vessels would have been almost unthinkable. Not any longer, though. Last week, Britain's Ministry of Defence decided to buy four military oilers from Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) to meet its Military Afloat Reach and Sustainability (MARS) program requirements in a deal worth 452 million pounds ($710 million).

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The Gulf States Navies

The Gulf States Navies by Bob Nuget and Josh Cohen

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Senator Urges Navy To Build More High-End Warships

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Navy should boost production of high-end warships to protect the U.S. shipbuilding industrial base and ensure it is prepared for new challenges as the U.S. military focuses more on the Asia Pacific region, a senior Republican senator said on Wednesday .

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Turkish fleet visit to Oman aimed at boosting political ties, say experts

The visit of a Turkish anti-piracy fleet to Oman on Sunday represents a country keen to show its strength and forge closer links to the countries in the region. This will be an ideal opportunity to market their products, according to leading experts in naval maritime affairs.

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India plans $50 billion purchase of 101 naval warships

India is expected to invest nearly $50 billion to strengthen its naval forces over the next 20 years, adding 101 new warships, ranging from destroyers to nuclear submarines...

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India to invest US $46.96 billion on 101 naval ships: Expert

Singapore: India is to invest US $46.96 billion as part of moves to boost up its naval forces over the next 20 years adding 101 new warships, ranging from sophisticated...

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India to invest USD 46.96 billion on 101 naval ships: Expert

India is to invest USD 46.96 billion as part of moves to boost up its naval forces over the next 20 years adding 101 new warships, ranging from sophisticated destroyers to nuclear submarines.

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Stealthy Catamarans to Prowl Taiwan Strait

TAIPEI - Taiwan plans to begin building its first prototype of a stealthy S00-ton catamaran corvette in 2012 under the Hsun Hai (Swift Sea) program, Deputy Defense Minister Lin Yu-pao told legislators in April 18 testimony.

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Shipbuilding wasn't good fit for defense giant Northrop Grumman, analysts say

Just after the closing bell on the New York Stock Exchange next Wednesday afternoon, Northrop Grumman Corp. will officially be out of the shipbuilding business...

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A Northrop spinoff could benefit company and shareholders

NEWPORT NEWS - If Northrop Grumman Corp. spins off its shipbuilding unit, both the company and its shareholders can expect to benefit, analysts said this week...

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Asian navies to spend 60 bln dlrs on naval modernization

Singapore: Asian states led by China, Japan and South Korea are expected to spend some 60 billion dollars to beef up their navies in the next five years, an industry analyst said...

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Russia's littoral combat ship angles for international sales

A Russian corvette currently being built to patrol that country's coastal waters may not live up to the technological stature of the U.S. Navy's littoral combat ship...

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Antietam Leads Surface to Air Missile Exercise in MultiSail 18

PHILIPPINE SEA (NNS) -- The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG 54) led a Surface to Air Missile Exercise (SAMEX) during MultiSail 18 with U.S. forward-deployed naval forces and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Forces (JMSDF) March 10, in the Philippine Sea.

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UK Defence Chiefs have still not Found Full Quota of Efficiency Savings

UK defence chiefs have still to identify GBP4 billion (USDS.3 billion) in efficiency savings two years after being set the target in the country's last Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) in 2015.

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Pacific Powers Build Capability, Warily Eye Neighbor Countries

TAIPEI, SEOUL AND MELBOURNE — Ninety percent of the world’s trade flows by sea and the majority of that through narrow, vulnerable straits such as Malacca, Singapore and Taiwan. This has forced the Asia-Pacific region to outspend all other nations, except the US, in procurement of ships and submarines.

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Japan, Australia Deal Poses Tech Issues

TOKYO AND MELBOURNE – Last week’s agreement between Japan and Australia to jointly develop stealth submarine technology represents a major, perhaps even breakthrough, step for Japan as it seeks to normalize its defense posture, forging ever closer ties with Australia as both countries seek to balance Chinese expansionism. The question now is how, or how far, can Japan capitalize on the intriguing potential the deal poses. The June 11 agreement, following extensive talks between Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and their Australian counterparts, Julie Bishop and David Johnston, will see the two countries jointly develop a range of submarine technologies based mainly on Japan’s highly advanced air-independent propulsion (AIP) systems.

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Tighter Budgets Limit Southeast Asian Plans

TAIPEI — In much of Southeast Asia, budgets are smaller and ambitions more limited compared with neighbors to the north, and many countries are trying to rid themselves of much older equipment. But Singapore and Vietnam are generally better equipped and have more extensive plans.

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Growing Muscle: China's Neighbors Gear Up for a Fight

TAIPEI — The Asia-Pacific naval market is heating up, with massive quantities of new ships to boost regional navies in coming years. According to AMI International, a US-based naval analysis firm, Asia-Pacific has already surpassed Europe as the world’s second largest naval market. AMI projects the region will spend $200 billion on new ships and submarines by 2032, making up roughly 25 percent of the global projected new ship market.

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China's Air Zone Part Of Anti-access Strategy

TAIPEI — China’s air defense identification zone in the East China Sea reaches beyond the military challenge it poses to the US and allies in the region, with insidious implications on continued US diplomatic, economic and political power in the Asia-Pacific, according to US experts on Chinese military strategy.

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Naval Air and Ballistic Missile Defense: Capabilities, Threats and Market Outlook

lanned and ongoing ship procurement programs by countries in the East Mediterranean, North Africa and the Mid-East regions highlight the growing demand for advanced surface combatants such as frigates and destroyers...

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Asia-Pacific region sees projected spending of 200 bln USD in naval market in 20 yrs: expert

SINGAPORE, May 14 (Xinhua) -- The Asia-Pacific region is now the world's second largest naval market, with projected spending of over 200 billion U.S.dollars in the next two decades on more than 1,000 ships, according to an overview by Experia, organizer of the International Maritime Defense Exhibition and Conference ( IMDEX) Asia.

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Special Report: Asia-Pacific Spending Spree

TAIPEI — The Asia-Pacific will comprise 26 percent — nearly $200 billion — of global naval and maritime security builds in the next 20 years as complex relationships and rivalries drive procurements designed for particular regional challenges.

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India, China to order 100 naval ships each by 2032: report Indian Express

... naval ships and submarines each by 2032 due to changing global security ... forces, said Bob Nugent, the vice-president of AMI International.

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Asia-Pacific Spending Spree

TAIPEI — The Asia-Pacific will comprise 26 percent — nearly $200 billion — of global naval and maritime security builds in the next 20 years as complex relationships and rivalries drive procurements designed for particular regional challenges...

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Open Asian Market Vessels, UAVs Sought for Coastal Security

TAIPEI — As U.S. and European defense budgets experience nervous breakdowns, the Asian market for new naval and coast guard ships to protect fisheries, commerce and littoral claims sees no slowdown...

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The modernisation of the Romanian Navy: Assets, innovations and systems

The modernisation of the Romanian Navy: Assets, innovations and systems 2012 ; Bob Nugent ; Josh Cohen ; Naval Forces; vol 33 no 4; 2012; p59-62 illus por

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Empty Offices Mean No Acquisition Overhaul for USAF

The Pentagon wants to fill a number of top U.S. Air Force leadership positions, particularly in the area of acquisition. But with a presidential election in November looming, finding people to serve in those roles might be a pipe dream...

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Zware concurrentie voor Damen om lucratieve order van sultanaat

De potentiële order voor Damen voor de levering van vier patrouilleschepen aan de marine van Oman — bedoeld om piraterij tegen te gaan — is zo goed als zeker een van de gespreksonderwerpen tijdens het driedaagse staatsbezoek van koningin Beatrix aan Oman, dat donderdag eindigt.

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Going Large - Asian Navies Shift to Bigger Vessels, Downplay Littoral Ops

TAIPEI - As Western navies build fewer aircraft carriers, destroyers and submarines, Asian navies are moving in the opposite direction, ignoring the littorals with construction and procurement of larger warships and submarines...

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The U.S. Navy Fostered Globalisation: We Still Need It

The financial world is obsessed with stock market gyrations and bond yields. But the numbers that matter in the long run are those of U.S. warships...

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Iran's Two Navies - A Maturing Maritime Strategy

The Arab Spring has fomented increasing uncertainty in the Middle East, a circumstance in which Iran’s regional intentions are of increasing concern. U.S. attempts to isolate the regime are driven by concerns over Iran’s nuclear program, ...

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CNAS Interview - IMPEX Asia 2011 - Bob Nugent

Video interview of Bob Nugent AMI International. 19 May 2011

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Changing Threats, Changing Markets

Will “Warships” Still be Relevant to Navies by 2025? If So, What Types of “Warship”, and to Whom?’ Bob Nugent, AMI Int’l 6 July 2011

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A S$200b boost for Asia's maritime capabilities

SINGAPORE - With navies in the Asia-Pacific boosting their capabilities, analysts forecast the region will invest more than US$175 billion (S$218 billion) on new ships...

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IMDEX Asia to see more than 160 exhibitors

SINGAPORE : The Asia Pacific region now buys more naval defence ships and equipment than Europe, making it the second biggest market in the world after the US...

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India plans $50 billion purchase of 101 naval warships

India is expected to invest nearly $50 billion to strengthen its naval forces over the next 20 years, adding 101 new warships, ranging from destroyers to nuclear submarines...

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General Dynamics Canada Announces Centre of Excellence for Underwater ISR

OTTAWA, ON, May 16, 2011 — General Dynamics Canada, a pioneer in the development of underwater acoustic processing systems, today announced the creation of a new Underwater Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (UW ISR) Centre of Excellence...

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General Dynamics Canada Awarded Software Engineering & Integration Support Contract

OTTAWA, ON, May 16, 2011 — General Dynamics Canada today announced it has been awarded an engineering support contract by SAAB AB for the continued integration of the Hydra multi-sensor sonar system on the Swedish navy’s newest Visby-class corvettes...

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General Dynamics Canada Introduces Underwater Mine Avoidance Sonar System

OTTAWA, ON, May 16, 2011 — General Dynamics Canada today announced the release of TrailBlazer, a high-frequency, high-resolution sonar system specifically designed for mine and obstacle avoidance (MOAS) on patrol vessels, corvettes, frigates and ...

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Taiwan To Build New 'Stealth' Warship

Taiwan plans to build a new 'stealth' warship armed with guided-missiles next year in response to China's naval build-up, a top military officer and a lawmaker said April 18. Taiwan plans to build a new 'stealth' warship armed with guided-missiles next...

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The Iranian Navy’s Historic Mediterranean Deployment: Timing Is Everything

Iranian Warships in the Med. In an unprecedented maneuver, two ships of the Islamic Republic of Iran Navy (IRIN) entered the Mediterranean Sea on February 22, 2011...

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