World Defense Update

Indian Navy plans month-long bilateral, multilateral manoeuvres
The Indian Navy (IN) is holding a series of month-long bilateral and multilateral manoeuvres, beginning on 9 August, with the navies of six West Asian states plus Australia, France, Japan, Singapore, the UK and the US to enhance ‘constructive engagement’ and expand ‘domain awareness’. The exercises in the Bay of Bengal, the Gulf of Aden and the Persian Gulf will concentrate on measures to counter multi-threat scenarios – especially from ‘malevolent, non-state actors’ – advanced air defence and anti-submarine and surface warfare, said IN Rear Admiral Pradeep Chauhan, Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (foreign co-operation and intelligence), in New Delhi on 31 July
Northrop Grumman wins USN future submarine deal
The US Navy (USN) has awarded Northrop Grumman up to USD21.5 million to continue USN work towards a smaller future submarine. Under the terms of the 26 July contract, Northrop Grumman was awarded USD16.5 million with options worth an additional USD5 million in the next 12 months to continue developing an external torpedo launch for submarines and to continue efforts to substitute hydraulic submarine components with electrical components. The contract is one of several initiatives under way through the USN’s Tango Bravo programme: the initiative to field a next-generation submarine that is as lethal but half the size of the current SSN Virginia-class design

NATO group embarks on Africa maritime mission
A NATO maritime mission left for a 12,500 n mile circumnavigation of the African continent on 30 July. The mission comprises naval elements from Canada, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal and the US – forming NATO’s Standing Naval Maritime Group 1 (SNMG1). It aims to highlight NATO’s capability to uphold security and international law on the high seas

Canada moves to procure Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ships
The Canadian Forces Maritime Command is to acquire between six and eight Polar Class 5 Arctic/Offshore Patrol Vessels (A/OPVs) at an estimated cost of CAD3.1 billion (USD2.9 billion). The 3,000-ton ships will be tasked with maritime security duties throughout the Northwest Passage in summer and its approaches at other times, in addition to operations off Canada’s Atlantic and Pacific coasts

Report warns of UK reserve forces stretch
British reserve forces will have less capacity to deploy on large-scale, enduring operations in the future unless their regular counterparts take on more of the “burden”, according to a UK government committee. According to the House of Commons Committee of Public Accounts’ ‘Reserve Forces’ report, published on 10 July, the Territorial Army (TA) is threatened with having “less capability to deploy to a large operation” in the future

China pledges to continue defence spending rises
Chinese President Hu Jintao has declared that China will continue to increase defence spending in line with the country’s expanding economy to continue the modernisation of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA). Speaking at the PLA’s 80th anniversary celebrations on 1 August, Hu said: “We will gradually increase input in national defence as the economy grows, and continue to modernise national defence and the armed forces in a way that serves the interests of our national security and development
Iranian purchase of F-14 parts breached restrictions, reports US GAO
The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) reported on 1 August that more than 1,400 parts – unique to the US Navy’s Grumman F-14 Tomcat aircraft – were sold to Iran through publicly available channels in February 2007. The sales occurred despite a January 2007 announcement by the US Pentagon that all such sales would be suspended until the US Department of Defense’s Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) had made improvements to its security procedures

South Africa releases 2005 defence exports report
The South African government has released the 2005 report of defence exports issued by the National Conventional Armaments Control Committee (NCACC). According to the report, South African defence equipment exports during the first 11 months of 2005 totalled ZAR2.54 billion (USD384.85 million at 2005 exchange rates) to 84 countries

Norway gives go-ahead for series production of NSM missile
Norway’s Defence Logistics Organisation (NDLO) has awarded Kongsberg Defence and Aerospace (KDA) a long-awaited contract for series production of the NSM (Nye Sjomalsmissiler, or Naval Strike Missile) anti-ship missile. The award follows approval of the programme by the national parliament (Storting)

Russia delivers GPS jammer to counter missiles
The Russian company Aviaconversiya is currently manufacturing and delivering to “many countries” two patterns of jammer intended to hamper or even prevent receivers from obtaining geographic co-ordinates from the GPS or GLONASS (Global’naya Navigatsionnaya Sputnikovaya Sistema) satellite navigation systems, according to company sources. The first variant is intended to protect large areas, forming a component of the national air-defence system

Source: Jane’s Defence Journal

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