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Anti-submarine warfare helicopters: ASW gets new lift

Since the end of the Cold War, investment in anti-submarine warfare (ASW) capabilities has been reduced in all Western navies. With a peace dividend expected following the removal of the threat of the Soviet submarine fleet, ASW assets declined significantly throughout the 1990s. Combating the submarine threat has always been a top priority for navies but recent years have seen the attention of naval strategists diverted to the littoral environment and away from traditional bluewater operations

Latest Sea King variant on course for Afghan deployment
The UK Royal Navy’s (RN’s) latest Sea King utility helicopter variant is on course for deployment to Afghanistan later in 2007 as part of the Commando Helicopter Force. Three of the HC.4+ variants have completed a substantial upgrade in only 10 months
TKMS details low-cost modified Type 210 submarine design
ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) gave its most detailed look yet at the new Type 210 Mod submarine design at the SubCon 2007 conference, an event hosted every four years by Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft (HDW) unit in Kiel since 1995. The new submarine, previously referred to internally as the Advanced Compact Submarine, is set to join the lower displacement end of the TKMS submarine family line up, which in recent years has been dominated by the larger boats such as the Type 209/1400Mod (ordered by South Africa), Type 212A (Germany), as well as Type 209PN (Portugal) and Type 214 (Greece and Republic of Korea)
Norway looks into future submarine capability

Norway has begun concept studies to investigate options to maintain its submarine capability in the post-2020 period. Project 6346 Ny Ubat (New Submarine) will scope outline requirements for a capability to replace the Royal Norwegian Navy’s (RNoN) six German-built Type 210 Ula-class diesel-electric boats. The Forsvarsdepartementet (Ministry of Defence) is leading the current concept phase – due to complete in 2008 – with the RNoN, the Norwegian Defence Logistics Organisation and the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment also contributing to the studies
Contract signed for Australia’s largest-ever warships

The Australian government has signed a AUD3.1 million (USD2.8 million) contract with Tenix Defence for the construction of two 27,851-ton amphibious ships based on the BPE strategic projection ship designed by Spanish shipbuilder Navantia. The landing helicopter docks, measuring 230.8 m long and slated for delivery in 2013 and 2015, will be the Royal Australian Navy’s largest-ever ships
Poland’s defence spending set to increase by 11 per cent
Faced with the prospect of snap elections called for 21 October, Poland’s current government has presented the 2008 budget to parliament, raising it by more than 11 per cent to PLN22.56 billion (USD8.53 billion). The increase was expected because the next defence budget could not be lower than 1.95 per cent of the 2007 GDP

Interview: Lieutenant General Zdravko Ponos, Serbian Armed Forces Chief of the General Staff
Asked about his top three priorities for the Serbian Armed Forces (SAF), Chief of the General Staff (CGS) Lieutenant General Zdravko Ponos responds: “One priority is enough.” That single, all-encompassing priority is successfully transforming the SAF from the remnants of “Cold War socialist armed forces”, battered by a decade of war, into “a professional force with NATO standard quality” that is “sustainable” in terms of Serbian economic, social and political conditions and “appropriate to Serbian national security challenges”. Gen Ponos spent the formative years of his career as a technical intelligence staff officer and commander until 2002 when he moved to the international co-operation directorate of the Ministry of Defence

Morocco nears EC 725 deal with Eurocopter

Morocco is set to sign a letter of intent to acquire 12 Eurocopter EC 725 helicopters for its Special Forces during a visit to Rabat by French President Nicholas Sarkozy later in October, according to sources in Paris. The industry sources said final details of the deal for the Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR) helicopters were being examined by advisers to Morocco’s King Mohammed VI in advance of Sarkozy’s visit, which is scheduled for 22-24 October
Source: Jane’s Defence Journal

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