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Postby Dolphin » Fri Nov 28, 2003 2:35 am

A happy Thanks Giving to you....

and as the say...'now for the news'

Chile rethinks plans for future submarine force
The Chilean Navy has initiated a programme to upgrade and extend the service life of its two German-built Type 209 diesel-electric submarines (SSKs) to 2025 rather than replace them with a fleet of new French-designed boats as previously planned. [Jane's Defence Weekly - first posted to - 21 November 2003]

Sonar processing upgrade for RAN SSKs
Thales Underwater Systems (TUS) Pty of Rydalmere, New South Wales, Australia, is to provide a new suite of data processors and sonar displays for the Royal Australian Navy's (RAN's) six Collins-class diesel-electric submarines (SSKs). The work is part of the SEA 1439 Replacement Combat System (RCS) project and TUS was awarded the A$22.9 million (US$16m) contract by Australia's Defence Materiel Organisation. [Jane's International Defense Review - first posted to - 14 November 2003]

Thales outlines Sea King versatility
The UK Royal Navy's (RN's) Sea King Airborne Surveillance and Control (ASaC) Mk 7 helicopters flew an expanded mission profile during Operation 'Telic' following the last-minute development of a new software patch by prime contractor Thales. [Jane's Defence Weekly - first posted to - 21 November 2003]

Malaysia asks for help to fight piracy
Malaysia's Prime Minister Yab Dato Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad told international delegates at the official opening of the 2003 Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace exhibition that Malaysia needs assistance to fight maritime piracy and to secure the waters surrounding it, particularly in the Straits of Malacca. [Jane's Navy International - first posted to - 27 October 2003]

USS Carl Vinson maintenance knocked back
The US Navy has decided to shunt the Refuelling and Complex Overhaul (RCOH) period for the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson back 12 months to extend the aircraft carrier's availability to meet current operational needs under the new fleet-response plan.
[Jane's Navy International - first posted to - 27 October 2003]

Australia confirms huge amphibious fleet plans
Canberra has released details of plans to make a quantum leap forward in the ability of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) to conduct amphibious operations.
[Jane's Defence Weekly - first posted to - 21 November 2003]

UK and US export-control disarray worsening
With new US and European export regulations soon to be released, export-control experts say that current and proposed regulations are unlikely to address real threats such as bio-terrorism but could well threaten multinational programmes. [Jane's Defence Weekly - first posted to - 21 November 2003]

Having discarded the static anti-invasion focus of the Cold War, Norway's naval forces are being modernised and reorientated to become a "littoral enabler" for multinational maritime task groups, according to Rear Adm Jan Erik Finseth, Chief of Naval Staff of the Royal Norwegian Navy (RNoN).
[Jane's Defence Weekly - first posted to - 21 November 2003]

Siberia: the sleeping land?
Though the likelihood of open conflict between Russia and China is remote, rising ethnic tensions and strategic competition for resources could coalesce into a potential crisis. [Jane's Defence Weekly - first posted to - 21 November 2003]

US Air Force still eyeing ultralarge penetrator
Interest in a large guided penetrator weapon dubbed the Big BLU remains high in US Air Force weapons development circles, despite the fact that there is no formal requirement as yet.
[Jane's Defence Weekly - first posted to - 21 November 2003]

Australian air force nears JDAM selection
The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) is tipped to be the recipient of a number of Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) weapons from Boeing under a Foreign Military Sales arrangement, following high-level discussions between the US and Australia's Department of Defence (DoD).
[Jane's Defence Weekly - first posted to - 21 November 2003]

X-31 VECTOR data to benefit future UAV and stealth aircraft
The US-German X-31 VECTOR project, carried out by Boeing and EADS between 1999-2003, is now in the final phase of data evaluation and reporting, EADS has announced. According to the European company, the project has generated know-how and technologies related to thrust-vector controlled extremely short take-off and landing (ESTOL). These will now become available to Germany's federal office for defense technology and procurement (BWB) and to the US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVSEA), the main X-31 project partners, for future applications, in particular for future unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).
[Jane's International Defense Review - first posted to - 18 November 2003]

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