What is the French Navy's new Future Mine Control System?

During the Cold War, Western navies had an impressive naval mine countermeasures capability, marked in particular by the prolific Tripartite Minehunter program which enabled France, Belgium and the Netherlands to equip of 35 particularly high-performance high-tech vessels that entered service between 1981 and 1990. In 2010, as part of the Lancaster House agreements, France and Great Britain committed to jointly design the Maritime Mine Counter Measures program, or MMCM , in order to develop new underwater mine countermeasures capabilities by 2030. In France, this program was designated by…

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Chinese H-6J bombers train to drop naval mines

If the Chinese Navy is now solid in terms of surface fleet, with in the next few months a fleet composed of 5 Type 055 cruisers and 25 Type 052D destroyers in line, plus a hundred frigates and corvettes, it remains under threat American but also Japanese, South Korean or even Australian submarines (in the distant, very distant future…), as shown by the accident of the USS Connecticut in the China Sea two months ago. Although medium-term measures have been taken, such as the gradual arrival of new Type 039C submarines or the possible replacement of the first 20…

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Greece signs Letter of Intent for 2 frigates and 6 used mine hunters with the Netherlands

During the broad consultation carried out for Athens to acquire new frigates as part of the modernization of the Hellenic Navy, two offers seemed to stand out from the lot, the FDI Belharra from Naval Group, finally chosen by Athens, and the Sigma 15515 from the Dutch Lady. In addition to the qualities of the Dutch frigate, Amsterdam proposed the transfer of its two Karel Doorman class frigates as a temporary solution. However, these ships had, in the eyes of the Hellenic Navy, a much higher interest than the two Type 70 frigates that Paris proposed to offer to Athens if the latter were to choose the FDI. Eventually he…

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In discretion, Taiwan began construction of the first locally made submarine

Nothing is simple for Taiwan when it comes to finding international partners in the defense program. But the replacement of its 4 attack submarines, two dating from the end of the Second World War, and two from the mid-80s, is all the more difficult, as the only country which officially dares to defy the embargo in fact imposed by Beijing on weapons destined for Taiwan, the United States has not built a conventionally powered submarine for more than 50 years. And building a ship as complex as a 2000-tonne submarine without outside support is a project of colossal difficulty… It is however…

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Australia launches submarine mine warfare program

The Australian Department of Defense has just awarded the companies Thales Australia and Australia's Trusted Autonomous Systems a budget of $15 million to begin research work with the aim of developing a robotic solution for detecting and neutralizing underwater mines. The two Australian companies will have to study and test the solutions offered in terms of underwater drones and autonomous surface ships to guarantee free access to the maritime routes surrounding the country. Several local players and university laboratories are integrated into the program which, according to the Australian authorities, should be based on numerous technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, etc.

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Northrop Grumman unveils a mini-torpedo designed for the MQ-8C Fire Scout UAV and Virginia-class attack submarines

The American company Northrop Grumman recently unveiled a mini-torpedo called Very Lightweight Torpedo, or VLWT, based on a design developed by the US Navy. This new ultralight torpedo should be offered under the CRAW (Compact Rapid Attack Weapon) program aimed at developing a lightweight torpedo capable of acting as a "hard-kill" self-defense weapon for attack submarines of the Virginia class. However, beyond underwater applications, Northrop Grumman plans to fully exploit the potential of its ultra-lightweight torpedo by integrating it on board its MQ-8C Fire Scout naval drone. For Northrop Grumman, this would then be an opportunity to offer a real naval UCAV (combat drone)...

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The nuclear attack submarine Suffren, the future armed wing of the French Navy, begins its sea trials

We have mentioned it in recent days: the renewal of French attack submarines is well underway. On the one hand, the Suffren, the first of a new class of nuclear attack submarines, now floats freely and is currently beginning its sea trials. On the other hand, the French Navy has received its first heavy torpedoes new generation, which will constitute the main armament of these new buildings. Together, the Suffren class and the F21 torpedo will allow the replacement of the Rubis class of nuclear submarines and the F17 torpedoes, now obsolete in many respects. The opportunity for us to come back to the Barracuda program which led to the…

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The delivery of Naval Group's new generation F21 torpedoes has started in France and Brazil

During his press conference on February 21, the boss of Naval Group Hervé Guillou, a few weeks from retirement, wanted to take stock of his mandate and the results of the French naval group in recent years. In the midst of Naval Group's major submarine and frigate programs (both in France and for export), Hervé Guillou did not fail to report the delivery of the first batch of new generation F21 heavy torpedoes. He thus evokes “the delivery of the first batch of F21 torpedoes, which is a real “game changer” in terms of heavy torpedoes, with…

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New Poseidon P-8A weapons could make it a bomber

In a request for information to industry posted on the new online Federal Procurement Center, the US Navy's Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) has disclosed some of its plans to expand operational capabilities of its fleet of P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft. This would indeed go through the integration of new weapons on the Poseidon. These armaments would considerably extend its military capabilities, to the point of making it a real regional bomber, while making it more formidable than ever for naval combat on and under water. The debate over the extent of the operational spectrum of the P-8As has raged for years in…

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Turkey announces developing new generation mobile submarine mines?

Info or intox ? Turkish drone manufacturer Alabyrak Savunma has announced that it has developed a mobile underwater mine "capable of destroying all types of ships". According to a video published by the company, showing a 3D animation (not an actual video), this mine, called Wattoz (Stingray in Turkish), does indeed look like a stingray, and would move in the same way. However, these statements must be taken with great caution. Indeed, several points in this video are very improbable, including the ability of such a drone to catch up with a combat ship in motion with this mode of propulsion, all in all inefficient.…

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