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Royal Navy First new Batch 2 River-class OPV officially named HMS Forth

Royal Navy officially names HMS Forth

The UK Royal Navy today formally named HMS Forth, the first of its five new Batch 2 River-class offshore patrol vessels.

The 90-metre warship, which will be tasked with vital counter-terrorism, anti-smuggling and maritime defence duties, was named HMS Forth in honour of the Scottish river in a ceremony at the BAE Systems Scotstoun shipyard in Scotland.

HMS Forth will soon depart on sea trials before entering service with the Royal Navy in 2018. She is the first of a fleet of five new Batch 2 River-class OPVs being built on the Clyde which are all expected to be in service by 2021.

HMS Forth was named by the Lady Sponsor Rachel Johnstone-Burt who, in tribute to Scottish shipbuilding and in keeping with Naval tradition, broke a bottle of whisky on the bow.

The vessel is equipped with a 30mm cannon and flight deck capable of accommodating a Merlin helicopter, and manned by a crew of 58 sailors. Displacing around 2,000 tonnes, she has a maximum speed of around 24 knots and can sail 5,500 nautical miles without having to resupply.

“With the naming of HMS Forth, the Royal Navy looks forward to another impending arrival in our future Fleet. In a few short years, these five Offshore Patrol Vessels will be busy protecting the security of UK waters and those of our overseas territories,” First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff, AdmiralPhilip Jones, said.

“They are arriving in service alongside a new generation of attack submarines and Fleet tankers, and will be followed shortly by new frigates and other auxiliaries; all of this capability will coalesce around the Queen Elizabeth-class carriers. Together, they form a truly balanced Fleet, able to provide security at sea, promote international partnership, deter aggression and, when required, fight and win.”

Construction of the five OPVs will cost the UK MOD £648 million.

Posted on March 9, 2017

Main image gov.uk

Original post navaltoday.com

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Image: stv.tv

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China’s ambition for ‘first-class’ navy nears reality with new fighter jet

China soars closer to ‘first-class’ navy ambitions with new jet fighter

10th March 2017

CHINA has put into service its new generation J-20 stealth fighter, a warplane it hopes will narrow the military gap with the US, as senior naval officers said the country was building a “first-class” navy and developing a marine corps.

Chinese President Xi Jinping is overseeing a sweeping modernisation of the country’s armed forces, the largest in the world, including anti-satellite missiles and advanced submarines, seeking to project power far from its shores.

In a report late on Thursday, state television’s military channel confirmed the J-20 had now entered service, though it gave no other details.

The aircraft was shown in public for the first time in November at the Zhuhai airshow and was first glimpsed by Chinese planespotters in 2010.

However, questions remain whether the new Chinese fighter can match the radar-evading properties of the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor air-to-air combat jet, or the latest strike jet in the US arsenal, Lockheed’s F-35. The F-22, developed for the US Air Force, is the J-20’s closest lookalike.

China showed off another stealth fighter it’s developing, the J-31, at the last Zhuhai airshow in 2014, a show of muscle which coincided with a visit by then-US president Barack Obama for an Asia-Pacific summit.

China hopes the J-31, still in development, will compete with the US-made F-35 stealth aircraft in the international market, according to state media reports.

The navy is another key focus for China.

China‘s navy has been taking an increasingly prominent role in recent months, with a rising star admiral taking command, its first aircraft carrier sailing around self-ruled Taiwan and new Chinese warships popping up in far-flung places.

With US President Donald Trump promising a shipbuilding spree and unnerving Beijing with his unpredictable approach on hot-button issues, including Taiwan and the South and East China Seas, China is pushing to narrow the gap with the US Navy.

People’s Liberation Army Navy deputy chief of staff Wang Weiming told Xinhua on the sidelines of the Parliament annual meeting China was speeding up the development of a marine corps, adding destroyers and frigates and will step up air and sea patrols.

“We will intercept any intruding aircraft and follow every military vessel in areas under our responsibility,” Wang said.

“Our sailors should stay vigilant and be able to deal with emergencies at all times.”

China‘s second domestically-developed aircraft carrier is in “good shape” and now awaiting fitting, he added, in comments reported late Thursday.

Experts expect it to enter service around 2020, joining China‘s existing Soviet-built carrier, the Liaoning.

Another senior officer, Li Yanming, political commissar of the Navy’s armaments department, said a “first-class navy should be equipped with first-class armaments”, the report added.

Navy arms manufacturing would have “better quantity, quality, scope, and functionality”, Li said, without elaborating.

China‘s military ambitions, including taking a more assertive stance in the disputed South China Sea, including building artificial islands and ramping up defence spending, have long rattled its neighbours.

China this year initially failed to publicly release its defence budget on the opening day of Parliament as it has done in previous years, finally saying a day later on Monday it would rise by seven percent to 1.044 trillion yuan (US$151.12 billion).

China‘s defence spending amounts to only about a quarter of the US defence budget, though many experts believe its actual spending on the military to be higher than the official figure.

China denies it is a military threat to anyone.

The Eastern Theatre Command deputy political commissar Wang Huayong told Xinhua Chinese forces were for defensive purposes only.

“The aircraft carrier is still in training and trial stage. The marines remain weak, and the number and quality of long-distance vessels do not meet expectations.” – Reuters

Original post asiancorrespondent.com

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In a report late on Thursday, state television’s military channel confirmed the J-20 had now entered service, though it gave no other details.

However, questions remain whether the new Chinese fighter can match the radar-evading properties of the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor air-to-air combat jet, or the latest strike jet in the US arsenal, Lockheed’s F-35. The F-22, developed for the US Air Force, is the J-20’s closest lookalike.

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Brazilian Army orders RBS 70 VSHORAD in $11.7 million deal

SAAB RECEIVES ORDER FOR RBS 70 FROM THE BRAZILIAN ARMY

PRESS RELEASE

06 March 2017

Defence and security company Saab has signed a contract on deliveries of the RBS 70 VSHORAD (very short range air defence system) to the Brazilian Army. The order has a total value of approx. MSEK 105 and deliveries will take place during 2017 and 2018.

The RBS 70 system is today in service in the Brazilian Army and was part of the protection of the 2016 summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The contract signed between Saab and the Brazilian Army includes RBS 70 man-portable launchers, night vision equipment, training simulators, multispectral camouflage for RBS 70 and associated equipment for operators and maintainers.

“With this order the Brazilian Army continue to improve their air defence capability. The system played a very important role in the protection of the 2016 Olympic Games where it not only protected the games, but also strategic infrastructure. We know that the capabilities and reliability of the system are highly appreciated by the customer”, says Stefan Öberg, head of business unit Missile Systems within Saab business area Dynamics.

The Saab portfolio of short-range ground based air defence missile systems comprise of the RBS 70 and the further enhanced RBS 70 NG. The RBS 70 system has an impressive track-record on the market. 19 countries have procured more than 1,600 RBS 70 systems, including more than 18,000 missiles.

Original post saabgroup.com

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