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Turkey Will Soon Launch a “Mobile Naval Mine”

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ANKARA (Turkey), April 17, 2018, Text: Bm News Team, Photo: galaxiamilitar.es

The chairman of Albayrak Savunma, Mustafa Adnan Albayrak, announced that within 3 months the company will officially launch the Turkey’s first indigenous armed underwater drone – “a mobile naval mine” – developed under the Wattozz program, reported Defense News.

Albayrak Savunma, a drone manufacturer, has worked for the past two years under the Wattozz program together with one of the outstanding Turkish universities – Karadeniz Technical University. Wattozz (“vatoz”) means stingray in Turkish, and the developed underwater drone of titanium and aluminium looks like a stingray. The Turkish drone manufacturer says that it can blow up any warship, which is controlled remotely.

The “stingray” is controlled by encrypted acoustic sound waves and is equipped with two cameras instead of “eyes” and three integrated engines. Its maximum speed that it can reach is 5.5 knots. It can cruise up to 12 hours. The underwater drone is intended for surveillance or assault missions and it can transfer explosives. It is designed to stick itself under the hull of a vessel through electromagnetic magnets. It features also a sleep mode and may stay inactive on the seabed. Electromagnetic and ultrasound signals protect it against underwater animals.

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Leonardo Announced a €280 Million AW169M Contract with Guardia di Finanza

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Photo credit: Wikipedia/Agusta Westland AW 169 in flight at the 2012 Farnborough Air Show

ROME, Italy (BulgarianMilitary.com) – Leonardo announced today, 12th November 2018, that the company has concluded a contract with Italy’s Guardia di Finanza for twenty-two of the new AW169M helicopter version, including a comprehensive support and training package, at the amount of €280 million, learned BulgarianMilitary.com

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The deliveries are scheduled for the period between summer 2019 and 2024.

The contract for the new generation AW169M twin engine helicopters could be further extended with optional services valued at an additional €100 million.

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The intention is the helicopters to be used for various purposes including patrol and reconnaissance, law enforcement, rescue and homeland security as an addition to a fleet of 14 AW139 intermediate twins, six of which are already in service. The rest eight ones are to be delivered in 2019.

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The Leonardo CEO Alessandro Profumo commented, “This contract will allow us to deliver the Guardia di Finanza a new generation helicopter with the best technologies available, to perform missions which are getting more and more complex and challenging. Our ability to provide state-of-the-art products to meet the requirements of Italian government agencies and armed forces, for the security of our nation, is the result of Leonardo’s leading edge technology and innovation.”

The AW169M helicopters of Guardia di Finanza will receive a military qualification by the Italian Directorate of Air Armaments (ARMAEREO) and will have a dedicated configuration including rescue hoist, emergency floatation system and life rafts, wire cutters, TCAS II (Traffic Collision Avoidance System), NVG (Night Vision Goggle) compatible cockpit, HTAWS (Helicopter Terrain Awareness Warning System), advanced communication system, OPLS (Obstacle Proximity Lidar System), advanced HUMS (Health Usage Monitoring System), AFCS (Automatic Flight Control System) with SAR modes, searchlight, ice detector, fast roping and satcom. The aircraft will be also equipped with various Leonardo systems such as RW ATOS (Airborne Tactical Observation and Surveillance) system with advanced operator console, Gabbiano radar, LEOSS (Long Range Electro-Optical Surveillance System), M428 IFF transponder, V/UHF radio systems cockpit panels and lighting and provisions for SPHYDER (Smart Processing Hyperspectral Detection and Reconnaissance System).

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The Italian F-35 Program Will Be Slowed Down

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Photo credit: Andy Wolfe/U.S. Navy/Italian Air Force personnel celebrate after an F-35A Lightning II aircraft made aviation history by completing the very first F-35 trans-Atlantic crossing, arriving at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., from Cameri Air Base, Italy, on 5th Feb. 2016.

ROME, Italy (BulgarianMilitary.com) – The Italian F-35 Program will be slowed down and during the coming five years instead of 10 jets, it will be purchased six or seven of the previously planned quantity as reported by a government source, learned BulgarianMilitary.com

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The decision comes out as a result of a review of the program by the Populist Government of Italy after taking office in June this year with the idea to reduce the money spend on defence in favour of social welfare programs and covering of tax cuts.

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According to the source the orders will not be reduced, however the decision of the total F-35 purchase will be left to a future government. The plans of the previous governments included the purchase of 60 F-35As and 30 F-35Bs, 90 aircraft in total.

The discussions about the change in the schedule during the five-year mandate of the current government are underway with the USA as said by the source.

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The decision on the slowdown is in accordance with the Italian policy on the F-35 set out by the Minister of Defence Elisabetta Trenta after taking office in June, “What I would like to do is lighten the load, since we have other spending commitments in Europe. We will try to stretch out deliveries instead of cutting the order, which would reduce offsets and mean penalties.”

Ten F-35As and one F-35B have been delivered to Italy by now. Two of the “A” versions and the “B” version are used for training purposes in the United States and the other eight F-35 are based at the Italian Air Force’s base in Amendola, southern Italy.

According to a defense spending document, which was released last month, the government will maintain spending on the program in the next two years, with €766 million due to be spent in 2019 and €783 million – in 2020. The mentioned figures should be treated as provisional until the overall budget is signed in Parliament within the coming weeks.

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Safran Electronics & Defense Australasia with a New Facility in Botany, Australia

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BOTANY, Australia (BulgarianMilitary.com) – Safran Electronics & Defense announced earlier this week that a new facility of Safran Electronics & Defense Australasia (SEDA) was opened on 6th November 2018 in Botany, Australia in the presence of the Australian Minister of Defence, the Honourable Christopher Pyne, the CEO of Safran Electronics & Defense, Martin Sion, and the CEO and General delegate of Safran Pacific, Alexis de Pelleport, learned BulgarianMilitary.com

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Martin Sion, Safran Electronics & Defense Chief Executive Officer, commented, “In line with Safran’s strategy, the opening of this new site enables our local subsidiary Safran Electronics & Defense Australasia to expand and increase its service capabilities towards its Australian customers. The company has provided support to the French and Foreign Military Forces for more than 75 years in optical and navigation systems and we are today focused on providing the same level of support to the Australian Defence Force.”

The new site, which is strategically located in close proximity to key Defence sites and Sydney Airport, comes as a result of a decision of Safran Electronics & Defense for relocation of its subsidiary to a larger premises in Botany. The previous Bankstown facility had become too small for Safran Electronics & Defense Australasia’s increasing industrial footprint and staffing.

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The newly opened facility will support the Armed Forces of Australia through the available testing and maintenance equipment and will enhance the ability of the company to rapidly respond to upcoming national and regional programs. It will include a state-of-the-art clean room, a laser room, climate testing systems, as well as avionics, inertial navigation and optronic test benches capable of supporting Safran Electronics & Defense’s portfolio of sensors.

Read more: French Defense Minister Set to Garner New Contract for Rafale Jets in India

As a fully owned subsidiary of Safran Electronics & Defense, Safran Electronics & Defense Australasia has complete access to Safran’s OEM (original equipment manufacturer) knowledge and global network to locally support its customers.

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The KNM Helge Instad Frigate of Norway is in Danger of Sinking

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Photo credit: Marit Hommedal/NTB Scanpix via AP/The Norwegian frigate KNM Helge Ingstad, right, after a collision with the tanker Sola TS, in Øygarden, Norway, on 8th November 2018.

STURE TERMINAL, Bergen, Norway (BulgarianMilitary.com) – The KNM Helge Instad frigate of Norway is in danger of sinking as reported by The Associated Press. While returning from one of NATO’s largest training events in recent years Trident Juncture 18 exercise (25 October – 7 November 2018), the frigate was hit by an oil tanker and images posted by The Associated Press show how the vessel is lying on its side in a small cove, learned BulgarianMilitary.com

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The Fridtjof Nansen-class frigate was rammed by the Maltese-flagged oil tanker Sola TS around 4 a.m. local time while docked in the Sture Oil and Gas Terminal at Stura in Øygarden municipality, which is located 50 km northwest of Bergen in Norway. During the accident 8 members of the crew were injured, and 2 of them were hospitalized nearby as announced by Rear. Adm. Nils Andreas Stensoenes, the head of the Royal Norwegian Navy, on Thursday, 8th Novemebr 2018, during a news conference.

According to the Norwegian news agency NTB, as a result of the collision there is a hole in the frigate’s side and more water than it can be pumped out is taking in now.

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Rear. Adm. Nils Andreas Stensoenes explained that for that reason the vessel is leaning to one side as of the moment and that it had been pushed by towboats into shallow water, where it cannot completely sink. He also shared that the cause of the accident was not clear yet. It will be further investigated by Norway’s Accident Investigation Board and Malta’s Marine Safety Investigation Unit.

The length of the KNM Helge Instad frigate is 442 feet (134.72 m). It was built nine years ago (in 2009) by the Spanish shipbuilder Navantia. There are four other ships of the same class in service in Norway and they are the largest naval ships of the Scandinavian nation.

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