USS Gabrielle Giffords Deployed To Pacific Ocean | Saab To Exhibit Giraffe 1X at DSEI | IAF Expected To Reactivate 17 Squadron
BAE Systems Norfolk won a $11.9 million contract modification for additional growth requirements, including actions taken during Hurricane Florence, identified during the execution of the USS Tortuga Fiscal 2018 Modernization Period Chief of Naval Operations availability. USS Tortuga was originally commissioned in November 1990 and has been part of the US Navy’s LSD / CG-class modernization program since 2016. The keel on the vessel was initially laid on 23 March 1987. At the start of the Tortuga modernization process in May 2016, BAE Systems’ Norfolk shipyard was awarded a $17.7 million contract. The Tortuga or LSD 46 is a Whidbey Island Class dock landing ship. Work will take place in Norfolk, Virginia and estimated completion will be in November this year.
A US Navy Littoral Combat Ship, carrying the new Naval Strike Missile capable of sinking a ship, deployed to the Pacific Ocean last week. The USS Gabrielle Giffords left San Diego on Tuesday. The vessel is relatively small and built for shallow-water maneuverability. The USS Gabrielle is carrying missiles noted for precision, quick enemy detection and a range of over 100 nautical miles. Giffords is the second LCS to deploy this year. The LCS Montgomery also deployed from San Diego in June after a 19-month lapse in LCS deployments as the Navy reworked the way it mans and trains crews for the ships. Defense News reports that a Navy official speaking on condition of anonymity said the USS Gabrielle was deploying to the Indo-Pacific theater. The official did not elaborate on the ship’s schedule.
Middle East & Africa
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday that Iran had been developing nuclear weapons at a secret site near the city of Abadeh. At a brief news conference on Monday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu revealed the existence of a previously-unknown nuclear weapons development site in Iran. The prime minister’s address follows an announcement by the IAEA that Iran has violated the terms of the 2015 nuclear agreement by installing advanced centrifuges to enable it to increase the enrichment level of its uranium stocks. “A year and a half ago, we exposed Iran’s secret nuclear archive which revealed that Iran was developing five nuclear warheads as early as 2003,” Netanyahu said Monday. “Last year, we exposed Iran’s secret nuclear warehouse in Turquzabad, which Iran used for storing materials and equipment for its secret nuclear program.”
Saab announced that it will exhibit a serial production standard Giraffe 1X, at the DSEI exhibition for the first time. The Giraffe 1X 3D solid-state radar will reportedly be located at the East outdoor display area 23. According to the company, the Giraffe 1X will provide a live demonstration of its capabilities by viewing the airspace from its position at the show. Visitors will be able to talk to Saab experts about its unique features and see for themselves the high quality situational awareness users can expect. The Giraffe 1X is a compact, lightweight high-performing 3D radar perfect for the ground based air defense role as well as for civil applications such as airports and site protection as well as naval applications for all types of vessels. The system is designed to deliver key capabilities as part of short-range surveillance and Ground Based Air Defense (GBAD). Saab’s Giraffe 1X and Sea Giraffe 1X are two short-range radars. The Sea Giraffe AMB is installed on the US Independence Class Littoral Combat Ships.
Russia is reportedly developing two indigenous engines for Ka-62 and Ka-226. The chief designer from United Engine Corporation says two projects are underway to replace the existing French power-plants on the Ka-226 and Ka-62 helicopters. The engine for the Ka-226 is designated as VK-650V while the VK-1600V is destined for the Ka-62. “We have launched two other projects with the designers of these engines — UEC-Klimov. The first one is the VK-650V engine for Ka-226. Based on the solutions for this engine, a branch of power systems between 500 and 700 horsepower can be created. The second project is VK-1600V. This is the main engine that will be installed on Ka-62 helicopters,” Yuri Shmotin said. He is the company’s chief designer.
The Indian Air Force is expected to reactivate 17 Squadron at Ambala Air Force Station. The unit is also expected to be the first to operate the Rafale. The ‘Golden Arrows’ 17 Squadron was commanded by Air Chief Marshal Dhanoa during the Kargil war in 1999. The squadron, which operated from Bhatinda Air Base, was disbanded in 2016 after the IAF started the gradual phasing out of Russian-origin MiG 21 jets. The IAF has already completed preparations, including readying required infrastructure and training of pilots, to welcome the fighter aircraft. The sources said the first squadron of the aircraft will be deployed at Ambala Air Force Station. It considered one of the most strategically located bases of the IAF. The border with Pakistan is around 220 km from there.
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