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Admiral Kuznetsov repair and modernisation will start in May of this year and will end somewhere in 2019.

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Heavy aircraft carrying cruiser of Project 11435 "Admiral of the Soviet Union Fleet Kuznetsov" at the facility of the "35 SRZ" branch of JSC "TsS Zvezdochka", 03/09/2016

 

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   "Admiralteyskie Verfi" is preparing to launch a large diesel-electric submarine of Project 06361 for the Navy of Algeria. The submarine has not yet been given a name. This is the first submarine for the Navy of Algeria, built under the contract of 2014 for two submarines worth $ 1.2 billion. In the group "Russian Submarines" in the social network Vkontakte already posted pictures of the submarine.

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I have a question: My friend and I searched all the videos of Mig29K( the current one, not the old 1980s one)'s take off, but we never saw the carrier (no matter Kuznetsov or INS Vikramaditya) rasied its jet blast deflector, why?

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2 minutes ago, Belesarius said:

Curious.

Although they're calling it a helicopter carrier, I wonder if it can accept any VTOL F-35s or even old fashioned Harriers?

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2 minutes ago, Donward said:

Curious.

Although they're calling it a helicopter carrier, I wonder if it can accept any VTOL F-35s or even old fashioned Harriers?

I'd think a strike version of a V-22 could make for interesting capability. And possibly a gunship version of the FVL-L or FVL-M program might be interesting.  Dunno if the deck is engineered to take the heat of the F-35s blast. They had to do major work to the last US baby flattop due to that issue.

 

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F-35s don't seem to currently be planned or possible.  Flight deck does not have heat protection for vertical take-offs, there isn't room to carry many of the fighters at all, and people think that a ski jump is somewhat necessary (for heavier loads).  

 

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Tests of the Turkish anti-ship missile Atmaca

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   The Atmaca rocket is subsonic and is equipped with a turbojet engine, as well as a solid-fuel start accelerator. Externally and in size, the Turkish missile is similar to the American Harpoon, and is launched from a similar four-container launcher.

   According to the materials of the Turkish press, the first marine test of the Atmaca is planned for 2017, and the beginning of a small-scale production is very optimistically announced for 2018.

 

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Supposedly a Gabriel V missile launcher on a Sa'ar 5 corvette. This has been a rather interesting development given that Israel doesn't officially release any information about it (while defense oriented analytical websites do), but maintains in active service very old blocks of Harpoon that are nearing obsolescence, which lends many to believe that they're being replaced by non-Harpoon missiles.

 

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Iranian Nasir AShM

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   The Ministry of Defense and Logistics of the Armed Forces of Iran handed over to the naval forces of the Guard Corps of the Islamic Revolution a party of new anti-ship missiles Nasir.

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There are 13 Freedom and 13 Independence LCS built, under construction or on order. After which the plan was to build an enlarged 'frigate' version.

 

It looks like the current options for the 'frigate' has been expanded.

 

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  • Wisconsin’s Marinette Marine, which currently builds the 3,500-ton Freedom variant of the LCS, may instead offer an Americanized version of the FREMM, a 6,000 to 6,700-ton frigate built for the French and Italian navies by Marinette’s parent company, Fincantieri. If so, Marinette would probably part ways with its current prime contractor, Lockheed Martin, and contract directly with the Navy.
  • Maine’s Bath Iron Works (owned by General Dynamics) will probably revive a previous partnership with Spanish shipbuilder Navantia, whose 5,900-ton F-100 family has the same Aegis radar and air defense system as American destroyers. That makes it the most sophisticated but also probably the most expensive contender, unless they deliberately downsize the radar to cut cost.
  • Mississippi’s Ingalls — whose parent company, HII, also owns Virginia’s massive Newport News — is dusting off proposals to militarize its Legend-class Coast Guard National Security Cutter as a 4,675-ton Patrol Frigate, the smallest and likely the cheapest competitor. Offering the only alternative to LCS that’s invented in America, Ingalls has a definite edge.
  • Alabama’s Austal, which builds the 3,100-ton Independence variant of LCS, specializes in building lightweight, high-speed aluminum ships, leaving them with little option but to offer an upgraded Independence. Austal says that hull is still large enough to accommodate high-end equipment like Vertical Launch Systems.

 

I rate the Legend as the most likely choice, with the F-100 being favored if radar is a primary factor (especially if the SPY-1 can be replaced with a SPY-6).

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