The German Navy has formally qualified the Saab Dynamics/Diehl Defence RBS15 Mk 3 anti-ship missile following a successful operational flight test off the coast of Sweden.Performed from the K130 corvette Magdeburg on 28 April 2015, the end-to-end test - undertaken on the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration's Härnösand sea range - demonstrated the full performance of the missile system, and proved corrective modifications embodied following two missile launch failures in 2013.An evolution of Saab Dynamics' earlier RBS15 Mk 2, the Mk 3 introduces a new mission computer, a digital autopilot, an inertial/GPS navigation system, a frequency modulated continuous wave adaptive radar altimeter, and a new electrical servo system. It also offers extended range (over 200 km), improved target discrimination, and better defensive penetration through an extremely low sea-skimming approach, random manoeuvres, and increased thrust in the terminal approach phase.The Mk 3 additionally brings enhanced tactical flexibility through its ability to execute complex multi-waypoint flight trajectories overland and at varying altitudes. The introduction of GPS confers a capability to strike static land targets to military GPS accuracies.Germany selected the RBS15 Mk 3 surface-to-surface guided weapon to equip its five K130 corvettes in early 2004 following a competitive evaluation against Boeing's Harpoon Block II and Kongsberg's Naval Strike Missile. Saab Dynamics signed a SEK120 million (USD14.7 million) contract in March 2004 with the ARGE K130 shipbuilding consortium to fund the integration of RBS15 Mk 3 into the K130 design.The order for the missiles themselves was placed with Diehl Defence in September 2004 by what was then the Bundesamt für Wehrtechnik und Beschaffung (the Federal Office for Defence Technology and Procurement). As prime contractor for the German purchase and partner to Saab Dynamics, Diehl Defence has taken responsibility for final assembly and test, as well as selected sub-assembly manufacture and qualification activities.The official handover of the first RBS15 Mk 3 missile to the German Navy took place in September 2011. However, introduction to service had been delayed by the 2013 test failures.In a statement released on 10 June, Diehl Defence said that RBS15 Mk 3 completed its "operational test successfully thereby achieving qualification". It added, "Operational capability was proved with the German Navy corvette Magdeburg at a test site in Swedish territorial waters at the end of April. The operational test comprises the entire performance record ranging from target assignment, mission planning to missile launch and striking the target."The German Navy is the second NATO naval force to introduce RBS15 Mk 3 into service. In late 2014 Saab and the Polish Navy conducted a successful commissioning and sea acceptance test of RBS15 Mk 3 on board the navy's Orkan-class fast attack craft ORP Orkan .According to Saab, tests with Orkan as lead vessel, "validated all the ship's interfaces with the necessary power, combat management, and navigation systems". It added, "Testing included a simulated missile-firing exercise, and concluded with sea trials when the ship carried its full complement of eight missiles."The two remaining Orkan-class vessels, ORP Piorun and ORP Grom , are scheduled to undergo similar systems tests. According to Saab, equipment is now installed in Piorun and will be tested in the near future; testing on Grom will follow later in 2015.
The German Navy is planning an extensive overhaul to its fleet of eight P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft (MPA), IHS Jane's has learned.The overhaul package is expected to run for 10 years and cost EUR567.6 million (USD626.4 million), in order to ensure the platform remains in service for the next 20 years; until 2035.The upgrade is set to consist of three individual measures including: Mid-Life Upgrade Kits; Instrumental Flight Rules (IFR) capability upgrade; and mission avionic upgrades.The Mid-Life Upgrade Kits will consist of a complete exchange of the aircrafts' wings and horizontal stabilisers, introducing replacements based on new designs that will offer better corrosion and material fatigue resistance. The measures are planned to be concluded by 2023 and come with a price tag of EUR292.4 million. For this specific upgrade, Airbus Defence & Space and Lockheed Martin Overseas Services Corporation will form a consortium.The IFR capability upgrade will consist of hard- and software upgrades to the aircrafts' instruments, navigation systems, and the addition of a second VHF radio system. The package will cost EUR58 million and is planned to be concluded by 2019. Contractors for this measure will be Rockwell Collins, Northrop Grumman, and Rhode & Schwarz.The mission avionic upgrade package will consist of a complete overhaul of the aircrafts' main computer systems responsible for processing and distributing mission related data among the crew members and external parties, it is worth EUR217.2 million, with Lockheed Martin as the contractor.
Excelentes navios !!!Na foto de baixo os 2 helis são NH90 e não MH90 ! Abraços