Russia launches trials of Poseidon underwater drone that can carry nuclear warheads

Google Translation Russia’s Defense Ministry has launched the trials of Poseidon underwater drones at its testing ranges, the ministry’s press office reported on Thursday. “Trials have been organized at the ranges of the Defense Ministry of Russia to confirm the dynamic characteristics of the apparatus [Poseidon] during launches in a real environment and to check the parameters of the apparatus’s movement along the route in autonomous mode,” the Defense Ministry said. As of today, comprehensive experimental work on the underwater drone is coming to an end and industrial enterprises have…

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U.S. Navy to Evaluate Anti-Submarine Warfare Training System

Defence and security company Saab will demonstrate its anti-submarine warfare (ASW) training system, the AUV62-AT, for the U.S. Navy (USN). The AUV62-AT is an artificial acoustic system that mimics a submarine. The USN will evaluate Saab’s AUV62-AT against USN systems through the Foreign Comparative Testing (FCT) Program. The demonstration is planned for summer 2018, with an option to continue testing into 2019. The USN is investigating a replacement to its current ASW training system for its Undersea Warfare Training Range. “With submarine usage on the rise, anti-submarine warfare training is…

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DSCA: Harpoon Block II Missiles, RAM Missiles and MK 54 Torpedoes for Mexico

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Mexico of RGM-84L Harpoon Block II surface launched missiles, Block II Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) tactical missiles and MK 54 Mod 0 lightweight torpedoes for an estimated cost of $98.4 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of Mexico has requested to buy six (6) RGM-84L Harpoon Block II surface launched missiles, twenty-three (23) Block II Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) tactical missiles and six…

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Royal Navy bomb disposal experts free tanker from historic torpedo

Royal Navy divers have destroyed a test torpedo which had been speared by the anchor of a merchant vessel – that was also carrying fuel – in Portland. The historic ordnance had been pierced by the fluke of the anchor as it landed on the seabed, and had then been dragged up from around a 15-metre depth. Portsmouth-based Southern Diving Unit 2 were dispatched to the scene where they immediately evacuated the majority of the crew. However six, including the Master, stayed on board in readiness to fight any fires…

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