La Norvège souhaite acquérir des P-8A Poseidon

Le ministère norvégien de la Défense a annoncé son intention d’acquérir cinq nouveaux avions de patrouille maritime du type américain P-8A Poseidon. Représentant un investissement de plus d’un milliard d’euros, les appareils devraient être livrés par Boeing en 2021 et 2022.

Ils sont appelés à remplacer les six vieux P-3C Orion de l’armée de l’air norvégienne, mis pour emploi au service de la marine, ainsi que les trois Falcon 20 utilisés pour des missions de guerre électronique.

En service dans l’US Navy, déjà vendu à l’Inde et également retenu par le Royaume-Uni, le Poseidon permettra à la Norvège de maintenir une capacité à long rayon d’action de lutte antinavire et anti-sous-marine, de surveillance maritime, de sauvetage et de renseignement. Les cinq nouveaux appareils contribueront en particulier à renforcer les moyens norvégiens face à la remontée en puissance de la flotte russe, à commencer par ses sous-marins, dont l’activité a repris de la vigueur ces dernières années. C’est dans cette perspective également qu’Oslo compte renouveler ses six sous-marins de la classe Ula. Dans cette perspective, un choix est attendu en 2017 entre les deux modèles en compétition : le Scorpene 2000 du Français DCNS et le type 212A de l’Allemand TKMS.

Conçu à partir de l’avion de ligne 737-800 de Boeing, le P-8A mesure 38.56 mètres de long pour 38.8 mètres d’envergure, sa masse maximale au décollage étant de 83.5 tonnes. Ce biréacteur est conçu pour la mise en oeuvre de missiles Harpoon et SLAM-ER, ainsi que de torpilles Mk50 et Mk54.

Source : Met et Marine

200 MNOK satellite contract

30.08.2012

Kongsberg Satellite Services (KSAT) is awarded a contract to provide ground station services to serve the ESA GMES program (Global Monitoring for Enviroment and Security).

The contract covers services to the first three satellites, Sentinel 1, 2 and 3. The satellite program has a build-up phase in 2013, and shall be operational until 2020.

KSAT will be using the company’s ground stations in Svalbard Norway to provide services to the ESA GMES program. The Ground Stations will be operated from KSAT’s main office in Tromsø. The contract confirms KSATs position as the world leading provider of ground station services to polar orbiting satelliltes.

The frame contract is for five years of operation and has a value of approx. NOK 200 million.

Source: Kongsberg Gruppen

Livraison du quatrième patrouilleur norvégien du type Skjold

La marine norvégienne a pris livraison, le 29 mars, du quatrième des six patrouilleurs lance-missiles à effet de surface du type Skjold. Le Glimt rejoint ainsi ses trois ainés, les Storm, Skudd et Steil, livrés les 9 septembre et 28 octobre 2010, puis le 30 juin 2011. Cet ambitieux programme est porté par un consortium formé par deux acteurs norvégiens, le chantier Umoe Mandal et le groupe Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace, et par le Français DCNS, maître d’oeuvre du système de combat SENIT 2000 équipant ces bâtiments. Longs de 54 mètres pour une largeur de 14 mètres, les Skjold affichent un déplacement de 270 tonnes. Capables d’atteindre la vitesse de 50 noeuds, ils sont dotés de quatre turbines Pratt & Whitney et deux hydrojets Kamewa (Rolls-Royce), avec une puissance propulsive de 12.000 kW. L’armement comprend 8 missiles antinavire NSM, une tourelle de 76mm et deux mitrailleuses de 12.7mm, alors que les équipements électroniques sont composés d’un radar de veille tridimensionnel MRR-3D, une conduite de tir CEROS 200-NG, un système de désignation visuelle QPD, un système de veille optronique VIGY-20, un lance-leurres MASS et un ensemble de guerre électronique. En outre, les nouveaux patrouilleurs norvégiens disposent d’importants moyens de communications, avec des liaisons de données L11 et L16, leur permettant de s’intégrer dans une opération interarmées et interalliés.

Source: Mer et Marine

Royal Navy rents Norwegian ship to protect Falklands

The Ministry of Defence is spending £26 million renting a ship from Norway, it has confirmed.

The ice-breaker MV Polarbjorn, which is being renamed HMS Protector, will be commissioned into the Royal Navy fleet on June 23.

The ship’s duties will include patrolling the waters around the Falkland Islands and South Atlantic, and taking on the Navy’s Antarctic mission.

The MoD confirmed the initial three-year contract for loan of the ship was worth £26 million.

The ship has also undergone a refit involving the repositioning of the flight deck from the bridge roof to the stern, the installation of a multi-beam echo sounder survey system, an overhaul of the main engines and gearboxes and the addition of naval insignia.

The spending comes after a round of cuts to the Navy which includes the loss of aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal, Harrier jump-jets, and 5,000 jobs.

An MoD spokeswoman said:  »HMS Protector offers a highly capable and value-for-money solution to fulfil the important ice patrol ship capability while a decision is made on the future of HMS Endurance. »

The 4,985-ton HMS Protector will be crewed by 76 Royal Navy personnel.

The loan will be for an initial period of three years while the MoD considers whether to repair or replace HMS Endurance, which suffered major flooding off Chile in 2008.

Protector was built in 2001 as an Antarctic research ship.

The name Protector has a historic connection with Britain’s Antarctic commitment as it was the name of the ship which preceded the Endurance.

Protector will carry out all the functions of an Antarctic patrol ship involving close links with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the UK Hydrographic Office and the British Antarctic Survey.

Source: telegraph.co.uk

Norway: More Funds for Military Spending in 2011

By GERARD O’DWYER
Published: 19 May 2011 13:53

The Norwegian government’s revised national budget proposal for 2011, which was approved by Labor Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg’s Cabinet on May 19, will mean $63 million in additional spending for the armed forces this year, a development welcomed by military chiefs.

« The revised budget is significant in bringing us one step closer to goals for a long-term defense plan that covers the years 2009-2012, » said Defense Minister Grete Faremo, who said the government is pleased with improving economies and efficiencies within the armed forces.

The size of the extra-budgetary expenditure for defense is even bigger if additional monies that target modernization programs being run by the Home Guard – amounting to $29 million – are included.

The government had originally allocated $7 billion to the 2011 defense budget, a sum higher than in previous years but weighted by once-off payments to cover improvements in the military’s stock of bases, facilities and other properties.

The $63 million in extra-expenditure will be principally used to fund broader Army training programs, and to give the Navy and Air Force greater resources to spend more hours at sea and in the air.

The funding available in the 2011 defense budget had been a factor in curbing both the Navy’s and the Air Force’s ability to provide monies and manpower to core naval patrols, flight-training operations and exercises in the current year.

The increased price for oil and gas on world markets has proved to be hugely important to improving Norway’s ability to fund special budgetary areas, such as defense. The dividends paid to the state by the Pension Fund Global, which invests Norway’s oil and gas earnings, has being steadily rising since mid-2010. The sovereign wealth fund had a market value of more than $600 billion at the end of April.

The supplementary budget for defense also spells good news for international operations. The budget allocates an extra $48 million in 2011 to support operations of the Air Force’s F-16 Squadron, which was dispatched in April to enforce the no-fly zone in Libya under U.N. Security Council Resolution 1973.

Moreover, Norway’s anti-piracy operations off the coast of Somalia will receive an additional $6 million this year.

Source: defensenews.com

German in-service support for Norwegian submarines

On 6th May, 2011 Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft GmbH (HDW), a company of ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems, and MarineForce International LLP (MFI) have signed a frame agreement with the Norwegian Defence Logistics Organisation on supplies and services for their German built ULA-class submarines.

The frame agreement ensures access to specialised engineering services to be provided by the consortium. It will gain in importance during the execution of the ULA-class update programme which guarantees the submarines’ operation until at least 2020. Engineering assistance will be especially significant when it comes to obsolescence of spare parts.

This contract is an additional proof of the consortium’s commitment to ensure through-life-support for submarines of German origin. Having faced an increasing demand for industrial in-service-support of their high-end submarines, HDW and MFI have established a dedicated department which takes care of all customer requirements regarding long-term in-service- support of operational submarines.

Main characteristics of ULA class submarines:

The six German designed and built ULA-class submarines were commissioned between 1989 and 1992 and have since then been operated by the Norwegian Submarine Force.

Surface displacement: 1,040 t
Length: 59 m
Propulsion: diesel-electric
Crew: 21

ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems
ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems is a leading European systems house providing submarines, naval surface ships and premium segment yachts to customers globally. The company’s outstanding shipbuilding competence includes repairs, services, and ships’ components. With its headquarters in Hamburg, ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems is part of the Marine Systems business area within the ThyssenKrupp Group.

Order Worth MNOK 125 for Parts to F-35

Kongsberg has received an order worth MNOK 125 for rudders and vertical leading edges to the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF).

The order is part of the framework agreement signed in 2008. This order includes delivery to 32 aircrafts in the LRIP 5.

Accumulated, Kongsberg has received orders for a total of 82 aircraft, demonstrating that the production in Norway for the F-35 program is well underway.

Kongsberg is an international, knowledge-based group that supplies high-technology systems and solutions to customers engaged in the oil and gas industry, the merchant marine industry, and the defence and aerospace industries. In 2010, Kongsberg had a turnover of NOK 15.5 billion, and the Group had 5 681 employees in more than 25 countries.

This information is subject to disclosure requirements pursuant to §5-12 of the Norwegian Securities Trading Act.

Volvo Aero Becomes Sole Owner of Volvo Aero Norge in Kongsberg, Norway

Volvo Aero is acquiring all Pratt & Whitney’s shares in Volvo Aero Norge and hence becomes sole owner of the company.

Volvo Aero bought approx 66% of the total shares in what was then Norsk Jetmotor AS in Kongsberg back in 1999. Shortly after this, Volvo Aero increased its share of the company by acquiring approx 12% owned by French engine manufacturer Snecma.

Volvo Aero now becomes sole owner of Volvo Aero Norge after the American company United Technologies Corporation, acting through its Pratt & Whitney division, accepted an offer for its share in the company, equating to approx 22% of the total shares.
The acquisition takes effect on March 31, 2011.

“We are pleased with the developments in Volvo Aero Norge since we came in as part-owner. When Pratt & Whitney wished to sell their shares in the company, it was a natural choice for us to increase our stake in the company to 100 percent,” says Staffan Zackrisson, President and CEO of Volvo Aero.

Volvo Aero Norge manufactures components for commercial and military aero engines. The company has around 520 employees.

The transaction is expected to have only a marginal effect on the Volvo Group’s result and financial position.

Replacement for HMS Endurance announced

25 Mar 11

The Royal Navy’s ice patrol ship HMS Endurance is to be replaced with a Norwegian ship on a three-year loan basis.

Speaking in the House of Lords this week, Lord Astor, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Ministry of Defence, said the new ship, to be called HMS Protector, will be leased for three years while HMS Endurance’s future is considered:

« The intention is to lease MV Polarbjørn, a Norwegian ice patrol ship, for an initial period of three years, » Lord Astor said.

The ship’s mission is to patrol and survey the Antarctic and South Atlantic, after the Portsmouth-based Endurance suffered a flood in 2008 following a maintenance error off the coast of Chile.

HMS Endurance has been docked at HM Naval Base Portsmouth ever since she was transported back to the UK on a special container ship in 2009.

MV Polarbjørn, as HMS Protector, is due to arrive in May for refitting ahead of deployment.

Lord Astor said a contract for the lease was expected to be signed soon with GC Rieber Shipping – the Government’s preferred bidders.

Six ships of the Royal Navy have previously been called HMS Protector, including an Antarctic survey vessel which served from 1936 to 1970.

HMS Scott, which is not an icebreaker but which has been conducting patrols in the Antarctic, will continue with her Ocean Survey Programme once she has received maintenance back in the UK.

Source: UK MoD

Patria to strengthen its position in Norway and in the Nordic helicopter maintenance

The Nordic defence, security and aerospace group Patria strengthens its position in Norway and in the Nordic helicopter maintenance by buying the Norwegian Bardufoss based NAC Maintenance AS (NACM), specialised in helicopter and aircraft maintenance. By the deal the company name will be changed to Patria Helicopters AS.

Patria aims to expand the NACM operations and serve the military and civilian operators especially in the northern Norway.

“Patria is very pleased to have an already operating and professional Norwegian company as a basis for a new unit. We want to expand the current maintenance operations, recruit new skilled personnel from Norway and to create stability to the development of operations in the long run”, says Lassi Matikainen from Patria.

Patria has already operated in Norway for a long time as Patria and the Norwegian state own the defence group Nammo AS with equal stakes.

The Norwegian Armed Forces has purchased XA vehicles from Patria. Also, Patria maintains Norwegian helicopters. Furthermore, Nordic cooperation takes place in NH90 project in connection with NORDILS as well as in helicopter engine assembly.

Patria is a defence, security and aerospace group with international operations delivering its customers competitive solutions based on its own specialist know-how and partnerships. Patria is owned by the State of Finland and the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company EADS N.V.