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BAE Systems to build sixth Astute-class submarine for Britain
by Richard Tomkins
Washington (UPI) Apr 19, 2017


Egypt receives second German-built submarine
Washington (UPI) Apr 19, 2017 - Egypt's defense ministry received a new Type 209 submarine S41 from German shipbuilder ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems on Wednesday.

The event marks the second out of four scheduled deliveries. Egypt formally received the undersea vessel at the coastal city of Alexandria, according to Anadolu Agency.

Following the delivery, Egypt's defense ministry released a video showcasing the new vessel traveling in the waters surrounding Alexandria.

The vessel measures over 242 feet long, and is designed to travel at a range of 11,000 nautical miles at a maximum speed of 21 knots. Armaments include missiles and torpedoes.

Egypt placed an order for two submarines in 2011, and added an additional two in 2014. The first delivery took place in the city of Kiel in December, according to the Egyptian Independent. The vessels will reportedly support national security missions.

BAE Systems in Britain has received a $1.77 billion Ministry of Defense contract to build a sixth Astute-class nuclear-powered submarine for the Royal Navy.

The Agamemnon will be about 318 feet long, have a submerged speed of 30 knots and an endurance of 90 days. It can carry Tomahawk missiles as well as torpedoes.

Securing the contract for the sixth Astute class submarine is a significant milestone for BAE Systems, and the result of many years of hard work by our highly skilled workforce.

"Securing the contract for the sixth Astute-class submarine is a significant milestone for BAE Systems and the result of many years of hard work by our highly skilled workforce," Will Blamey, managing director of BAE Systems Submarines, said in a press release.

"The Astute class submarines are among the most highly capable and technologically advanced in the world and we're immensely proud to build them for the Royal Navy."

BAE Systems is the prime contractor for the seven-ship program. It constructs the vessels at its facility in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria.

The first three Astute submarines are already in service.

"These are the most advanced submarines ever operated by the Royal Navy and are already providing unprecedented levels of stealth and attack capability across the world," said Defense Secretary Sir Michael Fallon.

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Washington (UPI) Apr 4, 2017
Aerostructures Engineered Polymer Products has started the manufacture of the first hull-mounted acoustic array for Virginia-class U.S. Navy submarines. The Large Vertical Array, or LVA, together with other systems and sonar processing capabilities provides a tactical picture that shows other submarines and surface ships nearby. "Our proven ability to provide advanced acoustic pr ... read more

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