In mid May, French shipbuilder DCNS has started to build at its Lorient shipyard a GOWIND ocean patrol vessel to be manned during three years by the French Navy (Marine Nationale). The vessel called GOWIND Hermes will have a weight of 1100 Tonnes and will be 90 meters long, a top speed of 21 knots and autonomy of 8000 nautical miles. The vessel will be manned by a crew of 30 and have the capacity for 30 additional personnel.

The GOWIND family of patrol vessels is composed by the GOWIND Control, GOWIND Combat, GOWIND Presence and GOWIND Action. The fleet have a displacement from 1000 to 2500 Tonnes and a length from 85 to 105 meters.

A GOWIND vessel has been submitted in January to Brazilian Navy NaPaOc (Navio Patrulha Oceanico) 1800 Tonnes ocean patrol vessel programme. The vessel proposed is fitted with the POLARIS combat management system and armed with a single Oto Melara SpA Super Rapid 76mm gun.



Australian company Pacific Marine Batteries Pty Ltd has been awarded by the Australian DMO (Defence Materiel Organisation) a contract valued of more than $81 Million to deliver five battery sets for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Collins Class submarines. Under a separate contract, the company will provide technical support for the batteries.

Lockheed Martin has received a FMS (Foreign Military Sales) $245 Million contract from the U.S. Government to deliver thourg the US Navy three KC-130J Super Hercules tactical tanker aircraft to the Kuwait Air Force. The fleet will provide aerial refuelling for its F-18 combat aircraft fleet. The first delivery is scheduled for late 2013, with deliveries completed in early 2014.

Finish military trucks manufacturer SISU Defence Oy has completed the delivery of 60 E13TP HMV (High Mobility Vehicle) 8×8 tactical trucks to Finnish Army. The fleet has been ordered in May of 2009 for approximately €26 Million including training services and spare parts supply.  

The fleet is equipped with mine protection and NBC protection and features a cabin of armour steel. Additionally, 20 of them are equipped also with ballistic protection in order to be used effectively in international peace support operations.

The Finnish Air Force has ordered from Airbus Military one additional C-295M tactical transport aircraft. This new aircraft will be the third to join the country, which has already received two C-295Ms units since 2007.

On May 27, French naval shipbuilder DCNS has started the construction of the first of four S-BR (Submarino BRasileiro) diesel-powered submarines ordered by the Brazilian Navy. The fleet is scheduled to be delivered between 2017 and 2021.

The front of the hull will be built at DCNS facilities in Cherbourg and transferred to Brazil at the end of 2013 or at the start of 2014 where the fleet will be built by Itaguaí Construções Navais SA, a Brazilian shipbuilder jointly owned by DCNS and Construtora Norberto Odebrecht SA.

The EUR6.7 billion contract firmed in September 2009 and being managed by the PROSUB (PROgrama de Desenvolvimento de SUBmarinos) team cover the construction of a modern naval base, a shipyard, training of Brazilian engineers, transfer of technology, armaments and spare parts supply.

DCNS will provide technical expertise to develop and build the hull of the SN-BR (Submarino Nuclear BRasileiro) nuclear powered submarine to be delivered in 2025. S-BR will be manned by a crew of between 30 to 45 submariners. For a length overall of 75 meters the design offers a surface displacement of less than 2000 tons and a top speed of 20 knots when submerged. The vessel is able to submerge to up to 350 meters.

The 80 HLES steel for the submarines is being provided by Industeel France (a subsidiary of ArcelorMittal), attack periscope and optronic mast will come from Sagem Défense Sécurité SA, the powerplant from Jeumont Electric and Schneider Electric and the sonar from Thales Underwater Systems, The fleet will be fitted with the SUBTICS (Submarine Tactical Integrated Combat System) generation 3 combat management system. When compared with Scorpène´s procured by Chile, Malaysian and India, S-BR will be longer and with an increased autonomy of up to 70 days.

Armaments consist of 6 launching tubes for 18 heavyweight torpedoes to be developed and build under the project NEMESIS. The company confirmed the delivery of CONTRALTO-S torpedo decoy system. The fleet is also scheduled to be armed with the MBDA Exocet SM39 anti-ship missile.

Saab has received an order from the Swedish FMV (Försvarets MaterielVerk) defence materiel administration to develop an avionics system for the Swedish Air Force (Flygvapnet) JAS 39 Gripen combat aircraft. The order value amounts to MSEK 450, divided over 2 years.

The order includes the development of new computers and displays, which will enter into service 10 years from now.