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Datum: 10/01/2018

VS: ”The Navy’s Next Frigate Could Cost Close to a Billion Dollars”

The U.S. Navy has come up with a likely pricetag for its future frigate: $950 million dollars. That’s the cost of the FFG(X), a small surface combatant ship the Navy plans to purchase. The Navy is evaluating ship designs and will announce a winner in 2020.

The Navy announced the pricetag at the Surface Navy 2018 Symposium in Washington, D.C. According to U.S. Naval Institute News, the Navy wants at least 20 of the new ships, each of which will cost an average $950 million, and will award development contracts to four to six shipbuilders by the end of March 2018 to refine their designs before making a final decision.

Lees verder op Popularmechanics.com

Duitsland: ”All Submarines Broken: German Fleet on Forced Leave”

Germany’s six Type U-212A submarines are intended to block the Baltic Sea in case of a military emergency, but at the moment they are all broken down, and being slowly repaired because of missing spare parts. Not a single submarine is ready for use.

October 15 was a black day for the German submarine fleet. U-35 hit a rock on the Norwegian coast with a fin, and then had to be repaired. So far, the story is not so unusual. But U-35 was Germany’s last remaining operational submarine, and since then, the entire submarine fleet has been on vacation indefinitely.

Lees verder op defense-aerospace.com

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