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Naval Rafales Launch First Combat Mission over Libya

Naval System Report

Defense Update Naval Systems Channel - March 2011



Photo above: On March 15th 2011, Israel Naval vessels intercepted the Liberian flagged cargo ship ‘Victoria’ about 200 miles west of the Israeli coast, after intelligence reports indicated the vessel could be carrying arms shipments destined for Gaza. Photo: IDF (Read More...)

Naval Rafales Launch First Combat Mission over Libya

On Tuesday morning of March 22, early morning, the French aircraft carrier launched its first mission supporting operation Hartmattan, as Squadron 12E launched two of its Rafale F3 fighters on a four hour combat recce mission over Libya, with the fighters carrying air/air missiles and RECO NG reconnaissance pods, able to transfer aerial imagery in real-time to the combat operations center on the ship. (Read More...)

IAI Barak 8Israel Navy Intercepts Cargo Vessel Carrying Arms to Egypt, Gaza

On March 15th 2011, Israel Naval vessels intercepted the Liberian flagged cargo ship ‘Victoria’ about 200 miles west of the Israeli coast, after intelligence reports indicated the vessel could be carrying arms shipments destined for Gaza. By first daylight, Naval commandos boarded the vessel and verified the existence of weaponry on board. Following the encounter with the Israeli Navy the Victoria headed to an Israeli port of Ashdod for detailed inspection of its cargo. The vessel was on its way from Mersin Port in Turkey to Alexandria Port in Egypt. (Read More...)

Brazil DestroyersBrazil to re-evaluate $6B Warships Plan

Following the delay in decision about the Brazilian Air Force future fighter, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff will reevaluate a 10 billion real ($6 billion) plan to purchase 11 offshore patrol vessels for the Brazilian Navy, as she seeks to streamline government expenses, according to news agency Reuters quoting local newspaperFolha de S.Paulo, citing people familiar with the decision. (Read More...)

P-8ANavy Awards $1.6 Billion for the Production of Six Poseidon P-8A

The U.S. Navy announced awarded Boeing $1.6 billion contract for the production of six P-8A Poseidon under the Low-Rate Initial Production (LRIP) phase of the P-8A multi-mission maritime aircraft (MMA) program. This first LRIP contract also includes spares, logistics and training devices.  (Read More...)