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Huntington Ingalls Industries Launches Virginia-Class Submarine Delaware (SSN 791)

Huntington Ingalls Industries Launches Virginia-Class Submarine Delaware (SSN 791)


Huntington Ingalls Industries has launched the recently christened Virginia-class submarine Delaware (SSN 791) into the water for the first time at the company’s Newport News Shipbuilding division. During a three-day process that began last Wednesday, the submarine was moved out of a construction facility and into a floating dry dock using a transfer car system. She is to be 377 feet (115 m) long, 33 feet (10 m) wide, have a maximum draft of 32 feet (9.8 m) and will displace 7,800 tonnes (7,700 long tons; 8,600 short tons). She will be propelled by nuclear power, have a single propeller and a complement of 15 officers and 117 enlisted crewmembers. The floating dry dock was submerged, and the submarine was launched into the James River. Once in the water, the boat then was moved to the shipyard’s submarine pier for final outfitting, testing and crew certification.

Huntington Ingalls Industries Launches Virginia-Class Submarine Delaware (SSN 791)

Huntington Ingalls Industries Launches Virginia-Class Submarine Delaware (SSN 791)


“Successfully launching Delaware into the water the first time is a proud moment for the Virginia-class submarine team and the thousands of dedicated shipbuilders involved in constructing the ship,” said Dave Bolcar, Newport News’ vice president of submarine construction. “With this significant key event behind us, we look forward to completing construction and sea trials next year so this great warship can join the fleet and defend our nation.”
Huntington Ingalls Industries Launches Virginia-Class Submarine Delaware (SSN 791)

Huntington Ingalls Industries Launches Virginia-Class Submarine Delaware (SSN 791)


Delaware is the 18th Virginia-class submarine built as part of the teaming agreement with General Dynamics Electric Boat and the ninth to be delivered by Newport News. More than 10,000 shipbuilders from Newport News and Electric Boat have participated in Delaware’s construction since the work began in September 2013. This boat is the eighth and final of the Block III submarines that feature a revised bow, including some technology from Ohio-class SSGNs. The submarine was christened by Jill Biden, the former Second Lady of the United States and the ship’s sponsor, during a ceremony in October.
Huntington Ingalls Industries Launches Virginia-Class Submarine Delaware (SSN 791)

Huntington Ingalls Industries Launches Virginia-Class Submarine Delaware (SSN 791)


Virginia-class submarines, a class of nuclear-powered fast attack submarines, are built for a broad spectrum of open-ocean and littoral missions to replace the Navy’s Los Angeles-class submarines. Virginia-class submarines incorporate dozens of new technologies and innovations that increase firepower, maneuverability and stealth and significantly enhance their warfighting capabilities. These 377-foot long submarines are capable of supporting multiple mission areas and can operate at submerged speeds of more than 25 knots for months at a time. Following testing, Delaware is scheduled to be delivered to the U.S. Navy next year.
Huntington Ingalls Industries Launches Virginia-Class Submarine Delaware (SSN 791)

Huntington Ingalls Industries Launches Virginia-Class Submarine Delaware (SSN 791)


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Israel's Namer Infrantry Fighting Vehicle test-fires Spike anti-tank missile

Israel’s Namer Infrantry Fighting Vehicle test-fires Spike anti-tank missile


The Israeli Ministry of Defense has announced on Wednesday December 12, 2018, the successful test-fired of Spike anti-tank missile system mounted on the latest generation of IFV (Infantry Fighting Vehicle) tracked armored NAMER. The system will be mounted on the turrets of Eitan wheeled armored vehicle and Namer tracked IFV. The firing test video released by the Ministry of Defense shows that the NAMER IFV is armed with two launchers of Spike anti-tank missile located at the rear of the roof turret. In road position, the missiles are stored inside the armour of the turret and erected in a few seconds to perform firing operations by the crew from inside of the vehicle.

Israel's Namer Infrantry Fighting Vehicle test-fires Spike anti-tank missile

Israel’s Namer Infrantry Fighting Vehicle test-fires Spike anti-tank missile


Namer, means “leopard” and also a syllabic abbreviation of “Nagmash” (APC) and “Merkava” is an Israeli armoured personnel carrier based on a Merkava Mark IV tank chassis. Namer was developed by and is being assembled by the Israeli Ordnance Corps. They are more heavily armored than the Merkava IV tanks and the most heavily armored vehicle in the world of any type. The new Namer, with its gun and missile-equipped turret, is more along the lines of an infantry fighting vehicle, meaning the infantry can fight from inside the vehicle if necessary. The heavier 30-millimeter gun means the vehicle can take the offensive, blasting targets behind cover in buildings and engaging armored vehicles. The Namer reinforced by the Israeli-made Trophy anti-missile active protection system.
Israel's Namer Infrantry Fighting Vehicle test-fires Spike anti-tank missile

Israel’s Namer Infrantry Fighting Vehicle test-fires Spike anti-tank missile


The new turret includes an elevated missile launcher capable of launching two Spike MR anti-tank guided missiles, giving Namer the ability to destroy tanks. The SPIKE-MR (Gill) is a lightweight, man-portable, Fire and Forget, multi-purpose missile system with a range of up to 2,500 meters. Its Fire and Forget operational mode guarantees maximum gunner survivability and high hit probability. The SPIKE-MR has an optional Fire, Observe and Update mode of operation for the modern, multi-faceted battle. The SPIKE-MR is one of the most advanced missiles in the world, and was developed by the Rafael arms industry in cooperation with the IDF during the 1990’s.
Israel's Namer Infrantry Fighting Vehicle test-fires Spike anti-tank missile

Israel’s Namer Infrantry Fighting Vehicle test-fires Spike anti-tank missile


A defense ministry spokesperson stated the installation “will enable Israel Defense Forces soldiers to fire missiles from within the vehicles, while they are still protected, which will significantly increase the attack range of the vehicles”. The ministry said the test-firing of the missile was just the first stage of tests for the system. It did not give an estimate of when it will be operational. According to a report of the Israeli Defense Ministry, the the Spike anti-tank missiles currently serve as a primary anti-tank weapon system in 30 militaries worldwide, with more than 30,000 missiles delivered to date. Spike is an electro-optically guided missile offering a “Fire-and-Forget” and “Fire-and-Observe” capabilities.
Israel's Namer Infrantry Fighting Vehicle test-fires Spike anti-tank missile

Israel’s Namer Infrantry Fighting Vehicle test-fires Spike anti-tank missile