Naval Technology

The AV-8B Harrier II vertical or short takeoff and landing (V/STOL) attack aircraft will continue to be used by the U.S. Marine Corps until 2029 despite the arrival of the F-35B. U.S. Marine Corps AV-8B squadrons function as an integral unit or as a squadron with a deployed six aircraft detachment. This concept facilitates dual-site operations, provides for the support of simultaneous contingencies, and allows for the fulfillment of continuous unit deployment program requirements.

The Belgorod nuclear special-designation submarine of project 09852 is preparing to sail out for the first time. The submarine is one of the most ambitious Russian shipbuilding projects. Does the Navy really need it? It is receiving Yasen and Yasen-M-class SSGN of projects 885 and 885M and Borey and Borey-A-class SSBN of projects 955 and 955A, the Izvestia daily writes.

According to information published by the British Royal Navy on February 16, 2021, the British Navy unveils the components of its UK Carrier Strike Group that comprises different types of ships and aircraft including the Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier with Merlin helicopters and F-35B fighter aircraft, Fleet Auxiliary’s fast fleet Tide-class tanker, Type 23 also called Duke-class frigate, Type 45 also called Daring-class guided missile destroyer and Astute-class nuclear powered submarine (SSN). They’re all vital pieces of kit, each with their own role to play in the modern Royal British Navy.

According to information published by the Chinese MoD (Department of Defense) on January 4, 2021, a new individual Submarine Escape Immersion Equipment (SEIE) has completed the combat performance test in the waters of a sea area of the East China Sea recently, indicating that the PLA Navy submariners' self-rescue and escape capabilities have reached the advanced international level.

According to information published by the Russian press agency TASS on December 30, 2020, the Russian Navy has successfully completed trials of hypersonic Tsirkon missile shadowed the completion of acceptance tests of the anti-submarine Otvet missile complex. Technical documentation is being finalized for the complex to be officially accepted into service by the Russian Navy.

According to a U.S. Congress report published on December 23, 2020, for the Fiscal Year 2021, the United States Navy wants to develop and procure three types of large naval unmanned vehicles (UVs). These large UVs are called Large Unmanned Surface Vehicles (LUSVs), Medium Unmanned Surface Vehicles (MUSVs), and Extra-Large Unmanned Undersea Vehicles (XLUUVs).

According to information published by the Russian MoD, on December 17, 2020, Russian Navy Kamov Ka-27 (NATO reporting name: Helix) helicopters of a separate shipborne helicopter regiment of the Northern Fleet’s air and air defense large unit have practiced landing on the Project 22350 frigate Admiral Kasatonov during the polar night, the Russian Defense Ministry’s press office said.

According to information released by the Royal British Navy, Britannia Royal Naval College (BRNC) has taken delivery of the first of eight new Sea Class 15 training boats that will replace the aged picket boats currently used by Officer Cadets for exercises on the River Dart for basic navigation, seamanship, and leadership training. The officer training module will have additional bunks, workstations and teaching space.

Abu Dhabi Ship Building (ADSB), a naval defense subdivision of UAE-based company EDGE, an advanced defense technology group that designs, develops, and manufactures defense and security products for local use and international market, presents its Fast Supply Vessel used to transport vehicles and combat equipment of armed forces.

According to a report of the United States Congress by Ronald O'Rourke, Navy Recognition editorial presents a summary and review about the U.S. Navy Light Amphibious Warship (LAW) for U.S. Marine Corp. The U.S. Navy’s new Light Amphibious Warship (LAW) program envisions procuring a class of 28 to 30 new amphibious ships to support the Marine Corps, particularly in implementing a new Marine Corps operational concept called Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations (EABO).

The Yasen Class is nuclear-powered cruise missile submarines (SSGN Submersible, Ship, Guided, Nuclear) that represent the most modern submarine developed and designed by the Russian naval defense industry. The Russian Navy’s first-of-class Project 885-M SSN/SSGN Kazan was launched in March 2017. The Kazan recently conducted torpedo trials in the White Sea off the northwest coast of Russia.

The speech of the Russian president at Valdai discussion club contained interesting statements on the state and prospects of the check-and-balance system to prevent a large-scale armed standoff of superpowers. He spoke about the military cooperation of Russia and China for the development of submarines. In case they create a military union, each party will have to contribute to it, the Independent Military Review writes.

According to information published on November 10, 2020, the U.S. Naval Aviation Training System and Ranges program office (PMA-205) recently completed testing its next- generation air combat training system, the Tactical Combat Training System Increment II (TCTS II), on a F/A-18E/F Super Hornet at Naval Air Station Patuxent River.

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