December 2020 news

Naval Forces, Defense Industry, Navy Technology, Maritime Security

According to information published on December 15, 2020, Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and HENSOLDT have signed a joint strategic cooperation agreement. Under the agreement, the two companies will jointly manufacture radar systems for ballistic missile defense and participate in air and space surveillance projects. As a first step, HENSOLDT and the IAI subsidiary ELTA will offer a long-range radar for use on the F124 Sachsen-Class frigates of the German Navy. This radar operates in the S-band, which allows much more precise detection of targets in space than other solutions.

According to a press release published on December 12, 2020, Italian company Intermarine hash hold The launch ceremony of the CP420 “Natale De Grazia”, the longest self-righting and unsinkable boat ever built in Italy, was held at the port of Messina, Sicily. The vessel was commissioned from Intermarine S.p.A., a subsidiary of the Immsi S.p.A. industrial group (IMS.MI), by the General Command of the Port Captaincies - Coast Guard.

According to information published by the Finnish Navy on December 11, 2020, the second modernized version of Hamina-class missile boat has been delivered to the Finnish Navy. In 2018, Finish company Patria had signed an agreement with the Finnish Defence Forces on the mid-life upgrade and overhaul of the Finnish Defence Forces’ Hamina Class fast attack craft for an amount of €170 million.

According to information published on December 14, 2020, Freedom-class Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) 23, the future USS Cooperstown for U.S. navy, completed acceptance trials in Lake Michigan. Trials included a full-power run, maneuverability testing, and surface and air detect-to-engage demonstrations of the ship's combat system. Major systems and features were demonstrated, including aviation support, small boat launch handling and recovery and machinery control and automation.

The Pacific Fleet’s Project 955 Borei-class nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine Vladimir Monomakh (NATO reporting name: Dolgorukiy-class) has performed a salvo launch of four Bulava (SS-NX-32) sea-launched ballistic missiles (SLBM) during a planned exercise, the Defense Ministry’s press office said.

According to information published on December 14, 2020, Naval Group, on behalf of the French Navy, has accepted for operational use two further CAMCOPTER® S-100 Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) with a total of four Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAVs). They will be deployed on the Mistral-class amphibious helicopter carriers (PorteHélicoptères Amphibie – PHA) Tonnerre and Mistral.

The Project 20385 lead corvette Gremyashchy has sailed from Baltiysk to St. Petersburg after it completed its state trials, the Defense Ministry’s press office said : “The crew and the trial team will carry out work at the berth of the Severnaya Verf Shipyard to prepare the corvette for joining the Navy and for the flag-raising ceremony”.

According to a contract published by the U.S. Department of Defense on December 11, 2020, MHI Ship Repair and Services – Norfolk (MHI), Norfolk, Virginia, was awarded a $57,134,922 firm-fixed-price contract for the execution of the USS Oak Hill (LSD 51) fiscal 2021 selected restricted availability (SRA). This availability will include a combination of maintenance, modernization and repair of the USS Oak Hill (LSD 51).

According to a contract released by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) on December 9, 2020, Raytheon Missiles and Defense, Marlborough, Massachusetts, is awarded a $38,786,218 firm-fixed-price and cost-plus-fixed-fee modification to a previously awarded contract for the production of two Fire Control System MK 99 ship sets and the associated technical engineering services in support of the Aegis Combat System on DDG-51 class ships of U.S. Navy.

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