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DECEMBER 2018 news

Naval Forces, Defense Industry, Navy Technology, Maritime Security

Brazil launches its first Naval Group Scorpene class submarine: Riachuelo

This morning, the Brazilian Navy launched its first Brazilian-built Scorpène® submarine, the Riachuelo. The ceremony took place at the Itaguaí Navy base in presence of the President of the Federal Republic of Brazil and of the elected President.

Test firings for Patria Nemo Navy Container conducted successfully

The latest member of Patria’s Game Changers of the Battlefield – Patria Nemo Container has undergone vigorous test firings of its 120mm mortar in demanding sea conditions on board Fast Supply Vessel in Sweden. Together with the successful land tests earlier on Sisu E13TP 8x8 off-road truck, these naval tests verified that Patria Nemo Container truly opens a whole new market segment for Patria’s turreted mortar systems.

China dispatches PLAN 31st fleet to the Gulf of Aden

The 31st fleet from the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy has left the port city of Zhanjiang in south China's Guangdong Province for the Gulf of Aden and waters off Somalia to escort civilian ships.

UK shortlists three shipbuilders for Type 31e competitive design phase

Three shipbuilding teams have been awarded multi-million-pound contracts to push ahead with plans to build five new Type 31e warships in the UK for the Royal Navy, Defence Minister Stuart Andrew has announced on December 10 in Portsmouth.

Iranian navy unveils blueprint for trimaran

On 8 December, during a visit to an exhibition of the Iranian Navy’s achievements, Deputy Chief of the Army for Coordination Rear Admiral Sayyari unveiled the scheme for the new homegrown vessel, dubbed the “Safineh (ship) project”, a multi-hulled watercraft.

France still supporting submarine sale to Poland

The French embassy in Poland has made a formal denial of the statements made by Polityka Insight on December 3, 2018 that France will withdraw its support for Naval Group's bid for the Orka submarine program. There is no change in the support that the French government provides to Naval Group and MBDA as part of its offer to Poland that exclusively includes the integration of the Naval Cruise Missile with the Scorpene submarine.

Russian Navy to receive Be-200 SAR aircraft by 2019 end

The Russian Navy will receive the Beriev Be-200 amphibious aircraft intended for rescue operations by the end of 2019, the chief of the Russian Naval Aviation, the air arm of the Russian Navy, said on Monday.

South Korea orders new batch of SM-2 air defense missiles

South Korea decided Friday to purchase dozens of additional U.S.-made ship-to-air missiles to be placed on three new 7,600-ton Aegis-equipped destroyers currently under development, Seoul's arms procurement agency said.

Elbit, Leonardo join forces to add new torpedo capability for Seagull USV

Elbit Systems is now teaming with Leonardo to Develop Additional Torpedo Capability for Seagull USV, the Israel-based company said on December 6, 2018.