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FEBRUARY 2019 news

Naval Forces, Defense Industry, Navy Technology, Maritime Security


The Myanmar government is to establish a coast guard force to safeguard its 2,080-km-long coastline and territorial waters, according to a coordination meeting held at the Ministry of Transport and Communication on January 22.

On December 18, the US Coast Guard accepted its 12th C-130J Super Hercules long range surveillance aircraft from Lockheed Martin Aeronautics’ Marietta, Georgia, facility. The Coast Guard’s newest C-130J, CGNR 2012, departed Marietta, Georgia, Dec. 20, 2018, after acceptance from Lockheed Martin Aeronautics.

The Central Scientific-Research Institute for Precision Machine Engineering (TSNIITOCHMASH) of Rostec Corporation has commissioned an automated line for the assembly of cartridges for underwater firearms. The new line that comes as a result of a capacity upgrade effort will be producing more than 10,000 cartridges daily.

On January 03, Iran's Minister of Defense Amir Hataim and Iran's Minister of Roads and Urban Development Mohammad Eslami signed a contract, worth $US 10 million, for the building of 4 vessels. These 4 vessels include 2 search and rescue ships and 2 ships carrying officers in charge of safety management onboard vessels.

On its website, Leidos, a FORTUNE® 500 science and technology leader, announced that the Office of Naval Research (ONR)’s Medium Displacement Unmanned Surface Vessel (MDUSV), Sea Hunter, became the first ship to successfully autonomously navigate from San Diego to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and back without a single crew member onboard, except very short duration boardings by personnel from an escort vessel to check electrical and propulsion systems.

China, as part of its recent military and foreign policies, has planned to upgrade on a large scale its first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, to sell it to Pakistan, its ally, in order to compete with India. This selling is to increase Pakistani Navy's strength, facing India equally and making of Pak a better ally for China.

The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), in a landmark decision on January 31, approved indigenous construction of six submarines for the Indian Navy at a cost of over Rs. 40,000 crores ($US 5,6 billion). This is the second project under the MoD’s ambitious Strategic Partnership (SP) model that aims at providing a significant fillip to the Government’s ‘Make in India’ programme.

Two guided missile frigates of project 22350, the Admiral Gorshkov and the Admiral Kasatonov were equipped with Filin visual-optical blinding stations, Roselectronika Holding said. "Filin station has been installed on the Admiral Gorshkov and the Admiral Kasatonov. Each frigate received two sets of equipment. The same equipment will be installed on two other frigates under the construction at Severnaya verf Shipyard," it said.

The Royal Marines of 1 Assault Group Royal Marines (1AGRM), specialists in amphibious warfare, will soon conduct their Arctic cold weather training in Norway, near Hellarbogen. 539 Assault Squadron Royal Marines and their raiding and landing craft are readying themselves for war games in the icy waters of the high north.

The French Navy has taken the decision to acquire 4 new Logistic Support Ships (LSS), also called "Bâtiments Ravitailleurs de Force" (BRF) in French or Force Replenishment Vessels in English. These BRF have been commissioned by the French Navy to "Chantiers de l'Atlantique" and Naval Group, through a € 1,7 billion contract. Delivery will take place between 2022 and 2029.

Japan's purchase of 2 land-based Aegis (Aegis Ashore) Ballistic Missile Defense systems has been approved by the U.S. government. Lockheed Martin (Rotary and Mission Systems) is the primary contractor for this system, and General Dynamics will be in charge of the Command and Control Processor Refresh.

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