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FEBRUARY 2019 news

Naval Forces, Defense Industry, Navy Technology, Maritime Security


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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