Naval Technology

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.

Russian naval defense company Sevmash Shipyard has started the development and concept of a new generation of submarines with the introduction of block-modular technology into the construction of nuclear submarines, the Independent Military Review writes. In its history, Sevmash has built 133 nuclear submarines and another four are undergoing trials.

According to information released on the Facebook account of Navantia on November 6, 2020, the Director of Navantia India, Fernando Formoso Freire, has taken part in a round table discussion on the naval industry this Monday 9th November 2020. The event has been organized by the publishing group India Today, which is one of the most important media platforms in India.

On November 6, 2020, French Company Naval Group has delivered the Suffren Barracuda-class nuclear-powered attack submarine (SSN) to the French Armament Procurement Agency (Direction Générale de l'Armement) at the Toulon naval base, in France. Intended for the French Navy, the Suffren is the first in a series of six SSN that will gradually replace the submarines of the Rubis-class.

According to a report published by the United States Congress on October 15, 2020, three new ship-based laser weapons being developed by the U.S. Nav including the Solid-State Lasers (SSLs), the ElectroMagnetic RailGun (EMRG), and the Gun-Launched Guided Projectile (GLGP), also known as the hypervelocity projectile (HVP)—could substantially improve the ability of U.S. Navy surface ships to defend themselves against surface craft, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and eventually anti-ship cruise missiles (ASCMs).

The Russian Naval Aviation is developing in the direction of improving all the types of aircraft and helicopters, increasing their speed, flight range and endurance, equipping with high-precision guided weapons, widespread introducing computer technologies, control systems and methods, automation means of data collection & processing and target data acquisition for high-precision destruction of all targets.

The development of seaborne aviation enjoys growing attention in the renewal of the Russian Navy. The first prototype of Minoga helicopter will be ready in 2025-2026. The producer in Arsenyev in Primorye region has also mastered a new technology to make Ka-52K helicopters. The rotorcraft has passed all trials and is ready for batch production. The Army Standard writes which seaborne helicopters are to replace the operational ones.

The Zeleny Dol Buyan-class corvette of project 21631 was tested in the Barents and White Seas. It sailed by internal waterways from the Baltic Sea to the Arctic to participate in Northern fleet manoeuvres and successfully fired cruise missiles. The exercise showed that small ships with Kalibr missiles can reinforce the northern direction. It is vital, as NATO is likely to deploy missile defense in Norway, the Izvestia daily writes.

In late August 2020, the Russian Defense Ministry signed a contract for the construction of close to ten project 20380 corvettes. They will be equipped with multifunctional Zaslon radars to detect air and sea targets at hundreds of kilometers. Experts said the radars will make the corvettes independently find and destroy the adversary without guidance from the air, the Izvestia daily writes.

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