DECEMBER 2019 news

Naval Forces, Defense Industry, Navy Technology, Maritime Security

The Royal Australian Navy’s premier international mine countermeasure exercise recently came to an end at Fleet Base West, Rockingham in Western Australia. Exercise DUGONG 19, which also featured navies from the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and New Zealand, plays a major role in enhancing interoperability between participating nations in all facets of maritime mine warfare.

General Dynamics Electric Boat Corp. (GDEB), Groton, Connecticut, is awarded a $22,209,893,409 fixed-price-incentive, multi-year modification to previously-awarded contract N00024-17-C-2100 for construction of nine Virginia-class submarines, eight with Virginia Payload Module (VPM), from fiscal 2019 to fiscal 2023.

The defence ministry on Thursday approved the procurement of 6 Boeing P8I maritime patrol aircraft, indigenous development of airborne warning and control systems (AWACS) aircraft and other military platforms at a cost of $3.1-billion.

Australian suppliers Berendsen Fluid Power and H.H Machine Tools Australia (H&H) will partner with two international companies to deliver and sustain the Medium Capacity Press, High Capacity Press and Large Capacity Milling Machines (LCMM) for the Attack Class submarines. The contracts are the largest signed by Naval Group Australia to date and will see Australian industry share in around $20m worth of work.

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