January 2020 news

Naval Forces, Defense Industry, Navy Technology, Maritime Security

Royal Navy F-35 pilots have left the UK to take part in a multi-national combat exercise in the USA for the first time. Group Captain Jim Beck, RAF Marham Station Commander said: "This is another first for the Lightning Force and will give the opportunity for our pilots to relly put the F-35s to the test in a combat-representative environment."

Indonesian state-owned shipbuilder PT PAL launched the first diesel-electric submarine built in Indonesia on April 11, 2019, in Surabaya. The Alugoro (405) is the third of the Nagapasa-class submarine (also known as the DSME 1400 design or Improved Chang Bogo-class) for the Indonesian Navy.

Edouard Philippe, the French Prime Minister, and Florence Parly, the Minister of Armies, embarked on the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle on January 22 2020, on the occasion of its departure on Foch mission. As announced by the President of the French Republic, the Aeronaval Group will be deployed in the eastern Mediterranean for a month where it will enhance France’s participation in the fight against terrorism. Then, the Aeronaval group will continue its mission in the Atlantic and the North Sea and participate in several multinational exercises.

Finnish Company Patria has been awarded a contract for the design and delivery of new Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Sonars by Saab, the Squadron 2020 Combat System Contractor. This new state-of-the-art ASW product strengthens Patria's product portfolio and improves company's competitiveness and position in the international naval markets. The employment effect of the contract in Finland is approximately 50 man-years.

According to the Indian newspaper The Economic Times, the Indian Navy will purchase only six additional Ka-31 radar patrol helicopters in Russia, instead of ten previously planned. This is due to insufficient financing of the Indian fleet, which in 2020 was allocated only 41259 crore rupees ($ 5.815 billion) from the budget, instead of the required Navy 64307 crore rupees ($ 7.654 billion). However, the purchase of a batch of Ka-31 remains one of the priorities of the Indian Navy.

The U.S. Navy and its maritime partners kicked off operations for the multilateral exercise Sea Dragon 2020, Jan 20. Service members from the U.S Navy, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF), the Republic of Korea Navy (ROKN) and the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) are all participating in SEA DRAGON 2020.

In line with the projects carried out by Turkish company Meteksan Defence in the field of radar systems, the agreement for design and develop of "35 GHz Radar Cross Section (RCS) Measurement System" for Turkish Navy was signed on July 13, 2018, between Turkish Navy Research Center Command (ARMERKOM) and Meteksan Defence Industry Inc.

The Empowered Aex Committee (EAC) reviewed the progress in the construction of the boat at the Cochin Shipyard on Monday. The IAC-1 is in a very advanced stage of construction with primary engines, all four gas turbines, and power generation systems comprising eight diesel alternators, ready. Trials of the vessel’s major systems and auxiliary equipment are already in progress.

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