January 2020 news

Naval Forces, Defense Industry, Navy Technology, Maritime Security

According to news published on the newspaper website "The Economic Times" on January 9, 2019, the first Indian-made aircraft carrier Vikrant will be commissioned by early 2021. According to Indian sources, phase three of the construction of Vikrant is under progress, which involves setting to work of machinery and equipment, like power generation and propulsion machinery.

The Northern fleet will get a modern rescue vessel capable of assisting submarines at a major depth. It is the second vessel of project 21300S. It carries deep-water craft, rescue robots and drones. The vessel is vital, as the number of submarines increases in the Arctic and underwater research is on the rise, the Izvestia daily writes.

The naval aviation will receive upgraded Ka-27M helicopters. They will become operational in 2020. The helicopters will improve antisubmarine defense and help coast guards detect smugglers and drug traffickers in the Baltic Sea, the Izvestia daily writes.

In November and December 2019, ARM Reformador, the first of the Mexican Navy’s POLA class vessels, was subjected to the Sea Acceptance Trials. The trials took place off the Mexican west coast. Faced with various surface and air targets, Thales proved convincingly the integration of its systems and their functionalities.

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) concluded a series of flight demonstrations using its MQ-9 Guardian Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) on December 19, 2019. The demonstrations showcased the maritime surveillance capabilities of the MQ-9, and the GA-ASI-developed Detect and Avoid (DAA) system for traffic-deconfliction in civil airspace.

According to the Facebook account VietDefense, Vietnam will deliver a large number of patrol boats to Nigeria. The boats were ordered by Nigerian billionaire Benedict Peters on behalf of the company Marine Assets And Offshore Equipment Limited, a Nigerian firm that specializes in procuring vessels to support the marine industry of Nigeria along with other African countries.

The guided-missile frigate Weifang (Hull 550) of the 33rd Chinese naval escort taskforce under the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy successfully escorted eight fishing boats of the China National Fisheries Corporation to the designated sea area in waters west of the Gulf of Aden at 4 p.m. on January 6, local time. This is the first time that the Chinese naval escort taskforce has dispatched special forces to perform on-board escort tasks. Jimu Buqian and Wang Guanbiao report on China.Military.

Several new naval, air and land systems will be added to Turkey's defense forces' inventories in 2020. Crucial projects in the defense industry will continue in the new year, the Presidency of Defense Industries (SSB) announced Monday, Jan.6, 2019. Several aerial, naval and land systems will enter Turkish forces' inventory, İsmail Demir, the head of SSB, told a press conference in the capital Ankara.

In December 2019, Egyptian Naval Forces conducted a large military exercise codenamed "Friendship Bridge 2019" in the Mediterranean Sea using latest acquisition of combat ships including the ENS Gamal Abdel Nasser (L1010), a Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) of the French Mistral class, as well as Perry-class frigates, missile boats (Soliman Ezzat), Class-209 submarine, a number of anti-submarine units and special forces.

Northrop Grumman Corporation’s AQS-24 mine hunting sonar recently completed initial in-water testing of a next-generation Deploy and Retrieval (D&R) payload. Operated from the Mine Countermeasures Unmanned Surface Vessel (MCM USV), the AQS-24 D&R demonstrated the unmanned operations needed to perform a mine hunting mission off the MCM Mission Package aboard the littoral combat ship (LCS).

The General Directorate for Armament and Material (DGAM) and the naval shipyard Navantia have selected Thales technologies for the Spanish Navy's five new multi-mission frigates. The vessels' anti-submarine warfare (ASW) capability, based on two world-class sonars, the CAPTAS 4 Compact and the BlueMaster, and the BlueScan digital acoustic system, will be integrated through Navantia Combat Management System SCOMBA F110 and will enable the service to conduct maritime surveillance, search and protection missions in any theatre of operations.

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