NOVEMBER 2020 news

Naval Forces, Defense Industry, Navy Technology, Maritime Security

According to a press release published on November 26, 2020, the German procurement authorities have awarded Rheinmetall a contract to develop a key future laser weapon system component. At the end of the second quarter of 2020, the Federal Office for Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support, or BAAINBw, contracted with Rheinmetall Waffe Munition GmbH to fabricate a laser source demonstrator. The first project for the laser demonstrator will be a yearlong trial phase onboard the Germany Navy frigate Sachsen.

The DLBA Division of Gibbs & Cox announces that it will be supporting DARPA's Tactical Technology Office (TTO) on their revolutionary No Manning Required, Ship (NOMARS) Program. The program will design, build, and field test an unmanned surface ship that can operate autonomously for long durations at sea with no human interventions or underway maintenance.

Russia received the right to deploy a material and technical logistical Navy base in the Sudan. It means the Russian Navy is returning to the Indian Ocean, the Izvestia daily writes.

BAE Systems has received a $197.4 million contract from the U.S. Navy to drydock and perform maintenance and modernization work aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1). This is the second time in four years that the company has performed significant work onboard the Wasp to sustain its warfighting capability.

According to a press release published on November 23, 2020, GE’s (General Electrics) Power Conversion business has been awarded a $40 million contract to supply the power and propulsion systems for two U.S. National Security Multi-Mission Vessels (NSMVs). This new class of purpose-built ships will be used primarily to provide cadets with at-sea training on operational vessels.

The Project 885M Yasen-M class lead submarine Kazan (NATO reporting name: Severodvinsk-class) has fired its main missile system against a coastal target during state trials, the Defense Ministry’s press office said : “The missile live-firing was conducted during a final stage of the submarine’s state trials in the White Sea. A cruise missile of the Kalibr [SS-N-27 Sizzler] missile system hit a coastal target set up at the Chizha training range in the Arkhangelsk Region [in north Russia] at a distance of more than 1,000 km [621 mi]”. Ships and vessels of the Northern Fleet’s White Sea naval base cordoned off the area.

According to a contract released by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) on November 23, 2020, Lockheed Martin Space, Titusville, Florida, is awarded a $108,778,290 cost-plus-incentive-fee and cost-plus-fixed-fee modification (P00002) to exercise options under previously awarded contract N00030-20-C-0100 for Trident II (D5) submarine-launched ballistic missile production and deployed systems support.

Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force relies on Thales and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) to equip itself with the latest generation of high-resolution synthetic aperture sonar that provides a high level of classification. The choice of Thales technologies, which have been extensively proven in service with navies around the world, provides the highest levels of protection available today.

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