OCTOBER 2020 news

Naval Forces, Defense Industry, Navy Technology, Maritime Security

According to a press release published on October 2, 2020, Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (NYSE: HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division announced on October 2, 2020, the successful completion of acceptance sea trials for the U.S. Coast Guard’s newest national security Legend-class cutter, Stone (WMSL 758). During seal trials, the ship spent two days in the Gulf of Mexico proving its systems.

According to a press release published on October 1, 2020, after the arrival of the A.R.A. Bouchard in Argentina in February 2020, the second OPV for the Argentinian Navy named ARA Piedrabuena has been launched this Thursday 1st of October, 2020, in Piriou’s shipyards in Concarneau, France. This launching comes ahead of schedule – 2 months before the contractual deadline – despite the adverse sanitary context. The two upcoming ships are also built by Kership (Joint venture between Naval Group and Piriou) in Lanester.

The U.S. Navy selected Boeing and Lockheed Martin for the first phase of the XLUUV programme with the companies securing design contracts in September 2017. The programme aims to create an unmanned system that can operate independently at sea for months. The design contract awarded to Lockheed Martin was worth $43.17m, while the one awarded to Boeing was approximately $42,27m. 

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