OCTOBER 2020 news

Naval Forces, Defense Industry, Navy Technology, Maritime Security

According to information published by Indian newspaper websites, India will start this month, basin trials with its local-made INS Vikrant aircraft carrier also named IAC-1 (Indigenous Aircraft Carrier), including tests of propulsion and electrical systems. The design of the new Indian aircraft carrier was started in 1999 and the keel was laid in February 2009.

According to a press release published on October 22, 2020, Chess Dynamics has been awarded a contract by French shipbuilders KERSHIP for the supply of electro-optical surveillance systems across 12 innovative new Mine Counter Measures Vessels (MCMV), which are being supplied to the Belgian and Royal Netherlands Navies. News of this contract award gives Chess its fourth and fifth European naval customers for the Sea Eagle FCEO product.

According to pictures released by the U.S. Navy on October 19, 2020, the U.S. Navy has used a quadcopter UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) to deliver a payload to the Ohio-class ballistic-missile submarine USS Henry M. Jackson (SSBN 730) around the Hawaiian Islands. U.S. Navy has conducted a naval exercise to evaluate the delivery of payload using a naval helicopter, drone, and MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft.

On October 20, 2020, the South Korean Defense Acquisition Program Administration has announced the delivery of the first training ship HANSANDO (ATH-81) to the national navy. The new ship is equipped with stealth functions and a computer-based training system to allow trainees to take part in simulated combat exercises, according to the Defense Acquisition Program Administration.

Leonardo expands its range of naval defence products with Lionfish, the new family of small-calibre remotely controlled turrets. Completely designed and developed by Leonardo, the new line consists of four models: Ultralight, Inner Reloading and Top of 12.7 mm calibre, and the model 20 of 20 mm calibre.

According to information published by the U.S. Central Command on October 22, 2020, Bahrain based mine countermeasures ship USS Gladiator (MCM 11) assigned to U.S. 5th Fleet, Task Force (CTF) 52, recently completed a multi-day Mine Countermeasure (MCM) Surface Warfare Advanced Tactical Training (SWATT) exercise with embarked mine warfare trainers on October 9, 2020.

According to a press release published on October 22, 2020, the Suffren, the first-in-series of the six nuclear-powered attack submarines (SSNs) in the Barracuda program for the French Navy, successfully completed the test-firing of an MdCN (Missile de Croisière Naval) naval cruise missile from the sea near the DGA missile test center at Biscarrosse, on October 20, 2020.

According to a press release published on October 19, 2020, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI), a global leader in Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS), kicked off a series of validation flights with MQ-9B SeaGuardian UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) on October 15, 2020, for Japan Coast Guard (JCG) in Hachinohe, Aomori Prefecture, Japan. GA-ASI is working with Asia Air Survey (AAS) in Japan to conduct the flights.

According to a video published on October 20, 2020, Saab and Dutch shipbuilder Damen have joined forces to develop an expeditionary submarine for the Netherland´s Walrus Replacement Program. In 2018, the two companies announced their partnership to develop an expeditionary submarine for the Netherlands Walrus Replacement Programme (WRES). The Walrus is a submarine in service with the Dutch Navy. 

French Minister of Defense, Florence Parly, has decided to extend the service time of the French Navy patrol vessel Arago by three years, pushing back its withdrawal date from 2021 to 2024. A technical analysis conducted by the French Navy has made it possible to confirm the feasibility of the extension of the Arago and its ability to ensure the missions of protection of national interests and State action at sea.

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